We’ve all been there: that fateful Sunday morning where the sun shines through your shitty, broken blinds just right and wakes you up from your post-drinking coma. There’s no going back when this happens. You know that you have to get up and face the inevitable headache and nauseated stomach that you knew would await you back when you did that fourth straight shot of Fireball. You did this to yourself.
For some people, hangovers take up a relatively short timeframe, and before long, these people are back out in the real world doing things that are expected of functioning adults. For the rest of us, Netflix and box sets of DVDs exist. After a hefty dose of painkillers, greasy food, and some Gatorade, the only thing left for you to do is watch mindless yet entertaining television.
These boys of HBO are hilarious to watch, and the episodes are short so you can easily fly through entire seasons before noticing the sun already set. They wake up hungover and keep the party going while you wake up hungover and just watch.
2. “Bar Rescue”
Spike TV brings us one of the greatest binge-watching shows. They know what they’re doing, too, because it runs for hours on end on Sundays. Well done, Spike. Well done. Jon Taffer just goes into rundown bars and screams at the owners for 45 minutes until the last five minutes of the show, when he reveals he’s turned it into a really cool bar where people will want to go now. Nothing will crush your hangover quite like watching Taffer’s jowels flap in the face of some loser who is millions of dollars in debt.
3. “House Hunters”
HGTV has a lot going for it in terms of programming, and this show is one of the best. You can call it a chick show all you want, but the truth is, everybody loves to judge and everybody loves to pretend they live somewhere else.This show lets you do all of that. It’s even better if “House Hunters International” comes on, because you can doze off watching people buy multimillion dollar homes in the Caribbean. Embrace the hate.
4. “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”
Just pick a season and start watching. You don’t need to stay consistent with the timeline when watching this show, which makes it great. Jump in and watch the gang do something stupid. Simple. Sweet. Elegant.
5. “The League”
For any guy out there, especially during fantasy football season, this is one of the premiere shows to binge watch. You can spend an entire day watching all the episodes and not feel a single ounce of guilt or shame–it’s just that good.
6. “The Office”
Classic. That’s really all there is to say about this show. Everyone knows the episodes well enough that they don’t have to think too hard while watching it, and it’s still funny the second (or third or fourth) time around. Added bonus: they’re all on Netflix.
7. “SportsCenter” (Or Any Other ESPN Program)
Pretty much just switch on ESPN and sit back to catch a solid 12 hours of LeBron highlights or storylines and everything else that’s happening in the sports world.
You’re bound to find this running somewhere in syndication land, or you can just dust off those DVDs and start from the beginning.
9. “How I Met Your Mother”
Go back to the early seasons, where you still loved the show and didn’t have to think about the finale where the mother is *SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!* dead, and Ted ends up with Robin once again. Watch as they discover Puzzles or when Marshall stabs Lily with a sword. Those were the days.
10. “New Girl”
There are a few seasons out there now that can keep you more than entertained for an entire day. The plus side is that Nick’s character seems to be in the forever state of being hungover, so you have a partner in crime while you watch Schmidt say the douchiest things ever.
There you go. Ten shows that will comfort you in your most desperate hour. If these don’t work, then you’re doing hangovers wrong.