Five Shows to Binge Watch This Weekend
Finding things to watch on Netflix can be rough sometimes. After you've watched all the buzz worthy shows (Black Mirror, Stranger Things, etc.), what do you watch next? I actually love diving into some of Netflix's lesser known treasures. I have found some of my all-time faves this way.
If you like British dramas and complicated characters this is a great one. I can't say too much about it because I don't want to give anything away, but the shows follows the title character Marcella (played by Anna Friel), through a murder investigation that she has a direct connection (and possible involvement) to. It's a great show. But I will warn you that you will spend a lot of time yelling at your screen out of frustration with well - pretty much everyone.
When I first heard the premise of this show I laughed out loud. A sci-fi show about a descendant of Wyatt Earp who goes around killing demons with his legendary pistol? How ridiculous does that sound?! I am so glad that my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to watch. This show is AMAZING! Strong complicated female characters (and more than one!), fun mythology and great story lines. And if you're a bit of a paranormal or sci-fi geek like myself you will love the mythology that runs throughout the show. Just get past the first two episodes - they are clunky and show was still finding it's footing. Trust me, it's worth it.
The Red Road
Do you really need a reason to stare at Jason Momoa?? No of course not. But you get a good one with The Red Road. A slow-burning story of a small town cop and his run-ins with the Native American tribe that lives in the mountains just outside of town. The themes of this show are universal: family, love, hate, redemption and the things we are willing to do to protect the ones we love. Momoa is amazing in this and I wish it had lasted longer than two seasons.
I like to describe The Magicians as Harry Potter for adults. Based on the books by Lev Grossman, The Magicians follows five college kids who attend a magic college in Upstate New York. Sounds a lot like Harry Potter, right? Yeah - that's about the gist of what the two series' have in common. The Magicians is what Harry Potter would have been if Harry had been an adult when he discovered his powers, Hermione had been a bit of bitch and Ron was a girl with delusions of grandeur and a propensity for evil. But it's so much more than that. I will warn you: this show is dark. But in a good way - if that makes sense. Behind all the magic and mythology (and there's a lot), there are some really great characters, and easy to relate to themes. The third season starts tomorrow night on Syfy and I cannot wait!
If you loved The Handmaid's Tale, you will love Alias Grace. Based on the book written by Margaret Atwood (who of course wrote the Handmaid's Tale), the story centers around Grace, a maid, who is accused and convicted of killing her employer and his housekeeper. And unlike Handmaid's Tale this is actually based on real events. Incredibly intense and well acted.
What shows are on your list to binge watch? Do you have any recommendations? Let us know in the comments!