How does that famous saying go? “Happy mom, happy fam?” Okay, maybe that’s not the exact quote, but it definitely applies. While you are spinning your wheels trying to keep your kids entertained at home, try to remember to kick your feet back every once in a while, too! Here are a few newly-released, binge-worthy (definitely not family-friendly) shows to watch after the kids go to bed. Grab some popcorn and your beverage of choice and enjoy a moment to yourself.
- Never Have I Ever (Netflix): You might see the show cover and assume this series is for teenie boppers only, but do yourself a favor and reconsider. Written by Mindy Kaling and based loosely on her life, the series follows a first generation Indian American teen who is hilarious, witty and trying to find her place in highschool and beyond.
- Mrs. America (Hulu): Starring Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne and Elizabeth Banks, Mrs. America tells the heated story of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. Many of the issues and debates they face are eerily similar to many we are still facing today.
- Dead to Me (Netflix): Dark comedy based on deep friendships and deeper secrets, starring Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, Sam McCarthy. Need I say more?
- Outlander (Stars): Romantic drama based on an English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 where she meets her soul-mate, a Scottish Highland native, and is forced to choose between her own time period and his.
- Working Moms (Netflix): Four modern moms juggle love of work, love of family and all the chaos in-between. This series will have you cracking up and crying at the painful relatability of raising a family along-side a career.
- The Great (Hulu): This occasionally true story is an American comedy-drama mini-series loosely based on the rise of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia.
- Schitt’s Creek (Netflix): If you are looking for a laugh, do not search any further. Written by and starring father & son Dan and Eugine Levy, this quirky and eccentric show will have you howling with laughter.
- Atypical (Netflix): This one is an oldie (Season 3 was released in Nov. 2019) but a goodie. The main character is an 18-year old who is on the autism spectrum and is also searching for a girlfriend and further independence. It’s hilarious and heartwarming.
Additional reader recommendations of popular streaming series:
- Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
- Killing Eve (Prime video)
- Dollface (Hulu)
- Vikings (Prime video)
- Star Trek: Picard (Prime video)
- The Expanse (Netflix/Prime video)
- The Ranch (Netflix)
- Motherland: Fort Salem (Freeform/Sling TV)
- Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
Got a streaming series or show you love to watch after the kids go to bed? Send us your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below. If you are looking for family-friendly shows to enjoy together, check out our staff picks for each decade.