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Peacock Blog Binge Guide

10 Shows to Binge in a Weekend

By Henry Block
Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina in Based On A True Story

The best part about binge-watching a show is feeling like you’ve accomplished something. You’re not just aimlessly channel surfing — no, no, no — you’re completing something; you’re following through with what you started. You’re a hero. (Okay, maybe it’s not that serious.) Regardless, it’s an undeniably great feeling to finish a show. But if it’s a long-running sitcom, drama, reality show, or procedural, watching a show front-to-back can take weeks. Or months.

What if you want to breeze through a show? Peacock has you covered with a collection of bingeable shows with three or fewer seasons. If you’re stuck at home sick, if it’s raining all weekend, or if you want to catch up before a new season premieres, these series are perfect.

Check out these 10 shows you can binge in a single weekend!

1. American Auto

From the creator of Superstore, American Auto is a workplace comedy set in Detroit that focuses on the executives at a giant American car company. The board brings in a new CEO (SNLs Ana Gasteyer) to shake things up, but her business savvy is offset by the unfortunate fact that she can’t drive and doesn’t know the first thing about cars.

Stream both seasons of American Auto.

2. Baking it

Hosted by Maya Rudolph (SNL), Amy Poehler (Parks and Rec), and Andy Sandberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), this spin-off of the crafting competition Making It is the perfect comfort watch. In this stress-free cooking competition, 8 teams vie for $50,000 by completing a series of holiday-themed baking challenges, but their delicious creations are judged by a panel of hard-to-please grandmothers. Who says you can’t celebrate the holidays in the summer?

Stream all two seasons of Baking It.

3. Based on a True Story

In this comedy-thriller series, a true crime-obsessed married couple (Kaley Cuoco and Chris Messina) discover that their charming plumber is actually a notorious serial killer. Instead of going to the police, they see an opportunity to capitalize on the true crime craze: They start their own podcast.

Stream Season 1 of Based on a True Story to catch up before Season 2 premieres on Peacock!

4. Dr. Death

This anthology series tells terrifying stories of doctors who have betrayed their oath to do no harm. Season one tells the shocking story of Christopher Duntsch, known as Dr. Death, a neurosurgeon who maimed his patients. Season 2 focuses on Dr. Paolo Macchiarini (Edgar Ramírez), known as the “Miracle Man” whose dark secrets are uncovered by an investigative journalist (Mandy Moore).

Stream both seasons of Dr. Death and check out the companion docuseries, Dr. Death: The Undoctored Story and Dr. Death: Cutthroat Conman.

5. Killing it

From the team behind Brooklyn Nine-Nine, this comedy series follows Craig (Craig Robinson), a cash-strapped security guard who discovers an unconventional way to get rich quick: killing invasive Burmese pythons to retrieve a generous government bounty. It’s a comedy about class, capitalism, and taking an unconventional shot at the American Dream.

Stream both seasons of Killing It on Peacock.

6. Love Island Games

In the first-ever spin-off of Love Island, fan favorites from Love Island USA, UK, Australia, France, and more return to the villa for a chance at love and $100,000 in an all-new format. In this cheeky iteration of the franchise, the islanders must compete in intense physical challenges while navigating dating, romance, and lots of drama.

Stream Love Island Games.

7. Poker Face

From Knives Out’s Rian Johnson, this critically acclaimed mystery series follows a casino worker (Natasha Lyonne) with an innate ability to tell when people are lying. As she goes on the run across the country, she finds herself solving homicide cases along the way. With the inverted detective structure popularized by Columbo, this case-of-the-week mystery series feels classic in the best way while still being something entirely fresh

Stream Poker Face.

8. Saved by the Bell

Set 26 years after the classic show’s finale, conflict arises at Bayside High when Zach Morris (now the governor of California) shuts down low-income high schools and transfers the students to wealthier districts, like Bayside. Even though the show features most of the original cast reviving their roles alongside a new generation, this isn’t your typical ‘90s reboot. More satirical and self-aware than nostalgic, Saved by the Bell (2020) pokes fun at the original show and brings a refreshingly modern and edgy sensibility.

Stream both seasons of Saved by the Bell (2020).

9. The Traitors

If you’re looking to catch up on a show before the next season premieres, look no further than The Traitors, the ultimate game of deception. Hosted by Alan Cumming, The Traitors became a true global phenomenon in its second season, and the recent announcement of its upcoming season’s all-star cast had people’s jaws on the floor.

The competition takes place at a castle deep in the Scottish Highlands where three traitors hide among the show’s contestants. Under the cover of darkness, the traitors will "murder” the others (“the faithful”) one by one, while the faithful try to uncover the traitors and banish them from the game. If the faithful contestants banish all the traitors, they will share the $250,000 prize, but if one or more traitors make it to the end, they’ll steal all the money for themselves.

It’s all the campy fun of a murder mystery, with all the best drama reality TV can offer.

Stream both seasons of The Traitors.

10. Twisted Metal

Hailed by critics as one of the best video game adaptions, Twisted Metal is a high-octane action comedy from the duo behind Zombieland and Deadpool. In the show’s turbocharged first season, Anthony Mackie plays John Doe, a motor-mouthed outsider offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With Quiet (Stephanie Beatriz), a badass axe-wielding car thief, by his side, he must face the savage dangers of the open road, including Sweet Tooth (Samoa Joe, voiced by Will Arnett) a deranged, ice-cream-truck-driving clown.

Stream Season 1 of Twisted Metal before Season 2 premieres.

For more shows that’ll only take a few days to watch, check out Peacock’s Binge in One Weekend Collection.