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9 Shows Worth Binge-Watching

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With the winter months right around the corner, it’ll be time to pull out the fleece blanket, put on some hot chocolate, and curl up with your best friend: Netflix.  The chilly months ahead are perfect for binge-watching great shows, and with the colder weather setting in, it’ll be harder to work up the courage to leave the warmth of your home anyway.  To help you decide what you should devote your precious time to, here’s a list of shows that are worth your weekend (or life).  With a mix of titles you have (and maybe haven’t) heard of, and spanning about 450 hours, it should be enough to get you through to the thaw of spring.  Happy bingeing.



9. Dexter (2006 – 2013)

No. of Seasons: 8; No. of Episodes: 96

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Originally airing on the Showtime Network in 2006, “Dexter” follows the life of Dexter Morgan, a Miami Police blood splatter analyst by day, and a serial killer by night.  When Dexter is adopted at a young age by Harry Morgan, Dexter and his adopted father realize there is something different about Dexter.  Dexter loves to kill, but only does so by a code set by his adoptive father.  Targeting only the worst of criminals that escape the justice system, Dexter must keep his ‘hobby’ from his sister, and the rest of the Miami Police Department.

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I won’t lie, this one takes an episode or two to get going, but when it does, it really takes off. Watching Dexter juggle work, his ‘hobby,’ and a girlfriend makes for an interesting hour of television.  Warning: the show is very graphic, and very full of blood.  I mean, there is a lot of blood.  If you’re squeamish, move onto the next show on the list.  With the main story spanning entire seasons, you’ll be wanting to move onto the next episode when the credits roll.  Starring Michael Hall, Jennifer Carpenter and more, it’s a show that’s hard to pull away from.



8. House M.D. (2004 – 2012)

No. of Seasons: 8; No. of Episodes: 177


First aired on Fox in 2004, ‘House M.D.’ is medical drama that follows Dr. Gregory House, a Vicodin-addicted, puzzle-solving medical genius who isn’t afraid to break the rules.  Working with his team at Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital, House takes on cases that other doctors can’t solve.  With the help of Dr. Foreman, Dr. Chase, Dr. Cameron, and Dr. Wilson, they push the bounds of traditional medicine to save their patients’ lives before time runs out.  Dr. House often clashes with Dean of Medicine, Dr. Lisa Cuddy, who desperately tries to keep House in check, and the hospital out of trouble.


“House” is one of the greatest medical dramas out there, “Grey’s Anatomy” doesn’t even come close.  Every episode has you sucked in from the beginning and on the edge of your seat, and when you think you know what will happen next, you get hit with a curveball.  With the most episodes on the list, make sure you chuck out a few weeks to get through this one.  Starring Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Lisa Edelstein, Robert Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, and many more, “House” is an amazing show for all the drama lovers out there.



7. Community (2009 – )

No. of Seasons: 1-5 (NBC), 6 (Yahoo!); No. of Episodes: 110

Source: Universal

Premiering in 2009 on NBC, “Community” follows a group of outcasts at a fictitious community college known as Greendale.  Jeff Winger, a disgraced lawyer who faked his bachelor’s degree, goes back to community college to graduate in order to reclaim his former life.  Wanting to get through it as quickly and as easily as possible, Jeff forms a study group.  Complete with a know-it-all psychology major, a former high school football player, a single mom, a girl formerly addicted to Adderall, a man trapped in a world of alternate reality, and a baby boomer trying to finish finally finish school, the group makes for an interesting show.


‘Community’ is a great show.  It’s full of comedy and so many references to so many different things in pop culture.  It’s hard not to fall in love with this gang of misfits.  I recommend only watching seasons 1-5 from NBC, as season 6 by Yahoo! doesn’t really live up to the standards set by creator Dan Harmon.  Starring Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Donald Glover and more, it’s the show that makes you wonder why your college years weren’t this awesome.



6. The IT Crowd (2006 – 2013)

No. of Seasons: 4; No. of Episodes: 24 (+1 Special)

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Originally airing in 2006 in the UK, ‘The IT Crowd’ follows two computer geeks and their technically illiterate Manager of the IT Department at Reynholm Industries.  Led by their manager Jen Barber, who lied her way into the position, Roy Trenneman and Maurice Moss solve the company’s computer crises in a lethargic manner.  The show also focuses on the father and son who run the company.  Finding themselves in typical British problems, the three awkwardly stumble through work and life.

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‘The IT Crowd’ is a British workplace comedy that is funny from beginning to end. From the lazy Roy Trenneman to the socially-awkward Maurice Moss, this show will have you busting a gut minutes into every episode.  Last time I checked, the special was only available on Hulu, but it’s available for free.  Starring Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, and Katherine Parkinson, this show is a treasure trove for the comedy-seeker.



5. An Idiot Abroad (2010 – 2012)

No. of Seasons: 3; No. of Episodes: 19

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Follow British traveler Karl Pilkington as he travels the world.  From India to China to Route 66, Karl is on a mission to find out what makes the world so great. Thinking it’s going to be an easy trip, Karl’s friends Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant make it their mission to make Karl as miserable as possible.


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Source: 4 [UK]
If you love to travel, or love travel shows, this program is right up your alley.  Karl Pilkington is a moaning, hilarious host who will have you laughing as he stumbles his way through the world.  This is the only travel show I have ever seen that had me laughing from start to finish.  Starring Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, and Stephen Merchant, this is one round the world adventure you don’t want to miss.



4. Raising Hope (2010 – 2014)

No. of Seasons: 4; No. of Episodes: 88

Raising Hope

‘Raising Hope’ first aired on Fox back in 2010.  The show sees James ‘Jimmy’ Chance, an underachieving high school dropout, try to raise his daughter, whose mother happens to be a serial killer.  After a one-night stand with Lucy, the serial killer, Jimmy learns she is pregnant before her date with death row.  Jimmy brings his daughter, Princess Beyonce, who is renamed Hope, home to his equally underachieving family.  Along with her grandma, Virginia (Jimmy’s mom) and her husband Burt will help Jimmy raise the little girl, along with the help of his crush Sabrina.

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When I first heard of this show I didn’t think I would get into it, but after the first episode I was hooked.  “Raising Hope” is your typical sitcom: the Chances find themselves in stupid situations every week, and they have 22 minutes to right everything before the credits roll.  Maybe it’s the ridiculous situations we find them in, maybe it’s how relatable they are to average families, or maybe it’s just the odd, but loveable cast.  Whatever it may be, this show is one for the books. Starring Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt, this show is a romping good time.


3. Parks and Recreation (2009 – 2015)

No. of Seasons: 7; No. of Episodes: 125

Parks and Rec
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Premiering in 2009 on NBC, ‘Parks and Recreation’ follows Leslie Knope, Deputy Director of the Parks and Rec. department in the fictitious town of Pawnee, IN.  The show is a mockumentary  type show, much like ‘The Office.’  The show follows Leslie through her life in politics, friendship, and romance. She is a driven, hard-working government employee who will do anything to get the job done.  Leslie isn’t alone; with the help of her Parks and Rec crew, Ron, April, Donna, Jerry, Andy, and her best friend Ann, nothing will stop her.

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Source: Universal

NBC comes out with a lot of hit or miss shows, but this one is a home run.  “Parks and Recreation” is a clever, funny, and all-around fun show.  This is show that I looked forward to every week.  The writing is amazing, the cast is hilarious, and it has Chris Pratt in it.  It’s a delightful show that you can easily fall in love with, and it’s one I highly recommend.  Starring a whole slew of incredible people, including: Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, and many more, “Parks and Recreation” will have you grinning from ear to ear from beginning to the end.



2. Archer (2009 – )

No. of Seasons: 6 and counting; No of Episodes: 75

Source: Network

‘Archer’ premiered in 2009 on FX.  This spy spoof animated comedy centers around Sterling Archer, codename: Duchess.  If you’re having trouble picturing Archer, just imagine James Bond, but 100x more awesome, drunk, and horny.  Archer is an agent of ISIS (The agency name has since changed because terrorists have to ruin everything), whose boss just happens to be his mother, Malory Archer.  Each week Archer humps and fights his way out of difficult situations with the help of Lana Kane and the bumbling buffoon, Cyril Figgis.


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‘Archer’ is a great show for binge-watching, and with 10 to 13 episodes a season it is the perfect show for a one weekend binge-watch.  The writing is amazing, the voice acting is spot on, and this show will have you rolling on the ground.  If you love inappropriate comedy as much as I do, this show is for you.  Featuring the voices of H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, and more, this is one show you’ll be glad you watched.



1. Chuck (2007 – 2012)

No. of Seasons: 5 No. of Episodes: 91

Source: Universal

‘Chuck’ is a show that premiered on NBC back in 2007.  It’s an amazing spy comedy that centers around an underachieving ‘Nerd Herder,’ Chuck Bartowski.  When Chuck is emailed secret information from a government project, known as the ‘Intersect’, he accidentally downloads all the information to his brain.  Two agents, Sarah Walker from the CIA, and John Casey from the NSA, are sent to protect Chuck, who uses the Intersect to save the day.

Source: Universal

This is a show I had heard of when it was running on NBC, but back then I didn’t make much time for television.  I won’t lie, I consider this to be one of the best shows to ever grace television.  ‘Chuck’ is an amazing show that packs comedy, action, romance, and drama into a tight 45 minutes.  If you pick one show to watch this winter, make it this one, as it will not disappoint.  Starring Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, and Adam Baldwin, this show is a can’t miss. Spoiler, make sure you have some tissues handy from the last episode, it’s a doozy.


Harry Potter Fandom

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“Fandom” is used to describe a large group of fans who come together to share a common interest.  They come not just for the material, but for the camaraderie.  At And Having Writ, we wanted to explore different fandoms and introduce some to our readers.  This article is one of many that will cover a variety of fandoms, including Doctor Who, Sherlock, Lord of the Rings, and more.

Harry Potter

When I think about fandoms, Harry Potter is the first that comes to my mind.  Arguably one of the biggest fan bases and one of the most loyal, the Harry Potter fandom will defend itself until the very end.  It’s easy to understand why: it’s a story about an orphan boy raised by hateful relatives, and the boy soon finds out he is an extremely famous wizard.  The story follows this boy wizard on his journey through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and beyond.  Spanning seven books, eight movies (with three more spin-offs on the way), and Pottermore (a huge fansite) with the author herself posting frequently, it’s easy to see that Harry Potter will stand the test of time.  People of all ages, races, and religions adore this book because its central themes revolve around love conquering all evil, the importance of family and friendship, and that anyone, no matter their start in life, can achieve greatness.

The three main characters are Harry, Ron, and Hermione, who face challenges throughout the series with all of it eventually leading to the return of The Dark Lord: an evil wizard dead-set on killing Harry. Even though these three are our central characters, much of the supporting cast is just as beloved.  We see Neville, an awkward boy in Harry’s year, blossom into his full potential, Luna, a quirky young girl complete with obscure antics, Ron’s brothers Fred and George’s mischief, and the love of Harry’s godfather Sirius.  The emotional rollercoaster never stops, and it always packs a punch.  Character deaths that will be etched into your brain forever, shocking plot twists, and adorable relationships are what you’ll find in these books.  As Professor McGonagall says in Sorcerer’s Stone, “every child in our world will know his name.”  As time goes on, this couldn’t be more true.

Love the Harry Potter universe? Check out these Tumblr blogs!


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Page Admins(s)

Tech- Runs the blog

Taiga- Graphics

AHW: How long have you been in operation and how many followers do you have?

Tech: The blog was started in August of 2011, I joined it a few months later.  And as of writing this we have over 195 thousand followers.  I’m positive we’ll hit 200k in less than a week.  The blog gains followers pretty quickly now!  Just today we gained 308.  And the more active it is, with posts and discussions, the faster it gains followers.

AHW: What made you want to start a Harry Potter themed blog?

Tech: I didn’t actually start it.  However I JOINED it because Harry Potter is my lifeblood and I was really obsessed with making confessions posts when they first got really popular so I figured why not put that to good use!  I love the secrets people send in, I love the discussion they invoke.  Seeing different points of view and how others respond and their rebuttals to unpopular opinions is one of my favourite things.  I love seeing how into this story everyone is, it gives me the warm fuzzies that we’re all completely different people from absolute different walks of life, we all have different experiences and minds but were all sharing this one thing.  I love the interactions I get from running this blog.

AHW: What do you love about the Harry Potter fandom?

Tech: I love the people, I love this fandom SO MUCH.  Even though we are in no way perfect, and we fight about silly things.  It’s like one huge family, we’re not always nice to each other but we have this in common.  I dunno, I just really enjoy being a part of that in any way I can.

AHW: Describe the Harry Potter fandom in one word.

Tech: CAN I BE THE ONE WHO USES ‘MAGICAL’ haha, no but seriously I have always only used one word for it and that really is ‘Family’.  The good, the bad, the ugly, the support, the love, the anger and fights.  This fandom is friendship and family.


Imagines Harry Potter

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Page Admin(s)

Lauren & Kerrie

AHW: How long have you been in operation and how many followers do you have?

Lauren: I made this account February 8th 2014, so one year ago. We have over 20,000 followers!

AHW: What made you want to start a Harry Potter themed blog?

Lauren: I’ve always thought imagine blogs were cool but I didn’t really see any active Harry Potter ones so I made my own.  I used to make all the imagines and write lots of one shots for people.  Kerrie joined about a month later.

AHW: What do you love about the Harry Potter fandom?

Lauren: I love that even though the books and movies stopped coming out a few years ago, the fandom is still going strong.  I have met so many passionate Harry Potter fans from all over the world through tumblr.  The craze still hasn’t died down and I love that.

Kerrie: I like how widespread it is, and the variety of people in it because of this.  I also like how even though it’s been 8 years since the last book, and 4 since the last movie, people still love it and haven’t forgot it.  There’s a great sense of community as well.

AHW: Describe the Harry Potter fandom in one word.

Lauren:  Home.

Kerri: I’m not really sure what to say for one word.  Incredible, magical, outstanding, home.


Muggle Headcanon

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Page Admin(s).

Tirion- moderator

Lindsay- Housepoint keeper

Lulu- moderator

Liz- moderator

Isabel- moderator

AHW: How long have you been in operation and how many followers do you have?

Tirion: When I first started there was about 30,000 and now it has increased to 113,618 and

it is still growing which is amazing!  As for creating the blog we didn’t actually create it, me and Lindsay came on as mods first.  The creator of the blog brought us on in July 2014 however our first post was June 2nd, 2014.  The creator left the blog saying she felt comfortable leaving it in mine and Lindsay’s hands.

AHW: What made you want to start a Harry Potter themed blog?

Tirion: As I said before me and Lindsay didn’t create the blog so I can’t take credit for that.   However the reason I wanted to become a Mod on the blog was because before this I wasn’t creating content on tumblr or giving anything back.  I have only been on tumblr for a few years and most of what I watch now comes purely from tumblr and the fandom side of it.  As a result I know a lot about other fandoms but only having been in them two years or so I can’t say I know everything.  Harry Potter is a different story since I have loved it since being a child.  I felt if I could start to post things and make other people happy by doing so why not?  I have an extensive knowledge of Harry Potter also so being able to put that knowledge to use on the blog and coupling it with living in England and knowing the country and all that jazz it makes being a mod a very enjoyable experience.

AHW: What do you love about the Harry Potter fandom?

Tirion: I have said before I have loved Potter since childhood.  I grew up with the story of Harry and his friends (the first film I went to see at the cinema was Harry Potter!).  I think that coupled with the fact I am very into fantasy and mystical things makes it a great thing to love.  As for the fandom I really like some of the more mature debates that go on.  For example the ongoing debate on whether Hogwarts could ever have wifi and electronics or not.  Reading into these sorts of theories really gets me excited and interested.

AHW: Describe the Harry Potter fandom in one word.

Tirion: If I had to pick one single word it would probably be exciting (I would say magical but some parts are not so magical).  I can honestly say you’re never bored and the story always has new things coming out about it.

Just like the books, the fandom has a magical quality about it.  They don’t just love Harry Potter; they love interacting with other fans and sharing a common interest with no fear of judgment.  Fandoms provide a welcoming environment for those who want to express the joy they find with Harry Potter.  It’s a fandom many should be a part of.