A Blanket, a TV and Thee
The holiday season is one of the best seasons for catching up on and discovering new television shows. The weather is cold, it is often wet and the idea of going outside feels loathsome. Don’t fight the urge to stay inside, embrace it! Cuddle up under some warm blankets with someone special and get lost in some great television instead. You can stream shows like The Office computer if they are not on at a specific time. Then, when you’ve worked through those, try some of these other fan favorites.
Doctor Who is the longest running show in television history and for good reason. The show features a man (“The Doctor”) who travels through time and space. Wherever he goes hijinks ensue. Start with the “new” seasons that began airing in the mid 2000s with Christopher Ecclestone. It’ll take about five minutes before you want a sonic screwdriver and a Tardis of your own.
Once you start watching this show you aren’t going to want to stop, so make sure you’re settled in for the long haul. Battlestar Galactica centers on the crew of a fleet of spaceships that, after their home world was destroyed, sets out to find Earth in the hopes of setting up a new home. The problem? The enemy (Cylons) who did the destroying are machines that are designed to look just like everybody else. Add that to some internal political drama and intrigue and you’ve got a crazy compelling show.
Do you ever wonder what Aaron Sorkin was doing before The West Wing? Watch this show to find out! The show stars Peter Krause (of Six Feet Under and Parenthood) and Felicity Huffman and tells the story of the staff and behind the scenes of a Sports-Centeresque television show.
How I Met Your Mother
This half hour sitcom style comedy centers on Ted Mosby and his search to find the perfect woman. The catch that makes this worth watching is that the entire show takes place through flashbacks of Ted as he tells his teenage children the story of how he met their mother. The show also stars the delightful Neil Patrick Harris who, we’re pretty sure, can do no wrong.
Long before Gordon Ramsay’s show was on Fox, it was on the BBC. This show chronicles Gordon Ramsay as he works with rand tries to save restaurants all over Europe and North America. This is a reality show that doesn’t make you feel nearly as guilty as certain shows that may or may not be based in New Jersey. The early episodes also have an oddly soothing feeling to them, perfect for curling up with a hot cup of tea and relaxing on a cold winter’s day. Just…make sure you aren’t eating when he starts to explore the kitchen refrigerators, because some of them are gross enough to make you lose your lunch.
Making the decision to curl up in front of the television is easy. Deciding what to watch is often hard. Hopefully these suggestions will help narrow the field for you!