{Watching: What I’m Binging… Like, All the Time}

Because of the three day weekend (in which I did pretty much what I do on all my three day weekends – hang with my sister and eat too much), I kind of forgot that I had a post day coming up. And thus I find myself on Monday night scrambling to come up with something for tomorrow’s blog post, as I’m really trying to be good about regular, scheduled programming.

However, I’m still not sewing a ton these days, for all the reasons mentioned in previous posts. I have a lot of work to do, prepping for our virtual graduation, and with the quarantine eating, my stuff just doesn’t fit and it kinda takes away from wanting to make new stuff (yes, I know this seems counterintuitive since I can make myself stuff that fits, but I already had a good sizing system down!).

Anyway, I’m digressing… as usual.

So today I’ve prepped a post on all the things I love to watch, during quarantine and pretty much always. I am nothing if not a creature of habit, and I love watching the same shows over and over again. (Love new ones too, but tried and true is always the way to go for me.). Even before staying home was the norm, I was staying home binge watching all of these things anyway.

I’m not a big radio person. I like to listen to voices in the background, so instead of music, I tend to put on t.v. shows I like to listen to in the background instead.

I feel like a lot of these need no introduction, but I will offer them anyway!

The Office

Who doesn’t love The Office? Well, probably lots of people but I am not one of them. I am a fully invested Office fan. I have seen the show multiple times and continue to put the show on as my sewing soundtrack in the background. Aside from my huge crush on Jim Halpert/John Kransinki and my belief that Jenna Fisher and I are basically the same person, I just love the show, right down to every cringe-y Michael Scott moment.

Parks and Recreation

Right up there with The Office is Parks and Recreation. It filled the void left when The Office ended, and then created it’s own huge void when it ended. I loved that they did a new special for quarantine. I watch The Office for the entertainment, but I keep going back to Parks and Recreation because it feels like visiting old friends.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

You knew this one was making the list, didn’t you? I adore this show. Not only is it an absolute feast for the eyes, costume-wise, but it’s a funny show. I love following the misadventures of Midge and Susie, and drooling over every single piece of Midge’s wardrobe. Of all the shows on my binge-worthy list, this is the only one currently making new episodes. I eagerly anticipate adding these new episodes to my binging rotation. I already watch the existing three seasons way more than anyone should!

Schitt’s Creek

Schitt’s Creek has gained popularity in recent years, but I discovered it when it was just a lowly, unknown show on Netflix… and immediately fell in love with it. I just love how there’s not a ton of world drama, just the general dramatics the characters get themselves into. I love that they live in a little idyll where everyone accepts everything else – but mostly I love the absurdity of the Rose family as they try to fit into their new lives in small town America (or possibly Canada; the show is Canadian and they never really say where they are for sure). The show just aired its final season but I will be rewatching for years to come!

Downton Abbey

Man do I love Downton Abbey. And I have no idea why. I mean, I know why. It’s beautiful to look at and I love the characters. But when you break it down it’s essentially a period soap opera. But I can’t tear my eyes away from it. When it was on, I was so invested in the characters and what would happen to them. I would tear up in almost every episode. I teared up watching the trailer for the new movie when it came out, and went to see it on opening night. I love the world of the Crawleys, both upstairs and downstairs… but I’m definitely an upstairs girl at heart.

Another reason to love Downton Abbey? Two words: Maggie Smith.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

This one is kind of a wild card. I read the Series of Unfortunate Events books for a while, but never finished the series. I think I stopped after six or seven. So I wasn’t eagerly anticipating the Netflix series when it came out. Even so, I was curious, and so I watched it. And I was surprised at how much I liked it. I adore the costuming and the Wes Anderson-y quality to the cinematography (I think that’s the right film phrase anyway!). Neal Patrick Harris is a freaking genius actor (just watch him in this and then watch him in How I Met Your Mother). I find myself returning to this one a lot.

Friends

Friends is an old favorite. I always say I grew up with it. The first season aired when I was in 8th grade, and the final season aired my first year of teaching. So it had a really big impact shaping my adolescence and young adulthood. I still revisit it to this day, enjoying the antics (however dated they may be getting) of Monica, Chandler, Joey, Ross, Rachel and Phoebe). I still love that final moment when Rachel shows up at Ross’ apartment to say she got off the plane (sorry, that’s a massive spoiler… but Friends IS twenty-five years old at this point).

Broadchurch

Here’s another kind of wildcard show because it doesn’t seem like a binger. However, I adore David Tennant, and so one day on a whim I watched it on Netflix. I got immediately sucked into the story and watched it in nearly one sitting. I thought it was a one off series, so I was very excited when I found out there was a season two… and then a three! Unfortunately it ended after three seasons, but if you’re into British detective shows, you should check this one out!

This one is cool for the background after you’ve already watched it once through. Otherwise you’re going to miss important details.

30 Rock

And then of course we have my girl Liz Lemon, and all the crazy people over at 30 Rock. Admittedly I have to be in a specific mood for binging this one, but it is still a favorite! Of course, I love anything Tina Fey does so that was a big selling point when the show first came out. However everyone on it is brilliant, and it’s well worth the binge time!

And so that’s my usual sewing soundtrack. Sure, I mix it up every now and then (I also like That 70’s Show, New Girl and The Goldbergs), but these are the ones I return to time and time again. I’m positive that at least one or more of these shows is not news to the people reading this blog, but if you haven’t seen one, check it out! I have a very unique binging style in that I can watch the same thing over and over and over again, but you may like it just the once!

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