Binge the Blues Away

Win the Fight Against Boredom this Quarantine Season

It doesn’t matter if you’re a die-hard Netflix fan, an Amazon Prime-watcher or a Disney-plus subscriber, chances are you’ve binge-watched at least one series since the inception of streaming services. Don’t worry, we’re not judging. In fact, we’re big fans of grabbing a bowl of popcorn, some hot cocoa and curling up on the couch … for several hours. If you’re looking for a new series to get hooked on, check out our staff recommendations and reader picks. Try something new — from the comfort of your home.

Staff Recommendations:

“This show is based off of a book series written by Diana Gabaldon. It doesn’t conform to one genre so it has something for everyone. History, romance, sci-fi, there’s a lot! The fifth season will be premiering in February so there is a lot to catch up on, making it great for binge watching.”
–Megan Schmeling, graphic designer

“Hosted on Paramount Network, “Yellowstone” is like The Sopranos, except with cowboys. It has drama, action and mystery all wrapped into one easy-to-get-hooked-on show.”
–Scotty Cox, Clear 99 radio personality

This is Us
“It’s a family story line that is mostly in the present, but has flashbacks of their pasts, as well as glimpses of their future. Because of this, it’s a great show to get hooked on because you’re constantly getting little clues. It’s a great family drama that will have you empathizing with the main characters — laughing with them, grieving with them and cheering them on.”
–Victoria Brees, event planner

How I Met Your Mother
“I love the mystery of who the mother is throughout the entire series, and it’s an authentic show with great life lessons in every episode. It’s essentially impossible to pick which character is your favorite because all five of them have qualities that you can relate to on some level. It’s just a series that makes you feel happy.
–Christine Lepp, director of sales

“Definitely more of an adult TV series, but “Ozark” is very addicting and is a great way to escape the realities of life for a little bit. Marty Byrde whisks his family away to the Lake of the Ozarks to set up a money laundering operation, and runs into more than a small amount of trouble. There’s a third season coming soon, so catch up before then!”
–Olivia DeSmit, managing editor

Reader’s Picks:

Downton Abbey
“The costumes, drama and characters are all outstanding!”
–Nancy Adrian

Big Little Lies
“Besides the most fantastic cast, I really love this show because it showcases the difficulties of working moms, real relationship issues with friends, spouses and your children. The characters are so well built in the first episode that it leaves you eager to know more. I was hooked. It also has one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard lately!”
–Nicole Calvert