22 highly rated TV shows for those who want to have a relaxing weekend

Despite the summer outside, sometimes we just can't resist the temptation to lie on our favorite couch and watch a good TV show. Or two.

For those who are a bit tired of being active, we at Bright Side have prepared a list of the most acclaimed series, favored both by critics and viewers.


Genre: drama, musical
IMDb rating: 8.0

These are the '70s, and Richie Finestra, a recording studio manager, tries his best to keep his company afloat while overcoming a personal crisis and family troubles. The series was produced by Mick Jagger and directed by Martin Scorsese, which alone makes it a must for any devoted viewer.

You’re the Worst 

Genre: comedy, romance
IMDb rating: 8.2

Jimmie and Gretchen are selfish and irresponsible, they hate marriage, and they are never going to become engaged. That's why when they spend the night together and decide to go on in the morning, it's going to be a lot of trouble...and fun!

Black Mirror

Genre: sci-fi, thriller, drama
IMDb rating: 8.8

Technology has changed us within the last decade - plasma TVs, computer monitors, smartphone displays in every hand, in every home, on every desk. They've become a black mirror of our life in the 21st century. This series consists of episodes that have no connection with each other whatsoever - they have different plots, characters, and times. The only thing linking them is satire on contemporary Britain and the influence that modern technology has on society and people's relationships.


Genre: action, drama, history
IMDb rating: 8.6

The protagonist of this series is the legendary viking chief Ragnar Lothbrok, a descendant of Odin if the stories were true. Ragnar challenges the local ruler and gathers a party to travel the unknown land in the West - to the shores of England. The series is based on the stories of the Scandinavian viking raids on Britain in the early Middle Ages. This wonderful saga of brave warriors and beautiful ladies will certainly be to the liking of all history movie fans.


Genre: sci-fi, thriller, drama, mystery
IMDb rating: 8.4

The series, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, tells the story of a high school English teacher who travels to the past to prevent the assassination of President Kennedy. However, his attempt to change the fate of one nation turns his own life upside down.

Silicon Valley

Genre: comedy
IMDb rating: 8.5

A group of geeks is getting ready for their own start-ups in the hi-tech hub of San Francisco. The main characters live free of charge in a local millionaire's house, but as payment they will have to share 10% of the income from their future projects with him. This is a funny, sometimes touching, and serious story about computer geniuses.

The Knick

Genre: drama
IMDb rating: 8.6

Dr. John W. Thackery, sort of a House MD of the 20th century, is a surgeon at a New York hospital. Here, the most innovative methods are used to treat patients, and the doctors are genuinely concerned about their health. Laser scalpels and computer tomography are still decades away in the future. The scrupulously reconstructed era and the amazing Clive Owen only add to the overall atmosphere of the series.

The Affair

Genre: drama
IMDb rating: 8.0

Noah, a married writer, falls in love with Alison, a waitress in a resort cafe. They both tell their own stories of this love affair, but whose story is true? Slowly paced, but intriguing from the very first episode.


Genre: sci-fi, drama, romance
IMDb rating: 8.5

Claire is a combat nurse in the 1940s. When walking near the legendary stone circles of Scotland, she suddenly finds herself in 1743, an unknown world full of dangers. The girl must stay alive and find her way back to her 'now,' where her husband, Frank Randall, is waiting for her. To save her life in the past, she has to marry a Scottish warrior with a difficult fate and an incredibly charming sense of humor. 


Genre: sci-fi, thriller, drama, mystery
IMDb rating: 8.5

A group of people who met on the Internet find the manuscript of a legendary graphic novel depicting all of the worst disasters of the previous century. Soon, they find themselves being hunted by a mysterious organization called 'The Network,' which, for some reason, doesn't want them to stay alive.

The Fall

Genre: thriller, drama, crime

IMDb rating: 8.3

The Irish town of Belfast is shaken by a serial killer orchestrating each of his murders with the poshness and precision of an artist. Stella Gibson, an experienced detective, takes up this case. Both she and the killer are incredibly clever, and each episode brings the intrigue to a whole new level - who's going to win? And by the way, Mr. Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey is also here, although in a completely different role.

My Mad Fat Diary

Genre: drama, romance, comedy
IMDb rating: 8.6

Rae is a funny 16-year-old girl who weighs 200 pounds and is really concerned about her appearance, relations with her classmates, and her life overall. The action takes place in the '90s, but all the situations the main character finds herself in are still very much recognizable today.

Ash vs Evil Dead

Genre: horror, fantasy, comedy
IMDb rating: 8.7

At first, this was planned as the fourth movie of the franchise, but there was so much to shoot that the creators decided to make a full-blown TV series. 30 years after Ash Williams opened a portal to the land of the dead, another zombie invasion threatens to destroy the whole Earth's population. And once again, Ash has to take up arms against the undead and return them to their graves.

Horace and Pete

Genre: drama, comedy
IMDb rating: 9.0

This is a series about a New York pub owned for a hundred years by generations of Horaces and Petes. It's no ordinary sitcom, though: there's no 'canned laughter' or light music, yet there are plenty of topical jokes and a bit of philosophy. The creators invite you to Horace and Pete's bar to have some coffee, laugh, and think a bit.

Orange Is the New Black

Genre: drama, comedy, crime
IMDb rating: 8.3

Piper Chapman is an ordinary American girl who loves her happy life and all its pleasant trifles. Until one day she finds herself in prison for 15 months. Everything here is different - the laws, the morals, life itself. Piper starts finding out the stories of other inmates as well as guards, and learns of their hopes and dreams.


Genre: drama, crime, mystery
IMDb rating: 8.4

This mystery story begins on a hot July morning in the middle of the resort season. An 11-year-old boy named Danny disappears in the small town of Broadchurch. When Danny's body is found, the town is engulfed in an outrage that draws the attention of the whole country, uncovering the secrets of all the town's dwellers.

Inside No. 9 

Genre: horror, comedy
IMDb rating: 8.4

In the first episode, the party guests play a game together. And among other funny little things, the attentive viewer will see a horrible secret... Every episode presents different characters facing the weirdest situations, but there is always one link: all of the stories take place in house No.9. Family secrets, a whole graveyard of skeletons in the closet, and the ever recognizable British black humor are waiting for you.


Genre: drama
IMDb rating: 8.4

In the world of power and huge money, in the very heart of New York, two men are fighting it out: an ambitious Wall Streeter and an adamant US Attorney. Despite the complete lack of action scenes or special effects, this financial drama keeps you tense until the last minutes. 

Fresh Off the Boat

Genre: comedy
IMDb rating: 8.0

This is the story of a Taiwanese family who moved from Washington, D.C., to Orlando to open their own restaurant. It is a story of the American dream and of incredibly funny attempts to assimilate with US culture.

Orphan Black

Genre: sci-fi, action, drama
IMDb rating: 8.4

Sarah is an orphan, and she's gone through a lot of suffering. One day, she becomes a witness to a suicide - one of a girl who looks just like her. In an attempt to escape from her own troubles, she steals the identity of the dead girl, and takes her money, apartment, and her problems along with her.


Genre: drama, comedy
IMDb rating: 8.7

Mike Ross, a self-educated lawyer pretending to be a Harvard graduate, comes to a job interview with one of the best attorneys in New York, Harvey Specter. Harvey accepts the risk and takes Mike in, because the guy has a natural talent, and he's also got a photographic memory. That's how begins the story of one of the most unusual, yet most extraordinary lawyer tandems in Manhattan.


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Genre: comedy
IMDb rating: 7.7

This is the story of Kimmy, a 29-year-old girl who lived for a couple of years in a doomsday cult and then moved to New York. Kimmy is light-hearted and very naive, and that often leads to her getting into a lot of funny situations. A light and pleasant sitcom.

Preview photo credit Paramount Television
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