A good snow-pocolypse is only useful if 1) work is cancelled and 2) you’ve got a slate of new shows to watch. Check out our fave picks below. (And no, Making a Murderer isn’t on the list! You should’ve burned through that during the holidays!). Some of these have just premiered so you’ll be up to speed in no time.
Shadowhunters — Sure the plot is fantastic, after all, it’s based on a bestselling book series. But more than that, we’re obsessed with Katherine McNamara’s crimson hair and perpetually dewy look. We’re stalking her social media feeds for the Get the Look.
Master of None — Admittedly this show was a bit of a slow burn for us, likely because Aziz Ansari’s stand up is so hilariously in your face. This series deftly weaves the actor’s sharp humor with issues related to dating, race and sexuality. Not to mention, it just racked up a Best Comedy win at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Oh yeah, and landed Aziz an invite-only seat at Gibsihana.
Fargo — Full disclosure: We’re not entirely unbiased because we love all things Coen Brothers, including an entire series based on their Oscar-winning film. There’s loads of drama plus cringe-worthy humor. And frankly, the tundra-like setting makes a perfect backdrop for your own snowbound weekend.
The Great British Baking Show — Doesn’t matter whether you love or hate food TV, this show is worth the binge. It combines the brilliance of UK comedy (the color commentators are professional comedians) with amateur cooks of all ages and ethnicities. There are dramatic knife fights or exploding ovens, so we have to rely on the participants to just be themselves. And it’s perfect.
Chef’s Table — David Gelb, the critically acclaimed director of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, clearly knows the recipe for creating edge-of-your food documentaries. His 6-episode Chef’s Table goes down the rabbit hole into the minds of Michelin star chefs obsessed with their cuisine as if it’s their life force. We recommend ordering takeout before you watch to prevent raiding your fridge viewing mid-binge.
Jessica Jones — Call us shallow, but we love a sexy antihero with a sinister red lip. Super sleuth Jessica Jones is just as plagued with baggage as the people she takes down, plus her PTSD makes her that much more empathetic. You’re only a dozen or so episodes behind so jump on it while it’s still got talk value.
Mr. Robot — Let’s be real. No one really knows what’s going on in this show, even the writers. Still, it’s cutting-edge, smart and sexy. Plus you have to watch every episode twice in order to get it. We love shows that make us think we’re getting smarter by watching.
Flesh and Bone — Think Black Swan on Vicodin and Red Bull. This intense drama follows a young dancer who lands a spot in the best ballet company in New York, giving us a riveting view of the underbelly of this world. It’s extreme in every sense of the word.
Bojack Horseman — Who knew horse dialogue would be so funny? This award-winning animated series stars Will Arnett and Amy Sedaris and features a down-and-out sitcom star who happens to be half-man and half-horse. Because that’s obviously a recipe for success.