The Best Shows To Binge Watch After A Night Out

You stumble home after a night out on the town. You want to sleep, but you can't; you're too wound up. You need something to help ease you back to earth—something to watch while you cry into your ice cream, or revel in the first blush of romance, or mindlessly veg out on as you slowly sober up. In short? You need something to binge watch. Well, no matter what kind of night you've just had, this list has the show for you. Here's a rigorously tested guide to the best shows to binge watch after a long night out.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Mortified by your drunken antics? Worried that your friends will hold that nonsense over your head for the rest of your life? Well, bingeing on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a good way to adjust your embarrassment level. After all, whatever it is you did at the bar last night with that bottle of tequila and the mechanical bull, it can't possibly be as bad as the stuff the cast of Sunny does with and to each other every episode.

Sex and the City

There are two ways to look at Sex and the City after a night out on the town. Either it's a perfect reflection of how your own semi-enchanted evenings have been going, or it's a fun, escapist look at how the other half is living. And no matter how well or how badly your own attempts to find sex in the city are going, there's a character you can identify with—even if right now you feel less like a Samantha and more like a Jack Daniel's.


Let's say you've been out at a rave. Maybe your body and mind are reacting to certain stimulants that have temporarily altered your understanding of reality itself. No one is actually recommending this, of course, but let's just suppose for the sake of argument this has happened. Well, there's good news: this is the perfect time to watch Lost! Because honestly, there's probably no other circumstance where anything about Lost will make any sense to you at all. Just one thing: if you do binge watch Lost while you're high, please email us and explain what the hell the final season was about. Thanks.


You think you had a bad night? Well, you're probably right. But Matt Murdock also had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad night as well, thanks to the fact that he spends his evenings getting the crap beaten out of him by ninjas, gangsters, and supervillains. Luckily, Daredevil has the option of working out his frustrations by punching people in the face repeatedly, so since you probably don't have that outlet, fire up Netflix and settle in for some serious television catharsis.

Broad City

Once upon a time, it was almost a national ritual to wind down every evening with some laughs courtesy of Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show. What better way to drift off to sleep than with a smile on your face thanks to a timely, hilarious joke? Well, for today's comedy fans, it's Broad City that fills that need today. Usually, just one or two episodes before beddy-bye does the trick, but if you've had a long night out, a whole marathon of Abbi and Ilana's antics might be in order.

The Venture Bros.

Not all nights out involve drinking, partying, and sex. Sometimes you stumble into your dorm room after spending the entire night in a Denny's booth playing Magic: the Gathering with your buddies Ed, Chris, and Other Chris. So how do you come down from the adrenaline rush of sneaking out a Kozilek, Butcher of Truth on turn two? A Venture Bros. binge, that's how. Tear open a bag of cheddar Combos and settle in for the absurdist marathon of your young life.

Orphan Black

Why is Orphan Black a great show to binge watch after a night out? Simple: because it's a great show to binge watch at any time. Tatiana Maslany is the hardest working actress in television, and maybe the most talented, and she expertly portrays numerous clones of herself, each with their own unique look and personality, and all in service of a twisty, epic sci-fi storyline that will leave you begging for more. Frankly, you should already be watching it right now!

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

After a long night out trying to drink away the pain of being dumped, maybe it's time for a different post-breakup tactic, like laughter. The CW's surprise breakout comedy hit Crazy Ex-Girlfriend features Rachel Bloom (winner of this year's Golden Globe for actress in a TV comedy) as the titular crazy ex-girlfriend, who is so obsessed with her "soul mate" that she stalks him across the country in search of true love. The musical numbers will have you in stitches, while the story will remind you that there are always worse things than being single.

American Horror Story

You know what the best thing about binge watching the critically acclaimed American Horror Story is? Whatever mood you're in, there's a season for you. That's because each season, while sharing certain thematic elements, involves a totally different storyline and cast of characters. Feel like serial killers? Witches? A trip to a creepy circus? No matter how your night out has gone, American Horror Story provides the perfect story to fit your mood. Pull the covers up over your head and peek out to see some great television.

Gilmore Girls

Sometimes after a night out you just need some comfort food. And sometimes, you need the television equivalent of comfort food to watch while you're eating actual comfort food. That's where Gilmore Girls comes in. Grab a pint of ice cream—or a bag of pork rinds, or whatever your thing is—put on your footie pajamas and curl up on the couch for an early morning date with Lorelai, Rory, and all your old favorites. It might not be good for your stomach, but it's definitely good for your heart.