5 TV shows to binge-watch over Christmas weekend

5 TV shows to binge-watch over Christmas weekend

So you’re home for the holidays. You’ve unpacked, wrapped your gifts and chugged some eggnog. What do you do now? Spend your time off work watching television, obviously. 

To fill the long gaps on your Christmas weekend, we recommend five TV shows that could please the crowd, or maybe just you as you try to eke out a few moments of quiet time in a house with nine people and two bathrooms (not that I’m speaking from personal experience, or anything). 

If you like off-beat humor and Donald Glover: ‘Community’ 

Ken Jeong as Señor Chang, Jim Rash as Dean Pelton, Jonathan Banks as Professor Hickey, Gillian Jacobs as Britta Perry, Joel McHale as Jeff Winger, Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley Bennett, Alison Brie as Annie Edison on "Community." (Photo: cmallenbaum)

“Community” is one of the shows that you either fall in love with or don’t quite click with, but if its brand of quirky humor and meta-references feels like something you’d enjoy, it’s an easy and rewarding binge. A practical incubator for acting talent, the show contains a goofy Donald Glover performance before he played Lando Calrissian among a cast that also includes Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Chevy Chase, John Oliver and more. Bonus: It has excellent Christmas episodes, especially in Seasons 2 and 3. 

Stream it on Hulu. 

If you want a taut thriller: ‘Bodyguard’

Richard Madden, left, and Keeley Hawes star in Netflix's 'Bodyguard,' a big hit during its recent run in the United Kingdom. (Photo: Sophie Mutevelian, World Productions/Netflix)

This British series was a downright sensation in the U.K. and earned a legion of American fans when it debuted on Netflix in the U.S. this past fall. Starring Richard Madden (a.k.a. Robb Stark from “Game of Thrones” and Prince Charming from “Cinderella”), the series is about a Secret Service-type bodyguard who is tasked to cover a politician he loathes. Heart-hammering at every turn, the tense series also earned a slew of Golden Globes nominations this month. 

Stream it on Netflix.

If you appreciate a comeback kid: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ 

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Photo: Fox)

When a TV show gets canceled too soon but then it’s rescued, it’s a cause for celebration even if you’ve never seen the show. After Fox unceremoniously canceled police precinct sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” last spring, NBC was there to swoop in to rescue it. Its new season debuts in January, which means this Christmas is the perfect time to catch up on the acclaimed comedy. The series is one of the most reliably funny sitcoms on TV, and sure to please the entire family. 

Stream it on Hulu. 

If you like being better late than never: ‘The Americans’

"The Americans" with Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell (FX, series finale May 30) (Photo: Patrick Harbron, FX)

The single best TV show of 2018, “The Americans” finished its six-season run this year with a stellar final year and stunning series finale. If you missed the show on FX (it was never a ratings bonanza for the network), it is now streaming on Amazon, and you can catch up on the 1980s spycraft in binge-mode. Starting “The Americans” is essentially the best Christmas present you can get yourself. 

Stream it on Amazon. 

If you want to feel good and maybe happy cry: ‘Queer Eye’

Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness on "Queer Eye." (Photo: Netflix)

A crowd pleaser if you want to watch something quick with the whole family, Netflix’s reboot of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” is a high-flying, emotionally manipulative ball of positivity and good haircuts. The new Fab Five — Bobby Berk (design), Karamo Brown (culture), Tan France (style), Antoni Porowski (food) and Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) — are always a treat to watch, and there are two short seasons of makeovers and tears to keep you occupied over the whole weekend, or if you just want to watch one transformation.

Stream it on Netflix. 

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