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Six of the best: Snuggle up and binge-watch these long-running shows

If you missed them first time around, get ready to binge-watch these six gripping series ranging from comedy and drama to horror.

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Lockdown has given us time at home so here are six series with at least five seasons each which will give you plenty to binge-watch.

It has been five months into the coronavirus pandemic and many film lovers are searching for a gripping series to watch long-term. And by “long-term” we mean a series that is at least five seasons long…

Here is our list of six iconic series to binge-watch. Whether you are into horror, drama, mystery, comedy or all of the above, there is something on this list for you.


Genre: Sitcom

At some point in your life you must have stumbled upon the I’ll Be There for You theme song or have seen the Friends logo on a T-shirt. This entertaining and funny series revolves around the lives of six reckless adults who happen to be friends.

Located in Manhattan, the viewer can indulge in their personal, yet ever so troublesome, adventures.

Year of release: 1994

10 seasons

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.


Genre: Crime

The series takes place in New York City and showcases the complex process of determining whether a person is guilty or innocent. The headlines of that era often inspire the content of episodes. In addition, the plots highlight personal dilemmas people can relate to.

There are also multiple spin-off series, such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and more.

Year of release: 1990

20 seasons

Cast: Chris Noth, Sam Waterston, Jerry Orbach, Paul Sorvino, Carolyn Maccormick, Steven Hill, Jesse L Martin, Benjamin Bratt, S Epatha Merkerson, Angie Harmon, Diane Wiest, Jill Hennessey, Dan Florek and more.


Genre: Drama

This starts off as a group of surgical interns who embark on their medical journey. Then it slowly develops into a group of medical residents and supervisors who become part of heart-wrenching stories.

Ultimately, they make life-changing decisions in order to become the finest doctors. There are additional spin-off series, such as: Private Practice, Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy: B-Team.

Year of release: 2005

16 seasons

Cast: Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, TR Knight, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr, Isaiah Washington, Patrick Dempsey, Kate Walsh, Sara Ramirez, Eric Dane and more.  


Genre: Horror

Set in the United States, a zombie apocalypse begins to spread. In response a police officer leads a group of survivors in search of a safe and secure home. In addition, there are a spin-off series such as: Fear of the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: Cold Storage and others.

Year of release: 2010

10 seasons

Cast: Greg Nicotero, Michael E Satrazemis, Ernest R Dickerson, David Boyd, Guy Ferland, Billy Gierhart, Jeffrey F. January, Michelle MacLaren, Tricia Brock, Seith Mann, Michael Slovis, Rosemary Rodriguez and more.


Genre: Mystery

A smart, close-knit and entertaining group of housewives live in Wisteria Lane. But their picture-perfect neighbourhood holds many secrets of forbidden romances, crime and domestic struggles.

Year of release: 2004

Eight seasons

Cast: Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Nicollete Sheridan, Brenda Strong, James Denton, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Dana Delany, Venessa L Williams, Dough Savant and more.


Genre: Drama

The series revolves around an intellectual engineer who inserts himself in the prison system he helped to design. This is in the hope of saving his brother from a death sentence for a crime he was falsely accused of.

Year of release: 2005

Five seasons

Cast: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Robin Tunney, Peter Stormare, Amaury Nolasco, Marshall Allman