Every now and then, it’s nice to step back and take stock of how far we’ve come. Americans are living in the future every day with the many technological advances that have boosted our lives. From food delivery, to online shopping, to streaming entertainment, we have seen a boom recently in the functionality of convenience.
Many of us enjoy taking in our favorite shows, movie franchises, podcasts, and more in big chunks or all at once. Whenever we find ourselves at home for a while, it can be nice to take a day and appreciate some relaxation. With smart devices, home automation, and the rise of streaming platforms, we can easily sit down and enjoy some stress free, binge-worthy content.
You may be a little burnt out on watching though, and books may not feel as accessible as they once did. But do not despair, e-books, audio books, and even podcasts are a fantastic way to sink into some personal time and still enjoy the luxury of living in the modern world. And there are plenty of book series to choose from if you’re searching for a longer storyline.
Whatever media you choose, here are the top suggestions for each category:
Sometimes it can take years in between releases for multipart movie franchises, and it can be hard to remember some of the finer details while waiting. A refresher marathon before watching the final installment really helps to get the most out of the experience. And some of those completed stories hold a special place in our hearts, perfect to pull up for a binge day. Whether you’re waiting for the whole story to be available or you want to revisit a classic, these titles are a great way to spend a day.
If we’re going to talk about classic franchises we should really start with arguably the most well-known of them all. There’s some debate about the order in which to watch these, since the first movie released in the series was Episode IV. The two ways suggested most are to watch the movies in production order, the order in which they came out. Or you could watch them in episodic order, the order of the story’s timeline. For a more inclusive experience, follow this suggested list to make sure you see all the spinoffs and other canonical content as well. You can find a full list of Star Wars related content on Disney+.
You may have caught every movie released, but have you watched them in story order? With twenty-three available movies, several connected series and more to come, the MCU is really a whole world unto itself. If you haven’t been an avid watcher up to this point, then you might not know about the MCU phases, and figuring out the specific order to watch everything is quite a feat in itself. You can find everything that’s available on Disney+. A binge of this size is going to last several days, or be broken up into a handful of weekends. But don’t be shy, each entry into the MCU has its own unique voice amongst the series while keeping a beautifully crafted main storyline going throughout.
There aren’t many book series that have successfully grown into full blown cinematic series. Whether you were a fan of the books as a child (or an adult) or not, the movies stand on their own as beautifully shot, directed, and emotional. It’s truly a series that you can watch with the whole family with a little something for everyone. As the movies progress and the main characters age, the movies darken and become more serious, dealing with relatable themes while telling the story of the wizarding world. These movies are best watched in order, an easier feat than the previous suggestions. With 8 movies to watch, it’ll take you a full weekend, so make sure to stock up on snacks. Subscriptions to the USA Network through Fubo TV, Sling TV, and DirecTV will give you access to all of them.
This franchise has grown over the decades to now include six movies, two novels, a television show, a short film, and eleven video games over multiple platforms. In the lineup of classic movie franchises to watch this one is towards the top. Unlike the other suggestions on the list, the Jurassic Park movies don’t need to be watched all together or in an ultra-specific order to still enjoy them. If you’re looking for something to spend the day on though, there’s more than enough content in this series to keep you occupied.
The introduction of streaming services has changed not just the way we view television, but the way shows are produced and released. No matter the services you have, you’ll find a little something for everyone. Here are the top 20 suggestions for a good series binge.
- It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia – Comedy
- Parks and Recreation – Comedy
- American Vandal – Comedic Drama
- Arrested Development – Comedy
- Santa Clarita Diet – Comedic Horror
- Sherlock – Mystery Drama
- Stranger Things – Horror
- Ozark – Crime Drama
- Better Call Saul – Crime Drama
- Breaking Bad – Drama
- Black Mirror – Sci-fi Thriller
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Sci-fi Thriller
- House of Cards – Drama
- Locke & Key – Fantasy Drama
- Mad Men – Drama
- The Witcher – Fantasy Adventure
- Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness – Documentary Miniseries
- The Great British Baking Show – Competition Reality
- Dirty Money – Crime Documentary Series
- Chef’s Table – Food Documentary Series
The capabilities of film and television are astounding, and it can truly be a pleasure to sit down and veg out. But sometimes we need a little entertainment while our eyes are occupied elsewhere. These 20 audio suggestions are perfect for when you’re on the go, at home working, taking a run or completing a project.
All the Bright Places (Jennifer Niven)
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour (Morgan Matson)
When you’re on a road trip, life is all about the detours. . .
Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place.
Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng)
…riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens)
In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery.
The Boy from the Woods (Harlan Coben)
In the shocking new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away, a man whose past is shrouded in mystery must find a missing teenage girl before her disappearance brings about disastrous consequences for her community . . . and the world.
In the Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows how Churchill taught the British people ‘the art of being fearless.
The Stand (Stephen King)
This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.
It can be hard to pick one to start with, but any of these suggestions are sure to keep you occupied for a while before you have to choose again. Can you make it through the whole list?