When I was a kid, watching TV meant mostly just flipping through like 13 channels and then picking the best show on at that time. Today, we have thousands of shows available to us at any time of day or night. And with so many choices, it can be overwhelming to decide what to spend your time watching.
I wish I could tell you that I spend all my free time reading classic novels, but the truth is, I love watching television and show production and quality is better than ever these days.
I thought I’d share with you some of my favorites, some new, some old, but all very binge-worthy!
#1 The Gilded Age
Downton Abbey fans, this one’s for you! Downton Abbey will always hold a special place in my heart. It was a show my husband and I watched together each week with our two older teens. As anyone with teens knows, it is no easy feat to get them to do ANYTHING with you. But every one of us fell in love with these characters in the early 1900’s and we were so sad when it ended.
But Julian Fellowes, creator and writer of Downton, is back with a new show, “The Gilded Age”. It’s set in New York City in the 1880’s. I’ve watched the first six episodes and though I will say that it doesn’t pack quite the punch that Downton did, it’s still far better than most shows out there and I am thoroughly enjoying it!
#2 Inventing Anna
This is a CRAZY story, based on the real-life Anna Delvey, who pretended to be a German heiress, and swindled even the most savvy New York elite. Took a couple of episodes before I got into it, but then I couldn’t look away!
“After fleeing an abusive relationship, a young mother finds a job cleaning houses as she fights to provide for her child and build them a better future.” – Neflix This show was well-acted, eye-opening, and heartbreaking at times. Worth the watch.
If you haven’t jumped on the Ozark bandwagon yet, I highly recommend it. It is edge-of-your-seat drama, with an intense story line and a great cast. Actress Julia Garner, who plays one of the supporting characters is hands-down one of the best actresses out there today. In fact, she’s the reason I watched “Inventing Anna” because she stars in that as well!
My sister recommended this show to me and I loved it. It’s just super cute…funny, heartwarming, with its own unique flair.
The show that broke viewership records at Netflix…it was watched by 82 million people, and I was definitely one of them! Season 2 is releasing March 25th. Here’s a sneak peek…
#7 Abbott Elementary
This funny sitcom on ABC is about a group of dedicated teachers at a Philadelphia public school. It’s one of the few shows I’ve ever seen that has a 100% score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Plus the main character’s name is the same as mine (Janene), which I don’t see too often!
#8 Jane the Virgin
Not a new show, but one of my all-time favorites. This was the show I made EVERYBODY watch. I was seriously so annoying, “Do you watch Jane? Did you start Jane yet” that I think all my family and friends watched it just to shut me up. But seriously, everybody from my teenage son to my mother loved this show. Full of heart and family dynamics…highly recommend!
#9 Big Little Lies
I’ve read every book ever written by Liane Moriarty and so I was counting down the days when this bestseller was made into a mini-series. And it did NOT disappoint! The show is about the lives of four moms in Monterey, California and cast includes the talented Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Drama, suspense and humor sprinkled throughout.
#10 Ted Lasso
We did not have Apple TV+ until this show came out. I had heard great things and so we did a free trial and then ended up keeping the streaming service for $4.99/month (it also has “The Morning Show” which was really good too!). Ted Lasso is one of the most endearing, feel-good shows I’ve seen in years.
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