Would you consider yourself a TV/movie junkie? Are you always looking out for the next show or movie to watch? You’ve already watched all the great televisions series, spent many hours having movie marathons. Now what? Wondering what to watch on Netflix winter 2016, all bundled up on the couch by the fire, popcorn in hand?

Here are my top picks of what to watch on Netflix this winter:

“Making a Murderer” – Streaming now

Are you one of the many who watched Making a Murder on Netflix? Over the holidays, I watched the 10-part documentary which explores the story of Steven Avery, a Manitowoc County, Wisconsin man who served 18 years in prison for the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen. Avery was exonerated with the aid of the Innocence Project, when the DNA in the case was matched to another man guilty of crimes in the area.

After Avery was released from prison in 2003, he filed a $36 million civil lawsuit against Manitowoc County and several county officials associated with his first arrest. Soon after filing the lawsuit, he was accused of the murder of Teresa Halbach, a photographer who was last seen on the Avery family property to photograph a minivan for sale.

The series also covers the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of his nephew Brendan Dassey, who was also accused and convicted as an accomplice in the murder.  Making a Murderer was filmed over the course of ten years, with the creators moving back and forth from New York City to Wisconsin during filming.

People are still talking about the series, and whether or not Avery is guilty. This is a Netflix must-watch.

What to Watch on Netflix this Winter Making a Murderer

“The X-Files” – Streaming Now

I was a diehard X-Files fan when the show premiered back in 1993 (that was such a good year). So you can imagine my utter joy when the X-Files revival hit screens this month. Now, “new” fans can watch all nine seasons on Netflix. That means I don’t need to dig into my old VHS tapes and hook up my old VCR anymore to watch old episodes.

In one of the longest-running science fiction series in network TV history, FBI special agents investigate unexplained, mind-bending cases known as “X-Files.” Though the government is convinced that the outlandish reports are false, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and realist Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), for most of the series, stop at nothing to prove that “the truth is out there.” Series creator Chris Carter also serves as executive producer of the thrilling pop-culture phenomenon.

What to Watch on Netflix This Winter X-Files

What else is coming up on Netflix that you need to watch?

“Fuller House” – February 26

Full House fans will love that the series, which ended in 1995, is revived! Uncle Jesse and crew will be back February 26th… I will watch just for John Stamos (hubba hubba). Will Fuller House be as good as the original? Likely not, but the nostalgia makes me excited for this reunion.

“Love” – February 19

I love Judd Apatow’s films, such as “Knocked Up,” “The 40-year-old Virgin” and especially, “This is 40”, so I’m looking forward to this romantic comedy starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust. The first 10-episode first season will debut on February 19, 2016. “Love” will be a “down-to-earth look at dating,” exploring male and female perspectives on romantic relationships through the characters Mickey and Gus.


“Flaked” – March 11

Flaked is an upcoming Netflix original comedy series which will star Will Arnett and will be developed by him along with Arrested Development creator/executive producer Mitch Hurwitz. It will premiere on March 11, 2016.

The eight-episode comedy, set in the insular world of Venice, Calif., centers on a self-appointed guru who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination. Arnett plays Chip, a man doing his “honest best to stay one step ahead of his own lies.”

what to watch on netflix this winter

“The Crown” – TBD

The Crown will premiere sometime this year but it already looks good! The first series of 10 one-hour episodes will focus on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne….a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace….the leaders of an empire await.

What are you excited to watch this winter on Netflix?



Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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