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11 Shows With Just One Season You Can Easily Binge Over The Holidays

Catch up on some of the best of the year.

29/11/2017 11:45 AM AEDT | Updated 29/11/2017 11:53 AM AEDT
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Let's be honest with each other for a second, there are too many damn shows to watch nowadays. Honestly, it's almost impossible to say up-to-date with all the major hits of the year.

Luckily, with the holiday season almost upon us, there's some time to sit down, tune out the world and catch up on some of those awesome shows you may have missed.

From intense, thrilling dramas to cooking shows where nothing bad ever really happens, here are 11 shows with one season you can easily binge over the next few weeks. Trust us, there's something for everyone here.

'The Sinner'

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A young mum, her husband and son are all enjoying a day at the beach. She's stressed and over-tired, she goes for a swim, comes back and stabs a stranger seven times in broad daylight. The authorities know she did it, but they have no idea why. The chilling thing is... neither does she.

This series is a real easy binge, you'll be surprised just how quickly you'll burn through the eight episodes trying to get some answers. Jessica Biel produced and stars in the series as a woman who is just trying to understand the gravity of losing control, and having no idea why she committed such a horrible crime. The show is full of twists, you never know if you can trust what you're seeing, and the end is truly a wild ride.

See it on: Netflix.

'The Big Family Cooking Showdown'

Netflix / BBC

Okay this one is a little different to the slew of dramas out there, but stick with us. If you ever waded into the brilliant territory of 'The Great British Bake Off' and fell in love with the low-stakes non-competitive environment of the tent, you'll love 'The Big Family Cooking Showdown'.

With the same quaint, totally pleasant vibe, 'The Big Family Cooking Showdown' is like a refreshing slice of pie, roast dinner and all that comfort food. Each episode sees two families of three face off in three rounds, the winner moving on to semi finals. Sometimes you just want something completely adorable to take your mind off the waking nightmare of 2017, and the 'Showdown' might be exactly that.

See it on: Netflix.

'Big Little Lies'

HBO

By now you've probably heard a bit about HBO's 'Big Little Lies'. With executive producers Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman also co-starring alongside the likes of Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley and Alexander Skarsgard, the cast lit up the Emmy Awards this year.

The series is based on Liane Moriarty's novel of the same name which was set in Sydney's northern beaches. The series transplants the story to the city of Monterey, California. The series opens with the information that someone is dead, but you don't know who or under what circumstances they died until the very end. It's an incredibly well-crafted drama that puts the lives of several families under the microscope and explores small-town gossip and schoolyard dynamics of over-involved parents.

See it on: Foxtel Now.

'The Handmaid's Tale'

SBS

OK to be honest this is a tough one to do a traditional binge-watch with. The utterly sensational series stars Elisabeth Moss in a dystopian future. It's harrowing, relentless and brutal but it's also one of the year's best, so it's worth the emotional strife you'll probably go through watching it.

Set in the near future (sometimes it feels almost TOO near) 'The Handmaid's Tale' depicts a world where fertility rates have plummeted, leaving a handful of the population able to successfully give birth. The United States falls to a totalitarian theocratic regime which forces fertile women to become Handmaids, for "elite" couples. Alongside Moss the cast includes Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, O.T. Fagbenle and Ann Dowd who all, especially Dowd, give fearless performances you won't forget any time soon.

See it on: SBS OnDemand.

'Dear White People'

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Based on the film of the same name, this Netflix comedy-drama follows a group of black students at a predominantly white university who each grapple with varied social injustices. The ten-episode series is incredibly binge-worthy, with each episode usually focusing on one student in particular.

The series kicks off with an outspoken student, Samantha White, and her regular radio show 'Dear White People'. The series rubs the wealthy white members of the university's satirical magazine who hold a blackface party to protest Sam's show. The party illuminates the glaring racial prejudices bubbling under the surface of the University and from there things begin to truly unravel.

See it on: Netflix.

'American Gods'

Amazon Prime Video

The first season of 'American Gods' may not be quite what you'd expect from the show. Based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, the series imagines a world where the old gods -- brought to America over the years with the many migrants making it their home -- have been forgotten. Replaced by new gods like Media, Roads and Technology, the old gods must fight to survive.

The series follows a man named Shadow Moon who is released early from prison after hearing of his wife's death in a car accident. Travelling home for her funeral he meets a mysterious man who simply goes by the name Mr. Wednesday. Shadow agrees to accompany Wednesday on a journey across the country in an attempt to recruit as many of the old gods who'll join Wednesday's path to war.

See it on: Amazon Prime Video.

'The Other Guy'

Stan

One of Stan's recent additions to original comedy, 'The Other Guy' was co-written by and stars Matt Okine. The series follows Okine's character AJ who, after finding out his long-term girlfriend slept with his best friend, has to deal with a breakup and losing a best mate all in one.

The series is funny, but still manages to tug at the heartstrings as AJ flails through the muck of dating, breakups and all the awkwardness in between as well as trying to be a "functional adult" whatever that means.

See it on: Stan.

'Big Mouth'

Netflix

It's not every day you expect to see an animated series tackle puberty with such, how do we put this, grotesque abandon? 'Big Mouth' comes from the deranged minds of Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. An extremely filthy look at growing up and the terrible teenage years of adolescence, 'Big Mouth' features the voice talents of Kroll and his many hilarious friends like John Mulaney, Jenny Slate, Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas and Jordan Peele.

It won't be for everybody, but if your humour falls more to the filthy side of things, you'll probably find yourself cackling in revolution as the series takes you to places you definitely never wanted to go.

See it on: Netflix.

'Glow'

Erica Parise/Netflix

Named after the "Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling" from the '80s, Netflix's comedy-drama 'GLOW' features all the spandex and piledrivers you could ask for. Based on the actual women's wrestling circuit that started in the '80s, 'GLOW' follows a group of fictitious women who happen to fall into the world of women's wrestling.

The series centers around Ruth, a struggling actress played by Alison Brie, who is attempting a career move when all of a sudden who should show up in the ring but her ex-best friend Debbie. It's not only a blast for anyone looking for a bingeable show, but wrestling fans need to keep their eyes peeled for a bunch of cameos.

See it on: Netflix.

'American Vandal'

Netflix

You've probably heard of those incredible true crime stories that take the world by storm. First there was 'Serial', then 'Making a Murderer' and now get ready for the pitch-perfect parody of all that: 'American Vandal'.

The series is genius, working both as an incredible parody of a genre Netflix really perfected but takes it one step further. A high school is rocked with a shock act of vandalism when 27 faculty cars are spray-painted with giant dicks. Despite all signs pointing to student Dylan Maxwell, two other students launch their own investigation docuseries. It's a ridiculous set-up but after an episode or two you begin to realise you really, really want to know... who drew the dicks?

See it on: Netflix.

'Star Trek: Discovery'

CBS / Netflix

You might have seen the news that a totally new 'Star Trek' series was coming out and shrugged so hard you almost went into orbit, and we're not here to judge you for that. But, if you're looking for a new series to dive into, 'Discovery' isn't a bad place to look.

Firstly it's a prequel series, set about a decade before the events of the original series and has nothing to do story-wise with the movies that have come out so you can go in knowing absolutely nothing about the whole 'Star Trek' universe. The series is surprising, there are several great twists we're not going to spoil but it's also just a completely gorgeous show to watch, the cinematography and design is out of this world, pun intended. Seriously, space has never looked this good.

See it on: Netflix.

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