Finding yourself in need of a new TV show or two to watch? I’d say there’s a big part of the human population that’s in that same boat right now.
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My crew has had Netflix, Amazon Prime and of course cable TV for a while now, but we decided there wasn’t a better time to go ahead and get Hulu too. Between all those, a few good books, working from home, home schooling and taking care of multiple things around the house we’d put off, “bored” isn’t a word that’s being used around here right now. 😆
I thought I’d share some of our favorite series in case you found yourself in need of a new show to fill some time or even binge watch when need be. We all need a good binge watch session every now and then, right?
Series to Start Watching
We use an Amazon Firestick to stream shows and movies via Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. It’s super simple to use. If you don’t already have one, now’s the perfect time to get one.
Shows on Netflix
What better time to start Grey’s from the beginning? Relive the George and Christina days. Don’t forget about Burke either. Skip the episode with the shooter in the hospital and the one where Derek dies. There’s no need to put ourselves through that again though.
The spinoff of Grey’s. Some people didn’t like it too much, but I was a big fan. I actually watched the entire series over a two week period shortly after I had popped out the kid. That however, was not a smart move as my hormones paired with Private Practice were a bad mix and I just ended up a hot teary mess after every other episode.
Grace and Frankie
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. You know something good absolutely must come out of putting those two together! I’ve watched this show from the beginning and it’s hilarious! I’m sad this is the last season though.
My friend Sarah recommend this one to me last year. She told the first season wasn’t spectacular but after I got through it, the rest was golden. And she was exactly right. Schitt’s Creek is hilarious. I could just sit and listen to Moira speak with that accent all day long and be entertained.
The Haunting of Hill House
If you like to be spooked, then this one is for you. It’s actually really scary. It’s not gory scary. I hate gory scary. I love ghost scary. And Hill House is ghost scary.
I am very impatiently waiting for Greenleaf to return. I discovered it at the start of this year and have already zoomed through all four seasons. It’s like my daily dose of God and gossip.
Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings
Dolly’s Heartstrings series is eight mini-movies based on different songs and stories of Dolly’s. Every one of them is just precious and has a wonderful message behind it.
AJ and the Queen
RuPaul is a drag queen and tours the U.S. in his RV. A kid stows away on the RV. It’s hilarious and it’s heartwarming. I’ve always been an anti-RV gal, but this show just made me want to buy an old one, grab the fam and tour the country. Unfortunately, Netflix didn’t renew this one for a second season. Most definitely their mistake there. 😑
Breaking Bad is one of those shows I thought I would have zero interest in and I was so totally wrong. Yes, it’s about a chemistry teacher and one of his students cooking meth, but it’s so much more than that too. It’s kind of like a smaller scale version of The Sopranos but set in the desert.
Shows on Amazon Prime Video
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Oh how Mrs. Maisel has saved me. I had seen this one pop up as “suggested for you” countless times before, but never gave it a go. And then at dance class one night, one of the gals was like, you gotta watch that. And so I gave it a whirl and I fell in head over heels. It’s funny, it’s empowering and wickedly good.
The Good Wife
I mean really. Can we ever get enough Alicia Florrick in our lives? The hubs and I love The Good Wife and have watched it in its entirety twice now. If you’ve never watched it, you must give it a go!
I just started watching this last week. Like Dolly’s Heartstrings, this is a series of mini-films sort of. They’re sad. They’re sweet. And they show just how love is so diverse.
Shows on Hulu
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ALLY MCBEAL IS ON HULU. I REPEAT ALLY MCBEAL IS ON HULU. If you’ve been around here for a hot minute, you know Ally is my spirit animal. Read about all the things Ally taught me here. A few months ago, I decided I needed a little Ally, but when I went to Netflix, she was no longer there. Yes, it was devastating. However, when we got Hulu a couple weeks ago, I found she was hiding there! YAY!!! Ally McBeal is all the things, y’all. Funny, quirky, crazy and real life.
Brothers and Sisters
The hubs and I both have our own shows we watch individually and shows we watch together. We needed a new one to start together and Brothers and Sisters was the lucky winner. I had watched the first season of it when it first came out, but then things happened and I never got around to watching the rest of it. We’re three or four shows in and Grunt is already hooked. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s kind of like a family style drama.
Little Fires Everywhere
This one just came out and it’s another one Grunt and I are watching together. So far, there are only four episodes out on Hulu, but we can’t wait to see the rest. It’s set in the 90’s, so I’m also loving that little trip down memory lane.
Shows on HBO
Six Feet Under
This is one of “Jenna’s weird shows” as Grunt calls it. Yes, it’s set at a family funeral home. Yes, dead people talk. There’s lots of dark humor. But guys, IT. IS. SO. GOOD. And I dare you to find a more beautiful final episode than what Six Feet Under brought to the table.
The Sopranos (also on Amazon Prime)
Grunt and I finished our third viewing of the entire Sopranos series last fall. It’s always a good one to start over and watch again. That being said, The Sopranos is not for everyone. It’s about the mafia, so obviously violence often takes center stage.
I’m a few episodes into this one on HBO. It centers around the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. So far, I’ve loved how beautifully it’s portrayed the strength of New Orleans and it’s people.
Again, this was one I didn’t think I would really like, but I loved it. This show about a polygamist just living right down the street takes a big dive into the culture. It was so interesting.
The Righteous Gemstones
Hilarious. Freaking hilarious, folks. The man of questionable honor suggested we watch this one. It’s about a family of televangelists in Florida and their megachurch. We are impatiently awaiting the next season.
Sex and the City (also on Amazon Prime)
I mean, it’s Sex and the City folks. Nothing else needs to be said. It never gets old.
Share some of your favorites with me in the comments below!
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Lisa A. says
Thanks for the list! You have some good ones on here. I would love to see Little Fires (good book) but cannot justify adding HULU right now..(our income has taken a huge hit with Corona)
If you liked Breaking Bad (need to see that again come to think of it)
you need to watch Better Call Saul – don’t know why I put that off so long as it is really good
Just finished watching Mad Men from beginning and I am sad it is over – (cannot get enough of the wardrobe)
Always up for a good documentary on NETFLIX too….
My votes: “Dennis the Menace” (the original series) on Antenna TV. Also on the same channel “I Dream of Jeannie.” On MeTV it’s hard to beat “Adam-12” and “The Munsters”on Cozi TV. On weekends “Have Gun, Will Travel,” and “Wonder Woman” on MeTV.
Susan the Farm Quilter says
I saw The Haunting of Hill House when I was about 12. If you want to have a really good scare, watch the original!! Back then, the TV was in my parent’s bedroom and my aunt and uncle were visiting so they were all in the living room. I came out several times to ask if they weren’t going to come and watch it with me…they finally did and it scared them all as well!! Since I am now alone in the house, I will not be watching anything scary!!! Thanks for all the recommendations!
I loved Six Feet Under, The 100 is good, there is the one played out as a group that have women become women who are still childbearing and live with the family to bear them a child. It is weird but good on Hulu. Love Haunting of Hill House. There is on with Vincent Price and the one you watched has 3 total. I love my haunted stuff.
Hey, have you tried Netflix’s “Locke and Key” and “You”?
Kim Loftin says
Thanks! I need something new to watch, just finished Private Practice for the 2nd time and Brothers & Sisters for a 2nd time!! So I’m blue 😓Maybe I’ll watch Grey’s again or even The Good Wife again. I watched Ally twice as well! Loved her so much as Ally Mcbeal but Kitty is amazing! I’ll look for Greenleaf. Thanks!!