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Netflix TV Shows To Watch: 11 Series To Start Watching Over Winter Break

First Posted: 12/20/11 05:31 PM ET   Updated: 12/21/11 01:04 PM ET

Let's face it: Unless your job is to watch TV (which is not as glamorous as it sounds), then there's no way you can catch all of TV's finest the first time around. But have no fear. If you missed critical greats "Breaking Bad" and "Downton Abbey" due to your hectic schedule, Netflix is here to help you feel culturally relevant again.

HuffPost TV has chosen 11 TV shows that we think would boost your entertainment appetite and there's a little something for everyone. Fans of Jane Lynch (pre-"Glee") and sardonic wit will enjoy Starz's underrated comedy "Party Down." It may have only had two seasons, but there's a rumored movie on the way.

And if you prefer cocktails, cigarettes and '60s mystique, then the Emmy-winning drama "Mad Men" is for you. We give you about three episodes until you can't stop humming the "Mad Men" theme song.

Meanwhile, fans of harmless teen fluff will lose themselves in the "OMG!"-inducing drama of "Pretty Little Liars" and "One Tree Hill."

Find out what else made our Netflix queue!

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I feel shame every time someone even mentions "Breaking Bad," because my weak stomach couldn't handle the heavy drama, intense action and unadulterated sadness of Season 1. I took a break way back then and have never quite found the free time to pick it back up. Luckily, I've avoided spoilers (well, most anyway) and I'm finally committing to catching up before the supersized fifth and final season premieres in mid-2012. Also lucky: It's only four short cable seasons, not nearly enough to have to pick up an addiction of my own to watch it all in time. -- Maggie Furlong
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