Thanksgiving is all about giant portions: food, family, and television galore. And while we’re most excited to eat more than is socially acceptable, we’re looking forward to using the time before our food coma kicks in to binge watch TV.
While some would like to watch football and floats, we’re planning on laughing and screaming with some other favorites.
1. Pretty Little Liars
The ABC Family show returns on January 7 with the second half of Season 4. If people say “A” to you, and you just think “beginning of the alphabet,” or “good grade,” then it’s time for you to get with the program. You can watch the first three seasons on Netflix, and you only have a few days from now to watch the first five episodes of Season 4 on Hulu or ABCFamily.com. Hot guys, relationship drama, amazing fashion, and one of the most compelling, terrifying, twisty storylines ever make this a definite binge watch winner.
Not feeling quite up to watching 84 episodes of Pretty Little Liars, but still want a little scare? Its spin-off series Ravenswood is the perfect choice for you. In the show, Caleb Rivers (Tyler Blackburn) from Pretty Little Liars finds himself in a ghostly town, with too many secrets and a curse that has been brewing for at least a century. You can easily digest the five episodes, and still have room for dessert. (Three of them are on Hulu and ABCFamily.com.)
3. The Blacklist
Wanted fugitive Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader) and FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) track down the worst criminals in the world from a “Blacklist.” Explosions, kidnapping, murder, and constant intrigue are the norm for this new show, which is nine episodes into the heart-pounding drama. Plus, the underlying questions that fuel the partnership between Red and Liz will keep you wondering where they’ll go next. It’s the perfect time to watch, since the December 2 episode is the second half of a terrifying midseason finale. Several episodes are available on Hulu.
4. Orange Is the New Black
You may have already watched this Netflix show, but there’s something about hanging out with our families, trapped by snow and ice-covered roads, that make us want to watch hours of a show about being in prison. Of course, there’s so much more to OITNB than just a show about being stuck in a cellblock, and it might be about time for another viewing, especially with the show returning in 2014 for Season 2.
Relive your favorite Glee moments, or catch up on the show you might have abandoned somewhere between its incredible pilot and some of the less dazzling musical numbers along the way. You can start watching now on Netflix, and take your time, since you’ll have until February 25, 2014 — when Season 5 returns after its December 5 Christmas episode — to get up to speed. But if you want to get up to speed immediately, you can tune in on Thanksgiving night for Season 5, Episode 7 “The Puppetmaster.”
What are you looking forward to watching this holiday weekend? Share in the comments below!