Weekend Binge Guide: January 2015

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

 

If you want to laugh:

 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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In catching up with this show the other day, I announced to the world that I thought Brooklyn Nine-Nine was the legitimate heir to the glory that was NewsRadio. I'm sorry if you're unfamiliar with NewsRadio, but basically, it was the best workplace comedy of the '90s (#90skid) and it was filled with wonderful, uniquely hilarious characters. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the same — except with guns!

 

 

 

If you want to cry:

 

Bunheads

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This quiet tragicomedy lasted only one terrific season, but that's no reason you shouldn't watch it. From the mind behind Gilmore Girls (and with some of the same cast), Bunheads follows Michelle (Broadway vet Sutton Foster) from Las Vegas to the sleepy California town of Paradise, where she ends up co-directing a dance studio with her mother-in-law after SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER. It sounds insufferable, I know, but it's really just a delightful trifle that has the ability to break your heart once an episode.

 

 

If you want to scream:

 

Fringe

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Take it from an expert: Do not watch Fringe while eating. Giant worms erupt from (living) bodies, people disintegrate/explode, and well, it's just gross a lot of the time! But it was also one of the more fully-realized sci-fi serials of the last decade. It's a marriage of monsters, technology, transhumanism, and parallel worlds — and what doesn't sound fun about that? Oh, right, the giant worms and exploding bodies. But that's what you're looking for, right? 

 

 

If you want to think:

 

Louie

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If you think Louie is a comedy, you're... half right. It has comedic elements, sure, and it's based on Louis C.K.'s standup, but it's really more of an exploration of humanity, and one that gets exceedingly dark at times. It plays with form, eschewing the hypercontintinuity of most millennial series, and each episode feels more like a miniature film thesis than a standard sitcom. It attacks existentialism, suicide, aging, and insecurity, and it sets the standard for quality in a way that most "serious" shows would kill for.

 

 

Leah E. Friedman is the editor of SideReel.com. You can follow her musings on Twitter.

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