Like us, if your 'exciting' plan for New Year's Eve is to turn into a couch potato and vegetate in front of your TV, you have come to the right place. Whoever said New Year celebrations have to revolve around party-hopping and mandatory dancing into the night, clearly hasn't Netflix-ed and chilled. So, as you kick up your feet with a mug of hot chocolate (or whatever your poison of choice) on your couch or bed, we make the important task of deciding what to watch easier for you.
Here's a list of the best shows and movies that streaming services dropped in 2018. In case you missed out on them, there's no better time than New Year's Eve to catch up. If you're all caught up, then give one of our sitcom re-run suggestions a try and binge away!
The Princess Switch on Netflix: Sometimes all you need to do is indulge in a romantic-comedy without a care in the world. To top it, this Vanessa Hudgens-starrer is soaked in Christmas spirit and year-end cheer.
Sense8 on Netflix: For those who were disheartened by Netflix's decision to cancel the critically-acclaimed multi-national science fiction drama, the streaming service dropped a two-and-a-half-hour-long series finale in mid-2018. This high production value series is worth savouring all over again and the finale will bring some closure to sensates.
Doctor Who on Amazon Prime: The 11th season, which released in 2018, introduces fans to the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker. This is the first time everyone's favourite time-travelling doctor has reincarnated as a woman. Watching the Time Lord adapt to the female form makes for entertaining TV. Remember to stay tuned for the New Year's Day special episode, Resolution.
Sacred Games on Netflix: Perhaps the most-awaited and acknowledged title of 2018, this is the first Netflix original series from India. Adapted from Vikram Chandra's book of the same name, you will certainly want to watch all 8 episodes of the crime thriller in one sitting.
Mirzapur on Amazon Prime: This made in India Prime Original brings together a brilliant ensemble cast in one show. The action-packed hour-long episodes give you a peek into the "changing class dynamics in small-town India," reads a review of the series on Rediff.
Rangbaaz on ZEE5: This ZEE5 Original is a crime thriller series set against the rustic background of Gorakhpur of the 90s. Rangbaaz is packed with hues of crime, bloodlust and dirty politics.
Ghoul on Netflix: Thanks to Netflix, it's safe to say that Radhika Apte broke the internet in 2018. Your year is not complete if you haven't watched this Apte-starrer. The three episode-long horror thriller shows a dystopian India where fascism is at its peak.
Andhadhun on Netflix: Going by the rave reviews that this movie garnered, you have enough reasons to watch it now if you haven’t already. For a continued Apte fix, this black comedy crime thriller is easily one of the top 5 Bollywood movies of 2018. Ayushmann Khurrana plays a visually-impaired pianist who ends up witnessing a murder and unwittingly gets entangled in a number of ensuing problems.
Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable on Netflix: With this stand-up special, the comedian makes a comeback to the stage after 15 years. The Emmy-winning talk show host will certainly leave you with chuckles and maybe a bit teary-eyed at the end.
BoJack Horseman on Netflix: The horse that all millennials can identify with returned for a 5th season in 2018. Whether you're watching it for the first time or have been a fan for years, this adult animated series makes for perfect marathon-viewing.
The Alienist on Netflix: The psychological thriller takes you to the streets of New York City in the mid-1890s. Follow the investigative team as they trace the steps of a serial killer who is murdering homeless boys.
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel on Amazon Prime: After a successful season 1, Mrs Maisel returned with season 2 in 2018. Like a painting in motion, the series treats you to a beautiful representation of the late-1950s New York City. Watch to find out what happens when an upper-middle-class Jewish housewife decides to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.
Karenjit Kaur - The Untold Story of Sunny Leone on ZEE5: The web series stars Sunny Leone and narrates the sensational story of India's Most Googled celebrity star. The biopic traces her journey from being a girl-next-door to an adult film star to a popular Bollywood mainstream actress.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman on Netflix: The name says it all. Watch the longest-serving late night talk show host in conversation with living luminaries like Barack Obama, Malala Yousafzai and George Clooney.
Koffee With Karan on Hotstar: Bollywood's hottest talk show returned with its 6th season in 2018, and as always, the dramatic line-up of guests promises a whole lot of gossip. With all the previous seasons available too, a Koffee With Karan marathon is perfect for Bollywood fans.
Sitcoms to Binge-watch
No matter how many times you watch them, these series never get old. And thanks to streaming services, they are now available to binge on whenever the fancy strikes. If 2018 has been a tiresome year, your life needs a dose of Michael Scott, Leslie Knope and Phoebe Buffay! Start the New Year with a chuckle.
Now streaming: The Office, Parks & Recreation, and The Middle on Amazon Prime; Friends, Modern Family, and The Big Bang Theory on Hotstar.
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