In the age of streaming services, it’s incredibly easy to get overwhelmed by the vast amount of TV series available to watch, on so many different platforms. It can get very hard to narrow down your choices with new series seeming to come out every other day. So much so that by the time you settle on something to watch, you’re exhausted and it’s time for bed.
With so many options, it’s hard to know where to start, so we don’t blame you at all for being at a loss on what to watch. Choosing the right TV series can really make or break your night as being one of the most memorable or being the most boring… we think you’ll agree with us when we say we’d much rather it be the former rather than the latter.
Whether you want a light-hearted comedy that’ll have you and your friends in stitches or a thrilling gambling series that’ll leave you staying up the whole night to binge the rest of the seasons, the choices are endless! You can wind down by yourself at the end of a long day, or be ready to host an unforgettable night with just you and your friends, you might be wondering; how do you choose a thrilling TV series to watch?
Keep reading below as we’ll explore some tips to help you choose the perfect TV series for your next binge-watching session.
How Can I Choose a TV Series?
When it comes to picking a TV series, there are a few things that we think are essential for you to think about so you go about it the best way possible:
The first thing to consider when choosing a TV series is the genre, and again, with so many of them, it might take you a little while to sift through exactly what you feel like watching on a particular night. Are you in the mood for action, drama, comedy, or sci-fi?
Knowing your preferred genre can help narrow down the options and make finding a TV series that suits your taste easier. It might even be worth gathering a few options if there’s a group of you and you can all try and eliminate genres until you find one or two that everyone is happy with. Are you all huge Marvel nerds? The new upcoming Secret Invasion will be a perfect option for all the Marvel feels.
If you’re not sure what genre you’re in the mood for, think about what kind of movies you enjoy watching. Chances are, you’ll enjoy TV series in a similar genre.
2. Ratings and Reviews
Checking ratings and reviews is a great way to get an idea of whether a TV series is worth your time. Sites like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB provide ratings and reviews from not only critics but other like-minded viewers as well, so it can really help you pick or skip.
Keep in mind that not all TV series is for everyone, so take the reviews with a grain of salt. If a series has overwhelmingly positive reviews, chances are it’s worth checking out. But with, don’t be deterred if you spot a few negative ones either! It’s impossible for everyone to like everything, so don’t be put off if anyone’s posted a less positive review. Who knows? You might find your next favorite series.
3. Length of Series
Another important factor to consider is the length of the TV series. If you’re looking for a quick binge-watch, a mini-series or a show with maybe only two or three seasons with twelve episodes at most may be a better choice. They’re a lot easier to squeeze in on your morning commute to work, or even on your lunch break if you just want to switch off from a hectic day for a little bit.
On the other hand, if you’re in it for the long haul, a series with multiple seasons such as The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon can provide hours of entertainment. Keep in mind that longer series may require a bigger time commitment, so make sure you have enough free time before starting a new series.
Where to Find TV Series
Once you know what kind of TV series, you’re in the mood for, the next step is to find it. Here are some places to look:
1. Streaming Services
Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime offer a vast selection of TV series to choose from. They also provide personalized recommendations based on your viewing history, so as you continue to use a particular platform more often, it will begin to tailor recommendations based on your last watched series, making the selection process that much easier the next time.
2. Cable and Network TV
Cable and network TV channels also offer a variety of TV series to choose from. While they may not have as many options as streaming services, they often have popular shows that are worth checking out.
Another benefit to network TV channels is that a lot of the recurring series air at specific time slots, so that might be a good option if you’re trying to wind down at the end of a long work day, and having a set time to watch them means it becomes a part of your daily routine.
Don’t be afraid to ask friends or family for recommendations. They may have already discovered a hidden gem that you haven’t heard of yet, and if you know someone in your family that has a similar taste to you, it’s worth having a chat with them.
Social media can also be a great place to find TV series recommendations. Joining a Facebook group or following Twitter accounts that share TV series recommendations, may also lead you to discover your next favorite show.