10 binge-worthy inflight movies and TV shows

361,000 people reportedly watched the entire second season of “Stranger Things” the day it was released. If this doesn’t come as a surprise, then you know how easy it is to keep watching your favorite flicks when they’re packed with plot twists and the next one is only a click away.

But who has time to binge? Luckily, when you’re on a long-haul flight, time is on your side. And you won’t find a bigger free inflight entertainment library on domestic airlines than on Alaska. You can choose from over 300 free movies and more than 200 free TV shows, accessible on your own device on most flights.

To inspire your next inflight viewing marathon, check out a few binge-worthy titles in rotation starting next month:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – 8 episodes (season 1)

Don’t have Prime? Now’s your chance to watch season 1 of the award-winning new series. Set in the late 1950s, the show follows the journey of a female comedian from the Upper West Side. With the director of “Gilmore Girls” at the helm, it’s fast-paced and witty like you’d expect – and the show’s leading lady doesn’t hold anything back.

Ready to binge season 2? Stay tuned this fall.

Toy Story – 3 movies

If you feel like being a kid again – or introducing your kids to Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of the gang – we’ve got all three “Toy Story” movies. They’re a great segue into animated new releases like “Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

Riverdale – 35 episodes (seasons 1 and 2)

Calling all Archie comic book fans. The comic’s chief creative officer adapted his fictional teenagers for the CW in this TV drama series. While the familiar characters are back, the New York Times says “the whole Archieverse is hotter and more haunted.” I’m intrigued.

Harry Potter – 8 movies

If you’re a millennial like me, it’s hard to imagine the world without HP. The books started coming out when I was still in elementary school, and the movies followed me through college. Even though the magical twists and turns have lost their surprise, there’s something comforting about re-visiting Hogwarts and passing the tradition onto my kids.

Pitch Perfect – 3 movies

If you love rooting for the underdog (and a good comedy), it’s hard not to love the Barden Bellas. While some trilogies lose their luster by the third movie, “Pitch Perfect” holds strong with new challenges and hilarity for the female a capella group. It’s also hard not to love Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

James Bond – 12 movies

Seen one Bond film, seen them all? Now’s your chance to see for yourself. We’ve got 12 – from the 1969 classic “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” to “Die Another Day” from 2002. If nothing else, you’ll be prepared for spy movie trivia night.

Jurassic Park – 5 movies

To be honest: I might just binge-watch the “Jurassic Park” movies for the quotable lines – and to see how far the movie industry has come with computer-generated imagery. From the 1993 classic to last year’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” the dinosaurs have had quite an evolution.

Rocky – 6 movies

Many know “Rocky,” but did you know that when it won Best Picture in 1977, it beat “All the President’s Men” and “Taxi Driver”? From the original film to the recent “Creed,” it’s never a bad time to catch up on the classic Sylvester Stallone series.

Bourne – 5 movies

Is it just me or does everyone wish their alter ego was Jason Bourne? The CIA assassin, played by Matt Damon, suffers extreme memory loss, but it doesn’t take long for him to start putting the pieces of his action-packed life back together. The original thriller was quickly followed by two movies. But the series doesn’t end there; “The Bourne Legacy” introduces a new character, and Matt Damon returns for the final “Jason Bourne.”

Unbreakable – 2 movies

We recommend M. Night Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable,” followed by the more recent “Split.” While the latter wasn’t marketed as a sequel to “Unbreakable,” there’s a reason to watch them back-to-back. We’ll leave it at that because what’s a Shyamalan movie without an unpredictable plot twist?

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  1. Completely agree about the foreign film selections. I would love to see more offerings.

  2. I wish I could connect my Bluetooth headphones to the in-flight entertainment. Or have the option to also watch on my tablet. Or have subtitles. Unfortunately none of this is possible on my A319/A320.

    1. Hi Zeeshan, our Airbus aircraft are being retrofitted as we speak to support viewing our inflight entertainment on the device you love most. Thanks for being patient during this transitional period. You can see what the final product will be like here: https://news.alaskaair.com/alaska-airlines/new-cabin-interior/

  3. More variety. More frequent changes of variety. I’m on the your planes every week and see all these choices currently on Netflix/Amazon video/ amd Hulu.

  4. Speaking of partnerships, you might consider the Banff International Film Festival. They have lots of film varieties, nationalities and lengths and the nearest airport to Banff is Calgary International Airport, a Horizon destination.

  5. Add to your list, National Geographic’s 4 part series on North Korea. Fascinating!

  6. The inflight entertainment app has a very weak selection of foreign language programming. As a corporate sponsor for the Seattle International Film Festival, this surprises me. My last transcontinental flight I rewatched movies because most of the selection were limited to Hollywood output.

    There’s a whole world of filmmakers out there. Take advantage of the partnership with SIFF and bring some feature length movies on board that aren’t out of Hollywood. PLEASE.

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