What to Binge-Watch over the Holidays

The holidays are wonderful; I would argue they’re the best time of the year. With all the junk food consumed and cheesy music played, how is it possible not to fall in love with sugar comas or the nagging (and wonderful!) songs stuck in your head all month? For me, the best part is having an excuse to sit in front of the TV with loads of leftovers and desserts and finally binge-watching TV series I’ve have been dying to catch-up on. No need to worry about the at-home selection because KDL has us all covered. Try some of these titles that are available at your local branch:


MAD MEN - SEASON 1Mad MenAMC’s award-winning series is coming to a close after the upcoming seventh season and now is a great time to start watching if you haven’t already. Based in New York City during the ‘Golden Age’ of advertising, Mad Men follows advertising executive Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm) as he creates slogans and lies in the changing and turbulent times of the 1960s. If you can’t get enough of bad-boy Don and his complexities, check out Brett Martin’s excellent book about the new antihero in television, Difficult Men.



UNDER THE DOMEUnder the DomeBased on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, Under the Dome premiered almost as event programming during the summer and did exceptionally well, ratings wise.  Taking place in Maine (like almost all of King’s novels), Under the Dome tells the story of what happens to a town when it’s completely cut off from the outside world and the citizens are forced to fend for themselves. If it sounds like the plot from The Simpsons Movie, you are exactly right.



HOUSE OF CARDS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASONHouse of Cards Loosely based on a BBC series of the same name, House of Cards originally premiered on Netflix as part of their new original programming push. Kevin Spacey stars as a corrupt congressman whose greatest asset is his ability to manipulate and blackmail. His ruthless tactics gain him more and more power in Washington but as the first season ends (*spoiler alert*), his empire might be about to start crumbling around him.




BATES MOTEL: SEASON 1Bates MotelConceived as a prequel for the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic, Psycho, Bates Motel follows Norman Bates from his beginnings of moving into and owning the Bates Motel with his mother.  Considering audiences know how Norman will end up as an adult, it is interesting to see how the character evolves and what factors play into his ultimate psychotic behavior. An obvious play is the relationship between Norman and his mother, which was complicated (putting it lightly).



GOOD WIFE, THE - THE FIRST SEASONThe Good WifeA fast-paced legal thriller (in and out of the courtroom) set in the Second City. The Good Wife follows a lawyer forced to go back to work after her husband was caught in a very public scandal. Each episode can stand alone, but you won’t want to miss the overarching storyline that makes the show a perfect candidate for binge watching.




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