As we head deeper into the Christmas season, we may find ourselves a with more free time on our hands, or the guilt of parking ourselves in front of the television may not be so strong.
Whatever your motivation for binging some new TV shows this December, we have compiled a list for you to satiate these desires.
Mare of Easttown
This HBO production, starring Kate Winslet, is the perfect mix of being both binge worthy but also a high quality piece of prestige television.
Winslet owns the screen as as the no-nonsense and stressed out detective Mare Sheehan, as she tries to solve a murder and navigate family issues in small town America.
The mini-series is seven episodes long with plenty of cliffhangers, and will leave you trying to figure out who the killer is until the very last episode.
It is currently available on NOW TV, and while NOW is a bit pricier than some of the other streaming platforms, it is well worth the one month subscription.
It’s A Sin
Arguably the most heartbreaking show of 2021, It’s A Sin is a Channel 4 production that follows the lives of a group of young people during the AIDS epidemic in 1980’s London.
It stars Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander, Keeley Hawes, Neil Patrick Harris, and Stephen Fry.
It’s only five episodes long but by the end you will feel like you have known the characters for a lot longer. Be warned that it is incredibly sad and poignant at times, so some tissues and perhaps a shoulder to cry on will be needed.
To watch it all you have to do is sign up to Channel 4’s streaming service online for free.
Master of None (Season 3)
This Netflix production is may be the most underrated TV comedy/drama of the last six years, and has not received the attention that it deserves.
It is important to note that season three takes big change in direction from the first two, and has a much more low-key and ‘art-house’ feel to it. It also does not follow the life of Aziz Ansari’s Dev, who was the main character in the first two seasons. Instead it takes a look at the life of his friend Denise and her relationship with her wife Alicia.
While season three may not be to the taste of everyone, the first two seasons are phenomenal. It is a funny, entertaining, and thought-provoking show that covers a range of different themes.
Emily in Paris (Season 2)
This much criticised rom-com was treated unfairly by many critics who missed the point of what it was trying to achieve.
It’s a pure binge worthy TV show that was made to give the audience easily digestible entertainment. And, despite what impression you may have from reviews, it is a funny show with a storyline and relationships that keep you engaged.
Its creator is Darren Star who is known as the creator of Sex and the City. In other words, he knows how to write for a binge-worthy series that you don’t need to take too seriously.
Its second season will be released on Netflix on December 22nd.
This list is focused on shows that may have gone under the radar for some of you. However, most will have heard of Succession and Squid Game. If you haven’t watched either of those, we suggest that you should.
Hacks is another HBO production that is beginning to gather a strong following, and has just been renewed for a second season. It stars Mare of Easttown’s Jean Smart as a legendary Las Vegas stand-up who teams up with a Gen Z comedy writer. Unfortunately it is only available on HBO Max, but we have our fingers crossed that it will show up soon on NOW TV.