Post-Oscar Slump: A Binge-Watching Guide

It’s been like two months since I’ve last written and that is unforgivable. However, it’s not as unforgivable as the dumb movie cycle whose post-Oscars slump darkens every moviegoer’s days. And so the question of the day is, with all this free time and extra cash not being spent on popcorn and tickets, how do we beat the dull impatience and fill up these excruciatingly long hours until the theaters once again take all our money?

The answer of course is Netflix.

The following is a completely biased list of my personal suggestions and reasons why you should be jumping on their bandwagons. That’s right folks! I can do more than movies.

So get ready to binge-watch to your heart’s content. Or you know, until Netflix calls you up to make sure you’re still alive. Whichever comes first.

Currently ongoing shows you should already be watching:

Broadchurch – BBC America / Netflix
The second season started a few weeks ago and while I haven’t been able to follow it since my TV doesn’t get BBC America (ugh), trust me when I say this is a show you’re going to want to be watching. Starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, the series’s first season follows two detectives investigating the murder of a young boy in a small coastal town. Not only is the show beautifully shot with breathtaking scenery, but the supremely talented cast is really able to dig in and play with a story equal parts emotional and mysterious. Added bonus for Doctor Who fans: not only does it feature the Tenth Doctor and Rory Pond (Arthur Darvill) but it was also written and created by Chris Chibnall, frequent contributor to DW and its spin-off Torchwood. Catch up with Season 1 on Netflix and pray your TV provider gets BBC America to catch up on Season 2.

Bloodline – Netflix
I just finished binge-watching all thirteen episodes of this show and I am so glad it’s already been renewed for a second season. This Netflix original follows the Rayburns, a well-known and respected family in their Florida Keys community, and their shameful past that threatens to resurface when the black sheep son comes home. It boasts an all-star cast led by Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn and shot on location in the Keys which as a Floridian already makes me a bit biased but believe me, this show is worth checking out. And that’s not even mentioning how wonderful it is to see Coach Taylor — I mean Kyle Chandler — back on my TV again. Check out the entire first season exclusively on Netflix.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Okay this show probably isn’t for everyone it’s definitely a pretty specific type of humor but if you’re a fan of 30 Rock and Tina Fey and you don’t at least give it a chance you are seriously missing out. NBC really messed up when they passed it on but luckily Netflix seized the opportunity and gave it a home (let that be a lesson to all those execs who still believe Netflix and streaming services aren’t a threat). This is a great easy light show to binge-watch and if the humor is a match then guaranteed every episode will make you laugh out loud. The jokes are already well on their way to mainstream cult status so if you haven’t started yet, get a move on.

Mad Men – AMC / Netflix
Unlike the previous three shows, Mad Men is an established hit and much to my sorrow it is finally coming to an end. The first episode of the last season’s second half premiered last week and in just over a month, we will officially come to the end of Don Draper’s journey. This has been one of my favorite shows the past few years and the brilliance of it really cannot be overstated. If you find yourself with a crazy amount of free time and want to finally see what all the fuss is about, then start this show immediately. All six seasons as well as the first half of season 7 are on Netflix.

Already finished but if I’m going to be emotionally crippled for the rest of my life I’m taking you all down with me:

Parks and Recreation – NBC / Netflix
Just. Watch this show. Okay. Please. I promise your life will be infinitely better for it. I’m still too emotional to write coherently about it but please. Just. Watch this show.

Not on Netflix but you should really start watching this immediately:

Jane the Virgin – CW
Currently ongoing and on the last few episodes of its phenomenal first season so even though it’s not on Netflix, I had to throw it in here because I have to say, as doubtful as I was when I first heard about this show, I am so glad I gave it a chance. Brilliantly laugh-out-loud funny, this is a perfect satire of every telenovela I grew up around. And again, I might be biased since it is based off a Venezuelan novela and set in Miami and so wonderfully Hispanic but believe me I have introduced this show to several American friends and they have loved it as much as I do. There’s a perfect degree of drama and cheesiness and self-deprecation and humor and I don’t know it really just nails it. Give it a chance. You just might love it.

Well there you have it! This should keep you all plenty busy until movie season picks up again (which will be soon not to worry!) Happy binging!


3 responses to “Post-Oscar Slump: A Binge-Watching Guide

  1. Haha tried to keep the list to shows that are currently on / relevant but I will never not recommend DW! I really enjoyed Furious 7 even though I haven’t seen all the movies in the franchise. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  2. Pingback: Why You Should Drop Everything And Watch Jane The Virgin | dany vasquez·

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