10 TV Shows to Binge-Watch on Labor Day

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It’s Labor Day, so what better way to celebrate hard-working people than by not working at all?

That’s right, we’re talking about putting on some sweatpants, curling up on the couch, and burning through an entire series online. Whether you’re procrastinating on schoolwork or just trying to relax (we’re looking at you, Mr. “Netflix and chill”), binge-watching shows is always a surefire way to kill some time during a holiday.

Here are 10 series that we recommend you spend your Labor Day getting to know:

1. 30 Rock

It’s been two years since theTina Fey comedy went off the air, but it certainly feels like Liz Lemon and the gang have never left us at all. From night cheese to “shut it down,” 30 Rock references have seemingly been integrated into part of our everyday vocabulary and culture. Seriously, we dare you to read a Buzzfeed listicle without stumbling across a funny-yet-appropriately relatable 30 Rock GIF.

Where you can find it: Netflix

2. Mr. Robot

With only one season out, it’s more than likely you’ll be able to finish Mr. Robot — and be left wanting more — in a day. Starring 2015 breakout star Rami Malek and Christian Slater, the USA drama follows a depressed security engineer who gets involved in a hacking society. Each of its episodes currently has a 100 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes — so you know it’s really that good.

Where you can find it: On Demand and iTunes

3. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

What better way to celebrate the end of the season by watching a series dedicated to the trials a tribulations of summer camp? With a star-studded cast of Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth BanksKristen Wiig,Chris PineMichael CeraJon Hamm and a bunch of other really famous people, Wet Hot American Summer: First Dayof Camp boasts lots of celebrity cameos and even more laughs. We recommended checking out 2004’s Wet Hot American Summer, which centers around the last day of camp, after you’re done your marathon.

Where you can find it: Netflix

4. Curb Your Enthusiasm

You can now order snacks and binge-watch shows thanks to Amazon Prime. The service is now streaming a ton of HBO classics, includingSeinfeld co-creator Larry David‘s Curb Your Enthusiasm. The comedy series about everyday faux pas and the annoying nature of societal expectations has over 80 episodes, which is pretty much perfect for those of us who like to be hermits and uses TV as an excuse to avoid interacting with other people.

Where you can find it: Amazon Prime and HBO GO

5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Not ready to dive into seven seasons of 30 Rock just yet? We recommend getting your toes wet with the new series Fey created for Netflix, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Starring Ellie Kemper, the sitcom centers around a doomsday cult member who moves to New York City after being held captive in an underground bunker for 15 years. Kimmy’s unwavering positive attitude is addicting and inspiring, making the series’ first season a breeze to get through.

Where you can find it: Netflix

6. Transparent

The Amazon Prime series has become the talk of the town after stealing the spotlight at 2014’s Golden Globes by becoming the first show from a streaming video service to win an award for Best Series. Starring Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman who comes out as a female after spending most of her life living as a male, the comedy-drama explore the ideas of gender identity and how families deal with such a significant life change. Caitlyn Jenner is said to have watched the show and “loved it” during her own transition.

Where you can find it: Amazon Prime

7. Empire

With its Season 2 premiere just around the corner, Labor Day is the perfect time to catch up on FOX’s Empire. The highly addictive drama follows a hip-hop mogul (Terrence Howard) who is looking to groom one of his three sons to take over his music and entertainment company. If Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and her sass aren’t enough to get you interested, the show’s ***flawless soundtrack sure will.

Where you can find it: iTunes, Hulu Plus, Amazon and On Demand


Can’t get enough of Bachelor in Paradise? Lifetime’s UnREAL uncovers the seedier, behind-the-scenes side of a dating competition. Though one of the show’s co-creators, who is actually a former Bachelor producer herself, insists that the show is completely fictional, the fact that The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison is so against the series kind of proves that there are definite real-life elements in the series.

Where you can find it: iTunes

9.  You’re the Worst

For those who are #ForeverAlone and struggling to find a date, you may want to turn your attention to FX’s You’re the Worst. A comedy about two perpetually single, 20-somethings who hook up at a wedding then attempt to have a real relationship, it’s basically like looking at a mirror without, well, actually looking at the mirror. Oh, to be young and dealing with fuckboys.

Where you can find it: Hulu, On Demand, iTunes

10. The Wire

This HBO crime drama has topped almost every single critic’s list for best TV since it made its debut in 2002. It’s heavy, but well worth it. Seeing how you have the time, you best if you just get it over with and get that one friend to stop pestering you to watch it.

Where you can find it: HBO GO