Ah, Holy Week, or as it’s more commonly known: That One Glorious Week Where I Can Just Sit on My Ass and Do Nothing. If the idea of having to contend with droves of people who’ll undoubtedly be at the beach this week gives you a panic attack, let this list of binge-worthy shows calm your nerves. It’ll all be okay, we promise.
So bust out the bag of chips, park your ass on the couch, and let the binge begin.
1) 13 Reasons Why
Based on the YA novel of the same name, 13 Reasons Why centers on Clay Jensen, a high school student who comes home one day to find a box of tapes sent to him by Hannah Baker, a fellow student who’d recently committed suicide. The tapes detail Hannah’s–you guessed it–reasons for taking her own life, with the story unfolding as Clay discovers Hannah had also sent the tapes to other people in their class. It’s an honest undertaking of subject matter that’s often considered too uncomfortable to talk about, especially when it comes to YA.
2) Terrace House
Six strangers move into a house together for the summer. If that premise sounds anything like Big Brother or, ‘90s shout-out, The Real World, it’s because that’s exactly what it is, but without obnoxious white people, which, when it comes to reality TV, makes a world of difference.
3) Big Little Lies
Based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling book of the same name, Big Little Lies explores the dark side of one of California’s most prominent towns, Monterey. Developed and written by TV legend David E. Kelley, the show centers on the lives of three women played by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley. Don’t sleep on this.
4) Chewing Gum
This British show centers on Tracey Gordon, a repressed, religious virgin who wants to break free from the ties that bind and go on her own journey of sexual discovery. The show is set around a housing project in London, and features a bevy of colorful characters that flit in and out of the story. The show was created and written by Michaela Cole (who plays Tracey), a star in the making if you’ve ever seen one.
5) Samurai Gourmet
If you’re anything like us, then you’ve been pining for a Midnight Diner (the adorably Japanese show about a small Tokyo diner that tackled the complexities of the human condition through a culinary lens) replacement since watching the last episode. But don’t fret, Samurai Gourmet is here fill in as you wait for Midnight's return. The show is about a retired samurai who wanders the city in search of epicurean delights to satisfy both his stomach and his withered samurai soul.
6) This Is Us
The series revolves around the lives of siblings Kate, Kevin, and Randall, juxtaposed with the lives of their parents Jack and Rebecca after they’d just given birth. Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, two actors who rose to fame in the late ‘90s to mid-aughts but have since then faded into relative obscurity, head the cast. It’s family drama at its finest, without the schmaltz.
7) Iron Fist
Ever think to yourself, “I know there’s a ton of comic book adaptations out there, but gosh darn it, wouldn’t it be awesome if there was just ONE MORE?!” Well, you’re in luck, ‘cos Netflix has you covered. Iron Fist is Danny Rand, a billionaire Buddhist monk and martial arts expert who returns to NYC after being presumed dead for 15 years to reclaim the company he inherited and, of course, fight bad guys. Despite lackluster reviews, Iron Fist has enjoyed cult success and, with the Defenders crossover series on the horizon, it may be wise to get in on the Iron Fist action before the series (and hype) drops.
Feud chronicles the heated rivalry between two Hollywood legends Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange). A feud that went strong for half a century, the show centers on the tempestuous relationship between its two leads during the filming of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” Sarandon and Lange do some of their finest work here.
9) Search Party
After a former college acquaintance disappears, Dory (Alia Shawkat) rallies her self-absorbed friends together to form a search party and uncover the mystery behind Chantal’s disappearance. Created by Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer), the show features a slew of comedic heavy hitters, most notably John Early, Samantha Bee, Parker Posey, and Ron Livingston.
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