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munstersfamilyportraitFor many of us, the predicted winter storm Juno has fallen a little short of expectations. However, if you’re already hunkered down expecting that you weren’t going to be heading out anyway, or if you’re one of the few areas that really did get some snow, why not take advantage of the downtime to watch a new movie or TV show?

The other day when we were hit with a few inches of snow and didn’t feel like leaving the house, I introduced my daughter to an old 1960s sitcom from my childhood years, “The Munsters.” It was funnier than I remember it to be and centers around the escapades of the monster family at 1313 Mockingbird Lane – Lily, Herman, Marilyn, Grandpa and Eddie.

Use today’s snow day to enjoy some of the older flicks on Netflix or introduce your child to a television show or movie that you loved when you were younger.

Here are some ideas:

Nicole Brinkley, a YA contributor at Reel Life With Jane, recommends “The West Wing” (currently available on Netflix): “It was almost ahead of its time with its politics and storyline,” she says. “And of course, there’s the White House press secretary CJ Cregg, played by Allison Janney. “She’s an interesting strong woman character and her character arc is fascinating.”

Here’s a clip from “The West Wing” Season 1, Episode 6 – Zoe’s Panic Button (aka Charlie finally has a good time).

Brinkley is also a huge fan of musicals, and Netflix has a ton to choose from, including “Grease,” “Annie” and “Phantom of the Opera.”

Ej “The Rainmaker” Garr, who covers sports topics for Reel Life With Jane and over at Sports Palooza, suggests “The Godfather” trilogy (buy it on Amazon). Another favorite of his is “The Hustler” (currently available on Netflix). The 1961 movie stars Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felsen and follows his adventures in the world of professional pool. He challenges Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) for his world title. Great flick.

And finally, Retro Lisa (that’s me) suggests the Charlie Chaplin collection, 15 black-and-white and silent shorts from 1914 where the cheeky Tramp goes rollerskating, drives a fire engine, rescues damsels in distress and much more. A film legend, don’t miss checking out where the industry all started. At this writing, it’s available on Netflix.

There is so much to choose from on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and other streaming services. A movie, a mug of hot chocolate, and some buttered popcorn makes cold and snow bearable.

Your turn: What’s your favorite movie or TV show to snuggle up and watch on a cold winter’s night? Tell us in the comments below. 

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