Weekend Binge Guide: April 2018

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

 

If you want to laugh:

 

Shameless

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It only takes one episode to get hooked on Shameless. A bold claim, I know, but give it a shot - it’s like a trainwreck that you can’t look away from, but is also instantly charming. The cast is excellent, led brilliantly by William H. Macy as Frank, the absent, alcoholic father and Emmy Rossum as Fiona, his eldest daughter who is stuck raising her five younger siblings. The lengths the Gallagher family will go to survive in the South Side of Chicago are absurd and well, shameless. Expect lying, thieving, scheming, and more than one fist fight. The first seven seasons are available on Netflix.

 

If you want to scream:

 

The OA

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If your worst fear is being kidnapped and held in an underground lab, maybe skip this one. Otherwise feel free to devour the surreal world Brit Marling has created. True to her previous works (Another Earth and Sound of My Voice are my personal favs) the atmosphere is eerie, other-worldly, and visually stunning. Marling stars as Prairie, a young blind violinist who reappears seven years after she went missing with her sight restored and a strange story to tell. As her tale unfolds, the lines between life and death are blurred, and you’ll find yourself questioning what is fact and what is fiction - or if that even matters. Season 1 is available on Netflix.

 

If you want to cry:

 

The Fosters

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I’m a sucker for family dramas, but The Fosters is unique in that it doesn’t shy away from controversial topics - it showcases them. The show follows a lesbian couple and their five kids - one biological, two adopted, and two fostered - as they navigate issues ranging from puberty and dating to marital issues and losing a parent, transgender and immigrant rights to gun control and the state of the foster care system. This show has something for everyone, but at its core it is about family values and creating a home that is a safe-haven in a turbulent world. Seasons 1-5a are available on Netflix.

 

If you want to think:

 

Dear White People

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Based on the movie of the same name, Dear White People takes a deeper dive into the stories of its cast - a group of students of color who attend a largely white liberal arts college. A blackface frat party sets the wheels in motion for social unrest, urging the students make their voices heard on campus while simultaneously attempting to balance school, love, and family. The writing is smart, witty, and extremely relevant to current events, and the performances are strong - each new story brings a different perspective to the same events. Season 1 is available on Netflix.

 

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RachelLEditor
Apr 2, 2018 12:47PM EDT

I've watched a lot of TV, but somehow have watched none of these yet! The OA will be first on my list; I also really liked Another Earth!

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TelevisionFanboyContributor
Apr 2, 2018 10:16PM EDT

Shameless is a low down delight, you are totally right about it only taking one episode. Their world is just so enticingly awful. Great guide Audrey!

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Audrey BenedettoContributor
Apr 3, 2018 1:46PM EDT

Thank you!! These shows are all favorites of mine, but Shameless is especially dear to my heart ♥

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Apr 14, 2018 4:28PM EDT

Meh.

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May 2, 2018 12:02PM EDT

The OA might be my least favorite show ever...not counting reality TV...ugh started with so much promise too.

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