17 Shows to Binge Over Holiday Break

What do you do when it’s the end of the year and you have 10 days off? Start a new diet and exercise regimen? Get to work on that novel that’s been bouncing around your head? Spend some real quality time with your family? Be serious — that’s New Year/New You stuff, and it can wait till January 1. It’s been a long, exhausting year, and the best way to end it is semi-catatonic, bingewatching, binge eating, and binge not-exercising.

Here are some complete seasons and series from 2018 to help you drown out the sound of your relatives fighting over the last Christmas cookie:

The Little Drummer Girl

Park Chan-wook directs the daylights out of this six-hour adaptation of the classic John Le Carré spy novel. (AMC)


Five seasons in, Sutton Foster’s portrayal of a 40-year-old divorced mom stepping back into the workforce by fibbing about her age is more charming than ever. (TV Land)


Penn Badgley leads this thriller-drama closely centered on the point-of-view of a bookstore manager courting an aspiring writer. (Lifetime)

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Season 13 of the longest-running live action comedy ever was a little up and down — the Super Bowl episodes may have been the weakest of the series — but where it was good, it was terrific, particularly “The Gang Solves the Bathroom Problem” and the surprisingly heartfelt “Mac Finds His Pride.” (FXX)

Doctor Who

For the 11th season of the 21st-century reboot of the BBC sci-fi classic, the enormously charming Jodie Whittaker was a breath of fresh air as the 13th (and first female) Doctor.  (BBC America)

The Curse of Oak Island

Treasure-hunting brothers Rick and Marty Lagina have been scouring an island off the coast of Nova Scotia for working on six seasons now, and fans have been obsessively watching them for just as long. (HISTORY)

The Clinton Affair

Monica Lewinsky participated in A&E’s five-part documentary series, a wide-angle look at the 1998 scandal that led to the impeachment of President Clinton. (A&E)

Jersey Shore Family Vacation

The early-00s reality sensation returned with (most of) the original cast, a newly sober Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, and new adventures in Miami Beach, Las Vegas and Atlantic City. (MTV)

Mayans M.C.

Kurt Sutter revisited the world of his smash hit Sons of Anarchy with this spinoff about a young recruit to one of the Sons’ rival gangs. (FX)

The Real Housewives of Orange County

Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson join stalwarts Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador and Kelly Dodd for season 13 of catfights and chardonnay. (Bravo)

This is Us

NBC’s sentimental smash hit about the past and present of an American family. (NBC)

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

The acerbic but openhearted former chef’s globetrotting adventures. (CNN)

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Neil DeGrasse Tyson tells the story of Life, the Universe, and Everything in this update of Carl Sagan’s mindbending science documentary classic.

Breaking the Band

Eight hugely popular bands’ breakups are documented and dramatized in both compelling and cheesy fashion. (REELZ)

The Good Place

Showrunner Michael Schur (The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) examines morality and the afterlife through an unlikely comedic lens with the aid of a stellar cast led by Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. Seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix. (NBC)

Star Wars: Resistance

This anime-flavored prequel series, set just before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, follows pilot Kaz Xiono after he is recruited by Poe Dameron (voiced, as in the movies, by Oscar Isaac) to fight the evil First Order. (Disney XD)

Classic Albums

Fans of ‘60s and ‘70s rock will be in heaven as the master tapes of their favorite records are put back on the mixing board and the musicians who made them isolate and discuss the various tracks that make up each song. (AXS)

Happy Holidays!