2018 Binge-Watching TV Shows for After Surgery or Sick Leave

When you're down for the count after surgery and not feeling well, there's not a lot to look forward to. However, there is a silver-lining in being cooped up at home: guilt-free TV watching! When you're sick and/or recovering from surgery, there's no shame in lying on the couch and watching 12 shows in a row! Make the most out of your downtime by watching some of the most recommended binge-worthy shows.

Read on for a list of must-watch TV series recommended by joint replacement patients for other joint replacement patients!

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1. The Crown

The most recommended show by our hip and knee replacement group, is The Crown. This Netflix original drama is about the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Staged from Queen Elizabeth's wedding day in 1947 to modern times, the series looks into the life of the young Queen and many of the political and royal figures that make up the British upper class. As the decades pass, audiences get a royal look into the trials and tribulations, growths, and rivalries of a one of the world's most prominent figures.

  • First Episode Date: November 4, 2016
  • IMDB Rating: 8.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%
  • Where to Watch: Netflix
  • # of Seasons: 2+

2. Blacklist

If you like crime-thrillers and easy-to-watch FBI shows, this is one for the books. The show is about a corrupted former U.S. Navy officer who became a wanted criminal. Upon surrendering himself, he opted to work with an FBI rookie to trackdown his personal "blacklist" of the world's most dangerous criminals. The show is exciting, has good characters, and has 5 seasons to sink into.

  • First Episode Date: September 23, 2013
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%
  • Where to Watch: NBC, Netflix
  • # of Seasons: 5+

3. Weeds

This series may have ended a few years back, but its cult following has stayed strong. Weeds is a comedy-drama series by Jenji Kohan (Sex and the City, Orange is the New Black) with a strong female lead who begins to sell marijuana to support her family. You guessed it: as the series continues, things spiral further out of control for all characters involved. The show is incredibly well-written with colorful characters, and is the perfect balance of adventure and hilarity.

  • First Episode Date: August 7, 2005
  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%
  • Where to Watch: Netflix, Showtime
  • # of Seasons: 8

4. Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey, the second British drama on our list, can be thought of like an original "The Crown". The series originally aired in the UK in 2010 and made its way to the US in 2011. The show is set between 1912 and 1926 and depicts the lives of aristocrats and servants as they deal with social hierarchy, political events, and scandal. The show has won numerous awards, including Golden Globes and Emmys.

  • First Episode Date: September 26, 2010
  • IMDB Rating: 8.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86%
  • Where to Watch: Amazon
  • # of Seasons: 6

5. This is Us

Following the Pearson Family, the series takes place both in present day and throughout the 80's and 90's. The series explores the lives of 3 siblings and their parents. Each episode weaves together the past and present lives of the main characters, tackling life's hardships and mostly, what makes family, family. The show is really well-written, the acting is amazing, it will surely make you laugh and cry.

  • First Episode Date: September 20, 2016
  • IMDB Rating: 8.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%
  • Where to Watch: Hulu, Yahoo, NBC
  • # of Seasons: 2+

6. The Good Place

Described as a "fantasy comedy", this series follows is about deceased young woman, Eleanor, who has found herself in the afterlife. Eleanor made it to the "Good Place" but quickly realizes that she's not supposed to be there--she got it to the "Good Place" by mistake. A diverse cast of characters help her change her ways, shed her "bad", and become a better person in death. It's funny, light-hearted, and easy to binge on.

  • First Episode Date: September 19, 2016
  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%
  • Where to Watch: Netflix, Hulu, Yahoo, NBC
  • # of Seasons: 2+

7. Grace and Frankie

Lots of people love this show! It's about two older women who are forced together after finding out that their husbands have been romantically involved for 20+ years and plan to marry. The comedy-drama leans more on comedy, with themes like forming unlikely friendships, reinventing oneself, and overcoming life's challenges. Critics have said this show gets better as the series progresses, so buckle-up, and throw on an episode! If you like the first season, chances are you will really enjoy what's to come!

  • First Episode Date: May 8, 2015
  • IMDB Rating: 8.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%
  • Where to Watch: Netflix
  • # of Seasons: 4

8. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

This show is rated really really high on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB. Why not try one episode and see if it sticks?! This comedic series takes place in the 1950's and follows the upscale life of a New York housewife who falls into stand-up comedy. The show has won a bunch of awards, including Golden Globes and Critics Show Television Awards. It's totally unique, super fun, and has an infectious storyline.

  • First Episode Date: May 8, 2015
  • IMDB Rating: 8.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 96%
  • Where to Watch: Amazon
  • # of Seasons: 2+

9. The Handmaid's Tale

Based on Margaret Atwood's bestselling novel (with the same title), this series is about a dystopian future of corruption and disease that follows a civil war. Women, known as "handmaids" are forced into sexual acts and childbirth at the hands of men who are power-hungry and militarized. The series is dark and disturbing, unlike anything you've ever seen on TV, and serves as a fascinating social and political commentary.

  • First Episode Date: April 26, 2017
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%
  • Where to Watch: Hulu
  • # of Seasons: 1+

10. Big Little Lies

Although this show is certainly geared toward a female audiences, there's something for everybody. Big Little Lies is based off the novel by Australian author, Liane Moriarty. Described as a "comedic tale of murder and mischief", the plot line is furthered by the point of view of 3 different Mom's in a close-knit and gossipy, upper scale beachside community. It's about the secrets we keep, keeping up with the joneses, lies, deception, and ultimately, murder. Oh, and this is produced and acted by Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. Win!?

  • First Episode Date: February 19, 2017
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%
  • Where to Watch: HBO Now, HBO Go
  • # of Seasons: 1+

11. Stranger Things

A perfect blend of 80's nostalgia, scifi, and horror, Stranger Things has to be one of the most talked about shows of the last couple years. When a boy in their otherwise peaceful community disappears, it becomes apparent that supernatural forces are to blame. The deeper they dig, the more mysterious things get. It's suspenseful, thrilling, and completely one of a kind.

  • First Episode Date: July 15, 2016
  • IMDB: 9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
  • Where to Watch: Netflix
  • # of Seasons: 2+

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Hi, I'm Grace. I write and research about hip and knee replacements, PreHab before orthopedic surgery & ReHab. Content advised or co-authored with physicians (MD) and orthopedic surgeons (OS).

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