Usually, for mother’s day, we’re treating mom to a boozy brunch or fancy dinner to show her how much we love and appreciate her, but this year, with the coronavirus pandemic taking precedence and really limiting our options on how to celebrate, it’s more important than ever to find a good show to watch with mom.
Now, finding a good TV show to watch with mom can be pretty tricky.
There’s a plethora of shows out there to choose from. So, we’re here to help you out so you don’t spend hours surfing channels and streaming services unable to come to a conclusion.
The show needs to be one that’s equal parts uplifting and emotional while also having a learning-curve. It needs to be one you both agree on, and if it has a strong mother-daughter relationship, well, bonus points!
If you and your mom don’t live together, don’t worry, this is where Netflix’s new extension, Netflix Party, may come in handy. The feature allows you to host a long distance movie night or TV binge with friends and family. That way, you’re all on the same page with what you’re watching and can interact and even pause the show for everyone to offer commentary!
While not all of the shows below are available on Netflix, plenty of them are and will make for a good mother’s day watch party.
Check out our list of recommended mother’s day shows below! Happy watching! And happy mother’s day!
Three generations come together for a family-friendly show that also brings a lot of telenovela-style drama! After all, it’s a show about a virgin who gets accidentally artificially inseminated and begins her journey to motherhood with her mom and her grandmother by her side! You and mom are bound to laugh and cry together, and sometimes both at the same time!
It’s in the title, so how could we not include it? Single mom Christy is busy raising two kiddos and managing to stay sober when he mother, a recovering alcoholic, tries to make amends. Sometimes, it’s all about forgiveness.
Good Girls is for the mom-and-daughter duo seeking a little adventure. Beth Boland is “bored” with her suburban housewife life and robs a grocery store with her bestie and sister in hopes of easing all their financial burdens. Unsurprisingly, their bold action doesn’t have the desired outcome and lands them in a whole lot of hot water.
Before you even press play on This Is Us, you better get your tissues ready. The series, about the Pearson family, shows how powerful a familial unit can be, how much of your life is shaped by your parents, and how deep that connection is despite death, while also remaining realistic about darker demons and dysfunction.
When Calls the Heart
The power of love keeps Elizabeth Thatcher in Coal Valley, a small coal-mining town, where she’s gotten a new classroom assignment. She leaves behind her high society to forge a new path in the ensemble piece.
The Good Witch
Not every supernatural show including witches has to be spooky or scary. The Good Witch, about a mother and daughter who share an intuitive charm, is set in a small town and deals with love and heartache with a magical touch.
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The fiercely independent antics and journey of a comedian have you laughing until you pee your pants. Miriam’s perfect life is upended when her husband walks out on her. The only thing worse than divorce in the 50s is a woman with passion, ambition, and talent — Miriam ticks off all three.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Computer coder Zoey gains the ability to hear people’s innermost thoughts and desires through song. What was once deemed a curse may be a gift that allows for a true human connection. It’s an intriguing concept that’ll leave you bopping your head and singing along.
If there’s one show every daughter and mother need to watch, it’s Gilmore Girls. Set in the quaint town of Stars Hollow, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore have a enviable bond that grows deeper and wackier with time.
One Day at a Time
Penelope, a newly single Army vet is raising two children with the help of her Cuban-American family spanning three generations of strong-willed women. Through the inevitable ups-and-downs of life, she relies on her “old-school” mother for guidance and assurance. The series has also been praised for broaching important topics such as LGBTQ+, immigrations, and mental health while balancing cultural ideals and traditions.
Family is everything, and usually, they’re far from perfect. The series chronicles the journey of four siblings who lean on each other as they tackle the everyday challenges of raising kids.
Carols Second Act
Yes, CBS just cancelled this show, which is why you should absolutely watch it and give it some love! After raising children, getting a divorce, and retiring from teaching, 50-year-old Carole deserves a break. But instead of kicking up her feet and taking a much-deserved break, she pursues her dream of becoming a doctor and navigates being the oldest medical interns.
Once Upon a Time
When we were younger, our moms likely read us fairytales before bed. Well, those fairytales comes to life in Once Upon A Time in the cursed town of Storybrooke. And while the princesses may share the same names, their lives have been given a modern upgrade.
Is Bruce Greenwood Leaving ‘The Resident’?
After The Resident Season 6 Episode 9, many fans have been wondering if Bruce Greenwood, who plays Dr. Randolph Bell, is exiting the FOX medical drama.
While there has been no official word about a potential exit, it’s a fair question to ask considering the nature of his most recent storyline.
In the latest episode—which aired on November 29—Bell, who found himself as the target of Governor Betz’s smear campaign, finally admitted to himself, and to his wife, Dr. Kitt Voss, that his MS is progressing.
After Bell exposed Betz’s corruption while trying to secure funding for Chastain, Betz decided that the only way to teach him a lesson and make an example out of him was through revenge. Betz ordered a hit piece on Bell that painted him as a dangerous doctor to Chastain, which, in turn, tainted the hospital’s image.
Of course, while some parts of it were true at one point in Bell’s career, it was largely exaggerated and sensationalized to paint him in a bad light, and it didn’t take into account all the work Bell has done to become a better man and doctor.
The stress of all the negative press caused Bell’s MS to flare up, triggering a variety of symptoms like a high-pitched ringing in his ears, seeing double, and dizziness, which made him realize that he was pushing off the inevitable.
This time around, instead of operating when he shouldn’t, he acknowledged that he no longer felt confident in his abilities, nor did he trust himself to perform any future surgeries. When he told Kit that he needed to go back to the clinical trial, it was a shock, but ultimately, she was supportive because she knew that’s what he needed.
But what now? How will The Resident keep incorporating Bell’s character into the storyline? Will we just see him communicating with Kit from the trial in the same way we did earlier this season? Or will he slowly get phased out and written off?
The trial could prove to be successful again, and all of Bell’s worries could have been for nothing. After he prioritizes his health and the whole thing with Betz blows over, it’s possible we could see Bell return to surgery for many more years—back to his previous glory.
Losing Greenwood would be a huge blow to the series, especially since he’s been part of the series since its inception, however, it remains unclear which direction The Resident will go with this storyline.
Hopefully, we’ll find out in the upcoming season 6 finale, which is set to air on December 6, but as of right now, there’s no indication that Greenwood is exiting the drama.
Madelaine Petsch’s ‘Hotel for the Holidays’ Is a Gem Among Cliché Films
There are a lot of Christmas movies out there, which is why it’s important to make the right choice this holiday season. After all, no one has the time to waste over two+ hours on a bad movie.
At the top of your list should be Hotel for the Holidays, a rom-com that offers a refreshing take on a festive genre that oftentimes lacks creativity simply because the forces behind the scenes know it will make money regardless as everyone longs for a slice of familiarity and comfort around the holidays.
There’s plenty of Christmas magic (it must’ve slipped through the cracks) in Hotel for the Holidays, and it sneaks up on you—and Madelaine Petsch’s character, Georgia—in the best possible way. It’s Amazon Freevee’s first original holiday flick, and hopefully, not the last.
The plot is rather simple on the surface, but it isn’t predictable as with other holiday rom-coms.
Here’s the gist: Georgia is a young and ambitious hotel manager at the historic Hotel Fontaine (it gives The Plaza Hotel vibes from Home Alone 2), which attracts an eclectic bunch of guests, including some heartbroken singles, an infamous popstar, a European ex-prince looking for a taste of the real world, and more. They all arrive in New York City for the holidays looking for an escape from the norm, and Georgia is determined to give it to them. However, she also has her own plans and goals that get her into a bit of a love triangle with the hotel’s chef, Luke (Mesa Massoud from the live-action Aladdin), and the ex-prince, Raymond (Max Lloyd Jones from Book of Boba Fett). It also stars Kayleigh Shikanai (American Gods) as Pandora, Jami Belushi (According to Jim) as Kiki, Neil Crone (It) as Milton, and Jayne Eastwood (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Florence.
Pretty early into the film, it’s obvious how Georgia’s romantic life will resolve itself, which allows the film to dig into other captivating subplots that are positively unexpected. Unlike other holiday films, Georgia values herself beyond a romantic partner, which, right off the bat, is a breath of fresh air.
The supporting cast plays an integral part in the film, right down to the chef’s best friend/fellow chef and the janitorial staff. They may not be the sole focus of the series, but the team behind the rom-com found a way to involve them in a way that’s natural and easy to keep up with. Pretty soon, you find yourself rooting for the happiness of everyone at Hotel Fontaine—the staff and the guests.
The acting is also great. It’s just the right amount of feel-good so it never feels forced, nor do the character’s choices seem questionable. It’s all believable within the world they’ve created, aside from the scene where they are dining on a rooftop in the dead of a New York City winter without jackets or even sweaters. How are they not cold? As for the few over-the-top performances and characters, well, they also work—the prince’s bodyguard (AJ Zoldy) is a delight.
If I’m being perfectly honest, the magical thing about the film is that it’s a love letter to the community of people you surround yourself with: your found family.
The film doesn’t just settle for telling a story about two people who finally admit that they love each other because that’s tired and expected. Instead, it recognizes that romance comes in all shapes and sizes—in romantic partners, in co-workers, in friends, and even in new acquaintances that pass through your life for a brief moment (or stay awhile).
The storylines come together seamlessly, and the themes of belonging and acceptance—in addition to staying true to yourself, finding the inspiration to pursue your goals and ambitions, and acknowledging that it’s ok to move and find happiness on your own terms, even if it doesn’t always please everyone—help the film stand out among the other cliche seasonal offerings.
Most importantly, Petsch shines… and it’s so deserved. The film allows her to show off her range of acting chops that, sadly, get stifled on Riverdale. The CW series may have been her mainstream big break, but it stopped working in her favor a long time ago, so it’s exciting to see her take on new projects and characters.
Of all the Christmas films that I’ve seen in 2022 thus far, Hotel for the Holidays is one of the best.
Check it out for yourself when it premieres on Dec. 2 on Amazon’s Freevee.
9 TV Shows to Watch After Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving is a time for reconnecting with friends and family and indulging in some delicious meals.
But after all the turkey, sides, and pie is cleared off the plate, the only acceptable activity is binge-watching some feel-good TV shows.
Here are some post-Thanksgiving dinner show suggestions:
You’ll be just as surprised as Mel to fall in love with the picturesque town of Virgin River. Come for the views, stay for Jack.
Hart of Dixie
Dr. Zoe Hart arrives in Alabama looking for a fresh start and learns that the Southern way of living might actually be what’s best for her.
An unbreakable mother and daughter bond, a charming town that would make any Lifetime movie jealous… plus, an unspoken love for coffee? Say no more.
Selena + Chef
You might know her as a Disney Channel actress and pop star, but now, she’s adding chef to her resume. And since Thanksgiving is all about food, this is one show you don’t want to pass up.
You might think it’s odd that a mafia crime drama made the list, but at its core, the series is about family and how far two dedicated and loving moms would go for their family. It’s a thrill from beginning to end!
The modern-day update to the Chuck Norris classic hones in on family above everything, with a side of roundhouse kicks.
A Million Little Things
A group from Boston bond under the unlikeliest of circumstances and get a much-needed wake-up call following the death of a close friend.
Though it falls into the “sci-fi mystery” category, La Brea hinges on a family determined to find their way back to each other despite all the obstacles standing in their way and all the sacrifices needed to be made.
Dream Home Makeover
If there’s ever a time to get inspired for a home makeover, it’s after the holidays (and during Black Friday when everything is on sale!) And the McGee family is the cherry on top!
This is… a no-brainer. No show captures the essence of what it means to be a complicated, loving, flawed, and fulfilled family more than this NBC drama.
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