Binge Worthy Shows

Steven Bishop (11th), Reporter

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The rise of streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu have provided the TV viewing public with the means to watch virtually whatever show they want, wherever they want, and whenever they want. These outlets used to only present what others sources created but over the past two years the amount of original content they have created has skyrocketed.

With this new avenue for content, the sheer size of the library on each platform is substantially larger than they were in the past. This means more types of shows, more genres, and especially more series to binge.

Sherlock – 13 episodes / 90 minutes each / Concluded

Sherlock is one of the most unique shows to have ever been on TV. It is a crime thriller, comedy, visual masterpiece, and a thought evoker. The show relies on intricate plots that all come together at the end in ways that may seem impossible but are always plausible. The joy of the show is the mind bending concepts and interactions of Sherlock Holmes and the given villian for a particular episode.

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – 8 episodes / 60 minutes each / Ongoing

Centered around Mrs. Maisel – a rookie stand up comic just removed from the end of her marriage, the show is a skillful satire and critique of the lesser roles of women in 1950’s and 60’s America. The viewer feels as if they are the ones watching Mrs. Maisel on stage in the shady bars and clubs of New York who actually allow her to perform while also starring in awe at the sets and atmosphere the series presents and evokes. The show is hilarious with a touch of dramatic impact that can send you laughing from one scene to crying uncontrollably the next.

The Handmaid’s Tale – 23 episodes / 60 minutes each / Ongoing

In a post-apactoplyiptic world in which the infertility rates of women have skyrocketed, the ones who are not are treated like property not people. The regime the women find themselves under govern their entire lives and force them to live in ways that “benefit” society and the masochistic feelings of the men in control. A warning to the inequality that can and may form when times become dire, The Handmaid’s Tale is the best show on HULU and one of the best shows on TV.

The Looming Tower – 10 episodes / 60 minutes each / Concluded

The Looming Tower tells the story of the failure of the FBI and CIA to communicate about the plans and intentions of Al-Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden before the attacks on September 11, 2001. The show is a gripping tale warning its viewers that needless rivalries and ill communication can have horrific results.

Westworld – 20 episodes / 60 minutes each / Ongoing

This show is one of the most mind bending on television. A.I. has become near lifelike and is instituted in a series of theme based locations that allow a visitor to fulfill any desire, violent or otherwise. Complications arise though when the robots begin to act like humans which prompts cause in the parks and a sequence of puzzles and violence ensues that takes every character on a journey that blurred the line between what is real and what is not.

Veep – 58 episodes / 30 minutes long each / Concluded

A political satire centered around the first female vice-president and her incompetent staff members is full of cringy and often embarrassing situations that are sadly all too real based on the subject matter it is describing. The show is full of funny setpieces, political humor that does not target any specific party, and inventive insults one after another.

The Terror – 10 episodes / 60 minutes each / Concluded

This gothic horror set in the Arctic sea is riveting and tense. As the seamen aboard the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror are busy attempting to navigate the Northwest Passage in the middle of the arctic regions of Canada and Greenland, they become stuck in the seasonal layer of ice that forms. As times become dire, a haunting entity starts to stock the crew of both ships and it appears that this mystical being along with nature itself want them dead. This situation creates an aura of dread and tension that infect not only the crew but the viewers themselves.

 

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