The Netflix shows you’re most likely to devour in 24 hours

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Nicola Rachel Colyer
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There’s much to be said for the joys of autumn – from golden walks to finally finding the perfect cosy knit, we’re all for indulging in some seasonal activities. 

But there’s little that we love more than a cold and rainy afternoon providing us with the perfect excuse to curl up on the sofa in our slouchiest clothes and indulge in some serious TV binging. Or even when it’s sunny, to be honest, we’re not ashamed.

And sometimes, just sometimes, a Netflix series catches your attention so fully that you’ve smashed through the entire thing in 24 hours, intentionally or otherwise.

Thanks to the team at Netflix, those who indulge in 24 hours of uninterrupted TV-watching bliss now have a name.

After looking into people’s TV watching habits, the team has coined the term ‘binge racer’ – describing those who consume an entire series within a day of its launch.

And it turns out there are some shows it’s just easier to while away a day on than others – the streaming service has released the top 20 shows we shamelessly binge-race through.

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Netflix has coined the term ‘binge racer’ to define those who watch an entire series in its first 24 hours

Topping the list? Marvel’s The Defenders, followed by Gilmore Girls: A Year in the LifeThe Seven Deadly SinsSanta Clarita Diet and Orange is the New Black.

Sound about right?

See the full list below.

Netflix’s 20 most ‘binge raced’ shows:

1. Marvel’s The Defenders                              

2. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life                

3. The Seven Deadly Sins                 

4. Santa Clarita Diet

5. Orange is the New Black                             

6. Luther

7. F is for Family                                                 

8. Trailer Park Boys

9. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt                     

10. The Ranch                                    

11. Atypical

12. Stranger Things                                                           

13. Love 

14. BoJack Horseman                                       

15. Black Mirror  

16. Wet Hot American Summer                                    

17. House of Cards

18. GLOW

19. Grace and Frankie                      

20. Marvel’s Daredevil 

“This is essentially a viewer that accomplishes in a day what takes others weeks to achieve, where they speed through an entire season within 24 hours of a show’s launch,” a spokesperson at Netflix explains.

“With on-demand services that allow you to also watch on the go, this binge-racing behaviour has grown substantially in the last few years, with 8.4 million members having binge raced during their Netflix lifetime alone”.

Ever since streaming services brought us instant availability of myriad shows all in one go, we’ve been no strangers to satisfying our need for instant gratification by ploughing through several episodes of our latest favourite.

But to get through an entire series in one sitting? Well, that requires something particularly special.

With the likes of Gilmore Girls and Orange is the New Black, some of the picks on the list came as no surprise, while other lesser known shows, such as Atypical and The Ranch, had us adding to our “to watch” list immediately.

Scroll down for some of our favourites, and some of the ones you may not have heard of.


Glow Netflix

From the team behind Orange is the New Black, Glow follows the story of struggling actress, Ruth Wilder, who auditions for a fledgling professional wrestling promotion called the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling in 1980s Los Angeles. When Ruth's former best friend, retired soap opera actress Debbie Eagan, arrives at the ring, their confrontation promises to either make or break the show. Cue big hair, bright spandex and bucket loads of drama.

Stranger Things

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Set in a small Indiana town in the 1980s, strange things start happening when a young boy vanishes. What follows is a tale of secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl. Christmas lights will never look the same again… (The second series debuts later this month.)


Netflix shows to binge-watch atypical

A coming of age story that follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum as he searches for love and independence. While Sam is on his funny yet emotional journey of self-discovery, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: what does it really mean to be normal?

House of Cards

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The BBC original in the Nineties was brilliant. But the US reboot relocated the political thriller to Washington and added Kevin Spacey as its dastardly Democrat, and Robin Wright as his eco-activist wife. Let the high-powered scheming and back-stabbing begin.

The Ranch

The Ranch Netflix

When Colt Bennett’s (Ashton Kutcher) brief semi-professional football career falls apart, he returns home to a Colorado ranch to run the family business with his disapproving father and resentful brother, whom he hasn’t seen for 15 years. In addition to navigating the family dynamics, Colt finds himself in a romantic tangle between his current girlfriend and his high school sweetheart. 

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