One upside to the cold weather drawing in? It’s the perfect excuse to head straight home after work, curl up on the sofa and indulge in back-to-back box sets of your fave TV programmes. We’re certainly taking advantage here at Janes HQ! So we thought we’d share our current top series – the ones we can’t stop watching, and where Netflix and Chill actually becomes Netflix…and more Netflix…and more… oh, you get the picture!

Back-to-back box sets: our faves

Here’s the top series we recommend for some good old fashioned hibernation!

Veep – Holly

I am in love with this show, which follows the Vice President and all her antics with her staff. The fact it’s absolutely hilarious and has a very good script makes it one of my current favourites. I have actually just finished it so I am at a loose end until the next series. It’s ok to start from the beginning again, right? Stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyers, and the more recent series feature Hugh Laurie too!

Sky on Demand & Now TV, Seasons 1 -3

Orange is the New Black – Libby

This smash hit series – which first aired in 2013 – is based on a memoir by Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. The ensemble cast of incredible female actresses and their outstanding performances set Orange is the New Black apart from any other television show. Famous faces include Taylor Schilling (Argo, The Lucky One), Laura Prepon (That 70’s Show), and Jason Biggs (American Pie).

After an episode, I can guarantee you will be hooked and then you will proceed to binge watch all three series, while simultaneously hoping it won’t end. Thankfully though, the fourth series is currently in the making and is scheduled to premiere on Netflix in 2016.

Netflix, Seasons 1 – 3

Game of Thrones – Sophie

I’m not a big fan of fantasy so wasn’t expecting to like this, but it’s one of the best programmes I have ever seen. After watching the first episode – including a few sex scenes that would make you die if you were watching with your gran, a graphic beheading, and preparation of an arranged marriage, all topped-off with a spot of incest – I was gripped. No character is safe, they kill anyone off when you least expect it. One of those programmes you scream at the telly because you’re so involved in it, and genuinely judge people who just look at you blankly when you say “Winter is coming”.

Sky on Demand, Seasons 1 – 4

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Nell

My recent obsession on Netflix has been a show that’s actually been around for a few years, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”. As a fan of police shows, such as CSI or Criminal Minds, I like watching a show that’s spoofing the genre. By the time I’ve got home after work, I love watching something to unwind, but don’t really want to embark on a show that’s long or requires lots of concentration. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is great because the episodes are short (between 20 and 30 minutes) and are very easy watching. The characters are all great, the jokes are hilarious and the writing is sharp. If you’re at a loose end on these cold winter evenings I strongly suggest you give it a look.

Netflix, Season 1

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Becky, editor

I’m onto my second watching of this series, and it’s still absolutely hilarious! Featuring Bridesmaids Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, this brilliant comedy follows the New York antics of a 29-year-old woman rescued from an underground bunker after 15 years of captivity. Sounds grim, but the way it is written is smart and witty. Naturally, Tina Fey s involved in wtiting and the clever commentary on attitudes towards women in society is so interwoven it will have you laughing out loud (the scene where Kimmy accidentally makes a catcalling builder question his behaviour – simply by saying she likes his hard hat – is pure genius!). A whole cast of characters make every episode fresh and funny – from rich Mrs Vorhees and her diet water, to Titus’ ‘Pinot Noir’ song, it has to be watched to be believed. The perfect winter pick-me-up!

Netflix, Season 1

The Office (U.S.) – Rhian

It’s the US version of the The Office with Steve Carell playing the selflessly unaware boss Michael Scott. With possibly the best ‘will they won’t they love interests’ since Ross and Rachel.

Netflix, Seasons 1 – 9

Catastrophe – Sophie

Starring and written by American comedian Rob Delaney and Irish comedian Sharon Horgan, this programme is frigging hilarious. Rob gets Sharon pregnant during a one night stand and they deal with it in a refreshingly realistic way. Sharon is so cynical and self-loathing and Rob so witty and annoyingly positive it hurts. So many one liners in this programme make me rewind them and laugh again and again. Rob after meeting Sharon’s painfully poisonous friend Fran (Ashley Jensen) “She seems nice!” Cue glare from Sharon, “She’s a c***”. Cue me crying with laughter.

Channel 4 (second series), All4 and Amazon Prime

So there you have it – our top box sets for a cosy night in. What are your current fave TV series – what box sets are you watching back-to-back? Let us know @tweetjanes

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