Binge-Worthy Shows for Winter Break
The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is the perfect time to spend quality time with family and loved ones, reflecting upon the year’s accompli—just kidding. It is a time for leftovers, sweatpants and burning your way through your Netflix queue.
Since the Block Club offices are closed this week, the team has been frantically sharing our recommendations for must-see shows to watch while we’re off. So, grab your favorite snack, throw on that adult onesie you got for Christmas and settle into the couch with one of our must-watch shows.
“The show I would recommend to binge watch during the holiday break is Mr. Robot. It can be found on USA network or Hulu. The show is about a computer programmer, Elliot, who works for a cyber security firm, then gets recruited by a shadowy organization bent on the destruction of corporate America. Elliot seems to have some family baggage, mental heath issues and a drug habit. It’s similar to Breaking Bad, only replace making meth with hacking gigantic evil corporations.” – Tim, designer
“My wife, Faye, and I can’t stop watching The Knick, which is directed by Steven Soderbergh. Clive Owen plays Dr. John Thackery, chief surgeon at New York’s Knickerbocker hospital. The show takes place in 1900, and they don’t have access to the mainstays of modern surgery—no antibiotics, no gloves, no blood transfusions. It’s dark and moody and perfect for a snowy winter day.” – Dave, director of business development
“I recommend Les Revenants (The Returned en anglais), a French series not to be confused with the terrible U.S. version The Returned, or the forthcoming film The Revenant, or the French film the show is based on (also called Les Revenants) or the HBO show The Leftovers, which is pretty much the inverse plot. Les Revenants is about a small mountain town in France where people who have died come back without explanation, seemingly alive and well and un-aged. And that’s it and everyone is happy and nothing weird happens at all. Watch on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video.” – Julie, designer
“I’ve had Jessica Jones queued up in Netflix for a while, and I’m just about to finish the final episode. Not only is it a great just-oooone-more-and-then-I’ll-go-to-bed series, it all adds up to a really refreshing study on agency, power and abuse, all with a messy, unapologetically imperfect leading female character at the helm. Whether you’re watching it mindlessly or taking in every little detail, it’s got all the ingredients for a good holiday binge.” – Margaret, Labs project manager
“I totally recommend (and may re-watch) the Hulu original series Casual, which was just nominated for a Golden Globe. It stars SNL alum Michaela Watkins as a 40-something divorcée navigating the dating world, alongside her co-dependent brother, while raising a far-too-mature teenage daughter at the same time. It’s a dark comedy about relationships and dysfunctional families, and with each episode coming in at under 30 minutes it’s easy to whip through the first season before the new year.” – Pat, project manager
“I recently fell in love with season five of The Great British Baking Show, now available on Netflix. This British export (called “…Bake-Off” over there) is everything I love about food competition TV, but without the derisive, cutthroat antics of American productions. Instead, judges are encouraging, competitors are mutually supportive, and the tasks are the focus. How refreshing! Also, I learned a lot about the principles of baking, which, in practice, elude me in every way.” – Ben, copywriter
“I flew through 13 episodes of Bloodline recently. It’s a Netflix series starring Kyle Chanler that deals with a troubled family that appears to be perfect on first impression. Both the acting and the storyline are fantastic.” – Steve, project manager
“Unless you’re someone with no sense of humor, is easily offended or hates laughing, Broad City is the show for you! Whether I watch the show with my boyfriend, with my friends or by myself, I laugh so hard I start crying. The show has the right combination of perverted humor, Millennial self-awareness and a sweet and funny friendship between the two main characters, plus guest stars like Amy Sedaris, Amy Poehler and in the upcoming season, Hillary Clinton. The episodes are a quick 22 minutes and can be seen on Comedy Central or Hulu.” – Patrick, principal