Christmas is almost here, and for many people that means a time of festivity, food and family. And while we may love our families — both biological and chosen — some of us still have to face an unfortunate truth about going home for the holidays: they’re going to make us watch terrible TV. Whether they insist on flipping to The Real Housewives of Whatever City They’re in Now or have a DVR full of Blue Bloods they want to turn on, coming face to face with the questionable taste of your loved ones can be an ordeal.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. While the police procedurals or reality shows that your family flips on may make you want to bang your head against the coffee table, there are shows out there that can deliver far better versions of what they enjoy — and save your sanity in the process. Here are a few humble suggestions for how to course correct when your family’s TV selections are going off the rails.