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The 10 Best Shows for Moms to Binge Watch on Netflix

tvI feel like every new baby should come with a subscription to Netflix. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re probably not a parent.

The long, sleepless nights waiting for your colicky baby to go back to sleep… Nursing every hour on the hour for months straight… An innocent infant that totally destroys your sleep schedule so that you can’t even “sleep when the baby sleeps”… Welcome to motherhood! Here’s your lifetime membership to Netflix.

If you’re not using Netflix as a crutch to make it through the night after you’ve been woken up by your little bundle of joy, then you’re obviously using it as a treat after you sign off of #momlife when you finally get your kids to bed for the night. You can breathe a sigh of relief, kick up your feet with a nice glass of wine, and watch hours of an addicting show that will transport you to another time and place. I’m getting all jelly just thinking about it.

Netflix is for binge-watching. If you’re a frazzled new mom with lots of time on your hands, bookmark this list posthaste:

1. Breaking Bad

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Every mom has secretly watched Breaking Bad and wants to start her own meth lab for side money. Now, at least you’ll have something cool to talk about on the playground.

2. Grey’s Anatomy

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Don’t judge me, but I will always be obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy until the end of time. I don’t care if you say that the latest season sucks. Just rewatch it all on Netflix and get lost in the magic.

3. House Of Cards

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“Ruthless Congressman” Kevin Spacey has TV addiction written all over him and is, for realz, mom’s best friend.

4. Louie

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Louie starring Louis CK makes the list because he has the best parenting humor of all time. Watch, laugh, and prepare to be offended.

5. Luther

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Idris Elba is all you need to know. Watch this NOW.

6. New Girl

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New Girl is another one of my all-time faves. It may be marketed to late twenties/early thirties hipsters, but at least you can watch it and feel cool again.

7. Orange Is The New Black

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I was skeptical at first and then became full on obsessed with season one. I am literally counting down until the season two premiere.

8. Parenthood

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As cheesy as it sounds, Parenthood is seriously one of my very favorite shows about… parenthood. The improv-style acting on this show is phenomenal.

9. Parks and Recreation

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Amy Poehler is every working mom’s inspiration. Binge-watch this show now. That’s an order.

10. Weeds

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This is technically an oldie but a goodie, but I still have a soft spot for Mary-Louise Parker. Plus, you can use her as the model of the cray cray mom that you will never be.

(photo: Getty Images/Netflix)

You can reach this post's author, Bethany Ramos, on twitter.
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  • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

    I agree with all these except you forgot the good wife but I think that is on HULU, also, Misfits on Hulu, also, Luther Luther Luther we need to discuss Luther More

    • Bethany Ramos

      I LOVE THE GOOD WIFE!!!!!!

    • http://mother--bored.tumblr.com/ Aimee Ogden

      In addition to Idris Elba (IDRIS ELBA) can we talk about how amazing Ruth Wilson is? (so much amazing. at least twelve amazing.)

  • Valerie

    Whenever I see Idris Elba I just sort of flat-line for a minute or two and stare. And drool. What is it about that man?

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      .. did you see the pic he tweeted yesterday?

    • Valerie

      Nooo….off to hunt it down. And to find a tissue for the drool.

  • jesskay

    Definitely binge watched a couple of these and Dexter!

  • G.E. Phillips

    I’m done with OTNB until Season 2 comes out (as soon as they announce the date, I’m putting in for a PTO day so I can binge the crap out of it.) And I finally finished Breaking Bad (LOVE) so I’m thinking I’ll try House of Cards next, if you’re recommending it! Is it really good?

    • elle

      House of Cards is SO good. So good. Robin Wright is amazing in it.

    • G.E. Phillips

      Oooh, I love her!

    • elle

      Me too! She’s why I started watching it. Then I found out basically it has a great cast. Nobody is bad in it.

  • EX

    Once again, Bethany, your timing couldn’t be better as I prepare to start my maternity leave in earnest (ie husband goes back to work) on Monday. Last maternity leave I watched Mad Men and Glee. I’ve seen most of these you mentioned but will check out Luther and New Girl. Also, and this is on Hulu not netflix, but I plan on watching the good wife. I try to watch shows that I couldn’t pay my husband to watch. That’s one of them. Another good show on Netflix by the way is Lilyhammer. Although that’s one I’m watching with the hubs. Thanks for the tips!!

    ETA: oh! Ha! I just saw Eve’s comment.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      I would NOT do Luther on mat leave. It made me so upset at times zomg.

    • EX

      OK. Good tip. Seeing as how I’ve been crying every 5 minutes for no particular reason that’s probably a good call!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      I love that show so much and I love scary stuff but at times I was all ^&Ubsdhyeeh3n^^61611 about it. It has some VERY dark shiz. Speaking of dark shiz though watch Hannibal

    • elle

      Yes Hannibal is SO good. I’m so stoked for season 2. But it’s so dark they don’t even show it in Utah :(. So annoying.

    • Michelle Pittman

      Love Hannibal! You should watch Supernatural – so good!!

    • Bethany Ramos

      We have the same mind!! xoxo

    • Kay_Sue

      We just finished all of the seasons of Mad Men that were on Netflix and I can’t wait for them to get Season 6 up.

  • Jessica

    I love Private Practice even more than I love Greys. It follows Addison down to California. Plus also, Taye Diggs.

    Netflix is my lifesaver. I’ve watched so many shows on there since starting this #momlife. Burn notice & Psych are a couple other favorites. & I just recently fell in love with Hart of Dixie.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I miss Private Practice so much!

    • Jessica

      My daughter’s name is Amelia, mostly coincidently… :)

    • Bethany Ramos

      Awwww love! <3

  • Shelly Lloyd

    I’m a total dork and I’ve been binge watching Star Trek: The Next Generation on Netflix. That and Antique Roadshow. I’m a sad, sad person.

  • Kay_Sue

    I am thinking Orange is the New Black and House of Cards are on the list for after we finish Damages. I don’t really know whether I really even like Damages or not, but the format for the first season has me so entranced that I absolutely MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Is Damages scary or not? I am like a really huge baby that cannot even handle crime in any way, shape or form… Like no Law and Order whatsoever. What do you think?

    • Kay_Sue

      It’s tense. It bounces back and forth between two story lines that slowly come together, so a lot of the tension for me is trying to figure out how the variety of pieces dovetail. I wouldn’t call it scary, but it most certainly gets your blood pressure up. There is blood, but not anymore than Dexter or some SVU episodes. And the crime isn’t any of that, “OMG, this could happen to me or my kids!” type, a big reason SVU makes me want to lock my children and stepchildren up and never let them leave the house.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I will trust you blindly on this one… ;)

    • Kay_Sue

      I don’t like scary either. I’m a big pansy who couldn’t finish 30 Days of Night, actually, in the theater…

  • Kheldarson

    Where’s Doctor Who? My Netflix is incomplete without Doctor Who!

    Also, Firefly and Castle. Oh Nathan Fillion…

    • Nikki

      (whips out Castle tote bag) Fillionaires unite!

  • Hibbie

    I’m with you on Grey’s Anatomy. I will always love that show, ghost Denny and all.

    • Bethany Ramos

      ME TOO. My not so secret secret is that I have rewatched the entire series like three times in total because I’m pretty much obsessed. My husband thinks that the ghost season is super ridiculous and always makes fun of me… Ha!

    • candi514

      I have reruns on right now on Lifetime lol. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen the episodes they still make me laugh and cry just the same. I can’t wait until the new episodes start!

    • Bethany Ramos

      Me tooooo.

    • lin

      Ghost Denny almost made me cut ties with the show. Glad I stuck with it, but that was just awful!

  • Bailey

    I binge watched Bones for the first 6 weeks of my baby’s life. She took FOREVER to nurse so I could usually get through at least 1, sometimes 2 episodes a feeding. It made me not dread getting up at 2am so much! Let’s just ignore the fact that she was probably more familiar with David Boreanaz’s voice than my husband’s.

    • Kay_Sue

      I think this should be in every nursing guide.

      My first kid, I was strict, no TV, no reading, pure bonding time. Gave up on nursing when he was two months old. My second kid, I gave up on all the restrictions. I read, watched TV, caught up on movies, and let him go at his own pace while I relaxed–so much more successful.

  • Toaster

    Oh Canada Netflix, you’re missing so many shows D:

  • practicallyperfectineveryway

    Seeing all of these make me miss Netflix US :( the UK one is good for movies but not so good for American TV shows. Although they do have 2 seasons of Modern Family.

  • TwentiSomething Mom

    Breaking Bad Is. The. Best. Show. Ever.

  • Hibbie

    How I Met Your Mother is a good one, too (up until the previous season, anyway). It’s good if you want some fluff without too much emotional investment.

  • elle

    If you.are into politically incorrect humor like I am then how about Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia or The League? Hilarious but dark and dirty.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I looooooove The League! Like, so much. Team Andre. ;)

    • Jessica

      I feel so guilty watching Its Always Sunny. I love it so much, but the characters are such terrible people!

    • elle

      It is my very secret guilty pleasure. They are the worst people.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

    I don’t know if it’s on US Netflix but we just finished season 2 of Pramface (a british comedy) and it was adorable and actually quite funny.

    • elle

      It’s on Hulu plus in the US…..it’s pretty cute.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

    Also this isn’t on Netflix (at least not in Canada) but Six Feet Under is the best show ever and I can’t believe everyone I know hasn’t seen it so I talk about it all the time because seriously best show ever.

  • Crusty Socks

    Beth you noob! They all should be numbered “1.”

  • historychick

    We’re now doing Once Upon a Time since we never caught it on ‘real’ tv.

  • K.

    Can I make a plug for “Arrested Development”?

    And not just the new Netflix spread, but the original broadcast episodes too. Personally, I think Season 3 isn’t that great, but Seasons 1 and 2 I could watch over and over–you’ll find little gems every time you watch them. AD is one of those series that just gets funnier with age.

    Oh, and “Better of Ted” is a lovely (albeit sadly short-lived) romp as well.

    • Bethany Ramos

      That almost made the list!!! Love that show so much and watched it when it first aired. I also like Better Off Ted too!

    • Jessica

      <3 Better Off Ted

      Deep, dark confession? I found it because I had creeped an ex's fbook & noticed he liked it. We have very similar interests in books, movies, music, & tv so I was missing all the great referrals he used to send my way. :/

    • K.

      It’s the little sitcom that no one seems to know about, but it has a cult following–everyone seems to have to find out about it through someone else, so you’re in good company.

      So sad it didn’t survive :(

      And who wouldn’t want to score with Ted?!

    • elle

      I was so sad when it was cancelled. Especially because there was zero resolution…..I was team Ted and Veronica all the way though, in my head they finally got together.

  • http://mother--bored.tumblr.com/ Aimee Ogden

    YESSS IDRIS ELBA. All Idris, all the time. I’ve watched Thor more times than I’m proud of and he is at least one reason why.

    I’m deeply pleased with all the geek stuff I can watch on Netflix right now. When the Olympics are over I’m back to a steady diet of Justice League, Mystery Science Theater, Gargoyles, David Attenborough documentaries, and West Wing (but only the first four seasons thankyew).

  • Valerie

    I binge-watched CSI: Miami on my DVR when I had my daughter in 2007. I still feel a little let-down when I see David Caruso.

    • Bethany Ramos

      HA!

  • Nica

    Not sure if it’s on Netflix, but it’s on NatGeo all the time – Locked Up Abroad! Spent both my maternity leaves watching EVERY SINGLE EPISODE of this show. I get sucked in every time. Very engaging and, at an hour long for each episode, a great way to pass the time while your kiddo is breastfeeding and feeding and feeding… :-)

  • Diana

    Supernatural. That is all.

  • Andy

    “The Tudors” is my Netflix guilty pleasure. I know it’s historically inaccurate. I don’t care. I’ve watched the entire series several times now-it never gets old.

  • oywiththepoodlesalready

    Walking Dead……..surely I’m not the only one that loves this show? Totally not appropriate for when a kid is up but so good.

  • dcford

    Downton Abby!!!

  • Ms. Anne

    Haven. I watched the entire first season in two days. Awesome. And they avoid unnecessary gore and don’t focus on harming children/women like so many shows do. And BBC’s Being Human, absolutely wonderful. And of course American Pickers. Great for when you can’t sit and follow an entire show but still want to be entertained.

    And there are only about 9 episodes, but Wonderfalls!

  • Alicia Kiner

    Eureka is good too. Science-y, but fun, and not horrible for toddlers to see. My kids actually really love it.

  • dcford

    And Scandal!!

  • Michelle Pittman

    “Saving people, Killing things, the Family Business.” Supernatural def needs added to this list…as well as Doctor Who and Sherlock

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