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Top 10 Best TV Shows to Binge Watch When You Need to Pass the Time

Posted by Choices in Senior Care on Mar 7, 2018, 9:11:39 AM
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bear-3145874_1920.jpgAs many of you know, Netflix and chill is becoming more and more popular every day. Personally, my favorite pastime is to binge watch a 7 season/24 Ep. show in one sitting. Now this takes time, commitment, stretching, grocery shopping prior to my binge, and shower breaks (recommended).

Recently, I had a friend fall and break her hip, and now she's in rehab for 3 months. She's 71 years old, bored out of her mind, and can't read due to her eye sight. It's not fair that she has to be basically bed ridden for that amount of time, when she wants to live life to the fullest.  I visit, but when I'm not there, or her family isn't there, I gave her this top 10 list and her quality of life in rehab has gone up significantly. ANYWAYS. Thought I would share this list with my readers in hopes you too, can improve the quality of your life. (Disclaimer: Please go outside if you can (here's a list of free things to do outside). Watching TV for hours, while super fun, can result in multiple Pizza Hut, Uber Eats, and Jimmy John orders (can be very damaging to your bank account).


#1. Parks and Recpexels-photo-76172.jpeg

Park Problems. Bacon. Pancakes. More bacon. This is one of my favorite TV show comedies. Amy Poehler gives us a hysterically phenomenal performance. If you take one thing from this show, it's the famous phrase TREAT YO SELF. Personally, I have multiple #treatyoself days, because I deserve them, and pancakes. Available on Netflix. 

#2 Dexterorange-1907307_1920.jpg

Dexter is about a serial killer, his family, and getting justice for those who hurt other people. Dexter is a serial killer, but he lives by a "code", and doesn't harm innocent people. I highly recommend this show, but beware, the seasons start to go down hill after season 4. Season 4 is so amazing, it was hard to beat. You can enjoy a great performance by John Lithgow as the "Trinity Killer", and Dexter's character development is super interesting. Available on Netflix.

#3 Episodespexels-photo-164183.jpeg

Remember Joey from Friends? Of course you do. Well his new show, Episodes, doesn't disappoint. This show is a comedy, and I laughed out loud almost every episode. Matt LeBlanc's character (Joey from Friends) plays himself, but X20. The show is based on his life as an actor in Hollywood, behind the scenes in Hollywood, the writers, other actors, and did I mention it was funny? If you're having a bad day and Breaking Bad or Dexter are a bit much, try out Episodes. It's available on Amazon!

#4 iZombiehalloween-1700707_1280.png

Think Veronica Mars but Zombyfied. This isn't the best show out there, but with 3 long seasons of crime fighting (the show is still airing), it's a great show to have on in the background. If you miss an episode for a nap, no need to rewind. You can catch back up where you left off. Or rewind, whatever you fancy. Available on Netflix.

#5 The Officescranton-364185_1920.jpg

The Steve Carell version. A classic. Funny. Just watch it. Available on Netflix.

#6 The Andy Griffith Showdon-knotts-395116_1920.jpg

OK, I'll admit I loved me some Andy Griffth Show back in the day. It came on at 4pm on my local channel, and I always looked forward to seeing Barney, Otis, Aunt B and Opey. My friend who is in rehab loves this show because it brings up happy memories watching this show back in the day. Also a great show for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia. Can really get those memories pumping! Available on Amazon.

#7 Grey's Anatomypexels-photo-355934.jpeg

If you haven't already heard of "McDreamy", this is your chance. The show is about a group of doctors working in a hospital. Drama, love triangles, saving lives. The creator, Shonda Rhimes, is amazing and anything she does sparkles. Shout out to Scandal, another one of her masterpieces. You can watch Grey's Anatomy and Scandal on Netflix.

#8 Big Lovepexels-photo-207962.jpeg

Big Love is about a family of polygamists living in the state of Utah. The show follows a family, their dynamics, faith, and dealing with crazy family. It also shows the negative side (and illegal) of polygamy, but also shows the beautiful side. Agree with it or not, the show is very entertaining and Bill Paxton gives us a great performance.

#9 Here's another #Throwback - Gilligan's Islandbob-denver-396090_1920.jpg

Every time I remember Gilligan's Island, the theme song plays in my head "a 3 hour tour, a 3 hour tour". Another prime example of a great TV for show for those with dementia or Alzheimer's. Brings those memories back, and can stimulate a fun conversation! Not so great part: I found it on Amazon, but you have to purchase, not included with Prime membership.

#10 And LAST, but certainly not least, The West Wingthe-white-house-1623005_1920.jpg

Ohhhh the drama! Based around life in the White House, this show won't disappoint. Side note: I know a guy who plays one of the reporters, so I'm basically rubbing shoulders with the stars!


Tweet me @expertsincare your favorite TV show, or leave it in the comments! I always love hearing about new, old, or just plain good shows to binge! Enjoy!

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