Rainy Day Relief: 15 TV Shows To Start Watching On Netflix Instant

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Rainy Day Relief: 15 TV Shows To Start Watching On Netflix Instant
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With Hurricane Sandy set to ravage the Eastern seaboard, many of us are home from work today desperately looking for something to do. While a day or two off might be the perfect opportunity to purge your closet of fashion mistakes from the past few seasons, the gloomy weather has everyone feeling extra-lazy. The solution? Netflix Instant.

Thanks to the convenient streaming service, you can watch some of your favorite shows in their entirety. Even better, Netflix has an extensive archive of shows you may have forgotten about or haven’t gotten around to watching.

We’ve compiled a list of 15 TV shows you should get started on today. Stay safe — and enjoy!

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What: "My So-Called Life," Season 1

Why: The iconic teen drama only ran for one season back in 1994, but it's been talked about ever since. With Claire Danes as angsty Angela Chase and Jared Leto as everybody's crush Jordan Catalano, relive your younger years with this nod to high school. 

What: "Downton Abbey," Seasons 1-2

Why: You may dismiss "Downton Abbey" as stuffy British melodrama, but it actually packs the wallop of an American soap opera. Love triangles, death and fabulous fashion, catch up on Masterpiece Theater's latest masterpiece today.

What: "Breaking Bad," Seasons 1-4

Why: This is the definition of a "slow burn" show. The critically acclaimed drama about a chemistry teacher who starts making crystal meth to secure his family's financial future takes awhile to get into — but once you get it, you're hooked. This is the perfect show to watch over the next few gloomy days. 

What: "Revenge," Season 1

Why: Many of you are already watching "Revenge," but in case you haven't gotten into it, now's your opportunity. It's the kind of show that you will want to watch in its entirety, and you'll be bummed when you're caught up and have to wait to watch it every week. It's sexy, mysterious and full of action — unlike your days spent indoors.

What: "Freaks and Geeks," Season 1

Why: This critically acclaimed drama only ran for one season, but it resonated with all of us. A realistic look at those awkward years we call high school, you'll laugh, cry and find yourself fawning over a young James Franco if you choose to watch this. We highly recommend it. 

What: "Friday Night Lights," Seasons 1-5

Why: There's no way you haven't heard about "Friday Night Lights," the drama set in a football worshipping town in Texas. With hunky actors like Kyle Chandler and plenty of juicy story lines, we can guarantee you won't be bored for even a second if you choose this show. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose!

What: "Dawson's Creek," Seasons 1-6

Why: The beloved WB show may have a different theme song on Netflix Instant thanks to pesky copyright laws, but nothing can take away from watching a young Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson, Michelle Williams and James van der Beek navigate life and love. Watch one episode and see if you can stop. We promise you can't. 

What: "Frasier," Seasons 1-11

Why: While Kelsey Grammer may not be in public favor anymore thanks to his rocky divorce from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Camille Grammer, revisiting his classic show "Frasier" is a surefire reason to remember the reasons why America loved him. As the neurotic Dr. Frasier Crane, Grammer is dry, acerbic and hilarious. Oh, and there are 11 seasons, so you really have every excuse to stay in bed and keep clicking "Next."

What: "Arrested Development," Seasons 1-3

Why: Why? Well, Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, David Cross, Jessica Walter, Michael Cera and occasionally Liza Minelli in the best roles of their career. Oh, and also because the show is coming back next year — to Netflix! 

What: "The X-Files," Seasons 1-9

Why: "The X-Files" made sci-fi sexy. The show follows two FBI agents (played brilliantly by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) and their misadventures with the supernatural. This show is 1990s gold, and while some of it is a little dated, it's still awesome.

What: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Seasons 1-7

Why: Juggling high school is hard enough (especially in the 1990s), but it was even harder for Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who had to deal with saving the world from insane vampires. This show put Gellar on the map, and while it's a bit silly, it's one of the most addictive shows we've ever come across.

What: "Weeds," Seasons 1-7

Why: A drug dealing mom, a slew of A-list guest stars (like Snoop Dogg, sorry, Snoop Lion) and an awesome soundtrack make "Weeds" one of the most fun (and out there) shows of the decade.

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What: "The Vampire Diaries," Seasons 1-3

Why: When it comes to an attractive cast, "The Vampire Diaries" is pretty much unparalleled. With real-life love interests Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev as the leads, this show is eye candy at its best.

What: "Lost," Seasons 1-6

Why: "Lost" is regarded as one of the most popular — and confusing — shows of the last decade. Many of us missed the boat the first time around, but thanks to Netflix we can finally feel like we're a part of the conversation, even if we're a few years late. 

What: "The Office (U.K.)," Seasons 1-2

Why: The original British version of "The Office" is frankly just funnier, and it features Ricky Gervais at his best. He may have not killed it at last year's Oscars, but there's never a joke that doesn't succeed on this show.

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