If I told you that TV could be good for your marriage, would you believe me? I’m not the kind of girl who sits down to watch TV. Pick up my phone and spend two hours scrolling Instagram, sure, but lazing in front of the box has never been my thing.
My husband on the other hand uses TV as his down time and he’ll happily watch anything even if he’s seen it a hundred times before, just to relax and zone out. This used to cause us some issues because although I was all for spending time together, I didn’t consider that quality time. And I still don’t really consider sitting alongside each other on the couch ‘quality time’ in the true sense of the word, but binge watching has bought us a pleasure in our relationship that I’m extremely grateful for. Because when you’re invested in a TV show together, you talk about it outside of that watching time and you look forward to the time when you next get to sit snuggled up on the sofa to watch another episode.
Our first binge watching addiction started with Breaking Bad, just before our third baby was born. And once he arrived, Beau was that baby who slept in 4 hour stretches and needed to be woken for a feed, would guzzle both sides, have a nappy change and go straight back to sleep for another four hour stint. True story – I used to google “Can a baby sleep too much?” and was constantly asking my midwife if he was OK. And during each day of those two weeks of Paternity Leave, when our older kids were in school and kindy, and the baby was snoozing through life, my man and I would settle in to watch two or three episodes of Breaking Bad daily. It felt like a totally guilty pleasure – and it was – but it became our thing. And from that point on, when time and circumstances permit, we find a new show and go for it.
Being that Beau is almost three, I thought I’d share with you our favourite couple TV shows because you might be looking for some new way to bond with your husband too. There’s a bunch of shows I’ve binge watched on my own, but these are specifically shows that are well suited to guys and gals which means you’ll be equally amped to get the kids into bed and plonk onto the couch with a glass of wine, a cup of tea or a block of chocolate and press play.
Most of these shows came recommended, but even so, some took us a while to get into. Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Suits took several attempts but once we were hooked, there was literally no turning back. So if you have tried one of these shows before and not really understood the hype, trust me when I say “try again“.
HERE ARE OUR FAVOURITES:
House of Cards
These is much to love in this intensely moody drama. The lead characters of Frank & Claire Underwood are both exceptionally well cast and the storyline had me hooked from the get go. It’s a glimpse into the
possible probable reality of American Politics with all the drama, espionage and deceipt that I imagine goes on behind the scenes. It’s got all the elements of a great show: suspense, sex, lies and ambitious individuals. Claire’s character is particularly fascinating and her haircut is amaze.
Claire Danes starred in my all-time favourite movie (Romeo + Juliet) when I was but a teenager, but I haven’t seen her in much since, so it felt a little crazy getting used to her in this role, but it didn’t take long. Homeland is an action packed, suspense filled show that had me jumping out of my seat regularly. Lots of hand to mouth gasping and “OMG I can’t believe that just happened” moments meant I was gagging to watch this every single night for the duration of a season (or two, or however many were online at the time). The lead character gets a little annoying at points, but she’s sensational in the role and her mentor captivated me for weeks until I finally figured out who he was and why he seemed so familiar (spoiler – The Princess Bride.) I can’t wait for the next season of this show to be released.
Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights was suggested as a must-watch by my Mama. We watched an episode and I had my doubts, but surprisingly Shane seemed into it and we kept going. I fell in love with every one of those characters – not in a ‘I could do you right now’ kind of way, but more like family. Unlike any other show we have binged on, this one is mostly feel good. It’s the story of small town Texas where football reigns supreme. There’s drama for sure and there’s character exploitation and there’s all the usual suspects of sex, drugs and lies, but at the end of the day, this is a show where the people are regular, the plot is not outlandish. I think we liked it so much because it was just about regular people and it was relate-able. And unlike everything else we’ve watched and whose next season we are still anticipating, we watched until the end of the road and it actually pained me to think there was nothing more to look forward to. I still wonder what some of those characters are up to, they became like family. It has to be said though that it was pretty soppy at times, which caused me to wonder what kept my husband as hooked as me and when I asked him, he replied with “There’s enough sport in there to make it watchable for a dude too.” So, win win!
Suits has seen us through four different houses, on holiday, in hotels and while house-sitting. The beauty of Netflix is that it’s web based and anywhere you can carry your iPad, you take your shows with you. This means, for better or for worse, that the obsession doesn’t necessarily have to be put on hold. Except for that time my better half spent three weeks in Thailand for work late last year and I had to go without Harvey Specter, Mike Ross, Donna Paulsen and Jessica Pearson for a torturous amount of time. That sucked. Suits is a fast paced legal drama set in New York City. It’s a little formulaic to begin and I didn’t necessarily feel compelled to watch the next episode for at least the first half of the first season – there was no cliffhanger at the end of each episode, so I didn’t need to watch it night after night. But somehow as the story-line built we started to experience that same obsession that was apparent with every other title listed above. Everyone will wax lyrical about Harvey Specter, but for me the show was alllll about the fashion & the quips. Jessica, Donna and Rachel were impeccably dressed in every episode and the strength, grit and tenacity of the female cast was enough to keep me coming back for more. Harvey is easy on the eye, but so is Mike. Louis is all kinds of annoying, but he’s lovable to boot. Like the rest of the world, I’m eagerly anticipating Season 6, but waiting to see how the Rachel/Prince Harry romance plays out in the meantime will keep me entertained.
Game of Thrones
When I first heard that talk swirling about Game of Thrones I had zero idea what it was about. I just knew it was apparently amazing. The first scene freaked me out, but we kept going and before long I was hook, line and sinker. I struggle to keep up with where we’re at all the time as the story is huge, the cast vast and the geographical span of the show requires a lot of concentration. But the script is so very cleverly written, the cast phenomenal and the costumes and over-the-top blood-spillage is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. There’s a reason it is one of the most famous shows of all time. There’s a lot of sex, blood and gore, but for some reason because it’s presented in a historical and fantastical setting, it works for me where I usually wouldn’t tolerate such excess. However, that excess may just be your thing.
– OK so this isn’t actually on Netflix, but it’s worth a binge watch all the same –
I’m always on the lookout for a great new show to watch with my love so please share below any recommendations you have. Or let me know your current favourite Netflix show.