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Find Your TV Mood Match: The Best Show to Watch and Recipe to Make Right Now

updated Feb 6, 2020
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Some nights, there’s nothing better than dinner in front of the TV. Whether you’ve had a long day, there’s a new episode of your favorite show on (hi Succession), or you just need to veg out, we’ve got you covered. Follow our flowchart to the perfect show to fit your mood, plus the best recipe to make (and eat) while you’re watching. It’s time to settle in for your own personal viewing party!


Credit: Big Dreams: Getty | Blackish: ABC/Raymond Liu | Fleabag: Steve Schofield/Amazon Prime Video | HTGAWM: ABC/Brian Bowen Smith | Crown: Netflix | Mandalorian: Disney+ | Goldblum: Disney+ | Good Place:NBC/Getty | Succession: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO | Ramy: Hulu
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Big Dreams, Small Spaces

Monty Don — aka Britain’s favorite gardener — is a charming expert who helps average folks create their ultimate backyard gardens. Big Dreams has the same loving, supportive tone of GBBO, plus great advice and inspiration for green thumbs. 

Recipe Pairing: Something easy, comforting, and full of fresh veggies, like pesto tortellini with roasted vegetables.

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The World According to Jeff Goldblum

If you have a heartbeat, you’re gonna love this show, in which national treasure Goldblum brings his eccentric charm and curiosity to topics like coffee and tattoos. Worth the cost of Disney+ alone. 

Recipe Pairing: The BBQ episode will probably have your mouth watering, so get a batch of easy Instant Pot pulled pork started before you hit play. 

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The Mandalorian

We didn’t know how much we needed Werner Herzog and Baby Yoda, but thankfully this zippy Star Wars offshoot had us covered. It’s an action-packed fantasy with tiny green cuteness to boot. Disney + for the win, again!

Recipe Pairing: The whole crew will want to watch this, and one-pot ranch chicken and rice will please them all. 

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How to Get Away with Murder

Deception! Guilt! Murder! Shonda Rhimes isn’t the queen of drama for nothing. Viola Davis and co. will keep you on your toes through a full night of binging. 

Recipe Pairing: What’s binge TV without snacks? Make a meal of yours with filling easy sheet pan chicken nachos.

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The Crown

Come for the political drama, stay for the period costumes — the Crown has it all, including an exceptional cast. We stan any world in which Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter are sisters. 

Recipe Pairing: A cozy shepherd’s pie and your favorite ale, of course.

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The Good Place

Is this the most feel-good show on TV? Maybe. Eleanor, Chidi, and their friends keep trying to save the world (and their souls), and we fall more in love with them every episode. The series just ended last week, so feel free to binge-watch the whole thing.

Recipe Pairing: Get all those happy sensors firing with something that makes your taste buds sing. For us, that means a better-than-Chipotle tofu sofritas bowl with extra gauc. 

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Ramy Youssef is hilarious, but that’s not the only reason you should watch this show about a young Muslim in New Jersey trying to find himself and his way in the world. It’s also a soulful, layered narrative that tackles complicated issues with heart and intelligence. 

Recipe Pairing: Ramy’s family is a big presence in the show, so make whatever dish reminds you of yours (in all its loving, aggravating glory). Read about Marie Telling’s Grandmother’s chickpea and cilantro soup for inspiration, or Kaif Khan’s Dahi Vadey.

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The smartest family sitcom out there, Black-ish expertly mixes heartwarming moments and parenthood laughs with socio-political issues like police brutality and racial identity. Plus, we always want to see what style icon Traci Ellis Ross is wearing. 

Recipe Pairing: Your best recipe for mac and cheese! (And maybe a side of beets for good measure.)

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The Roys are media tycoons whose ever-unfurling quests for wealth and power get vicious, and often darkly funny. They’re the mega-rich family America loves to hate — and we’ve gotta know what they do next. 

Recipe Pairing: We can at least eat rich, right? Serve this fig ravioli with rosemary brown butter and crispy prosciutto on your fanciest china. 

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There’s a reason everyone you know is talking about this show: It’s that brilliant. Phoebe Waller Bridge’s writing is crisp and tremendous, with acerbity that covers a depth of feeling. And they don’t call Andrew Scott the Hot Priest for nothing.

Recipe Pairing: Girl. Let’s start with a strong cocktail and go from there.