In this day in age, one of our most beloved romantic pastimes is Netflix and Chill. For better or worse, we are just as likely to want to snuggle up on the couch with our sweethearts as we are to want to enjoy a night on the town. As such, agreeing on what to watch together can be one of the most stressful domestic decisions that new couples can make. Fortunately, we are in the midst of a golden age of television, and there is no shortage of quality programming to enjoy. Here are the best shows to binge-watch with your beau.
This show has something for everyone: action, science fiction, and a series of some of the strongest ladies on television. Orphan Black tells the story of Sarah, who slips seamlessly into the life of a dead stranger who could be her twin. As she goes about trying to regain custody of her daughter, she becomes more and more embroiled in a world in which she plays a very special part. Spoiler alert: this is a story about clones!
The Marvel universe is full of compelling superheroes and Jessica Jones is no exception. This dark and gritty Netflix drama tells the story of a super strong woman with her own detective agency as she sets about trying to keep the world safe from one of its most dastardly villains. Kilgrave can control minds, something to which even strongwoman Jessica Jones herself fell prey. For fans of Daredevil, there are also some really exciting cross-over moments, as both stories take place in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen.
The West Wing
Aaron Sorkin’s smash hit political drama set the stage for contemporaries like House of Cards and Sorkin’s own The News Room. This always witty, often heart-wrenching seriocomedy explores the presidency of Jed Bartlett, a progressive economist, and his impassioned staff. The whole thing is worth watching, but it’s the first four seasons that truly shine.
Alan Ball’s vampire story, based on the best-selling books by Charlaine Harris, is among the most fun you can have during an hour of television. Dark and dramatic, often times hilarious and sometimes surprisingly tender, True Blood tells the story of a very special waitress in a small Louisiana town after vampires have “come out of the coffin,” and revealed themselves to the world. This is made possible by the advent of True Blood, the show’s titular faux-blood beverage. But what the waitress doesn’t know is there exists so much more in the world than just vampires. And she, herself, is something extraordinary.
This stunning show set in the Scottish Highlands is one of the greatest love stories ever told. Based on a book by the same name, the show tells the story of Claire, who travels back in time to the late seventeen hundreds. There, she meets highlander James Fraser, with whom she falls desperately in love. But there is plenty of action and intrigue to keep even the biggest cynic entertained.