What to Binge-Watch Right Now: Our Editors' Most Irresistible TV Picks

Need a new show? Here are the television shows our editors couldn't tear themselves away from. Warning: Once you start, you may not leave your couch for hours 

01 of 14

Dash & Lily


Dana Rose Falcone, Staff Writer: I can't get enough of made-for-TV holiday movies this time of year and this festive YA rom-com (produced by Nick Jonas, who — spoiler — makes a cameo) fits right in with my merry and bright viewing slate. Not only does Dash & Lily fill the need for a digestible dose of holiday cheer (episodes range from 23-27 minutes each), but it also offers a rich view of the unbeatable New York City Christmas I desperately miss this year. Newcomers Austin Abrams and Midori Francis's wide-eyed joy and excitement helps fill the void.

Where to watch: Netflix

02 of 14

Normal People

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Enda Bowe/Hulu

Kara Warner, Staff Writer: Are you in the mood to lose yourself in a gorgeous, heart-wrenching romantic drama about life-changing first love? Then Hulu's Normal People is for you. Based on Sally Rooney's bestselling novel, the Irish drama follows the complicated romance that develops between Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) from high school through college. Their undeniable attraction sets in motion a many years-long affair that forever impacts them both. Bolstered by Mescal and Edgar-Jones' incredibly moving performances (which earned Mescal his first-ever Emmy nomination) and their palpable sensual electricity, this beautifully-crafted series will stay with you long after you finish the final episode.

Where to watch: Hulu

03 of 14

The Crown

The Crown
Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor in The Crown. Netflix

Samantha Miller, Executive Editor: The perfect mix of classy (look, I'm learning about history!) and gossipy (Charles and Diana's jealous fights), it was the best TV of the year, a pre-Thanksgiving feast of fine acting, upper-crust insults and '80s fashions. If you haven't watched, feel free to start with the latest season (the fourth) for all the Di drama, but do go back and watch from the beginning, especially for the charismatic young Princess Margaret.

Where to watch: Netflix

04 of 14

A Teacher

kate mara, Nick Robinson
Nick Robinson and Kate Mara in A Teacher (2020). Chris Large/FX

Kate Coyne, Editorial Director: Boy, am I hooked enough to watch each new episode the minute it goes up. I'm sort of fascinated that even though it is so clearly obvious that what Kate Mara's teacher, Claire, has done (and to sweet Simon from Love, Simon! Okay, I know that's not who he is here; his character is named Eric, but still…) is so so so wrong, the way the episodes are playing out still show Eric resolutely refusing to see himself as a victim and it's hard not to lapse into that point of view sometimes, especially since Claire seems more damaged than villainous. (But please, Eric, go to therapy like your mom is begging you!) I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a distraction from more commonplace miseries!

Where to watch: FX on Hulu

05 of 14

The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant
Phil Caruso/HBO

Dana Rose Falcone, Staff Writer: For anyone who wanted more of The Undoing, this mystery series brings the same amount of whodunnit, but swaps the glamour of New York City's Upper East Side for the thrill of jetting to the world's most breathtaking cities. Seeing star Kaley Cuoco trade in her upbeat Big Bang Theory role for a darker, messier character (who might've committed the show's central murder) has you rooting for her throughout the drama's eight-episodes, which are tough not to watch all in one sitting. Bonus: The premiere includes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo from Summer House's Luke Gulbranson.

Where to watch: HBO Max

06 of 14

Taco Chronicles


Samantha Miller, Executive Editor: I can't travel, but I can dream about the sizzling meats and bustling streets of Mexico thanks to this passionate foodie deep dive. Lovingly detailing one type of taco per episode, it showcases the dedicated cooks, butchers, farmers, grandmas and eaters who keep delicious traditions alive. Warning: you'll get very, very hungry.

Where to watch: Netflix

07 of 14

The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit
Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen's Gambit. PHIL BRAY/NETFLIX

Emily Strohm, Senior Writer: I couldn't play a game of chess if my life depended on it, but every episode of this show makes me wish I had just a little bit of the main character's board game genius. Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Beth Harmon in the coming-of-age miniseries about an orphan turned unlikely chess champion. If you had told me a show about chess could be riveting, I wouldn't have believed you. Yet, during every episode I was on the edge of my seat, cheering (sometimes out loud) for Beth to beat her opponents. No wonder chess set sales have skyrocketed since this show premiered.

Where to watch: Netflix

08 of 14

Nadiya's Time to Eat

Nadiya’s Time to Eat Season 1

Ally Mauch, Writer: After finishing the latest season of The Great British Bake Off, I needed something to fill the void of soothing British accents and aesthetically pleasing foods I'll never make myself. Nadiya's Time to Eat, a Netflix cooking series from GBBO alum Nadiya Hussain, filled that void. Hussain tackles a variety of recipes in each episode in addition to taking field trips — she milks cows, learns how to operate a sugar crane, visits a baked beans factory and more. Feel your heart rate reduce each time you click "play next episode."

Where to watch: Netflix

09 of 14

Killing Eve

Killing Eve

Breanne L. Heldman, Senior Editor: Now. Is. The. Time. 2020 may have brought a terrific slate of new shows (it really, really did) but all this cold weather and need to stay indoors is also the perfect opportunity to do a catch-up binge before a new season comes along. Killing Eve's fascinating dual and dueling character study has everything you need from a show to keep you warm, from killer performances and fiery chemistry between stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer to its cleverly choreographed action scenes. From an awards show darling, prestige drama, it also is jammed with fun and surprises. And, bonus! It's also an easily digestible binge, with just three seasons so far at eight episodes each.

Where to watch: Hulu

10 of 14

Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso
Jason Sudeikis in Ted Lasso. Apple TV+

Breanne L. Heldman, Senior Editor: I guess if you hate joy, this show is not for you. Because it might actually be the most joyful new series of 2020. Jason Sudeikis is pure delightfulness as the titular character, a college football coach brought to the U.K. to coach a struggling professional football (read: soccer) team. Of course, he's a fish out of water and Britishisms abound. But the show is filled with terrific characters, unexpected depth and so much more fun than that. You'll find yourself cheering from your warm and cozy sidelines.

Where to watch: Apple TV+

11 of 14

Magnolia Table

Joanna Gaines
Joanna Gaines. Nick Kelley

Emily Strohm, Senior Writer: When it comes to good food, no one does it better than Joanna Gaines. I personally own both of her cookbooks, have tried nearly all of the recipes and can attest they are divine. So from the moment Joanna announced the launch of her new cooking show— which promises all her favorite recipes, plus the backstories about where they come from and why they've become classic go-to's for her family — I've been eagerly awaiting the premiere.

Where to watch: Discovery+ starting Jan. 4

12 of 14

Five Bedrooms

Five Bedrooms
Sarah Enticknap/Peacock

Breanne L. Heldman, Senior Editor: This Australian import has the special sauce of a great concept and even better execution. The comedy revolves around five people who meet at the singles' table at a wedding and get to talking about real estate. They realize that they could afford a much more posh pad if they just pooled their resources and bought a five-bedroom house. That hypothetical conversation becomes literal—and the go for it. Romance, fights, and heartwarming displays of friendship and connection fill all eight episodes. Months after watching this one, I still smile thinking about it — and then I nudge the folks at Peacock about the ETA for season 2!

Where to watch: Peacock

13 of 14

Are You the One?

Are You The One

Jodi Guglielmi, Associate Editor: Trying to find your perfect love match is never easy — now imagine attempting to find love on a remote island full of super good-looking singles and a cash prize on the line. Sound easy? Think again. MTV's Are You the One? is that perfect mix of love, competition and heartbreak that you look for in a reality TV dating show. You'll find yourself screaming at the television when a couple is declared a "no match" and crying when those two singles you just know are meant to be together finally connect during a theme night party at the house. The only problem? You'll speed through the first two seasons faster than you can say "perfect match."

Where to Watch: Netflix

14 of 14

Love Island

Love Island
Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment

Aurelie Corinthios, Staff Editor: When it comes to reality TV, Love Island reigns supreme — and that's saying a lot, considering how crowded the field is. Now a cultural phenomenon with versions airing in the U.K., Australia, the U.S. and more, the show begins with a group of single "Islanders" who come together for the summer in a villa, where their every move is monitored, Big Brother-style. Every few days, the Islanders must couple up, and those who fail to find a partner risk being dumped from the island. Challenges abound with new Islander arrivals, and viewers regularly vote on who stays and who goes, ultimately crowning one couple the winner of a cash prize. Start with the original U.K. version — you'll walk away with a whole new vocabulary of British slang.

Where to watch: Hulu (U.K. and Australia versions), CBS All Access (U.S. version)

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