Weekend Binge Guide: September 2017

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:

 

If you want to laugh:

 

Con Man

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Con Man is a web series created by and starring Alan Tudyk (Firefly). It is a satirical parody of Alan’s own life all about the plague of being type cast as a science fiction actor. Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk) spends his days going to conventions and signing autographs, hysterically lamenting over his fate, and trying to use his connections to get into non sci-fi movies. The show features a stellar guest cast with cameos from nearly every person who has ever been on a sci-fi series in the past decade. It's truly funny TV. Watch Con Man season 1 and 2 online at Amazon Prime, via a service called ComicConHQ.

 

If you want to cry:

 

Somewhere Between

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ABC calls Somewhere Between a "limited summer series", which means it's perfect for you to binge! Somewhere Between is the story of a woman thrown back in time, and given a second chance to save her daughter from a cruel fate. The show plays out like a serialized detective/crime drama. Only, unlike Broadchurch, Laura Price (Paula Patton) is given the chance to actually save her daughter, and stop the murder before it happens. As the wife of the district attorney, Laura is curious by nature. Impassioned by her desire to prevent her daughter's murder, she teams up with a former detective turned private investigator to look into a conspiracy that once resulted in all of their deaths. Somewhere Between is just a really well-done show with really likable characters. Knowing what could happen if they fail really imbues the show with a strong epic feel, and sets the pace high. Check it out on Demand, and catch up in time for the finale.

 

If you want to scream:

 

Shooter

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Shooter is a high-octane action thriller from USA Network based off the 2007 movie by the same name starring Mark Wahlberg. Shooter follows Bob-Lee Swagger (Ryan Philippe), a retired US sniper with a legendary kill count, who at the start of the show is framed for the assassination of the POTUS. What ensues is one of the most intense and exciting shows to ever to grace our televisions. Bog-Lee Swagger is essentially a reverse Jack Bauer. The entire show, people are after him, and he manages to stay one step ahead the whole time – narrowly escaping their traps and threats using not only his skill, but his brains. It’s an extremely smart show with fantastic pacing, that you will absolutely love. Stream the first season now on Netflix, and watch the second on demand!

 

If you want to think:

 

Dark Matter

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Dark Matter is a hard science-fiction drama from Canada, licensed in the US to Syfy Network. What makes Dark Matter unique, is that it is both serial, and character-driven. Dark Matter is set 700 years in the future, and follows the crew of the Raza, a notorious ship of space pirates. The catch is, an unexpected event caused the crew of the Raza to wake up from stasis without their memories! This is where the show really makes you think. Each of the characters goes through many arcs of personal growth, constantly provoking philosophical questions about identity. Nature vs nurture; are we the same people without our memories? Who are we without the sum-total of our experiences? That is one of the core themes of the show. Dark matter has 6 protagonists, each with a unique personality – some of which clash, and some which synergize with others. All in all, it’s a compelling and riveting show with some of the sharpest writing on TV, and you can stream the first 3 seasons on Netflix, and watch the 4th on Syfy.com.

 

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TelevisionFanboyContributor
Sep 2, 2017 4:36PM EDT

Love this fantastic binge guide! Tudyk is fantastic in every show he's in so I have to check out Con Man.

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Sep 6, 2017 9:29PM EDT

Too bad dark matter got cancelled. So keep that in mind.

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UnknownfearContributor
Sep 7, 2017 8:18PM EDT

What does Dark Matter being canceled have to do with anything? Its one of the best Scifi shows of all time.

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Sep 9, 2017 9:12AM EDT

99% Of cancelled shows have poor ending, or no ending at all. Most people like a show that has a proper ending. Although I see a lot of shows that have a proper ending, and still thought it ended poorly.

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UnknownfearContributor
Sep 9, 2017 6:13PM EDT

Fair enough. Thats why I like 24's format. Every episode, as well as every season grants you all the closure you could want.
Most shows leave things open ended, which is a pain in the butt.

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Sep 16, 2017 12:58PM EDT

@Bus2capponureye *cough*howimetyourmother*cough*

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