It’s finally here, folks - that magical time of year when textbooks and finals get swapped for homemade cookies and Christmas parties. A time of ice-skating and hot chocolate and caroling and warm fires. Or, if you’re like me, a time of intense hibernation, in which you tear through season upon season of television on Netflix. Okay, so extreme December break marathoning may not be for everyone. Only the most dedicated and emotionally stable of TV watchers can handle the hours of tears, laughter, and agony that come with prolonged television viewing. However, if you think you’re up to the challenge, here a few shows that were practically made for Christmas break binge watching.
This hilarious mockumentary follows the lives of several employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company’s Scranton branch. The show centers around Michael Scott, the painfully awkward and slightly incompetent boss, whose terrible jokes and love for his employees make him the most endearing trainwreck on television. While Assistant (to the) Regional Manager Dwight Schrute’s entertaining antics will hook you into the show, you’ll be all but forced to watch all nine seasons after seeing the sparks of love between receptionist Pam and salesman Jim, played by the ever adorable Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski.
I mean look at these two. I dare you not to get emotionally invested in their relationship.
Friday Night Lights
Are you interested in football, Texas, or emotional dramas that make you unexpectedly cry in airports? If so, then Friday Night Lights is the show for you. This television series based on a movie based on a book tells the story of the Dillon, Texas Panthers, a high school football team destined for victory. After their star quarterback is injured in the pilot episode, rookie Matt Saracen is put on the field, shaking up the team and the football-obsessed town. Aside from the gripping storylines and honest relationships, Friday Night Lights features the wise and well-coiffed Tami Taylor as well as Tim Riggins, the Texas boy you never knew you had a crush on until now.
What’s that you say? You hear something in the distance? Oh yeah. CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS, CAN’T LOSE.
If you’re getting kinda sick of your family, and are just about ready to pull your hair out, it may be time to start watching Parenthood. This heartwarming drama has the uncanny ability to make you want to cry, laugh, and hug your mom all in the same moment. After a few episodes you’ll be fully immersed in the relatable and still heartbreaking struggles of the Braverman family. A few seasons later and you’ll be sending letters to NBC, begging to be adopted into this fantastic, and unfortunately fictional, family. If anything, Parenthood will remind you of the love you have for your own family and will maybe get you to turn off Netflix and say hi to mom and dad.
Don’t you want to just pull up a chair and join them?
Full disclosure, I haven’t seen Lost yet. I can only imagine the great loss my family and friends would feel if I let myself get sucked into the addicting and mind blowing imagination of JJ Abrams. But if you feel you’re ready for ultimate television marathoning, Lost may be for you. This monumental drama narrates the aftermath of a plane crash on a mysterious island in the South Pacific. As the survivors struggle to understand both each other and their surroundings, they get wrapped up in the complicated history of the island. Of course a complete synopsis of Lost would require more than a paragraph, but it's sufficient to say that Lost is more of a life experience than simply a TV show.
You’ve probably been told to watch this show many times, by everyone from your dentist to your chemistry professor. I’m here to tell you, they were right. This cult-series is quite literally the wittiest and most hilarious comedy to hit Netflix. Although the Bluth’s are admittedly less functional than the Braverman’s, they will have you crying from laughter as they attempt to dance like a chicken or deal with the very real problems of a never nude. If you’ve got a few hours or days to kill this Christmas break, do yourself a favor and watch Arrested Development. Your dentist, chemistry professor, and local Gavel writer promise you it’ll be worth it.
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