TV Series to Binge on This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season! To eat an entire turkey leg! To inhale mounds of stuffing! To ravage the leftovers the next day! To eat one more cookie! After a holiday meal, I do not tryptophan out on the couch because it is the perfect opportunity to binge again… on TV series on DVD. Let the relatives watch the Big Game or the Thanksgiving Day Parade recaps. I am all about calling dibs on the giant La-Z-Boy with my laptop and the hottest TV series.

More addictive than sugar plums, these delectable series will keep you up past 2 a.m. watching into Season 2.  The most binge-able series have a few things in common: the compulsion to keep rooting for the good guys and booing the bad guys, tension building to cliffhangers galore, epic fails and triumphs, and best of all, series on DVD have NO COMMERCIALS. And the show only stops when you have had your fill. No bloat or hangover!

All of the series below can be found through the library catalog website.

Four Shows to Binge Watch Before 2014

Game of Thrones (HBO): This featured series has enjoyed the most pop culture buzz, so you will want to be in the know when someone tells a joke in Dothraki or compares their boss to King Joffrey. It is a sprawling, epic Fantasy tale adapted from George R. R. Martin’s book series following the kingdoms of Westeros and the bloody scramble for control between its power players. Most viewers have raved about the dynamic characters and action packed plot. That being said, beheadings and bad language make this series not for everyone.

Orphan Black (BBC America): A girl standing on a rail platform sees a mirror image of herself commit suicide in front of a moving train. She then assumes her identity and discovers that there are even more clones of herself and someone is killing them off one by one.

Arrested Development (FOX): As you’re waiting for Aunt Milly to finish telling you the story you have heard 57 times about her gout, consider that there are families much more ridiculous than yours. The show centers around the Bluth family, a “riches to rags” story about the materialistic, perpetually dysfunctional family and Michael Bluth, the son who tries to do the right thing and take care of everyone, including his incarcerated father.  This show has the distinction of being the only series that has me rewinding scenes so I can laugh at them again. And again. And again.

The Walking Dead (AMC): Admittedly, I have only seen up to Season 2, but I am itching to get back into the zombie thriller series. The reason I have been on hiatus with this show is that there is not enough free daylight hours to watch it. Once the sun sets, the living dead are off limits.

Three Series I Will Be Watching

Scandal (ABC) - As someone who flips channels between CNN and MTV, I want world news and current events, but I ALSO want to know what Miley Cyrus is up to (no good, apparently.) I look forward to seeing the stylish Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on-call, “fixing” the scandals of VIPS Washington DC. It is my TMZ and American political thriller fix all rolled into one series.

Call the Midwife (BBC) - A midwife attended the birth of my child in early 2013 and, while I doubt there is any resemblance to newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee’s experiences in poverty-stricken East London in the 1950s, I very much want to watch this series. I am a huge fan of midwives and I predict this period drama delivers with a wonderful cast and poignant stories.

Sons of Anarchy (FX)- Now that the Sopranos is long over, the SAMCRO organized crime family is here to take its place. I am watching because Charlie Hunnam is eye candy who definitely rivals any made man and Katey Sagal, his mom, plays mob boss wife. SOA is FX’s highest rated show, now in its sixth season, with plenty of episodes to watch through the New Year.

Other series worth a try:
Downton Abbey
Eastbound and Down
The Wire

- Gina Mc.


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