The Best Binge Worthy Shows of Spring

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The fall tv season was somewhat lack luster. There were some returning favorites that had us coming back for more but the new shows were hit or miss. The network executives seem to have lost their edge in the wake of the election.

The media is collectively pretty liberal. It wasn’t just the news crews that misjudged the mindset of the electorate, it was the entire industry and they scheduled the fall lineup accordingly.

Shows that were on message with the progressive platform were highlighted and afforded the most attractive prime time slots. Programs that didn’t actively push the political agenda, were given short shrift.

Now, for some, as of yet, unknown reason, the spring season has been delayed. Game of Thrones, for example, won’t air until July 16, this year.

The good news is that, thanks to all of the turmoil, there are some terrific shows that you probably missed and they are now available in their entirety. Fortunately, they will sustain TV lovers until the summer season begins.

  1. Emerald City

This trip to Oz isn’t the one you remember from the movie.

It’s cool and edgy. It’s based on the entire 14 book series. It has been denigrated as a Game of Thrones knock off. That criticism is unfair. There are stylistic similarities which GOT fans will enjoy but Emerald City stands on its own.

This version of Dorothy’s adventure is not suitable for young children though. It’s occasionally violent and frequently dark. For example, the wicked witch of the west runs a brothel/ opium den.

Once you see the first episode, you’ll crave more. After telling a few friends about this show, we ended up making a weekly event of watching it together. It also boasts one of our favorite characters ever, Lady Ev.

Give this one a whirl and you’ll be hooked. Season one has 10 episodes and they are available on demand. Thankfully, it has just been renewed for a second season.

  1. Designated Survivor

We’ve mentioned this one before but ABC made it very hard for this show to succeed. There was zero continuity in terms of programming. It would be on for a week or two and then be preempted for weeks. Now that you can watch the episodes back to back, this one is a must not miss. The premise is unique and the action is nonstop. It’s a nail biter to be sure.

Designated Survivor is also so well written that it keeps even the most jaded viewers guessing. We still don’t know who’s at the bottom of the government take down.

If you like spy movies or political intrigue, this one’s for you.

  1. 24

It’s back and it’s without Jack. We were dubious about the return of a classic minus our favorite characters but Fox has done this one justice. If you loved the original, you’ll love this version too. If you never watched the original, you’re in for a treat.

” The following events take place in real time” That was the hook. The show takes place over a period of 24 hrs and each episode is one of those hours. A high-tech branch of the government must stop a terrorist plot and they only have a day to do it. The action is fast paced and there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns. Plus, there’s a bonus. Tony Almeda reappears from the original.

If you enjoy thrillers and action, you’ll love this.

  1. This is Us

This show is a hit but almost no one we know has actually seen it because the premise sounds so dull. It’s about family and relationships. That’s it, nothing more.

We tape all new shows with any potential and this one barely made the list. We only gave it a look because it was so highly rated by the critics prior to airing. We’ve mentioned this one before. It’s one of the best shows on television. Much as we hate a tear jerker, we love this show. The characters are relatable and interesting. The story lines are compelling. Each episode offers an intriguing plot twist and it evokes emotion without descending into the standard Hollywood bag of tricks. You don’t have to worry about plots based on childhood cancer or dying mothers. This one’s just about a wholesome family dealing with the normal aspects of life but you will identify with something in every episode. Once you watch the first episode, you’re guaranteed to be hooked.

  1. Billions

This one requires some focus. It’s about a US attorney trying to take down a Wall Street mogul. The characters are complex as is the story line. You’ll love them and hate them all simultaneously. It’s a compelling show but it’s dark. You may find yourself wanting to shower after watching these twisted characters do their bidding but you’ll enjoy every minute of it.

  1. Homeland

This one has been around for a while. The first season was fantastic but some of the subsequent seasons weren’t as good. We are now half way through season 6 and its game on. The writers are back on point and the excitement is consistent throughout every episode. This CIA thriller is not only captivating, it’s timely and it’s so accurate that it’s a D.C. favorite. All of the episodes are available on demand. If a particular season loses your interest (seasons 3&4) just pick up at the next one. You won’t miss a thing.

  1. Star

If you used to love Empire before it turned into a running promo for Black Lives Matter, you’ll love Star. It’s the same kind of show without the political brow beating.

  1. 60 Days In

This one is a reality show. Average law abiding citizens agree to pose as criminals in troubled jail facilities for 60 days. Neither the guards nor the other inmates know that they are plants. The program is intended to help improve the prison system. Each of the participants goes into the prison for their own reasons and they are interviewed throughout the experience. It’s a fascinating look into the penal justice system.

  1. Six

This one is about the special seal team that reports directly to the president. It’s a drama that just finished its first season on the history channel. It’s occasionally disturbing and violent but it’s a great show that will leave you with a feeling of admiration, compassion and pride for all of those who serve. It’s surprising that this show aired on the history channel because it would have been a popular network show. The story is exciting and the characters are complex and relatable. There are only 8 episodes in the first season, so it’s a perfect choice for a binge watch.

Give any one of these shows a try and you’re sure to find a new favorite.

Happy viewing

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