It’s winter, it’s cold, it gets dark so early. What else is there to do between dinner and bed besides binge-watch a good show? Aside from the Real Housewives of Miami, these are the most binge-worthy shows I have watched in the last year. Grab a blanket, pour yourself a glass of wine, and press play!
Mare of Easttown (HBO Max)
Although this aired a while ago, I still think about it. It’s so good. Winslet is so good. This is my favorite kind of show because it’s like a really good “whodunnit” thriller novel. The twists, the shocks, the suspense. I love everything about it. And I love that my theory was wrong- that’s the best. If this is also your favorite kind of show, a few similar shows are: Broadchurch (or it’s American version, Gracepoint) (both on Amazon Prime), The Killing (Hulu), The Night Of (HBO Max), The Undoing (Hulu), and Tell Me Your Secrets (Amazon Prime).
Desperate Housewives (Hulu)
What a freakin’ classic. I think I was too young to watch when this originally aired but I knew the premise and I knew who starred in it. I did NOT know it’s this good! Eight seasons and I wish there were more. It’s the perfect mix of a soap opera and Real Housewives. I want to say it’s so bad it’s good but it’s not actually bad. The ladies of Wisteria Lane might be crazy but they sure are loyal. Now, this is a show where I would love a reboot starring Julie, Porter and Preston, Juanita, and Danielle. I highly suggest this if you’re looking for a lengthy commitment but to something pretty mindless.
Selena + Chef (HBO Max)
This show is so fun! Selena Gomez is at home with her friends making recipes with celebrity chefs on Zoom. Obviously the world knows Selena as a superstar so it’s interesting to see her in a setting where she’s not totally comfortable. Sometimes we think celebrities are perfect and can do no wrong but this show is a great reminder that (most) famous people are just normal people. Selena is vulnerable, authentic, and relatable. You really feel like you’re in her kitchen with her and her friends just hanging out.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)
Oh Midge. What a gal! I absolutely love her and her dynamic with Susie Myerson aka Miss Ungermeyer. The writing + Rachel Brosnahan = a masterpiece. This show is light yet still hits on heavy topics. Midge mainly speaks in sarcasm so that’s probably why I love her so much. I normally don’t love the setting of the 50s and 60s but because Midge is so beyond her time, I actually appreciate the time period and it’s the reason this show is so good. I also don’t typically like comedies but I don’t think this is a comedy even though it’s about a comedian. It’s just great.
Watch this if you need a good cry. The most heart-wrenching part of this story is that it happens every day. Thousands and thousands of people are in this exact situation of poverty, abuse, and not having anyone to rely on. It’s painful to watch but I cannot imagine how painful it is to experience. The acting is amazing and it’s really cool to see mother-daughter duo Andie MacDowell and Margaret Qualley play opposite each other.
My Unorthodox Life (Netflix)
This made the list solely because of how unbelievable it is. As a non-religious person, this show is absolutely WILD to me. I thought Catholicism was extreme but this is like some Scientology stuff. I mean I understand this is only one family’s perspective and experience but damn I totally understand why Julia and her family left the religion. Julia Haart is a trailblazer and it’s so refreshing to see someone, especially female, unapologetically living her best life. We only get one life and what a waste it would be not to be our complete selves.
Amazon Prime was sneaky enough to put up the first episode just to hook people and then laugh in their face because the full season actually lives on Showtime. Well, guess who fell for getting Showtime? Me. The first episode of this show is so insane and makes you want to watch episode two so badly. So if you fall for this trap, I promise the trap is worth it. The plot is about a soccer team surviving a plane crash and then surviving in the woods. One of the main characters is Misty played by Samantha Hanratty, the same person who plays Kassidi on Shameless. Remember how crazy Kassidi is? Misty is Kassidi times 10. Christina Ricci plays adult Misty and I just really enjoy having her on my TV. I would describe the show as a mix between The Wilds and American Horror Story.
Other shows worth binge-watching: White Lotus (HBO Max), Inn the Works (Magnolia Network on discovery+), HomeWork (Magnolia Network on discovery+), Dawson’s Creek (Netflix), The O.C. (Hulu), The Wilds (Amazon Prime), The Affair (Amazon Prime), You (Netflix), and The Morning Show (appletv).