by Tyler Calder

Like everything, techno self-care isn’t always black and white. It’s not as simple as logging off the moment you’re done with work or magically adopting an overnight mindfulness and meditation routine. While those actions can certainly be part of the equation, sometimes the best self-care is leaning into what makes you happiest – even if that means seven seasons of Gilmore Girls and a spoon straight to some hummus alongside it. If you love your shows, wear it proudly – give yourself permission to take a well-deserved brain break this weekend, and sink into the comforts that naturally align with a good old-fashioned Netflix binge.

Here’s what we’ve been watching, and all our favorite takeout – fine, delivery – foods to go with it.

1. Grace and Frankie

The takeout: Dumplings

Is there anything better than female friendship? You know the type we’re talking about – where a good cry feels just as comfortable as an unending series of belly laughs? This buddy dramedy pits Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as foil characters we just can’t get enough of. The two women form a unique bond when their husbands leave them for each other, and the result is a show that’s everything you need it to be – funny, resilient, warm, vulnerable, and best enjoyed with your girl gang and an easy-to-share takeout order like plump mandu or gyoza dumplings. Watch it on Netflix.

2. Black Mirror

The takeout: Noodles

If sci-fi usually sends you running in the other direction, pause just one moment this time around. Black Mirror is an anthology-style series, so it’s easy to jump in at any time, and it’s even easier to get hooked. Set in a near-future and stuffed to the brim with eerie commentary (or is it foreshadowing?) on the dangers of our dependence on technology, this series serves up four seasons of nail-biting, almost-too-close-to-home scenarios. Warning: These mind-bending episodes will make you question just about everything in life, so you’ll want a dinner that you can rely on. Lo Mein or Drunken Noodles feel just right as the antidote to some light existential dread. Watch it on Netflix.

3. The Good Place

The takeout: Sushi

If you like your somehow-dystopian utopias with a side of ginger, rolls will suit you just fine as you take on The Good Place. Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, and the rest of this quirky cast take on themes of morality and good vs. evil, all in a delightfully smart and whimsically unpredictable way. The show is laugh-out-loud funny and truly one-of-a-kind, down to its set design, costumes, and camera work. In The Good Place, everything is bright and a little too perfect, so you’ll want a plate that’s right on par. Watch it on Netflix

4. She’s Gotta Have It

The takeout: Ice Cream

It may be the new kid on the block in this bunch, but this show has a lot of – um – experience. Adapted from the 80’s movie of the same name, we’re already all in on She’s Gotta Have It. A bold, unapologetic female lead choosing between three guys in a sexy comedy based in Brooklyn? Let’s be real – we didn’t need to be sold on this one. We loved it from the moment it first entered our consciousness, and you will too. Watch it on Netflix.

5. Love

The takeout: That one sandwich you love above the rest

Much like your favorite deli stack, Love is somewhat formulaic, but when it’s good, it’s really good. Grab a bag of salt and vinnies and buckle up – this show juggles difficult topics from addiction to love and loneliness via Mickey and Gus, an odd couple played frustratingly well by Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust. If you love shows about flaws, gray area, and the human condition, this two-season diddy gets to the core of all three pretty quickly – Love is salty, briney, and made to be consumed with a pickle spear closeby. Watch it on Netflix.

6. Jane the Virgin

The takeout: Savory crepes (because you’re worth it)

Another day, another dramedy – and we’re living for it. Gina Rodriquez is a ray of light as Jane, who becomes pregnant as if by immaculate (botched medical) conception, and the plot only thickens from there. Sink into this series with something a little salty and a little sweet – a savory crepe (okay fine, and a Nutella-filled one too) is just the level of messy and melty that you need to make it through our favorite little novela. Watch it on Netflix.

Lede image by @xthre.

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