The holidays are right around the corner, which means only one thing–plenty of time to binge watch your favourite TV shows! In case you’re not a fan of the old fashioned live TV marathons (of which there are tons this month) we’ve compiled a list of some of the best television your Netflix queue has to offer. With new offerings (Marco Polo is finally here!) and old faves (coffee with the Gilmore Girls, anyone?) there are a ton of options to choose from.
Think we missed something? Make a case for your best binge-watching series in the comments, below.
This is a don’t-miss for any fans of Supernatural, Arrow or basically any action show on television right now. For anyone those not familiar with the premise: A group of 100 teenagers are sent from a space station down to what they think is an uninhabitable, radiated-plagued planet Earth. It quickly descends into a Lord of the Flies scenario with different groups vying for power and a mysterious race called the “Grounders” threatening to kill them all–and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The best part? Netflix Canada uploads all new episodes just after they’ve aired on CW in the U.S., so you can keep up with everyone else. Once you’re hooked, of course.
The West Wing
The Newsroom is coming to an end and with Aaron Sorkin claiming he’s never writing for TV again, now is the perfect time to indulge in some of his best work. The West Wing is a great mix of personal drama and high stakes politics wrapped in some of the best TV dialogue in the last 15 years. The series takes place in the middle of President “Jed” Barlet’s first term in office as he tries to keep the country together while his staffers deal with the turmoil in their own lives. Either relive some of the series’ best moments or soak in Sorkin’s genius for the very first time.
How could we not include this one on the list? The quick-paced, witty banter between Rory and Lorelei never fails to entertain and the epic romance between Lorelei and Luke keeps us glued to our screens. Why should you watch it? It’s a cute, feel-good show that reminds us about the all-important relationship between mother and daughter. Plus, let’s face it, we all had a crush on Jess back in those days.
TV junkies craving something a little more stylish should definitely check out the smart-cracking lawyers in Suits. Patrick J. Adams’ Mike Ross singlehandedly proves that you don’t need a little thing like a law degree to be a good lawyer–all you need is a quick wit and a nice suit. Indulge yourself with three seasons of hilarious quips and a great looking cast.
If you’re sorely missing Game of Thrones Netflix’s latest original series, Marco Polo, may be right up your alley. The $90 million budget series follows the famous historical traveler during his time at the court of Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan. We’re expecting enough sex, violence and political intrigue to keep us glued to our screens.
The Mindy Project
Are cheesy romantic comedies your guilty pleasure? Do you include Kate Hudson and Drew Barrymore as your go-to leading ladies? If so, Mindy Kaling’s hilarious series which follows a young doctor obsessed with living her own romantic comedy may be perfect for your holiday binge. Who doesn’t love a story about an idealistic dreamer equipped with a sharp, sarcastic wit and a “waif physique?” Enough said.
If you’re looking for something naughty this holiday season, Misfits is the series to watch. The first two seasons revolve around a group of British teenage offenders who develop powers after being struck by lightning. It’s crude, gross and unbelievably hysterical to watch. We recommended it just on Robert Sheehan’s unforgettable portrayal as foul-mouthed Nathan alone.
Supernatural just reached its 200th episode milestone, so now is the perfect time to go back to the beginning of the Winchester’s tale. Remind yourself of the time when Sam just wanted to be a law student, Dean actually loved hunting, and their biggest problem was that they didn’t know where their dad was. Warning: The first season includes some of the worst episodes, including a not-so-scary bug infestation and a racist truck. But trust us, it gets way better.
There was no way we could make a list of the best binge-worthy shows without including one of the most talked about series in the last decade. See the epic story of chemistry teacher turned drug lord Walter White from beginning to end, or just use it as an excuse to fall in love with Jesse Pinkman all over again.
Saturday Night Live alumni Andy Samberg hit a home run with this comedy about a Brooklyn police precinct. It’s a refreshing change from all the serious police dramas out there (we’re looking at you, Chicago PD) with a hilarious and diverse cast. Andre Braugher’s straight-faced performance as Captain Ray Holt is one of the show’s biggest strengths as well as Terry Crew’s stereotype-destroying role as sensitive, mama bear Sergeant Terry Jeffords.
What are you binging on this holiday season? Tell us below!