5 Shows to Binge Watch on a Rainy Day

Whether you have 500 channels or just a laptop and a Netflix subscription, it’s clear that we’re currently living in a golden era of television. Between long-running dramas (Mad Men) and new-wave comedies plucked from the Internet (Broad City), there’s an overwhelming amount of series to get addicted to. Whether you missed these shows or you’re trying to catch up before the next season’s debut, here’s your guide to what to watch—and how:

True Detective

Where to Watch it: HBO/HBOgo
When to Watch: It depends on how brave you’re feeling, since the show can get pretty creepy. If you scare easily, skip watching this thriller before bedtime.
What You Need: A six pack of Lone Star, Matthew McConaughey’s character’s beer of choice. (Kidding, of course.)
Who to Watch With: A friend who’ll zip it during the show’s dense, heady dialogue but unleash on McConaughey’s bleak worldview when the credits roll.
Why to Watch: Beyond the undeniable chemistry between the show’s leads, Woody Harrelson and McConaughey, True Detective is expertly shot and sharply written for a fully entertaining—albeit heart-pounding—ride.

House of Cards

Where to Watch it: Netflix
When to Watch: A rainy weekend with nothing to do. With cliffhangers like these, you’ll want to have a whole afternoon free.
What You Need: A good pillow to squeeze (or screech into) during the show’s suspenseful twists and turns.
Who to Watch With: Your political aficionado pal
Why to Watch: Never has a series made the White House—or the fictional villains who work there—seem so fascinating.

Mad Men

Where to Watch it: Netflix
When to Watch: ASAP! Catch up in time to watch the current season with the rest of us.
What You Need: A Manhattan
Who to Watch With: Your most patient and detail-oriented pal; one who’ll relish the show’s moody, slow-moving pace.
Why to Watch: Because it’s the greatest show of our time. And with its painstakingly developed characters and set pieces, it’s the kind of show you eventually grow to know and love like characters in a book.

Broad City

Where to Watch it: Hulu/Comedy Central
When to Watch: Perfect for when you’re missing your post-grad years, the show is fun and irreverent enough to make even a Monday evening feel like a night out.
What You Need: Junk food, your favorite crop top, and a devil-may-care attitude.
Who to Watch With: Your BFF, duh.
Why to Watch: Not since AbFab has a show about female friendship been so ridiculously hilarious. Even cooler—co-creators, co-stars, and IRL BFFs Abbi and Ilana’s friendship is just as strong off-screen as on.

Orange is the New Black

Where to Watch it: Netflix
When to Watch: Anytime you need reminding that women are a) seriously tough and b) seriously funny.
What You Need: An open mind (and an affinity for orange jumpsuits)
Who to Watch With: Anyone who’d have your back in a jailyard fight.
Why to Watch: With a diverse, mostly-female cast, OITNB brings it all—biting comedy, relationship drama, and struggles with personal identity all within the confines of a women’s prison not far from NYC.

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