BINGE OF THE WEEK RECOMMENDATIONS

This week our staff suggests the following great binge-worthy shows: Shooter: Drama, Episodes: Comedy, Electric Dreams: SciFi and Edwardian Farm: Reality

Drama Binge Of The Week

What The Show’s About:

Shooter is a USA network original drama-action series based on the 2007 film of the same name that starred Mark Walhberg, as well as the original novel, “Point of Impact”, by Stephen Hunter. Ryan Phillippe stars as Bob Lee Swagger, highly skilled, former Marine Corps sniper and scout who lives in exile, and is approached by his old captain, now working for the secret service, hoping to bring Bob back into service when the President’s life is threatened.

With two seasons under its belt, USA renewed Shooter for a third season in December 2017. For fans of the original movie and Hunter’s novel, Shooter is an action-packed drama that doubles as a character drama, featuring an iconic literary hero the likes of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.

Available on Netflix, Xbox, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, and Playstation

Time Commitment: 2 Seasons

Comedy Binge Of The Week

What The Show’s About:

Episodes is a 2011 Showtime American/British comedy series starring Friends alum, Matt LeBlanc, Stephen Mangan, and Tamsin Greig. Mangan and Greig play BAFTA-winning comedic TV writers, Sean and Beverly, whose successful, critically praised British comedy series urges them to move to Hollywood to make a version of the show for an American audience. The problem is, Hollywood executives quickly become involved with the creative process, pushing Matt LeBlanc, playing an exaggerated version of himself, onto the talented couple to star in their show. Sean easily befriends LeBlanc while Beverly isn’t thrilled at all. Meanwhile, personal issues also drive a wedge into Sean and Beverly’s ambitious plans.

Praised by critics, Episodes ran for 5 seasons before wrapping up in 2017. A smartly written, satirical sitcom that pokes fun at the entertainment industry, fans of similar shows such as Entourage should find Episodes an enjoyable, humorous binge.

Available on Netflix, Showtime App, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Playstation, and Google Play.

Time Commitment: 5 Seasons

Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Binge Of The Week

What The Show’s About:

Electric Dreams is a British science-fiction anthology series originally airing in September 2017 on Britain’s Channel 4. Based on author Phillip K. Dick’s works, Electric Dreams explores different stories, each episode completely different from the last. From stories involving a space cruise tour guide who agrees to take an unnaturally old, yet curious girl to Earth (which has been destroyed), to a world in the future where the only means of communication is through telepaths, Electric Dreams explores the importance of humanity in a reality run by technology.

While sounding familiar to some, namely those who are fans of the dystopian, sci-fi anthology series, Black Mirror, Electric Dreams keeps its own identity by postulating potentially dark scenarios while invigorating them with a sense of hope and optimism. A visual feast of a series, Electric Dreams also holds a strong cast, including Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Terrance Howard (Empire), Sam Witwer (Being Human), and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones).

Available on Amazon Prime

Time Commitment: 1 Season

Reality

What The Show’s About:

Everyone assuredly knows the general idea of life on the farm: early to bed, early to rise; tractors; roosters; planting and harvesting crops; but what about life on the farm at the turn of the 20th Century? A time when farmers were scratching their heads over new machinations that were leaving their horses and old plows in the Stone Age? Historians Peter Ginn, Alex Langlands, and Ruth Goodman roll up their sleeves and put themselves in the shoes of English farmers in the first years of the 1900s – literally. Dressing the part, living in a genuine, early 1900s farm cottage, spending an entire year in their roles, contending with seasonal changes, and putting their endurance to the test, the three time-traveling scholars see if they have what it takes to complete the back-breaking work early farmers performed on a daily basis.

With its charismatic stars and unwavering attention to detail in trying to cover almost all facets of life of Edwardian period farmers in England, Edwardian Farm is an entertaining and eye-opening glimpse into England’s agricultural and functional past.

Available on TubiTV

Time Commitment: 1 Season

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