Binging on TV, that is.
(I actually tried emotionally eating my way through a funk the other night, only to learn I’ve reached that stage in my pregnancy where I get inexplicably full after a minuscule amount of food. Sadly, two cookies didn’t lift my mood.)
One of my least favorite things about December is that shows air their mid-season finales early in the month, leaving the TV-obsessed (me!) with nothing new to watch for at least three weeks. And the week between Christmas and New Years is the worst.
With nothing left except 27 episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on our DVR, JB and I turned to Hulu to pass the time. First we binge-watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which had been popping up on multiple “Best of 2013” lists. I wasn’t sure if Andy Sandberg could carry his own show, but the police comedy is laugh-out-loud funny. If you’re looking for something new to watch in 2014, I suggest you set your DVRs for the 99th Precinct’s return.
Then we switched to Netflix and binge-watched The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. Neither of us had read the Stieg Larsson trilogy, so the (somewhat convoluted) mystery had us hooked. Both movies were good, but they lacked the intensity that only Hollywood (and Daniel Craig) could produce. It’s disappointing that we likely won’t see a Hollywood remake of either film.
The good news is that the winter TV season is upon us, so we’ll have something new to watch on Sunday: the return of Downton Abbey! I’m still kind of bummed that Lady Sybil is gone (give Branson more screen time!) and wary about the teenage cousin moving into Downton (feels a bit “jumping the shark” to me), but I’ll still be glued to the television for the British drama.
Will you be tuning into watch the Crawley’s latest aristocratic escapades? Ooh, maybe I can binge-watch all of Downton Abbey’s season 3 this weekend before the premiere of season 4…
(Cartoon by Kiersten Essenpreis)