There’s no question that television has greatly improved in recent years. With new releases every week, there are plenty of great shows to choose from. Whether you’re looking for something to watch on your downtime or something that can fill up an entire evening, these are the best shows you can watch as the cold, dark evenings roll in this winter. Some a cult favourites that you may not have had time to catch up on yet, and others are still releasing new seasons so you can get involved in the drama in real time. 

Game of Thrones

The fantasy series features an epic battle of good and evil as several noble families battle for control of the Iron Throne. In addition to a compelling storyline, the series also boasts a spectacular cast that includes Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and more. If you need something to keep your attention while relaxing on the couch, this is a great choice. If you have already seen the entire series, check out for more viewing options including the new prequel series House of the Dragon. 

Breaking Bad 

Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this series focuses on Walter White as he starts producing and selling methamphetamine to secure his family’s financial future after he gets diagnosed with lung cancer. The show has received numerous awards over the years and has been praised for its compelling storyline and compelling characters. If you’re looking for a show that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is a great option. 

Stranger Things

This Netflix original series is set in a 1980s town in rural Indiana and features a group of young boys who mysteriously vanish one night only to reappear several weeks later with strange new powers. The show has garnered much attention since its release in 2016 due to its complex characters and intricate storyline. If you’re looking for something new to try on Netflix, this is a good option. 

The Walking Dead

Based on the comic book of the same name by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore, The Walking Dead is a post-apocalyptic drama about a group of people trying to survive in a world overrun by zombies. The series features strong character development, engaging storylines, and memorable characters that have all made the show into a television hit over the years. If you want to watch a show that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is one you’ll want to check out. 

Better Call Saul 

A spin-off of Breaking Bad, this show takes place before Saul Goodman becomes a lawyer as he works to make a name for himself in the Albuquerque underworld. The show has received numerous award nominations since it began airing in 2015. If you like crime dramas, this is a good one to check out. 


Set in Los Angeles, this series follows the life of a man formerly known as Maura Pfefferman who decides to come out as transgender after coming out as a lesbian in the previous seasons of the show. The show is praised for its thoughtful exploration of issues of gender identity and sexual orientation as well as the comedic elements it brings to the show. If you enjoy shows that make you think outside the box, this is one to watch.

Silicon Valley

This show focuses on the trials and tribulations of a group of friends who are trying to build a start-up company in the tech capital of the world – Silicon Valley. The comedy in the show provides plenty of laughs while the serious plotlines keep the show from feeling too frivolous. If you’re looking for something light-hearted and fun, this show is a great choice.


This series is based on the true story of how Pablo Escobar rose to the top of the Medellin Cartel in Colombia and eventually became one of the most infamous drug lords of all time. If you liked Breaking Bad or any other series focused on drug cartels and kingpins, you’ll love Narcos. If you love shows like Breaking Bad or The Wire, Narcos will be right up your alley.