5 binge-worthy shows you should watch during long breaks

MANILA, Philippines – Are you a homebody and dreading long breaks? Don't fret!  

A few days of much-needed break from school or work are not just perfect for adventurers and wanderlust travelers, but also a great time to stay home, rest, and recalibrate your mind and body.

For other people, a couple of days off is just enough to catch up with months worth of show episodes you might have missed. If you are a binge-watcher, an extended weekend is like heaven on earth!

Whether you are gearing up for a series marathon with friends and family members over chips and cold drinks, or if you prefer some alone time with a bucket of popcorn or a tub of ice cream, you can never go wrong with any of these highly-recommended shows from our readers.

So if you are looking for something new or an old favorite to watch, here are 5 binge-worthy tv shows perfect when you have a couple of days – or weekends – to spare.

Game of Thrones

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If you need a refresher before the much-awaited 7th season premieres on July 17, now is the perfect time to binge-watch Game of Thrones. This hit HBO original based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series easily became the top choice among Rappler's Facebook and Twitter followers. 

Game of Thrones follows the storylines of the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the continent of Essos, where men and women among the noble families battle for honor and for the Iron Throne, while others fight from freedom and independence. 

Rappler reader Erwin Abos praised the show for its high level of creativity and attention to detail, and its record-breaking 38 Emmys since 2010 will attest to it. 

Watch the season one trailer below:

For those who are patiently waiting for season 7, here's the first trailer for the upcoming season featuring Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) continuing their quest for the Iron Throne.

Length: 6 seasons, 60 episodes
Genre: Fantasy, Serial drama
IMDb Rating: 9.5/10
Where to watch: HBO Go


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Whether you are a 90's kid or not, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. will never fail to make you roll over in laughter. First aired back in 1994, this is definitely one of those classic comedy on tv worth watching over and over.

@rapplerdotcom Friends! I can binge on this over and over again and still find it hilarious. pic.twitter.com/ZQrUKvrRWT — Bjorn Landas (@tamanglandas) March 30, 2017

This sitcom follows the lives of 6 20-something individuals coming together in Manhattan, New York City, making ends meet and trying to survive the real world. Each episode depicts the characters' life adventures and romantic escapades. 

The series may have already ended almost 13 years ago, but it still feels like our favorite gang has not been gone for too long. As a sneak peak, here is a compilation of some of the funniest scenes from the series:

Length: 10 seasons, 235 episodes
Genre: Sitcom
IMDb Rating: 9/10
Where to watch: iFlix

Stranger Things

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This Netflix original series took the world by storm when it dropped in July 2016. Set in a fictional Indiana town in 1980's, this series stars award-winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, a single mother who lost her 12-year-old son into a parallel dimension. A series of supernatural events unfolded throughout the first season, and so is a revelation of other extraordinary occurences including a covert government project and a mysterious little girl.

With only 8 episodes in its opening season, you can discover the world of Demogorgons, The Upside Down, and know more about Eleven in just one weekend! Watch the season one trailer here: 

If you haven't started watching this show yet, now is the best time to catch up. Here's the 30-second Super Bowl commercial for the 9-episode second season which premieres in October.

Length: One season, 8 episodes
Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror
IMDb Rating: 9/10
Where to watch: Netflix

How to Get Away with Murder

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If you are into legal drama, then this thriller series should be on your list of shows to binge-watch.

From the creator of hit ABC series Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder follows the complicated lives of Philadelphia University criminal defense Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) and her freshmen law students who found themselves in the middle of a crazy murder plot that turned their whole law school life around.

Already 3 seasons in, the series also features outstanding standalone criminal cases as subplots while allowing the overarching storyline to unravel the greater mystery. Watch the trailer for the first season below:

Length: 3 seasons, 45 episodes
Genre: Legal drama, Thriller, Mystery
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10
Where to watch: First 2 seasons on Netflix


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Another Netflix original series, Sense8 is about 8 individuals from different cities around the world who wake up one day and find out that they are now mysteriously connected to each other by a strange vision. This mystical connection allows them to channel each other’s thoughts, feelings, abilities, and actions wherever and whenever they need it.

This sci-fi drama is perfect for binge-watchers looking for a good mix of complication and originality as this series explores the limits of human experience while touching several issues including sexuality, religion, and politics. It also boasts a multinational ensemble cast and authentic locations featuring India, Iceland, Germany, and more. 

The second season of Sense8 drops on May 6. Check out the trailer for the first season here:

Length: One season and a Christmas special, 13 episodes
Genre: Sci-fi, Drama, Mystery
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10
Where to watch: Netflix

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