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Outer Banks Season 2 Outer Banks Season 2 on #netflix involves a bit of old and new. Sarah's family is front in center in the epic battle between the Pogues (poor teens) and Kooks (rich and entitled teens). The gold bars found and then stolen from John B. and the Pogues during Season 1 are back up for grabs along with a new treasure with ties to another Pogue. (No spoilers here). The Pogues travel from the Outer Banks to the Bahamas to Charleston, SC seeking what is rightfully theirs...
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Little Fires Everywhere This dramatic miniseries on #hulu was based on a book by the same title. It is a story about a seemingly perfect family and how their lives are touched by a mother and her teenage daughter who move into the community. The story explores different approaches to motherhood, the stress of secrets, and what it might be like to live in another person's shoes. #littlefireseverywhere is extremely well written with deep complex characters. Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)...
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Mad Men or Peaky Blinders? I'm getting to the end of my American Horror Story binge, and lining up my next one. I've had people recommend both Mad Men and Peaky Blinders to me...what say you? #convinceme #madmen #peakyblinders #netflix
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Animal Kingdom I just started watching Season 1 of #animalkingdom on #amazon and am immediately hooked on this family crime drama. The series starts by following a teenage boy ("J"), who, after the death of his drug addicted mother, moves in with his estranged relatives, the Codys. His mother kept him away from her family with good reason. Unlike most crime families, the leader is a grandmother, who goes by the name of Smurf. Smurf is played brilliantly by Ellen Barkin. Her weird...
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Squid Game I can't believe nobody's posted about this series yet! Another great international hit from #netflix (via South Korea). When Squid Game first came out, it kept haunting the top of my Netflix page with its eerie music and mysterious red-suited minions. I resisted watching it, because "don't tell me what to do." However, once our teens finished it and said it was a must-watch, I had to see what it was about. We binged it pretty quickly, which is easy to do since each...
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Hacks The HBO Max original series stars Jean Smart as a legendary Las Vegas comedian named "Deborah Vance" and Hannah Einbinder as a young quirky aspiring writer named Ava. The series begins as young Ava is in need of a new comedy writing gig due to a social media snafu that got her fired from writing on a popular show. She and Deborah have the same agent so the agent pairs them up. Predictably, the veteran Deborah Vance doesn't want help from the young entitled writer, Ava, who...
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The White Lotus #HBO scored big with it's quirky series - The White Lotus. Written, directed and produced by Mike White (also a former contestant on Amazing Race and Survivor), this part comedy part drama explores the lives of weeklong guests at a Hawaiian Resort. The focus is on three groups of guests - a busy family on vacation, a honeymoon couple, and a single woman grieving the loss of her mother. The White Lotus: Official Trailer | HBO The Mossbacher family includes parents...
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Allen v. Farrow This is a four-part documentary series on #HBO (from award-winning investigative filmmakers) about the tragic story involving Woody Allen, Mia Farrow and their children. Personally, I remember reading about Woody Allen dating and later marrying Mia Farrow's daughter, Soon-Yi, but I didn't know much about the accusations of sexual abuse involving his daughter, Dylan, which is the primary focus of this docuseries. Allen v. Farrow: Official Trailer | HBO The series...
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Sophie: A Murder in West Cork This is a documentary/true crime mini series about a woman from France who is murdered in West Cork, Ireland on #Netflix . Interestingly, the investigation spans decades but only three episodes. No spoiler here, but I am not convinced that the accused murder is guilty. I think there is more to unravel back in France! Be interested to hear what others think. Sophie: A Murder in West Cork | Official Trailer | Netflix #sophieamurderinwestcork
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Condor If you like CIA conspiracy stories, you'll be hooked by Condor , which is based on the book Six Days of the Condor (and movie Three Days of the Condor ). A CIA analyst stumbles upon information he shouldn't have, involving a rogue element of the CIA with a twisted plot to "solve" the problems in the Middle East. He's on the run while trying to save the world. Yeah, you've heard this story before, but it's pretty well done. Plus, William Hurt wears his usual mask of quiet ambiguity...
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Startup If you like technology, intrigue and lots of twists and turns, you will enjoy this series on #netflix . While the series revolves around a tech startup (yes, you will be exposed to crypto and dark web), it's more a story about what you are willing to do to get what you want whether it is wealth, to change your environment, or to do something you really feel strongly about. Set primarily in Miami, the three main characters come from radically different backgrounds which is why...
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Ted Lasso on Apple TV!! Jason Sudeikis produces, writes and stars as the main character, who has been hired as the coach for a British premiere league soccer team, although he is American and knows nothing about the sport. The writing and acting are superb and the characters are wonderful. It is hilarious, heart-warming and absolutely will have you hooked. Like you, I lean towards the “who-dunnits” and thrillers, so was a bit late to getting around to watching it. One of the only shows I...
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The Crown The Crown is about the British Monarchy. I knew it was getting a lot of buzz when it first came out but I really didn't think this was going to be of interest to me. Typically, I look to binge a good mystery or thriller. Then I happened to sit down and watch the documentary about Queen Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret. It made me want to go back and learn a bit more about the Queen when she was younger so I decided to give The Crown a try. Honestly, even though I knew...
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Ozark Season 4 The final season of #Ozark (Season 4 - Part 1) is finally out on #Netflix . The Byrde family continues to struggle with a way out of the money laundering business. Their son has a more prominent role this year - and not to worry, Ruthie is back and in the middle of it all. At times a friend to the Byrdes, at times a foe. No spoilers here - but let's just say that Part 2 cannot get here soon enough. Reportedly, Part 2 will have another 7 episodes is set to drop on April...
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LuLaRich This is a four-part documentary series on #netflix examining the multi-level marketing (MLM) clothing company #LuLaRoe . Admittedly, I love these series/movies that expose scams. LuLaRoe is the brain child of husband and wife team DeAnne and Mark Stidham. They go from selling maxi dresses out of a trunk to building a multi-million dollar empire based on a pyramid scheme. LuLaRich - Official Trailer | Prime Video Over the course of the documentary, viewers are introduced to...
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Only Murders In the Building The first three episodes dropped on #hulu for Only Murders In the Building. Starring Steve Martin (creator), Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, this true-crime comedy is starting off right. The backdrop to this series is an upper class residential building, The Arconia, in New York City. When a murder in the building occurs, three very different residents (and strangers) come together to try and solve the murder - all for their own reasons. Steve Martin and...
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War of the Worlds I have a feeling hardly anyone watches the Epix channel, but they have lots of good series there, including War of the Worlds, which is the latest retelling of the famous H.G. Wells novel. This version is set in England and France and stars Gabriel Byrne as a professor trying to navigate an alien invasion that has nearly completely wiped out the human population. The show has is very cinematic, well-written, with a soundtrack that orchestrates a persistent feeling of...
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The Chosen I'm not a big TV/movie guy, so I generally don't have a lot of bingeworthy recommendations, but I do have a favorite show I've been watching for the past couple of months with my family. It's called The Chosen , and it's about the story and life of Jesus. It's the largest crowd-funded media project of all time, and the plan is for them to shoot 7 seasons. They are funding as-they-go (funded half-way through season 3), and they have currently released the first two seasons (16...
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Cat People When I started watching #catpeople on #Netflix , I thought it would be a series on crazy cat people - full of humor and fun and not to be taken seriously. Well, there is definitely humor but it's not an expose on crazy cat people. Instead, each episode focuses on a unique cat enterprise or family. Cat People | Official Trailer | Netflix Even for non cat lovers, it is interesting. How can you not continue watching an entire episode about a cat rapper? Is he crazy?
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Outer Banks Season 2 Premier July 30 During the early pandemic last year, Outer Banks (teen drama) was huge on #Netflix . Now that Season 2 is coming in July - every teenage girl is gearing up. Finally, we will know what happened to John B and Sarah when they made their exit by boat. Did they get to the Bahamas? Did they ditch and turn back? Did they stumble upon another treasure hunt? Outer Banks 2 | Official Teaser | Netflix What do you think happened? "go Pogues" ...
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okay, this one is a little weird and some of you, perhaps the majority, will find it a complete waste of time. The show is Mr. Inbetween , on FX and I enjoy it. The Australian show, currently in its third season, is about a very laid-back hitman for hire. (It has a kind of Better Call Saul vibe.) He splits his time between various criminal activities and taking care of his friends and family. He has a young daughter (now 12yrs old in season 3), a girlfriend, is caretaker to his brother, and...
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Patriot! Without hesitation I recommend Patriot. The series on Amazon is a look at the spy world wherein John Tavner, a US assassin is working on orders of his father as they attempt to sway an election in Iran by assassinating the more extreme candidate, thus preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The series moves across Milwaukee, DC, Luxembourg and Paris with a quirky cast of characters including Michael Dorman as John Tavner and his father, John (Terry O’Quinn), as director of...
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How Many Episodes to Watch To Get Hooked? I have heard so many people talk about The Handmaid's Tale and I know a new season dropped on #HULU . That said, I watched the first 1.5 episodes of Season 1 and just don't get why it is so good. Can anyone tell me how many episodes it takes to get off the ground and stay engaged? #thehandmaidstale
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Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath I was really pleased to see this award winning docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath made available on #netflix . I watched on A&E originally. Hosted by actress Leah Remini and Mike Rinder, who both grew up in Scientology, this series examines the culture, relationships, and legalities of Scientology. Most episodes have guests who are former members of Scientology. Their stories are pretty unbelievable and you feel good...
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If you are into police/detective dramas like The Wire, you might like Bosch. Bosch - Season 1 Official Trailer | Prime Video There are 6 seasons of #bosch on #amazon prime with a 7th season coming sometime this year.
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Halston - anyone watching this one? OK, I'm always all in for anything with Ewan McGregor, but not sure if I should invest in finishing this limited series. It seems to be very fixated on his relationships rather than the interesting story of his licensing deals run amok or his impact on American fashion. I'm three episodes in, with two to go, and ambivalent about finishing it. That should say something, since I should be the direct target for this show (fashion obsessed, history...
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Psych Starring James Roday ( A Million Little Things) and Dulé Hill (best known as Charlie Young on West Wing), Psych is about a guy (Roday) who has some pretty incredible observation skills, thanks to be raised by a police officer. While he has no interest in a "solid" career as a police officer, he has managed to (sort of) convince the local police department that he's psychic, and he and his pharmaceutical salesman partner (Dulé) start a PI agency and take on complicated cases for the...
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My all time favorite bingeworthy series is called The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel starring Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel. This is a comedy drama that takes place in the 1950's and 60's in New York. Midge decides to try and break in on the comedy scene as a woman comedian, leaving her role as housewife and a comfortable life behind. Her sidekick and business manager, Susie Myerson, makes for a good time and quite a few laughs. This is a delightful and funny series, never allowing any topic to...
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City on a Hill This is a Showtime series (two seasons) in which Kevin Bacon chews Boston scenery as a rogue FBI agent. His sparring partner and occasional mortal enemy is Aldis Hodge, playing a conflicted Assistant DA thrown into the deep end of the murky ethical pool that is the Boston justice and political system in the early 1990's. After watching the first episode, I wasn't super fascinated. Bacon's character is pretty over-the-top, and some of the corruption tropes seemed tired.
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Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist I was attracted to this series because it's a musical, really: a comedy/drama about a woman (played by Jane Levy) who discovers she has a "superpower" that drives her crazy: she can hear a person's innermost turmoil via songs that they sing (and only she can see/hear the performance). It really is delightful, although I cried through the entire first season. Not only do the actors perform beautifully, but there's a fair amount of fabulous group choreography...
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Welcome to Bingeworthy - A place to discuss whether a series is binge worthy or not. You can also post a "convince me" --you know there are shows that everyone has been telling you to watch, but you've been resisting. Let's settle it once and for all. When you create a new post in the General Channel, make sure to Tag it (e.g. #Nameofseries ) that way it will be easily discovered later. Also, include where you can find the series (e.g, #Netflix , #HULU , #Amazon Prime, etc). If there...
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📺 Binge-watching vs weekly drops I thought this article about being " Bored of Binging " was interesting...it looks like some of the streaming services are thinking that weekly episode drops are more effective for keeping us on the platform than straight binge drops. Personally, when I'm bingeing, I want the option to keep going. (What if I'm sick, or have the day off, or just need a break from reality for half a day?) I watched the first episode of #loki when it came out on...
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If you have HBO, I highly recommend Mare of Easttown. It was a little slow starting, but by the second episode you’re hooked. Kate Winslet does her usual excellent job of playing a damaged soul who wants to do the right thing, but sometimes gets in her own way. The story has several twists and turns that definitely keep you guessing. This was one my daughters and I talked about after each episode and offered up theories on what would happen next! And if you’re over on HBO and have never...
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Succession is coming back soon! I just saw this trailer for Season 3 and I cannot wait. Warning...if you aren't caught up yet, don't watch the trailer because it contains spoilers for prior season stuff. For those who haven't indulged, Succession is a masterpiece (IMO) peek inside the Machiavellian dynamics of a media dynasty/family. Just one hint on the tone...the daughter's name is Siobhan, called "Shiv" (she is literally a dagger). For those who are already immersed, you should...
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Fauda (Netflix) is an intense action series about Israeli commandos working undercover in Palestine. Keyword there is intense. The word fauda is Arabic for chaos and it fits this show perfectly. It's fast-paced and very political (pro-Israeli all the way) which can be eye-opening for those that have wondered about the situation in Palestine but never understood it, which fits me to a tee. There is a lot of action with shootings, assassinations, kidnapping, bombings, etc. but it also...
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Picking a Fight 🥊 - Shameless Despite several friends recommending Shameless , I just can't make myself watch it. Just watching the trailer makes me want to take a Silkwood shower, and I can't imagine rooting for any of the characters I've seen glimpses of. It feels annoying. Anyone want to convince me otherwise? 🥊 #shameless #showtime #convinceme
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Anyone watch subtitled stuff? Call My Agent is awesome. This one is on Netflix, in French with subtitles (I never watch the dubbed version, that's gross). It's funny, it's dramatic, it's a study of characters you come to love...even the ones you hate. You have to watch at least past the first 3 episodes to really understand the dynamics, but then it's completely addicting. There are guest appearances from French superstars, some you'll recognize (Isabelle Adjani) and some you won't...
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The Keepers This is a documentary mini-series focused on a cold case involving the 1969 murder of Sister Catherine (Cathy) Cesnik, a nun in Baltimore, MD. I like a good cold case story - but watching the preview, I knew this might be difficult to watch for a variety of reasons. I would rather not think such things happen in the United States. That said, the documentary is really good and based on the research and investigation by two of her former students who refused to give up on...
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