7 Netflix Series to Get You Through the Newborn Stage
When your baby arrives and you are nursing on demand every 2-3 hours for months or when you’re on maternity leave for 12 weeks and your stuck at home with a tiny baby, you quickly realize that you need something to entertain yourself – preferably something mindless because you’re only partially coherent due to a lack of sleep.
This, my friends, is where Netflix and Hulu come in to play! Netflix/Hulu is like a magical technology that makes the monotony of nursing disappear. It has the ability to glue you to the television for such long periods of time that you don’t even realize you haven’t left the house in a month. Netflix/Hulu can transport you to another mindset where, after several hours of binge watching Friends, you truly feel like Rachel Green and Monica Gellar are your actual friends.
After four kids and several years of late nights editing, I’ve binged my fair share of Netflix/Hulu shows. Today I’m sharing with you my absolute favorites. While this is by no means a professional review of any sort, it is a collection of series that are sure to keep you entertained during those late night feedings.
This series tells the story of four grown siblings as they share the joys, heartache and headaches of parenthood in their California hometown. The show tackles so many issues that are relevant to modern family life. They battle marital problems, infertility, adoption, autism, financial issues – basically all the things.
Parenthood tackles so many serious issues, but does it in such a humorous way. I literally laughed out loud and cried multiple times throughout the series. Anyone can find this series relatable on some level.
2. Brothers & Sisters
This show has been a favorite show of mine for years! Brothers & Sisters is a drama that revolves around the lives and struggles of the wealthy Walker family in the wake of the death of family patriarch William Walker. In the aftermath of William’s death, the family learns that their patriarch had many secrets and the Walker family is forced to deal with the consequences of these secrets throughout the show.
The impressive cast (including Sally Fields, Rob Lowe and Calista Flockhart) deals with family, adoption, affairs, finance, politics – pretty much everything. Every episode leaves you wanting more. It’s a definite must see.
Revenge is one of my absolute favorite series. The drama is about a young woman named Emily Thorne who comes to the Hamptons and rents a beach house (that was once her childhood home) next door to the mansion of the wealthy Grayson family. Emily is actually Amanda Clarke, whose father was framed by the Graysons for treason when she was a little girl. Her father was imprisoned for life and murdered in prison by associates of the people who framed him. She now returns to the Hamptons as an adult to get revenge on those who wronged her father and her.
The show is utterly addicting. You find yourself loving and hating so many different characters throughout each season and you can’t help but to keep clicking “Next Episode” after each episode ends. This series promises to keep you up for some late-nighters.
4. Pretty Little Liars
If you like suspenseful shows and you’re looking for a show that transports you back to your high school days, this is a can’t miss. I was utterly addicted to this show. Something about being a sleep-deprived mother whose life had changed so dramatically since high school made me love going back to a simpler time.
Set in the suburban town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, the series follows the lives of five high school girls whose clique falls apart after the leader of the group, Alison, goes missing. One year later, the remaining estranged friends are reunited as they begin receiving messages from a mysterious villain named “A” and later from “A.D.”, who threatens and tortures them for the mistakes they have made before and after Alison’s death. It’s truly addicting!
If you’re looking for a show that’s not only entertaining, but one your husband will also enjoy, check out Bloodline. My husband and I (and my dad) both thoroughly enjoyed this drama.
Bloodline is the intriguing story of a well-off family in the Florida Keys that have many dark secrets. The siblings are heirs to a beautiful inn that has been in their family for 50 years. It is their childhood home with many great memories, but the deep dark past holds many untold tales. All combined this makes the future very uncertain when the black sheep of the family returns.
6. Gossip Girl
If I liked PLL, you know I also couldn’t help but love Gossip Girl. This series is so mindless and entertaining and the perfect series to get you through those late night feedings and long days.
This series is about a ruthless and mysterious blogger who reveals secrets about teens in upper east side New York. With roller coaster romances and piles of secrets hiding away for Gossip Girl to find, this show brings the upper east side and its drama alive. It’s a wonderful escape from the monotony of late night feedings. It’s pretty people causing all sorts of drama and I just couldn’t help but not look away.
7. The Following
Don’t judge me here – this one is pretty gruesome! If you like serial killer shows, you will love this series. It’s definitely not as light-hearted and mindless as the previous series, but it is utterly captivating and you can’t help but root for Kevin Bacon.
This drama follows former FBI agent Ryan Hardy as he tries to help recapture serial killer Joe Carroll, while Carroll’s assembled cult captures Carroll’s son from his ex-wife and sends Carroll’s messages to the world. The second season introduces Hardy’s niece, who provides help in finding Carroll after his fake death, while also dealing with a new cult.
Watcher beware – this series is a bit graphic and gruesome. But, if you like serial killer shows, this one will not disappoint.
So there you have it. These are seven of my favorite series that helped me get through long nights with newborns and late nights of editing. If you’re looking for a show that really challenges you intellectually and aims to change your perspective on life, this probably isn’t the best list for you. But if you’re looking for a television escape, you won’t be disappointed. When you’re a new mom, or a mom in general, your responsibilities and duties are endless and sometimes you just need an escape. These series are sure to give you that escape.
Be sure to comment below with your favorite Netflix/Hulu binge shows!
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