We are all, in one way or another, in love or addicted to something that gives our lives meaning, and makes it worth while to wake up everyday and go through the daily grind. It can be a person, place, and even a thing. But for those who interact with Netflix, Hulu, or HBO Now on a daily basis, sometimes good shows unexpectedly bring us the joy in life and offer an escape from everything. These are the shows that usually take quite a long time to watch, but still manage to captivate us and draw us in to the never ending storyline. However, other TV series exist, ones that are only about ten episodes or less. These shows, if watched one episode per day, are still quite as entertaining and don’t take nearly as long to watch.
With all of that being said, we have gathered a list of some of the best TV series that are full of wonder and entertainment. Oh, and the best part? They are only so many episodes long, meaning, you will be pulled in, but they will not take you an eternity to get through. Here are fifteen awesome TV series that you can watch in a week, weekend, or even a day.
15. The Night Of, 8 Episodes, HBO Now
Consisting of eight episodes, The Night Of is one of those series that will send chills up your spine. It starts with one of the most used storylines. A taxi driver living in New York and a woman decide they want to spend the night together. Of course, the outcome the next day can only be really good or entirely terrible. When the man wakes up in the morning, his eyes open and he turns to find the woman dead. Throughout the series, the police, as well as most of the officials believe that he is guilty of murdering a young woman. Even his family plays into believing that he is responsible for the woman’s death. But the question that is constantly being asked in each episode is, did he really do it? There’s really only one way to find out and that’s by watching this entangling series. Unless of course you would like to look up the spoilers online, but where is the fun in that anymore?
14. Parade’s End, 5 Episodes, HBO Now
One of the better British shows that was on TV in 2012, this well kept drama follows the life of Christopher Tietjens, a very famous and primly elegant aristocrat who literally has everything that he could ever ask for. A beautiful home, perfect job, and a wife to boot. But things are turned around in his world when he falls in love with a young suffragette named Valentine. She shows him what it is to be in her position and completely changes the way Christopher looks at things. But in the process his world is turned upside down and the infidelity he has committed against his wife might not be as forgiving as he would like it to be. The series is quite a nail biter at times, but it’s a drama that will have you wondering what will happen next, and rooting for characters you never thought you would. With only five episodes, it certainly packs a punch.
13. Olive Kitteridge, 4 Episodes, HBO Now
If you’re looking for a show that is both heartbreaking and touching all in one stirred pot, then this is the show for you. At only four episodes released in 2014, Olive Kitteridge follows the story of a woman named Olive who is trying to live life and do so by some very strict rules. She has a very tight-knit way of raising her son who isn’t as bright as she would like him to be and this bothers her greatly. Her husband, who has become very base and simple doesn’t resonate with her very much anymore. As the story progresses it follows her struggles and what she thinks is required to raise a family. It’s a tear jerking series and it’s over before you even know it. If drama is your thing, this show would be a dramatic break. It has all of the drama an intended show with its flavor can offer.
12. The Hollow Crown, 7 Episodes, Google Play
For those who have been in need of a British TV series detailing the events of various kings from the past, this show will definitely quince your thirst. The Hollow Crown, which started in 2012, is an ongoing and detailed telling of the three kings, Henry V, Henry IV, and Richard II. The show follows their lives, explaining exactly how each one shaped the face of history during their time. For those of you who are entirely obsessed with the works of Shakespeare, The Hollow Crown is definitely a show that needs to be added to your playlist. But if the old world kings are not really your thing, you should still give the show a try. There is plenty of drama to be had as well as suspense and various plot twists that will have you wondering what is going to happen next. And if we are being vaguely honest, who doesn’t love a good story about real life kings from the past?
11. A Young Doctor’s Notebook, 8 Episodes, Netflix
Vladimir Bomgard is a doctor who has come to a very small village to treat locals and hopefully cure them of their illnesses. He does so during the Russian Revolution of 1917, and finds himself going through some very peculiar situations. Bomgard is pushed to his limits with stakes he never imagined as the story unfolds. And through the process of trying to treat his patients, he is forced to move through their superstitions that seem to keep getting in the way of his work. The series consists of eight episodes and ran from 2012 until 2013. Starring in the enticing show is Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the young doctor, with Jon Hamm, playing as the older doctor. For a show that ran for such a long period of time, its lengthy run time certainly doesn’t take away from its storyline.
10. The Beauty Inside, 6 Episodes, Netflix
This series is truly something to be experienced. At only six episodes, it doesn’t sound like the show will be much of anything, much less pull you in and have you wanting more, but once you start the first episode, it draws on deep emotions and really puts you in the character’s shoes. Released in 2012, the main character, Alex, has a slight problem with how he lives his life. Every morning, Alex wakes up like every other human being alive today, except he wakes up in a different body every time. He is still himself on the inside and is totally aware of what is happening. He simply looks different every time he wakes up. Alex ends up meeting a girl who he likes very much, but whenever he wakes up the next day, he is someone else. Trying to explain such a complex thing to someone would really be a challenge. The storyline itself is enough to make you want to watch it and it’s always a fun ride to experience something different and enticing.
9. Little Dorrit, 14 Episodes, iTunes
What has long been considered a mini-series, Little Dorrit, which was released in 2008, lasts around fourteen episodes. A little longer than what one might expect, but that doesn’t mean that the series can’t be completed within a week or so. It’s all about the quality of a show and what it takes to really draw the audience in, and Little Dorrit does that splendidly. It is considered a complicated love story that focuses on the main character Amy Dorrit. Amy, who was born inside of a prison cell, has her world turned upside down as her boss’ son, Arthur Clennam, comes into town looking for answers. Their lives become intertwined as Amy tries her best to take care of her own life, as well as the life of her father’s, all while trying to figure out her current situation and feelings that come with being the person she is and the life she lives.
8. 11.22.63, 8 Episodes, Hulu
A man by the name of Jake Epping, who is an English teacher in his own time, gets the chance to go back in time and change history forever. 11.22.63 first aired in 2016 and it was considered quite the statement for those who were history buffs as well as those who are deeply into time travel. In the series, Jake is given the opportunity to go back and prevent the assassination of JFK. But while he is there, he is pulled in by many strange and habit forming temptations. But the world of the past is full of secrets that Jake didn’t expect. As the series progresses, he learns that he has a choice, but many things from the 60s keep preventing him from doing what he should. The series spirals into so many great twists and turns and will really have you on the edge of wonder. Jake is played by James Franco, who doesn’t ever fail to amaze with his acting skills. Whether it is comedy or a serious trek into some pretty dangerous events, Franco doesn’t cease to amaze.
7. Houdini, 2 Episodes, Netflix
If you are a fan of magicians and what it means to use the power of illusion as a stage trick, then you probably know what the name Houdini usually implies. He was known as one of the greatest stage magicians the world has ever seen. Unfortunately, he met his untimely end at a younger age than most, but his name continues to live on throughout our time. The mini series Houdini aired in 2014 on the History Channel and featured Adrien Brody as Houdini. The movie goes through spurts which show how Houdini was captivated by a magic show as a young boy. From that day on, he dedicated himself to becoming the greatest stage magician ever. There are only two episodes in the series, as many plots and episodes could have been done to tell his story, it was decided that only two could fit the bill. Not that it would have affected the performance, but it was a standard decision and it didn’t disappoint.
6. The Town, 3 Episodes, iTunes
If you are the type of person who truly enjoys an Agatha Christie novel, then you will surely love the series known as The Town. Released in 2012, the show follows Mark Nicholas, a man who returns home after hearing about an unfortunate tragedy. People are saying his parents are dead and that they committed suicide. Sadness overcomes him, but after his own investigation, Mark figures out that his parents’ deaths may not have been suicides. After a few thoughts, he decides to try and uncover the truth on his own. But will he be able to find what he needs before it’s too late? Murder mysteries are definitely on the verge of rising to the top of the entertainment perspective and it’s no wonder. People will always love drama and suspense, and with a show like The Town, you will not be missing out on any of that stuff.
5. The Escape Artist, 3 Episodes, Amazon Prime
With the rise in crime shows and movies, people all around the world are taking a stronger liking to the genre as it rises to the top, and if you’re a person who likes crime suspense and a very witty and challenging main character, then The Escape Artist is most likely right up your alley. Released in 2013, the show consists of only three episodes, but puts a good run on what makes a person so good at what they do. Will Burton, who is the main character of the series, is a lawyer who seems to never lose. He possesses great bits of charm as well as a very brilliant mind that hasn’t faltered through all of his cases. Mr. Burton’s specialty in the show revolves around felony, and it is in that area that he soon finds he has made one terrible mistake by dropping the charges on a single suspect. Will it prove to be too much for the lawyer who seems to have had it all already?
4. Millennium, 6 Episodes, Netflix
There is something about hackers in movies and TV shows nowadays that just really appeals to the people. For those who have no interest in technology whatsoever, it wouldn’t matter, but for those who are knees deep in such topics, the idea and job prospect is tempting and terrifying. Fortunately we have entertainment that allows us to enjoy such pleasures and all of it is legal. If you are one who enjoys hacker-themed shows, try taking a look at the show Millennium. It is a Swedish mini-series lasting about six episodes (or 3 two-part movies). It was released in 2010 (before the Rooney Mara film) and is based on the famous The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books by Stieg Larsson. A man and a woman both embark on a journey throughout the series, the lady being the hacker. It doesn’t take much for the duo to figure out that they work very well together. It’s a series that pieces together the best aspects of secrecy, high end emotions, and suspense.
3. The Slap, 8 Episodes, Netflix
When it comes to domestic abuse, the last thing we want to hear is that kid is being abused by a parent or even worse, that a parent somehow enjoyed it. While this series isn’t quite as extreme, it certainly set the scale for some very intense drama and rather interesting comments from many viewers. The Slap was released in 2015 with eight episodes under its belt. But don’t let those numbers fool you. The show was considered a flop by many, but the judge of critics is abound, even with really good films and shows. The show starts with a birthday barbecue that takes an unfortunate turn. When one of the rather mad and hot headed members of the party slaps one of the kids at the party, tension starts to rise. The parents of the child decide to let it slide this one time, but it causes drama between the families in their circle of trust.
2. Utopia, 12 Episodes, Netflix
When you first glance at this title, you think that perhaps the series will be about a grand society where things are never dull and peace is truly abound. Hence the name Utopia. However, the series couldn’t be farther from it. Even though it may not follow a said Utopia, the show follows a group of people who have all met each other online. Each of these individuals has discovered a graphic novel and it seems very strange and bizarre. They find that the novel holds answers that come off mysterious and in no time, they all find themselves being hunted down by an organization known as “The Network” and they are relentless to kill them. The series consists of twelve episodes and ran from 2013 to 2014 as a very intriguing show. Unfortunately it couldn’t go on for very much longer, but that little fact certainly doesn’t mean that the show isn’t worth watching. While it may take you just a bit to finish this one, it’s certainly worth the watch.
1. And Then There Were None, Google Play
Once again, if you are a long fan of mysteries, then this show will no doubt take you on a tour of wonder, suspense, and even a little terror. In this series, a group of people are mysteriously invited to an island. Upon arriving, they discover the place they are going to is a castle. After they are all gathered at a grand table, each one of them finds out that the hosts of the castle aren’t home. The only people living there are the servants, two people who happen to be married. The couple ends up playing a recording to them on a gramophone. The voice from the device is quick to accuse everyone at the table of murder and ends up making a promise that they would all pay for their deeds. Slowly, people start dying one by one and a question is beckoned: is the killer among them?