When it comes time to choosing your next binge-worthy show, taking on a series that has upwards of 10 seasons to plow through can feel overwhelming. And don’t discount FOMO and the too-real desire to stay in the know about the shows everyone is talking, which will definitely help come awards season when you can make an educated pick for your workplace Emmys pool.
We’re well into the Golden Age of Television and while there are always great shows to revisit, some of the best series of all time are airing right now. If you want a show to binge, why not choose one that’s still on the air and won’t require an entire year to get through? Plus, all past seasons of our picks are currently streaming on Crave, which makes your next rainy-day-TV-marathon session sorted.
Here are the 10 best dramas from 2019 that you need to binge now.
Why binge: If the U.K. series Skins and to some extent, the beloved Canadian series Degrassi, have left a hole in your TV viewing heart, Euphoria is here to fill it. It’s also going to make you really, really paranoid about letting your teenager children leave the house. Not Kids-paranoid, but close.
Biggest accolades: The Drake-produced series is lead by Zendaya, who is nothing short of a revelation in her role as Rue, a teen addict who acts as a guide and narrator to the typical high school experience. The show is currently sitting at a 79 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is pretty impressive for any teen-centric drama.
New episodes: New episodes of Euphoria are available every Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on Crave.
Why binge: Elisabeth Moss gives literal award-winning performances each episode, backed by a stellar cast that includes Samira Wiley and Ann Dowd. Plus, The Handmaid’s Tale is filmed in Canada and based on a book by national treasure Margaret Atwood, so yay CanCon!
Biggest accolades: The Handmaid’s Tale has an 84 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has won multiple BAFTAs, Emmys, and Golden Globes, including Best Television Series – Drama.
New episodes: Season 3 is currently airing with new episodes every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on Crave.
Why binge: Bill Hader and Henry Winkler are at their *best* in the dramedy Barry, which says at lot considering the impressive careers these two men have enjoyed. Seriously, go watch this now.
Biggest accolades: It has an incredible 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and earned The Fonz his first-ever Emmy in 2018.
New episodes: The second season just wrapped and Season 3 has been confirmed, so fingers crossed for another springtime premiere.
Why binge: Chernobyl has clinched the spot as the best-rated show of all time on IMDb, passing Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Band of Brothers, Planet Earth and The Wire. Plus, it’s based on the horrifying historic event, so it’s also educational. The more you know…the higher you’ll place on trivia night.
Biggest accolades: For now, see above. But come award season you can expect to hear the word Chernobyl a lot.
New Episodes: Since Chernobyl is a limited series, we likely won’t be getting a second season, but Big Little Lies was also a limited series and Season 2 just debuted so fingers crossed.
5. KILLING EVE
Why binge: Sandra Oh. Need more? Settle in. Oh plays a bored MI5 security officer who becomes obsessed with capturing Jodie Comer’s Villanelle serial killer, who is in part inspired by Harvey Weinstein. Women playing traditionally male-dominated roles? You can bet we, and the rest of Hollywood, are so very into this killer series.
Biggest accolades: Sandra Oh made history by taking home the Emmy for Best Actress in a TV Series Drama, while Comer took home the BAFTA for her leading role in her native UK.
New episodes: Less than 12 hours after the Season 2 premiere of Killing Eve in April, the BBC had confirmed that it would return for a third season. All together now: Phew.
Why binge: Come for the A-list cast of Meryl, Reese, Nicole, Laura, Shailene, and Zoe, stay for the California house porn, the must-download soundtrack, and the comforting realization that the other parents at your kid’s school aren’t that bad.
Biggest accolades: The show has a 95 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, earned Golden Globes AND Emmys for Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, and Alexander Skarsgård, and many, many more nominations awards at both shows, plus the BAFTAs, SAGs, AFIs and more.
New episodes: Season 2 of Big Little Lies is currently airing Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Crave. And it has Meryl.
Why binge: It’s a little bit country, it’s a little bit sci-fi and it’s a whole lot of sex, violence, incredible acting and just enough complexity to make you feel interested without making you feel like you’re dropping the plot…all the time. (Sometimes it really is confounding, though.)
Biggest accolades: The incredible ensemble cast has been recognized with nominations and wins, including a Golden Globe and Emmy for Thandie Newton, as well as numerous wins for the show’s hairstyling, makeup, sound mixing, visual effects and more.
New episodes: It’s fitting that a show set in the future is still far away, but Season 3 of Westworld has been confirmed for 2020.
Why binge: For all those people who ever said that sci-fi and Star Trek weren’t for them, this is the series to get them onside. For the first time, the franchise is led by two women, with Sonequa Martin-Green and Michelle Yeoh bringing us must-see TV from a galaxy far, far away. (That’s Star Wars, not Star Trek, but you know what we mean.)
Biggest accolades: The show has received nominations by a wide range of award-giving bodies, including GLAAD, the Emmys, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, the Costume Designers Guild Awards and more. It also has an 82 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is huge for a show with so much legacy and such a devoted and critical (in a nice way!) fan base.
New episodes: Based on the first two seasons, we’re assuming there will be a January 2020 premiere date for Season 3. There are rumours the next season could feature a crossover from Picard, as in the Picard, so if we have to wait, we’ll wait.
9. THE AFFAIR
Why binge: No TV show or movie has done the unreliable narrator to perfection quite like The Affair, which continues to evolve with storylines that make each season feel like a mini-movie. With the upcoming Season 5 as the show’s finale, now is the best time to catch up on the sexy drama.
Biggest accolades: Maura Tierney and Ruth Wilson have both taken home Golden Globes for acting and the series won Best Television Series Drama after in 2015.
New episodes: Season 5 of The Affair premieres on Crave on Sunday, August 25.
Why binge: Succession follows the Roy family, an uber-wealthy group of siblings who are fighting one another and their father for control over the family’s media conglomerate. They’re kinda awful and you can’t help but love to hate them.
Biggest accolades: The series has an 86 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and earned a Golden Globe nomination for Kieran Culkin. The drama also took home the award for Best International Series at the 2019 BAFTAs.
New episodes: Season 2 of Succession will premiere on Sunday, August 11 on Crave.