The likelihood of you getting off your couch and wearing anything other than sweats and fuzzy socks on a Sunday night? Slim to none. Admittedly or not, nothing beats a night (okay, nights) spent glued to your TV, hovering over a tub of ice cream as you ruthlessly plough through episode after episode of your current television obsession. No hibernation is complete without a healthy selection of several binge-able Netflix titles, and the following five recommendations are foolproof when it comes to ensuring that your binge-watching withdrawals are kept to a minimum. From vampire slayers, to problematic, Californian teens, the selection of TV series' listed below are guaranteed to satisfy your addiction; so order that takeout and snuggle up, because you'll be here a while.
Swanky attire, a New York City backdrop (Toronto?), and a law firm compromised of people that are equally intelligent as they are beautiful? It would be hard not to develop an unhealthy obsession with this show. Set in the heart of downtown NYC at elite, Harvard-grad-only law firm, Pearson Hardman, Suits is centered on Senior Partner, Harvey Specter, and his not-quite-qualified Junior Associate, Mike Ross. Despite having not graduated from Harvard, (or any college for that matter), and lacking the appropriate credentials to practice law all together, Mike manages to impress Harvey enough at a chance encounter to land a sought-after position at the highly regarded firm. Inevitably, with his illegal profession, comes all sorts of complications. You’ll likely spend the majority of your binge-watching in fear of Mike’s secret getting out, envious of Rachel Zane’s utterly unfair beauty and intellect, convinced Donna Paulsen is your spirit animal, and in a heated love/hate relationship with Louis Litt. While the legal jargon may be a bit difficult to grasp in the beginning stages of your binge, you’ll be talking about pro-bono cases, subpoenas, and affidavits in no time.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Taking into account my incessant dream of being a slayer and overall crazy obsession with this series (I’d be lying if I said I didn’t spend the better part of my childhood wishing I could’ve been the Chosen One like my favourite bad-gal Buffy Summers), including Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this list was a no-brainer. A throwback pick and total cult classic, BTVS is a must-binge for those that have denied themselves the pleasure of indulging in Joss Whedon’s seven season saga. Prepare to have your mind repeatedly blown with all of the action, wit, drama, and overall bad-assery that each episode has to offer, along with the emotionally pressing decision that you will be forced to make: are you pro Spuffy or pro Bangel? While the ‘90s, So-Cal wardrobe and killer throwback tunes (cue Michelle Branch’s rendition of Goodbye to You, live at the Bronze) are enough reasons to adore the show, Sunnydale’s evil-conquering, heart-breaking heroine, along with the help of her fellow Scoobies, make for some stellar television that will leaving you wishing that you, too, could have your very own Mr. Pointy and stand against the vampires, demons, and forces of darkness.
Friday Night Lights
Not an avid football fan? Don’t let its title fool you; this series, while set in the small, football-crazed, fictional town of Dillon, Texas, is not solely about the All-American sport. Following the lives of the Dillon Panthers football players along with the show’s two exceptional leads, Coach Eric Taylor and his wife, Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights goes beyond just the sports aspect that it is commonly perceived as only having— rarely does the show bring football to the forefront without having it aid in the exploration of moral values and issues, and the ways in which they impact the lives of the characters. While FNL proves to have its fair share of upstanding takeaway messages, the eye candy alone should be enough reason to convince you to binge-watch (Ahem, Tim Riggins). A favourite on the list, Friday Night Lights is a worthy binge for those that have yet to come across what is unarguably the best motto ever: “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose”.
Enter: my current obsession. In the last two weeks, I have watched 46 episodes of this mind-blowing show, and I don’t intend on stopping anytime soon— needless to say, Arrow has taken over my life. My unyielding binge-habits have been put into full swing thanks to the evil-dissipating dream team that is Felicity Smoak, John Diggle, and the Green Arrow himself, Oliver Queen. Focused mainly in the present-day, the show incorporates flashbacks to Oliver’s past as a means of disclosing the events and experiences that have shaped the man he has become, and with its compelling character arc, Arrow tells the story of a man that is as much at odds with those that threaten his city as he is with himself. If badass fight scenes, dramatic/jaw-dropping revelations, and training montages starring Oliver Queen’s godly abs at the end of nearly every episode (yes, you did read that correctly) are of interest to you, look no further, because you have met your match.
An obvious throwback choice. For those of you that haven’t already re-watched this series a million times, congratulations, you have found your new favourite past time. Based in Orange County, California in the early ‘2000s, The O.C. focuses on the lives of Seth Cohen and honorary member of the Cohen family, Ryan Atwood, along with their families, crazy adventures and plethora of stunning love interests (anyone else other than me wish they could’ve been Summer Roberts?). Prepare yourself for some stellar Californian sunsets, unfairly beautiful and wealthy teenagers with loads of teenage angst, and one of the greatest television soundtracks you’ll ever come across (Death Cab for Cutie fans, this show is for you). DISCLAIMER FOR FIRST-TIME VIEWERS: Bare in mind that upon being introduced to the endearing and adorable geek that is Seth Cohen, you WILL fall madly in love; don’t fight your obsession, it’s inevitable, really.