Weekend Binge Guide: May 2015

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

 

If you want to laugh:

 

Misfits

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I have to admit, I only stumbled upon this show because I was going through Skins withdrawal and needed something to fill the void. I was pleasantly surprised by this gem. Misfits is the story of a group of juvenile delinquents (including Iwan Rheon aka Ramsay Bolton) who gain superpowers after getting caught in a freak lightning storm during their community service. Sounds awesome, right?! The chemistry between the five kids is just right, making this somewhat raunchy comedy equally hilarious and poignant. A reboot after the first three seasons did put a damper on the show for me, since the cast dynamic was what made me fall in love, but regardless Misfits is smart, funny, and original. Definitely worth the watch.

 

 

If you want to cry:

 

Friday Night Lights

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Based on the 2004 movie of the same name, Friday Night Lights focuses on a small town in Texas whose football team is its pride and joy. This is sports drama at its prime, and you don’t even have to be a football fan to love it. In fact, if you love football, you probably won’t love this show. Coach (Kyle Chandler) and Tami Taylor (Connie Britton) are the heart of the show, which is light on the actual sports playing and heavy on family drama, teenage angst, young love, and what becomes of a high school football legend after he graduates. Plus it’s produced by Parenthood creator Jason Katims, so expect a lot of underdog scenarios, gripping storytelling, and of course plenty of tear-jerking moments. Texas forever!

 

 

If you want to scream:

 

Hannibal

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This reimagining puts an elegant twist on the story we all know well by now. Hannibal combines the gore of The Walking Dead with the somber grace of True Detective and the result is mesmerizing. The imagery, while necessarily gory, is also almost hypnotically beautiful; angel wings made of human skin, cellos strung with vocal chords, mosaics made from bodies, all take a back seat to Hannibal’s exquisitely prepared meals, which will have you salivating in a way that will make your skin crawl. Mads Mikkelsen is chilling in the titular role, portraying Dr. Lecter not as a crazed criminal, but as the picture of restraint in his manipulation of profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). Pro tip: Don’t watch this alone at night with the lights off.

 

 

If you want to think:

 

12 Monkeys

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This sci-fi thriller is as confusing as it is compelling. You may find your head spinning with all the back and forth, disjointed timelines, and alternate realities, but each episode reveals just enough of the plot so you can keep up with the dizzying concepts of time travel. 12 Monkeys follows James Cole as he travels from 2043 to 2015 and beyond to attempt to stop the plague that wiped out most of the Earth’s population. The premise may seem overdone (it is also based on a movie), but Cole’s relationship with Dr. Cassandra Railly adds a star-crossed element to their inter-chronological chemistry that is simply delicious. This show blends the grittiness of dystopia and the magic of science fiction in the best way possible.


Weekend Binge Guide May 2015

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UnknownfearContributor
May 7, 2015 5:38AM EDT

Your Hannibal paragraph is very well written! :3

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Audrey BenedettoContributor
May 8, 2015 8:38PM EDT

thank you!!

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May 8, 2015 11:37PM EDT

Murder = Art! Love Hannibal! Can't wait for the new season!

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Audrey BenedettoContributor
May 9, 2015 5:08PM EDT

Me too! It's a juxtaposition that turned some viewers off I think, but that I personally find beautiful. Probably because it's done so well.

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May 9, 2015 6:53PM EDT

Finally!! Someone who understands!

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May 11, 2015 1:09PM EDT

Misfits and FNL are the best :)

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Audrey BenedettoContributor
May 11, 2015 8:10PM EDT

agreed!

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May 12, 2015 7:43AM EDT

Since I love all your other picks (Hannibal is truly a cinematographic and narrative banquet) I am going to give 12 Monkeys a spin. I really enjoyed the movie so I stayed away from the series as I feared it wouldn't do the source material justice! New show, here I come...my list just gets longer and longer!

Long live this TV golden age :)

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May 18, 2015 12:50AM EDT

@layo I too have been reluctant to watch 12 Monkeys in fear it will be an insult to the movie. It has had a lot of good reviews so I might give it a go also

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May 30, 2015 5:04PM EDT

I love this show! there is nothing confusing to me. can not wait till next season!

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May 30, 2015 5:11PM EDT

12 monkeys. I love this show! there is nothing confusing about it. the story line follows the movie good. love the main characters . I can not wait till next season!

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