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There are 22 days until lockdown 2.0 is over, which means we’ve got over 500 hours (from the time this article is published) to binge through Netflix’s lengthiest series. 

Whether you’re looking to re-watch every episode of your favourite TV series or try out one of Netflix’s lengthiest options, we’ve rounded up ten of our favourites, outlining how many seasons, the total number of episodes and how many episodes a day you’ll have to burn through in order to make it safe the other side (AKA December 2nd). 

Disclaimer: I sincerely apologise if the maths on this article is wrong. There’s a reason I’m a journalist and not an accountant…

THE STATS:

Seasons: 7
Episodes: 91
How do I need to watch in a day? 4.1

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Orange Is The New Black

Orange Is The New Black is a treasured favourite of Netflix’s original series, thanks to its outlandish humour, scandalous drama and pioneering representations. 

The seven-season narrative follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a young woman whose drug-smuggling past creeps up with her and she’s sentenced initially to 15 months in prison. Litchfield federal prison reveals the cracks in the judicial system, from corrupt officials to guards having affairs with inmates. Tune in for 91 episodes of a wild, wild ride. Prepare yourself for the shock factor of the Season Four finale.

Jane The Virgin 

Follow Jane Villanueva, played by Gina Rodriguez, on her unusual journey into motherhood. You only need a snippet of the first episode to discover the young, dedicated Catholic was mistakenly artificially inseminated by her doctor. 

Originally part of The CW American network, Netflix dubs it as a Netflix original in a lot of countries and has become a family favourite. Perfect for those who need a little giggle, an easy watch and a bit of light relief during this turbulent time.

The Stats:

Seasons: 5
Episodes: 100
How many do I need to watch in a day? 4.5

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The Stats:

Seasons: 4
Episodes: 76
How many do I need to watch in a day? 3.5

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Riverdale

Love it or loathe it, Netflix’s Riverdale is a trashy show you can’t help but binge watch. 

Based on the original Archie Comics, the four-season series follows Archie and his friends through the worries and woes of school, teenage romances and family dramas. Oh and the hilariously thrillistic nature of the town Riverdale and the mysteries that lie within. An easy watch until you get to the cringeworthy musical singing episodes. 

Grace and Frankie

You can’t help but love Grace and Frankie, the seven-season comedy that follows two retired women whose lives get thrusted upside down when their husbands, Robert and Sol, announce they’ve been having an affair for over twenty years and now want a divorce. 

Grace, played by Jane Fonda, a retired CEO of a cosmetics company, and Frankie (Lily Tomlin), a fun-loving hippie art teacher, end up begrudgingly living together in their communal beach house. Expect to fall in love with this hilarious pair and their sex toy venture.

The Stats:

Seasons: 6
Episodes: 78
How many do I need to watch in a day?  3.5

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The Stats:

Seasons: 8 (latest season not on Netflix)
Episodes: 94 (103 total, including season 9)
How many do I need to watch in a day? 4.3 (4.7 including season 9)

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American Horror Story 

If you like a horror tale that’s loosely based on real life events but won’t spook you out of your senses, tune into American Horror Story. Every season is based on a different narrative but they’re loosely related, with familiar faces popping up with new characteristics and story traits. Start your American Horror Story journey in 1964, with a man who’s abducted by aliens. 

Annoyingly, Netflix only has the first eight seasons so you’ll have to switch over to Amazon and purchase the last season if you’re in for the long haul.

Gilmore Girls

Perhaps one for those furloughed or enjoying a well deserved break this lockdown because there’s over 150 episodes of Gilmore Girls to get through. 

Taking it back to the 00s when Gilmore Girls first debuted, the series follows Lorelai Gilmore, an independent powerhouse woman, and her journey of single parenthood with her daughter, Rory. Expect some seriously 2000s outfits to be making an appearance but the narrative never gets old.

The Stats:

Seasons: 7
Episodes: 153
How many do I need to watch in a day?  7

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The Stats:

Seasons: 6
Episodes: 110
How many do I need to watch in a day? 5

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Community

Even if you haven’t found yourself stumbling upon an old episode of Community, we guarantee you’ll have heard the catchy theme song. 

If you’re a millennial, Community is one of those shows that everyone references in passing conversations and it’s notably thanks to the original paintballing episode, ‘Modern Warfare’, in season one (if you know, you know). It’s one of the most influential episodes in television history, and it led to the Russo brothers filming the latest Avenger movies. A pretty big deal.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

A bingeable show that’s slightly more achievable with three weeks left of lockdown is Netflix original, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The four-seasons will see you rooting for the chirpy, mole girl, Kimmy Schmidt, who has to re-adjust to life after 15 years spent trapped in an underground bunker. 

Earlier this year, Netflix also released an interactive bonus episode, where the audience is in control of Kimmy’s tough decisions, from choosing to continue planning her wedding to rescuing further girls from the Reverend’s additional bunker. 

The Stats:

Seasons: 4
Episodes: 52, including the 2020 interactive bonus episode
How many do I need to watch in a day?  2.3

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The Stats:

Seasons: 10
Episodes: 236
How many do I need to watch in a day? 10.7

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Friends 

Spend your lockdown wisely and binge through all ten series of Friends. It’ll take an average of 10.7 episodes a day for you to make it to the end of lockdown fully versed in all 236 episodes of the show, but it’ll be oh, so worth it. 

Fall back in love with Joey’s aggravating stupidity, root for Rachel and her passion for a career in fashion and count how many times they fall in and out of love with one another once more.

New Girl

If watching Zooey Deschanel’s presidential spin on the New Girl theme wasn’t enough to make you want to rewatch all 146 episodes of the seven-season show, then maybe equating it to 6.6 episodes over the next 22 days will… 

New Girl follows Jess, a heartbroken, middle-school teacher as she moves into an apartment complex with three guys after breaking up with her cheating boyfriend. Of course over the seven seasons we bring falling in love with each and every character, and rooting for their journey.

The Stats:

Seasons: 7
Episodes: 146
How many do I need to watch in a day?  6.6

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