It’s that time of year. Don’t even try to be coy. You know what I’m talking ‘bout. The time when the bitter cold temps, freezing rain (i.e., snow), and occasional blizzard drive you to stay indoors as much as is humanly possible. The only people you come in contact with are your coworkers (unavoidable) and the barista who hands you your daily life-blood. And maybe your S.O., if you have one of those. But whether you’re Netflixing and chilling or just straight Netflixing (or Huluing or Amazon Priming or On Demanding — you get the picture), we have the definitive list of shows to binge watch when it’s cold outside, baby.
“Outsiders”: It’s got all the trappings of a good drama, starting with an isolationist clan in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky that basically lives as if it were still the 1800s. Didn’t see that coming, did you? Naturally, the Farrell clan is in contention with the “outsiders” in the nearby town, who are on a mission to blast the clan’s mountain to obtain the coal that lies beneath it. Add to that a hefty dose of family drama and an ill-fated romance between a Farrell and an Outsider, and you’ve got yourself a binge-worthy show.
“This Is Us”: I know. Everyone’s talking about it. So much so that I didn’t want to give it the time of day because well, I’m not about being a bandwagon jumper. But dude. This show is GOOD. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll remember why life is beautiful despite all its messiness. Just trust me on this one perk if you’re a woman: Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, AND Justin Hartley. Just saying.
“Chance”: Everyone’s favorite Dr. House takes on a new one-name character in this eponymous thriller about a San-Francisco based forensic neuropsychiatrist who himself wrestles with some demons of mental illness. To make matters worse, Dr. Chance falls for the wrong girl. Like, she has multiple personalities, and her-abusive-husband-is-a-crooked-cop wrong kind of girl. Makes you wonder if love (or lust) is really worth it.
“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”: Because let’s be real, we’re all secretly fascinated by the cult made famous by the celebrity likes of Tom Cruise and John Travolta. This show would already be fascinating for exposing the underbelly of Scientology, but it’s made even better by no-nonsense host Leah Remini, who’s on a mission to kick ass and take names. Here’s looking at you, David Miscavige.
“Black Mirror”: I was a latecomer to this one, but totally hooked after the first episode of Series 3. IMDB describes it as an anthology that “shows the dark side of life and technology.” Boy, is that an understatement. In “Nosedive,” people live in a world in which they walk around rating everyone they encounter in real time, via their smartphones. A person’s life “score” is at the mercy of every interaction. Sadly, doesn’t seem that far off.