If you’re anything like me, you are probably suffering at the current moment from a mostly unnamed and unacknowledged illness. It’s when you suffer withdrawals from your favorite TV shows because they take breaks from their weekly airtime. And yes, it is a real thing. Hiatus weeks are never fun since we don’t get the weekly dose of our favorite shows, but they can also be a great time to catch up on other shows that are about to pick up again. Feeling bored during your favorite TV show hiatuses? With some of the best shows taking breaks from their time slots, here are just five shows that you can watch to pass the time and prep for upcoming seasons!
Game of Thrones
With the highly anticipated second season returning April 1, now would be a great time to start watching Season 1 of this fantastically crafted show. The story centers around a few different powerful families in a fictional and fantasy world. Many of the characters are tested throughout the season with the question of what is more desirable: family or power. Each character deals with the trials and consequences of war, passion, friendship, and strength. It’s only 10 episodes, but so much happens that you’ll be left begging for Season 2 to start. Also, check out the Game of Thrones March Madness Tournament, where you can vote for your favorite characters and see which will advance to become the ultimate champion.
Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9pm on HBO.
I’ll admit I haven’t seen this show yet, but Season 5 is just around the corner (March 26), so I know I’ll be catching up on previous seasons to educate myself on the story. The period drama centers around an advertising agency in the 1960s and accurately depicts the social constructs and constraints of the workplace during that era. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a show that lets you look at Jon Hamm’s face for an hour per episode.
Mad Men airs Monday nights at 9pm on AMC.
The West Wing
This recommendation is specifically for Parks and Recreation fans, but I think everyone would get a serious kick out of WW. Now I know this is a pretty old and classic show. But in about four weeks time, there will be an all-new episode of Parks (“Live Ammo”) that will serve as a tribute to The West Wing. According to Mike Schur, there will be several references to WW in the episode and will even feature a guest appearance by West Wing alum Bradley Whitford. So if you’re a big Parks fan, you might want to watch a season or two in order to familiarize yourself with the show and be able to make connections between Parks and WW when the episode airs.
Parks and Recreation airs Thursday nights at 8:30pm on NBC.
If you haven’t gotten on board the Shameless train, it’s not too late! Season 2 is about to end, with the finale coming up on April 1. The show is about the Gallagher family, a group of six siblings who essentially have to take of each other because their mother bailed on them and their father (William H. Macy) is an unreliable drunk. The characters get into some crazily interesting situations and the show is completely unapologetic for the questionable behavior of the characters, in fact making them utterly shameless. I highly recommend this show.
Shameless airs Sunday nights at 9pm on Showtime.
Since good ol’ Mitch Hurwitz is reviving this glorious show for another Netflix season and then a movie, now would be a perfect time to catch up on old episodes. As the famous theme song states, “Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.” The Bluth family is crazy and hilarious, and anyone who appreciates good comedy will no doubt enjoy this show. The cast includes such comedy geniuses as Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, Tony Hale, and more. The release date for the new season has yet to be announced, but I promise that once you start watching, you won’t be able to stop. (P.S. Season 1 is currently available for free in its entirety on Hulu so go, go, go!)
Any shows coming up that you can’t wait to see again? Have any other recommendations for people suffering from withdrawals of their favorite shows? Leave a comment and let us know!