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Movie theatres may be closed, performances postponed and school out long prior to summer, however, TV shows are still here for us.

As much of the U.S.A. stays at home to eliminate the coronavirus pandemic, our eyes have actually turned to our TV screens for entertainment and interruption, and there have actually never been more choices for what to see. Not every TV show is right for every audience in this troubled age (now is most likely not a great time to view HBO’s “The Leftovers,” terrific as it might be).

It’s a weird time for television, there’s no doubt about that. While numerous productions have stopped to slow the spread of the coronavirus, brand-new spring series that had currently finished filming are still presenting as planned, and social distancing has actually left everybody with more time than we may like to peruse the seemingly endless number of streaming titles. What’s a discerning viewer to do?

Here are 13 TV shows that you can binge watch and are worth viewing while practising social distancing, whether you wish to laugh, bond with your kids or lastly find what’s behind the buzz about all those “should enjoy” reveals your good friends are consumed with.

 
It’s that time to be a couch potato. Bring the popcorn!

 

13. Prison Break

Prison Break is one of the best new series. It’s got personality, style, thrills and action. Michael Scofield robs a bank only to be caught and jailed. With him, behind the bars, he brings a plan to get himself and his brother, who is sentenced to death, out. What few people know is that Michael is the architect of the prison and so he knows his way around.

The characters are really good. You really get to know them, but just so good that they’re still unpredictable. You get to know some of their history and what kind of person they are. The actors does a great job of portraying these characters. I’ve only seen Dominic Purcell in John Doe, a performance I didn’t find that good. However, in Prison Break his potential is shown. He portrays Lincoln Burrows very good. Wentworth Miller also does a great job as Lincoln’s brother, Michael Scofield.

The story may seem a little incredible and some facts may be wrong, but never the less it’s made quite believable. You believe the locations and the characters and how they behave and react. The story is well written and detailed and it all seems possible. They’ve managed to give this series kind of its own style and personality. The basic idea of escaping prison is old and so you might not wanna call this show original. On the other hand, you don’t know what else to call it.

It is a new twist to an old idea (and a good one I might add) and it is not filled with clichés. It gives a realistic image of what could very well be. At the same time, you got the old hero who’s out to save the innocent. Yet, Michael is not treated as a hero. He leans more towards being an anti-hero.

The cinematography is great. This is one of those series with its own unique look. The mood, style and action are well captured in really good looking shots followed by really nice music.

If you should start or haven’t watched a new series this year, you should binge watch on Prison Break!

12. Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural teen drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. The series premiered on The CW on September 10, 2009 and concluded on March 10, 2017 airing 171 episodes over eight seasons.

It’s Elena’s first day back at Mystic Falls High School since the tragic death of her parents. Along with her Aunt Jenna, Elena tries her best to look after her troubled younger brother, Jeremy, and salvage what family they have left. The first day is already shaping up to be a struggle for Elena until she meets the mysterious new kid at school, Stefan.

Elena is touched that he can relate to what she’s going through. What Elena doesn’t know is that Stefan is a vampire, constantly resisting the urge to taste her blood. As their undeniable connection grows deeper, Stefan’s dangerous older brother, Damon, shows up to wreak havoc on the town of Mystic Falls – and claim Elena for himself. 

Couch potato mode on, time to binge watch.

11. Suits

Suits is an American legal drama television series created and written by Aaron Korsh. The series premiered on USA Network on June 23, 2011, and is produced by Universal Cable Productions. The series concluded on September 25, 2019.

Suits are set at a fictional New York City law firm and follow talented college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), who starts working as a law associate for Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) despite never having attended law school. The show focuses on Harvey and Mike closing cases while maintaining Mike’s secret. The show also features the characters Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty), and Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres).

In Suits, one of Manhattan’s top corporate lawyers (Gabriel Macht) sets out to recruit a new hotshot associate and hires the only guy that impresses him, a brilliant but unmotivated college dropout (Patrick J. Adams). Though he isn’t actually a lawyer, this legal prodigy has the book smarts of a Harvard law grad and the street smarts of a hustler. However, in order to serve justice and save their jobs, both these unconventional thinkers must continue the charade.

Another binge watch tv show. Available on Netflix.

10. 24

24 is an American action drama television series created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran for Fox. The series stars Kiefer Sutherland as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer. Each season, comprising 24 episodes, covers 24 hours in Bauer’s life using the real-time method of narration. Premiering on November 6, 2001, the show spanned 192 episodes over eight seasons; the series finale broadcast on May 24, 2010. In addition, a television film, 24: Redemption, was broadcast between seasons six and seven, on November 23, 2008. 24 returned with a ninth season titled 24: Live Another Day, which aired from May 5 to July 14, 2014

Brimming with tension and political intrigue, 24 successfully introduces its unique, high-concept format and a compelling hero worth watching in Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer.

9. Lucifer

Lucifer is an American television series developed by Tom Kapinos that premiered on Fox on January 25, 2016. It is based on the DC Comics character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic book series The Sandman, who later became the protagonist of a spin-off comic book series, both published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. The series is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television.

Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, the original fallen angel, Lucifer Morningstar has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub.

You’ve got to give the devil his due…his due time, that is. Specifically, we still have months to wait before Netflix unveils Lucifer Season 5, the newest — and currently final — the season of the supernatural crime dramedy.

The streaming service’s renewal only increased notice and interest in the show following its Fox cancellation, but Lucifer will soon come to an end with a 16-episode season expected in 2020. That leaves lots of fans eager to discover what’s in store for the devilishly captivating LAPD consultant. But fear not, for there are other Netflix shows to keep audiences preoccupied

8. Lost

Lost is an American drama television series that originally aired on ABC from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 episodes. Lost was created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, who share story-writing credits for the pilot episode, which Abrams directed.

Oceanic flight 815 from Sydney to Los Angeles crash lands on an island in the South Pacific, with 48 survivors facing uncertain hopes of rescue while getting to know one another—and their eerie new home. Luckily, there’s a doctor in the house, as Jack (Matthew Fox) assumes a leadership role for the group while developing an affection for the beguiling Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and philosophical differences with bad-boy Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and mysterious loner Locke (Terry O’Quinn).

One by one, flashbacks reveal details to their often-troubled pasts and those of core castaways including lottery winner Hurley (Jorge Garcia); former Iraqi soldier Sayid (Naveen Andrews); the pregnant Claire (Emilie de Raven); drug-addled rocker Charlie (Dominic Monaghan); Korean couple Jin and Sun (Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim); single dad Michael (Harold Perrineau), son Walt (Malcolm David Kelley) and dog Vincent; and twentysomething siblings Shannon (Maggie Grace) and Boone (Ian Somerhalder).

Ever-changing group dynamics are endured while unanswered questions pile up about the island and its existing inhabitants, both human and inhuman. Plotlines throughout the addictive first season include the group’s efforts to build an ocean-ready raft; to decipher a voice picked up on the plane’s transceiver, and to penetrate an underground hatch.

7. Power

Power is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Courtney A. Kemp in collaboration with Curtis Jackson. It aired on the Starz network from June 7, 2014 to February 9, 2020.

Upon release, Power gained positive reviews for its pacing, atmosphere, and acting. It is one of Starz’s most highly rated shows and one of cable’s most-watched and binged tv shows. Prior to the premiere of the fifth season, Starz renewed the show for a sixth and final season, which premiered on August 25, 2019

6. Buffy

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American supernatural drama television series based on the 1992 film of the same name. It was created by Joss Whedon under his production tag, Mutant Enemy Productions, with later co-executive producers being Jane Espenson, David Fury, David Greenwalt, Doug Petrie, Marti Noxon, and David Solomon.

Very often, when you find a particularly negative review of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you find someone whose glancing opinion bounces off the surface “appearance” of the show and does not delve into the actual substance therein. Frequently, they are people who haven’t really seen enough episodes to form a well-thought-out opinion on the series, the content, and the characters as a whole–especially, people who have only seen a few eps from season one.

Season one is the most shallow end of the series. It really gives you no clue as to what the series ends up being. Believe me, it gets more intense and complicated and dark as it goes on. If you decide to give it a try, I suggest checking out a handful of episodes from season three on before passing judgment.

Some good examples are S3–The Wish, Helpless, Doppelgangland, S4–Something Blue, Hush and Restless, S5–Fool for Love, Triangle, Weight of the World, The Gift (I’d also say The Body but that one gives too much away) S6–Bargaining, Tabula Rasa, Older and Far Away, S7–Beneath You, Selfless, Conversations With Dead People, The Killer In Me, Get It Done (I’d say Chosen but it’s the series finale which also would give too much away).

About the show itself–Buffy is the antithesis of the “pretty-blond-victim” who runs from the “psycho axe-murderer” in horror films past–the girl who always twisted her ankle and fell in her attempt to get away. How many times did we see that scene and feel just a little bit disgusted with the victim for not even trying to fight back?

How many times did we see that scene and feel disgusted with the directors for typing female victims in this way over and over again? Buffy, herself, isn’t the “traditional” feminist TV icon. Many of those are women who have forfeited the ultra-feminine symbols of their gender–love, compassion and vulnerability in order to maintain equal footing with men. Buffy doesn’t do this. Buffy embraces those symbols in one hand and hones and wields them to fight evil in the other.

The show appears as a bubble-gum program, aimed at teens and while it’s fan-base is largely younger viewers (teens-twenties), it’s major themes profoundly confront the more mature ideas of good vs. evil, life and death, friendship, religion, the soul and the true meanings of power and love in such a way that is rarely addressed in current entertainment.

It challenges the traditional ideas of religion as being an “institution” and asserts that it is something to be lived, that real love requires self-sacrifice, that true friendship requires far-reaching forgiveness, that true power is rooted in love and compassion and that good and evil, while in shades of gray can still be defined. A must to binge watch. 

 

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5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Friends is an American sitcom television series, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004, lasting ten seasons.

With an ensemble cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, the show revolves around six friends in their 20s and 30s who live in Manhattan, New York City. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The original executive producers were Kevin S. Bright, Kauffman, and Crane.

Friends has got to be one of the best Us Sitcom comedies ever. I’ll be sad for this programme to end next year in 2004 because the whole team did such a fantastic effort to put everything into this series. It was such a great programme and I think it will always be. After 10 seasons the programme comes to its end. We give this 9 out of 10.

4. Homeland

Homeland is an American spy thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Prisoners of War.

The series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency officer with bipolar disorder, and Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine Corps Scout Sniper.

Mathison had come to believe that Brody, who was held captive by al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, was “turned” by the enemy and poses a threat to the United States. The series focuses on a storyline that evolves from this premise, together with Mathison’s ongoing covert work.

3. Vikings

Vikings is a historical drama television series created and written by Michael Hirst for the History channel. Filmed in Ireland, it premiered on March 3, 2013, in Canada. In January 2019, it was announced that the 20-episode sixth season, which was ordered on September 12, 2017, ahead of its fifth-season premiere, would be the final season of the series.

The sixth season premiered on December 4, 2019. A sequel series, titled Vikings: Valhalla, is in development for Netflix.

Vikings is inspired by the sagas of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best-known legendary Norse heroes and notorious as the scourge of England and France. The show portrays Ragnar as a farmer who rises to fame by successful raids into England and eventually becomes a Scandinavian King, with the support of his family and fellow warriors.

In the later seasons, the series follows the fortunes of his sons and their adventures in England, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean.

2. Game Of Thrones

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for HBO. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is A Game of Thrones. The show was both produced and filmed in Belfast and elsewhere in the United Kingdom. Filming locations also included Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, and Spain. The series premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011, and concluded on May 19, 2019, with 73 episodes broadcast over eight seasons.

Set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, Game of Thrones also referred to as simply GOT has several plots and a large ensemble cast and follows several story arcs. One arc is about the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms and follows a web of alliances and conflicts among the noble dynasties either vying to claim the throne or fighting for independence from it. Another focuses on the last descendant of the realm’s deposed ruling dynasty, who has been exiled and is plotting a return to the throne, while another story arc follows the Night’s Watch, a brotherhood defending the realm against the fierce peoples and legendary creatures of the North. 

This has been the most one ever in the list of binge watch tv shows.

1. Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show aired on AMC from January 20, 2008, to September 29, 2013.

It was set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and tells the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), an underemployed and depressed high school chemistry teacher who is struggling with a midlife crisis and a recent diagnosis of stage-three lung cancer. White and his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) turn to crime by producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family’s financial future before he dies while navigating the dangers of the criminal underworld.

The title is a Southern colloquialism meaning to turn to a life of crime. Gilligan characterized the series as showing Walter’s transformation from a soft-spoken Mr. Chips into Scarface.

Breaking Bad is a must to binge watch and we assure you that you will not regret it.

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