There’s no doubt we all love a good binge session.
But with all this amazing content floating around, how do we sift between shows that might illicit a slight chuckle or an intrigued raised eyebrow, from the series we simply can’t tear ourselves away from?
Well, we’ve done the hard research for you (someone’s gotta do it) and it’s safe to say you’ll be back to living on the lounge with corn chip dust in your hair in no time.
All you need to do is sit back, relax, and grab the remote.
Based on the best-selling books by Michael Connelly – Bosch follows Los Angeles police detective, Harry Bosch (played by Titus Welliver), as he cracks the toughest homicide cases within the department’s ‘Hollywood’ division.
Tackling the seedy underbelly of L.A. isn’t new to Bosch – the poor guy is used to the darker side of life. His mother (a former prostitute) was murdered when he was just a kid, leaving Bosch to spend most of his childhood alone in an orphanage… Annie this ain’t.
Highly bingeable and now well and truly into its fourth season (with a fifth already commissioned and on its way), this is one book-to-screen series that has struck a chord with audiences and crime-lovers throughout the world.
Created by famed writers and producers David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal and The Practice) and Jonathan Shapiro (Boston Legal), this court-room drama series follows the life of Billy McBridge (Billy Bob Thornton).
A former high-flying professional who was once known as the best trial lawyer in America, a forlorn Billy spends his time chasing ambulances to find work. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
After Billy agrees to follow up and investigate a wrongful death suit by the majorly powerful firm he used to work for (and basically created), things take a turn for the serious. Billy is suddenly faced with the option of exacting revenge or seeking redemption from those who have the power to bring him back up, or slam him back down.
It’s pretty much the biggest on-screen David and Goliath battle since Erin Brockovich.
3. Jack Ryan
Feel like an adrenaline-pumping thriller that will leave you clinging to the edge of your seat during each episode? Well, the universe has provided small-screen action and drama junkies with the ultimate hit.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan will shake you awake with twists and turns, intrigue and a fast-paced narrative that never seems to slow down.
Ryan (played by the one and only John Krasinski) is living life as your average CIA analyst – that is until he’s recruited for a life-or-death field assignment. You see, Ryan has uncovered a pattern in terrorist communications that could take down America and it’s up to him to find the bad guy and save the world. What follows is Jack’s attempt to capture the extremely dangerous lone figure.
While the show won’t be released until Aug. 31, it gives us just enough time to wrap our head around the fact that Jim Halpert from The Office is now a butt-kicking, action hero spy. The show has already been renewed for a second season, and what’s more, it stars Australian actress, Abbie Cornish, as the female lead.
Feel like you’ve heard the name Jack Ryan before? That’s because you have. Created by famed author Tom Clancy back in 1984, Jack Ryan has since popped up in 20 books and five different movies. Guys, there’s a reason it’s so popular.
4. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
If you haven’t caught an episode of this Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated comedy series yet it’s about time someone slapped you across the arm with their purse.
Set in New York during the 1950s, Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) is your quintessential stay-at-home wife – a lively spirit trapped behind the apron springs of a repressed society that still believes it’s a woman’s duty to stay at home and a man’s responsibility to go out and earn a living.
Midge is a strong Jewish woman with a fondness for voicing her opinions – and unfortunately for her (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), Midge’s failing stand-up comic husband decides he’s ditching her for another dame. Incensed by his decision, a frustrated Midge decides to give the mic a try and whaddya know – she’s a laugh riot!
This is the tale of a complicated and hilarious women, and her stand-up routines couldn’t be more reflective of what many women still feel today. Now in its second season, this show is both entertaining and on-point.
5. The Man in the High Castle
This jaw-dropping series based on the award-winning novel by Philip K. Dick is a terrifyingly compelling look at what the world would have been like had America lost World War II to the Germans and Japanese.
In this instance, the US is ruled by both countries – and times are dire. When Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) is handed a movie cannister containing film footage that appears to depict a world where America did in fact win the war, she starts believing the recording is actually linked to an alternate reality.
Executive produced by Ridley Scott, this nail-biting series will premiere its third season on Oct. 5 this year, and you’d better believe it’s taking the hypothetical and truly running with it.
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