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Shows to Binge-Watch this Winter

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Jessica, Hespeler | December 1, 2019

When the nights get darker and colder, the last thing I want to do is go outside.  I rather stay in with a warm blanket, a hot beverage and curl up in my favourite chair and watch TV.  Winter is the perfect time to binge watch some great television shows.  Here are a couple recommendations guaranteed to keep you entertained on those winter nights.

Doctor Who: Doctor Who is a great winter binge.  Suitable for the whole family (well, maybe not super little ones) this show has adventure, humour, friendship and of course space and time travel.  There are even Christmas episodes, which work perfectly for this time of year.  If you’ve always meant to watch this sci-fi phenomenon, now is the time.  The eleven seasons will keep you busy (and inside) for days.  If you don’t have time for all of it, I recommend at least watching the years with David Tennant followed by the seasons with Matt Smith.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: This show got a lot of press last year when it was abruptly cancelled and then revived after outcry from fans including Mark Hamill, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sean Astin.  This show follows the adventures of police officers in New York and will keep you laughing.  It’s hilarious, heartfelt and you’ll fall in love with the characters.  There are some fantastic guest stars throughout the series such as Sterling K. Brown (who appears in the best episode of the entire show in my humble opinion), Jimmy Smits, Katey Sagal and Kyra Sedgwick.  Both Miranda and Astin also guest star after helping to save the show.  This is a nice light-hearted show that is great for the winter blues!

The Good Place: If you want your comedy with a little more meat, then The Good Place is the show for you.  After dying Eleanor (played by the always wonderful Kristen Bell) finds herself in the “good place”.  The problem: She’s not supposed to be there and all the records they have of her are from a different person’s good life.  This show is clever and funny.  It tackles real philosophical questions but makes it easy to understand and fun to watch.  The show also deals with friendship and what it takes to better ourselves.  The whole show is heartfelt and sweet and truly unique.  Plus, Ted Danson is in it!  Win-win!  Give this show a try.  Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Alias: If you’re looking for something with a little more action and adventure, you should give Alias a try.  One of J.J. Abrams’ earlier works (now he’s famous for the new Star Wars and Star Trek reboots), Alias is fast-paced and thrilling.  It follows Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) who works undercover with the CIA to take down the shadowy organization that killed her finance and threatens world security.  Great fights and action scenes make this oh-so bingeable especially since episodes tend to end on a cliffhanger. Victor Garber and Bradley Cooper also star.

Murdoch Mysteries:  If something Canadian is more your speed, you should definitely watch Murdoch Mysteries.  Now in its 13th season, it would be a crime against Canada not to watch it.  Set in the 1890s in Toronto this show offers some clever mysteries and shows the beginnings of forensics to solve crimes.  Murdoch is a likable, smart detective who feels modern and the period clothing and sets are beautiful.  It films in Cambridge so you might recognize some local scenery!

This winter curl up with some great TV.  Happy Binging!