10 Shows That Will Have You Hooked From the First Episode

Finding a series that captures you so early is like finding a rare diamond in the streaming era. The ten shows not only dominate in storytelling but also give thrilling experiences from the very beginning. Whether you're a fan of dramatic thrillers, crime dramas, or comedy shows, there is something here for everyone. So, you can binge-watch until the very last episode.

1. Stranger Things (2016-Present)

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Stranger Things is an American science fiction horror television series created by the Duffer Brothers. The story is set in the 1980s. It is about a group of kids living in Hawkins, Indiana, who encounter mysterious happenings, including government conspiracies. The Duffer Brothers directed the show, and it starred David Harbour and Winona Ryder, among others. The horrific backdrop, with its powerful relationships, assures us that each episode of “Stranger Things” will blow our minds away, making us anticipate the next one to be even more magical.

2. Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

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The lead cast members in Breaking Bad include Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, respectively, a high school chemistry teacher who seeks to become a criminal drug kingpin after getting diagnosed with cancer, leading him to his deathbed. This show won many awards for its masterly execution by Vince Gilligan, who managed to merge the thriller with some black humor, provided multiple plot twists, and developed characters very well. The final episode of Breaking Bad started with this unforgettable pilot and remains a classic example of how good TV shows should end their stories.

3. Game of Thrones (2011-2019)

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An adaptation of George R.R. Martin's gripping fantasy book, Game of Thrones, set in the land of Westeros, where noble families vie for the throne. Boasting an all-star cast and executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the award-winning show will keep viewers at the edge of their seats with its complex politics, epic battles, and heart-stopping clashes. From its thrilling beginning to its incredible dragon fights, it keeps fans waiting for Episode 2.

4. The Crown (2016-2023)

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The Crown tells the story of Elizabeth II's reign as queen; it is an absorbing journey through the inside walls of the monarchy itself, from secret scandals to public chaos. With a script by Peter Morgan and a starry cast led by Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, among others, this lavish historical drama immerses audiences in a world filled with mystery and responsibility where every episode provides a sumptuous feast for eye-lovers of royal melodrama and personal travails. From its artiness to its superior actors' ensemble, this British TV series is an irresistible treat for those who love monarchy.

5. Mindhunter (2017-2019)

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Mindhunter is a show about the beginning of the days of FBI criminal profiling, as young agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench set out to find out more about serial killers by studying their psychology. The crime drama was written by Joe Penhall and produced by David Fincher, and among its strengths was its attention to detail, an atmosphere that was almost suffocatingly intense, and strong performances by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany in particular. With subject matter that captivates and characters that are engrossing, it is thrilling to watch Mindhunter as it takes you on a journey through the darkest corners of the human psyche.

6. Fleabag (2016-2019)

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Written and acted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag is a dark comedy series that revolves around a young woman's life dealing with love, death, and what it means to be a woman in London. It features such things as fast-paced humor combined with deep emotions depicted excellently by Waller-Bridge in her portrayal of this highly acclaimed comedy series, allowing audiences to see how messy yet recognizable their own character's existence seems. Fleabag has everything from its sharp conversation transcripts to its unsettling departure from conventional narratives on difficult subjects one can't resist rewatching.

7. Narcos (2015-2017)

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Narcos is an unpredictable, action-packed series that combines the escalation of emotions with the realistic portrayal of Colombian drug trade life, especially in relation to the notorious Pablo Escobar. Showrunners Chris Brancato, Carl Bernard, and Doug Mire successfully blend facts and fiction into a single story where Wagner Moura's portrayal of Escobar remains unforgettable. “Narcos” is an addictive roller coaster ride that ranges from adrenaline-pumping action scenes to deep moral inquiries.

8. Black Mirror (2011-Present)

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Black Mirror, which has episodes ranging from dystopian futures to cautionary tales about technology's dark side and its effect on our lives, has been part of Charlie Brooker's anthology series under the same title. Notably, good performances are churned out by a cast that rotates each season, including Bryce Dallas Howard and Jon Hamm, among many others who have graced the show halls as directors and actors, respectively. Black Mirror can be considered one of those shows with whom one could become obsessed because of its unnervingly real stories and ideas it offers us up for contemplation.

9. The Mandalorian (2019-Present)

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The Star Wars universe is the setting for a show that follows a lone bounty hunter who travels through vast distances of space and encounters some of his greatest allies and foes on the way. Directed by Jon Favreau and featuring breakout star Pedro Pascal as the Mandalorian, this series engages its audiences with thrilling combat scenes, stunning world-building, and Baby Yoda, who may be the cutest sidekick ever. From its beautiful cinematography to its loving references to the original trilogy, The Mandalorian is unmissable for both old fans and new ones.

10. The Witcher (2019-Present)

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The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski was written in response to such books as Geralt of Rivia's lonely journey across our planet, where he hunts monsters among magical beings while wrestling with political intrigue and his doubts about ethics. With Henry Cavill taking charge in this fantasy drama, another epic saga comes alive before viewers' eyes, offering amazing visuals, well-developed characters, and massive wars that will not let you go until the next episode. The Witcher tells an interesting story set in a beautifully depicted fantasy world with an appealing protagonist that will leave viewers craving for more.

10 Celebrities Who Are Distractingly Attractive

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In the realm of celebrities, certain individuals' attractiveness transcends the screen, captivating the hearts and minds of fans worldwide. These stars possess a magnetic presence, leaving a lasting impression with their striking looks and undeniable charm. Recently, people shared such celebrities on an online platform whose sheer attractiveness is nothing short of distracting. 

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10 Terrible Movies People Love, But Admit Are Horrible

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10 Terrible Things That Automatically Ruin Good Movies

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