11Shows Perfect for Binge-Watching Now


Bingeworthy TV- Outlander

‘Outlander’

  • Watch: 8 episodes (2014) on Starz, Amazon Instant Video
  • Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Graham McTavish
  • Come for: Panoramic Scottish Highlands, men in kilts

 

Bingeworthy TV- Bosch

‘Bosch’

  • Watch: 10 episodes (2014-2015) on Amazon Prime
  • Stars: Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Jason Gedrick, Veronica Cartwright,
  • Amy Aquino
  • Come for: Gritty and romantic shots of L.A.
  • Bingeworthy TV- The Hour
  • The Hour’

    • Watch: 12 episodes (2011-2012) on iTunes, Amazon or BBCAmerica.com
    • Stars: Dominic West, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw
    • Come for: Heady, sexy drama about the birth of TV news in 1950s Britain

    Bingeworthy TV- The Tudors

    The Tudors’

    • Watch: 38 episodes (2007-2010) on Showtime
    • Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Natalie Dormer, Peter O’Toole, Sam Neill, Henry Cavill
    • Come for: Jousting, pageantry, rutting and scheming in the court of Henry VIII
    • Stay for: The ripping of bodices, the chewing of scenery
    • Bingeworthy TV- Getting On
    • ‘Getting On’ (American version)

    • Watch: 18 episodes (2013-2015) on HBO, Amazon Instant Video
    • Stars: Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash, Mel Rodriguez
    • Come for: Absurdly real but funny look at life in a hospital’s extended-care unit
    • Stay for: The magnificent cast; haven’t we met them all somewhere?
    • Don’t miss: Metcalf as puffed-up Dr. Jenna James: “My job is infinitely more important than yours.”
    • Binge-breaker: Caregivers, binge in small doses only!

    Bingeworthy TV- Foyle's War

    ‘Foyle’s War’

    • Watch: 28 feature-length episodes (2002-2015) on Acorn TV
    • Stars: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell
    • Come for: Murder mysteries on England’s home front during World War II.
    • Stay for: One wry grin from Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle tells you when a suspect is lying.
    • Don’t miss: Foyle’s reveal to his female chauffeur that he knew how to drive all along.
    • Binge-breaker: Fans reversed two cancellations, but we’re glad the war is finally over.
    • Bingeworthy TV- Parks and Recreation

    ‘Parks and Recreation’

    • Watch: 125 episodes (2009-2015) on NBC, Amazon, Netflix
    • Stars: Retta, Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Rob Lowe
    • Come for: “Treat yo’self,” as Retta would say, to TV’s top comedy writing.
    • Stay for: Seeing the ensemble cast bloom as individuals
    • Don’t miss: Leslie Knope (Poehler) and Ron Swanson (Offerman) get locked in the office overnight to settle their differences.
    • Binge-breaker: Season 1 clumsily portrayed Knope as a dope, but stick with it.

    ‘Derek’

    Bingeworthy TV- Derek

    • Watch: 14 episodes on Netflix (2012-2014)
    • Stars: Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, Brett Goldstein
    • Come for: Acting mastery of Gervais as a mentally challenged nursing-home staffer
    • Stay for: Touching, tender moments hidden in a mockumentary
    • Don’t miss: While clipping a resident’s toenails, Derek proclaims: “I like old people; they’re kind.”
    • Binge-breaker: Must every actor break the fourth wall? (We blame The Office.)
    • Bingeworthy TV- The Americans

    ‘The Americans’

    • Watch: 36 episodes (2013-2015) on FX
    • Stars: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Richard Thomas, Noah Emmerich
    • Come for: Russian spies living next door in Reagan-era suburbia
    • Stay for: To decide which is twistier: family dynamics or international espionage?
    • Don’t miss: Period props (slide carousel projectors, metal ice-cube trays) and multiple costume changes per show
    • Binge-breaker: It’s easy to OD on noir!

    Bingeworthy TV- Downton Abbey
    ‘Downton Abbey’

    • Watch: 51 episodes (2010-2015) on PBS, Amazon, Netflix
    • Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith
    • Come for: To learn what life’s like in an English castle. (Answer: cold.)
    • Stay for: The conniving and striving, both upstairs and down
    • Don’t miss: Lord Grantham’s emergence as a human being. Took him only five seasons!
    • Binge-breaker: Once the cast feels like family, you may long to ditch them!
    • Bingeworthy TV- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

    ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’

    • Watch: 34 episodes (2012-2015) on Acorn.tv, PBS, Netflix
    • Stars: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Miriam Margolyes
    • Come for: Glam, sexually liberated P.I. solving murders in 1920s Melbourne, Australia
    • Stay for: Miss Fisher’s slowly building romance with Detective Inspector Jack Robinson
    • Don’t miss: Flapper fashion-palooza! (Chokers, tiaras, pearl-handled pistol)
    • Binge-breaker: Sorry, can’t think of one. But like Phryne (pronounced FRY-knee) Fisher, we’ll keep noodling it!
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