I know, we’ve all felt the mum guilt in those first few weeks of parenthood when your house is a mess, you haven’t showered in a couple of days and there are piles of dishes and clothes piling up. But there is absolutely nothing to feel guilty about when you are spending time snuggling your new baby, camped out on the sofa. This is the time you are getting to know your child and recovering from giving birth, so you pretty much have a free pass to do whatever you want in those first couple of months. And because baby eats and sleeps so much, it’s pretty easy to get through as many TV shows as takes your fancy. Is there a TV show that you missed first time around when it was shown or that has been on for a few years and you want to catch up on it? This right here is your perfect opportunity! Here are a few picks of my favourites that I enjoyed in those hazy newborn days. I’ve tried to include a little something for different tastes, and a bit of a mixture between the longer, drama types and the shorter comedies, so these can fit into different times of the day.
Orange is the New Black
From IMDB: Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life changing prison can really be.
There have been over 60 episodes in 5 seasons of this show so far, so there’s plenty to catch up on, and because it has already been renewed for 2 more seasons you can keep going with it when you’ve finished everything that’s been released so far. This is a fan favourite and is a fun mixture of comedy and drama, so isn’t too deep and dark when you’re trying to stay awake during feeds and have a few hours to kill. It has been nominated for and won a bunch of awards, so I think it’s fair to say that this is worth a watch, even just to see if it’s your cup of tea.
From IMDB: A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets.
I first started watching Scandal when it was a couple of seasons in and I was hooked immediately. It is a thoroughly enjoyable show to watch and I’ll be sad when it ends next month, after its 7th season. 124 episodes is a good place to start for something to binge watch and it is such a good soapy, political drama, with a bit of thriller thrown in there. It is incredibly exciting at times, but it has personal relationships at its heart, so is perfect for anyone wanting something that can be tense but also full of romance.
From IMDB: A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eclectic staff and student body.
This is one of my absolute favourite comedies which actually finished nearly 3 years ago now. It is one I didn’t know what to expect of when I started watching it but it is hilarious and the range of characters in its cast means you’ll have some favourites right from the beginning. As a 20-or-so minute episode programme, they are super easy to watch and will keep things light-hearted when you’re deep into sleep deprivation and want something funny to get you through. My husband and I are part way through watching the whole series again at the moment, as we enjoyed it so much first time around, so I really recommend giving this one a watch.
Big Little Lies
From IMDB: The apparently perfect lives of three mothers of first graders unravel to the point of murder.
This dramatic favourite from back last year is perfect if you want a super short series to jump into and finish in a matter of a few hours. With only 7 episodes to catch up on, it’s a perfect little thriller for anyone who wants to storylines of a novel without having to pick up a book. It won 4 Golden Globes during the recent awards season and it does not disappoint, and with its stellar cast, it is the ideal series to watch and thank your lucky stars that your life isn’t quite so dramatic and complicated. And with a second season on the way at some point this year, there’s at least another 7 episodes to look forward to, when you’re done with the first lot.
Once Upon a Time
From IMDB: A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.
This is another easy and enjoyable watch, this time for someone who enjoys a bit more escapism. Another multi-award winner, this is fairytales come to life and one to enjoy when you want to be whisked away to faraway lands featuring princes and princesses. I’m actually right in the middle of this, currently on season 5 and I started this when Ella was born and I was at home nursing and snuggling with my perfect newborn. With 156 episodes, there is plenty to get your teeth stuck into and with it’s final season coming to an end in May after 7 seasons, you know there’s a finale to look forward to and nothing to keep up-to-date with when you’ve finished all the episodes on offer.
Parks and Recreation
From IMDB: The absurd antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.
Parks and Recreation is another perfectly easy binge watching choice. With Amy Poehler at its heart, this 125 episode programme is extremely funny and you can easily waste hours and hours watching episode after episode. Chris Pratt and Nick Offerman are two more hilarious reasons to give this one a go, and it just gets better and better as the seasons go on. I was genuinely sad when this came to an end, even though it gave us 7 brilliant seasons and I would happily watch it all over again when feeling like I need a really good laugh.