How do you like to chill out during the holidays? At their core, the holidays are all about spending time with your loved ones and taking a break from the busyness of daily life. Slowing down and getting cozy with our loved ones feels so enriching, especially when we spend so much of the year worrying about our goals and to-do lists.
Practicing self-care for the holidays (and any time of year) can take many forms. For those asking what is self-care, it’s important to remember that it encompasses any activity or practice that helps you reduce stress and improve your mental, physical, or spiritual well-being.
That can mean taking a CBD bubble bath, starting a meditation routine, journaling about things you are grateful for, eating delicious foods, or simply chilling out with your loved ones. And what better way to do that than having a night of Netflix & chill with your family?
If vegging out on the couch surrounded by loved ones sounds like a good form of rest and relaxation for you, then read on for 13 of our favorite Netflix shows (and one movie) to binge watch this holiday season!
The Great British Baking Show
This might just be the most wholesome show on television. Despite it being a competition, the amateur bakers are always friendly & supportive towards each other. It is so heartwarming to listen to the contestants accept their failures and find pride in giving their bakes the best they’ve got, even when they don’t win. There are seven seasons of this show available on Netflix, plus two seasons of The Great British Baking Show Holidays if you’re feeling festive!
Ru Paul’s Drag Race
Yaaassssss queen this show is the best!! We love Ru’s tough love and everyone’s sass. Ru Paul’s Drag Race is an Emmy Award winning competition for queens to win $100,000 dollars and the title of a lifetime: America’s Next Drag Superstar. Watch for the drag (you’ll be amazed by how much artistry goes into it if you’ve never seen this before), and stay for the tea.
Salt Fat Acid Heat
Based on her cookbook by the same name, Samin Nosrat’s four episode Netflix series is a delight for cooks, foodies, and people who just like to eat. Each episode explores one crucial element of cooking (salt, fat, acid, and heat) through foods from different cultures and traditions around the world. Watching Nosrat make handmade pesto with an Italian grandmother is sure to inspire you and your family to get cooking!
Jane the Virgin
Based on the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen by Perla Farías, Jane the Virgin is quirky and sweet. We love watching Gina Rodriguez kill it in this funny and honest role as a young woman who has vowed to remain a virgin until marriage. When she finds out she’s been accidentally artificially inseminated by her gynecologist, her life gets pretty complicated.
Queer Eye: More Than A Makeover
Warning: this reboot of the early 2000’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” will probably bring tears to your eyes. Watching Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness (also known as the “fab five”) teach regular guys how to dress, moisturize, cook, and value themselves is a beautiful experience.
Big Dreams, Small Spaces
This is another British show that is simply a joy to watch. Featuring Monty Don, a famous UK gardener, Big Dreams, Small Spaces is a great one to enjoy with homeowners, DIY’ers, nature lovers, and gardeners alike. In each episode, Monty Don visits two different homes in the UK to help people realize their gardening fantasies, from pulling up concrete and weeds to planting beautiful displays of colorful flowers and edible plants.
One Day At A Time
Based on the 1970’s comedy by the same name, the new version of One Day At A Time applies a classic sitcom structure to a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles’ Echo Park. Despite dealing with heavy issues including PTSD, addiction, immigration, homophobia, sexism, and racism, One Day At A Time is both hilarious and hopeful. Also, Rita Moreno is in this (and she is amazing, as always).
The Good Place
Featuring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, The Good Place is a poignant satire for the times. The show begins with Bell’s character, Eleanor, finding out that she has died and been sent to “the good place,” which is essentially heaven. Eleanor knows that, thanks to her crappy attitude and actions in life, she should rightfully belong in “the bad place,” and decides to seek out advice on moral philosophy so she can fit in better in the good place. The show is hilarious and whimsical, and it poses some strikingly thoughtful questions about morality in our modern world.
This mini-series is hosted by food writer Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, Cooked. He breaks cooking down into four essential elements - fire, water, air, and earth. In each episode Pollan delves into the science and history of cooking, speaking with experts and cooks from around the world. It’s fascinating to watch him learn about and then try his own hand at different cooking techniques.
Grace & Frankie
When Grace (played by Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) find out that their husbands are lovers, they are forced into an unlikely friendship. Grace and Frankie and their families begin to discover what family, friendship, and love really mean to them in this lighthearted comedy series. The relationship that blossoms between Frankie’s hippie character and the more traditional Grace is where much of the show’s conflicts, humor, and sweet moments come from.
Produced by and starring Eugene & Daniel Levy, this show is a riot of silly jokes, over-the-top characters (ahem, Moira Rose with her costumes and wigs), and subtle lessons about humanity. It begins with the Rose’s, a spoiled family used to the celebrity life in New York, having all of their worldly possessions taken from them. They are left with nowhere to go but to a small town where they stick out like a sore thumb. Watching the Rose family and their new community evolve and mature together is both touching and hilarious.
On My Block
This teen coming-of-age story is set in a made-up neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles, but the issues it addresses are very real. In their first year of high school, four friends find themselves navigating gang violence, death, race, financial hardship, and family issues alongside the normal teen problems of romance, friendship, and simply growing up. Ranging from sad to sweet to hilarious, this show will keep you intrigued right up to the last episode.
This British sitcom stars a young woman, Tracey Gordon, who was raised religiously and sheltered who has decided that she is ready to lose her virginity. She is not only silly, but flawed and messy. Chewing Gum portrays sex and adulthood in a refreshingly real and funny way through inventive and sometimes uncomfortable situations.
Ok this last one isn’t a show but it’s it’s so cute we couldn’t leave it out: Always Be My Maybe is a sweet movie starring Ali Wong and Randall Park who both bring a sarcastic wit to the screen. The last time they saw each other was after losing their virginity together in the backseat of Marcus’ (Randall Park) car...15 years ago. Now Sasha (Ali Wong) is a famous chef and she’s moving back home where she and Marcus adorably and hilariously re-adapt to being in each others’ lives.