The Gigantic List of TV Shows to Binge-Watch During Deployment

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A huge list of tv shows to binge watch during a deployment, separation, or just for fun. Includes suggestions from real milsos & milspouses.

Watching movies during deployment is great, but there’s something about sitting down in front of the TV, turning your brain off and binge-watching a series that you love. It’s therapeutic– especially at the end of a long day. In no particular order and with no particular method, here’s a list of awesome shows to binge-watch.  I can’t wait to hear what you’ll add to the list!


  • Gotham
  • Black-ish
  • Penny Dreadful
  • How to Get Away with Murder
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Classics/Not that New

  • The X Files
  • Gilligan’s Island
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • I Love Lucy
  • Happy Days
  • Supernatural
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Bewitched
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • Lost
  • The O.C.
  • My So-Called Life
  • Freaks and Geeks
  • Pushing Daisies

Trashy but Awesome

  • Kitchen Nightmares
  • Dance Moms
  • Top Chef
  • Survivor
  • America’s Next Top Model
  • The Real World
  • The Biggest Loser
  • Jersey Shore
  • Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
  • Love & Hip Hop
  • Teen Mom
  • Pawn Stars
  • Project Runway
  • Catfish
  • Shark Tank
  • The Hills

Laugh Until You Hurt

  • 30 Rock
  • Modern Family
  • Key & Peale
  • Saturday Night Live
  • New Girl
  • The Mindy Project
  • Parks and Rec
  • The Office
  • Scrubs
  • Arrested Development
  • Friends
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Community

Get Sucked In

  • Firefly
  • The West Wing
  • Downton Abbey
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Big Love
  • House of Cards
  • Sherlock
  • Upstairs Downstairs
  • Heroes
  • The Wire
  • American Horror Story
  • Breaking Bad
  • Dr. Who
  • Dexter
  • Mr. Selfridge
  • John Adams
  • Deadwood
  • The Paradise
  • Call the Midwife
  • The Newsroom
  • Cosmos
  • True Detective

Suggestions from milsos and milspouses…

  • “Can anyone say Law and Order SVU marathons?! Roseanne, Criminal Minds, Golden Girls!” -Erin from Many Kind Regards
  • “I watch Friends over and over!” -Courtney
  • Gossip girl, parks and recreation, scandal, psychic (lol) mmm those are the ones I’m currently watching on Netflix.” -Esetegeo
  • “Definitely Gilmore girls!” -Becca
  • Sex and the City, Friends, Army Wives!” -Edith
  • White Collar, Friends, and 24 are shows I watched during the last deployment.” -Jessica
  • “I watched all of Army Wives, rewatched all of Pretty Little Liars, watched all of The Walking Dead. Now while hubs goes on TDY I’m rewatching Gilmore Girls from the start.” -Tracy
  • “Any and all Housewives on Bravo, Jane the Virgin, my favorite reality shows, Grimm, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Once Upon a Time…” -Candy from Candypalooza
  • Law & Order, Castle, Korean dramas (my secret addiction thanks to my sister).” -Aracely from Faith, Hope & Love Life
  • “Mob wives… Smh so trashy but I can’t pull away.” -Jennifer
  • I became a Whovian during deployment, and also I binge-watched LOST, and The IT Crowd.” -Jaci from Me and My Soldierman 
  • Bones.” -Heather
  • “During deployment, it was NCIS for me.” -Melissa from Milli G Funk
  • Real Housewives of Anywhere!”- Jodi from Back on Land
  • The West Wing, Criminal Minds, Pretty Little Liars“-Julie from Soldiers Wife Crazy Life
  • The Blacklist. Scandal. Grey’s Anatomy. Trashy reality shows. Parenthood.”  Amber from Airing My Laundry 
  • NCIS, Bones, State of Affairs, Castle, Grimm, Forever.” -Elizabeth from The Reluctant Landlord
  • I love Nashville, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, The Voice, The Biggest Loser, Parenthood, Real Housewives of NJ, True Tori, House Hunters, anything HGTV.” -Cameron from Military Town Advisor  
  • Top Gear UK. Though that’s my binge watch all the time so it’s not too different lol. And Army Wives.” -Kara from Green Mtn Girl

So… what do you turn on when you want to watch episode after episode?

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9 Responses

  1. The last time hubs was away I binge watched seasons 1-5 of Sons of Anarchy. Then when he got back I had to wait for him to not be home to watch the next 2 seasons as they came out since he hadn’t seen any of the previous episodes. Thankfully he worked nights so I always had some SOA time.

  2. Oh yes, I watch tons of shows when my husband is deployed. For instance, right now I’m watching The Mindy Project. It’s awesome.

  3. Love. Definitely can’t get enough tv during deployment. I recently watched the Americans from FX and it was amazing. Pinning of course!

      1. Love this article – and the Americans is my guilty pleasure. I started watching Season 1 with my boyfriend pre-deployment, and now I have to finish up so I can send it to him. Can’t wait to discuss the episodes with him. And yes, yes, Army Wives is also a great binge-watch.

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