Do you spend more time looking for a new show to watch on Netflix than actually watching it? It's a common 21st century problem.
Here, we've narrowed the options to help you find your next binge-worthy addiction from among the seemingly endless choices offered by Netflix as well as Hulu, Amazon, HBO, Showtime and more.
AMAZON: TV PARTY
NYC's wacko punk-era public-access cable show (1978-1982) is recalled in this documentary featuring David Bowie, George Clinton, Mick Jones and many more of the era's cool/cult stars. (Complete series of 60 "TV Party" episodes due on Blu-ray August from BRINKvision.)
HULU: THE HANDMAID'S TALE
Elisabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel struggle to survive as reproductive surrogates for the ruling class in "The Handmaid's Tale."
An Irish woman (Sharon Horgan) and American man (Rob Delaney) find themselves accidentally proceeding into parenthood in Amazon's original series, "Catastrophe." Three season currently available for streaming.
Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) is a Chicago financial planner by day and money launderer to Mexican drug lord Del Rio (Esai Morales) by night. To avoid being killed for his partner's theft, he creates a plan to move to Ozark, Missouri, in an attempt to launder $8 million in three months.
NETFLIX: THE RANCH
Season 2 return of hometown sitcom with family members Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger, Sam Elliott. Ten episodes.
Season 3 begins for this comedy of grown siblings (Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey) trying to find their way out of codependence. Guest stars include Judy Greer, Jamie Chung. 13 weekly episodes.
NETFLIX: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
Season 3 has 13 more episodes, in which guest stars Laura Dern, Rachel Dratch, Ray Liotta, Andrea Martin and Maya Rudolph join previous favorites Fred Armisen, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Josh Charles and Amy Sedaris.
Season 3: Titus Welliver's tough cop juggles investigations and raising his teen daughter (Madison Lintz, "The Walking Dead"). With Lance Reddick, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino. 10 episodes.
NETFLIX: THE GET DOWN
Part 2 of Baz Luhrmann's '70s NYC portrait finds a new beat in the Bronx. With Shameik Moore, Justice Smith and Mamoudou Athie as Grandmaster Flash. five episodes.
Head back to Green Gables in this "re-imagined" family series, with young Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James and R.H. Thomson, from "Breaking Bad" writer Moira Walley-Beckett ("Flesh and Bone").
NETFLIX: FIVE CAME BACK
Top directors from '40s Hollywood shot World War II action and found themselves changed forever. Those masters (John Ford, Frank Capra, more) are profiled by modern filmmakers (Steven Spielberg, Guillermo Del Toro, more). Also streaming: 13 World War II documentaries.
AMAZON: AMERICAN PLAYBOY: THE HUGH HEFNER STORY
New docuseries charts the Playboy founder's trailblazing life through publishing, nightclubs, civil rights advocacy, more. 10 episodes. (Free first episode through Thursday at Playboy.com and Amazon.com.)
How to build a fashion empire online, as adapted from the bestseller. Starring Britt Robertson ("The Secret Circle"). 13 episodes.
NETFLIX: 13 REASONS WHY
Young-adult drama series tracks a teen (Dylan Minnette, "Awake") investigating why his crush ended her own life. With Kate Walsh, Brian d'Arcy James. From producer Selena Gomez, "Spotlight" writer-director Tom McCarthy. 13 episodes.
AMAZON: HAND OF GOD
Ron Perlman and Dana Delany return for the drama's second and final season: His visions-plagued vigilante judge now faces trial for killing a cop.
HULU: THE PATH
Season 2 follows Aaron Paul's onetime religious devotee into the secular world after his sect leader's mysterious departure. With Michelle Monaghan, Hugh Dancy, Rockmond Dunbar. Weekly episodes.
AMAZON: Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING
Christina Ricci stars as 1920s jazz baby (and F. Scott Fitzgerald wife and muse) Zelda Fitzgerald, moving through global circles of literature, high society and speak-easies. Fictionalized bioseries co-stars David Hoflin, David Strathairn. Ten episodes.
Judd Apatow-produced series with (wild) Gillian Jacobs and (nice) Paul Rust starts its second season of intimacy-fear and commitment-phobia.
"Game of Thrones" favorite Jason Momoa dominates a gritty new drama of 1700s renegades trying to muscle in on North America's fur trade. (Already renewed for season 2.) Six episodes.
AMAZON: THE GRAND TOUR
Two-parter "The Beach (Buggy) Boys" finds Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May riding the '60s throwback across the deserts of Namibia.
HULU: SHUT EYE
Jeffrey Donovan ("Burn Notice"), David Zayas ("Dexter"), Isabella Rossellini, KaDee Strickland star in this tale of tarot card storefronts. Ten episodes posted.
NETFLIX: BLACK MIRROR
Bryce Dallas Howard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw appear among the six new episodes of this dark, adult, anthology thriller.
AMAZON: SNEAKY PETE
Original drama series: Con man Giovanni Ribisi assumes the identity of his ex-cellmate to evade revenge-seeking gangster, with Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety. Ten episodes.
NETFLIX: HATERS BACK OFF
A totally untalented star pursues her big-time dreams in "Haters Back Off." See what else is streaming on Netflix.
Director Ava DuVernay's new documentary (just seen at the New York Film Festival) considers our Constitution's 13th amendment in light of alleged "involuntary servitude" in today's sprawling prison industry.
NETFLIX: THE FALL
Season 3 with Gillian Anderson's homicide detective hunting a serial killer. Six new episodes, with Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Archie Panjabi.
HULU: THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK — THE TOURING YEARS
Director Ron Howard's documentary covers the group's live-performance period of 1962-66, from The Cavern Club to Shea Stadium to Candlestick Park.
NETFLIX: GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE
They're back: Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, in four 90-minute chapters moving through the seasons. Other WB returnees include Kelly Bishop, Scott Patterson, Keiko Agena.
NETFLIX: THE CROWN
Series from "The Queen" movie writer Peter Morgan dramatizes the earlier life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy), starting with her 1947 marriage to Prince Philip (Matt Smith).
Hugh Laurie's San Francisco neuropsychiatrist courts danger with an alluring patient and her police detective spouse. With Gretchen Mol, LisaGay Hamilton, Paul Adelstein, Ethan Suplee.
Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Maria Bello, Sarah Wynter, Dwight Yoakam, Harold Perrineau appear in David E. Kelley's latest legal series, where a lawyer (Thornton) fights powerful corporate interests.
AMAZON: CRISIS IN SIX SCENES
Woody Allen's half-hour series co-stars him with Miley Cyrus, Christine Ebersole, Joy Behar, Elaine May, Michael Rapaport.
NETFLIX: MARVEL’S LUKE CAGE
Mike Colter takes his superhuman crime-fighter from "Jessica Jones" into his own adventure series. With Alfre Woodard, Mahershala Ali, Frank Whaley, Sonia Braga.
Sex, tech and culture intersect in a Chicago-set half-hour anthology from filmmaker Joe Swanberg. With Orlando Bloom, Marc Maron, Malin Akerman, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Hannibal Buress.
NETFLIX: BOJACK HORSEMAN
Season 3 for this critically acclaimed adult cartoon: Our boozing humanoid horse (voice of Will Arnett), once a sitcom has-been, now achieves movie stardom. Does BoJack still hate Hollywood? With Amy Sedaris' Persian cat, Paul F. Tompkins' Labrador retriever, Aaron Paul's human slacker.
The hunt for Pablo Escobar continues in this second season dramatizing the '80s battles of drug kingpins vs. law enforcement. Acclaimed series also available in Ultra HD 4K.
NETFLIX: LADY DYNAMITE
Comic Maria Bamford's original series follows a woman finding herself, with Mary Kay Place, Ed Begley Jr., Ana Gasteyer.
NETFLIX: BEING MARY JANE
With Season 3 just added, fans can catch up to all of this smart BET drama series, tracking the complicated life of a TV news anchor (Gabrielle Union).
Season 3 wraps up this Florida Keys family thriller with Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz. 10 episodes.
HULU: THE MINDY PROJECT
Creator-star Mindy Kaling's life odyssey made the jump this fourth season from Fox to Hulu, which has continued to roll out episodes weekly (unlike most other streaming services). But with the season's first half finished, we can binge on 13 half-hours in which Mindy and Danny forthrightly grapple with parenthood, couplehood and career-hood differences of opinion. (And for those who just can't let it go, the midseason finale is set at Christmas.) -- Diane Werts
NETFLIX: MASTER OF NONE
And here's the Manhattan male side of Mindy's current-day 30-something story. Aziz Ansari of "Parks and Recreation" also writes and stars, playing an actor who can't seem to find a handle on his career or his relationships, at a time when he's feeling his life should be settled. Neatly juggling social and cultural expectations (with added first-generation-American angst), and backing its comedy with character depth, the show's first 10 episodes earned near-universal acclaim (and a Golden Globe nomination for Ansari). Find out why on Netflix. -- Diane Werts
AMAZON PRIME INSTANT VIDEO: MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE
The Nazis and Japanese won World War II? That's the concept behind this speculative thriller set in the '60s, as adapted by Frank Spotnitz from the Philip K. Dick novel, available on Amazon. As the Axis powers scheme over U.S. territory, young Americans seek the truth behind newsreel films depicting alternative historical events. The sprawling 10-hour tale stars Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Rufus Sewell. -- Diane Werts
NETFLIX: MARVEL'S JESSICA JONES
Krysten Ritter, ex-"Don't Trust the B" on ABC, now plays an ex-superhero turned private eye in a world of ugly crimes and murky morals on Netflix. You know it's so when "Doctor Who" stud David Tennant embodies the bad guy. Also on hand through 13 episodes: Mike Colter's Luke Cage (soon getting his own series) and Rachael Taylor's Trish Walker. -- Diane Werts
NETFLIX: HOUSE OF CARDS
If you need more politics during this current presidential campaign, here's an acclaimed Washington saga of outrageous ambition. And then there's the crafty British miniseries of the same name, on which Spacey's tale is based (also streaming on Netflix). -- Diane Werts
The Wachowski siblings and J. Michael Straczynski deliver a second season of drama in which strangers around the world find themselves connected by visions. 10 episodes.
You've heard the hype, now see the hype. This is a prime-time soap, and a well-done one. Very easily consumed, there's no heavy lifting, but a lot of fun.
This Netflix newcomer runs 10 seasons, so you may ending up losing a full week if you sit through everything, so let's choose -- how 'bout the third season? That's The One when "Friends" become much more serialized, with running continuous stories; seems like a good binge attribute, no? Teri Garr and Jon Favreau are also aboard in the the third.
NETFLIX: GILMORE GIRLS
Lorelai and Lorelai (Rory). Stars Hollow, Connecticut. The denizens therein. For seven seasons, "Gilmore Girls" captivated fans with this mix, but mostly with very fast patter, written mostly by creator Amy Sherman-Palladino for her star Lauren Graham. This show still holds up, even a decade later.
HULU: BROOKLYN NINE NINE
Season one is all here, and is definitely worth a good, old-fashioned binge. Funny show, great cast .
SHOWTIME ANYTIME: WEEDS
Jenji Kohan's ("Orange is the New Black") comedy-drama-soap about a single mother (Mary-Louise Parker) who turns into a pot dealer, lasted eight seasons, but the first three seem to be -- by fan consensus -- the best.
SHOWTIME ANYTIME: THE AFFAIR
See what all the fuss is about, or what all the awards are about. This smart, engaging series -- filmed entirely on Long Island -- about one heck of a midlife crisis is superb.
NETFLIX: RIPPER STREET
This British period drama (set in London, 1889), about some guy named Jack the Ripper, is dark, dark, dark... and popular, popular, popular -- at least the first season. The second, not so much. Amazon Prime is expected to revive it, by the way.
STARZ PLAY: POWER
From my review: "Well-drawn but particularly well-written, with dialogue that exudes an easy, sharp familiarity with the way crooks talk -- and federal agents, too."
For time-travel lovers, or Rachel Nichols fans, she stars in this good mind-time bender about some rebels who go from 2077 to 2012, with attendant complications.
STARZ PLAY: DA VINCI'S DEMONS
Hey, it wasn't as easy as it looks being one of the greatest geniuses in history who invented just about everything and painted "Mona Lisa" too. He had demons, after all. But Tom Riley as "D" still manages to make it all look fun.
STARZ PLAY: OUTLANDER
More time travel, but at least the destination is scenic -- 1743 Scotland -- and the heather in bloom. Caitriona Balfe as Claire Beauchamp Randall/Fraser is a very pleasing time travel companion, as well.
The first season had its ups and its downs, and only a full-on binge will determine which episode was which. But the show did seem to get better late in the season.
HULU: MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
Otherwise known as "M.A.O.S.H.I.E.L.D.," the second season is absolutely the road to travel here, especially with Kyle MacLachlan aboard as Doctor Evil. He's great, as always. Plus, the second season just feels more... fun and less bound by the hard rules of the Marvel universe. This is one of the most improved series on TV.
AMAZON PRIME INSTANT VIDEO: JUSTIFIED
The first five seasons are free to watch with an Amazon Prime Instant Video subscription, while season six costs $1.99 an episode. Devotees are a little less enamored of the fifth season, but are rapturous about the second, third and fourth.
NETFLIX: BLACK MIRROR
This "Twilight Zone-ish" anthology is almost over-loved, particularly in Hollywood, where talk (as usual) of an American adaptation is afoot. It's only seven episodes, so an easy and pleasurable afternoon binge.
NETFLIX: STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
"DS9" might not have been the most popular of the "Trek" spin-offs, but it was arguably the most interesting with an even deeper dive into the deeper end of the Gene Roddenberry pool. This also had the first African-American Starfleet Commander -- Avery Brooks' Benjamin Sisko. Brooks' Sisko was tough, acestic, and sober, and the guy playing him, a first-rate actor.
STARZ PLAY: BLACK SAILS
Probably best to start at the very beginning, but the second season launch does offer a reasonable point of entry. This is a pirates soap -- but there's a lot more blood than soap, and a lot of swearing too. A real spectacle.
AMAZON PRIME INSTANT VIDEO: TRANSPARENT
This series punched Amazon Prime's ticket at the Golden Globes and will do the same at the Emmys. Jeffrey Tambor's evocation of a true midlife crisis -- he becomes a woman -- is unforgettable, deeply sympathetic... and funny.
If your tastes tend to historic dramas on the high seas that are soaked in as much blood and gore as salt water (if that's possible), then here's your show. (Unless you prefer blood-soaked seas which are also filled with expletives -- then "Black Sails.") The History Channel's "Vikings" just got better and better; three seasons now on Hulu.
HBO GO: OLIVE KITTERIDGE
Based on the Elizabeth Strout novel about a cranky Mainer (Frances McDormand) and her endlessly patient spouse (Richard Jenkins), was one of the great joys of the 2014 season. McDormand is magnificent. A must-binge.
NETFLIX: THE RETURNED
From my review about this French zombie thriller, with sub-titles, in which the zombies do not look like zombies: "The Returned" is what might be called an eschatological mystery, with vague ties to the Book of Revelations and the Apocalypse ("... and many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt; Daniel 12:2.) But even if you should make it to the eighth (and final) episode, don't expect answers because like "Lost," "The Returned" is good at dangling carrots, not so good at offering them."
Jason Isaacs is excellent in this procedural about a cop who survives a car accident, only to discover he is living in two separate realities -- in one of them his wife is alive, in the other, she is not. To keep track of which reality he finds himself in, he wears either a red or green wristband. "Awake" is a terrific one-season series.
Ten seasons of this classic are here. If you binged "The Simpsons" last year on FXX, then think of this as more or less logical continuation of that effort.
Both seasons of Ray McKinnon's (he produces, doesn't star) deliberative, somber, brooding psychological study of a man wrongly convicted of rape and murder, and freed after 19 years, are on Netflix. Critics loved it, and you just might, too.
NETFLIX: A YOUNG DOCTOR'S NOTEBOOK
With Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe, about a Russian doctor who becomes a morphine addict and reflects on his addiction years later while reading his notebook. The series is fun, actually, and it's especially fun to listen to Hamm's efforts at a British accent.
AMAZON PRIME INSTANT VIDEO: ALPHA HOUSE
John Goodman and Clark Johnson star in this funny, biting satire about the easiest of targets: the U.S. Senate. Two seasons are now on Amazon Prime.
HBO GO: HELLO LADIES
Stephen Merchant's comedy about an Englishman trying (and trying) to find love in Los Angeles never quite took off, but fans esteemed its quirky humor and Merchant's many charms. It ends with a movie, too.
NETFLIX: PEAKY BLINDERS
Full disclosure: I haven't seen much of this British gangster drama set in Birmingham after World War 1, but those who have seem to like it. Visually arresting and well-acted, this does look worth the effort.
HBO GO: FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS
Dave Grohl and the gang tour some great American cities where great American music was born, and continues to thrive. Beautifully done, and a real sonic feast.
SHOWTIME ANYTIME: SLEEPER CELL
Two seasons of this excellent Showtime drama (about a terrorist cell poised to attack L.A. and the FBI agent who tries to stop them), make for a binge fest. With Michael Ealy, Oded Fehr, and many others, this is an excellent cast, too.
HBO GO: PARADE'S END
This Tom Stoppard adaptation of the Ford Maddox Ford novel (about a love triangle among Upper Crust English society members while the Great War is raging) stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall. Enough said? Maybe not: Some viewers found sleep preferable to this. I loved it, though it does take a while to get involved.