In just a couple of days, winter break will be over—which means we’ll soon have responsibilities and classwork and busy schedules, oh my! We’re all about capitalizing on what little time is left and using it in the most important way possible, so we’ve put together a list of shows for you to binge watch just in time for the semester to begin. When classes start again, you’ll be totally up to date on classic oldies and all of the new shows making waves. Yes, you’re welcome.
While you were spending all night at Lamont in the fall, all of your friends were probably watching HBO’s Westworld, a strange sci-fi western that’s been a hit with the critics. You only have a couple of days to catch up, but there’s only one season with 10 episodes so far, which is totally doable. HBO GO will definitely come in handy, along with Harvard’s VPN. Thank us later.
Everyone’s favorite neurotic British detective recently returned to TV with its fourth season. It’s about time you rewatched all three of the previous seasons, which only have three episodes each, and geared up for “The Final Problem.”
The Good Wife
You might be lowkey tired of political dramas because they're way too close to reality these days. We get that. Instead of one of the many White House shows (although we’ll always throw in a plug for the best of them all, The West Wing), try The Good Wife, a show centered around a lawyer whose life is turned upside-down when her State Attorney husband is arrested. Yes, we know it’s seven seasons long, but it’s all on Netflix, and we know you rewatched all of Gilmore Girls last semester in preparation for A Year in the Life.
All aboard the hype train! Netflix’s most expensive show ever centers around Queen Elizabeth II and the early years of her reign. Unlike most period dramas, it’s a little less scandal and nudity, which is refreshing. It’s a cool way to revisit recent history, and it’s got some great acting. Besides, we’re all suckers for the mainstream.
No binge list we ever made would be complete without this creepy sci-fi show. Each episode follows a different storyline and characters, so you don’t have to watch it in order or confront your crippling attachment issues. If you’ve been waiting for a show to blow your mind every single time you watch it, Black Mirror is the one for you.
The Get Down
While everyone was freaking out about Stranger Things, The Get Down went mostly unnoticed. That’s something we definitely need to change in 2017. Set in the Bronx in the ‘70s, The Get Down follows young people of color and their musical talents. Plus, it’s co-created by Baz Luhrmann, he of The Great Gatsby and Romeo + Juliet fame! How can you say no to this?
Maybe you aren’t tired of political shows just yet. HBO’s Veep is choke-on-your-food hilarious, following Vice President Selina Meyer and her many problems as she wrangles to keep a hold on the cutthroat DC political scene. It stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus (yes, the one from Seinfeld) and rakes in comedy awards almost every year. It’s a great way to forget about last year’s messy elections and laugh out loud.