In case you haven’t noticed all of brightly decorated houses, new Starbucks cups and Taylor Swift being photographed in scarves, let me clue you in on something. It’s the holidays! Maybe your reaction to that is, “Yay! That means I’ll get to spend a lot of time with my family while we drink hot cocoa and play card games.” But for me, my reaction is, “YAY now I have a few days to catch up EVERY.SINGLE.SHOW I should be watching.”
I love TV, you guys. It doesn’t matter whether I’m marathoning LOST or Here Comes Honey Boo Boo because it’s all excellent to me. I can recite the LOST numbers just as fast as I can snap my fingers and scream, “Y’ALL BETTER REDNECKOGNIZE!!!!!”
However, since I watch SO much TV, sometimes I don’t have the time or the room on my DVR to watch everything, which is why I think the holidays are for catching up on TV, not catching up with your fam. I feel like I owe it to my friends and my Twitter followers to know what’s going on in certain shows. I have some serious catching up to do, and I bet you do too. So turn down your family, turn up the volume, and let’s watch these together over the holidays while every show goes on its winter hiatus.
Okay, so what is Homeland? All I know is that Claire Danes is in it and the girls who sit next to me at work LOVE it. They were seriously just talking about it today. I heard them say, “Oh I know, there are only two episodes left this season. I can’t wait!’ Me, being the idiot I am, said, “Oh, are you guys talking about Gossip Girl?” Then they looked at me, both rolled their eyes, and said, “No. Homeland.” So yeah. Def need to start watching that one.
2. Breaking Bad
To be fair, I did start Breaking Bad a few weeks ago. I watched three episodes, and then Hurricane Sandy blew away my electricity and therefore internet. I never picked up the show again after the storm because I started a new job and knew I couldn’t just lay in bed all day and watch TV. I’m so glad that’s what the holidays are for.
You don’t have to tell me how great this show is. I have Tumblr, Twitter, and everyone else on Crushable.com doing that for me. I know how hilarious Amy Poehler and the rest of the cast is, but I think I haven’t started watching this yet because I seriously hate parks and the outdoors. I know the show probably isn’t focused on a bunch of state parks and is more focused on the hilarious characters, but I still haven’t watched it. I’m saving it for the next few weeks when my family depresses me and I need a laugh or two.
4. Mad Men
I spent a semester in college as an advertising major until I realized I hated it. That’s also why I haven’t watch Mad Men. I think it will bring up too many bad memories of my awful group presentation in Intro to Advertising. However, I think the sexiness of Jon Hamm during Christmas time will silence those bad thoughts.
I watched the entire season one of Lena Dunham‘s Girls, but it’s great enough to watch again. It’s also short enough that you can squeeze the whole first season into the few, measly days you get off in December. Plus, you’ll be all caught up and ready to watch when the new season premieres in January and when you friends can’t stop staying, “OMG that thing that just happened to Hannah HAPPENED TO ME,” you’ll know what awkward sex moment they are talking about.
6. Burning Love
Once I heard that this parody of The Bachelor was hilarious I decided to watch the first minute. I’m already sold on this new Yahoo! Web Series, and I think everyone else should be too. Even if you’ve never watched The Bachelor (that’s probably for the best) you’ll still appreciate it. Making fun of the ridiculous notion that you’ll find TRUE LOVE <33 on reality TV? Perfect. Also, Ken Marino and the adorable Kristen Bell are in it and you can’t go wrong with either of them.
This show is everywhere and everyone—seriously, everyone—is talking about how amazing it is. I think it’s about time I cave and give the famous Crawley family a shot. The new season begins on January 6th PBS, so this is the perfect show for me to devote an unhealthy amount of time to and not feel guilty because I’m working toward a goal. That goal is to watch more TV but oh well.