Ah, holiday time. That festive month between Thanksgiving and New Years, when a substantial chunk of time is spent with family, family, and—oh yeah—more family. Whether you’re planning to travel by train, plane, or car, or just kicking it in the house you grew up in, odds are you’ll have downtime to spare in the coming weeks.
While we absolutely suggest using the time to catch up on those books you’ve been meaning to crack (The Goldfinch won’t read itself, people), we’re also huge advocates of watching TV. More specifically, finally tucking into all those juicy dramas you’ve been meaning to start, but haven’t had time to keep up with before now.
The shows we’ve rounded up here aren’t all new—many aren’t on the air anymore—but they’re all compelling, entertaining, and totally worth watching. From pop culture stalwarts like “Twin Peaks” and “The Shield” to razor-sharp lesser-known series like “Damages,” and “Rectify,” here are 8 excellent TV dramas you’ve probably never seen and need to download immediately.
Hey, if nothing else, some of these characters are so flawed, it’ll make going home to your dysfunctional family this season feel like a bonafide vacation.
Click through the gallery abouve and let us know which shows you’ve seen, and which you’re planning to watch!