‘Tis the season to binge a season

You made it through the work week – and to quote ‘NSYNC quoting Johnny Kemp, “Just got paid, it’s Friday night.” Since we’re spending almost all of our time at home, there’s really nowhere to go waste away your paycheck…So, where are you spending your weekend?

Personally, I’ve found myself spending more time than exploring new TV shows. Not to brag, but I can knock out a season of TV in a weekend. For some of the shorter seasons that Netflix and Hulu crank out, I can devour the entire thing in an evening after work.
In case you’re looking for something new to watch, here are a few of my most recent conquests:

Dead to Me (Netflix) – I love, love, loved the first season, and I wasn’t sure exactly how the second season could really pick up and maintain the same level of suspense and momentum. And yet, it did. While this show covers serious topics, it still manages to weave in enough humor that it was an easy, breezy Sunday binge.

Dollface (Hulu) – The first season of this show starring Kat Dennings (from 2 Broke Girls) follows the main character as her long-term boyfriend breaks up with her and she attempts to reconnect with her girlfriends. It’s a light, funny comedy that’s great to turn on if you’re looking for something that doesn’t make you think too hard.

Dirty John (Netflix) – This one had been on my to-watch list for a while. Based on a true story and a podcast of the same name, this story centers around an interior designer and mother who falls for a man she met online. Not only does it continue to surprise at every turn, but I’ve loved a Connie Britton moment since I watched Nashville.

Younger (Hulu) – This show combines two of my favorites – Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff and Broadway actress Sutton Foster. Following a 40-year-old who passes for 26 to get a job in publishing after taking time off to raise her daughter, it’s a cute, fun show with lots of awesome clothes and accessories.

The Magicians (Netflix) – Based on a novel of the same name, this show is sort of like if Harry Potter went to college. The main character (played by Jason Ralph, who is married to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star and Kate Spade’s niece Rachel Brosnahan) enrolls at what is essentially Magician University and discovers that the world he read about in his favorite childhood books is real.

Hollywood (Netflix) – From Ryan Murphy (who gave us Glee, American Horror Story and Netflix’s The Politician), this show follows a group of aspiring actors in old Hollywood. One of the stars is Jeremy Pope, who holds a special place in my heart as I saw him on Broadway last year in both The Choir Boy and The Temptations. It also stars Jim Parsons in a role about as far from The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper as you can get.

Safe (Netflix) – Written by crime author Harlan Coben, this is a serious nail-biter. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire season. This is not a show you can watch while sitting and playing around on your phone, it requires your full attention. And it’s totally worth it.

With everything going on in the world right now, I know I appreciate an escape when I can. And these all did the job.

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