It's winter time and it's freezing out. You've no doubt (understandably) taken refuge beneath a large pile of blankets on your couch until the weather becomes more promising, but since this hibernation period is still a few months away from being over, we've rounded up our top five shows to binge-watch this winter. Add a hot cup of tea (or maybe some wine, if that's more your speed), some popcorn, a fashionable throw and invite over some girlfriends–it's time to give your Netflix subscriptions and PVRs a workout.
House of Cards
The second season is back on Netflix next month, which means so is Frank Underwood and all of the scheming that comes with him. This political drama is smart, unrelenting and oh-so-addictive and if you haven't hopped on board yet, Kevin Spacey will rapidly become one of your favourite bad guys.
Game of Thrones
Yes, this show has a bit of a Medieval feel, but it's nothing short of fabulous and shouldn't be ruled out too soon. If you have the stomach for HBO-style blood and gore (and sex scenes, for that matter), then this show is definitely worth a watch. With all of the characters and subplots to rememeber, it's a lot easier to follow if you watch a few episodes in a row, so grab a snack and settle in.
Going down in history as one of the best series finales to date, this show has taken over the TV airwaves and instilled an addicition in many a viewer. With the impending spinoff Better Call Saul rumoured to hit AMC later this year, you have some time to catch up on all five seasons of the high-octane Emmy Award-winning show.
It's back! The much-anticipated thrid season of the all-too-true-to-my-life show about four twentysomethings made its triumphant return to HBO this month. While it may not leave you with a newfound sense of wisdom, there will be more than a couple "it's funny because it's true" moments. Plus, Lena Dunham is a genius and should be supported at every opportunity.
Orange Is The New Black
If you haven't already watched all 13 episodes in three days, I have to ask what you've been doing with your life that is so important. Nothing, that's what. Stop whatever you're doing right now and go watch. Totally hilarious, sad, dark, witty and ah-mazing all rolled into one show. You'll likely be very depressed when it's over (especially because season two is still without a production or release date) that you'll probably just keep watching season one over again. (No? Just us?)