I don’t like the term “binge watch.” It’s gross; it doesn’t sound appealing and the fact that “bingeing” is some sort of popular thing now is funny because I’m pretty sure that when I was “binge watching” in high school, everyone was like “LOL YOU HAVE NO FRIENDS”… but I digress. Anyways, here’s my guide to the 5 shows currently streaming on Netflix Canada that you need to be watching.
Note: this list does not include House of Cards or Orange Is The New Black because you should have watched those already. This list also doesn’t include the obvious stuff, like Community, Lost, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, etc… We’re stepping out of the box for this one.
Friday Night Lights
Have you heard or seen people quote “Texas forever” or “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” and didn’t understand what was going on? You’ve probably heard someone going on about this show. I watched FNL last year and I finally got *it*. I got why it’s That Show everyone talks about.
Friday Night Lights is about a high-school football team in Texas and all the drama that surrounds their small town and the members of the Dillon Panthers. It’s like Parenthood but with football. Sure, you have to deal with the second season which is the show’s only major rough patch but, trust me, just trust me when I say you will love it. You will love Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor. You will love Connie Britton as Tami Taylor. You will want to start watching football (not really).
Happy Endings met it’s untimely death last year, but all three of its amazing seasons are now on Netflix and you can blow through them in a day. Elisha Cuthbert, Casey Wilson, Eliza Coupe, Adam Pally, Damon Wayons Jr and Zachary Knighton make up the cast of lovable losers (and, by season two, they’re all amazing). It’s hard to describe what Happy Endings is because, on the outside, it seems like a rehash of Friends, and structurally, it sort of is; it’s kind of like the cooler, more modern, pop-culture-reference-filled, hip, quirky, silly, just as funny-sister of Friends and it’s definitely worth
a date the watch.
Heroes (but only the first season)
Once upon a time, Blockbuster existed. One weekend, I rented out the entire series of Heroes (remember renting a season box set?) and I was hooked. The first season of Heroes is almost perfect television. It’s basically X-Men meets Misfits meets Lost. You only need to watch the first season because everything after that becomes a big giant mess. “Save the cheerleader, save the world.”
The Good Wife
Let’s just get right into it: The Good Wife is the best show on TV at the moment. Too far? Too bad. Okay, the best drama. No, I’m serious. It’s like Game of Thrones but in a courtroom and with stylish yet practical pant suits. I just watched all four and a half seasons in three weeks and I don’t know what to do with my life until it comes back from hiatus.
It’s more than just a courtroom drama; it’s about sex, politics, power and how you respond to those things. The cast is incredible (Matt Czuchry a.k.a. Logan from Gilmore Girls, Archie Panjabi, Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, Chris Noth, Zach Grenier, Christine Baranski) and it has the best guest stars. The writing is outstanding and the episode “Hitting The Fan” from this current season is in my top 10 episodes of TV of ALL TIME. I know, your parents watch this and you don’t get it but just trust me.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
I know I said this list wouldn’t include obvious stuff but some people still don’t understand the appeal of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Before Twilight, before The Vampire Diaries, before The Originals, there was Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her Scooby Gang (David Boreanaz, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head) roaming graveyards, solving mysteries and abolishing the undead. Creator Joss Whedon (the director behind The Avengers and Firefly) masterfully combines sci-fi with teenage angst; imagine My So Called Life‘s Angela Chase but with a stake in her hand.