9 TV Shows to Binge Watch Now

9 TV Shows to Binge Watch Now

There’s no time to binge watch some TV like maternity leave in the dead of winter. And sure, they say that babies shouldn’t be exposed to TV right away but when I’m breastfeeding what am I supposed to do, stare at the wall? I kind of use the TV for background noise/company now that N’s paternity leave has ended and I’m home all day with Ben and Archie. They’re both damn cute but not great conversationalists. So sure, we read books and listen to delightful instrumental music while doing tummy time etc. etc. but we’ve also managed to watch a whole freaking lot of TV. Here are 9 of the shows we’ve binge watched so far (some with N, some without)…


Where to watch: Netflix

We watched this right after we watched Stranger Things and were in desperate need of more good TV so as not to go through the depression that follows finishing a good binge. Set in the 1970’s, Mindhunter explores when the FBI was initially attempting to create a profile of serial killers. The main character, Holden Ford, interviews serial killers (within the show. This isn’t a documentary.) to try to piece together the psychology of murder. Now I’m kind of a wimp but this didn’t make me too squeamish and I was also still able to sleep at night. It’s not super fast paced but was able to keep my attention. For reference, Mad Men was too slow for me.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

As if you weren’t getting enough use out of your Amazon prime subscription this time of year (I know we are), now they’ve released this Amazon original show and it’s absolutely phenomenal. Mrs. Maisel is married with children and living a posh life on the upper west side in the 1950’s. After some personal life drama, Mrs. Maisel discovers she’s got some serious talent as a stand up comedian and begins to explore that. It’s funny and full of fast dialogue and flawed characters you’ll love to love. Would we expect anything less of Amy Sherman-Palladino? She created and wrote Gilmore Girls, after all.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you, this just won Best Musical or Comedy TV series and Rachel Brosnahan (who plays Mrs. Maisel) won Best Actress at the Golden Globes last night.


Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Starring Jenna Coleman (Clara from Doctor Who!), Victoria is about Queen Victoria at the beginning of her reign. This series is seriously addicting and not so stuffy that it’s hard to binge watch. If you enjoyed Downton Abbey, give this a try. Season two comes out soon!

Stranger Things

Where to watch: Netflix

I think you’ve all heard of Stranger Things by now but really, there’s a reason it’s so popular. I love sci-fi but this is sci-fi even someone who doesn’t like sci-fi will like. For the record, I loved season 2.


Where to watch: Netflix

It was my second time watching this series and I’m so glad I did (especially now that I am a parent). The Braverman family will steal your hearts in this lovely drama with rich characters and solid storylines. It’s kind of like Modern family turned into a drama and explored the characters issues and family dynamics more.

Life in Pieces

Where to watch: First Season on Netflix

I honestly can’t believe this show isn’t talked about more. I’m usually underwhelmed by the typical network sitcom but Life in Pieces is seriously funny. Each episode has four stories, each involving different branches of the same family (kind of like Modern family but if each episode storyline was told individually before moving on to the next). My favorite characters are Greg (Colin Hanks) and his wife Jen (Zoe Lister-Jones) who bring home a new baby in the very first episode. Jen is consistently the funniest part of the show but I’m also just relating to them on a whole new level since we just brought home Ben.

The Good Place

Where to watch: First Season on Netflix

I’ll watch anything with Kristin Bell because I love her, okay? The Good Place has an odd and interesting premise – Eleanor Shellstrop has died and wakes up in “the Good place” i.e. heaven but soon realizes that she’s definitely not supposed to be there. It’s hilarious and I love how they replace swear words in the good place (and on network tv lol) with other words i.e. f-bomb = fork. Every time Kristin Bell says fork like it’s a swear word I crack up. Also, am I the only one who was pretty surprised by the season finale? I was concerned about where they were going with it but season 2 has been awesome so far also.

A Handmaid’s Tale

Where to watch: Hulu

I had watched the first few episodes of A Handmaid’s Tale and decided to save it for maternity leave. Thought provoking and terrifying, A Handmaid’s Tale feels like a must-watch given the current social and political climate. I’d encourage you to watch something like The Good Place or Life in Pieces after this, since it’s pretty dark and heavy.

The Crown

Where to watch: Netflix

There’s a reason everyone is talking about this show right now – Netflix just released season 2. Claire Foy shines as Queen Elizabeth II in this fictional take on her early life as queen and her marriage to Prince Philip. Also, I can’t be the only one whose heart broke for Princess Margaret. It’s almost funny to see how divorce is handled and discussed throughout the show. How times have changed.

Now tell me, what else should I be binge watching now that I’ve blown through all of these shows? Leave your best recommendation below. Guilty pleasures welcome. 

  • Elisse

    Hope you’ve see Ozark on Netflix. If you haven’t, do so immediately. Fantastic show! Very dark, suspenseful….just SO good

    • YES! We loved Ozark. We watched it right when it came out and even though there were parts that were a little too violent for me, I still loved it.

      • Elisse

        Yay! I still can’t stop gushing about it. I saw it on Netflix when it first premiered but I put it on queue because I was watching so many other shows at the time. Then I started it but stopped because I thought it wasn’t my type. Now during the winter when everything was on hiatus I was bored and decided to give it another try. Whoa! I was hooked halfway through the first episode lol

  • Hanka Richterová

    I absolutely recommend Good Behavior! It’s a drama with Michelle Dockery (aka Lady Mary Crawley from Downton Abbey) playing a thief & former convict who is trying to start a better life and get custody of her son. Totally addicting with great plot twists!

    • OOh that was one of the shows I had been interested in checking out but had totally forgotten about! Thanks for reminding me!

  • You and I clearly have the same taste in shows! My boyfriend and I flew through Mindhunter and Stranger Things, we’re working on The Handmaid’s Tale now, and I eventually want to start watching The Crown. Also, Parenthood is a looong time favorite. Right now, I’m trying to finish season one of Game of Thrones (I’m so behind, I know). One of my favorite shows on TV right now is The Mick – I think it’s on Fox? – with Kaitlin Olson from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. SO funny.

    • I watched the first season of The Mick and thought it was hilarious! I do love Kaitlin Olson. It sounds like we have super similar taste. I hope you like Game of Thrones. I loved the first season but it got pretty violent and I eventually stopped watching because it was a little much for me.

  • Kelly

    The Crown is SOOO good and I will have to check the rest of these out!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • I love The Good Place and totally agree with you on Season 2. I couldn’t think of any way they could continue the premise that would work, but they pulled it off! Also, I just think it’s such a different and interesting concept. They hit on some pretty heavy existential topics, but somehow it always remains funny and entertaining. That’s just good writing!

    • Exactly! I’m so glad it didn’t wind up sucking in the second season. Really heavy stuff that still manages to be super funny. I also have zero idea where each season will go. It’s such a question mark.

  • LOVE Parenthood and Victoria!! I just started The Americans (I’m always like, 5 years too late on shows….) on Amazon Prime – soo good!!

    • Ooh The Americans was really good. I actually watched the first few seasons. I think I need to watch from season 4 on. Thanks for reminding me! I’m going to see if the seasons I missed are available yet.

  • I’ve only seen the first episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I’m obsessed! Love this post, I’m always looking for new shows to binge.

    • I think The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel might be my favorite show I’ve seen in years. It’s just so wonderful and funny and honestly, I’m considering re-watching the whole thing.

  • Ari Marsh

    Oh my gosh, just finished the first episode of Life in Pieces, and it is so hilarious! Thanks for the recommend. Glad to see you back!

    • Awesome! So glad you liked it. My parents actually recommended that to me. Good stuff.

  • I have seen every single one of these.. except for Mindhunter.. I’m still working through Mrs. Maisel which is fantastic.. the Golden Globe was well deserved.


  • I just finished watching The Crown!! I absolutely loved it. I’m sad that Claire Foy won’t be coming back for Season 3, but it’s such a good show so far. And yes my heart broke for Princess Margaret.

    I just cancelled my Prime, but when I sign up again soon I will watch those shows you recommended. For now I’ll start with The Good Place 🙂

  • We are watching Mindhunter right now, so good! I need to check out Life in Pieces. I always need a light hearted show to balance out the heavy ones. My daughter only wanted to nap on me for the first five months, so I watched so much parenthood during her naps when I was trapped under her. Makes me cry every time.

  • I love Life in Pieces!!! It is so laugh out loud funny. I just finished season two.

    I’ve watched Stranger Things, Mindhunter, The Good Place, and Parenthood. I love how different The Good Place is. The Crown and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are on my list. I’m in the middle of Ozark right now. Have you watched that?

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