A few years ago, we cut the cable cord and have not once regretted it. At first, we were sort of a novelty and people were curious about our decision, and now it’s much more common.
According to CNN, 4 in 10 households with a television also stream Netflix, Hulu or Amazon, and I can only assume that number will continue to climb. When I travel and don’t have that on-demand streaming selection, traditional cable TV feels so antiquated.
Binge-watching television series is my favorite couch past time. And now, a whole new catalogue of great TV shows is now available – HBO just made the smart move to streaming, offering all of their series and current movies on Apple TV. HBO NOW is currently offering a free one month trial, and then will be about a $15/month subscription. We immediately decided to try it out, and have already gotten hooked on a new series (and watched a few kids movies too! Ice Age 2 was a hit!)
My husband, who loves to research, scouted out all of the shows he thinks we should watch, and we have a list that includes:
Surprisingly, neither of us has seen it, and it’s always rated one of the top 3 best series of all time on any list, including landing at the #1 spot TV Guide Magazine’s 60 Best Series of All Time list.
Wine Pairing: XY Zin, a robust but easy to drink red wine
Also, surprisingly on a lot of lists, and now that it’s on my list I notice more mentions of it. It’s about cops and drugs in Baltimore, and is #6 on TV Guide’s list.
Wine Pairing: Breaking open a bottle of the Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc and pairing with a Maryland Crab Cake appetizer seems appropriate for this Baltimore based drama.
This stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. Do we really need to know what the plot line is to tune in?
Wine Pairing: Grab some girlfriends and pop a bottle of Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut to compliment the eye candy.
Bored to Death
We’ve started watching the quirky comedy, Bored to Death, which stars Ted Dansen, Zach Galifianakis, and Jason Schwartzman and every episode has made me laugh out loud. The clever dialogue and peculiar characters make the series absorbing, and my husband, who started watching it before he suggested that I start it, has re-watched almost every one.
I put a bottle of J Vineyards Chardonnay in the fridge so we can enjoy a glass of white wine, just like the main character, Jonathan Ames. Now that I’ve brought up wine, my favorite topic, here’s a white wine to try this weekend over on The Good Taste Guide, my little wine guide & shopping site.
Series to watch on HBO Now
If you do try it out, I recommend Sex & the City (duh), The Tudors (Season 2 is my favorite!! Anne Boleyn… wow), Big Love, and In Treatment.
Tell me: do you have any recommendations on series we should add to our list?