With the celebrations of the holiday season a distant memory in the past and a never ending forecast of snow, ice and cold winds, January and February are the official times that most Canadians settle into hibernation. While there are many ways to entertain yourself beyond the confines of one’s home during the winter season, being busy, working parents of three, leaves little opportunity to do so. As a result, we hunker down with our Netflix subscriptions and indulge in some binge worthy sitcoms!
My husband and I have been together for almost 20 years. We have had friends come and go, some move away, others don’t get the parenting thing (aka babysitter, 6 am wake up calls, no all nighters, etc) and many are a result of our current jobs. This leaves us rather few friends in common. Sure girl’s night outs and guys only weekend are necessary in a relationship, the lack of friends in common can be straining. A recent study found that this can be over come by binge watching a show together. The study followed several hundreds of couples in relationship and learned that couples who regularly watched movies and TV together were much happier than those who indulge in independent activities. Watching shared TV shows or movies seemed to predicts greater relationship quality. Whether it is true or not, it seems like a great way to hibernate this winter!
Here are OUR relationship building binge-worthy picks
Starring: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders
Synopsis: Ted Mosby sits down with his kids, to tell them the story of how he met their mother. The story is told through memories of his friends Marshall, Lily, Robin, and Barney Stinson. All legendary 9 seasons lead up to the moment of Ted’s final encounter with “the one.” (IMDb)
Why we love it: From the newlywed stage to new parenting, my hubby and I missed this entire series. It was until we were bored one day that we picked it up on Netflix. We loved how the show draws you in and allows you to relate to the characters as they experience the ups and downs of relationships in the search for the ONE!
2.. New Girl
Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield
Synopsis: Jess – a bubbly offbeat teacher who is known to burst into spontaneous song – catches her boyfriend with another woman, and needs a new place to live. She moves into a loft with three single guys she’s never met before. Nick is a jaded law-school dropout, who usually just wants to be left alone. Schmidt is a flashy businessman, who believes he is a gift to women. Winston is a former athlete who doesn’t know what to do, but really needs to win whatever it is. Can this dysfunctional group handle the “adorkable” new girl? (IMDb)
Why we love it: What can I say? Jess is my kindred spirit. From tripping over my own feet while standing still to her quirky sense of humour, I can relate to almost everything Jess goes through! I love watching her empower the young minds in the classroom then go home a bunch of boys who are clueless in love. The quick, 1/2 hour episodes allows us to squeeze in some “us” time after a long day!
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow |
Synopsis: Rachel Green, Ross Geller, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing and Phoebe Buffay are six 20 something year-olds, living off of one another in the heart of New York City. Over the course of ten years, this average group of buddies goes through massive mayhem, family trouble, past and future romances, fights, laughs, tears and surprises as they learn what it really means to be a friend. (IMDb)
Why we love it: This beloved 90’s sitcom is a classic of our teen years! It reminds of us the heartaches, the trials and the accomplishments we have overcome since then. It is fun to watch the old gang as adults and relive all those glorious moments! It is even more fun to share it with our kids!
Starring: Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Molly Ephraim
Synopsis: Mike Baxter is the marketing director for an iconic outdoor sporting goods store. He loves to have adventures while he’s traveling for work and, of course, he drives a pick-up truck. While Mike is king of the hill at work, he’s the odd man out in a home that is dominated by women — namely his wife, Vanessa, and their three daughters, 20- year-old Kristin, 17-year-old Mandy and 13-year-old Eve. After being a stay-at-home mom for years, Vanessa recently returned to the workplace and was quickly promoted (much to the dismay of her primarily male co-workers). As a result of Vanessa’s increased work load, Mike is pulled into more hands-on parenting than ever before.
Why we love it: Maybe it is our fond memories of Tim Allen from his Toolman show when we were kids or maybe it is that we can now relate to the life he is living, but this show has us cracking up from the opening scene to the last. It is a great show to kick back and relax to!
Starring: Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse
Synopsis: A group of friends from Harvard are facing down their forties. With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another. “Friends from College” is a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past. (IMDb)
Why we love it: We liked this show because it brings us to our current state; almost 40, still trying to connect with friends from our youth, while fighting the challenges of every day life. Although the show is not realistic, it does provide you with fun entertainment and a sense of “I’m glad I don’t have that guy as a friend!
What are some of your fun binge worthy sitcoms?