Why spend weeks watching a lengthy show when you can knock one out in under 24 hours?
In sixteen short episodes across two seasons, The End of the F***ing World tells the story of two troubled teens who go on the run and get tangled up in murder and mayhem along the way. With stunning performances and visuals, it’s dark, funny, and deeply moving.
Telling a complete story over two six-episode seasons, Fleabag is a smart and nuanced exploration of grief, family, love, and growth. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is incredible as both a writer and performer on the show, and if you’re worried it won’t live up to the hype — it definitely will.
A show about chess might sound boring, especially if you’re not particularly into chess, but The Queen’s Gambit is incredibly compelling, even if you’ve never played a game of chess in your life. The costumes are gorgeous and Anya Taylor-Joy’s performance as orphaned prodigy Beth Harmon is layered and riveting. It’s a limited series of just seven episodes.
A sports comedy that will appeal to even the most anti-sports people, Ted Lasso has one 10-episode season that tells the story of the titular American football coach, hired to work with a struggling English Premier League team. It’s surprisingly warm.
Based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and featuring a stellar cast led by Michael Sheen and David Tennant, Good Omens follows frenemies Aziraphale (an angel) and Crowley (a demon) as they try to prevent the apocalypse. A limited series of only six episodes, it’s a fun and quick ride.
Unbelievable is based on a true story of detectives investigating a serial rapist. It’s heavy subject matter but dealt with sensitively across its eight episodes. The performances of Merritt Wever, Toni Collette, and Kaitlyn Dever are all remarkable.
Created by and starring Katherine Ryan, The Duchess is a sitcom about a thirtysomething single mother on a quest to conceive another baby with her terrible ex (note: she doesn’t want to be with him; she just wants her daughter to have a sibling). There are only six episodes out, and they are all clever and fun.
A teen musical dramedy, Julie and the Phantoms is full of infectious musical numbers and an endearing cast, with lots of funny moments and a great, big heart. Over nine episodes, it explores grief, first love, friendship, creativity, and ambition in one cute and comforting package.
A group of young women are on their way to an “empowerment retreat” in Hawaii when their plane crashes on a deserted island. As they try to survive together, they uncover secrets and learn there may be more to their situation than a simple accident. It’s a 10-episode thrilling ride, completely addictive from start to finish.
With one season of 10 episodes, Never Have I Ever is an easy-to-watch but heartfelt teen dramedy co-created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher. It follows 15-year-old Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) in the aftermath of her father’s death, as she struggles with her grief while also trying desperately to become more popular and get the boyfriend of her dreams.
Derry Girls has two six-episode seasons, focusing on a group of girls (and one boy) in Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the 1990s. Both nostalgic and sharply appropriate for contemporary times, Derry Girls is of the funniest shows of the last decade.
It’s one of the most talked about shows of the last year, and for good reason. Michaela Coel created, wrote, co-directed, produced, and stars in the show, which is partially based on her own experience with sexual assault. It’s brutal and tough to watch at times, but vital — and also infused with beautifully dark humor. It’s a single season of 12 episodes.
The 10-episode Maniac is both deeply bizarre and compelling. Written by The Leftovers’ Patrick Somerville and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, it stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone as two struggling strangers who form a complicated but close relationship during a psychadelic drug trial.
While a second season is happening, the first season of Russian Doll tells what feels like a complete story in itself over the course of eight episodes. Natasha Lyonne plays Nadia, a woman stuck in a Groundhog Day-esque time loop, only like Happy Death Day, her time is reset whenever she dies. It might be a familiar concept, but it’s a unique show, both hilarious and devastating.
This British rom-com (originally titled Scrotal Recall) explores the life and loves of three friends in Glasgow. The non-linear framing device (each episode is centred around a different flashback) is fun, but it’s the incredible characters and their warm relationships that will make you really fall in love. There are three seasons but they clock up only 22 episodes in total, and since they’re all under half an hour you could definitely smash through it in a day (and you’ll want to).
Based on the true story of Anne Lister, Gentleman Jack follows the female landowner, impeccably played by Suranne Jones, as she tries to restore her estate and pursue the troubled Ann Walker (Sophia Rundle) in 1832 Yorkshire. There’s a lot to love here, but the central romance is undoubtedly the best part.
If you’re one of the few people left on the planet who hasn’t watched Bridgerton yet, now’s a good time to get on board. Created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes, it’s a fun and frothy regency romance. Season 1 consists of eight episodes, mostly focused on Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) as she strikes up a fake courtship with the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) and, of course, falls in love with him.
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