Holidays aren’t just great for bingeing on pie and cheesy potatoes. They’re also great for bingeing a new TV show! Whether you’re stuck in an airport, stuck in a car, have nowhere to go, or just need a break from the humans in your real life – I’ve got you covered. Let’s begin.
Bodyguard (Netflix, TV-MA)
Lately, this is my go-to recommendation I make to anyone who asks or anyone who doesn’t. I’ve already watched it twice. Bodyguard was originally broadcast on BBC One this past August and it has finally made its way to Netflix for our streaming pleasure. I mean who doesn’t love some good British television?
The show’s centered around a retired British war veteran who has been assigned to protect Britain’s Home Secretary – a woman with opposite political beliefs to his. I just rewatched the trailer and got excited all over again.
The best (and worst) part? There are only six episodes! Easy enough for you to attack between meals when you need to let the food settle. It’s one of those shows where the audience is left a little in the dark and you never really know who to trust. It twists and it turns and I honestly did not know what was going to happen right up until the end.
You can say goodbye to the Richard Madden-shaped hole that’s been in your heart since Game of Thrones. I mean, I love Robb Stark, but Madden is literal perfection as Police Sergeant David Budd. (Note: Subtitles suggested because of his killer Scottish accent.) And if I haven’t convinced you, let me just say that Bodyguard received the BBC’s highest viewing figures since 2008. And two Golden Globe noms. So.
Sweetbitter (Starz, TV-MA)
Here’s another six-episode season for easy digestion. This is both a book and television recommendation wrapped in one. The script for the show was partially written by the author, Stephanie Danler, so we get a TV adaptation that feels pretty authentic to the narrative that unfolds in the book. (Here’s your intro.)
Sweetbitter follows a 20-something woman who moves to New York in 2006 and starts working at a restaurant. I know, it doesn’t sound like much, but hear me out. The characters in this show are diverse, complex, and sometimes hard to figure out (aka they’re human). I see bits of people I know in my life in each of these characters. Good bits and bad bits.
The second thing I love about Sweetbitter (both book and show) is the attention it pays to what we eat and drink. If you’re like me and get excited for your next meal and appreciate food beyond the fact that we need it to survive, I could not recommend adding this (plus a glass of wine) to your queue more.
I know Starz subscriptions are a little harder to come by, but you can add it onto your Amazon Video account for relatively cheap. (And I’ve heard great things about Outlander (also on Starz), so it’s not like your $8.99 would go to waste.)
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime, TV-MA)
We cannot log out of our Amazon account without talking about Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Its first season was a succinct eight episodes, with its second season of ten being released earlier this month. Rachel Brosnahan plays 1950s, NYC housewife Miriam “Midge” Maisel who finds herself on stage performing a stand-up routine without really meaning to. (Trailer time.)
Maybe it’s because I love anything Amy-Sherman Palladino (Gilmore girls 4 ever!) or
maybe I just have a thing for New York City, but I could run out of adjectives trying to describe how impressive and lovely Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is. It is laugh-out-loud funny (HELLO, Alex Borstein), brilliantly choreographed, and lightning fast. Then ASP contradicts all of that with round, tender, heart-breaking moments. I’m not even done with Season Two and I’m already excited that there’s going to be a third. I truly feel like anything I write will not appropriately capture the color and vibrancy that is Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. You just have to see for yourself.
And both seasons can be tackled in less than sixteen hours, which is basically nothing. You’re welcome.
What are my holiday binge plans? I’m considering a third time through Bodyguard. Kidding. (Kind of.) So far I’ve got the first season of You (Lifetime) on my list. Can’t wait to tell you guys what I think! I’m never watching it all, so send me any suggestions you have.
Merry Binge-mas to all, and to all a good night!