Valentine’s Day, am I right?
Nothing wrong with celebrating love – we’re all for it! But how many of us really want to drag our work-wearied bods to the nicest restaurant we can afford on the busiest dining night of the year, surrounded by dozens of couples trying to celebrate the ‘right’ way? Not exactly an intimate experience.
Seriously, whether you’re single, taken, or complicated, wouldn’t you honestly rather get some delicious take-out and chill out in front of an awesome show tonight?
Well, [ 2 one 5 ] is happy to come to the aid of all of you like-minded V-Day homebodies! Here are our recommendations for what (and where) to stream tonight, and what to munch on while you’re watching.
The Sopranos – Hulu or HBO Now
If you’ve never watched this television essential, it’s high time you did. But even if you were a devout fan during its initial run on HBO, give yourself the treat of a rewatch. The skillful blend of crime show, family sitcom, psychological drama, and anti-hero character study make this series one of our all-time favorites. It holds up beautifully to a rewatch, and pairs well with pasta and a 2002 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale (often found on Carmela’s dining room table).
Watchmen – Hulu or HBO Now
Some critics have hailed it the best superhero television show ever, which is a pretty high compliment in a competitive genre. Arguably its greatest quality is its ability to elevate that genre while simultaneously subverting it altogether. Prepare yourself for action, but also for a hard look at law enforcement, vigilantism, and extremism. It’s also not a big investment, since creator Damon Lindeloff elected to complete the project in only one season, and HBO will not be continuing with a new creative team. Okra, chicken-fried steak, and a simple domestic beer are great accompaniments for the Tulsa, OK setting.
Cheers – Netflix, Hulu, or CBS All Access
The only true classic on this list, Cheers is the PERFECT thing to watch if you’re feeling a little lonely this V-Day. This sitcom has a unique perspective wrought by focusing on a collection of characters with only two things in common – general dissatisfaction and the bar at which they choose to drown their sorrows. Yet from this admittedly bleak premise comes a soulful, funny, and even hopeful show. With a stellar ensemble cast and one of the most iconic sets in television history, Cheers will always be loved for its universal theme – the desire to be where “everybody knows your name”. As for dinner, indulge in some Boston dive classics – beer, peanuts, and bar pie.
Peaky Blinders – Netflix
An intense drama with a lot of Sopranos-like themes (family, crime, murder, cultural identity, and so on) this BBC Two production has amassed a following so fanatic that it has spawned themed weddings, restaurants, haircuts, and even a clothing line. When polled about favorite shows for this blog, one 2one5 team member wrote, “PEAKY BLINDERS AND NO ONE BOTHER ME WHILE I’M WATCHING IT!” So while it might not be the best choice if you are looking for romance (or any kind of human interaction, really), it is certainly a riveting choice. Enjoy with a classic old fashioned (or two or three), and a few takeout items from a British-style pub like The Victoria Freehouse – Welsh rarebit and bangers and mash are two classics that never disappoint.
The Good Place – Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, YouTube TV, fuboTV, or Philo
Michael Schur, the creative powerhouse who cut his teeth on The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (all three great choices to stream as well), presents a show that is woke, philosophical, romantic, silly, and cerebral all at once. There is little that can be said without spoiling the show, so we must be vague: it’s about the afterlife, what it means to be a good person, and what we owe to each other. Watch while enjoying some of Eleanor’s favorites – margaritas, nachos, and shrimp – and follow it up with The Good Place’s ubiquitous dessert – frozen yogurt. We recommend skipping Chidi’s chili, though.