Series Similar to the Show You Just Finished Binge Watching

One of the hardest things about binge-watching your favorite TV show is the ending. I find myself never wanting to actually finish a TV show because I can never find a backup show to watch that is just as good. If you are in the same situation, here is a compiled list of popular TV shows and their best alternatives for when you finish them.

If You’re a Fan of Friends

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Also set in New York, How I Met Your Mother is a great follow up to Friends. Told through flashbacks, Ted tells his kids the story of how he met their mother and all the crazy stories that happened in between. With his friends Barney, Marshall, Lily, and newest member, Robin, the show is guaranteed to make you laugh and sometimes cry. The series is currently streaming on Hulu.

If you’re looking for something a little different and more current, New Girl is the perfect fit. After going through an awkward break-up, Jess decides to move into an apartment in Los Angeles with three guys. They quickly become friends, but not without laughs and unexpected romances. The series is currently streaming on Netflix and Hulu.

If You’re a Fan of Gossip Girl

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A remake of the original 90’s TV show, 90210 follows a group of friends living in expensive and famous Beverly Hills where they have to deal with relationships, broken friendships, and career ventures. With five seasons currently streaming on Netflix, this show is the perfect substitute for Gossip Girl.

If you still want the drama of Gossip Girl but want to try a period piece, Reign may be the show for you. The show centers around Mary, Queen of Scots who has just moved to France to fulfill her politically arranged marriage to the king’s son. Yet Mary quickly finds that the marriage may not be the right move for herself or her country, which creates difficulty. The show is currently streaming on Netflix.

If You’re a Fan of Black Mirror

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Black Mirror is one unique show, but one series that can compare is The Twilight Zone, which feels like just an earlier version of the show. Like Black Mirror, each episode has plots varying from a talking, killing doll to aliens landing on Earth with an ambiguous message. Though the stories are not modernized like Black Mirror, there’s no doubt that The Twilight Zone inspired its creators. The show is currently streaming on Netflix and Hulu.

If you’re looking for a series with a more consistent plot, then you should check out American Horror Story. Instead of each episode having a different premise, the plot varies by season. While you may have seen some of the earlier seasons of AHS, the newer seasons are currently streaming on Netflix and contain stories that are just as eerie.

If You’re a Fan of Stranger Things

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Another popular show at its early stages that fits the Stranger Things vibe is Riverdale. The show revolves around the murder of high school student Jason Blossom, which causes the quiet town of Riverdale to investigate on who did it and how. Based on the characters from Archie Comics, this series is far from the lighthearted comic books. The show is currently streaming on Netflix.

If you’ve already seen Riverdale, then another similar show is Twin Peaks. Based on the murder of 17-year-old Laura Palmer, FBI agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate, revealing the mysteries hidden within the town. The original series aired in the ‘90s, but just had a revival season this past year and is currently streaming on Netflix.

If You’re a Fan of Parks and Recreation

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If you like Parks and Rec, you’ll love Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The show is about Jake Peralta, a cop with the best arrest record in Brooklyn. However, when a new commanding officer is hired, Jake has to figure out how to work under his new rules. The show is currently streaming on Hulu, and it’s perfect for a good laugh.

If you want a funny show set outside of the work setting, try Modern Family. The series is about three families, all related, and their odd relationships and relatable circumstances. Not only is the show hilarious, but each character is so different that you’re bound to relate to one of them. The show is currently streaming on Hulu.

While finishing your favorite show can leave you in a rut, these shows are luckily great alternatives and worth the watch.

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