5 awesome complete television series you can binge watch right now

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Binge watching is the best, and it’s even more satisfying when the complete series is at your fingertips. So what if you missed these shows when they were on? They’re still great, and they hold up.

I was talking with a friend last weekend, and they told me that they were about to start Game of Thrones for the first time. They finally decided to take part in watching the international sensation that literally everyone watches. But why start now?

“If you start now, you’ll just have to wait in agony for the final season,” I said. Why not start a different show now, and then begin watching Thrones next year before the final season comes out? That way you never have to wait for the next episode. So instead, I told them I’d make a list of 5 complete series that are available to binge watch to completion right now…which I then later realized would make a great article. 2 birds, 1 stone, folks.

#5. Community

The weird little show that just wouldn’t die could have used more people watching it live, for sure. NBC was crushing it with irreverent comedies that really spoke to a generation of people that hated watching commercials in the mid to late 2000s. Before creating Rick and Morty, Dan Harmon introduced us to the Spanish study group at Greendale community college.

Community was unique from the rest of the popular comedies in NBC’s lineup that included 30 Rock, The Office and Parks and Rec. It wasn’t a mockumentary style comedy, and it didn’t take place on the coast. The show was absurd but in all the right ways. It also helped that Harmon and his team were able to put together one of the most talented core casts on TV.

The more famous members of the cast, Joel McHale (The Soup), Chevy Chase (duh) and Ken Jeong (The Hangover) were joined by several future stars, like Donald Glover,who was soon to explode as Childish Gambino, and has gone on to become one of the most celebrated creative minds around right now between his music and his FX show Atlanta. Alison Brie had been on Mad Men, but this was obviously an entirely different tone for a show. Now she’s starring in movies and is the lead in the Netflix hit GLOW.  Jim Rash won an Oscar for screenwriting while playing the Dean.

Community was canceled twice but was brought back both times thanks to fan protest online. The first time, it came back on NBC. After the second cancellation, it came back for a final season on “Yahoo Screen”. The show kept chugging along after Dan Harmon was replaced as show runner, and then he came back. The story of Community is as weird and unique as the show itself. And you can watch all of it right now on HULU.