The Official Guide To Binge Watching Over The Holidays

Let's face it: The weeks leading up to the holidays can be stressful. You're bouncing from party to party, making your way through crowded department stores, overdosing on baked goods and trying to get enough sleep in between.

Though the weather outside is frightful, binge watching is so delightful. So unwind with some (or all) of these shows for the best holiday week ever.

If you want to bond with your family...
Few shows emphasize the importance of family more than "Parenthood." If you haven't hopped on board with the Braverman clan yet, get ready for four-and-a-half seasons of laughter and tears.
Seasons 1-4 of "Parenthood" are available on Netflix; the first 10 episodes of Season 5 are available on Hulu Plus.

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Ah, "Cheers" -- a place where everybody knows your name. Curl up with 10 seasons of these quirky characters played by Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt and Kirstie Alley.

All 10 seasons of "Cheers" are available on Netflix.
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"The West Wing"
Nothing brings people together more than Aaron Sorkin's optimistic, late '90s/early 2000s political drama. Prepare to be inspired!

All seven seasons of "The West Wing" are available on Netflix.
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If you're feeling a little behind the times...
"Orange Is The New Black"
Not only did "Orange Is The New Black" nab a Golden Globe nomination, but it's the show everyone's been talking about for months. Even better, it's only 13 episodes long. Why wait?

Season 1 of "Orange Is The New Black" is available on Netflix.
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Olivia! Fitz! Jake! Mellie! Huck! ... Yeah, you've heard all their names whispered at the water cooler every Friday morning. Start streaming now to see what all the hype is about.

Seasons 1-2 of "Scandal" are available on Netflix; select episodes of Season 3 are available on Hulu Plus.
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"Breaking Bad"

The final episode of "Breaking Bad" aired in September, but Walter White's legacy is hardly over. Plus, a spinoff called "Better Call Saul" is on the way ... so you'd better start watching.

The first five-and-a-half seasons of "Breaking Bad" are available on Netflix.
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"The Good Wife"
From the courtroom to the bedroom, "The Good Wife" is one of the most compelling dramas on TV. Prepare to gasp ... a lot.

Seasons 1-4 of "The Good Wife" are available on Hulu Plus; the first 10 episodes of Season 5 are available on
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If British TV is your thing...

Come on, who doesn't love a good murder mystery? And Benedict Cumberbatch, of course ...

Seasons 1-2 of "Sherlock" are available on Netflix; the "Sherlock" Christmas special will air on BBC One on Christmas day.

"Upstairs, Downstairs"
Before there was "Downton Abbey," there was "Upstairs, Downstairs." Dive into Edwarnian England with this '70s Masterpiece Series.

All five seasons of "Upstairs, Downstairs" are available on Netflix.

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"Doctor Who"
If you haven't started going crazy over this beloved revamped sci-fi series yet, we guarantee you'll be hooked after only a few episodes.

Seasons 1-6 of "Doctor Who" are available on Netflix.

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If you're feeling nostalgic...
"Freaks And Geeks"
Not only will "Freaks And Geeks" transport you right back to the '80s, but it launched the careers of James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Busy Philipps and more.

The one and only season of "Freaks And Geeks" is available on Netflix.

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"Dawson's Creek"
Ah, the simpler days of yesteryear. Nestle into creek life with Dawson, Joey and the rest of the gang. But beware: There's drama around every corner.
All six seasons of "Dawson's Creek" are available on Netflix.
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"I Love Lucy"
Travel back to the 1950s and have a ball with Lucy, Ricky, Ethel and Fred.

All six seasons of "I Love Lucy" are available on Hulu Plus.
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If you have a case of the holiday blues...
"30 Rock"
Nothing will snap you out of a funk faster than Jack Donaghy and Liz Lemon going at it like the mentor and mentee they are.

All seven seasons of "30 Rock" are available on Netflix.
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"Arrested Development"
If you tuned in to the first three seasons and want to spend a day laughing, watch Season 4 of "Arrested Development" for some quality time with the Bluths.

Season 4 of "Arrested Development" is available on Netflix.
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Being a Santa Barbara Police Detective is no easy feat. Luckily, Shawn and Gus manage to have a lot of fun along the way.

Seasons 1-6 of "Psych" are available on Netflix; watch select episodes of Season 7 on Hulu Plus.

"Parks And Recreation"
Having a bad day? Leslie Knope and the rest of the Parks department will turn that frown upside down.

Seasons 1-5 of "Parks And Recreaction" are available on Netflix; the first eight episodes of Season 6 are available on Hulu Plus.
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"Orange Is The New Black"