Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
It’s that special time of year where you can binge-watch a bunch of TV shows with your family and loved ones. We compiled a list of six TV shows that are available for streaming on various platforms like Netflix and Hulu.
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In preparation for its revival on Showtime in 2016, you should binge-watch the damn good show Twin Peaks over the holidays. Even though it’s been 25 years since it first aired, people are just as passionate about it as before. You’ll become attached to the characters, particularly FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), as you learn more about who could’ve killed Laura Palmer, the town’s homecoming queen. If you’ve seen any of David Lynch’s films before, you’ll recognize and enjoy the really odd, but endearing characters and the absurd supernatural phenomena that takes place in the small town of Twin Peaks, Washington. Not to mention that this show remains a cult classic that has influenced other shows and movies over the years. It’s possible to finish watching the series (2 seasons) in a weekend if you’re really dedicated and I wouldn’t blame you. Each episode ends in a cliffhanger and you can’t stop watching. I would know because I did just that (with the help of a lot of coffee). The show was cancelled in its second season, but luckily we don’t have to wait too long to see what happens next. And remember, the owls are not what they seem. [Isabella]
Legend of Korra
A spin-off of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Korra “must master airbending as the new Avatar.” It had a landmark ending. [Sara]
BoJack Horseman is about a washed up former sitcom actor, voiced by Will Arnett, who also happens to be a talking horse. The entire first season and the newly released Christmas special are available on Netflix. [Chris]
From Dusk Till Dawn
“The new horror series expands the stories of the characters in Robert Rodriguez’s 1996 film of the same name, including Seth Gecko, his brother Richie, Jacob Fuller, and Santanico Pandemonium.” My aggressive crusade to get everyone I know to watch this dang show continues. The first original series on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is campy, pulpy, ridiculous, violent, hilarious, and all around awesome. There’s a ton of people of color (the majority of the show is set in Mexico, and draws inspiration from Aztec and Mayan mythologies) and though there aren’t very many women – something I hope will be rectified in future seasons – they are all very interesting, with deeply explored motivations, and I love them all. There’s actually quite a bit of trope subversion in here playing around with expected character roles like the Vengeful Law Enforcer or the Virgin/Whore Complex, as well as worryingly hyper-dependent family dynamics (always a fave), witty Tarantino-esque one-liners, a badass strip bar – and you know what, I could probably talk about this show all day so I’m just gonna quit while I’m ahead. The entire first season is currently on Netflix, with a second season set to come out next year. (While you’re at it, check out Matador too – another El Rey show, starring Gabriel Luna as an adorable super spy/soccer star.) [Christine]
I know nothing about this British TV show other than that each episode is stand-alone and that it’s drawing Twilight Zone comparisons and chronicles the dangers of technology. It’s only 6 episodes, it’s on Netflix, and it comes with immediate rewards: a new Christmas special starring Jon Hamm. [Andy]
Gossip Girl is a show that I was working on binge watching recently. The drama is ridiculous but just real enough to be believable. At this point, it’s not a guilty pleasure: it’s just a pleasure. [Michelle]