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Here Are The Best TV Shows To Binge-Watch This Winter

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As we get closer and closer to the winter solstice, the nights are long and only getting longer. When the sun goes down at 5pm, you need some way to pass the hours before bedtime! And what better way to pass the time than catching up on some great TV shows? :-)

There are so many great TV shows worth watching these days that it can make it difficult to choose one! So I thought I’d help out by recommending some of my personal favorite TV series. :-) I’ve also made sure to mention what streaming services or TV channels each show is on, so you’ll know right where to look for them.

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In addition to sharing my own favorites, I’ll also be sharing recommendations from the rest of the OGT Team and some of my Facebook followers too! These lists should give you plenty of options to help get you through the winter, and beyond! And if you have a favorite show that isn’t mentioned in this post, share it with us in a comment at the end of this post.

My Top 6 Binge-Worthy TV Shows

vikings show

1. Vikings

Available on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video

The Vikings TV series is inspired by the life of legendary viking hero Ragnar Lodbrok, who rose to become king of the viking tribes. (Fun Fact: He’s actually my 37th great-grandfather!) I am utterly fascinated by all things related to vikings, and this show completely captured my attention from the beginning!

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2. The Crown

Available on Netflix

I admit I am a bit of a royal family fangirl, and I love the behind-the-scenes look at Queen Elizabeth’s life.

Outlander show

3. Outlander

Available on Starz

I’ve read every single book and also LOVE the series. One of those rare occasions when the screen version does justice to the books. (Warning: This show gets pretty risqué!)


4. Call The Midwife

Available on Netflix

Call the Midwife follows the nurses, midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. I didn’t think I would like it at first, but it really sucks you in! Interesting from a historic standpoint with endearing characters.

the white queen show

5. The White Queen

Available on Amazon Prime Video and Starz

War ravages England in 1464 during a blood feud between the House of York and the House of Lancaster over who is the country’s true king. Young Edward IV, heir to the house of York, meets and marries Lancastrian commoner Elizabeth Woodville and all kinds of chaos ensues! Gripping stuff and really well done. And the book this show is based on is great too!

the white princess show

6. The White Princess

Available on Amazon Prime Video and Starz

A follow-up to The White Queen, The White Princess tells the story of Princess Elizabeth who is promised in marriage to the newly crowned King Henry VII in hopes that it will unite the kingdom. So good!

OGT Staff Picks For Binge-Worthy TV Shows

the great british baking show

Britta’s Pick: The Great British Baking Show

Available on Netflix

“While the purpose of this competition show is to crown the best amateur bakers in Britain, it’s really so much more than that! It often feels like a refreshing antidote to American competition shows—the amateur bakers are gracious and often willing to help each other out, and the judges offer praise as well as constructive criticism. The hosts infuse plenty of silliness throughout, and every new challenge provides plenty of baking-related drama! Whenever the news or the weather has you feeling down, this show provides a welcome reminder that there’s still plenty of good left in the world.” – Britta, Content Editor

salt fat acid heat show

Kaitlyn’s Pick: Salt Fat Acid Heat

Available on Netflix

“I’m a sucker for just about any food show on Netflix, but this is my current favorite! The show is hosted by Samin Nosrat, chef and author of the New York Times bestselling book that the show is based on. The entire series is only four episodes long, and each episode covers one of the elements of good cooking—salt, fat, acid, and heat. The thing I love most about the show is that Samin visits a different country during each episode to explore how that country’s cuisine is influenced by that particular cooking element.

For example, during the “Salt” episode she travels to Japan and highlights the many ways that Japanese people use salt in their food. It’s so much different than the way we use salt in America and was absolutely fascinating to me! I would highly recommend this show to anyone that loves not only cooking, but culture and science too.” – Kaitlyn, Photographer

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Brittany’s Pick: The Good Place

Available on Hulu

“This show is first and foremost a comedy, but it cleverly disguises a story that questions what it means to be a good person. It strikes the perfect balance between thought-provoking and funny, with great characters that you feel really invested in. It’s a heartwarming show that I just can’t get enough of!” – Brittany, Production Manager

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Lindsay’s Pick: Strong Girl Bong-soon

Available on Netflix

“This show is Korean, so it has subtitles, but it’s absolutely silly and hilarious. It’s a pretty light-hearted drama that will most likely make you laugh out loud. My husband was extremely skeptical when we started watching it, but he ended up laughing out loud at every single episode. My mom and aunt also loved it, and are now completely hooked on K-dramas.” – Lindsay, Social Media Manager

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OGT Readers’ Picks

Here are some of the TV shows that have OGT readers hooked! A lot of these shows narrowly missed earning a spot on my personal list. (It was agonizing having to limit myself to picking only 6 shows to recommend!) These should keep you plenty busy:

  • Queer Eye (Netflix)
  • Making It (Hulu)
  • Stranger Things (Netflix)
  • New Amsterdam (Hulu)
  • A Million Little Things (Hulu)
  • Versailles (Netflix)
  • The Tudors (Netflix)
  • The Good Doctor (Hulu)
  • Parts Unknown (Netflix)
  • Downton Abbey (Amazon Prime Video)

What TV shows have you been hooked on lately?

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  • I have watched several of the listed shows. Just want to add The Chosen on VidAngel. It is so well done & was produced outside Hollywood. It is being financed by folks willing to donate as a “pay it forward” action. Season 2 is in the works, now. Don’t miss it. It’s wonderful!

  • I love the renovation shows on HGTV. My favorites are Fixer-Upper, Good Bones and Home Town. I have learned a lot about renovations and what to be aware of when purchasing properties. These families love their towns and see the value in restoring the older homes that establish historical relevance in bringing back commutes.

  • Looking through this again, it’s interesting how many British programmes you’re all watching, and how many U.S. programmes I’m watching. I’m definitely a TV addict!

  • Hi Jillee, I enjoy receiving your tips on just-about-everything… for which I thank you…
    However, your recommendations for great TV watching missed out on something amazing that I recently discovered on Netflix when randomly scrolling through… it has literally had me (and thousands of others) transfixed… “Seyit ve Sura” a Turkish series based on a true story and the book by the same name…
    Don’t let the sub-titles fool you… just watch Episode 1 and I guarantee you won’t be able to stop… many of us have binge-watched it and there’s now a website dedicated to the swoon-worthy main lead actor and his leading lady…
    Hoping that this will whet your appetite for a series that is magnificent in its historic setting (1916 St Petersburg and Istanbul), costumes, palaces, music that breaks your heart, actors and actresses of another calibre to what we are used to… it may just spoil you from watching H’wood fare forever… MJC

  • OK… so these are my currently playing weekly “I can’t miss these shows” list of shows: which all stream on Hulu:
    Chicago Fire – NBC
    Chicago Med – NBC
    Chicago P.D. – NBC
    9-1-1 – Fox
    The Resident – Fox
    Blue Bloods – CBS
    This is US – NBC
    Law & Order: SVU – NBC
    American Housewife – ANC
    I Feel Bad – NBC
    And then there is 1 show that no longer play currently but old episodes can be streamed :
    Flashpoint – is about a Swat teat (I believe in either Seattle or Vancouver) where they are not only SWAT but they have psychological knowledge to be able to profile the situation and those involved to help solve the case.

  • Jillee, if you like Vikings you should definitely watch The Last Kingdom on Netflix. You may even recognize a few of the characters! It’s based on a series of books by British born author Bernard Cornwell, who lives in the US. The third season just premiered before Thanksgiving.

    Also from Netflix: The Fall, Happy Valley, Doctor Foster, Spotless, Marcella, River

  • I absolutely love Call The Midwife! I’ve been watching it since it started. I’m hoping for another season soon. The Good Doctor is also one of our favorites.

  • Downton Abbey is one of my all-time favs! We’ve already watched the entire series twice. I bought it so I can watch it whenever I want.
    Parenthood- ahhh! Fabulous!
    Madmen- already watched it twice!
    One series I haven’t heard anyone talk about is Merli which is on Netflix. It’s filmed in Barcelona and is subtitled. One of the best shows ever. Netflix only bought the first season. So bummed about that.
    I love Europeans- they are so less uptight that we Americans! It’s a story of love and friendship and is hysterical too. But very touching.

  • Parenthood without a doubt my favorite show (Downton Abby was a close second). That show will make you laugh, and make you cry all in the same episode. It’s a must see!

  • Have watched all that were listed except the Vikings, which I will check out. Madam Secretary, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Sherlock, NCIS, any of the Blue Planets series and any food shows, just to name a few. I love old black and white shows to binge on also. Everyone had a great list. This was a fun one to comment on and to read what others are watching.

  • By far, A Place To Call Home from Australia. A riveting family saga in 6 seasons and be forewarned, it is like popcorn, once you start it is almost impossible to stop. Amazing story and cast.

  • Foyle’s War.
    And Britta is absolutely right about her assessment of The Great British Baking Show. The fact that the “prize” is Best Baker and not money gives a whole new look and feel to competition. The bakers actually help each other and are genuinely broken-hearted when one leaves. And who doesn’t love Mary Berry?!

  • Ah… Call the Midwife. I read the books before I watched the show and let me tell you, the show was so watered down and sugared up. The books are just haunting, some of the most distressing things I’ve ever heard in them… :( Excellently written and the amount of history is just wonderful, but some of the stories do keep you up at night. I’m kind of glad they toned down the show and changed some of the endings to make them happy, lol.

  • Oh my! Am I the only old broad hooked on NCIS . I love the way the actors work off each other in this series. Most of the shows listed here are good. I like Poldark on PBS. Actually, I love a good mystery in the “Agatha Christie” vein.

  • We loved TURN: Washington’s Spies! It was something both my husband I enjoyed together, which is infrequent, (he likes action/ sci-fi stuff and would never watch Call the Midwife) AND these were real people! The best show that nobody knows about! We learned so much about the Revolutionary War! (Sorry about all of the exclamation points, it’s just that great) We watched it on Netflix.

  • The diversity in The Good Place is impressive. The Crown is fascinating and also teaches you so much about history, politics and perspective. And I can’t believe how much The Great British Baking Show drew me in, I thought I could bake, these ppl put me to shame, in a good way, I suppose. Lots of new ones to review, good post.

  • These are the shows I have binged on lately.
    All on Amazon Prime…….

    Alpha House
    The Good Wife
    The Amazing Mrs. Maisel
    The Guardian, (warning, falling in love with Simon Baker could occur)
    The Closer
    Homecoming (Julia Roberts!!!) is good too, but, in my opinion, it drags.


  • All caught up with Call the Midwife, I watch it on Netflix. Plus I’m in a crochet group and we make the one baby blanket that they feature in there. lol, I have HULU, Amazon Prime also just have not caught up with a few of the others you mentioned. So many good ones to watch.

  • ‘Call the Midwife’s…..I love it. I was born in 1951, not many years after the end of WWII and I was also born at home in London. My mum told me many stories of the dedicated midwives and all the drama of pregnant friends.

  • Boy,you guys missed the absolutely BEST SHOW for all ages: Signed, Sealed, Delivered from Hallmark. Can see the entire first season plus the Christmas Special for free on Amazon Prime! Best show EVER! Geeky, brilliant, old-fashioned “gentleman” and computer geek, beauty queen who is quirky and a shy but brilliant assistant who’s falling in love with his co-worker. This show has EVERYTHING!!!

  • The Magnificent Century (Turkish)(subtitled)Netflix. Tells the story of the Prince and his Harem. Also “The Grand Hotel” (Spanish)(subtitled)(Netflix or Hulu can’t remember)The story of a family and their Hotel in 1800’s.

  • I love “Death in Paradise” on Netflix. It takes place in the Sunny Caribbean and what a way to binge on a cold winter day…Mood booster. Sure to please!

    • Love Death in paradise. New episodes coming soon.

      Also you forgot the on Amazon Mr. Selfridge. It is about a man making department store history in London. It is really good if you like to see a drama about the department stores at the turn of the 20th century. On Amazon prime.

      If you like suspense and more realism try Ripper Street. It staged after a Jack the Ripper and it is how the cops and detectives were at that time diving crime. It am not allow to watch it at night because it is so dark. I get bad dreams according to my husband. hahaha. Thi is on Nextflex.

  • While surfing one night, I ran across a show called “Younger” on TV Land or Paramount. Now, I’m addicted and having to ration my binge sessions (there are at least 6 seasons). It’s well written and quite clever. Reminds me a bit of Ally McBeal or all of those 80’s Rom/Com movies where the ugly duckling gets to be beautiful.

    • I was wondering if someone would mention This is Us, it’s absolutely FANTASTIC!! If anyone hasn’t watched it, be sure you do. Until you get used to it flitting around in time it’ll confuse you, but it doesn’t take long.

  • How to get away with murder. It’s on Netflix. You can watch current season on ABC on Thursday ( I think season may be over though)

    Haunting of Hill House ( Netflix)

    Then my old favorites ( all on Netflix)
    Nurse Jackie
    Hart of Dixie
    Sugar rush ( baking comp)
    Nailed it ( baking comp)

    • Ok, your list is quite similar to mine! I’m going to check out some of your suggestions. I would recommend Younger on Paramount. You’ll love it because of your old favs, because I was quite addicted to Glee and 90210 (although not proud of it..hahahahaha!

  • Definitely How To Get Away With Murder, and Vikings! Who Do You Think You Are is also well worth watching. In the British version, two people, in two separate programmes, each unknown to the other (except possibly in their tv work, one is a soap star, the other a foreign correspondent who was crippled while reporting in Iraq) discovered that they were direct descendants of William the Conqueror! The soap star didn’t actually take it in at first, it was fascinating to watch his face as he slowly realised! There are a few British programmes to look out for, Happy Valley and Line of Duty are both excellent police dramas The Hotel Manger is only one season, but not because it was dropped, just because it was the story. It’s definitely fun finding out who your ancestors are Jillee, it makes watching programmes (or reading) about them so much more interesting. One if my (I don’t know how many greats) ancestors was James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, he was a friend of King Charles I, and General of his army, he was subsequently betrayed by his king, and was executed, his body quartered, buried in the four countries that make up Britain, and his head was displayed on a spike on a wall of Edinburgh castle

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