Our 5 Minutes for Books managing editor Jennifer Donovan loves all sorts of stories, be they in the pages, on the big screen, or the small screen. She’s here to share several from the small screen that she and her teen daughter love to binge watch together.

As your kids get older, it can sometimes be harder to find ways to bond and spend quality time together. So why not give in to a guilty pleasure you both can enjoy… binge watching TV shows!

Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls has been one of my favorite shows since I caught it in syndication shortly after it aired live. I waited for just the right time to watch it with my daughter Amanda. I am fairly conservative when it comes to media, but once she was in high school, I figured that she was ready to experience Chilton with Rory. I bought her the first two seasons on DVD for Christmas her freshman year (We had to go old-school, because it wasn’t streaming yet). Now that it’s on Netflix, and with the revival coming out later this year, now is the perfect time to watch or re-watch. I have watched it countless times and it never gets old.


Amanda suggested our next watch.  A whole new generation got into the island plane-crash survivors when it started streaming. A friend had recommended LOST to her, and she had watched it already but wanted to share with me. I had never gotten into it when it was on TV originally, but I wanted to try.  I was hooked on every twist and turnn. It was fun for Amanda to get a second look at everything as she introduced it to me. It got a little crazy at times, but it’s pretty addictive, and since the main complaint people had when it was running live was all of the cliffhangers before the frequent breaks in scheduling, it is absolutely perfect for binge-watching….

This is an excerpt from the article 5 TV Shows to Binge Watch with Your Teen which originally appeared on 5 Minutes for Mom.