Gone are the days of summer, and the fall season is closing in. When celebrating Labor Day, some opt for a family barbecue or a final trip to the beach. Others, however, take the holiday weekend to de-stress. With hundreds of channels at your disposal, there’s no better way to spend the three-day weekend than with a good old-fashioned binge-watching session. Here are some of the best shows to dive into:
If you like fast-talking, witty women and an endless supply of pop culture references, then Gilmore Girls is a match for you. This show follows Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, Rory, in their quaint New England town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. You’re taken along for all the Gilmore trials and tribulations including romantic blunders, family disputes and bottomless cups of coffee. It’s a heartwarming depiction of a relationship between mother and daughter that’s both raw and relatable. The best part: The show ran a full seven seasons, so you most definitely have enough to keep you busy all weekend.
‘The West Wing’
Listen up, political junkies. Before there was fictional President Fitzgerald Grant from Scandal or Vice President Selina Meyer from Veep, it was all about President Bartlet from The West Wing. This series, created by the talented Aaron Sorkin, puts you inside the lives of the staffers in the West Wing of the White House. It’s incredibly smart and entertaining, as is anything Sorkin produces. The show was critically acclaimed during its run from 1999 to 2006. It also snagged three Golden Globe Awards and 26 Emmys. You’ll see some familiar faces, including Rob Lowe, Allison Janney and Martin Sheen.
‘House of Cards’
Why stop the political train just yet? If you’ve been living underneath a rock since 2013 (or just don’t have a Netflix subscription), then you may be missing out on the greatness that is HOC. This show stars Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as wife Claire Underwood. After Frank was passed up as Secretary of State, the Underwoods plot their revenge on the parties who wronged them. This show, both ruthless and informative, offers a behind-the-scenes look at American politics. This series is riveting yet addicting, so consider yourself warned.
If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, then the hit series The Office is perfect. In addition to Emmy-award-winning humor that cannot be beat, this show also depicts one of the greatest modern love stories, between Jim and Pam. With its idiosyncratic characters, such as beet farmer Dwight Schrute and inappropriate boss Michael Scott, this show will keep you laughing from Season 1 all the way to the Season 9 finale.