We’ve all been there. The baby pooped all over your last pair of clean pants, some monster cut in front of you in line when you were trying to get your latte and your sitter just sent you a breakup text. All that’s left is to lay on the couch, cry and binge-watch something that will help you escape your crappy day. But what to queue up?
Here are some suggestions for your own mom’s version of Netflix and chill:
If you’re feeling cooped up, crapped out and trapped in your house, this hilarious Amazon Prime show might inspire you to leave the kids at home and get out and find a hobby.
“In 1958 New York, Midge Maisel's life is on track—husband, kids and elegant Yom Kippur dinners in their Upper West Side apartment. But when her life takes a surprise turn, she has to quickly decide what else she's good at—and going from housewife to stand-up comic is a wild choice to everyone but her.”
2. "Lost in Space"
Are you feeling nostalgic, and also feeling like the only way to get out of doing those five loads of laundry is to move to another planet? Then this new Netflix Original is for you.
"After crash-landing on an alien planet, the Robinson family fights against all odds to survive and escape. But they’re surrounded by hidden dangers.”
You know you should just let it go, but you can’t help wishing something terrible would happen to that smug jerk that cut in front of you at Starbucks. Let creepy-cool Dexter take it all out on total strangers for you.
“He's Dexter Morgan, everyone's favorite serial killer. As a Miami forensics expert, he spends his days solving crimes, and nights committing them.”
This documentary is great for those times when you feel like running away and joining a cult just to avoid changing another diaper, but you want something to convince you not to. Thanks, Netflix.
“When a controversial cult leader builds a utopian city in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal.”
5. "Queer Eye"
Admit it, you’ve always fantasized about having five incredibly fun dudes come over to your house and just make-over your entire life.
“It's the 'Queer Eye' you know, but with five fresh new faces on a mission to make over Atlanta—and challenge notions of what it means to ‘be a man.’”
Sometimes you just know that seeing Idris Elba on screen will make you forget that you forgot to sign up for preschool.
“A dedicated urban detective tries to keep a grip on his personal life while dealing with the psychological factors underlying the crimes he solves.”
Dreaming of a day when your kids are grown and can take care of YOU? Bonus: An 80-year-old Jane Fonda, looking as gorgeous and stylish as ever, is an inspiration to shed our sweatpants and keep on keepin’ on. Trust me, you'll laugh till you cry with this one.
“They're not friends, but when their husbands leave them for each other, proper Grace and eccentric Frankie begin to bond in this Emmy-nominated series.”
8. "Broad City"
This is perfect for when you you want to flash back to your childless, single years, when your biggest concern was whether or not to get bangs.
“'Broad City' is an odd-couple comedy about two best friends navigating their 20s in New York City.”
It’s always comforting to see a realistic portrayal of a family who can screw things up just as bad as you can.
“Four grown siblings juggle parenthood, relationships, careers and more as they cope with life's ups and downs in this drama set in Berkeley, California.”
10. "Jessica Jones"
Are you convinced that you need a superpower to deal with the other parents in your playgroup? Or do you just feel like seeing a badass chick take out a bad guy? Then look no further than this dark, sexy Netflix original.
“Haunted by a traumatic past, Jessica Jones uses her gifts as a private eye to find her tormentor before he can harm anyone else in Hell's Kitchen.”