Netflix and Chill

Houstonia's Binge-Watching Guide for the Icepocalypse

It's time to binge.

By Houstonia Staff January 16, 2018

If you’ve already had your fill of the local news’ riveting images of sleet-covered roofs and iced-over side view mirrors, chances are, you’re ready to binge. We’re all working hard from home, as we’re sure you are too, but took the liberty to compile a list of what we would be watching if, in some strange turn of events, our televisions mysteriously turned itself on to our favorite shows of the moment.

If you've binged all of these already, looks like Reddit has a few more options for you here. 

Peaky Blinders on NetflixFar too many people are sleeping on this BBC series, which recently released season four  on Netflix. Set in Birmingham, England immediately after World War I, the show follows an eponymous gang of ruthless brothers you can't help but root for. The writing, acting, and set design of this show are all superb–there's not a weak link in the bunch, and even minor characters will blow you away. Prepare to fall madly in love with protagonist Tommy Shelby, played by the incomparable Cillian Murphy, and block out the rest of your day–and week–to binge this. You won't regret it.—AL

The End of the F***ing World on NetflixAnother British show, and an easy binge with eight episodes of 20 minutes or less. New to Netflix, this dark comedy follows two 17-year-old misfits on a calamitous road trip, and you won't be able to stop until they do. The ending is dramatic and ambiguous, so let me know when you finish this–I need to talk about it. -AL

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on Netflix—Yes, we know this isn’t the newest series, but it is new to Netflix! Watch Jerry Seinfeld again on the silver screen as he has more conversations about nothing with some of your/our favorite comedians of today while driving around in fancy cars and drinking coffee. Sounds simple, but it allows celeb-obsessed viewers a chance to be a fly on the wall while comedy giants like Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Stephen Colbert eat, drink, crack jokes, and talk about themselves. These super-short 15-minute episodes are highly binge-able, but I recommend saving the best—Seinfeld and Julia Louis Dreyfus's reunion—for last. -LFM

Home Town on HGTV On Demand—If you’re like me and have HGTV constantly playing in the background of your home you’ve probably noticed the channels’ noticeable efforts to make up for the fact that their biggest Texas stars are a mere 11 episodes away from revealing their final fixer upper. Cue, Ben and Erin Napier, equally gifted in design, but with significantly stronger Southern accents, who, two episodes into their second season, somehow have me thinking that moving to Laurel, Mississippi might be a good idea. Erin’s hand-painted reno plans, patterned wallpapering skills and french door obsession, matched with Scott’s lumberjack-esque beard and ability to turn ceiling beams into beautiful hardwoods gives me hope that HGTV and its fans will survive in a post-Gaines world. -LFM

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon— Amy Sherman-Palladino, of Gilmore Girls and Bunheads fame, launches a new Golden Globe-winning show about a dynamic, sharp, funny Jewish housewife, Miriam Maisel, who is happily married and living the perfect life as the perfect wife on the Upper West Side in 1950s New York City when her would-be standup comedian husband throws a wrench in things by abruptly leaving her (taking her suitcase with him). And in the chaos of that moment, Midge winds up onstage and discovers she’s actually the one with a gift for standup. And this is just the setup in the pilot episode. What follows is a witty, insightful story of a woman figuring out how to actually be a female comic in a world that really isn’t quite ready for that. The dialogue is fast-paced and fantastic (as with all of Sherman-Palladino’s shows), the clothes are gorgeous, and, last but decidedly not least, the entire cast is just so ridiculously good. You can binge watch this once and then go back and watch it again and still find more to enjoy. -DW

The Good Place on Netflix— This is hands-down one of the most innovative comedies I have ever seen on TV, and if you’re stuck at home in all this weather, there’s no better use of your time than heading to Netflix and gulping down season one. The show stars Kristen Bell as a completely terrible person who arrives in the afterlife and finds that she has been sent to “the good place” by mistake. This is just the jumping off point for a show that has continued to unfold in ways I never thought to expect in season two. Along the way Bell has been incredible, but Ted Danson, who costars as the architect of the afterlife neighborhood that Bell is assigned to, along with a wonderful cast of characters that are still just getting better as the story unfolds, is a revelation. And as you move through the show and begin to understand more, you’ll be even more impressed and delighted with the work he’s done. It’s not every show that can make you think about philosophy, the meaning of life, of what it really means to be a good person, all in a show that will still make you cackle with glee, but this one can do it all. -DW

A Life in Proximity on Outside TV—I just got Outside TV, and have been meaning to watch their new series from director Taylor Steele called A Life In Proximity.  Steele has been at the forefront of the surf movie genre since the 1990s, and in this series, he follows pro surfers around the globe as they surf everywhere from the rough waters of Scotland to the frigid ice waves off the coast of Japan. -GK

Black Mirror on Netflix—I just watched my first-ever episode of Black Mirror this weekend, the one with Bryce Dallas Howard in it, wherein everything one does is rated on a social network that seemingly controls all social and commercial interactions. I like the fact that you can hop around and just watch random episodes, and Vulture has a handy ranking and rundown of the best ones to watch. -GK

Big Little Lies on HBO—To be honest, the main attraction of this grocery store novel turned HBO miniseries is probably the stunning array of beachside California mansions the characters all inhabit. But as I live vicariously watching from my hole-in-the-wall Montrose apartment, the performances are no less spectacular, with actors like Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and a reinvigorated Laura Dern elevating catty small-town drama into a spiritual experience (yes, I am that swept up in the Dern-aissance). I loved the show so much that I might have to pick up the book, which, come to think of it, might be another way to occupy a cold, icy day in Houston… - MK 

Victoria on PBS/Amazon—We’re in a post-season-2-of-The Crown-funk and we need more glamor and drama from the British monarchy in our lives—if only to distract us from the hell that is the current American political system. - NK
Not Master of None. - NK
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