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When you’re ready for a long-term relationship

There comes a time in your life when you’re ready to hang up your stilettos, swap your hot pants for sweatpants, and curl up next to the same person night after night. Maybe all of your friends have moved to the suburbs or you’re getting carpal tunnel from swiping left on every guy who puts, “I contain multitudes” on their Hinge profile. As Samantha Jones famously put it, “I think I have monogamy. I caught it from you people.”

Making a long-term commitment to another human and making a long-term commitment to a TV series are very similar: both involve staying in a lot, ditching your friends and letting yourself go. Moreover, when you recognize you’re ready to make the leap, it can be overwhelming - when we have endless choices, how do we choose? Is there any way of knowing your choice is the right choice? What happens if there’s a hot new neighbor who moves in next door and you can’t stop fantasizing about them topless but you already signed a prenup? We got you.

Situationist Certified Recommendations:

Grey’s Anatomy - Hulu (or ABC if you don't observe the Hulu calendar)

Be prepared to update your mailing address to Shondaland, because this series just got renewed for Season NINETEEN...19! This series has been on air for so long it can vote, purchase cigarettes, and get a full body tattoo without a parent’s consent. This series has been on air for so long, you can marry it - and we suggest you do! To quote Meredith Grey M.D.: “Pick me. Choose me. Love me.”

Episode Count: 388 (and counting!)

The West Wing - HBO Max

Two Peabody Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and 26 Primetime Emmy wins later, I guarantee you too will consider writing in "Josiah "Jed" Bartlet" on your 2024 Presidential Election ballot. So buckle up, because there are 154 episodes clocking in at 42 minutes each. As Cher Horowitz said, “there goes your social life.”

Episode count: 154

Mad Men - Prime

7 seasons of 1960's hedonism, misogyny, and Jon Hamm’s face. To sum it up, “We’re flawed because we want so much more. We’re ruined because we get these things and wish for what we had.” - Don Draper.

Episode count: 92

The Americans - Prime

Felicity, if Felicity was a KGB spy enthralled in a Cold-War era romance. 6 seasons, 75 episodes, 49 minutes…how do you measure, measure a year….

Episode count: 75

The Good Wife - Paramount+ or Prime

A 156 episode series starring Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles (a fellow Baltimorean) AND Christine Baranski? Consider my dance card officially full. Where can I sign the Ketubah?

Episode count: 156

Insecure - HBO Max

There are no words in English to describe how beautifully perfect this show is and how accurately and honestly it portrays the insecurities we feel navigating the transitional phases of adulthood (okay, I guess we found the words). To take one of the best pieces of advice from the series, said by Natasha Rothwell (aka Kelli) "don't look a gift horse in the d*ck." Watch this series immediately.

Episode count: 44 (perfect if you're ready for commitment, but marriage scares you)

Sex and the City - HBO Max

On the rare chance you haven’t already watched all 94 episodes (twice), take this time as an excellent opportunity for a rewatch. As Carrie once wondered, are “we all just victims of conditioned responses doomed to repeat the same unconscious relationship patterns? Were we all in fact just dating the same person over and over again?” The answer? Yes.

Episode count: 94

Scandal - Hulu

Time to invest in property in Shondaland because this show will cost you 124 episodes and the ROI is huge. Let's just say if Trump hired Olivia Pope, he may have only gotten impeached once. Come for the clean up, stay for the mess.

Episode count: 124

Golden Girls - Hulu

No better way to honor Betty White (olav a shalom) than to commit to all 180 episodes of Golden Girls. Let's be real, the best long-term relationships are female friendships and whether you identify as a Rose, a Dorothy, a Sophia or a Blanche, the adage remains true: "The Older You Get, The Better You Get, Unless You’re A Banana.” - Rose Nylund.

Episode count: 180


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