Netflix And (Literally) Chill: Best Shows For Couples To Binge Watch Together

Good news: There’s no need to defend your date nights on the couch. According to a research paper published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, binge-watching TV as a couple can actually bring you closer. (And, no, the study was not sponsored by Netflix.)

The study authors concluded that sharing media can often compensate for a lack of shared friends. You’re still sharing — and bonding over — a social world, just a fictional one.

Tip: For the sake of the relationship, don’t sneak episodes without your partner.

“In modern-day romance, resisting the impulse to binge so that you may watch with a lover is the new equivalent of meeting the parents or sharing a sober kiss,” wrote Katherine Rosman for The New York Times.

Here are our picks for date-night binge-watching. What are yours?

Master of None

This Netflix original from comedian Aziz Ansari about a 30-something actor trying to navigate life in New York City — love, career, family — will have you cringing, laughing and rooting for love. Great conversation starters for new and old couples alike.

Watch to watch next: Judd Apatow’s Love.

Stranger Things

This was the must-watch show of the summer. If you haven’t seen it yet, curl up with your loved one and get ready for an ‘80s-inspired-horror sci-fi treat.

Enjoying the suspense? Cue up The Walking Dead, Orphan Black or Bloodline next.

Freaks and Geeks

More ‘80s fashion! This 18-episode cult hit from 1999 captures the pain, angst and hilarity of adolescence.

Other shows to help you relive high school: Friday Night Lights and Gilmore Girls. (Get caught up on Gilmore Girls now, as a four-episode revival is coming to Netflix later this month.)

Marvel’s Luke Cage

Here are 13 things to know before binge-watching this critically acclaimed action-packed drama.

(Marvel fans should probably binge-watch Jessica Jones and Daredevil, too. The three shows are leading up to The Defenders, a crossover miniseries.)

House of Cards

Since it’s election season for our neighbours south of border, why not binge-watch this slick (and often terrifying) Netflix drama? The pursuit of political power is not for the faint of heart.

Another American political thriller to binge-watch: Scandal.

Mad Men

This drama set in the world of 1960s advertising is often named as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Here’s a guide to binge-watching the show.

Other historical dramas we love: Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Sherlock.

Sources:

research paper: http://spr.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/07/26/0265407516660388.full.pdf+html

http://www.marieclaire.com/sex-love/news/a22628/binge-watching-brings-couples-together/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/on-demand/2016/09/15/netflix-and-chill-binge-watching-is-good-for-your-love-life-say/

New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/style/love-in-the-time-of-binge-watching.html

Luke Cage: https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/13-things-to-know-before-you-binge-marvels-luke-cage/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_television_series_considered_the_best#Best_TV_Drama

Mad Men: https://www.wired.com/2015/01/binge-guide-mad-men/