Fall TV premieres are right around the corner, but with three weeks until the new season kicks off, now's the perfect time to jump on the binge-watching bandwagon: catch up with shows you fell behind on, discover new series you might have missed in last fall's deluge, or just get nostalgic with classics that you can now watch in their entirety.
To give you plenty of options over the Labor Day long weekend, we've rounded up 27 must-watch shows, both old and new, that you can stream via Netflix and Hulu (in some cases, without needing to pay for a Hulu Plus subscription). From foreign imports like "Moone Boy," "The Fall" and "Braquo" to the most recent seasons of "Scandal," "The Good Wife" and "Parks and Recreation," there's something for everyone.
See the new star of "Doctor Who" in action before he hops into the TARDIS, check out Peggy Olson with a New Zealand accent and find out what Hugh Laurie got up to before he won our hearts as "House." And that's not even counting premium sites like HBO Go, Showtime Anytime and Amazon Instant Video, each boasting staggering libraries of shows past and present, if you have access. Check out our list below, and hit the comments with your own favorite online discoveries.
"21 Jump Street"
It all begins here, as baby-faced rookie Officer Tom Hanson (Johnny Depp) is assigned to an elite squad of young undercover cops -- Judy Hoffs (Holly Robinson Peete), Doug Penhall (Peter DeLuise) and Harry Truman Ioki (Dustin Nguyen) -- to infiltrate high schools and fight crime. <a href="http://www.hulu.com/21-jump-street" target="_blank">All 103 episodes are available on Hulu and Hulu Plus</a>.
If you're only used to seeing Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean and Hugh Laurie as Dr. House, prepare to look at them in a whole new light in this critically-acclaimed British comedy. Set in significant time periods from the Dark Ages through World War I, "Blackadder" recounts the adventures of Edmund Blackadder, the most despicable and brilliant rogue ever to pursue a coin or a pretty woman. <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Blackadder/70140363" target="_blank">All four self-contained seasons are available on Netflix</a>.
"Braquo" follows a squad of Paris cops who exist in the blurred boundaries at the very edge of the law, often using violence and intimidation to get the job done. The lives of these officers change radically when their squad leader, falsely accused of corruption, commits suicide. <a href="http://www.hulu.com/braquo" target="_blank">The first two seasons are available to Hulu and Hulu Plus viewers</a>.
You still have time to catch up before the end! A high school chemistry teacher dying of cancer teams with a former student to manufacture and sell crystal meth to secure his family's future. <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Breaking_Bad/70143836" target="_blank">Seasons 1-4 and the first half of currently-airing Season 5 are available on Netflix. </a>
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Before "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "The Crazy Ones" debut in September, see where it all began for Joss Whedon and Sarah Michelle Gellar with the beloved cult hit about a teenage girl who fulfills her mystical calling as a Slayer by protecting humankind from vampires, demons and other malevolent supernatural creatures. <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer/70140365" target="_blank">All seven seasons are available on Netflix</a>.
Disbarred lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) enrolls in a local community college. While there, he forms a study group who eventually learn more about themselves than their course work. <a href="http://www.hulu.com/community" target="_blank">Hulu Plus subscribers can watch all 84 episodes</a> of Dan Harmon's quirky, critically-acclaimed comedy, while regular Hulu users can watch the last five episodes of Season 4.
When the Belfast police are stalled in their investigation of a spate of murders, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) is drafted to investigate. Under her lead, the team uncovers an intricate web of lives entangled by the killings. <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Fall/70272726" target="_blank">Season 1 is available on Netflix</a>.
This highly successful comedy series follows the unique Keaton family as their views on politics and life clash to give us humorous family moments. One of the most popular sitcoms of the '80s, the show launched Michael J. Fox into superstardom. <a href="http://www.hulu.com/family-ties" target="_blank">All seven seasons are available on Hulu and Hulu Plus</a>.
"The Good Wife"
Julianna Margulies ignites the screen as Alicia Florrick, the political wife whose world is shattered when her husband (Chris Noth) is caught in a sex and corruption scandal. Forced to support her family, Alicia returns to work at a Chicago law firm headed by Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and Will Gardner (Josh Charles), a driven attorney with a passion for justice. <a href="http://www.hulu.com/the-good-wife" target="_blank">Seasons 1 through 4 are now available on Hulu Plus</a>, just in time for you to catch up for fall.
Ellen Pompeo stars in this Emmy-winning medical drama as Dr. Meredith Grey, a young surgical intern (and eventual resident) who's caught up in a swirl of personal and professional passions with fellow doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital. <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Grey_s_Anatomy/70140391" target="_blank">Seasons 1-9 are streaming on Netflix</a>.
"I Love Lucy"
Lucy Ricardo is a scatterbrained housewife whose husband, Ricky, is a bandleader at a nightclub. Lucy and Ricky's best friends are landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz who often become unwitting participants in Lucy's get-rich-quick and other wild schemes. <a href="http://www.hulu.com/i-love-lucy" target="_blank">102 episodes of the legendary comedy are available on Hulu and Hulu Plus</a>.
"The Inbetweeners" is a painfully funny British comedy about four teenagers growing up in suburbia. Both seasons are available on <a href="http://www.hulu.com/the-inbetweeners" target="_blank">Hulu</a> and <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Inbetweeners/70157196" target="_blank">Netflix</a>, and <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Inbetweeners_Movie/70241078" target="_blank">the sequel movie is also available on Netflix</a>.
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
Mary Tyler Moore stars in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," one of the most realistic, well written and enduring situation comedies of all time. The show spawned more successful spinoffs ("Lou Grant," "Rhoda" and "Phyllis") than any other sitcom in history, and its creative alumni have created such shows as "The Simpsons," "The Cosby Show" and "Cheers". <a href="http://www.hulu.com/the-mary-tyler-moore-show" target="_blank">The first three seasons are available for Hulu and Hulu Plus viewers</a>.
A quirky comedy about 12-year-old Martin Moone and his bearded, sarcastic, imaginary friend Sean (Chris O’Dowd). Martin’s imaginary pal plays the banjo, writes bad love poetry, and helps Martin navigate the challenges of his eccentric childhood. <a href="http://www.hulu.com/moone-boy" target="_blank">Hulu and Hulu Plus subscribers can watch the first season</a> (a charming and all-too-brief six episodes) now.
"Once Upon a Time"
Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas and Robert Carlyle star in this fantastical series that follows the travails of a young woman who is drawn to a small Maine town and discovers that it's filled with the mystical elements of the fairy tale world. <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Once_Upon_a_Time/70197049" target="_blank">Both seasons are available on Netflix</a>, while <a href="http://www.hulu.com/once-upon-a-time" target="_blank">Season 2 is available to Hulu Plus subscribers</a>.
"Orange is the New Black"
Jump on the bandwagon and find out what everyone's buzzing about. From the creator of “Weeds” comes a heartbreaking and hilarious new series set in a women’s prison. Piper Chapman’s wild past comes back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates. <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Orange_Is_the_New_Black/70242311" target="_blank">Season 1 is available exclusively on Netflix</a>, as are other Netflix original series "<a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Arrested_Development/70140358" target="_blank">Arrested Development</a>," "<a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/House_of_Cards/70178217" target="_blank">House of Cards</a>" and "<a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Hemlock_Grove/70242310" target="_blank">Hemlock Grove</a>."
"Parks and Recreation"
In this droll comedy, an employee with a rural Parks and Recreation department is full of energy and good ideas but bogged down by bureaucracy. <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Parks_and_Recreation/70143842" target="_blank">Seasons 1-4 are available on Netflix</a>, <a href="http://www.nbc.com/parks-and-recreation/video/categories/season-5-ep-1-9/784804/?view=thumbnail" target="_blank">Season 5 is available in full on NBC.com</a> and <a href="http://www.hulu.com/parks-and-recreation" target="_blank">Hulu</a>.
The Emmy-winning series about a scientist caught in a time warp, catapulting from the past to the future within the bodies of different people. <a href="http://www.hulu.com/quantum-leap" target="_blank">Hulu Plus viewers can watch all 97 episodes, while Hulu users can check out 56</a>.
Fifteen years after electricity stopped working and the world was sent back into the dark ages -- with small agrarian communities of families working together -- three companions go on a quest to uncover the truth about the mysterious blackout. <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Revolution/70241953" target="_blank">The first season is now available on Netflix</a>.
Olivia Pope leads a team of Washington, D.C., lawyers who specialize in making scandals disappear. As they secretly handle crises at the highest levels of government, the dysfunctional team must also cope with problems closer to home. <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Scandal/70197057" target="_blank">Both seasons of the hit ABC drama are available on Netflix</a>, while <a href="http://www.hulu.com/scandal" target="_blank">Season 2 is available to Hulu Plus subscribers</a>.
This gritty drama focuses on the tension between a group of corrupt but effective cops led by Detective Vic Mackey; a captain with the burden of bringing them down as well as reducing crime in her district; and a City Councilman out for his own political gain. <a href="http://www.hulu.com/the-shield" target="_blank">Hulu Plus subscribers can watch all 7 seasons, while Hulu viewers can currently watch Seasons 3 and 4</a>.
Before "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz" and "The World's End" there was "Spaced," written by Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson, and directed by Edgar Wright. Slacker twentysomething artist Tim (Pegg) and his brooding writer flatmate, Daisy (Stevenson), do everything possible to avoid adulthood in this surreal sitcom. <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Spaced/70220281" target="_blank">Both seasons are available on Netflix</a>.
"The Thick Of It"
The new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, first charmed British audiences in this biting political comedy from "Veep" creator Armando Iannucci about the inner workings of the British government. Tide yourself over with all four seasons until "Doctor Who" and "Veep" return. <a href="http://www.hulu.com/the-thick-of-it" target="_blank">The entire series is available on Hulu and Hulu Plus</a>.
"Top of the Lake"
When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets. <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Top_of_the_Lake/70267274" target="_blank">The tense miniseries is available in its entirety on Netflix</a>.
"The Twilight Zone"
Rod Serling's seminal anthology series is focused on ordinary folks who suddenly find themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. <a href="http://www.hulu.com/twilight-zone" target="_blank">All five original seasons of this enduring classic are available on Hulu and Hulu Plus</a>.
The sensational murder of the high school homecoming queen strips the veneer of respectable gentility from the picturesque rural community of Twin Peaks to expose the seething undercurrents of illicit passion, greed, jealously and intrigue. FBI agent Dale Cooper and Sheriff Harry S Truman join forces to investigate the crime and discover a town full of secrets. Both seasons are available on <a href="http://www.hulu.com/twin-peaks" target="_blank">Hulu</a> and <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Twin_Peaks/70153408" target="_blank">Netflix</a>.
"The West Wing"
Aaron Sorkin's powerful political epic chronicles the triumphs and travails of White House senior staff under the administration of President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen). The acclaimed ensemble cast features Stockard Channing, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Richard Schiff, John Spencer and Bradley Whitford as members of the president's inner circle. <a href="http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_West_Wing/70157152" target="_blank">All seven seasons are available on Netflix</a>.