9 Perfect TV Shows To Watch If You're Spending Black Friday At Home

Skip the crowds and save your money.

When you think of Black Friday, also known as the day after Thanksgiving, you probably think of shopping. More specifically, you might think of early hours and rowdy crowds. So we totally understand if you would rather stay home, eat leftovers, and watch TV — either alone or with your family.

Of course, picking a series to binge watch can often be as difficult as picking which discounted television set to grab before they're all gone. If you're struggling to decide, or your house guests just can't find common ground, we've narrowed the list down for you by choosing only the most Black Friday-relevant series (the proof is in their titles). So sit back, relax, and give your wallet a rest.


1. Orange is the New Black

As of now, you can spend as many as four seasons with the inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary, through all the laughter and heartbreak and chicken-catching. The show has been renewed for three more seasons, so you'll have plenty more to look forward to.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Recommended Episode: Season 1, Episode 3, "Lesbian Request Denied"

2. Orphan Black

Earlier this year, actress Tatiana Maslany finally won an Emmy for her fourth season brilliantly portraying half a dozen very different clones. Witness her amazing performance(s) for yourself, and catch up before the show's final season premieres next year.

Where to Watch: BBC America

Recommended Episode: Season 1, Episode 6, "Variations Under Domestication"

3. Black Mirror

Each episode in this frequently dark anthology series (featuring actors such as Bryce Dallas Howard and Jon Hamm) focuses on the consequences of modern technology, often in a world eerily similar to our own. It's definitely not for the faint of heart, but the contained episodes make it a great choice if you don't have much free time this holiday weekend.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Recommended Episode: Season 3, Episode 4, "San Junipero"

4. Black-ish

If you're looking for an entertaining family comedy that also addresses social issues, look no further than this Emmy-nominated sitcom. Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross star as the parents of four kids. Laurence Fishburne co-stars as Anderson's father.

Where to Watch: Hulu

Recommended Episode: Season 2, Episode 16, "Hope"

5. Black Sails

Instead of watching crowds of people ransack your local department store, safely spend the day watching TV pirates do their thing. The cast of characters includes the likes of John Silver and Blackbeard. Next year's season will be its last, so catch up while you can.

Where to Watch: Starz

Recommended Episode: Season 1, Episode 8, "VIII"

6. The Blacklist

James Spader is unrivaled as Red, a criminal who becomes an informant for the FBI. The fourth season of the show returns in January, but until then you can catch the first three seasons.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Recommended Episode: Season 3, Episode 9, "The Director"

7. Code Black

Fan of Grey's Anatomy? You might like this medical drama starring Marcia Gay Harden about a busy emergency room in Los Angeles. It's currently in its second season on CBS, with Rob Lowe joining the cast.

Where to Watch: Download season 1 on Amazon, stream season 2 on CBS

Recommended Episode: Season 2, Episode 6, "Hero Complex"

8. The Black Donnellys

All 13 episodes of this short-lived family drama are available online, including the episodes that didn't air on television. The series, about four brothers involved in organized crime, co-stars Olivia Wilde in one of her earliest roles.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Recommended Episode: Season 1, Episode 1, "Pilot"

9. Black Books

This show is a must-see for fans of British comedy. It stars Dylan Moran as Bernard Black, a misanthropic bookshop owner. If you put your mind to it, you can catch up on the entire series in one day. Look out for famous faces like Simon Pegg in guest roles.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Recommended Episode: Season 1, Episode 5, "The Big Lock-Out"


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