When you need to shut out the world for a little while, a TV series binge can be just the thing. You quickly become lost in the twists and turns of your favourite characters and forget all about that pile of ironing. If you need new show suggestions for your next session, here are a couple to get you started.

Veronica Mars

For viewers who like: Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars

After the publicised death of her best friend Lily, Veronica Mars has fallen out with the in-crowd at school. Her policeman father accused Lily’s dad of murder and now works as a private detective. Veronica finds shades of grey in the people she loved as each episode brings new information about Lily’s murder. The dialogue and plotlines of Veronica Mars saw it develop a huge cult following. Veronica’s wit and investigative skills take her down many realistic pathways without succumbing to clichés. Once you start the first season, it’s hard to stop, so you will be happy to know the boxset is available from Warner Bros Australia .

Suits

For viewers who like: White Collar, Homeland

Don’t write Suits off as just another law drama. While the law arena isn’t new to TV, lead character Mike Ross is not the Harvard law graduate this powerful firm normally hires. Instead, he falls into an interview with hot-shot lawyer Harvey Spector while trying to outrun a drug deal bust. The supporting characters, a huge secret, and high-stakes cases will have you hooked on this drama.

Orange is the New Black

For viewers who like: Weeds

Orange is the New Black follows the story of Piper Chapman, sent to prison for a drug-related crime she was involved in years prior. Set in a women’s prison, the show binds together strong female characters with dark humour and plenty of drama. The character development in the first few episodes will have you binge-watching the entire first season. The creator of Weeds, Jenji Kohan, created this series based on the real-life memoirs of Piper Kerman.

House of Cards

For viewers who like: House of Cards (UK Version), Luther, Revenge

Fans of Kevin Spacey have probably hunted this TV series down already. As Frank Underwood, Spacey is out for vengeance after being passed over for Secretary of State. Underwood initiates a plan to manipulate and undermine in order to rise to the top. A solid political drama with great performances and well developed characters, this series keeps you coming back to see whether Frank will be revealed as the master manipulator he is.

The Office

For viewers who like: 30 Rock, Modern Family

Ask anyone about The Office and there is a good chance they will express a preference for either the British or the American version. Firstly, both are worth watching. The Office is a documentary-style comedy set in a fictional paper supply company and the lives of its employees. Branch manager, Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is the inappropriate and cringe-worthy boss, taking care of a rag-tag staff with their own behavioural issues and agendas.

A marathon viewing of your new favourite TV show is the perfect wind-down. Whether you are a fan of quality drama, comedy or even mystery, these suggestions are a great place to get started.