I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing better after a long day than sitting down with a snack or glass of wine, once the kids are in bed and watching a good binge-worthy show. Something that is not only entertaining but takes your mind off your own stress and brings you to another world. A world where new characters become like friends and you find yourself excited about the next episode.
Here are a few binge-worthy shows that will not leave you disappointed that you stayed up way past your normal bedtime.
- Maid: I’m sure by now you have heard of this raw, genuine, heartbreakingly beautiful story about a young single mom trying her best to overcome trauma and build a solid life for her and her daughter. I bet you didn’t know that the on-screen mother and daughter, played by Andie MacDowell and Margaret Qualley, are actually mother and daughter in real life. Maid was hard to watch at times, but I have never seen a more genuine portrayal of poverty, domestic violence, and mental health issues depicted in a way that so many people can connect to. Keep your tissues nearby and also check out the book that inspired it all, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive.
- Virgin River: This heartfelt, uplifting romantic drama takes place in the gorgeous mountain town of Northern California called Virgin River. There are currently three seasons on Netflix with another one on the way. The series follows a nurse practitioner as she leaves the hustle and bustle of the big city and settles in a small rural town where everyone knows everyone and no one can keep a secret. It is a love story that can be sappy at times but also pack the punches and throws twists and turns at you when you least expect it.
- You: Oh Joe! This psychological thriller is not for the faint of heart. It is messy, bloody, drama-filled, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s impossible to stop after an episode because you just have to know what Joe will do next. This is not your typical “love story” and will have you thinking about and analyzing the episodes long after they are over. If you like mystery, murder, messy love triangles, and intense on-screen romance this is your show.
- Only Murders in the Building: This Hulu original series starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez is a fun, murder mystery. The three characters all live alone in the same NYC high-rise apartment building and share a love for true crime podcasts. After a mysterious event in their building, they find themselves putting on their detective hats and coming together to try and solve a crime that is more complicated than they thought. They realize that a murderer may be living among them and they have to act quickly and follow the clues before it’s too late.
- Nine Perfect Strangers: This psychological thriller, with its dynamic cast, and unique health and wellness resort setting, will have you hooked after the first episode. It is so unlike other shows and follows nine strangers who embark on a “wellness journey” led by a very mysterious and complicated Masha, played by Nicole Kidman. The characters think they are coming to destress and unwind from their busy lives but have no clue what is in store for them and it is a wild ride.
- Good Girls: This comedy-infused drama follows three moms who are sick of their normal routines and all need to make some extra cash for their families. They decide to attempt to rob a grocery store which ends up getting them caught up in a very tangled and dangerous web that is impossible to escape. They must lead double lives while they try to make it all right which seems impossible at times. Good Girls originally aired on NBC, but you can now watch all 4 seasons on Netflix.
- Cobra Kai: If you grew up watching The Karate Kid then this one is for you. This Netflix series follows the original cast of the karate kid as they parent, train, and raise the next generation of fighters. The cast is filled with both lovable and not so lovable, resilient teens and adults as they prepare for karate tournaments, deal with injuries, bullying, and the rollercoaster of emotions life throws at them. They will fight through it all, with the help of their team and the lessons they learn through karate.
Now you can turn off Cocomelon, and look forward to pressing play on some truly good TV this Winter. You won’t regret it!
Check out these other binge-worthy shows after you complete this list!