We’re here to let you know the best shows to get you through maternity leave! Some shows do require more attention and may also not be appropriate for the eyes and ears of babes, so save these for after bedtime.
We’ve grouped these into categories for you: comedy, family cartoons, family drama, crime drama, medical drama, historical fiction, apocalyptic future, and just for women! Many of these titles hit the best of list on IMBD, but in our opinion, these are the top pics!
And yes I’ve seen them all, usually as background noise but it still counts!
Santa Clarita Diet-Joel and Sheila Hammond are everyday suburban real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California. The couple face a series of obstacles when Sheila has a physical transformation into a zombie and starts craving human flesh.
Ash vs. Evil Dead-The series is set approximately 30 years after the first three Evil Dead films, and serves as a sequel to that trilogy. Ash Williams works at the “Value Stop” as a simple stock boy. Also working at the store is his friend Pablo and the object of Pablo’s affections, Kelly.
Kim’s Convenience-Mr. and Mrs. Kim are Korean Canadian convenience store owners who have worked hard to give their now-twenty-something children, Janet and Jung, a better life in Canada. Husband and wife Appa and Umma (the Kims) are first generation Korean-Canadians who operate a convenience store in inner city Toronto.
SNL-is an American late-night live television show with celebrity host and featured musicians on Saturday nights weekly.
The Office-is an American television sitcom broadcast on NBC. Created as an adaptation by Greg Daniels of the British series of the same name, it is a mockumentary that follows the day-to-day lives of the employees of the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of Dunder Mifflin, a fictional paper supply company.
New Girl-Zooey Deschanel as Jessica Day: a bubbly, offbeat teacher in her early thirties who is originally from Portland, Oregon. In the premiere episode, she moves into the guys’ apartment where Nick, Schmidt, and Coach help her move on from a painful break-up with her boyfriend, Spencer.
Modern Family-This mockumentary explores the many different types of a modern family through the stories of a gay couple, comprised of Mitchell and Cameron, and their daughter Lily, a straight couple, comprised of Phil and Claire, and their three kids, Haley, Alex, and Luke, and a multicultural couple, which is comprised of Jay and Gloria, and their son Manny. These three types of families are being taped by a Dutch documentary crew who are using them for an upcoming reality-based television series due to air in The Netherlands.
Friends-A classic! Ross Geller, Rachel Green, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing, and Phoebe Buffay are six 20 something year olds living in New York City. Over the course of 10 years, these friends go through family, love, drama, friendship, and comedy.
How I Met Your Mother-Ted Mosby sits down with his kids, to tell them the story of how he met their mother. The story is told through memories of his friends Marshall, Lily, Robin, and Barney Stinson. All legendary 9 seasons lead up to the moment of Ted’s final encounter with “the one.”
Parks and Rec-Parks and Recreation focuses on Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), the deputy director of the Parks and Recreation Department in the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee.
Arrested Development-Michael Bluth, a widower with a 13-year-old son, named George-Michael, is forced to keep his large and dysfunctional family together after his father is arrested for shifty accounting practices at the family-owned conglomerate and the Bluth family assets are frozen, making each member of the eccentric family panic.
Flight of the Conchords-Flight of the Conchords are a New Zealand-based comedy duo composed of musicians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. The duo’s comedy and music became the basis of a BBC radio series and then an American television series that aired for two seasons on HBO.
Schitt’s Creek-When filthy-rich video store magnate Johnny Rose and his family suddenly find themselves broke, they are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup and rebuild their empire from within the rural city limits of their only remaining asset – Schitt’s Creek, an armpit of a town they once bought as a joke.
Big Bang Theory-The Big Bang Theory is centered on physicists Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter, whose geeky and introverted lives are changed when Penny, an attractive waitress and aspiring actress, moves into the apartment across from theirs.
Freaks and Geeks-This is the story about two groups at high school- freaks and geeks. The freaks (“lead” by Daniel Desario), add a new member to their group, Lindsey Weir (a once mathlete) who just wants to fit in. The geeks Bill, Neal, and Sam have a mission of making it through their freshman year of high school.
Adventure Time-Adventure Time follows the adventures of a boy named Finn the Human (voiced by Jeremy Shada), and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake the Dog (John DiMaggio), who has magical powers to change shape and size at will.
The Yard-The six-part half-hour miniseries starring kids takes a new approach to the mafia mentality by bringing the mean streets to the schoolyard with the kids running the show.
Venture Bros-The warped misadventures of a former boy genius turned washed-up, middle-aged mad scientist Dr. Rusty Venture; his moronic teenage sons; their maniac bodyguard; and the Doctor’s arch-nemeses, incompetent super villain The Monarch and his masculine paramour, Dr. Girlfriend.
Bobs Burgers-Bob’s Burgers centers on the Belcher family (consists of Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene and Louise) who own a hamburger restaurant. … Together, they run Bob’s Burgers where the food is great but life always gets in the way of business.
The Simpsons-Homer is the oafish unhealthy beer loving father, Marge is the hardworking homemaker wife, Bart is the perpetual ten-year-old underachiever (and proud of it), Lisa is the unappreciated eight-year-old genius, and Maggie is the cute, pacifier loving silent infant. The amazing misadventures of Homer, the fat and ‘DOH!’
South Park-South Park is an animated series featuring four foul-mouthed 4th graders, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman. The show is set in the Colorado town of South Park where weird things keep happening, whether it’s being abducted by aliens or avoiding Kyle’s little brother Ike.
Family Guy-Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; their children Meg, Chris, and Stewie; and their anthropomorphic pet dog Brian.
Archer-At an international spy agency, global crises are merely opportunities for its highly trained employees to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other. At the center of it all is suave master spy Sterling Archer, whose less-than-masculine code name is “Duchess.”
Nashville-Set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene, the new drama revolves around a 40-year-old superstar Rayna Jaymes, whose star begins fading.
13 Reasons Why-Clay Jensen returns home from school one day to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
Anne-Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert are unmarried siblings who live on their ancestral farm, Green Gables, in the quiet town of Avonlea in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Marilla hesitates at first, but after a trial period, she agrees to let orphan Anne stay on, after the workhouse sends her as their farm helper.
Atypical-Atypical is a coming of age story that follows Sam, an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum as he searches for love and independence. … Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, decides it’s time to find a girlfriend, a journey that sets Sam’s mom on her own life-changing path as her son seeks more independence.
This is Us-Premise. The series follows the lives of siblings Kevin, Kate, and Randall (known as the “Big Three”), and their parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson. It takes place in the present and using flashbacks, at various times in the past.
Switched at Birth-Tells the story of two teen girls who discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother, while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing as a child due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a poor neighbourhood.
Parenthood-This television production follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family.
Shameless-Shameless is the story of a family of six kids and their drunk and selfish father. The eldest daughter Fiona has to raise the rest of the family on her own. Meet the fabulously dysfunctional Gallagher family. Dad’s a drunk, Mom split long ago, eldest daughter Fiona tries to hold the family together.
Criminal Minds-It tells the story of a group of behavioral profilers who work for the FBI, as members of their Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). The team focus on profiling the criminal, called the “unsub” or “unknown subject”, rather than solely investigating the crime.
Quantico-This show follows the lives and events of a class of new recruits at the Quantico Base in Virginia and Special Agent Liam O’Connor (Dougray Scott) tells them that the FBI Academy is the toughest boot camp and hardest grad school rolled into one.
Orange is the New Black-The series revolves around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman in her thirties living in New York City who is sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Wentworth-The series is a remake of Prisoner, which aired on Network Ten from 1979 to 1986. … The show is set in modern-day Victoria, Australia and focuses on the fictional women’s prison Wentworth.
Better Call Saul-And if you’re calling Jimmy, you’re in real trouble. The prequel to “Breaking Bad” follows small-time attorney Jimmy McGill as he transforms into Walter White’s morally challenged lawyer, Saul Goodman. … You may know him better as Saul Goodman, Walter White’s slippery, resourceful lawyer in Breaking Bad.
Breaking Bad-A once loyal father and chemistry teacher, Walter White, turns to a life of crime due to developing stage 3 terminal lung cancer. … Breaking Bad follows protagonist Walter White, a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife and teenage son who has cerebral palsy.
Sons of Anarchy-Sons of Anarchy, aka SAMCRO, is a motorcycle club that operates both illegal and legal businesses in the small town of Charming. They combine gun-running and a garage, plus involvement in porn film.
Good Girls-This girls-gone-bad dramedy where suburban moms turn to a life of crime, for good reason.
American Vandal-Clearly a riff on the streaming giant’s acclaimed true crime series Making A Murderer and The Keepers, American Vandal is a half-hour true crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven faculty cars vandalized with phallic images.
True Detective-Each season boasts a new cast of law enforcement officers and the stories of their most notorious cases.
Dexter-Dexter Morgan, Miami Metro Police Department blood spatter analyst, has a double life. When he’s not helping the Homicide division solving murders, he spends his time hunting and killing bad guys that slip through the justice system. He spends his sun-drenched days solving crimes – and moonlit nights committing them.
Fargo-The all new “true crime” case of Fargo’s new chapter travels back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota, where a young State Police Officer Lou Solverson, recently back from Vietnam, investigates a case involving a local crime gang and a major Mob syndicate.
Rookie Blue-Set in Toronto, the series follows the lives of five rookie cops from fictional 15 Division who have just graduated from the academy. Training’s over, life begins. They must learn not only to deal with their duties as police officers, but also deal with the problems and expectation of their families and friends.
Ozark-Financial planner Marty Byrde suddenly relocates the family from the Chicago suburb of Naperville to Osage Beach, a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks after a money laundering scheme goes wrong, and he must make amends to a Mexican drug cartel by setting up a bigger laundering operation.
Weeds-It’s central character is Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), a widowed mother of two boys who begins selling marijuana to support her family, after her husband dies of a heart attack. Each season more hilarity and craziness ensues.
Chicago Fire-The show follows the lives of the firefighters and paramedics working at the Chicago Fire Department firehouse of Engine 51, Truck 81, Squad 3, Ambulance 61 & Battalion 25.
Grey’s Anatomy-The 14-season series follows Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), the daughter of an esteemed general surgeon named Ellis Grey, following her acceptance into the residency program at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital. I would call it the new ER!
House-The series follows a team of diagnosticians at “Princeton Plainsboro teaching hospital” led by misanthrope medical genius, Greg House, MD
The Good Doctor-Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues. Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and Savant syndrome, is recruited into the surgical unit of a prestigious hospital.
Outlander-Outlander is a television drama based upon author Diana Gabaldon’s historical time travel book series of the same name. When the lead character Claire is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives in two different times in history.
Silicon Valley-In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A comedy partially inspired by Mike Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s.
When Calls The Heart-When Calls the Heart tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high-society life in 1910.
Bates Motel-The show starts out as Norman Bates being portrayed as a regular young man. A contemporary prequel to Psycho, giving a portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years, and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is.
Mad Men-The professional and personal lives of those who work in advertising on Madison Avenue – self-coined “mad men” – in the 1960s are presented. The stories focus on those at one of the avenue’s smaller firms, Sterling Cooper, and its various incarnations over the decade.
Game of Thrones-Game of Thrones takes place near the fictional continent of Westeros. Years after a rebellion spurred by a stolen bride to be and the blind ambitions of a mad king, Robert of the house Baratheon sits on the much-desired Iron Throne. In the mythical land of Westeros, nine noble families fight for every inch of control and every drop of power.
The Crown-The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. … Chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times.
Stranger Things-When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.
The Walking Dead-The Walking Dead Summary. Officer Rick Grimes is wounded in a shoot-out and ends up in a month-long coma. … Morgan says many survivors fled to Atlanta, and Rick decides to see if Lori and Carl, his wife and son, are there. Season after season they meet new survivors, dangers and the dead.
True Blood-True Blood is an American dark fantasy horror television series produced and created by Alan Ball and based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of novels by Charlaine Harris. It’s an HBO show so you know it’s going to be gory and sexy!
West World-Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park allows its visitors to live out their most primal fantasies with the robotic “hosts.” However, the robotic hosts have evolved an artificial consciousness that is similar to, yet diverges from, human consciousness.
The Handmaids’ Tale-Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. Because of dangerously low reproduction rates, Handmaids are assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving.
Black Mirror-Black Mirror is a British science fiction anthology television series. It examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies.
Fringe-The FBI teams up with a formerly-institutionalized scientist – who was performing experiments on the fringe of real science – and his son to investigate weird crimes that are seemingly part of a larger pattern and may be connected with a global company called Massive Dynamic. An F.B.I.
Gilmore Girls-Gilmore Girls follows the lives of not just the show’s two main characters, coffee-loving 32-year-old inn manager Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her bookworm 16-year-old daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel), but their entire town of Stars Hollow.
Grace and Frankie-Starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as Grace and Frankie, two women whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and want to get married.
Call The Midwife-The plot follows newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee, and the work of midwives and the nuns of Nonnatus House, a nursing convent, and part of an Anglican religious order, coping with the medical problems in the deprived Poplar district of London’s desperately poor East End, in the 1950s.
Girls-Girls is an American HBO television series created by and starring Lena Dunham and executive produced by Judd Apatow. … The show’s premise and major aspects of the main character—including being cut off financially from her parents, becoming a writer, and making unfortunate decisions—were drawn from Dunham’s own life.
The Let Down-The letdown is a humorous yet truthful insight into new motherhood.
Broad City-Broad City is an American television sitcom, created by and starring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. … The series is based on Glazer and Jacobson’s real-life friendship, and their attempt to “make it” in New York. Amy Poehler is one of Broad City’s executive producers and appeared in the web series finale.
Working Moms-Four very different thirty-something working mothers and friends try to balance their jobs, family life and love life in modern day Toronto
That’s all for now folks! The kids are in bed, the popcorn is hot and the wine is cold.
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