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Weekend Binge Guide: May 2016

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:   If you want to laugh:     Grace and Frankie See all reviews for Grace and Frankie It's no surprise that Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have incredible chemistry in their long-awaited on-screen reunion. Or that the slightly rigid archetypes they play soften dramatically throughout the 13-episode first season. Or that the show tackles important issues like aging, sexuality, and infidelity with intelligence and humor. What did surprise me a bit was the strength of the supporting cast. There is no weak link. Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen are utterly charming, Ethan Embry and Baron Vaughn are a delight, Brooklyn Decker is the real deal, and June Diane Raphael has finally found a part that matches her talent (check out the fifth episode to see her really shine).     If you want to cry:     My Mad Fat Diary See all reviews for My Mad Fat Diary Warm, wry, nostalgic, and funny, this six-part coming-of-age drama is based on English writer and broadcaster Rae Earl's real diaries. In many ways a typical 16-year-old, Rae obsesses about boys, fights with her mom, and worries about fitting in. But she also struggles with serious body image and mental health issues. As a viewer, you're on Rae's side from the start. Her wins make you smile and cheer. But her losses may make you shed a tear. That's down to realistic writing, a clever stylistic framework, and most importantly, a remarkable performance from Sharon Rooney. The six-episode first season (of three) is an emotional — and entertaining — journey.     If you want to scream:     London Spy See all reviews for  London Spy As grim and gloomy as a wintry London day, this show is a bummer. But it's also good. Really good. Led by the bewitching Ben Whishaw, London Spy is part muted romance and part psychological thriller. The five episodes don't move terribly quickly, but the twists come with incredible regularity. And some of them will make you want to scream. There's one deeply chilling plot point that is shocking in its brutality but somehow believable within the terrifying world the show creates. This beautifully shot miniseries is one you may want to watch with a partner — so you can confirm that what you think just happened actually did, and assure each other that the real world isn't a totally terrible place.     If you want to think:     Marvel's Jessica Jones See all reviews for  Marvel's Jessica Jones I'm not really a superhero guy. But Jessica Jones is not your typical superhero show. Sort of like the darker offspring of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars , this is the series I've suggested to other people most often this year. Almost everything about it is pitch perfect, from the delicate tonal balance (both laugh-out-loud and truly evil moments) to the casting (Krysten Ritter and David Tennant are absolutely perfect). There's a lot to think about here: what people do for love, morality, gender dynamics, and of course, control. Mind control is arguably the most terrifying weapon a villain could wield. As you watch Kilgrave in action, consider: could you handle that responsibility without becoming a monster?       div.post p { text­align: justify; }

It's Not Too Late to Get Obsessed With BBC America's London Spy

Heres who absolutely must watch (or DVR) Episode 2 of London Spy (airing tonight at 10/9c on BBC America) right after On-Demanding Episode 1: * Anyone whos ever been single, met a total stranger and almost immediately wondered, Could this be the one? * Anyone who fancies a psychological thriller packed with I didnt see [] //tvline.com/2016/01/28/london-spy-bbc-america-review/