Binge Guide

10 TV Shows You Should Binge-Watch This February

by | February 1, 2016 | Comments

February is a great month for curling up in front of the TV with a warm fleece blanket, a hot cup of cocoa, and a good show, especially if you’re snowed in. Plus, we’ve got a bunch of great series returning later in the month (and in early March), so it’s the perfect time to get caught up, and there are a couple of brand new shows that will be available to stream right away. With that in mind, here are ten shows you should definitely consider binge-watching in February.

House of Cards: Season 3 (2015) 73%


What it is: A wily and ambitious congressman utilizes his considerable influence to climb his way up the political ladder, manipulating colleagues along the way and leaving unsuspecting victims in his wake.

Why you should watch it: Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey, who just won a SAG award on Saturday) is not a nice man, but he is, for better or worse, the show’s central figure. He manipulates, wheedles, gladhands, seethes, rants, negotiates, and plots behind closed doors, all to fulfill his personal vendettas. His wife, Claire (in an award-winning performance by Robin Wright) is his formidable ally through it all. Use February to get caught up on the Underwoods’ shenanigans, so you’re ready for the season four premiere on Netflix on March 4th.

Where to watch: All four seasons are on Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, PlayStation Video, Vudu, and Microsoft Store.

Commitment: 36 hours.

Bates Motel: Season 3 (2015) 95%


What it is: In this contemporary Psycho prequel series, a bizarre mother-son relationship between Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and the infamous Norman (Freddie Highmore) leads to violence and mental turbulence after moving to a small town in Oregon and opening a creepy motel.

Why you should watch it: This is one of those rare prequels that actually works. Fans of the Psycho franchise can enjoy along with folks who aren’t familiar; it works as a standalone story line. The top-notch cast effectively takes stabs at subtle — and not-so-subtle — intricacies in delivery, ultimately perfecting characters designed to disturb. With season four premiering on March 7, now is an ideal time to catch up on this exploration of lives so warped, they can’t help but delight.

Where to watch: A&E TV (with cable subscription), Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, NetflixPlayStation Video, and Vudu, as well as on DVD and Blu-ray.

Commitment: 25 hours.

Girls: Season 4 (2015) 83%


What it is: HBO’s hit comedy about four twenty-something female friends (Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, and Zosia Mamet) navigating life, and all it throws at them, while living in the Big Apple.

Why you should watch it: For one person to executive produce, write, and star in a show is almost reason enough to give it a chance to win you over. Dunham wears almost all the hats behind the scenes, and drew from her own real-life experiences as she poured her blood, sweat, and tears into Girls. So far, every season of Girls has been Certified Fresh, which is no small feat. Dive in now, and you’ll be ready for the season five premiere on HBO on February 21st.

Where to watch: All four seasons are on Amazon (with season one on Amazon Prime), Google Play, PlayStation Video, Vudu, Microsoft Store, and HBO GO.

Commitment: 21 hours.

Show Me a Hero: Season 1 (2015) 96%


What it is: Inspired by real life events and based on the nonfiction book of the same name, Show Me a Hero tells the story of the vitriolic dispute over a federally mandated order to build public housing in the middle class neighborhoods of Yonkers, NY.

Why you should watch it: David Simon wrote, produced and created this series with Wire alum and journalist William F. Zorzi. There is no doubt Simon is amply skilled at bringing to light those things we need to see, hear and feel — and his most recent miniseries for HBO reminds us just how lucky we are to have him telling such stories. Under the direction of Paul Haggis, and anchored by an immensely talented cast lead by Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero is bingeworthy material of the highest caliber.

Where to watch: Amazon PrimeGoogle Play, HBO Go, MicrosoftVudu, and also on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Commitment: About 6 hours.

Angie Tribeca: Season 1 (2016) 89%


What it is: In the vein of Police Squad! comes this hysterical slapstick single-camera police procedural spoof created by Steve and Nancy Carell.

Why you should watch it: An homage to the Leslie Nielsen school of deadpan farce, Angie Tribeca satisfies with its drop-dead serious devotion to ridiculous humor. Whether it’s fake grandparents being assigned to detectives who go deep, deep under cover (with deep voices), or an officer puking upon his every entrance to a crime scene, no matter the level of the crime, fans of the silly-funny will be amused, especially with guest appearances from folks like Lisa Kudrow, Danny Trejo, and Gene Simmons. The series is currently airing on TBS, but the first season is also available to stream in its entirety, for your binge-watching pleasure.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, PlayStation Video, and (with a cable subscription). 

Commitment: 5 hours.

Broad City: Season 2 (2015) 100%


What it is: Ilana and Abbi are twenty somethings navigating life in the big apple. Their voyages lead to an array of awkward, charmingly weird, sometimes cringeworthy and oftentimes out-right hysterical tomfoolery.

Why you should watch it: Created by UCB comedian alums Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer and Executive Produced by Amy Poehler, Broad City has some seriously funny, talented women behind the show. Ilana and Abbi have dynamic chemistry and a unique humanizing brand of comedy. It’s no wonder the show has amassed loyal fans, the praise of critics — and Comedy Central’s recent order for a season four and five.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google PlayHulu, MicrosoftVudu, and on DVD.

Commitment: About 4 hours.

Peaky Blinders: Season 2 (2014) 100%


What it is: This BBC drama, available in the US as a Netflix Original, follows the rise of the notorious Peaky Blinders gang in post-WWI England.

Why you should watch it: Come for the lush production design and pulsating score — stay for the badass performances. Cillian Murphy delivers as the icy-stared leader of the hardscrabble family gang. Helen McCrory is stellar as the hard as nails matriarch and — TOM HARDY. Although you’ll have to wait for season two for it, Hardy’s turn as baker-cum-vicious gang leader Alfie Solomons is a gift from the television gods.

Where to watch: AmazonGoogle Play, iTunes, MicrosoftNetflixPlaystation,and Vudu.

Commitment: 12 hours.

Togetherness: Season 1 (2015) 93%


What it is: A married couple struggling with relationship issues take on two new tenants: the husband’s recently evicted buddy and the wife’s recently dumped sister.

Why you should watch it: This is the first television series created by Jay and Mark Duplass, who have worked both together and independently on a number of critically acclaimed films and TV series, ranging from Baghead and Cyrus to Transparent and The League. If you’re a fan of their typically understated, frequently poignant brand of comedy, Togetherness will feel just right. The show’s simple premise also allows its characters to breathe and behave like real people, which makes it all feel authentic and hit home harder. With its second season premiering on February 21, now’s the perfect time for HBO subscribers to catch up if they missed it the first time around.

Where to watch: HBO GO

Commitment: About 3.5 hours.

Love: Season 1 (2016) 87%


What it is: Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust play a young couple experiencing the ups and downs of commitment in an adult relationship.

Why you should watch it: There isn’t a whole lot of information available about Love at the moment, but we do know that it was co-created by Judd Apatow (alongside star Rust) and stars Gillian Jacobs, who proved her impeccable comic timing on the recent cult favorite NBC comedy Community. We also know that it will be dropping on Netflix, which has an excellent track record with original programming, and they’ve tackled similar material in Aziz Ansari’s Master of None with spectacular results. In other words, when the entire first season of Love becomes available on Netflix on February 19, you should check it out because all indications are pointing to another solid hit.

Where to watch: Season one will become available on Netflix on February 19.

Commitment: 5 hours.

Full House: Season 1 (1987) 40%


What it is: Suddenly widowed dad Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) enlists brother-in-law Jesse (John Stamos) and childhood friend Joey (Dave Coulier) to move in and help raise his three daughters. D.J.(Candace Cameron) is the oldest at 10, followed by 5-year old Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and toddler Michelle (played interchangeably by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen).

Why you should watch it: The first season has the most balanced comedy, emphasizing the adult tribulations of three bachelors who grapple with the logistics of raising young girls and coming to terms with a family death. As the Olsens matured, the show played up their tubular cuteness and the humor became more slapstick and broad as the seasons wore on, though there were also frequent arcs on dating and marriage. Netflix’s Fuller House sequel, set to premiere on February 26, parallels the original with D.J., now a suddenly widowed mother of three sons, moving into her childhood home with the help of Stephanie and original series next door neighbor Kimmy Gibbler.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Playstation, and on DVD.

Commitment: 70 hours.

  • Ricardo

    “Show Me a Hero: Season 1”?

  • Joe Mack

    Peaky Blinders is excellent.

  • Fidel A. Finem

    You lost me when you recommended Girls. Dunham is a nutcase.

  • Jzr Production

    Surprised Falling Skies didn’t make the list.

Tag Cloud

comics USA Network Winners serial killer CMT E! Rocketman MSNBC Comic Book scary movies Election hist Valentine's Day franchise WGN Mary Tyler Moore crime drama Film Black Mirror canceled TV shows Disney streaming service romantic comedy unscripted National Geographic Biopics kids video on demand Musical finale comic Watching Series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina psychological thriller spain Amazon Studios Kids & Family TCA Sneak Peek AMC witnail Trailer period drama nbcuniversal PaleyFest OneApp New York Comic Con Best and Worst Acorn TV cinemax cancelled television breaking bad comedies ABC Family Family 20th Century Fox award winner Star Trek Music sequel australia Fall TV Horror Country game of thrones Discovery Channel Tarantino dogs classics Tubi thriller stop motion 2018 concert zombie psycho First Reviews science fiction Certified Fresh A24 Cartoon Network travel Super Bowl 72 Emmy Awards Turner Classic Movies ViacomCBS MTV Brie Larson Heroines CW Seed Summer Holiday SDCC rom-coms 2015 reviews historical drama cats Elton John Adult Swim cancelled TV series 4/20 cartoon justice league boxing Syfy 2019 video Comedy Central Turner criterion Hallmark nfl jamie lee curtis TV BET hispanic cops BBC One Pirates cancelled TV shows Writers Guild of America spanish Anna Paquin child's play emmy awards tv talk Travel Channel revenge theme song movies supernatural laika The Academy cooking renewed TV shows IFC Ghostbusters 2016 what to watch DC Comics sag awards politics toronto hollywood Christmas Fox News versus movie Box Office Hallmark Christmas movies spider-man obituary Rock Cosplay TV Land composers romance war crossover X-Men japanese Television Academy sitcom Baby Yoda critics discovery TLC diversity Superheroe reboot singing competition teaser Disney+ Disney Plus facebook El Rey Lucasfilm Captain marvel canceled Apple Quiz disaster 21st Century Fox based on movie Marvel Television dramedy History FX Superheroes halloween tv venice Reality Competition rotten LGBT WarnerMedia Grammys ID DirecTV Holidays Rocky quibi Awards Tour anime game show police drama A&E book HBO Max Pet Sematary Trivia spinoff See It Skip It Pop MCU festivals casting Hulu Spring TV Nickelodeon Funimation Opinion films Spectrum Originals cars Action Apple TV+ aliens TBS adaptation Star Wars BAFTA women President parents dragons Reality RT History NBC First Look Logo Sony Pictures FOX APB TruTV Oscars YouTube Red free movies independent indie technology christmas movies Sundance Now TNT space Lifetime Christmas movies foreign 007 Marvel Teen doctor who Extras vampires BBC nature sports Avengers Stephen King die hard Polls and Games fast and furious news Nat Geo festival Binge Guide Nominations social media binge Marathons south america slashers natural history Classic Film Ovation comiccon VICE DGA Mindy Kaling joker superhero Paramount comic books harry potter mutant Ellie Kemper Apple TV Plus deadpool YouTube Premium rt archives boxoffice football indiana jones BBC America crime ABC Signature 24 frames Paramount Network Crackle batman Martial Arts halloween latino E3 Warner Bros. Red Carpet Podcast a nightmare on elm street documentaries Amazon Prime FXX TV renewals talk show Britbox Freeform pirates of the caribbean Lifetime Fox Searchlight docudrama Infographic mockumentary worst Vudu Set visit Pop TV Fantasy Endgame directors Amazon werewolf spanish language PlayStation ghosts series Marvel Studios FX on Hulu 45 Animation chucky Year in Review Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Arrangement Calendar ESPN Creative Arts Emmys HBO Go ITV IFC Films transformers all-time rotten movies we love CNN medical drama children's TV Disney Plus Video Games sequels dceu trailers YouTube Netflix Thanksgiving Toys spy thriller anthology Alien Bravo GIFs richard e. Grant french Amazon Prime Video Universal 2020 blaxploitation political drama Women's History Month Mary Poppins Returns DC streaming service The Witch Photos 71st Emmy Awards CBS Shudder Masterpiece Tomatazos Dark Horse Comics Pixar universal monsters mission: impossible Crunchyroll best true crime Academy Awards Schedule stand-up comedy Western Tumblr Mudbound scorecard TIFF ABC Comics on TV Character Guide Showtime green book VH1 2017 zero dark thirty stoner Sundance Premiere Dates Interview Epix Sundance TV dc PBS Netflix Christmas movies VOD HBO The Walking Dead Mystery miniseries jurassic park 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Food Network Mary poppins black Disney remakes Paramount Plus screen actors guild james bond Winter TV SundanceTV ratings dark Disney Channel satire biography cancelled cults Lionsgate YA Sci-Fi OWN Shondaland DC Universe fresh Emmys Black History Month The CW The Purge twilight Television Critics Association NYCC SXSW Esquire Walt Disney Pictures Rom-Com Drama Emmy Nominations documentary streaming Musicals Pride Month Comedy Countdown name the review The Walt Disney Company USA TCA Awards television crime thriller Film Festival Hear Us Out GoT Cannes TCA 2017 American Society of Cinematographers zombies worst movies Peacock LGBTQ GLAAD screenings Arrowverse BET Awards Chernobyl TCM asian-american Awards San Diego Comic-Con archives strong female leads 99% adventure golden globes animated toy story TV One RT21 golden globe awards Starz CBS All Access Columbia Pictures robots blockbuster TCA Winter 2020 Song of Ice and Fire Spike italian Trophy Talk elevated horror