With some of the coldest days of the year potentially yet to come, you may find yourself spending much more time inside. And if you do get out—whether it's to enjoy the magical views of fresh snowfall or to run a necessary errand—you may enjoy the idea of coming home sheltering for warmth inside your assisted living apartment with a good show. Here are a few options to choose from, including fantasy epics, weird (and sometimes ribald) humor and reality shows.
Winter isn't coming, it's here—and there's no TV show that captures the cold weather better than HBO's Game of Thrones. Based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by author George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones is a medieval epic that mainly centers on the tensions between House Stark and House Baratheon. The families feud over control of the kingdoms in Westeros, and this dramatic fantasy is dense in complex lore and follows the journey of multiple characters to claim their right to the Iron Throne.
It's worth mentioning that Game of Thrones is known for its violent dueling scenes, depictions of sensitive topics and includes language, sexuality and some nudity. This medieval drama is not for the faint of heart, but if you're interested in a high fantasy world with a developed cast and narrative, Game of Thrones may be a show to finish out the snowy season with. Game of Thrones is available to stream through Hulu with HBO Now.
If you're a fan of the comedy sitcom, The Office, this show might be for you. Full of awkward jokes and eccentric characters, Arrested Development follows the life of real estate agent Michael Blum and his struggle coming to terms with his criminal family's business. Blum ultimately wants to set a good example for his son, but his family's pervasive business practices conflict with his wish to be a responsible father figure.
Arrested Development is a laid-back comedy that doesn't take itself seriously and is perfect for those who want a good laugh while keeping warm at home. The light, fun comedy lends itself to watching with family or a small group of friends. Arrested Developed can be streamed online via Netflix or Hulu with Hulu + Live TV.
Cartoons are not just for kids, so don't miss this classic animated sitcom. Hank Hill is a propane salesman and family man from Texas who wishes to live a simple life. Being a man of faith, he is dedicated to his beliefs and values but is generally passive and nonjudgmental of others as he lives among the rowdy locals of his small town. King of the Hill offers some unexpected commentary on living in the rural south and how to live a good life as a Christian, reiterating values of tolerance and goodwill.
For those who'd like to explore animated television, King of the Hill is among the best cartoons that adults can enjoy. You can stream King of the Hill with a subscription to Hulu.
The Masked Singer introduces a new approach to your average singing competition. Each contestant wears a full-body disguise that hides their true identity as they perform throughout the season. Every episode ends with an elimination and a reveal of the person who is voted off. The final episode reveals the identity of the last performer left, who is the winner.
If you're familiar with competitive TV shows like America's Got Talent, The Masked Singer might be your next binge-worthy show. The Masked Singer is a unique mixture of competition, visual art and live performance that you can't find anywhere else on television. You can watch The Masked Singer on FuboTV or on Hulu + Live TV.
Who knew cooking shows could have so much cursing, but that's to be expected with world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsey. The hot-tempered British chef has had numerous food-related television shows, but Kitchen Nightmares is certainly a crowd favorite. Ramsey travels throughout the world attempting to fix struggling restaurants and train their owners into running a successful business. Although the show has plenty of moments full of drama, Ramsey's efforts to save businesses on the brink of bankruptcy adds a heartwarming touch to the chef's cold approach to assisting failing restaurant owners.
If you don't mind some foul language—and Gordon Ramsey ranting about rotting food from walk-in fridges in most episodes—you can stream Kitchen Nightmares for free on Tubi or with a Hulu subscription.
Need help with downloading your streaming services? The friendly staff at Grand Villa assisted living in Grand Junction, CO, are happy to help residents and may be able to provide some support setting up streaming apps on a smart device in apartments.