If you don't have the time to watch the shows, and you can't be bothered to read the article then, my friends, there is no hope for you. Go forth, and understand very few references in your group WhatsApp. Top tip: collect some universal reaction GIFs as a way of fielding questions.

Just gonna hit you guys up with a small truth bomb here: everyone’s group WhatsApp conversations are the same. We all have the same characters, the same in-jokes. The same person who is a wizard with the paint tool. We all have a favourite weird emoji that we use wrong on purpose because it’s funny. And we all talk about TV, whether we like it or not.

Having done our big old Binge Files study and delved into the streaming habits of the UK, we’ve discovered that one in three of you believe that the TV series and films that you watch become a major topic of conversation within your friends and family groups.

So we’re here to give you a bit of a lowdown on what kind of TV references you can expect to enjoy over the next few months, just in case you’re short on time, long on LOLs. And with Go Binge, which gives you unlimited streaming with Netflix, TVPlayer, SoundCloud and Deezer, there’s no excuse not to catch up on all of the latest shows.


Orange is the New BlackVia Netflix

Orange Is the New Black

OITNB is the OG of bingeing shows. Since the prison-based feminist drama dropped on Netflix in 2013, people have been gossiping about lead character Piper and her inmate gals, and theorising about the constant dramas and cliffhangers. If people mention orange overalls, toilet paper, or general prison themes, you can be pretty sure they’re talking about Netflix’s most-watched original show.

Other signifiers that this is the topic of conversation: training cockroaches, calling someone called ‘Taystee’ fierce, and general angst about season 6 and whether the inmates are going to a) survive and b) end up together in the same prison.

Things to say if you want to join in:

“I miss Poussey.”

“Flaritza being separated breaks my actual heart. I 💛 them.”

“Do you think Piper and Alex can make it on the outside?”


The big new title from Netflix, Ozark is a gripping family crime drama starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney and covers all the usual motifs, including drug money, family and moral dilemmas. It’s relatively new, but also immensely bingeable, so look out for comparisons to Breaking Bad, and a lot of discussion on being thrown out of windows, and the role of TV in bringing Marty’s sleep-deprivation hallucinations to life.

Things to say if you want to join in:

“Honestly, I think the Ozark lakes are a silent character, literal murky waters to reflect the moral ambiguity of the show.”

Stranger Things

Netflix’s retro darling, Stranger Things became an instant cult classic the moment it dropped last year. The horror/fantasy/sci-fi’s dark plot somehow manages to become charming, mainly due to a lead cast of cute kids, the return of Winona Ryder and a seriously badass 80s vibe.

With season 2 dropping on October 27, everyone is rewatching and remembering their favourite details, so get ready for a lot of synth appreciation, people craving waffles, yet another resurgence of female buzzcut love, and talk of ‘The Upside Down’ which, although in the show is basically a horrifying alternate dimension, your friends will be using to describe the atmosphere of the office canteen.

Things to say if you want to join in:

I can’t wait to see what they do with Eleven’s hair.”

Did you see the references to Ghostbusters in the trailer?”

“I still ship Nancy and Jonathan.”

Game of Thrones

HBO’s Game of Thrones is back with a vengeance. Season 7 has kicked off with all manner of insane dramas and, unless you watch the show, it’s gonna be pretty tricky to figure out exactly what’s going on, such is the complex nature of the narrative. Watch out for people chatting about winter in mid-August, mentions of armies of the dead (yeah, GoT has zombies in it!) and some dragon love. Also: lots and lots of death. If in doubt, mention death. It’ll always be relevant.

Things to say if you want to join in:

“Who is Jon more likely to get with, Sansa or Daenerys?”

“Poor Theon.”

“Why are walls such a political minefield in both the real world, and in G.R.R Martin’s imagined landscape?”


Britain’s favourite-ever baking show is back this month but *shock horror* on a new channel, which is all everyone is going to be talking about. The main thing is to have an opinion on whether Noel Fielding’s hosting skills are something to be celebrated, or a travesty.

Things to say if you want to join in:

“I can’t wait to see who wins bread week.”

I miss Mel and Sue already.”

“God, I’m hungry.”

Celebrity Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

While CBB starts this month, IACGMOOH (wow) technically isn’t on until November, but both are already causing a bit of a buzz. Why? Because people are putting money on which celebrities will make an appearance. While the cast of Big Brother isn’t exactly earth-shattering, there are rumours that the nationally beloved Kem and Chris from this summer’s Love Island have been offered £100K each to enter the house after a couple of weeks. However, ITV owns the rights to I’m a Celeb, so that would make sense, too. Or maybe both?! THE SUSPENSE IS OVERWHELMING.

Things to say if you want to join in:

“I just want Chris and Kem to win something together.”

“I hope Ant comes back this year.”

“Since when did the Gogglebox cast count as celebrities?”

Friends from College

Netflix’s big comic offering of the summer has been Friends from College and, yeah, the premise is pretty self-explanatory. Navigating through the complex lives of a group of thirty-something friends (from… college… duh), the show focuses on the cringe-ridiculousness of a group of adults clinging onto a life of youth, and refusing to grow up and deal with their responsibilities.

Despite some of the insights getting pretty real sometimes *ahem*, it’s the perfect fodder for binge-watching. It’s probs the best depiction of an affair we’ve seen on TV, and also if anyone mentions a dead rabbit, this is what they’re referring to.

Things to say if you want to join in:

“I know I’m not supposed to ship Ethan and Sam but I do.”

“I feel so sorry for Felix.”


If you haven’t seen GLOW yet you need to right that wrong right about now, buddy. This comedy drama focuses on the Glamorous Ladies Of Wrestling – a fictional 1980s women’s wrestling syndicate. Sounds pretty niche, and it is, but turns out retro avant-garde sports are the perfect playground for huge laughs and crazy antics. Any kind of 80s aesthetic is probably a reference to this show, but look out for thinly veiled political commentary, rolled-up blazers and also talk of Yentl.

Things to say if you want to join in:

“God, I loved the scene with Yenta.”

“TBH it also bothers me that babies don’t understand irony – what’s WITH that?”


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