We all do it. The great TV show binge is what’s getting us through life in the time of corona, and my husband and I have worked out a system of binge watch TV show favorites perfectly paired for just the right amount of action, romance, laughs and tears! We try really hard to find shows that we both are interested in so that we can snuggle up together at the end of the day after the kids are in bed, and that isn’t always the easiest task to fulfill. We also like to start with an exciting, dramatic or intense show followed by an episode of something lighthearted to set our minds at ease (and so that I won’t be kept awake thinking through all the intensity of the first show, ha!). Below are some of our very favorite binge watch pairings if you are in need of a new binge yourself!
*Note: shouldn’t need to say this, but just in case…be sure you check the ratings and reviews for yourself before watching. What is fine for us might not be for you or vise versa, and that’s fine! 🙂
This is our current binge pairing, and we are loving The Last Kingdom! Where have we been?! Pretty intense and gory with a few sexy times thrown in there, but we skip ahead through the parts that are uncomfortable. We are into historical fiction for sure, especially when based on true stories, and this one keeps us on our toes! Uhtred son of Uhtred! New Girl is an oldie but a goodie, and Nick Miller is enough to get anyone laughing and ready to close out the day with a giggle. A good pair.
This pairing is thoughtfully put together in order to maintain the balance of your psyche during the binge. This Is Us punches you in your feels and unearths all the emotions, and then Psych makes you giggle as these two unlikely buddies and detectives solve crimes hilariously. Give Psych a few episodes — it takes a minute and then we loved it!
Both FABULOUSLY ridiculous! Reign follows the (very liberally fictionalized) life of Mary Queen of Scots, but the absolutely fab dresses created by famous designers paired with a seriously awesome soundtrack AND Anne of Green Gables turned sassy, almost-evil Queen of France Megan Follows makes it hard to look away. And then, there’s the iconic Schitt’s Creek full of it’s own cast of fabulousness. One serious-ish, one lighthearted, both fab. And ridiculous.
Two fierce female leads equals one seriously perfect binge watch TV pairing! One of my favorite book series was turned into one of my favorite TV series in Outlander, and I’ve watched it several times over at this point. I finally convinced my husband to see if he’d like it (I created the “made for TV movie” version of it for us by skipping ahead through some of the more awkward sexy times moments I knew were coming 😂), and he actually really got into the story! My favorite part: him being frustrated at the constant cliff hangers and getting to smugly smirk that he’d have to wait till the next night to find out…but he knew that I knew what would happen but wouldn’t tell him! 😉 And you can’t beat Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec. Ron Swanson is my spirit animal, Jean Ralphio is “the woooooooorst,” and I vote Leslie Knope for president!
Both of these binge watch shows provide out of body, out of time experiences. One is more intense and dramatic and will leave you wondering how it the actual heck things are going to resolve themselves, and the other has Kristen Bell. What more do you need? Timeless takes you back and forward and all around in time to solve historical mysteries, and The Good Place is a funny, fictional explanation to the question, “Where do you actually go when you die?” Start with adventure, end with laughs, all while exploring space and time!
A little bit snobby but a whole lot to love, this pairing is perfect for first a dramatic and then a funny take on life in the upper class elite. Downton Abbey is a classic at this point, although I never really knew if we were supposed to actually like Mary…? Frasier is one of our all-time favorites, and it’s always comforting or something to go back to those old school faves.
Two visually stunning British treats! Victoria traces the story of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and it’s truly stunning to watch the costumes, set and design. The Big Flower Fight is like Great British Baking Show but with flowers and out of this world designs! Stunning and very British this binge duo.
A day at the office…but no two office places could be more different! The West Wing is serious and dramatic with a few funny moments thrown in, while The Office is just the opposite combo. Two classics, two of our favorites, and a great pair to watch for a workplace binge!
Last but not least, two diminutive female leads who are anything but. The Crown follows the story of Queen Elizabeth II from her childhood to the 21st century, and The Mindy Project follows the story of a sassy and silly NYC gynecologist as she tries to grow up. Both are so good and for totally different reasons!
There you have it! Can you recommend any other great binge watch TV show favorites we need to add to our list? Since we are getting out and about much, a good binge sesh is our current favorite way to wind down the day together, so I’d love to hear if you have any more good combos! Happy viewing, friends!