Once the crazy holiday season wraps up, what better way is there to spend the rest of the cold winter months than curled up binge watching your favorite shows on Netflix? I’m even more hype to do so now that there’s an option to download certain titles, which I’ll definitely be taking advantage of while I’m traveling for the next few weeks (if you haven’t heard, R. and I are having a Disney adventure, boppin’ over to my parents’ condo in Ft. Myers, and then ending up at an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica for 5 days…#blessed).
(**Make sure you follow along on Insta to get in on all the vacay goodness! I’m obsessed with the new features like stories, and I can’t wait to bring ya’ all along on our trip with us.**)
Anyways, there’s something about binge watching that I think everyone hates to love. Or maybe they just love? I always feel super unproductive, but find that it’s a great outlet for when I want to relax and unwind. Plus, there’s that instant gratification of just hitting the ‘next’ button and continuing on with series. No need to even wait those 15 seconds, right? Ha!
I also feel like there’s some shows that you just *need* to watch if you want to keep up with the times. For example, I’m the only one in my apartment who hasn’t watched Gilmore Girls. Boy was I regretting it while they (and the rest of the world) were freaking the eff out over the revival! That beings said, I’m still unsure about giving it a shot. Everyone I know loves it, but I tend to go for the darker, mega dramas. You know?
Speaking of the shows I’m watching though, let’s get into this list of the series you absolutely have to binge watch this winter:
P.S. I know 11 series is a lot, but I just couldn’t narrow it down. There’s a wide variety of shows listed below though, so I figured that not every title will appeal to every reader. Let me know your favorites in the comments though, and if there’s anything else I should watch this winter!
Too cliche? No, Scandal is seriously binge-worthy — no matter how mainstream (and somewhat predictable) it’s become. In case you somehow haven’t heard of this Shonda Rhimes drama, Scandal follows former media consultant to the president, Olivia Pope, through her complicated and political scandal ridden life. This drama is so juicy; I love it. There’s lots of affairs, secret organizations, assassinations — all that good stuff. You definitely won’t be bored with this show.
2. how to get away with murder
How to Get Away With Murder was actually one of the first shows I really binge watched on Netflix (I used to buy the DVD sets of Gossip Girl back in the day, lol). Though the plot is pretty different from Scandal, it’s just as addicting. This show revolves around professor and defense attorney Annalise Keating, who teaches a class called ‘How to Get Away with Murder’. She chooses her top students to work for her, and you won’t believe the kind of trouble they get into. This is a great pick if you’re a fan of crime shows, since they do a decent amount of investigating when they’re working on cases. It’s really intriguing, and definitely one of my favorite shows on Netflix!
3. gossip girl
An oldie, but a goodie, Gossip Girl is totally worth a Netflix binge. The show takes place on Manhattan’s Upper East Side (for the most part), and centers around some of the wealthiest teens in NYC. As you can probably guess, there’s lots of drama, which is all spilled from a secret online source — Gossip Girl.
4. One Tree hill
I haven’t watched One Tree Hill in years, but it’s a show that I definitely want to get back into this winter break. Like Gossip Girl, it’s another oldie, but goodie, which tells the story of two half-brothers, Nathan and Lucas Scott, and their kinship and rivalry both on the basketball court and with their friends in their small hometown of One Tree Hill, North Carolina.
Supernatural can sometimes be hit or miss for people, but it’s been one of my favorite shows for as long as I can remember. The story follows two brothers, Sam and Dean, around the country as they fight supernatural beings, such as ghosts, demons, vampires, werewolves, and more. It’s not a show for everyone, but is definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in the supernatural and like a good mystery!
Shameless is my newest show and, to be honest, it’s totally different than anything else I’ve ever watched. My roommate got me hooked on it during finals week, which she was very surprised by, since she didn’t think it was the type of show I would like. However, I’m very intrigued by the family that the show revolves around, which happens to be made up of six children and an alcoholic father. The show is pretty funny, but also gets into serious problems that people living in low-income families face. Needless to say, there’s lots of drama (do you see a recurring theme here?), and it’s definitely worth a watch. Oh, fair warning — there’s lots of nudity!
A show I never really had an interest in until I started watching it, Arrow is the perfect show to binge watch. The story centers around Oliver McQueen, a billionaire playboy who was presumed dead after a shipwreck. However, he returns to his hometown of Starling City forever changed, and is determined to rid the city of criminals at night via his secret vigilante persona. The show is based on the DC Comics character the Green Arrow, so I originally thought it would be too action-packed and superhero-y for my taste. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The Arrow only comes out at night, so there’s lots of things going on in this show, not just fighting.
8. VAMPIRE DIARIES
Whelp, where do I start? Vampire Diaries has been my complete obsession for the past few months, and rightfully so. It’s another show that I didn’t really have the highest hopes for at first, because it sounded so cliche. However, this story of two vampire brothers both vying for the same human girl totally got me hooked. There’s so many layers to this show (I’m on season 7 now, the last on Netflix), but the most I can say is to just give it a chance! It’s seriously so addicting. Oh, and it’s nothing like the other vampire shows/movies I’ve seen, either.
Back to the crime shows again…Blacklist is another great series to binge watch if you like How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal. It tells the story of one of the most wanted international criminals, Raymond Reddington, and his surrendering to the FBI. The catch is, he will only give up information to one agent, Liz Keen, and he still gets his freedom. Come on, doesn’t that already pique your interest a bit? I mean, why the hell will he only talk to Liz? And let me tell you, she has no idea either…
I just started watching Reign recently and have found it to be pretty intriguing. This historical fiction series is based on Queen Mary of Scotland and her arranged marriage to France’s Prince Francis. There’s lots of romance, deception, affairs, etc. in this show, and I really like that it’s based on actual historical events (though it’s obviously embellished a lot). If you’re interested in history too, it’s a unique watch.
I didn’t know that there’s only one season of Glitch on Netflix at the moment, but it was a total bummer when the last episode left off on a major cliffhanger. Funnily enough though, I started watching this series by accident. I clicked on it while I was trying to get to a different title, and R. quickly got interested in it and wouldn’t let me turn it off. I really didn’t like the show at first but, once I learned who all of the characters were, I wanted to know what was going on! The show starts off with a group of people rising up from the dead and crawling out of their graves, totally healthy as can be. We have no idea what any of these people have in common (they all died in different time periods), other than that they were buried in the same area. It’s very science fiction-y, but super engaging once you figure out a bit more of what’s going on. This is definitely one that I’m just waiting patiently for the next season to come out, since the end got very intense and left off on probably the biggest cliffhanger I’ve ever seen.
So, what shows are you binge watching on Netflix?! Have you tried any of the above?