In the epic words of Game of Thrones, winter is coming. And while you can’t stream that HBO epic on Netflix, there are a whole bunch of brilliant shows you can binge watch under the covers this hibernation season.
Here are 12 of the best options you can start watching right now.
Yes, A Year In The Life was just released and everyone is raving about it with good reason, but if it’s been a decade since you said goodbye to Rory Gilmore, you might want to go back and rewatch the original series first. Or you know, if you’re really in a hurry to find out what those epic final four words are, at least catch up on the last season.
Easily one of the most sensational ideas ever brought to the small screen, Black Mirror tells a different story every episode, with the one connecting thread being how technology currently is – and potentially could – affect our future. It is dystopian, exciting, and more like a series of short films than a television show. The Netflix renewal of the BBC sleeper hit was much needed, and it’s incredible to watch what they are able to do now with a bigger budget and a wider audience.
The Mindy Project
When Fox canceled my beloved Mindy Project I didn’t know what I would do without her particularly sharp self-deprecating humor, but thankfully, Hulu picked it up, and right now you can catch the first four seasons on Netflix all winter long.
While it might be easy to confuse this series with Ryan Murphy’s O.J Simpson trial recreation sensation American Crime Story, American Crime hit the airwaves first. Set up in a similar fashion, with the same actors playing different parts and telling a different story every season, this one instead tells a fictional story based around a new relevant crime blowing up our newsfeeds this year. The show has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so if you haven’t been watching yet, get to it before season three hits ABC in 2017.
Grace and Frankie
This Netflix original about two women in their 70s whose husbands leave them for each other now that gay marriage is legal stars a dream team cast of Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston in one of the funniest, most heartwarming comedies currently being produced. Also, it was about damn time someone made a show about people in their 70s still living happy, interesting lives.
While it’s safe to say The Wire put Idris Elba on the map, it’s Luther that put him on the radar of the movie execs who transitioned him from TV to film star. The short BBC crime drama about DCI John Luther came back for a surprise fourth season last year, and for all we know another one could be in the works.
Season one of this adorable, funny, realistic take on relationships and dating is available now, and the Netflix original is slated to have a season two coming in early 2017. Might be hard to watch if you’ve recently broken up with someone, but if enough time has passed, it might be just what you need.
While shows focused around solving one murder per season (instead of the longtime default of per episode, thanks to the procedural format of shows like Criminal Minds and Law & Order) are common now, The Killing was the first to really break away from the quick solve and tell a story about solving a case in real time. Watch the entire series on Netflix this winter, and thank me later.
Master Of None
Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang won an Emmy for Best TV Comedy Writing for the second episode of the series (entitled “Parents,” about their parents), making them the first Indian and Asian Americans to ever win the award. The second season is slated for a 2017 release, so now’s the time to catch up on the hijinks of Ansari’s New York City struggling actor in this relevant, smart, hilarious show.
This incredible series that shot Jamie Dornan to (50 Shades Of Grey) stardom just wrapped up its final season, so you can binge the entire thing all at once. Watch Gillian Anderson chase down a sadistic rapist and murderer in one of her best roles yet.
If you didn’t binge watch this one during our long hot summer like everyone else, now is as good a time as ever to get caught up in the Upside Down with Eleven and the boys.
If cheesy rom-coms are your thing, you’ll definitely want to watch No Tomorrow. The Netflix Original, which will see its first season wrap up mid-January, centers around a play-it-safe kind of gal who falls head over heels with her neighbour who just happens to think the world is going to end in 8 months. Opposites attract and the two go on whacky bucket list adventures, overcome obstacles, and of course, fall in love.