Like Fight Club, there’s one rule: don’t add up the number of hours you will spend binge-watching a TV show. I think of it this way: it’s quality time with my husband and it gives us tons to talk and wonder about. Plus, there’s usually a road-trip worthy podcast about the show. If I’m bingeing alone, I label it time to unwind and decompress.
Moving on… here are my current top three recommendations for some bingeing fun:
1) Scrotal Recall (2014, Netflix) Yeah, I know…the title. It’s awful. But I promise you, the show is hilarious. I’m starting with this because it’s only 6 25ish minute episodes. Plot: a twenty-something dude in England finds out he has chlamydia and has to contact all of his partners. Hilarity ensues. I mean it.
It’s a comedy about friendship and love and romance. And…drumroll please…Season 2 is in the works!
2) Scandal, Seasons 1-4 (Netflix and Hulu) Season 1 and 2 were so good that I re-watched them with my husband so he could catch up. The feminist yet soapy plot lines are ridiculously crazy and wonderful. Drama, intrigue, romance, great clothes and a killer soundtrack. I only say seasons 1-4 because Season 5 was a letdown – too much Olivia-Fitz drama and not enough “fixing”; Season 6 is boring me with recycled back-stabbing and plotting. But 1-4, oh man, Shonda Rimes and her writers totally handle it. Don’t miss “The Lawn Chair” (S4 E14) for some straight-from-the-headlines tear-filled badassery.
3) Downton Abbey (Amazon) Yeah, yeah, a bunch of rich white folk in the English countryside in the 1900’s. YAWN. I thought the same thing, but people whose taste I trusted were addicted. My husband I started Season 1 over Christmas and finished Season 6 last week. SIX SEASONS IN THREE MONTHS, Y’ALL! It’s THAT good.You learn about the aristocracy and the downstairs-cracy. There’s something to love about almost every character, from the cranky Dowager Countess to the conniving Mr. Barrow. Most of all, it’s a story about family and hope. The past few months have been especially hard for me, so the hours we spent watching this show helped bring some light to a dark time.
What should I binge on next? Let me know in the comments!