A GUIDE TO BINGE WORTHY TV SHOWS!

Summer time is (almost) here, which means it’s TV binging season – at least it is for me. But I can’t be the only one…right? I tend to spend so many more hours watching shows during this time of year than any other time, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t always look forward to it. With so many of our big network favorites going on hiatus, these next few months are also the perfect opportunity to catch up on those streaming originals your family and friends have been gushing about all year. That being said, if you’re looking for recommendations, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite binge worthy shows – both streaming service originals and network options.

 

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE  

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What is it?

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

Why should I watch it?

The Handmaid’s Tale is, by far, one of my favorite TV shows of all time. It’s one of the first things I always recommend for people to watch, and everyone I’ve recommended it to has ended up absolutely loving it. If that doesn’t convince you, then I don’t know what will. But seriously – it’s just so great. The writing is seamless in every possible way (and yes, it’s a beautiful depiction of the novel of the same name, which it’s based off of) and the acting is some of the best I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. The narrative is bone-chilling and disturbing, yet deeply authentic and timely. Every topic that’s crucial in our current realities is discussed and/or highlighted within the story in some way, shape, or form. From misogyny to homophobia and everything in between, these are all topics covered at one point or another; I wholeheartedly respect the show runners and writers for being brave enough to take an important story and bring it to life in such a masterful way. Even if it’s an intense emotional rollercoaster and makes you so uncomfortable at times that you are compelled to look away, it’s still a show that everyone must watch, especially now, considering how relatable it is to our present day society.

TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: homophobia, mistreatment of women, violence, mutilation, death, slavery, suicide, and mental, physical, and sexual abuse (including but not limited to rape)

Starring: 

Elisabeth Moss, Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski, O-T Fagbenle, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd, Amanda Brugel, Madeline Brewer, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel

Commitment:

Season 1 | 10 episodes | Approximately 9h15m

Season 2 | New episodes every Wednesday

STAR

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What is it?

Star’s life in the foster system didn’t dull her dreams, but it did give her the strength to pursue them. Committed to following the path to fame in the cut-throat music industry, the singer tracks down her sister, Simone, and her best friend from Instagram, Alexandra, and the trio make their way to Atlanta. Once there, they find support in the form of mother-figure Carlotta and a down-and-out talent agent named Jahil who takes an interest in Star. As the young women chase down their dream, they find that ambition has a price and sometimes that price is too high.

Why should I watch it?

I actually just finished binge watching this one myself and I’m HOOKED. Not only is it full of the good ol’ drama we all live for in modern day shows, but it also has so much heart and characters you are sure to fall in love with. Getting an insight – even if it’s a very fictional  and exaggerated one – into the struggles within the music industry is so fascinating and these characters make you want to keep rooting for them until the very end. Queen Latifah and the girls (Jude, Brittany, and Ryan) are all so talented and it was such a pleasure seeing them bring these layered roles to life. Such a fun and refreshing show with some great music!

TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: violence, death, drug abuse, suicide, and mental, physical (including domestic), and sexual abuse (including but not limited to rape)

Starring: 

Jude Demorest, Brittany O’Grady, Ryan Destiny, Amiyah Scott, Quincy Brown, Miss Lawrence, Benjamin Bratt, Queen Latifah, Luke James, Michael Michele

Commitment:

Season 1 | 12 episodes | Approximately 8h7m

Season 2 | 18 episodes | Approximately 13h18m

TOP OF THE LAKE

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What is it?

Set in a remote mountain town in New Zealand, the miniseries “Top of the Lake” centers on the disappearance of 12-year-old Tui, who is five months pregnant. She is last seen standing chest deep in a freezing lake, and now all attention is focused on inexperienced detective Robin Griffin, who leads the investigation in the same town where she endured traumatic events years earlier. Not only must she find Tui, but Robin also embarks on a journey of self-discovery, and her limits are tested amid clashes with Matt, the missing girl’s father and local drug lord, and GJ, a guru at a local women’s camp.

Why should I watch it?

Yet another Elisabeth Moss show…what can I say? She’s one hell of an actress. Top of the Lake is so amazingly atmospheric; the scenery gives off a peculiar vibe that matches the tone of the show perfectly. It’s a creatively paced show with a lot of rewarding character development. It’s always so refreshing getting to witness a strong-willed female lead coming to terms and dealing with her inner demons, and combined with a well-executed storyline, a great creative team, and some very compelling writing, this show definitely hits the mark.

TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: violence, death, suicide, and sexual assault and abuse (including but not limited to rape)

Starring: 

Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Thomas M. Wright, Skye Wansey, Genevieve Lemon, Robyn Malcolm, Kip Chapman, Jacqueline Joe, Ewen Leslie

Commitment:

Season 1 | 7 episodes | Approximately 6h16m

Season 2 | 6 episodes | Approximately 6h25m

PREACHER

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What is it?

Fulfilling a promise to his deceased father, one-time outlaw Jesse Custer returns home to West Texas to take over his dad’s church. Jesse’s mission, however, becomes twisted when his body is overcome by a cryptic force that unleashes within him a highly unconventional power. Together with hell-raising ex-girlfriend Tulip and Irish vagabond Cassidy, the preacher-in-training embarks on a journey to find God in a world inhabited by holy, hellish, and everything-in-between characters. The darkly comedic “Preacher” is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s popular 1990s comic book franchise of the same name.

Why should I watch it?

I went into Preacher thinking that there was no way I’d ever like it but boy, was I wrong. From the very beginning, this show was blowing my mind with its cleverly executed plot twists, nail-biting action and suspense, and powerful acting. The attention to detail is mind-blowing and the writing and characterization is so impressive that I finished the first episode wanting – no, needing – more. Although I haven’t read them, I have heard that if you’re a fan of the comics, the original source material, you might be a bit disappointed with how they decided to go about the adaptation, so you might want to consider that before you start. But, if you’ve never read the comics like me, give it a try! And don’t take too long – season 3 is coming out in June of 2018!

TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: violence, death, drug abuse, suicide, and physical and sexual abuse (including but not limited to rape)

Starring: 

Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Ian Colletti, Graham McTavish

Commitment:

Season 1 | 10 episodes | Approximately 8h28m

Season 2 | 13 episodes | Approximately 10h13m

THE GOOD DOCTOR

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What is it?

Shaun Murphy, a young autistic surgeon who has savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join the surgical unit at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital – a move strongly supported by his mentor, Dr. Aaron Glassman. Having survived a troubled childhood, Shaun is alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, but he finds his niche using his extraordinary medical skill and intuition to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.

Why should I watch it?

I’m a massive fan of Freddie Highmore (if you haven’t seen Bates Motel, what are you doing with your life?!), so when I heard that The Good Doctor not only starred him as the lead but that it was also developed by David Shore, the same genius mind behind House M.D., I knew that I had to watch. Honestly, I’m not surprised I love it as much as I do. The writing is smart, the Autism representation is excellent, the cinematography reminds me so much of House’s, yet it has its own distinctive, modern flare, and the acting, especially Freddie Highmore’s acting, never fails to leave me speechless. How Freddie can go from playing an ailing killer on Bates Motel to probably one of the most charming, wholesome characters in modern TV proves just how talented he is. Frankly, I’m quite over medical dramas, but I willingly put all that annoyance aside when it comes to this show because it’s just that good.

Starring: 

Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas, Beau Garrett, Tamlyn Tomita, Hill Harper, Richard Schiff, Chuku Modu

Commitment:

Season 1 | 18 episodes | Approximately 13h26m

ATLANTA

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What is it?

Atlanta is one of the top cities for young rappers looking to make a name for themselves in the business. Among those up-and-comers is Alfred Miles, a hot new artist who is trying to understand the line between real life and street life. He is managed by his cousin, Earn, who gets caught up in the local rap scene and his cousin’s career after returning home to the ATL. Earn does whatever he can to try to get Alfred’s career to the next level. Darius, the rapper’s right-hand man and visionary, is also in Alfred’s entourage. When Earn isn’t busy managing his cousin’s career, he spends much of his time with best friend Vanessa, who is also the mother of his daughter.

Why should I watch it?

Donald Glover hit the jackpot with this show. Deeply authentic, sociopolitically aware, and downright hilarious, Atlanta is everything I wanted it to be and more. One second you’re laughing so hard you cry, the other you’re crying from just how heartfelt it can be. Both the writing and characters are so witty and clever, I can’t get enough! Seriously, the moment I finished the last episode, I wanted to watch it again. If you’re looking for a show with a light-hearted yet moving balance and some smart and witty social commentary, don’t look any further!

Starring: 

Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz

Commitment:

Season 1 | 10 episodes | Approximately 4h3m

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We’re all aware of the typical and entirely popular Netflix shows. Amongst some of the best known are Black Mirror, Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, and The Crown. Although those are all fantastic and I enjoy watching them just as much as the next person, looking past them, the platform has so much more to offer. Below are some of my favorite underrated TV shows on Netflix!

LOVE

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What is it?

When his cheating girlfriend leaves him, people-pleasing nice-guy Gus moves into a trendy apartment complex inhabited by lots of college students. A chance encounter introduces him to wild-child Mickey, also recently single, and who despises her job in radio. Though wildly different, the two are drawn to each other, and that relationship is the basis for the Judd Apatow-helmed Netflix original series. And in the end, their differences may be what help them figure out just what love is.

Why should I watch it?

Love is a beautiful mix between a sitcom and a drama, with an authentic and raw look at the craziness surrounding day-to-day life. These characters and storylines are all so relatable that it makes you feel connected to them on every level imaginable. The type of show where immediately after binging it, I missed the characters terribly.

Starring:

Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Claudia O’Doherty, Chris Witaske, Mike Mitchell

Commitment:

Season 1 | 10 episodes | Approximately 5h52m

Season 2 | 12 episodes | Approximately 6h7m

Season 3 | 12 episodes | Approximately 6h20m

BLOODLINE

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What is it?

A dramatic thriller that explores the demons lurking beneath the surface of a contemporary American family. The Rayburns are hard-working pillars of their Florida Keys community, but their past contains dark secrets that they hope remain buried. Paranoia and mistrust build as lies pile up, alliances are shattered, and an unthinkable crime takes place. The tight-knit family’s formerly harmonious relationship deteriorates, and good people are forced to consider doing very bad things.

Why should I watch it?

This show. These characters. AH! It’s one of those shows where you learn to realize just how true it is that nothing is black or white. Bloodline does a superb job at fearlessly exploring the depths of that meaty gray zone, which I appreciate endlessly. Every character is realistically layered in ways a lot of other characters in the modern TV world aren’t. The story is slowly built with every episode and it becomes so enthralling and rich that you won’t want to even look away. Such quality TV!

TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: substance abuse

Starring:

Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Jacinda Barret, Jamie McShane, Enrique Murciano, Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek, Katie Finneran, John Leguizamo, Andrea Riseborough, Chloë Sevigny

Commitment:

Season 1 | 13 episodes | Approximately 12h18m

Season 2 | 10 episodes | Approximately 10h17m

Season 3 | 10 episodes | Approximately 9h18m

ALIAS GRACE

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What is it?

Based on the 1996 Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, “Alias Grace” tells the story of young Grace Marks, a poor Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who is accused and convicted of the 1843 murder of her employer and his housekeeper. Stablehand James McDermott is also convicted of the crime. McDermott is hanged, but Grace is sentenced to life in prison, leading her to become one of the most notorious women of the period in Canada. The story is based on actual 19th-century events.

Why should I watch it?

Being the massive fan of Margaret Atwood’s work that I am, I don’t think I’ll ever not watch and be completely excited about her work getting the fantastic adaptations that they’ve been getting lately. Much like The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace is a wonderfully executed and wholeheartedly captivating adaptation of one of the greatest feminist novels of all time – in my opinion, any way. Not only do a talented group of women make up the entirety of the creative team, which alone should be enough for you to want to watch, the show itself also shines a light on numerous vital sociopolitical issues, a lot of which involve women struggles. Sarah Gadon does a phenomenal job at bringing so much riveting mystery to her character, and overall, everything about this period piece is simply stunning and well-worth the watch.

TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: asmr triggers, mutilation, violence, death, substance abuse, sexual assault and abuse (including but not limited to rape)

Starring:

Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard, Zachary Levi, Kerr Logan, David Cronenberg, Anna Paquin, Paul Gross

Commitment:

Season 1 |6 episodes | Approximately 4h45m

MINDHUNTER 

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What is it?

In the late 1970s two FBI agents expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters.

Why should I watch it?

Mindhunter is a crime drama done right. After being burnt out from the never-ending amount of crime shows that have surfaced within these past few years, I was sure I would never enjoy one to its full extent again. But thankfully, this show completely changed that. Aside from being suspenseful and mind-boggling smart, Mindhunter is more fascinating than a lot of the stuff I’ve been watching recently. Diving deep into the psychology and methodology of serial killers – as insane as it sounds – enthralls me to no end, and adding the 70s elements into the mix just makes it all that much better.

TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: violence, death, suicide, discussion and/or depiction of mutilation and sexual assault and abuse (including but not limited to rape)

Starring:

Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross, Anna Torv, Cotter Smith

Commitment:

Season 1 |10 episodes | Approximately 8h27m

THE LETDOWN

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What is it?

Audrey is determined not to be defined by motherhood. In theory, this seems fairly easy. In practice, her career-focused husband, self-obsessed mother, and fancy-free best friend, make it damn near impossible.

Why should I watch it?

A real and unembellished insight into the lives of first time parents with a hint of heartfelt moments and a splash of comedy. I don’t have a child myself, but I’ve only heard great things from parents who have also watched it. Shows like The Letdown are so unbelievably important. I can’t even begin to express just how great it is for there to be a show out there that’s not too afraid to show the real and very normal struggles that come along with motherhood. It’s also one of the quickest shows I’ve ever binged, so if you’re looking for not only a great quality story but one that is an easy and speedy watch, then you’ve found it!

Starring:

Alison Bell, Duncan Fellows, Noni Hazlehurst, Sacha Horler, Lucy Durack, Leon Ford, Celeste Barber, Taylor Ferguson, Leah Vandenberg, Xana Tang, Sarah Peirse

Commitment:

Season 1 |7 episodes | Approximately 3h35m

ONE DAY AT A TIME

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What is it?

Follows three generations of the same Cuban-American family living in the same house: a newly divorced former military mother, her teenage daughter and tween son, and her old-school mother.

Why should I watch it?

I can’t even begin to describe just how much I love this show. Being Cuban, One Day at a Time resonated with me in ways I never thought a show could. It constantly kept me laughing, crying, or pondering – sometimes even all at once. I don’t think I’ve ever felt as many emotions in such a short amount of time as I did while binge watching this. Every character has a multitude of layers that the show intricately and slowly peels away with each passing episode, revealing some of the most relatable personas I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. The representation is off the charts and the topics covered – from homophobia, racism, misogyny, feminism, and everything in between – along with the conversations they raise are so important for modern society to be exposed to and acknowledge. The characters, storylines, and the lessons taught are relatable regardless of your race, ethnicity, and/or culture, which I think is an important characteristic for any story to have. I’ve never seen the original One Day at a Time, but this new, modernized version has managed to steal my heart.

TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: homophobia, discussion of racism, ptsd

Starring:

Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Stephen Tobolowsky, Rita Moreno

Commitment:

Season 1 |13 episodes | Approximately 6h32m

Season 2 | 13 episodes | Approximately 6h

DARK

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What is it?

When two children go missing in a small German town, its sinful past is exposed along with the double lives and fractured relationships that exist among four families as they search for the kids. The mystery-drama series introduces an intricate puzzle filled with twists that includes a web of curious characters, all of whom have a connection to the town’s troubled history – whether they know it or not. The story includes supernatural elements that tie back to the same town in 1986.

Why should I watch it?

Why are more people not talking about this masterpiece of a show? This German mystery series blew me away almost instantly. It’s gritty, and dark, and completely addicting. Watching it, I got massive Stephen King, Stranger Things, and Twin Peaks vibes…all at once. I know what you’re thinking, but I’m serious! It’s that good. Dark’s mysteries unfold in such a deliciously slow and haunting way that it’s hard to stop thinking about it, let alone watching it. Technically speaking, it’s a stunning show with eye-catching cinematography and a soundtrack that fits the mood impeccably. The writing is on point, the cast is talented as heck, and the story is one that will keep you on your toes until the very end.

TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: violence, death, suicide

Starring:

Oliver Masucci, Karoline Eichhorn, Jördis Triebel, Louis Hofmann, Maja Schöne, Stephan Kampwirth

Commitment:

Season 1 |10 episodes | Approximately 8h25m

ON MY BLOCK

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What is it?

“On My Block” follows a quartet of bright, street-savvy friends who are navigating their way through high school, including all the of the triumph, pain and newness they experience along the way. Lifelong friendships are tested as Monse, Ruby, Jamal and Cesar confront the challenges of adolescence and life in their predominantly Hispanic and black neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles in this coming-of-age comedy series.

Why should I watch it?

Yet another fantastic 2018 release! I’m a sucker for good coming-of-age stories and On My Block is that times four since it focuses on the day-to-day lives of four teenage best friends. These kids are the heart and soul of this show and make you interested enough in their lives that you want to keep watching to see what happens. There’s a lot of humor and then there are moments that will simply just shatter your heart to pieces. What’s so interesting about this one in particular is that it comes off as a lighthearted story but in reality, it digs deep into these kids’ struggles while dealing with the harshness of the streets and their regular high school lives, both of which are entirely relatable.

TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: depictions of gang violence and drug abuse 

Starring:

Sierra Capri, Diego Tinoco, Jason Genao, Brett Gray, Jessica Marie Garcia

Commitment:

Season 1 |10 episodes | Approximately 5h5m

LA CASA DE PAPEL  

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What is it?

A criminal mastermind who goes by “The Professor” has a plan to pull off the biggest heist in recorded history – to print billions of euros in the Royal Mint of Spain. To help him carry out the ambitious plan, he recruits eight people with certain abilities and who have nothing to lose. The group of thieves take hostages to aid in their negotiations with the authorities, who strategize to come up with a way to capture The Professor. As more time elapses, the robbers prepare for a showdown with the police.

Why should I watch it?

Honestly, I was hooked on this show the moment I saw pictures of them wearing Dali masks. I mean, how great is that?! La Casa De Papel is like an intense and highly unpredictable tango dance between the police and the robbers. With every episode of this thrilling, suspenseful show, my interest increasingly built; each episode was like going on a gripping, fast-paced ride with the characters, which always ended up in getting totally blindsided by the unexpected twists and turns. Definitely an exciting watch!

TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: death, discussion and/or depiction of guns, violence, and drugs

Starring:

Úrsula Corberó, Itziar Ituño, Álvaro Morte, Paco Tous, Pedro Alonso, Alba Flores, Miguel Herrán, Jaime Lorente, Esther Acebo, Enrique Arce, María Pedraza, Darko Peric, Kiti Mánver

Commitment:

Season 1 |13 episodes | Approximately 10h

Season 2 | 9 episodes | Approximately 7h5m

GIRLS INCARCERATED: YOUNG AND LOCKED UP

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What is it?

Being locked up can be hard on anyone, but it can be especially taxing for young people, who miss out on some milestones that teens should be able to enjoy with their friends and family. This series follows teenage girls who are incarcerated at a juvenile correctional facility in Madison, Ind., documenting what their lives are like behind bars. Interpersonal relationships with their fellow inmates are a vital part of the experience because making a wrong move can lead to trouble. Among the milestones celebrated while in the facility are birthdays and a high school graduation. And, as you would expect with a group of young people, romance blossoms for the inmates.

Why should I watch it?

Although not a fictional series, I simply couldn’t just not include this one on this list. I recently binged Girls Incarcerated and, my goodness. The range of emotions I experienced while watching this show were a complete mess…happiness, anger, sadness, confusion, hopefulness. They were all there. I was so emotionally invested in each of these girls’ lives. The show as a whole provides great insight into what goes on in juvenile facilities and it’s a great conversation starter on a topic very prevalent to our current time: the both negative and positive effects of the justice system on young offenders. It was so refreshing getting to hear these girls tell their stories, in their own words, and I think they’re all stories everyone should hear.

TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: discussion and/or depiction of drugs, violence, and sexual abuse (including but not limited to rape)

Commitment:

Season 1 |8 episodes | Approximately 6h3m

THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD

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What is it?

James is a 17-year-old who believes he is a psychopath. He kills animals as a hobby, but grows bored of the practice. He decides he wants to try killing a human. He settles on Alyssa, a mouthy, rebellious 17-year-old classmate with issues of her own. She proposes they run away together, hoping for an adventure away from her turbulent home-life, and James agrees with the intention of finding an opportunity to kill her. They embark on a road trip across England, and begin to develop a relationship after a series of mishaps.

Why should I watch it?

What an odd show, but ever so brilliant. I started this on a whim and got so caught up with the storyline and characters, I finished it in what felt like a minute. Funny, dark, quirky, heartbreaking, compelling…so damn good. It’s like taking a road trip with two amazingly messed up kids just doing their best to deal with both their inner and outer demons. The modern Bonnie and Clyde romance we all need.

TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: death, sexual assault and abuse (including but not limited to rape)

Starring:

Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Gemma Whelan, Wunmi Mosaku, Steve Oram, Christine Bottomley, Navin Chowdhry, Barry Ward

Commitment:

Season 1 |8 episodes | Approximately 3h13m

SEVEN SECONDS

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What is it?

When 15-year-old black cyclist Brenton Butler dies in a hit-and-run accident – with a white police officer behind the wheel of the vehicle – Jersey City explodes with racial tension. This crime drama explores the aftermath of the accident, which includes an attempted cover-up by the police department and a volatile trial. Assistant prosecutor KJ wants to prosecute the hit-and-run as a hate crime, in addition to a negligent homicide. The longer the case drags on without a resolution, the more tense the situation becomes.

Why should I watch it?

Seven Seconds hit me from where I least expected it. The story seems so similar to a lot of other ones portrayed in the media these days, yet its constant twists and turns and effortless balance between being powerful and painful make it as unique as they come. The way this show handles its commentary on moral crises and sociopolitical dilemmas in some of our nation’s communities is both impressive and wretchedly candid. Aside from the gripping and necessary storyline, the writing and execution are superb, offering the audience an unbiased insight into all sides of the central issue and allowing them to come up with their own opinions and thoughts. If you’re looking for a solid crime drama, give Seven Seconds a shot!

TRIGGER WARNINGS INCLUDE: violence, death

Starring:

Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp, Michael Mosley, David Lyons, Russell Hornsby, Raúl Castillo, Patrick Murney, Zackary Momoh, Michelle Veintimilla, Regina King

Commitment:

Season 1 |10 episodes | Approximately 10h28m

As far as network shows go, I wanted to mention just a few that I think are completely worth the watch. The Night Manager, starring Hugh Laurie, has managed to climb its way into my favorites list rather quickly. With only 6 episodes, the storyline and characters are strong enough to leave you unsettled and keep you at the edge of your seat for the entirety of the season. Hugh Laurie is brilliant, as always, as well as the rest of the veteran cast. I will forever be fascinated by the way they chose to put this show together – I mean, the scenery, cinematography, and directing style are a stunning combination that just work so unbelievably well. I once read a review of this show where the writer referred to it as “a modern day Hitchcock thriller” and I think that’s just about the perfect way to describe it.

The Good Place is one that caught me by complete surprise as the synopsis never intrigued me in any way, but I’m a sucker for Kristen Bell – I think she’s fantastic. I was definitely blindsided by this show’s charming and witty storyline and its array of unique and quirky characters. From the hilariously smart writing to the cast’s chemistry, and everything in between, this show will definitely claim a place in your heart.

Last but most certainly not least, The Chi. This one is by far one of my favorite 2018 releases. I’m all for shows that are deeply raw and authentic in their narrative and character developments. I love everything about this show, and I love that it’s a POC cast doing their best to depict some of their realities in the most honest way possible.

There you have it…a full list of what I think are some of the best TV shows that are currently out. Now, stop whining about not having anything to watch *insert eye rolling emoji here* and happy binging!

 

 

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