By: Bill Cushing – April, 2020
We are in an unprecedented period in history, and these days we are looking for ways to keep occupied during this time. Sitting down with a good TV show to watch is a great way to pass the time. So I thought I’d give you some suggestions. Here are what I think are some of the best shows to be binge watching during your time at home.
Ozark – Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star as Marty and Wendy Byrd, who move to the Ozarks after a money laundering scheme goes wrong and they agree to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel to pay a debt. (Netflix, 3 Seasons, 30 episodes)
The Office – NBC’s classic sitcom that depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. Steve Carell stars in the role that made him a household name. (Netflix, 9 seasons, 201 episodes)
Breaking Bad – AMC’s classic show follows Walter White, a meek high school science teacher who transforms into a ruthless player in the local drug trade, driven by a desire to provide for his family after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. (Netflix, 6 seasons, 62 episodes, 1 movie)
Schitt’s Creek – A wealthy family suddenly find themselves completely broke. With only one remaining asset, a small town called Schitt’s Creek, the family moves there to start a new life. (Netflix, 5 seasons, 66 episodes. Season 6 currently airing on Pop)
The Sopranos – HBO’s signature drama series stars James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, a gangster who is trying to balance his family life with his role as the leader of a New Jersey crime family. (HBO On Demand, 6 seasons, 86 episodes)
Seinfeld – The show about nothing, considered by most to be the greatest sitcom ever made. Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer deal with the absurdities of everyday life in New York City. (Hulu, 9 seasons, 180 episodes)
Orange Is The New Black – Netflix landmark series about life behind the walls of a women’s prison, and the many eccentric, unusual inmates serving time there. This critically acclaimed dramedy series was a game changer for streaming television. (Netflix, 7 seasons, 91 episodes)
The Americans – FX’s incredible spy series centers on Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, two KGB spies in an arranged marriage who are posing as Americans in suburban Washington, D.C., shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected president. (Amazon Prime, 6 seasons, 75 episodes)
NYPD Blue – One of the most influential and praised network drama series ever. Steven Bochco’s gritty police drama redefined cop shows and paved the way for many series to come. Dennis Franz stars as Detective Andy Sipowicz, one of the most memorable characters in TV history. (Amazon Prime, 12 seasons, 261 episodes)
Better Call Saul – This prequel to ‘Breaking Bad’ stars Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Giancarlo Esposito, reprising their roles from the original series. Six years before he begins to represent Albuquerque’s most notorious criminal, Saul Goodman was Jimmy McGill, a small-time attorney hustling to make a name for himself. (Netflix, 4 seasons, 40 episodes. Season 5 currently airing on AMC)
The Wire – This series centers on the narcotics scene in Baltimore as seen through the eyes of law enforcers as well as the drug dealers and users. One of the most critically acclaimed series of all time. (HBO On Demand, 5 seasons, 60 episodes)
24 – Counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer fights the bad guys of the world, a day at a time. With each episode unfolding in real time, each season of “24” covers a single day in the life of Bauer. Kiefer Sutherland stars as Jack Bauer in his Emmy winning role. (Hulu, 9 seasons, 204 episodes. 1 movie)
Others to watch: Ray Donovan, Homeland, The Shield, Deadwood, Mad Men, The West Wing, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Grace & Frankie.
Hopefully I’ve given you some stuff to watch while you are staying safe and healthy!
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