Every parent can use a little downtime sans kids to unwind and relax at the end of the day––especially if you’ve spent the entire day inside with them! The easiest way? A binge-watch session of your new favorite show. In fact, a study conducted by Netflix found that nine out of ten moms feel that watching TV and movies alone is valuable “me-time,” so we found the shows you won’t be able to resist, even when you should be getting some shut-eye. From sci-fi to a political thriller, there’s something for everyone. Scroll down to see the list.

All American

Inspired by the true story of NFL pro footballer Spencer Paysinger, the CW's All American is currently streaming two seasons on Netflix. If you need your sports drama fix, you'll easily get lost in this show centered on the clash of cultures between South L.A. and Beverly Hills. Did we mention the show also features Taye Diggs?

Black Mirror

If you enjoy a good sci-fi-series with plenty of twists and turns, then this is the show for you. This anthology series takes a chilling look at the future and the impact of technology on our lives.


This suspenseful political thriller is a British import that sets a war veteran as the guardian to a politician with a questionable agenda, but is he really protecting her or is there something else afoot? You'll be pulled into the surprising twists instantly. 

Breaking Bad

This ground-breaking series originally aired on AMC, but its addictive nature makes it seem like it was made for Netflix binge-watching. It's impossible not to get caught up in the thrilling story of Walter White, a chemistry teacher turned drug dealer, and want to watch just one more episode before bed.

Call the Midwife

The eight-season show (season nine is just starting over on PBS!) will keep you occupied for days. Based on the best-selling memoir, Call the Midwife stars Vanessa Redgrave and follows a new midwife and her colleagues at a nursing convent in 1950's East London 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

If you grew up in the '90s, chances are you watched the original version of this comic book adaptation, Sabrina the Teenage Witch starring Melissa Joan Hart, but this is no kids show. Fans of dark retellings, like Riverdale will fall hard for this spooky series.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

If you like to laugh and you can never get enough coffee, then you'll be an instant fan of this series starring Jerry Seinfeld and a parade of your favorite comedians from Tina Fey to Kristen Wiig. The jokes and adult conversation are the perfect antidotes to a long day with kids.

Dead to Me

There is only one season of this dark and twisty mystery about a grieving widow and her new BFF starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, but it will suck you in instantly and you won't be able to stop watching till you reach the shocking end. Luckily a second season is on the way.

Friends from College

This clever comedy stars an impressive cast including Cobie Smulders, Fred Savage and Keegan Michael-Key. It follows the story of a group of college friends who are reunited 20 years later as their relationships both grow and unravel.

Good Girls

What happens when a picture perfect, stay-at-home mom breaks bad? Good Girls. Part Weeds, part Breaking Bad, this series is a dark, but fun fantasy escape that will draw you in from the first episode.

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The Good Place

Eleanor Shellstrop died and found herself at the Good Place on accident. On a mission to stay there, she tried to become a better person. You can watch three out of the four seasons now on Netflix.

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Grey's Anatomy

Meredith Grey is here for us in a big way––for 15 seasons on Netflix! You can definitely get your McDreamy fix as you follow the cast through plenty of ups and downs at their Seattle hospital.

Mad Men

Escape to the 60's for seven seasons with Mad Men. The Jon Hamm-led cast follows Don Draper, a womanizing ad agency exec, throughout an historic era in American history.


With just two seasons and future ones on hold indefinitely, sitting down for a binge watch of MINDHUNTERS is a must. Jonathan Groff stars as Holden Ford (based off real-life FBI agent John Douglas), one of the first criminal profilers. He and his partner work to expand the field of criminal science with their up close and personal interviews and research on serial killers in the 1970's.

The OA

It's almost impossible to describe what this mind and time-bending series is about, but once you start watching Prairie, otherwise known as OA, tell the story of what happened to her when she was missing for seven years you'll realize this is no ordinary show. And more importantly, you'll be hooked.

The Office

There's a pretty big chance you've already seen this entire series, but it's still perfect for binge-watching over and over again. Spending time with the employees at Dunder Mifflin is a little like snuggling up with your favorite cozy blanket, and since the show will be leaving Netflix at the end of 2020 get those snuggles in while you can.


Based on the New York Times best-selling series of books by Diana Gabaldon, this epic show follows the saga of Claire, an English nurse in WW2, who finds herself suddenly flung back in time to Scotland in 1743.


Season three of Ozark debuts Mar. 27, 2020 and not a moment too soon. If you aren't already a fan, the show follows a financial advisor who uproots his family from Chicago and moves to the Ozarks. There, he must launder $500 to appease a drug boss. The dramatic show features Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and tons of other standout actors that will keep you from putting down the remote.

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Parks and Recreation

Settle in for seven seasons of Leslie Knope! The NBC fave follows the big-dreaming government official who's given a rural department and less than willing bureaucrats. 

Russian Doll

This dark comedy in the vein of Groundhog Day was created by Amy Poehler and star Natasha Leon. Leon's character is celebrating her 36th birthday on New Year's Eve when she falls into a mysterious loop that has her dying and re-living the same day over and over again.

Schitt's Creek

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation brings us this gem. The show follows the uber-rich Rose family who find themselves out of cash and living in a cruddy hotel in a town they bought named––you guessed it––Schitt's Creek. You can binge five out of the six seasons streaming now on Netflix.

Stranger Things

From the mysteries of the Upside Down to '80s references at every turn, this expertly crafted series is unlike any other on television, despite feeling comfortingly familiar. Stranger Things will grab you from the start and refuse to let go till you've watched every single second.

Workin' Moms

This hilariously relatable mom-com explores life as a working mom following four friends as they leave the chaos of new motherhood to return to work after the end of maternity leave.

What/ If

Like a reverse Indecent Proposal this soapy drama, which brings Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger to the small screen, is all about testing the lengths people are willing to go to get ahead. This addicting, but campy series is so bad, it's good.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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