The Best TV Shows With 100+ Episodes to Stream

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Look, we’re aware. You have a lot of time on your hands right now. The outbreak of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, has forced most of the country indoors. Staying home is the responsible thing to do right now. But what to do with all that time? Well, why not start a really long TV show? You know, one of those series that you’ve always been meaning to watch but there are just so many episodes. In the interest of lending you a hand, here are some of our favorites that hit the 100 episode mark. Traditionally, 100 episodes meant a show could go into syndication, leading to endless reruns on the likes of TBS. But all of these are available to stream so you can binge without fail.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

2013-present, 137 episodesOne of the newer shows on this list, Brooklyn Nine-Nine hit 100 episodes during its fifth season, when it was still airing on Fox before jumping over to NBC. The sitcom, created by Dan Goor and Mike Schur, is a goofy, big-hearted affair starring Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, a detective with Die Hard fantasies. But it’s not just the Samberg show, even though he is great. The ensemble is amazing: From Andre Braugher’s fastidious Captain Holt to Stephanie Beatriz’s deadpan Rosa Diaz. Also, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has some of the best Halloween episodes out there, so you’ll know when you’ve reached another year in your binge.Watch on Hulu

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

1994-2009, 331 episodesIf you really want a project, why not get into ER? The foundational medical show lasted for 15 seasons and is one of the most acclaimed series of all time. Of course, half the fun of watching ER is seeing George Clooney in his nascent stardom before he was Movie Star George Clooney, but don’t let that stop you from further appreciating whole scope of the show.Watch on Hulu

Gilmore Girls

2000-2007, 153 episodes In 2016, Netflix revived Netflix revived Gilmore Girls, but catch up with the original series about a wisecracking mother-daughter duo before watching the four-episode follow-up. The drama takes place in the quirky small town of Stars Hollow and features a dynamic supporting cast so fully fleshed, you’ll feel like a local after your first hour. When Lorelai and Rory slip into their rapid-fire banter, it’s like slipping on your favorite robe, familiar and exciting all at once. For extra credit, listen to Gilmore Guys, a podcast dissecting the series episode by episode, and then follow it all up by watching the Netflix continuation, called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.Watch on Netflix

Gossip Girl

2007-2012, 121 episodesWhile it’s now known primarily as the show responsible for making Blake Lively and Leighton Meester famous, Gossip Girl’s strength is delighting in the outsize amorality of elite high-schoolers on New York City’s Upper East Side. This rarefied setting is a playground for the calculating, ambitious, backstabbing exploits of characters with surnames like “van der Woodsen,” “Waldorf,” and “Archibald.” After plowing through your fifth episode in a row and experiencing a strange desire to get brunch and take a weekend shopping trip to Paris, you may hate yourself a little bit… but not enough to stop watching. Watch on Netflix

How I Met Your Mother

Law & Order: SVU

1999-present, 474 episodesLaw and Order: SVU was designed for bingeing YEARS before on-demand streaming was invented, and while the original Law & Order was canceled in 2010, Special Victims Unit perfected the form and chugs along into its 18th season. Now that streaming is standard, you don’t have to surf cable for a late-night insomnia salve or a hungover Sunday time-killer. You can drop in on Detectives Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson whenever you desire the simple satisfaction of fighting for justice in an unjust world.Watch on Amazon Prime and Hulu

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

1970-1977, 168 episodesToss your hat into the air and dive into what is one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. The Mary Tyler Moore Show opens with the eponymous star’s alter ego Mary Richards moving to Minneapolis and getting a job at WJM-TV. You probably know bits and pieces of the rest. She works for crotchety Lou Grant and is best friends with the talkative Rhoda Morgenstern. Watching MTM from the beginning is a joy. It’s a portrait of a woman both of and ahead of her time and genuinely hilarious.Watch on Hulu

The Office

1999-Present, 924 episodesYes, you read that correctly: This long-running pirate anime is well on its way to hitting the thousand-episode mark, with no signs of slowing, meaning One Piece can very well last you for years if you decide to take the plunge, which you should. Following the seafaring quest of Monkey D. Luffy, a kid with big dreams of becoming the Pirate King, and his ragtag crew looking for the mythical One Piece treasure, this Toei Animation series is uniquely paced with mini arcs throughout each of its marathon seasons, mimicking that of its serialized manga, breaking it up into manageable chunks of episodes that make diving in less daunting.Watch on Hulu

Parks and Recreation

2009-2015, 125 episodesIn the vein of workplace “reality” comedies like The Office, creator Michael Schur’s take on a local parks and rec department finds humor in the mundane — like bosses who take themselves way too seriously. Watching this show now is like being treated to a buffet of comedic royalty; there’s Amy Poehler! Adam Scott! Chris Pratt! Aubrey Plaza! Aziz Ansari! And more! Their performances cemented Parks and Rec’s place in network comedy lore. Watch on Amazon Prime and Netflix

Sailor Moon

1989-1998, 180 episodesThe genre-defining “show about nothing,” now exclusive to Hulu, is worth the subscription fee alone. Whether you’re new to the sitcom that put writer Larry David on the map, or watching Kramer burst through that door for the thousandth time, we advise you watch all nine seasons and become master of situation comedy’s domain.Watch on Hulu

Smallville

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Supernatural

2006-present, 246 episodesThe reality show that’s turned chefs and their restaurants into must-visit destinations, Top Chef is a cornerstone cooking competition in our post-Food Network celebrity chef world. Unlike spiritually similar shows like Masterchef or Chopped, Top Chef is less about watching chefs struggle, instead highlighting the bright spots — creative choices, line efficiency, celebrating the cities each season is shot in, etc. — and big personalities that inevitably clash in their Real World-esque living quarters.Watch on Hulu

The Twilight Zone

1959-1964, 156 episodesEvery lauded sci-fi movie or television show owes Rod Serling residuals. Over 156 episodes, Serling speculated and dreamed, refracting his present day through the trippiest scenarios to ever beam through mild-mannered American homes. The Twilight Zone’s visual prose took us to jungles, to space, to 20,000 feet, and to the sunny block from every person’s childhood, where the worst existential revelations tended to lurk. The Twilight Zone still speaks volumes. Buckle up and fly into a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind.Watch on CBS All Access, Hulu, and Netflix

The West Wing

The X-Files

1993-2002, 218 episodesHulu is the best place to catch up on Mulder’s paranoia, Scully’s sleuthing, and the burning chemistry that launched a thousand GeoCities sites. The streaming site offers both the original 218-episode run of Fox’s paranormal investigation drama and the recent miniseries revival. If nine and a half seasons is too much to binge, cherry-pick the classics. We made it easy by ranking the entire series.Watch on Hulu

2006-2013, 138 episodesTina Fey’s workplace sitcom was so good for so long that it’s easy to take it for granted. Since it went off the air in 2013, comedies have gotten stranger, more dramatic, and more formally ambitious. But have they gotten any funnier? We’d argue no. Between Jack Donaghy’s Bush-era conservative zingers, Tracy Jordan’s endlessly absurd one-liners, Kenneth’s disturbing hillbilly antics, and Jenna Maroney’s deranged celebrity narcissism, the show delivered perfect jokes at an exhilarating pace. What’s more innovative than that?Watch on Amazon Prime and Hulu

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