Happy Tuesday TV Fans! As we approach the holidays, you may be preoccupied with your never-ending to do list, shopping, cooking, and spending some quality time at home with your family. There is also that troublesome fear setting in that your favorite shows will be taking a break from new episodes and you will be left with a void of reruns and holiday specials. So what’s a TV viewer to do? Fear not, for there are plenty of binge-watching worthy shows to choose from when you may need a break from all of the holiday chaos surrounding you. My top 5 binge-watching worthy shows to choose from for the end of 2017 are:
5) Fox’s The Mick. I have been watching The Mick for two seasons now mostly because it stars the wonderfully funny Kaitlin Olson from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Since the show is on Fox, the humor is not as crude and extreme, but it is just as funny. Olson pretty much plays a similar version of Dee from It’s Always Sunny, which is hilarious enough, but supporting characters like Alba and Jimmy steal the show. They are laugh out loud funny. There are a lot of sitcom-like shows that don’t make me laugh out loud and I find this is hard to come by now. Here and there I’ll chuckle, but it’s not the same as with Friends and Seinfeld from years ago. The Mick has the perfect balance of value, or maybe lack of family values is more accurate similar to Shameless, with over-the-top hilarious moments. I absolutely recommend that you binge-watch this show and check out the Halloween episode from a few weeks ago which is one of my personal favorites.
4) Netflix’s Slasher. So one of my favorite series of scary movies of all time is Scream and I was somewhat disappointed in MTV’s version of the show they produced. Don’t get me wrong, I did watch and see it through, but there was something lacking for me. The characters weren’t believable and there wasn’t that underlying fear gnawing at me. Netflix got it right with two seasons of Slasher. Each season is different, very similar to American Horror Story with familiar actors but a different premise, plot, and murderer. There were moments I had to close my eyes because I was so scared in the first season and the main character is someone you desperately want to root for. Having characters present that you actually want to see make it out alive does carry weight. The second season has more of an Agatha Christie like vibe mixed with the movie, Heathers which I found to be very addicting once I got past the first few episodes filled with back story and flashbacks. No one is safe and it provides some edge of your seat moments as a result.
3) Netflix’s The Punisher. I am a big fan of Marvel in general and The Punisher is one of my favorite heroes or maybe anti-heroes of all time. Usually when I say this, fans question this and say why not Wolverine or Captain America? The Punisher is so powerful to me because he has no super powers and his quest for revenge is sympathetic and tragic. When Netflix’s Daredevil season 2 came out, the best part of it was the introduction of The Punisher. I was ecstatic when I heard that the character would be getting his own series. I am happy to say that I successfully binge-watched this show over the weekend and it is everything I could have hoped for. Jon Bernthal is so believable as Frank Castle that you would think the comic series was based off of him. He is someone to root for and although the violence may be extreme, the enemies get what is coming to them. I also found myself investing time and energy into the supporting cast as well which is rare for me. The villains are also so intense and heart-breaking, as Frank Castle finds himself being betrayed left and right while he is trying to make amends and bring those who deserve it to justice.
2) Showtime’s SMILF. There are only a few episodes that have come out so far so you have plenty of time to catch up and binge-watch this hilarious new show starring and created by the brilliant and lovable Frankie Shaw. The show has you laughing, crying, and cheering for single mother, Bridgette who is trying to find her way and pursue her dreams while maintaining a strong bond with her son. Bridgette is far from the perfect mother for sure, but she truly loves her son and is doing the best she can. You find yourself truly invested in Bridgette and root for her through every moment no matter how ridiculous some of them are.
1) Netflix’s Stranger Things season 2. This show and season is absolutely worth a binge-watch and perhaps a second or third time through. That’s how good it is. The music alone sparked new life into this season, the characters and friendships were bonded further, and the quest to find out where one comes from and what “home” truly means is touching and beautiful. Once again, this season blended the perfect amount of comedy with sci-fi mystery. New friends and characters are introduced and the adventures don’t stop. I don’t want to give away too much in case you haven’t gotten a chance to watch yet, but remember “friends don’t lie.” So please watch and enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your thoughts and comments below. Happy viewing!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl