THE MOST AWESOME TV SHOWS TO STREAM TOGETHER
Being in a relationship means having a permanent plus one. Someone to confide in, spend time with, and best of all, snuggle up with and binge watch TV on a lazy Friday night. Yet, sometimes the question of what to watch turns into a stressful event (not to mention there’s nothing less romantic than double laptops and earbuds). With so many streaming services there are endless viewing choices, so what’s the middle ground between Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Sports Center? Here’s a cheat sheet to current and completed crowd-pleasers streaming on all of the major sites (Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu). You and your boo may never have to leave the house again.
Friday Night Lights
Though it centers on the plays and politics of Texas high school football, this show has something for everyone. Focusing equally on the team’s romantic entanglements, family lives, and the small town dynamics of rural Texas, Friday Night Lights will appeal to even the most sports shy. The series, available in its entirety Netflix, is packed with lot of heart that can’t lose.
Freaks & Geeks
The short series—it only last one season before being cancelled—is now a cult hit. Due in no small part to its creators, Judd Apatow, who made the bromantic comedies The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, and Paul Feig, best known for directing Bridesmaids, the series has a sharp comedic wit. Following a group of high school misfits, the show lovingly paints adolescent archetypes you’ll instantly recognize, portrayed by stars who Apatow helped launch into the comedic stratosphere (James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Siegel, to name a few).
The stylish, critically acclaimed drama is a nostalgia buff’s dream, complete with sumptuous period costumes and sets, complicated romances, suave men making stiff drinks, and plot lines that will keep you hooked for a decade. And did we mention that between the hunky Jon Hamm and curvaceous Christina Hendrix there’s plenty of eye candy on this show to go around?
House of Cards
The award-winning Netflix original series is full of political intrigue and Shakespearean revenge that often goes off the rails. Once you catch up on the first three seasons (the show has already been renewed for a fourth) of conniving power couple Frank and Claire Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright) it will make your arguments look tiny by comparison.
Parks and Recreation
The series’ strong female lead Leslie Knope, played by the hilarious Amy Poehler, has ambition to rival Frank Underwood, but with purer intentions. Treading on the lighter side of politics, this NBC comedy that lasted seven seasons, focuses on the inner workings of local government. Rounded out by a cast of your favorite comedians, including stand-up sensation Aziz Ansari, the stoically brilliant Nick Offerman, amazing straight man Adam Scott, and the delightfully morose Aubrey Plaza, this show is guaranteed to make you laugh. Treat yo’ selves to one of the funniest comedies of the last decade.
You’re the Worst
This anti-romantic comedy, currently in its second season on FXX, is streaming on Hulu. Following the stunted relationship of two self-proclaimed narcissists, the show has all the will they/won’t they chemistry that keeps you hooked, without any sappy emotional mess.
If your partner hates watching Sports Center on a constant loop, this show might soften them up. An early creation from Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Steve Jobs), Sports Night reveals all the off-camera drama, co-worker romances, and crazy antics that go into making a nightly sports broadcast. This half-hour comedy is a home run, and who knows, maybe it will be a gateway drug to the real thing.
One of the most heart-pounding, addictive shows on television, Homeland is now in its fifth season on Showtime. The critically acclaimed drama takes you deep into the C.I.A. as female agent Carrie Mathison and her team frantically thwart terrorist plots against the United States. Catching up on the first four seasons and their adrenaline-packed plot lines will keep both of you on the edge of your seats.
If you are hooked on reality TV shows, but your partner just can’t stomach them, Burning Love is the perfect compromise! A spoof on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, each season follows a contestant and their suitors, except “the cast” are all incredibly funny comedians. Showcasing just how formulaic and ludicrous dating shows can be, this series is enjoyable for both the reality TV addicted and adverse.
The show’s premise is simple: comedians recount famous events from American history, which are then acted out by other comedians. The only catch is that the storytellers are completely wasted. Turns out that adding alcohol to history makes it a whole lot more entertaining. Instead of going out to the bar, now you can spend a lazy night in together watching drunken antics—and even learning a little something—without the next day’s hangover.
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An Amazon-by-way-of-the-BBC original series, Catastrophe is another atypical romantic comedy. When a one-night stand between visiting American ad man Rob (Rob Delaney) and Irish schoolteacher Sharon (Sharon Horgan) gets complicated by pregnancy, things become…well, the title says it all. Deviating from the usual rom com format, the couple’s whirlwind hookup and surprise pregnancy all takes place within the first five minutes of the pilot, leaving the rest of the series free to deal with the true-to-life fall out. A frank and funny show, you’ll laugh your way through the couple’s hurdles while feeling grateful you’re not in their shoes.
The underrated Cold War drama is all about the strains a relationship can face…if both of you are secretly Soviet spies living in the United States killing KGB targets and procuring intelligence for Mother Russia. Whether you’re drawn in by the nail-biting secret spy drama or the couple’s complicated relationship, this slow simmering show will win your allegiance. Harbor the first three traitorous series on your Prime WatchList, before the fourth premieres next year on FX.
The antithesis of Netflix’s House of Cards, this sharp comedy from Armando Iannucci (In The Loop) revolves around the female-in-charge Vice President Selina Meyer, played by Emmy-winning Julia Louis Dreyfus, and her hapless ascent to political power. The Daily Show of political comedies, Veep skewers all the ridiculous idiosyncrasies of government and makes politics fun to watch. As we enter into election season, no matter what your political views as a couple, you’ll both agree upon this show.
Catch up on this BBC mystery thriller the next time you are stumped for something both smart and creepy to watch. When Sarah Manning finds out she is clone, her dangerous search for the truth is transfixing. Filled with action, an elaborately unfurling plot, one talented actress playing multiple clones, violent confrontations, there’s something for everyone in this addictive series. The first two seasons are available for streaming on Amazon Prime.
Though it lasted only one season, the dry comedy from Stephen Merchant (longtime Ricky Gervais collaborator and co-creator of The Office) is well worth watching. Living in L.A. amongst the beautiful Hollywood set, gawky Stuart Pritchard (Merchant) tries, and fails, to navigate the singles scene. His cringe-worthy attempts are funny in their awkwardness, and as you cuddle up next to your significant other you’ll be happy remembering that you don’t have to go through