Streaming Shows to Binge in 2023

The Last of Us

If there’s anything one can never run out of, it’s a TV show to binge. With the plethora of streaming platforms available, it’s no hyperbole to say there are multiple shows to choose from every week. Amidst all the clutter, there are a few gems worth checking that you don’t want to miss. Here are our recommendations for a binge-worthy night in:

1. The Last of Us

The Last of Us
Credit: HBO

Based on the 2013 video, the series is set twenty years later into a global pandemic caused by a mass fungal infection, which forces humans infected to transform into zombie-like creatures and results in mass destruction of society. The series is created by Craig Mazin, the creator of “Chernobyl”, another excellent show you should also check out.

The series has been earning rave reviews, but what especially makes it worth checking out is that it was filmed in none other than Alberta! You may want to  keep an eye out for familiar Albertan landmarks while bingeing it.

Streaming platform: Crave

2. Physical: 100

Physical: 100
Credit: Netflix

A series that’s been gaining significant traction lately is a Korean reality TV series called Physical: 100. One-hundred male and female competitors compete against each other in gruelling individual and team challenges that test physical and mental strength. The eventual winner gets $250,000. 

This may not exactly fill your Squid Game void–and thankfully so, since no one here dies–but the series does not run short of twists and turns and lots and lots of adrenaline.

Streaming platform: Netflix

3. Bad Sisters

Bad Sisters
Credit: Apple TV

Dark comedy at its finest that smartly subverts the mundane–and even ugly–into comedy. The series follows a group of sisters who are suspected of murder when life insurance investigators suggest one of them might be responsible for their brother-in-law’s death. Despite the dark storyline, somehow the cast turns it into a completely relatable tale that touches on family, sisterhood and finding the humour in tragedy. 

Streaming platform: Apple TV

4. The White Lotus (2021 & 2022)

The White Lotus (2021 & 2022)
Credit: HBO

Both installations of this widely popular soapy TV anthology are worth checking out. It follows the lives of guests and employees at The White Lotus resorts, with season 1 set in Hawaii and season 2 set in Sicily, Italy. The storylines do not necessarily go against the grain, but the characters are so smartly multidimensional and deeply flawed, you can’t help but feel drawn to them, if not even relate to some of the conversations and the dynamics that explore privilege, race and culture. 

Streaming platform: Crave

5. Severance

Severance
Credit: Apple TV

Looking for dystopian, mind-bending, thought-provoking TV? Well look no further than Severance, a series set in a world where employees can go to work severed from their outside life, via a mindwipe medical procedure called “severance” that separates the consciousness of employees between their lives at work and outside of it. It is the freshest take on an “office drama” that will leave you with plenty of questions that challenge our perceptions of the so-called “work-to-life balance”. 

Streaming platform: Apple TV

6. Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel
Credit: Disney+

The latest addition to the MCU features its first Muslim superhero as she grapples with the growing pains of high school as well as the less-relatable circumstance of being a superhero. If you love coming-of-age dramas but can’t get enough of Marvel, you may not want to miss this one.

Streaming platform: Disney+

7. The Bear

The Bear
Credit: Disney+

As one of the most critically acclaimed shows of 2022, we recommend you shamelessly jump on the bandwagon and check out The Bear. A young chef from the world of fine dining comes home to run his family’s beef sandwich shop after the suicide of his older brother, who left behind debts, a rundown kitchen, and quite the intriguing staff. 

Streaming platform: Disney+

8. Wednesday

Wednesday
Credit: Netflix

If you’ve been living under a rock or felt a bit dubious about all the hype and the viral content generated from this show, well we’re here to tell you: believe all the hype! The breakout show of 2022 lives up to all the chatter, thanks to a genius performance from its very charismatic lead, Jenna Ortega. The latest iteration of The Addams Family is most definitely worthy of a binge.

Streaming platform: Netflix

9. Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets
Credit: Showtime

This breakout success of 2022 led by an all-female cast is a genre mashup with plenty of twists and plenty of darkness that harkens back to old school mystery TV. It follows a team of high school girls’ soccer players who travel cross-country for a national tournament. Their plane crashes deep in the northern Canadian forests and the surviving members are left stranded. The series chronicles their attempts to stay alive while also tracking their current lives.

The show also films in Canada, in the mystic wilderness of British Columbia.

Streaming platform: Crave

10. The Sopranos

The Sopranos
Credit: HBO

The wonderful thing about the age of streaming is the instant access it gives us to other eras of TV that we did not experience. Widely considered as the greatest TV show ever made, it is worthy to dive into the world of The Sopranos. The impact of The Sopranos on TV is immeasurable, arguably serving as a blueprint for several TV shows and even movies we are watching today. 

Streaming platform: Crave

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