Now that all of the prime time shows are on hiatus, it is time to get caught up on all of those shows you meant to watch, but never did. I started with 10 recommendations, but then I realized that most people binge watch on the weekend, so 10 just won’t cut it.
Enlisted – Get set for hilarity to ensue with the story of three brothers serving in the same Army rear detachment base. They are responsible for taking care of the equipment and the Army families that stay on base while the spouses go fight the good fight. The dynamic between the three brothers is enough to warrant a few episodes, but the amount of heart that the show has will keep you tuned in the rest of the way.
Brooklyn Nine Nine – Andy Samburg stars in this amazing police comedy about an amazing detective that refuses to grow up. Terry Cruz, Andre Braugher, Joe Lo Truglio, and Chelsea Peretti star as just some of the hilarious characters surrounding Samburg. Think of this as Police Academy as a witty half hour comedy on Fox. The show has enough great guest stars to keep you coming back to see who pops up. Those include, but are not limited to Marilu Henner, Patton Oswalt, Fred Armisen, Stacy Keach, Craig Robinson, Andy Richter, and Adam Sandler.
Community – What started off as an experiment in Sitcom tropes ended up being one of the greatest comedies to come about in the last 20 years. Community almost became a stereotypical show about a guy trying to sleep with a girl, but it quickly evolved into what it was meant to be. It became the story of seven friends trying to make it through attending a wacky community college. This isn’t the Big Bang Theory or Two and a Half Men. This is a cerebral comedy with more hidden gems than a pirate’s treasure cove!
Attack on Titan (Subtitled) – This has been called the ‘Walking Dead of anime’. In the far future, mankind is stuck behind a giant round wall. Inside of that wall is a castle city with a giant wall surrounding it. In the heart of the castle city is an area surrounded by another wall. Why the walls? To keep out the titans! Titans are giants that destroy everything and eat humans. They don’t speak or wear clothing. They don’t have genitals! Mankind suffers behind the wall until the unthinkable happens. A titan the height of the wall appears and kicks a hole in the wall. This lets the other titans in! A slaughter commences! This is the first episode! Not for children!
Death Note (Dubbed or Subbed) – What can only be described as a tense dance of logic and strategy, Death Note is a taut thriller with paranormal powers. Brilliant teenager Light Yagami discovers a book that belongs to a demon. Once he writes a name in it, that person dies within 24 hours. The entire world changes due to one little book.
Sons of Anarchy – A clever re-imagining of Hamlet using biker gangs, the police, and the FBI to modernize the tale. Action, hogs, and pathos await those that are try this FX original.
Chuck – Nerd Herd IT specialist Chuck Bartowsky has a borrowing life. He lives with his sister, Ellie, and her perfect significant other, Captain Awesome. On his desk at home, Chuck finds a package from his old college roommate. Inside the package, Chuck finds a pair of glasses that imbues Chuck with all of the knowledge of the CIA database. Chuck is now a living spy computer! If you are a fan of 80s spy shows like Macguyver, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, and Remington Steele, check this show out now!
Fringe – A biological weapon is unleashed on a commercial air flight. No one survives. The FBI exhausts all resources except one, an insane scientist, Dr. Walter Bishop. FBI agent Olivia Dunham searches out weary world traveler Peter Bishop to ask of him a simple question. Will he release his crazy father from a mental institution to help the FBI solve freak scientific events called Fringe Events. Fans of X-files should have already watched this show twice.
Breaking Bad – High school chemistry teacher Walter White discovers that he has cancer. He needs money to help pay for treatment. The best solution he comes up with is to create meth! Follow Walter as he spirals into darkness. “Call me Heisenberg!”
Orange is the New Black – From IMDB.com: “The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend.” This has enough humor and sapphic love to keep you for two whole seasons of hilarity as a Netflix Original.
House of Cards – Kevin Spacey plays a ruthless DC power player that will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He wants more power. House of Cards might not sound like something that the average person would be into, but the cast delivers powerful R rated performances that can be likened to The West Wing, if it were on HBO. You will find this show only on Netflix.
Hemlock Grove – Are you a fan of werewolves and freaky stuff? Then check out Hemlock Grove. Gore, nudity, and a murder mystery surround the denizens of Hemlock Grove, PA. This horror show will keep you up all night with the visuals found within. Great use of practical effects make this Netflix original stand out.
Alias – Sydney Bristow is a spy and college student. That sounds simple enough. Now throw in rogue spy agencies, mythical artifacts, and dozens of outfits for star Jennifer Garner. This show put her on the map and should be your first stop if you love action with a hint of drama.
Sword Art Online – (Dubbed) A new video game hits the streets of Japan. It hooks up via a virtual reality headpiece. Ten Thousand copies of the game were readily available at launch. Every person that bought it logged in at the same time to find a startling revelation. No one could log out. They then learn that if they die in the game, their brain will be fried. The only way out is to beat the game. Let the chaos ensue.
The Pacific – This 10 part mini-series comes from the creators of Band of Brothers (including executive producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg) and set against the backdrop of the battles in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. Soldiers struggle with the consequences of every day decisions during war time. If you have surround sound, crank up the volume and prepare to become engulfed.
Band of Brothers – The original award winning World War II mini-series from HBO has a new weekend home on Amazon Prime. This show made carriers for Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg, Neal McDonough, Micheal Fassbender, and more. Watch as US soldiers attempt to survive the European campaign of one of the worst wars in history.
The Wire – Everyone has heard of The Wire, but very few have sat down and watched it. Baltimore is apparently full of clever drug dealers and ruthless cops. Tune in for a web of deceit and murder.
Orphan Black – IMDB.com keeps it simple: “A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.” Go down the rabbit hole to see how crazy things get. Don’t go online and look for spoilers, just give this show a chance.
Alpha House – This Amazon Prime exclusive stars John Goodman as a Republican Senator sharing a rental house with three of his piers. A bunch of middle aged, right wing politicians stay together as they all try to get re-elected. What could possibly go wrong? Just enough to make it a funny guilty pleasure.
Justified – US Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens is sent from his station in Miami, FL to Lexington, KY after giving a man 24 hours to leave town. In the wild west, lawmen would give unsavory people 24 hours to leave town and kill them if they didn’t leave. One public shooting later, Raylan is back in his old stomping grounds of Eastern Kentucky. Old rivalries ignite while Raylan tries to keep the peace. A gripping action drama.
Hannibal – Based on the books and movies starring Hannibal Lecter, Hannibal is a prequel to the first thriller, Red Dragon. FBI Agent Will Graham is thrown back into the field after a grisly murder forces his superiors to use the best teacher they’ve got at Quantico. Will is still haunted by the visions he gets when working homicide cases, so he starts to see a shrink, Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
Grimm – For fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Reaper, this show is an easy recommendation. Portland, OR police detective Nick Burkhardt is exposed to a world he believed to only be fairy tales after running into what seemed to be a human with a monster’s head. It turns out that he is part of a special group of humans that can see the monsters of the world. He is a Grimm. Nick ignores his Grimm duties to kill all monsters and instead continues to embrace his police duties. Incognito monsters, murder, action, drama, and gallows humor await.
Bored to Death – Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson star in this comedy about a very bad private detective and the odd cases that cross his path. Think of it as a noir mystery comedy. If that doesn’t make any sense, then just imagine these three comedy stars being as awkward as possible. If you have the time, they have the shenanigans.
Flight of the Conchords – If you are looking for a comedy with an indie band feel, look no further than Flight of the Conchords. A New Zealand folk band comprised of Bret and Jermaine move to New York City in an attempt to make it big. The jokes run from obscure to obscene, but the songs will be catchy nonetheless.