The new year comes new releases on Netflix, making it that much harder to peel your eyes away from the TV and stick to that "I'm going to be more productive" resolution.
Netflix knows exactly the power it has over helpless TV lovers, and although Hollywood blockbusters and prime-time series fill the lists, there might be a worthy show or two that you haven't heard yet! Compare your guilty pleasures with the staff at Canadian Living and find out what series they can't stop watching:
Sandi Pilon, Senior Associate Art Director
Jane the Virgin
"I love this show because it plays like a telenovela which always keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat as to what's going to happen next. You can't help but want to watch the next episode right after! At the same time, it's cheeky, fun and the location (in Miami) is colourful and beautiful. "
and The Vampire Diaries
"Super embarrassing but this show is so easy to binge watch. Same as Jane the Virgin, there's always SO much drama that happens in one episode and leaves you hanging that you have no choice but to watch the next episode."
Claire Sibonney, Digital Director
"Pretty much the funniest and most clever TV show ever, it's about the riches-to-rags story of America’s most eccentric, neurotic and dysfunctional family, the Bluths. This show is all about the brilliant writing, inside jokes and maybe the best ensemble cast of all time. If it’s not already an obsession, it will be. Start binge-watching now because rumour (still) has it that Season 5 is coming."
Stacy Lee Kong, Senior Editor
The Show: Riverdale
"It's a modern take on the Archie comics I loved as a kid, but this time, Archie and Jughead aren't friends, Betty and Veronica are far more nuanced than they were in the comics and the whole story revolves around a murder-mystery. Also: Luke Perry (aka Dylan on the original Beverly Hills 90210) appears as Archie's dad."
Linda Cotrina, Web Producer
The Show: Please Like Me
"This Australian dramedy series explores the life of Josh, a quirky millennial, who’s just trying to navigate through life’s complex issues, including his sexuality after realizing he is gay. This show was recommended to me by a friend and I managed to binge-watch all three seasons in three days. It is so hilariously awkward but also very moving in its depiction of real life issues."
Alanna Lipson, Contributing Editor
The Show: Terrace House
"It's a reality TV show in which six strangers inhabit a house together, and a panel reviews what happens and shares their commentary. It's weird and delightful and very soothing because the stakes are so low, and nothing really happens. The house's inhabitants don't get paid for being on the show, they just go to their regular jobs or classes during the day, and they can leave at any time. At first, you'll wonder What am I watching?! but you'll be hooked before you know it."