Weekend Binge Guide: January 2018

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

 

If you want to laugh:

 

American Vandal

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On paper, this show sounds pretty stupid. An eight-episode series about a high school prank that involves...dicks? However, this satire of all of the true-crime documentaries that you have been gobbling up over recent years is absolutely perfect. If you have watched even one true-crime documentary - whether that be Making a Murderer or The Jinx or something else - you will appreciate the structure and attention to detail of this series. It's truly hilarious - in my opinion, it was one of the best comedies of 2017 - and certainly a very pleasant surprise. If you happened to skip over this one in the sea of Netflix Original releases, it's certainly worth your time.

 

If you want to scream:

 

Mindhunter

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My one caveat about Mindhunter is that it requires a bit of patience. The series does not move quickly. It's not until the third episode that it becomes more clear where the show is going. That being said, know that your patience pays off. This series, about the FBI's development of its modern serial killer profiling program, is all about its characters - both 2 FBI agents and all of the imprisoned serial killers whom they interview. The show stars Broadway's Jonathan Groff as the young agent Holden Ford, who pushes for the development of the program, along with Holt McCallany as his older, wiser (and less annoying) partner, Bill Tench. However, the real stars of the show (and the ones that will actually make you scream) are the serial killers themselves, most notably Cameron Britton as Edmund Kemper.

 

If you want to cry:

 

Everwood

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When people reminisce about the great WB dramas (for you youngsters out there, before The CW existed, from 1995-2006 that same network was known as The WB), Everwood is not likely the first one that comes to mind. While a little schmaltzy (but hey, this category IS for tears), this small-town drama starring Treat Williams as a surgeon who moved his family to the titular town after his wife died was excellent. There are also lots of familiar before-they-were-famous faces on the series including Emily VanCamp and Chris Pratt in major roles, as well as Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy), Justin Baldoni (Jane the Virgin), and Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries) in recurring guest roles. Like many great family dramas do, the series covered all the important issues, from teenage sex to teen pregnancy to depression. And, if you aren't yet sold, know that the show comes from Greg Berlanti, who has produced lots of shows that you likely love, including every superhero show currently on The CW today.

 

If you want to think:

 

Good Girls Revolt

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Though Good Girls Revolt aired just 10 episodes in 2016 on Amazon before getting the ax, it's easy to see how this show *could not be more relevant* today. The series focuses on the female staff of a fictional news magazine in the 1970s; specifically, it focuses on their harassment and unequal treatment and their fight to combat it. The show's cancelation was a bit of a scandal in that it was well-received both by critics and female viewers, but then-head of Amazon Studios Roy Price was reportedly not a fan (nor had he even watched the series at all). Somewhat poetically, Price has since resigned in the wake of his own sexual harassment scandal. Though there has not been any additional movement just yet, there has more recently been chatter of bringing the series back. Whether or not this occurs, the show is a delightful 10 episode binge.

 

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