So you're a mom now! It's wonderful, isn't it?
And a little time-warpy, no? You suddenly have no time at all, and yet you
have So. Much. Time. Like, 3 am time in particular. And you're wearing yoga
pants a lot. But not many shirts. It's OK. Roll with it. You'll get used to
it. Then it'll change. (That's parenthood in a nutshell, by the way.)
In the meantime,
embrace your new cozy-up, hunker-down nonstop-nursing mama self. Consider yourself
A-listed to Watch-Next-Episode your way through these postpartum-perfect
series' (plus one podcast.) Read through our mom-selected recommendations and
play all, baby. Can't stop, won't stop. 3 am just got a lot more interesting.
House of Cards (Netflix): Addictive,
well-acted, full of laugh-out-loud but can't-look-away shocking-slash-ridiculous
plot twists... and totally unlike anything you're living right now in the
newborn vortex. "House of Cards" is pure, unadulterated escapism at its best. Enjoy.
Night Lights (Netflix)= Guilty pleasure high school drama and hot guy
crushes? Check. Surprisingly well-written and engaging plot lines? Check. The
real reason you'll love this show? Two words: Tammy Taylor, i.e. the
ever-badass, believable, brave (and pro-breastfeeding!) central mom character
that breaks the TV mom-character mold.
Prime Instant Video): Think life would be a whole lot easier with a sister wife around the house right about now? Um, yeah. Maybe not so much. But it is a
whole lot better with this totally unique and darkly humorous series about
polygamy on your TV. You're welcome.
Want to laugh at hipsters without completely letting go of your inner hipster self (yoga pants notwithstanding)?
Parenthood in real life is no joke. But this true-to-life sitcom is super
funny. It'll remind you that you're not alone (because, let's face it, you're
not gonna be alone again for, like, the next 18 years) and that a sense of
humor makes all the difference in rocking mom-life like a champ. A
sleep-deprived, spit-up-stained, smiling mama champ.
Want to laugh at hipsters without completely letting go of your inner hipster self (yoga pants
notwithstanding)? Then "Portlandia", Fred
Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's postmodern sketch comedy mixup brainchild, is for
Prime Instant Video): You may or may not have a clear sense of yourself as a
mom—don't worry, you are still you
and it'll all fall into place—but this show will make you realize how far
you've come since you were fresh outta college... and how you wouldn't ever want
to be 22 again.
Walking Dead (Netflix): Don't watch this unless you're
down with some gratuitous gore, but if you are
into that kind of thing, prepare for a surprisingly engaging storyline
evolution that'll tug at your mama heartstrings a little bit, too. (Not to
mention make you seriously glad you didn't give birth during a zombie
apocalypse, as one character has to.)
Longest Shortest Time (Podcast): A self-declared "3:00 am bedside companion," this podcast features episodes on every parenting
topic under the sun—from accidental pregnancy, to getting it on with a baby in
the house, to helping kids understand death—without rehashing the same old
stuff. Also without coming off as dumbed-down, dull, or otherwise
generic-vanilla parenting drivel. Nope, this show will make you feel like
you're hanging with some besties who also have babies; you'll gain insight and
understanding, and, at the same time, you'll feel understood.