If anything, the world of online TV is an embarrassment of riches, and, naturally, a whole lot of it isn't particularly good. But don't worry, we've scoured the selections of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now and Showtime Anytime to curate a list of some of the best shows you can binge on right this very second, from premiere to finale.
What follows is a (wholly subjective) cross section of programming, including comedy, drama and a couple of family-friendly shows, so set aside a few vacation days and dive right in. We'll even tell you exactly how much time it will take you to watch every second of every episode (assuming you don't break for sleep or food). If you don't see your favorite show or think our list is rubbish, sound off in the comments.
Before you call Saul, make sure you're all caught up with the AMC series that unleashed Bob Odenkirk's lovable ambulance-chasing lawyer upon the world. What starts as the story of a high school chemistry teacher battling inoperable lung cancer ends up downright Shakespearean in no short order, as Bryan Cranston's Walter White transforms from geeky suburban husband to cold-blooded drug kingpin. And that's just the first couple of seasons.
Number of Seasons: 5
Time to Watch: 1 day, 22 hours, 30 minutes
Where to Get It: Netflix
Not every single one of Dexter's eight seasons is necessarily great, per se, but the story of a police department forensic blood spatter expert who happens to kill serial killers is always compelling television. Michael C. Hall gives the performance of a lifetime as the titular conflicting sociopath who hunts a rotating cast of fellow murders (including, most notably, John Lithgow's tour de force Season 4 performance), while attempting to stay one step ahead of his law enforcement colleagues.
Number of Seasons: 8
Time to Watch: 3 days, 8 hours
A truly all-ages series, Adventure Time is equal parts Dungeons & Dragons-inspired fantasy epic and goofball cartoon. The adventures of Finn and his talking dog friend, Jake, unfold slowly over the course of 15-minute episodes (some 226 to date), creating a rich and warm fantasy world that evokes such beloved childhood works as Calvin and Hobbes and My Neighbor Totoro.
Number of Seasons: 7
Time to Watch: 1 day, 18 hours, 9 minutes
Where to Get It: Hulu
The Fox show's recent 10th season series revival may not have scored the sorts of rave reviews creator Chris Carter was hoping for, but the truth, as they say, is still out there. Thankfully, so, too, are the first nine seasons of the show, one through seven of which star David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson — the original paranormal-investigating odd couple. The last two seasons swap Duchovny for the guy who played the T-1000 in Terminator 2, but let's face it, after 170 or so episodes of plot arcs and monsters of the week, there's no turning back.
Number of Seasons: 10
Time to Watch: 6 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes
From the ducks to "Don't Stop Believin'," the six seasons of The Sopranos represent, hands down, some of the finest television ever created. What starts as the story of a New Jersey mob boss reluctantly going into therapy on the verge of a nervous breakdown unfolds as a family drama of operatic proportions, thanks to some of the best writing and acting ever seen on the boob tube.
Number of Seasons: 6
Time to Watch: 3 days, 14 hours
There's "The Contest" and "The Chinese Restaurant" and "The Pez Dispenser" and "The Puffy Shirt." Oh, and who can forget "The Soup Nazi" and "The Bubble Boy?" Between the bass poppin' musical segues and Jerry's extremely normcore stylings, this tent pole of NBC's Must See TV lineup pretty much is the '90s, as far as we're concerned.
Number of Seasons: 9
Time to Watch: 2 days, 18 hours
Where to Get It: Hulu
No one will lament on their death bed that they didn’t spend enough time watching TV — except, perhaps, when it comes to The Wire. When President Obama goes on record calling it the best show of all time, you really ought to see what all the fuss is about. And between HBO Now and Amazon Prime offering up the entire series for streaming, you've really run out of excuses not to delve into this gritty Baltimore-based drama about narcotics, law enforcement and drug dealers.
Number of Seasons: 5
Time to Watch: 2 days, 12 hours