So you just finished that epic show you got super into. Whether it took you one night or two months to finish it, you still have that familiar, incomplete feeling. That “now what?” moment.
Since we’re going to be spending even more time than usual at home this winter, I wanted to lend a helping hand as you search for your next binge-worthy series.
Thank me later.
If you loved The Crown, watch:
Diana: In Her Own Words
Like millions of other people, I was #SHOOK by the latest season of The Crown. In case you’re living under a television-sized rock, Season 4 focused on Princess Diana. Since I was young at the time, I was naive and had no idea how miserable her life among the royal family had been. My brother, the TV Editor of the LA Times—aka MUCH more qualified to give advice on this matter—suggested I watch The Queen and Diana: In Her Own Words. The former will make you despise the royal family; the latter will make you cry.
If you loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before:
Dash and Lily
A romantic comedy. Eight short episodes. A New York City setting. A Christmastime plot. What more could you ask for in a binge? This teen show based on a YA book series is cute, silly, sweet, and fun. All of the light buzzwords you’re looking for in the midst of a global pandemic. It also makes me want to pretend I’m not a 29-year-old stuck on horrifying dating apps and, instead, wander NYC as an idealistic 17-year-old.
If you loved American Horror Story:
I guess this is sort of cheating since both are Ryan Murphy shows, but here we are. I mean, Ratched is as Ryan Murphy as it gets. Translation: it’s super weird, strangely dark, randomly features at least one young amputee, and stars Sarah Paulson. It’s also funny (in a terrifying way) because my mom used to call my first endocrinologist—a stern, scary older woman—Nurse Ratched based on the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which inspired this show.
If you loved Wild Wild Country:
If you’re interested in learning about cults, look no further. Whether you were a fan of Waco, Leah Remini’s Scientology, or the aforementioned Wild Wild Country, you’ll enjoy The Vow on HBO. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the NXIVM organization that came under fire for sexual abuse and trafficking. You get to hear from actual members of the self-improvement-group-turned-cult, which helps you understand how they got in so deep in the first place.
If you loved Unsolved Mysteries:
American Murder: The Family Next Door
The good news about American Murder is that—unlike Unsolved Mysteries, obviously—it actually does get solved. The bad news is that, if you’re like me, you will begin to question all the “normal” people in your life and wonder if they have the capacity to turn evil. It was shocking, upsetting, and really damn interesting. Give it a watch, but only if you have the stomach for graphic true crime.
Bingeworthily and Colorfully Yours,