Whether it’s because I want something to do while I wrap presents or because Christmas break is one of the rare times during the year when I don’t have a million different places to cart my children around to, or because a dreary day will keep us all in all day, ’tis the season for some binge watching.
Here are my suggestions for a few shows you can binge watch to catch up on before they come back with new episodes in the spring. This post is not associated with any sort of streaming service- it’s just what I’ve enjoyed. I’ll include some of the ways you can watch, just for convenience sake, though more options may be available.
Only one season in, this show is hilarious and has some heartfelt moments, too. Liza is a 40 year old mom who is trying to get back into the world of publishing after her daughter goes away to school and her husband leaves her. She can’t find work because she’s too old (there’s a funny scene where the interviewer tries to cover up flat out saying this), but when she’s mistaken (by a really hot guy) for a 26 year-old, she decides to pretend to be 26 in order to get a job.
At first I thought the actress playing Liza (Sutton Foster, who was in Bunheads… oooh, if you haven’t watched that and you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, put that on your list, too!) was about 30 IRL so I thought it was a 30 year old, pretending to be a 40 year old, pretending to be a 26 year old… but she is really 40 IRL.
As someone who is nearing 40 myself, it’s funny to watch the differences between 40 year olds and early 20-somethings. Season 2 starts January 13th. You can catch up on the first season on-demand and on tvland.com (I believe they also have an app, too).
If you’ve ever watched The Bachelor (or any reality show), you’ve probably wondered how much of it is real, how much the contestants are manipulated into giving certain reactions, how the editing can change the storyline. UnReal is a scripted series that take a show called “Everlasting” (much like The Bachelor) and tells it from behind the scenes. It’s juicy. And the characters are amazing- most of them are deeply flawed, but I pretty much love that about them.
You need to hurry up and catch up on UnReal (#UnRealtv) because the cast live tweets and periscopes during the episodes which just makes it all the more fantastic. And Lifetime is genius in having image boards already made of some of the more outrageous quotes, ready to tweet out as soon as they’re said. (And JEREMY tweeted with me, several times- watch and you’ll know why I’m swooning over my keyboard).
So far, all I’ve seen about the release of season 2 is that it’s coming in 2016- but it’s being named the best new show of 2015 all over the place, so I’m just excited it’s coming back! You can catch up on Lifetime, on their app, or on demand.
This series is based on the books of the same name. Claire mysteriously is swept from 1945 back to 1743. It’s full of romance, action, and history. I completely eat it up. There’s some disturbing scenes, just to warn you, but overall, it’s a fantastic story. And oh, Jamie… another swoon!
Season 2 will start sometime in February. You can watch season 1 on demand or on Starz Play. Netflix has it on disc, though not streaming- but it’s so worth it to get.
Alex has been framed for a bombing in New York City. The show jumps back and forth between present day (after the bombing, as Alex is pursued and she tries to uncover the truth) back to months earlier, when she was an FBI recruit. Someone in her training class has been working since the beginning to set her up.
There’s so much going on with this show, so many details, twists and turns- it’s the perfect show to binge watch so you can easily see how it all fits together.
New episodes start again in March, so catch up on demand or on ABC.
Whenever I watch this show, I always end up tweeting some quote from it because it is full of zingers. Of course it’s about superheroes, but also about family, friends, work, and love. It’s not the deepest show, but it’s a warm-fuzzy show that leave you waiting for the next episode.
It’s a little disappointing that CBS only has some of the episodes free on demand or on their site, with more available with their CBS All Access, but they do offer a week’s free trial- so you could get the trial to watch.
Other shows to binge watch
Because I know you’d rather just go ahead and start watching something, instead of reading a long list of what to watch, I’ll leave you with the names of a few other suggestions: Young and Hungry, Flesh and Bone (no kids allowed anywhere near your tv for this one), Scorpion, and The Blacklist. If you want to watch a fantastic older series all the way through, you can’t go wrong with Prison Break or Parenthood.
Now that I’ve given you my suggestions, I’d love to hear yours- because I need something to watch!