The Best TV Shows To Binge-Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend

There are a lot of great benefits of the Thanksgiving holiday, from the literal feast awaiting many of us to the inevitable black Friday sales. Oh, yeah, and there's so much time for family bonding! But, we can all agree the real win is getting two full days off from work to do whatever you want. And, might I recommend a TV binge or three?

Considering the fact we're all busy people with jobs and to-do lists, a lot of good shows can fall through the cracks. For every high-profile Game Of Thrones, there are countless great series not getting the trending Twitter hashtags and love they deserve. That's why the four-day Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to score some me-time and explore all the TV winners you might have missed.

Since the sheer number of television offerings is overwhelming, we picked out the best and most bingeable series for you to watch. Keep reading to find out what should go in your queue immediately. It's a good thing you're probably going to have lots of leftovers, since this could take a while.

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As someone who doesn’t want to spoil Netflix’s upcoming Western, just know it is so good, and so beautiful. The Michelle Dockery-led drama centers around the Wild West town of La Belle, New Mexico, which has lost nearly all of its men.

While watching Godless, it’s impossible not to think of Kanye West and Jay Z’s “No Church In The Wild,” because there truly is no place for prayers amid the realistic brutality of La Belle. Despite all the intimidation and violence of the series, the gorgeous, sweeping Western vistas make Godless a series worthy of watching on your best smart TV.

Number of episodes: 7, ranging from 40-80 minutes.
The Final Season Of The Mindy Project

As someone who stuck with the Hulu comedy through it all, I basically talked to everyone I met about the series finale. What I learned is that most people fell off with Mindy Project sometime after it made the switch from FOX to its current streaming home, which I get — change is hard.

But, I would recommend seeing how the once-beloved series ends, if only because Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina’s chemistry is still off the charts (and the comedy is not complex enough for you to really need to understand what happened since you left). The end of Mindy is honestly the series at its rom-com-y best.

Number of episodes: 10, all clocking in at about 30 minutes.
American Vandal

There are the Netflix series everyone binges the moment they arrive with new episodes — the Stranger Things and Master Of Nones of the world — and then there are shows like American Vandal. I originally wrote the series off before it was all over Twitter timeline. And, now it’s one of my favorite new shows of the year.

The perfect trick of the comedy, which applies the true crime trend to a fictional vandalism case that boils down to “Who Drew The Dicks,” is just how seriously it takes its ridiculous-sounding premise. This is not a Scary Movie-ified True Detective; this is faux Making A Murderer, if Murderer was about a phallic high school prank, as opposed to, well, murder. If you haven’t given Vandal a chance yet, watch two episodes and I promise you won’t be able to walk away.

Number of episodes: 8, ranging from 20-35 minutes.
Big Mouth

The John Mulaney-Nick Kroll animated comedy is another Netflix series that’s not getting nearly enough love for how hilarious it is. Need to be convinced all the puberty jokes are worth a few hours of your Thanksgiving weekend? My wonderful colleague Rebecca Farley is more than up to the task

Number of episodes: 10, all clocking in at about 27 minutes.

Fleabag is the kind of show every dedicated TV watcher you know gushes about, but, you may have personally missed. At least, that’s what this British Amazon original series is for me — and I literally watch everything.

That’s why, if I get a spare few minutes this Thanksgiving, I’m going to fix this problem and finally tune into the black comedy about an unapologetically sexual, grief-stricken woman (Phoebe Waller-Bridge).

Number of episodes: 6, all 26-minutes or less.
She’s Gotta Have It

Netflix seems to believe Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It: The Series, inspired by Lee’s 1986 movie of the same name, is the perfect Thanksgiving treat, as it debuts precisely on Turkey Day. I agree. Not only because Gotta Have It is a wonderful exploration of what it means to be a sexually open and frank millennial Black woman, but because it also puts a wonderful spin on the Thanksgiving episode and I can’t wait to see what people think of it.

So, please binge watch this. If only to talk to me about it.

Number of episodes: 10, all clocking in at about 35 minutes.
Dear White People

Nothing sounds better than a double-header of Netflix’s two unapologetically young and Black masterpieces.

Number of episodes: 10, all 33-minutes-or-less.
Marvel's Runaways

If Netflix’s Punisher seems far too dark for your tastes, Hulu's Runaways might be more up your alley. This comic book-inspired series follows a group of superpowered (and admirably diverse) teens as they team up to battle their super villain parents.

While most comic-based entertainment just keeps getting darker and grittier, Runaways instead goes for a more sudsy Gossip Girl feel, which makes sense since it hails from Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, the very people who brought us Serena Van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf.

Number of episodes: 3, ranging between 46 and 53 minutes.

In my mind, everyone in the world has seen Mindhunter, but that’s because I spent 20 hours straight with the psychological thriller and work with people who have watched it twice.

But, if you’re the kind of person who has things like responsibilities and and life outside of Netflix, it’s possible you haven’t had the mental bandwidth for this series yet. Change that immediately, because Mindhunter is one of the streaming service’s best, most intense drama’s yet.

Number of episodes: 10, ranging between 45 and 60 minutes.
The First Episode Of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

This isn’t actually a binge since the Amy Sherman-Palladino-created dramedy hasn’t bowed its first season on Amazon Prime just yet. But it will next week, on Wednesday, November 29, and you’ll want to be prepared to dive headfirst into the world of the titular Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan).

Amid an increasingly dark political and social climate, the period piece, which follows the well-off Midge’s surprising turn to comedy following the unexpected end of her marriage, is the breezy, witty confection we all need.

Number of episodes: 1, 57 minutes.
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

I shouldn't have to convince you to binge a show as perfect as IASIP, but, if I must, please keep in mind the FXX cult favorite is leaving Netflix in a matter of days.

Number of episodes: 143, all 23-minutes-or-less.
Future Man

Josh Hutcherson is more than just Peeta Mellark, y’all. Sci-fi comedy Future Man seems like the perfect silly series to have on in the background as you catch up with all your Home Friends this Thanksgiving.

And, for everyone still mourning Happy Endings, it’s always nice to see Eliza Coupe back on your TV screen.

Number of episodes: 13, all 35-minutes-or-less.
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