We don’t watch much TV anymore, which is not at all to say that we are not often sitting in front of the TV, watching. We just don’t watch live TV much anymore. When our favorite shows are on we will record them, and we watch sports (football) live every week, but other than that, we’re streaming.
It’s sort of spoiled us; we watch no commercials and have no waiting-for-next-week drama. Whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s there. It’s also a sure-fire way to ensure that your favorite shows, the ones you are completely enamored with, don’t leave you hanging by going and getting canceled. You already know that they’re not canceled. Or at least, you’re prepared for when they are.
January is a good time to get into a new show. Actually, I can’t back that up. I’m so far removed from the TV guide that I don’t even know what starts back up when. However, January could be a good time to get into a new show because it’s cold and dark and Netflix is chock full of all the drama and laughs and information you could want.
Here are 12 of My Favorite Binge-Worthy TV Shows Perfect for Cold Winter Nights (and where to find them!):
1. Arrested Development, Netflix. Start from the beginning–you’ll need to in order to fully understand, capture, and appreciate all the jokes. It’s one of my favorite shows, and while it may seem a little quirky to some, give it some time. It’s a treat.
2. The Newsroom, HBO Go, HBO On Demand, Amazon Prime for $. It’s fast paced and quippy, and uses real-world news stories in it’s plot. Sure, it’s got the benefit of hindsight, and K thinks everyone talks exactly the same (and they kind of do), but I still think it’s wildly enjoyable. I’ve never seen the West Wing, but I’ve heard that if you were into that, you’ll love The Newsroom.
3. Mad Men, Netflix. It’s entering it’s final season (half season? I don’t know what shows do these days…) in April so now is the perfect time to catch up and find out what all of the fuss is about. I love this show; it’s a visual feast with the costumes and the period set design, and I love the historical references. There aren’t many characters as interesting, dynamic, well-written, or better acted than Don Draper, too.
4. Game of Thrones, HBO Go, HBO On Demand, Amazon Prime for $. I think I’ve already hit my allotted word limit for this series/book when I wrote this, so I’ll just gently remind you that it’s the best. Seriously.
5. The Walking Dead, Netflix (Seasons 1-4, AMC is in the middle of season 5 now). I was very late to this party. I tried to watch it maybe three different times, and each time had to stop because zombies are scary. K has loved it since the beginning though, and while he is kind and would only watch it when I was doing something else or sleeping, I still caught little tidbits here and there, and found myself wondering what Rick was up to? And who is that? And why are they so mad? I got hooked midway through the fourth season, and while watching it out of order ruined a lot of the cliffhangers in previous seasons, it helped me go back to the beginning without jumping out of my skin during every scene. I was hooked. The zombies are scary, but the characters are so good they make up for it.
6. Friends, Netflix. I know you’ve probably seen every episode, and I know I probably have too, but sometimes you just need something comforting to watch, or at the very least have on in the background. Every single episode is on Netflix now. Every single one!
7. The Mind of a Chef, Netflix. Narrated by Anthony Bourdain, this documentary-style show follows a chef per season, documenting their processes, their inspirations, and their lives. It’s incredibly interesting, and I just realized that Season 2 is on Netflix (finally!) so now I have something to add to my list of things to do…
8. Breaking Bad, Netflix. I know, join the club. But there’s a reason that this show is so highly regarded by so many people. It’s really, really good. The entire series is on Netflix so you can watch it from start to finish without having to deal with the inconvenience of waiting a week, or sometimes a year (!) to find out what happens next.
9. The Office, Netflix. I watched this series when it was on NBC. I watched it again on Netflix. And then I re-watched it accidentally because we wanted something to watch on a Friday night and got hooked. Again! It’s hilarious and the jokes don’t get old. Or, for me they don’t.
10. House of Cards, Netflix. This Netflix Original series is a whirlwind, and Frank Underwood is one of the greatest characters ever. Netflix puts all of the episodes of each season out at once, so you can watch them all together or try to pace yourselves. Either way, it’s a good one. Season 3 comes out February 27!
11. Parks and Recreation, Netflix. Sort of like The Office, this show just doesn’t get old. It’s currently in it’s final season so get caught up!
12. The Tudors, Netflix. This one has been around for a couple of years, but it’s a really good period drama about a time in history that I find endlessly interesting. You can watch all of the episodes from start to finish, streaming on Netflix. I’m trying to convince K to start from the beginning so I can enjoy the series again!
You’re now well equipped for cold winter nights. Just remember, when Netflix judgmentally asks “Are you still watching?” you hold your head high and say, Yes. Yes I am.