Finding a show that couples can watch and enjoy together is awesome….but it can be tricky! The overlap of what both people enjoy can become small, so when a great series comes along (21 seasons, 100 episodes is very exciting as it can occupy multiple days/weeks of ‘togetherness watching’ time!) it’s something to celebrate…and share! Luckily, there’s been a ton of great shows on TV lately that are watchable together. Here are our Fab5 recommendations for ‘together screen time’:
John and my viewing tastes intersect with shows that are funny and/or dramatic. I don’t like ‘cringe/uncomfortable/stress’. He doesn’t do much ‘reality’. But these shows are ones that we both have LOVED together. Highly recommend them all!
- The Offer. This is my new favorite show! I don’t know how we were late to the game on this one as it came out last year. This show is a dramatic series about the making of the Godfather. At first, when John suggested it I thought it was a documentary and wasn’t that interested. But it’s a drama, not a documentary, written by the producer of The Godfather about the making of the movie and all that he went through to get it on screen – tons of drama with real life mafia, studio bosses etc.. 5 minutes into it I was HOOKED! It’s just so good. You don’t have to ‘know’ the Godfather to enjoy it. It is worth a month-long trial on Paramount to watch it for sure!
- The Bear. The second season is out and the writing and acting are just so great. It does sometimes have a bit more ‘stress’ in it than I like, but given how well it’s done I can get past it! I liked season two even more than season one. It follows a high-end chef as he returns home to Chicago after the death of his brother to take over the family restaurant.
- Shrinking. This one has it all for us. Humor. Drama. Great acting. Harrison Ford! By the creators of Ted Lasso, the show is about family and friendships, following a psychiatrist after the death of his wife. ALL of the characters are just so good!
- Daisy Jones & the Six. Follows the rise of a 70s rock band (Fleetwood Mac vibes….) in LA and all the drama involved in that process. Elvis’ granddaughter Riley Keough plays the lead role of Daisy so well! Great music throughout.
- The Diplomat. Kerri Russel is terrific in her role as American Ambassador to England, married to another ex-Ambassador. The first season takes place in just a few week time period as she starts her role amidst an international event. Loved it.
I agree with all of Chrissie’s recommendations wholeheartedly!! John and I are not ashamed to admit that we watch a lot of TV and as I developed this list I learned that we seem to like stressful, cringy shows often involving despicable characters! Hmmmm…. Here are my Fab5:
- What is Jeopardy? This nightly gem has entertained us for years. It not only keeps us busy during the early evening witching hour but it exercises our brains, or what’s left of them! We also like another game show called The Chase. Contestants compete against a professional quizzer, known as the Chaser, whose aim is to prevent the contestants from winning a cash prize. The chasers are some of the winning-most contestants from Jeopardy: James Holzhaur, Ken Jennings, and Buzzy Cohen to name a few.
- Jack Ryan. The 4th and final season just dropped and we’re so happy, but sad the series is ending. We’ve loved this action-filled “who done it” starring John Krasinski as he bobs and weaves all over the world trying to right wrongs. On the flip side is another favorite, Breaking Bad, about someone doing all the wrong things, but for the right reasons! I think this is my husband’s favorite show of all time and he has watched the finale at least a dozen times!
- Netflix sports documentaries. We both love sports and Netflix has invested in a string of sports documentaries such as Formula 1: Drive to Survive, Break Point, Full Swing and Unchained about car racing, tennis, golf, and the Tour de France respectively. Each of these series gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of specific athletes – often colorful characters – and a peek into what it takes to perform at the highest level. These athletes make it look easy on TV, but the workouts, family conflicts, and wardrobe selections are no walk in the park!
- Succession. Money, family, trauma, abuse, greed, power, and a lot of swearing! This show was often uncomfortable to watch, but the characters were so compelling we always came back for more. Ken, Connor, Roman, Shiv, Cousin Greg, Tom, and Jerry! The question of who will be the successor of the Roy empire led us through 4 seasons of great writing and acting.
- Curb Your Enthusiasm. Talk about cringy! Larry David, creator of Seinfeld, stars in this autobiographical show about his work and home life and its constant barrage of life’s little annoyances. If you liked Seinfeld, you’ll like this as it has the same neurotic quality. We love watching Larry repeatedly get himself into very uncomfortable situations of his own making.