As we enjoy the holiday season, now is the perfect time to catch up on some of those shows you just haven’t had the chance to get around to watching.
Let’s face it, with so many excellent shows on TV it is becoming increasingly impossible to keep up with them all. If you’re anything like us, your to-watch list gets longer and longer by the day.
To help you narrow down your list, we’ve put together a few shows we feel would be perfect to binge watch over the holidays. We’ve got a little bit of everything, from animation, to sitcoms, to drama, so there’s certain to be at least one show to suit your needs. (But, really, we recommend checking them all out.)
6 must-watch TV shows to catch up on during the holidays
‘The Dragon Prince’ — Donya Abramo
Netflix and Wonderstorm’s The Dragon Prince — helmed by Avatar alums Aaron Ehasz and Giancarlo Volpe — was an absolute delight when it dropped in early September. It was the perfect mix of smart dialogue, levity, world building, magic, and pure fantasy. Even months later, there’s still so much depth to explore, theories to discuss, and characters to debate — which is fortunate, as it has already received a second season order.
Set on the world of Xadia, The Dragon Prince follows Princes Callum and Ezran, as they find themselves at the center of an attempt on their lives by Moonshadow elves — assassins out to seek retribution for the death of Thunder, the king of the dragons, and his only heir. Only, things aren’t quite as they first appear. Callum and Ezran team up with one of the would-be-assassins, Rayla, and the trio set out on a dangerous mission to end the war that has ravaged their lands for centuries.
The Dragon Prince is a rich and complex story, is gorgeously animated, and at nine episodes long for its first season is the perfect length to catch-up on during some holiday season downtime. (And, once you’re done, you can join the eternal debate on just where you stand on Viren, and his… morality.)
‘Elite’ — Lelanie Seyffer
Elite is what you get if you mixed the rich people problems and pettiness of Gossip Girl, the murder mystery vibes of Pretty Little Liars and the working class teen in a upper class environment storyline of The O.C.
Elite follows three working class teens who are given scholarships to attend an elite private school when their own high school collapses due to shoddy construction. There’s Samuel, a kind, honest kid who immediately starts pining after one of the most popular girls in school — a girl whose father turns out to be the man responsible for the collapse of his high school. Cristian is smarmy yet oddly charming and manages to entice the alluring Carla — and her boyfriend Polo. Finally, there’s Nadia (my personal favorite), a hard working Palestinian girl whose heritage makes her a target at the largely white school and whose take no shit attitude captures the attention of resident king of the school, Guzman — and queen bee Lu.
In short, this teen show set in Spain (so be prepared to read subtitles) is everything you want to fulfil the often trashy but sometimes poignant teen show hole in your life. At only eight episodes, it’s the perfect show to binge over the long weekend. And, as it’s already been renewed for a second and third season, you won’t have to worry about having your unanswered questions go unanswered forever. You’ll just have to wait around for a year like the rest of us.
‘The Good Place’ — Michal Schick
So you haven’t watched The Good Place yet. That’s okay. Nobody’s judging you. (Well… okay, I’m judging you a little bit.) But I understand that everybody can sleep on a genius, genre-bending comedy for a little while. What’s important is, you wake up and get on this trolly, ASAP!
But, you might say, why should I be interested in this candy-colored comedy about dead people? Maybe it’s funny, but there’s lots of funny shows out there. What do I need to watch another one for, even if it’s got Ted Danson in it?
Well, you have to watch because not only is The Good Place lively, quirky, unique, and hilarious; it’s also redefining what can be accomplished in a half-hour sitcom. Showrunner Mike Schur (of “cult” hits like The Office and Parks & Recreation) has somehow managed to create a show that examines the most profound concepts of moral philosophy — right and wrong, free will, our debts to fellow humans, and even why we exist at all — in a brilliant and wholly relatable package. (Also, it’s funny. Really funny. Have I mentioned funny?)
With only thirteen episodes in each season, The Good Place is not only highly bingable, it’s also consistently surprising and impactful. With iconic characters, strong ideas, and so many twists and turns along the way, The Good Place is becoming a cornerstone of the pop culture conversation. You can also watch the first two seasons on Netflix right now! So seriously, get on this. Otherwise, I will push my Judging You lever to the max, and there’s really no coming back from that.
‘Killing Eve’ — Donya Abramo
When I first sat down to watch Killing Eve, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d tuned in solely due to the involvement of Sandra Oh as the titular Eve Polastri, but was completely and utterly hooked by the dying moments of the first episode.
The series follows Eve, an MI5 — and later MI6 — operative, who becomes obsessed with tracking down a high-profile assassin by the name of Villanelle. That obsession, in fact, goes both ways, as Villanelle and Eve play a game of cat and mouse with each other — and the culmination of that obsession in the finale was a moment that has me impatiently eager for the next season. (No, seriously, I need the second season yesterday.
Killing Eve is highly charged, thrilling, and filled to the brim with intelligent and complex women, as well as some phenomenal, heart-in-throat action sequences. And, with just eight episodes to catch up on, it’s the perfectly bite-sized series to sit down with during the holiday.
‘Schitt’s Creek’ — Andrew Sims
Over the past few months my boyfriend and others have been raving about Schitt’s Creek, the half-hour comedy starring Eugene Levy, his son Dan, Catherine O’Hara, and Annie Murphy. The show follows a once-rich family who lose everything and are forced to move to the one thing they still own: A shitty town filled with weirdos.
I initially avoided Schitt’s Creek because in the U.S. it airs on this random channel called “Pop TV,” a channel I’d never heard of before. Usually I avoid shows on random channels, because in this era of Peak TV, you gotta focus on the big stuff.
But the positive reviews were relentless, so I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did! The first four seasons are on Netflix, and at 21 commercial-free minutes each, they’re super easy to binge. The show is funny and light — it’s a great series for a relaxing holiday weekend and is sure to make you laugh out loud.
‘Superstore’ — Brittany Lovely
Don’t avoid retail stores entirely this holiday season. Catch up on Superstore while you shop online.
In its fourth season, the show continues to deliver fantastic 21-minute snapshots of working for big box stores. It tackles issues from paid time off, health care plans, and more that make you wonder if you should be laughing or becoming increasingly depressed about the state of the workforce. Don’t let that get you down! Season 4 has babies, another overly complicated Jonah Halloween costume, and tons of incomprehensible corporate initiatives including a virtual greeter!
If you are even further behind than that, previous seasons have some holiday episodes and a slow burn will-they-won’t-they that will give you all the best feelings from those early Jim and Pam days on The Office. The best bits of the show might be the shoppers shown between scenes. Just don’t mimic their behavior.