Weekend Binge Guide: June 2017

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


If you want to laugh:



See all reviews for Insecure

Before HBO premiered its two new comedies last fall, Sarah Jessica Parker's Divorce definitely had the most heat. By the end of their seasons, however, Issa Rae's Insecure was far more buzzworthy. (Both were renewed and Divorce was way underrated IMO, but I digress.) Quickly approaching her 30th birthday, Rae's alter ego Issa Dee is unsure about her long-term relationship and her uninspiring job. As the season progresses, her friendship with her best friend (the fantastic Yvonne Orji) and periodic encounters with an ex keep her life complicated AF. Rae created a character who is charmingly awkward, imperfect yet winning. The slice-of-life stories she tells are both specific and universal. They are smart, authentic, and very funny. It's a joy spending time in her world.


If you want to cry:


Big Little Lies

See all reviews for Big Little Lies

It's been an outrageously strong year for women on TV, particularly in the rich world of miniseries. If the Emmys were limited to just Big Little Lies and FX's Feud, voters could easily fill both leading and supporting actress categories. This incredibly watchable adaptation of Liane Moriarty's book features excellent performances all around, but its two superstar executive producers, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, are destined to make the rounds together this awards season. The first half of the seven-episode season belongs to Witherspoon, who is cool, charming, and biting, bringing to mind her early, iconic work in Election. The later episodes, however, feature some of Kidman's best work ever — and that's saying something! She's both defiant and vulnerable, especially in her stunning therapy scenes.


If you want to scream:


The Keepers

See all reviews for The Keepers

If you want to revisit the outrage you felt while watching Making A Murderer, with an added layer of Catholic Church insanity, Netflix has just the thing for you. The Keepers is a riveting documentary series that begins as an examination of the mysterious killing of a nun in 1969, expanding quickly into a much wider web of abusive behavior and institutional coverups. It's important to keep in mind that documentaries are manipulative, based on the director's point of view. But even if Ryan White doesn't connect all the dots, he puts together a very persuasive argument. And while you'll be horrified by what's alleged in these seven episodes, you'll also be inspired by the courage of the victims and the undeterred strength of the women who have come together and devoted years of their lives to solving these mysteries.


If you want to think:



See all reviews for Legion

This is investment TV. It takes some work to figure out what's going on, but it's a fun sort of confusion, and the return on that investment is nothing short of the season's most creative new drama. Initially, it sounded too odd: a Marvel show starring the dude from Downton Abbey and Aubrey Plaza? And yet, it's nearly perfect. Fargo's Noah Hawley has created a wonderfully weird series about mental illness and mutant powers that's more Mr. Robot than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The gist: aforementioned dude (Dan Stevens) plays a diagnosed schizophrenic who realizes that the voices he hears may actually be real. Stevens is stellar as this complicated character. And Plaza is expertly cast in a wild role that morphs in unexpected ways. There's also romance, action, music, and all sorts of other fun. Get into it!




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Jun 1, 2017 6:36PM EDT

FWIW, I liked Insecure, but if you don't like the first episode, you won't like the rest of it :)
Also, If you like to laugh, consider Arrested Development, since you want to be caught up before the new season comes out!


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Jun 1, 2017 11:03PM EDT

All of these are great shows nice list TJ.

Although i haven't watched "The keepers" I'm not much for documentary's you've put me on to great shows in the past so ill give it a try . as for the rest ive watched them and am currently awaiting seasons two of Insecure and Legion

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Jun 2, 2017 9:42AM EDT

I want to watch all of these shows, what great picks!! Hopefully I'll be able to squeeze in a binge watch of most of them before July's selection :D

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Jun 3, 2017 2:28PM EDT

Big Little Lies is sooooo good. If you have a whole day of your weekend free make some popcorn, pour some wine, and binge watch it for sure!

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