50 TV shows you can binge from start to finish on a flightGet the Full StoryYou've booked your airfare, your bag is packed, now, you've just got to decide what you're going to settle into during the flight.Long flights while travelling are the ultimate environment for binge-watching TV: meals and booze delivered right to your own personal little tray table, nowhere to be for hours but in your seat and full concentration.So, instead of wasting time flicking around the airline's entertainment catalogue, prepare in advance, and catch up on a show you've been meaning to spend quality time with you've got hours, and you can finish the show before you land. Just check your flight length and pick one of these based on how much time you have and be sure to leave a little buffer time to include taxi, take-off, landing, food and bathroom breaks.
13 shows you can binge in one day if you need a distraction
You can either download from your chosen streaming service, rent, or buy. Just remember to make it all available offline before getting to the gate, lest you accidentally miss the last episode. One show you will not see on this list? Yellowjackets.Flight time: Three hoursThe Chair
Settle into "The Chair."
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The Chair isn t without its flaws, but you do get a lot for a little with this smart dramedy from creators Amanda Peet and Annie Julia Wyman. Set on the campus of the fictional Pembroke University, The Chair follows English department head Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim Sandra Oh as she grapples with a scandal involving her fellow professor and love interest Jay Duplass . Choppy pacing and some muddled messaging around cancel culture make this an imperfect, yet worthy binge, clocking in at six episodes in just three hours. Alison Foreman, former Senior Entertainment ReporterHow long is it? Three hours, one season.How to watch: The Chair is now streaming on Netflix.We Are Lady Parts
Make sure your headphones are turned up for this one.
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What started as a Channel 4 comedy short has been made into one of the must-see shows around. Created by Nida Manzoor, We Are Lady Parts is a six-part series about the formation of an all-women Muslim punk band, and every moment rules. You ll meet Saira Sarah Kameela Impey , Ayesha Juliette Motamed , Bisma Faith Omole , and Momtaz Lucie Shorthouse as they recruit lead guitarist Amina Spider-Man: Far From Home and Mogul Mowgli star Anjana Vasan . As Proma Khosla writes in her review for Mashable, "Seeing five women of color lead a comedy less interested in gawking at their identifiers than exploring their inner lives feels truly revolutionary." Shannon Connellan, UK EditorHow long is it? Three hours, one seasonHow to watch: We Are Lady Parts is now streaming on All4 in the UK and Peacock in the U.S.The Pursuit of Love
Escapist daliance, ahoy.
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Directed by Emily Mortimer, BBC One's adaptation of Nancy Mitford's 1945 novel is an absolute riot for lovers of period dramas. Set between World Wars, The Pursuit of Love centres around the romantic whims of the audacious Linda Radlett Lily James , as told by her close cousin Fanny Logan Emily Beecham . But as Mashable s Rachel Thompson points out in her review, Fleabag s Andrew Scott steals the show as the beguiling Lord Merlin: "Prepare for eccentric hijinks, heated conversations about communism, lots of brooding romantic energy, and many entertaining outbursts from Andrew Scott." S.C.How long is it? Three hours, one seasonHow to watch: The Pursuit of Love is now streaming on BBC iPlayer in the UK and Amazon Prime Video in the U.S.Reservation Dogs
Meet Bear D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai , Elora Devery Jacobs and Willie Paulina Alexis .
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Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi s comedy debuted with the confidence and charisma every show wishes it had. Reservation Dogs follows four Oklahoma teens on daily adventures, small and large from loitering outside a local clinic to stealing a chip truck and delivering it to local criminals. The show is created almost entirely by Native talent behind and in front of the camera; young stars D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, and Lane Factor never miss a beat. The friends and their world are so authentic and inviting that it s impossible not to get sucked in, to feel acutely for their victories, laughter, and heartache. Proma Khosla, former Senior Entertainment Reporter How long is it? Three hoursHow to watch: Reservation Dogs is now streaming on FX via Hulu in the U.S. and on Disney in the UK.Yasuke
If you're looking for a contained tale, "Yasuke" rules.
LeSean Thomas' miniseries follows the life and legend of its title character, a Black samurai who served daimy Oda Nobunaga. Years after Nobunaga's death, Yasuke lives as Yassan, a boatsman who shuttles villagers along the water and speaks little of his past. But a young girl with awesome power undoes Yassan s quiet life and alias, thrusting him back into a world of warriors, magic and more. The show blends together sci-fi, fantasy, and history as only anime can, with LaKeith Stanfield at the mic bringing Yasuke sublimely to life. P.K. How long is it? Three hours, one seasonHow to watch: Yasuke is now streaming on Netflix.Flight time: Four hoursLoot
You will breeze through "Loot".
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Maya Rudolph leads this Apple TV comedy as billionaire Molly Novak, who enjoys her gigayacht but maybe not betrayal by her husband of 20 years. When she realises she has a charity foundation run by Sofia Salinas Michaela Ja Rodriguez , she starts on a fresh new journey with her assistant Nicholas Joel Kim Booster , accountant Arthur Nat Faxon and cousin Howard Ron Funches . S.C.How long is it? 4.5 hours, one seasonHow to watch: Loot is now streaming on Apple TV .Heartstopper
Oh, you'd like a LOVELY time on your flight?
From beloved webcomic to graphic novel to Netflix series, Heartstopper is a truly sweet teen romance that will steal your heart. English writer and illustrator Alice Oseman has extracted the characters of her Tapas Webtoon Tumblr hit 2016 webcomic and found real-life ambassadors for them in the screen adaptation directed by Euros Lyn. Heartstopper lies on the sugary sweet end of the teen dramedy series spectrum, worlds apart from Euphoria and Skins, younger but just as delightful as Sex Education, with a new gay love story akin to Love, Viktor. But it doesn t shy away from a poignant examination of queer identity amid steadfast heteronormativity. S.C.How long is it? Four hours, one seasonHow to watch: Heartstopper is now streaming on Netflix.The Bear
Watch the show that had everypne obsessed.
Created by Christopher Storer, this new FX series centres on fine dining chef Carmy Berzatto Jeremy Allen White , who returns to his home city of Chicago after he loses a close family member. He's tasked with running the family sandwich shop, The Original Beef of Chicagoland, with sous chef Sydney Ayo Edebiri and manager Richie Ebon Moss-Bachrach . It'll be a stressful, rewarding, and delicious journey. S.C.How long is it? Four hours, one seasonHow to watch: The Bear is now streaming on Hulu in the U.S.Flight time: Five hoursAbbott Elementary
Spend hours in school on your flight.
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You know that kind of feel-good comedy that's not exactly escapist because it never lets you forget the troubles of the real world, but is radiantly heartwarming all the same? That's the kind of comedy Abbott Elementary offers, making it the top of its sitcom class.Created by and starring Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary is an Office-like mockumentary that welcomes viewers behind the scenes or into the teacher's lounge of a predominantly Black public school in Philadelphia, where the educators are as hilariously flawed as they are lovable. Among the staff, there are newbie idealists Janine Brunson and Jacob Chris Perfetti , jaded substitute teacher Gregory Tyler James Williams , no-nonsense veterans Lisa Ann Walter and Sheryl Lee Ralph , and a self-obsessed diva problem-making principal Janelle James . Together, they face budget issues, soiled carpets, faulty electricity, and a slew of other unglamorous problems that are just everyday issues for teachers in America. But through it all, Brunson and her A ensemble bring humor and humanity that makes the real world feel bearable. If you're hungry for TV's version of comfort food, look no further. K.P.How long is it? Five hours, one seasonHow to watch: Abbott Elementary is now streaming on Hulu in the U.S. and on Disney in the UK.Starstruck
If you're looking for a rom-com on your flight, this is it.
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It s Notting Hill but not as you know it. Created by and starring New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo and filmed in London, Starstruck leans into the mess of liking someone new, especially when one of you is a movie star. A light, smart, fun series over two seasons, Starstruck is a millennial rom-com about Jessie Matafeo , a twenty-something working in London who has a one night stand with a famous movie star, Tom Kapoor Nikesh Patel on New Year s Eve without knowing who he is. Delightfully awkward chaos, lurking paparazzi, and unsubtle friends ensue, but beyond that, this could be the start of something big. S.C.How long is it? Five hours, two seasonsHow to watch: Starstruck is now streaming on BBC iPlayer in the UK and HBO Max in the U.S.Our Flag Means Death
The perfect piratey flight voyage.
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Do you love pirates? Do you love rom-coms? Then you're really going to love the excellent pirate rom-com Our Flag Means Death. Creator David Jenkins and executive producer Taika Waititi bring the Golden Age of Piracy to life with a healthy dose of comic irreverence, following the comedy of errors that is rich landowner Stede Bonnet's quest to be a pirate. Along the way, Stede played by frequent Waititi collaborator Rhys Darby crosses paths with legendary swashbuckler Blackbeard Waititi , and their ensuing relationship is what really drives the show. Lauded for its killer ensemble cast and thoughtful portrayal of queer relationships, Our Flag Means Death is worth all the hype and more. B.E.How long is it? Five hours, one seasonHow to watch: Our Flag Means Death is now streaming on HBO Max.This Way Up
Two seasons, perfect watch.
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Aisling Bea s sharply written comedy drama about two sisters navigating life in London pulls at the heart strings while making us splutter with laughter. The tone is perfect, the performances from Bea in the lead as Aine and Catastrophe s Sharon Horgan as her sister Shona are top notch, and the underlying themes are handled with subtlety and care. "Just as the first season of This Way Up portrayed the reality of loneliness like nothing I'd ever seen before, the second continues its streak of capturing mental health issues with compassion and without relying on stereotypes and clich s," wrote Mashable s Rachel Thompson. "What's really wonderful with This Way Up is the way the show continues to portray the reality of living with mental health challenges without pathologising the character or presenting them as a great anomaly." Sam Haysom, Deputy UK EditorHow long is it? Five hours, two seasonsHow to watch: This Way Up Season 2 is now streaming now on All4 in the UK and Hulu in the U.S.Dead End: Paranormal Park
Join the crew.
Netflix's animated series Dead End: Paranormal Park, based on the graphic novel series DeadEndia, is the latest in a long line of cartoons, including Disney's The Owl House and Netflix's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, to feature LGBTQ characters and relationships. The show follows trans teen Barney voiced by Zach Barack , his talking pug Pugsley voiced by Alex Brightman , and his friend Norma voiced by Kody Kavitha as they spend the summer working at a haunted house that is actually haunted. Between dealing with demons, exorcisms, and the underworld, Barney and Norma face what might be the scariest thing of all: first crushes and or meeting your heroes. B.E.How long is it? Five hours, one seasonHow to watch: Dead End: Paranormal Park is now streaming on Netflix.The Afterparty
RSVP to this mystery.
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Many people have attempted modern twists on the classic detective whodunnit. Apple TV 's The After Party is a series that got the genre absolutely right. Its all star cast delivers nuanced and hilarious performances that slowly build up the mystery of who murdered a pop star after their high school reunion, all of which culminate in one of the most satisfying mystery finales in a long time. All that in just eight episodes? Don't waste your one or two shot s to hop on this bandwagon. A.N.How long: 5 hours, one seasonHow to watch: The After Party is now streaming on Apple TV .It's A Sin
So many boozy chats in the kitchen at the Pink Palace.
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From Queer as Folk creator Russell T. Davies, It s A Sin is a deeply moving five-part series from Channel 4 and streaming on HBO Max. Set in London in the 80s, the show hinges around five friends Ritchie Olly Alexander , Jill Lydia West , Ash Nathaniel Curtis , Roscoe Omari Douglas ,and Colin Callum Scott Howells living together over a decade amid the AIDS epidemic as it happened in the UK. Davies has created a beautiful tribute to those who died during the epidemic, many of whose stories have been erased, and the show's strength comes from its brilliant cast bringing humanity, joy, and integrity to wonderful, real, unforgettable characters. S.C.How long is it? Five hours, one seasonHow to watch:It's a Sin is streaming on on All4 in the UK and HBO Max in the U.S.Moon Knight
Lose yourself in "Moon Knight."
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Oscar Isaac stars in the dual role of Marc Spector and Steven Grant in this MCU series, and their respective metahuman forms: Moon Knight and Mr. Knight. Spector's powers are his reward for living in thrall to Khonshu, ancient Egyptian god of the moon. Grant's situation is...more complicated, and best left in the realm of spoilers. His suit is spiffy as hell, though. Propelled by terrific performances from Isaac, a great supporting cast that includes Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy, and refreshingly authentic representation for Arab and Jewish viewers alike, Moon Knight is the kind of Marvel adventure we'd like to see more of in the future. A.R.How long is it? Five hours, one seasonHow to watch: Moon Knight is now streaming on Disney .Flight time: Six hoursPaper Girls
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Everyone loves a time travel show right now, from The Umbrella Academy to Loki to Dark and beyond. Same goes for shows set in the '80s let's see: Stranger Things, GLOW, The Haunting of Bly Manor. Throw them together and you've got Paper Girls, a time-travelling mystery series that we're absolutely onboard with.Based on the comics by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, the series follows newspaper deliverers KJ Fina Strazza , Erin Riley Lai Nelet , Mac Sofia Rosinsky , and Tiffany Camryn Jones . It's 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio, the day after Halloween, and the friends accidentally find themselves beamed forward to 2019 where their adult selves are too including Ali Wong as grown-up Erin . They've gotta save the world, of course, but they've got to outrun the militant faction of time-travellers known as the Old Watch, who have outlawed time travel. S.C.How long is it? Six hours, one seasonHow to watch: Paper Girls is now streaming on Prime Video.Obi-Wan Kenobi
The Force is strong with this flight choice.
Disney 's latest Star Wars foray, Obi-Wan Kenobi, which follows the titular hero played by Ewan McGregor on a quest to save Princess Leia Vivien Lyra Blair from the clutches of Inquisitor Reva Moses Ingram 10 years after the events of Episode III. S.H. How long is it? Six hours, one seasonHow to watch: Obi-Wan Kenobi is now streaming on Disney .Ms Marvel
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Have you met Kamala Khan Iman Vellani yet? Marvel's newest screen superhero, a Pakistani-American teen living in Jersey City, is the star of Ms. Marvel and thanks, we absolutely love her. A huge Captain Marvel fan, Khan feels like an outsider at school classic hero origin situation . Buuuut she gets superpowers, so GO GET 'EM. From writer Bisha K. Ali and directors Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Meera Menon, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, this Disney plus series is one of the week's biggest shows. S.C.How long is it? Six hours, one seasonHow to watch: Ms. Marvel is now streaming on Disney .Feel Good
You'll laugh, you'll cry.
Building relationships, growing up, breaking free of emotional dependency, and managing addiction Mae Martin makes all of it funny, sad, relatable, romantic, and beautiful in the semi-autobiographical comedy drama Feel Good. With Martin in the director writer actor chair, the show pushes Mae Martin and George s Charlotte Ritchie story along into various levels while exploring the complicated nature of empathy and handling inner pain. Mae digs into their past trauma and its impact on present relationships, George works on finding time for her own power while supporting Mae, and Mae's parents the incredibly deadpan Lisa Kudrow and charming Adrian Lukis try to meet them halfway. S.C.How long it is? Six hours, two seasonsHow to watch: Feel Good is now streaming on Netflix.Invincible
If your seat neighbours don't mind a bit of animated blood...
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Robert Kirkman may be best-known as the creator of The Walking Dead, but Amazon is poised to change that with Invincible. For people who have read the comic, the first season of this animated Prime Video adaptation is nothing short of a dream come true for the way it's nailing and even improving on the source. For everyone else, Amazon's first season of Invincible is a standout example of a trope-obliterating superhero story that doesn't feel like any of the other trope-obliterating superhero stories that have jockeyed for attention in recent years. That's thanks to Invincible's potent mix of jaw-dropping surprises, violence that isn't just gratuitous, and a tender, beating heart. - Adam Rosenberg, Senior Entertainment ReporterHow long is it? Just over six hours, one seasonHow to watch: Invincible is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.WandaVision
Enjoy your stay in Westview.
There is truly no reason that a sitcom-pastiche-grief-metaphor starring two tertiary Avengers should be a knockout hit and television masterclass, but Jac Shaeffer knew what she was doing with WandaVision. The genre-bending series brought us back to the MCU after more than a year-and-a-half without it, and immediately elevated storytelling possibilities for Marvel, Disney, and TV itself. Paul Bettany and Elisabeth Olsen jump admirably between comedy and drama, providing a TV comedy crash course as much as plumbing new depths for their superhero characters, especially how Wanda internalizes and unpacks her grief. Wanda may have grieved alone on screen, but audiences connected week after week with the show s understanding of love, loss, and memory.Kathryn Hahn gives not only an all-time MCU villain performance as Agatha Harkness, but a career best that spectacularly shows off her power pun intended . Teyonah Parris, Randall Park, and Kat Dennings give us the crossover ensemble we didn t know we needed Avengers who? and built hype for future Marvel movies. We might be back to regularly scheduled programming, but we ll always have Westview. P.K.How long is it? Six hours, one seasonHow to watch: WandaVision is now streaming on Disney Squid Game
If you're yet to see "Squid Game" now is your chance to catch up with the rest of the world.
Do we really have to recap? Netflix's South Korean superhit Squid Game landed on the service in mid-September and exploded like none other, shattering the record for the most watched Netflix show of all time the record has since been beaten by Arcane . Its dystopian premise, in which indebted civilians compete with each other in death-match versions of schoolyard games for money is as dark as it comes, but Squid Game's candy-colored aesthetic makes the deadly proceedings substantially creepier. Squid Game is a whip-smart satire that calls out the loss of individual humanity in late stage capitalism, which for some weird reason resonated with millions of people all over the world. A.N.How long is it? 6.5 hours, one seasonHow to watch: Squid Game is now streaming on Netflix.Arcane
You don t have to play League of Legends to enjoy "Arcane."
Whether you're a big fan of League of Legends or have no idea who Jinx, Vi, and Jayce are, you're guaranteed to smash through Arcane. The show's gorgeous animation is the perfect vehicle for an excellent story about magic, betrayal, and family ties. Trust us: as soon as you enter the cities of Piltover and Zaun, you won't want to leave until you've finished all nine episodes. B.E.How long is it? Six hours, one season.How to watch: Arcane is now streaming on Netflix.Loki
Time for some mischief.
Marvel's most mischievous Asgardian got his own series in 2021, with Loki Tom Hiddleston charged as a time criminal following the events of Avengers: Endgame. The God of Mischief finds himself incarcerated within the sprawling halls of the mysterious Time Variance Authority, where he's under the watch of judge Ravonna Renslayer Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Hunter B-15 Wunmi Mosaku . TVA agent Mobius Owen Wilson throws Loki a lifeline, requesting his help to catch a much bigger fish causing chaos across time. They'll encounter Sophia Di Martino, Jonathan Majors, and Richard E. Grant along the way, but we're not going to tell you how. S.C.How long is it? Six hours, one seasonHow to watch: Loki is now streaming on Disney .Sweet Tooth
You ll watch Sweet Tooth in a heartbeat.
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Even though it takes place after a deadly virus has decimated the human population and caused the collapse of civilization yikes , Sweet Tooth is more of a fairy tale told from the perspective of one of the other side effects of the apocalypse a human-deer hybrid named Gus, whose father sheltered him from the worst of the world until shelter became untenable. Gus's journey through the world he barely knew existed is a beautiful coming-of-age story with a talented supporting cast and a flawless cute-to-concerning ratio. A.N. How long is it it? Six hours, one seasonHow to watch: Sweet Tooth is now streaming on Netflix.Flight time: Seven hoursSeverance
We know you re on holiday but this is worth going to an office for.
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Apple TV 's excellent drama Severance is "an anti-capitalist fable with a Black Mirror twist." It imagines a world where workers can "sever" their work memories from their civilian memories, resulting in a bizarre, sterile office world that only exists when employees are physically in the office and "regular" people who have no idea what they do in their hours at work. Led by Adam Scott in a tremendous role, the Severance cast often plays double duty portraying their work selves and their out-of-work selves as two entirely different characters.The creeping mystery of what exactly their company does with their labor maintains suspense through the show's nine episodes, complete with twists no one can see coming and a cliffhanger ending that guarantees a thrilling second season. A.N.How long is it? Seven hours, one seasonHow to watch: Severance is now streaming on Apple TV .Russian Doll
Perfect for the limbo of being in a plane.
Gotta get up, gotta get out, gotta get into in the superb eternal loop that is Netflix's Russian Doll. Orange Is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne leads this Groundhog Day-like series about a woman in New York City who lives the same day over and over. It's perfect for watching all in one go while you're high in the clouds in your own limbo. S.C.How long is it? 7.5 hours, two seasonsHow to watch: Russian Doll is now streaming on Netflix.Pachinko
Let one series grab you heart and soul.
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One of the most ambitious new shows of 2022 is also among its most rewarding. Based on Min Jin Lee's best-selling novel, Pachinko spans not only decades but also generations, following a family line from an impoverished community in 1915 Korea to a prosperous Japan in 1989. The center of this moving saga is matriarch Kim Sunja, who grows from an intrepid child Yu-na to a pregnant, unwed teen Kim Min-ha , to a grandmother Academy Award-winning star of Minari, Youn Yuh-jung too often patronized by her doting son Soji Arai and hotshot banker grandson Solomon Jin Ha .Created by Soo Hugh, this sensational drama series slides back and forth across its timeline, paralleling Sunja's journey with Solomon's. Though she was raised in poverty and he in prosperity, both face challenges of racism, weighty family expectations, and impossible loves. Incredibly, though Pachinko hits on many dark elements, it's resiliently hopeful, delivering on the promise of its exhilarating opening title sequence. If you're looking for a series to grab you, heart and soul, Pachinko is a safe bet for satisfaction. Kristy Puchko, Film EditorHow long is it? 7.5 hours, one seasonHow to watch: Pachinko is now streaming on Apple TV .Mare of Easttown
If you re looking for a crime series to lose yourself in, this is it.
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HBO s drama became a rare case of must-see viewing and appointment TV a dying breed that the Home Box Office is one of the last networks to dominate. Where Disney s Marvel shows were endlessly discussed yet easily spoiled, Mare s Sunday primetime slot gave us much-needed structure as we dissected a murder investigation in Pennsylvnia. Kate Winslet and her Pennsylvania accent lead this cast which feels as real as any small town in middle America. Winslet gives Mare endless rough edges, cloaking the character s pain in her gruff determination to solve the crime. Whether or not you saw that final twist coming, Mare sucked you in and kept you coming back. P.K.How long is it? Just over seven hours, one seasonHow to watch: Mare of Easttown is now streaming on HBO Max.Derry Girls
Apologies to your seat neighbours for the guffaws this will induce.
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Looking for a teen comedy to distract you? Line up Derry Girls, set in the '90s during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. You'll meet four teens Erin, Orla, Clare, and Michelle who get into all sorts of trouble together at school in Derry. Honestly, it's a series whose portrayal of Northern Irish women is a breath of fresh air and it's got one hell of a soundtrack. S.C.How long is it? 7.5 hours, three seasonsHow to watch: Derry Girls is now streaming on All 4 in the UK and Netflix in the U.S.Flight time: Eight hoursShadow and Bone
A superb fantasy binge-watch.
Shadow and Bone is the rare book-to-tv adaptation that took full advantage of the time between publishing and premiere and used it to improve the source materials in multiple directions. Leigh Bardugo's original novel was a smash hit, but Shadow and Bone the series makes the cast more diverse, adds a subplot starring characters from the companion series Six of Crows, and brings forth some of the book's messed-up romantic politics in a thoughtful and entertaining way.
14 notable differences between the book and Netflix's 'Shadow and Bone'
Casting Ben Barnes as the Darkling, long thought to be the ultimate fancast, is only the very, very good-looking cherry on top of a series that takes the thematic responsibilities of YA fantasy seriously while being a dang entertaining show. A.N.How long is it? Eight hours, one seasonHow to watch: Shadow and Bone is now streaming on Netflix.Sharp Objects
Amy Adams gives a performance unlike any other in "Sharp Objects".
Based on Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn's debut novel, and brought to the small screen by Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vall e, HBO mini-series Sharp Objects is a must-watch subversion of the Dead Girl trope. A transfixing Amy Adams leads the charge as a reporter who investigates disturbing unsolved crimes back in her small hometown. S.C.How long is it? Eight hours, one seasonHow to watch: Sharp Objects is now streaming on HBO Max.The Sandman
Enjoy Netflix s big fantasy adaptation in one go.
Neil Gaiman's The Sandman found itself with a 10-episode comic adaptation from showrunner Allan Heinberg, journeying through worlds, human and otherwise, primarily hinging around the exploits of Morpheus, the Dream King Tom Sturridge . When Morpheus is captured by mortals and his sacred objects stolen, terrible things begin to happen both in our world and realms of fantasy.But this just means we get to meet a whole range of weird and wonderful characters, from Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, Vivienne Acheampong as the librarian, Lucienne, Jenna Coleman as the kickass Johanna Constantine, Asim Chaudhry and Sanjeev Bhaskar as murder-bound brothers Cain and Abel, David Thewlis as the exceptionally creepy John Dee, and so many more. S.C.How long is it? Eight hours, one seasonHow to watch: The Sandman is now streaming on Netflix.Broadchurch
If you want British crime, this is British crime.
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Yep, it's a series that has more than one season, but for our purposes, Broadchurch Season 1 is all you'll need. Starring David Tennant, Olivia Colman, and Jodie Whittaker, this emotional British crime drama is one murder mystery you'll find genuinely hard to get over and one that's intensified if you watch it all in one go. S.C.How long is it? Eight hours for the first season that's all you'll need, unless you're a sucker for sadness How to watch: Broadchurch is now streaming on BritBox in the UK and on PBS Masterpiece on Prime Video in the U.S.Girls 5eva
What are you waiting five?
Every one-hit wonder deserves a second chance. In Peacock's Girls 5eva, a pop group from the turn of the century has the opportunity to revive its former glory and maybe make it stick. When the band's comeback prompts a look back at their old catalogue, Dawn Sara Bareilles decides to write something new "an anthem for things that aren't perfect but are still great." Girls 5eva comes from creator Meredith Scardino, executive produced by Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond, and Robert Carlock. It stars Bareilles, Busy Phillips, Ren e Elise Goldsberry, and Paula Pell. P.K.How long is it? Eight hours, two seasonsHow to watch: Girls 5eva is now streaming on Peacock in the U.S. and on Now TV in the UK.The Night Of
HBO s hit on the criminal justice system.
Like an extreme version of Dude Where's My Car?, eight-part HBO mini-series The Night Of stars a superb Riz Ahmed as Nasir Khan, a student imprisoned after waking up to a murder scene with no recollection of what the hell happened the night before. You, along with John Turturro as Naz's lawyer, will piece together the case, while Naz makes a prison ally of Freddy, played by the inimitable Michael Kenneth Williams. S.C.How long is it? 8.4 hours, one seasonHow to watch: The Night Of is now streaming on HBO Max in the U.S. and Now TV in the UK.Flight time: Nine hoursWatchmen
If you haven t watched Watchmen skip everything else and do it.
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Much like the 1986 comic it serves as a sequel to, HBO s Watchmen turns a critical eye to the idea and function of masked heroes in our culture but goes beyond its source material to examine the dark realities of racism, conspiracies, and police violence in a world almost but not quite like our own. Anchored by a towering performance from Regina King as Angela Abar, A.K.A the masked cop Sister Night, Watchmen s every episode dazzles while maintaining the social integrity dozens of other shows can only dream of achieving. A.N.How long is it? Nine hours, one seasonWhere to watch: Watchmen is now streaming on HBO Max.The Haunting of Hill House
Nothing like a jump scare in a plane.
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If you don't mind yelping in fright in a silent plane every so often, open the front door on Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House. A genuinely frightening drama from creator Mike Flanagan, based on Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel, the series centres around the concept of family trauma and grief. But there are plenty of scares too, and a mystery that will get you all the way to your destination, about five siblings and their parents who live in a truly haunted house. Hill House will keep you on the edge of your plane seat until the last showdown. S.C.How long is it? 9.5 hours, one seasonHow to watch: The Haunting of Hill House is now streaming on Netflix.The Haunting of Bly Manor
A superb horror mystery.
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OK, so you've seen The Haunting of Hill House? Check out Flanagan's follow-up gothic romance horror The Haunting of Bly Manor. Set in England in the '80s, the series follows Hill House alumni Victoria Pedretti as Dani, an American au pair hired to take care of two orphaned kids Amelie Bea Smith and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth at the grand, creepy Bly Manor in mysterious circumstances. They all live with the estate s housekeeper Mrs. Grose T Nia Miller , chef Owen Rahul Kohli , and groundskeeper Jamie Amelia Eve . But the house holds a fair few secrets, and if you're into Charlotte Bront or Henry James, you'll like this. S.C.How long is it? 9 hours, one season. How to watch: The Haunting of Bly Manor is now streaming on Netflix.Flight time: 10 hoursLovecraft Country
Get weird and wild.
The Mashable review of Lovecraft Country described the first five episodes as wild. There was no way to know how wild the show was going to get. Lovecraft was ambitious and attempted to rewrite the white supremacist legacy of H.P. Lovecraft by using his concepts to examine the eldritch horrors of racism by anchoring tales of adventure, science fiction, and magic in Black American experiences. It was messy, perhaps not earning its ending but taking the audience on a ride so unpredictable Season 1 could almost be watched as an anthology. At its best, Lovecraft Country was brilliant and thought-provoking, and even its worst gave the audience enough material to tease out meanings and subtleties for themselves. A.N.How long is it? 10 hours, one seasonHow to watch: Lovecraft Country is now streaming on HBO Max.Inventing Anna
Turns out, you do have time for this.
New York wasn't ready for Anna Delvey, and neither are you. The German heiress posing as a socialite is the core of Netflix series Inventing Anna. Julia Garner stars as the real-life figure behind endless speculation and a whole lot of missing cash. Anna Chlumsky plays a reporter intent to learn Delvey's story. But she's met with more and more questions every time she gets close. The Shondaland series is based on Jessica Pressler's viral article on Delvey and her antics, and it paints a picture of someone obsessed with the high-society lifestyle, no matter what the cost. P.K.How long is it? 10 hours, one seasonHow to watch: Inventing Anna is now streaming on Netflix.The Man Who Fell to Earth
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomie Harris bring "The Man Who Fell to Earth" to life.
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The Man Who Fell to Earth is a sequel to the 1976 film of the same name starring David Bowie, and it rules. It pays homage to its predecessor while spinning a smart, all-too-relevant story about an alien attempting to save his homeworld from total collapse. That alien is Faraday Chiwetel Ejiofor , and his quest on Earth is to find scientist Justin Falls Naomie Harris and recruit her to his cause. Ejiofor and Harris are both brilliant, as is Bill Nighy, who takes on Bowie's role from the original film. If you're looking for smart, fascinating science fiction, this should be at the top of your list. B.E.How to watch: The Man Who Fell to Earth is now streaming on Showtime.How long is it? 10 hours, one seasonHacks
Deborah and Ava in full force
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Hacks is many things: an incredible vehicle for Jean Smart; a provocative piece about the business of comedy; an odd-couple two-hander about work relationships that become all-consuming. The show, about a falling star older comedian Smart and the once-hot, now-blacklisted writer Hannah Einbinder that begins to work with her on her Las Vegas standup act, is snappy and smart, with plenty to say about women who never got their due. It could easily have turned into a screed against Gen Z or Boomers, but instead, Hacks which was co-created by Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, and Jen Statsky is a thoughtful exploration of change and comedy, engaging to both those who know a lot about the inside of Hollywood as well as those who look on from afar. The show is engrossing and funny a binge you'll be thinking about far after the surprising and stirring final moments. Erin Strecker, former Entertainment EditorHow long is it? 10.5 hours, two seasonsHow to watch: Hacks is now streaming on HBO MaxAll of Us Are Dead
School sucks and then there s zombies.
Combine zombie outbreak with teen drama and you've got All of Us Are Dead. Based on the webtoon by Joo Dong-geun, the South Korean series was written by Chun Sung-Il, directed by Lee Jae-kyoo and Kim Nam-su, with superb cinematography from Park Se-seung. The series takes place during a pretty damn intense zombie apocalypse that emerges from Hyosan High School, wherein students balance fighting off their former classmates with...their crushes. S.C.How long is it? 10.5 hours, one seasonHow to stream: All of Us Are Dead is now streaming on Netflix.Flight time: 11 hoursTed Lasso
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You'd better believe Ted Lasso is one of the most binge-worthy watches on this list. Each wholesome, hilarious, moving episode comes brimming with delightfulness and Easter eggs only to be brought back into line with Roy Kent's perfect swearing. Created by Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, and Joe Kelly, the two-season series follows the titular Ted Lasso Sudeikis , an American football coach who is brought in to coach English Premier League team AFC Richmond by the club's owner, Rebecca Welton Hannah Waddingham . Only problem is, Lasso and his 2IC Coach Beard Hunt know little about this type of football at all. But this is simply where the show begins, and where it goes is worthy of a long flight. S.C.How long is it? 11 hours, two seasonsHow to watch: Ted Lasso is now streaming on Apple TV .Dead to Me
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If you're after an addictive, easy binge-watch during your flight, Dead to Me is your go-to. The dark comedy's first season follows Jen Christina Applegate who scrambles to solve her husband's hit-and-run murder. In the meantime, she befriends Judy Linda Cardellini , who's dealing with her own loss. But there's a big secret afoot, all leading to the Season 1 finale, at which point you'll want to get up, stretch, and dive straight into Season 2. S.C.How long is it? 11 hours, two seasonsHow to watch: Dead to Me is now streaming on Netflix.Only Murders in the Building
If you love a good comedy mystery, pull on a sweater and get into this.
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Spend hours solving murders at the Arconia with our three podcasting heroes in Only Murders in the Building Season 1, and Season 2.Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Selena Gomez star as Mabel Mora, Charles-Haden Savage, and Oliver Putnam, three true crime podcast superfans and residents at a fancy Upper West Side apartment who become entangled in each other's lives after murder becomes afoot in the building. But there s a bigger question afoot: why is everyone always wearing sweaters?How long is it? 11.5 hours, two seasonsHow to watch: Only Murders in the Building is now streaming on Hulu.Flight time: 12 hoursBig Little Lies
The truth will either set you free or make your husband leave you. One or the other.
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Adapted from Liane Moriarty s best-selling book, directed by Wild's Jean-Marc Vall e, and set in the sedate, well-to-do Californian beach town of Monterey, this captivating Golden Globe winner is impossible to close a window on. Big Little Lies features one of the biggest little casts on television: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern raaaaage , and Zoe Kravitz, along with Alexander Skarsgard and Adam Scott. Then, in Season 2, Meryl Streep lands, and hoo boy. S.C.How long is it? 12.5 hours, two seasonsHow to watch: Big Little Lies is now streaming on HBO Max in the U.S. and Now TV in the UK.The Outlaws
A criminally fun watch.
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When you combine the powerful forces of The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant and acting legend Christopher Walken, good things are bound to happen. Splicing silly comedy with elements of crime thriller, Merchant s six-episode series sees seven mismatched strangers Merchant and Walken alongside Rhianne Barreto, Gamba Cole, Darren Boyd, Clare Perkins and Eleanor Tomlinson being brought together to complete their community service in Bristol, UK. The show is a little patchy in places but there are enough laughs to keep it ticking over and an entertaining storyline involving a bag of stolen money and some criminals desperate to get it back. S.H.How long is it? 12 hours, two seasonsHow to watch: The Outlaws is available to stream now on BBC iPlayer in the UK and on Prime Video in the U.S.