Weekend Binge Guide: December 2015

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

 

If you want to laugh:

 

 

Master of None

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Pity us, we members of the Oregon Trail generation. Our adulthoods are stunted, unprecedented things. Our careers and love lives sometimes even moreso. Luckily, we have Aziz Ansari to represent us. He makes our lives look like the absurd things they are. Whether it's deciding proper texting etiquette for a date, figuring out how to thank your parents for making harder decisions than you've ever had to think about, or the indignities of interviewing for a job via Skype in a coffee shop, he's got us pegged. By turns adorably funny, sweet, awkward, and horrifying, Ansari's Dev is the standard bearer we didn't know we deserved.

 

If you want to cry:

 

 

Outlander

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If you can get past the dancing druid ladies and the cloying music in the opening credits, this show is a freaking insane sexy soap opera/costume drama/science fiction thing — that also forces you to invest deeply in its main character, World War II nurse, Claire, and her struggles to adapt to a foreign land (Scotland), time (1743), and love (Jamie Fraser). Oh, and even though she's head-over-heels in love with her (extremely hot) new husband, she still loves her 1945 husband — whose ancestor is always trying to kill/rape her and Jamie. Oh, you'll shed soooooo many tears (but it'll feel soooooo good).

 

If you want to scream:

 

 

Into the Badlands

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Does it count as a binge-watch if there are only 3-6 episodes (depending on when you're reading this)? I don't care. This show is so. good. and so. violent. and crazy innovative. Might as well catch up with it before you get too far behind! Watch the fuedal wars of the future (fought entirely with kung-fu and swords!), and figure out what's up with M.K.'s dark power, but don't even try to keep up with the body count. It's impossible.

 

 

If you want to think:

 

 

The Man in the High Castle

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Based on the book by the king of metaphysical science fiction, Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Minority Report, et al), this alternate history drama from Amazon is set in a world in which the Axis powers won World War II. America is partitioned by Germany and Japan, with a neutral zone in the Rocky Mountains separating them. Watching it, you'll question the horrors of complacency, the familiarity of evil, and the nature of reality itself.

 

 

 

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