4 Shows To Binge Watch This Summer
After watching all four seasons of Game of Thrones in five days (hold your applause), I realized the beauty of a show being so good that you literally can’t stop watching it. Even though summer is usually the time for people to get out of the house and away from their televisions and computers, we all know that’s not going to happen. All of your shows have probably ended for the summer, but this would be a good time to binge watch tv shows you haven’t seen. Here are four shows to catch up on in the summer.
1. Broad City (Comedy Central)
I wrote a blog post earlier this year talking about Broad City and my thoughts on it so far. I liked the show back then and my feelings have not wavered. Broad City stars UCB alums, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, and follows the friendship of two twenty something women as they live their lives in New York and deal with the common issues of young adults such as money, roommates, and relationships.
What I like the most about Broad City, other than there being another female-driven comedy on the air, is how the show isn’t afraid to get weird, as you can see from the video above. They can take a premise as simple as losing your phone or earning money for Lil’ Wayne tickets and have a lot of ridiculous things happen. I won’t spoil anything, but I will say someone might poop in a shoe on the show…just saying.
Broad City just finished its first season and was picked up for a second season, so until then, do yourself a favor and watch this show.
2. Orphan Black (BBC America)
I just started watching this show, but I can already tell i’m gonna be hooked.
Orphan Black stars Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, a woman who after witnessing a woman that resembles her commit suicide, decides to assume the deceased woman’s identity. After taking over the woman’s identity, she soons realizes that she is a clone and there are more of her out there. The problem is that she has to find out who’s creating these clones and why because someone is killing off the clones one by one.
Even though I’ve only seen 5 episodes of Orphan Black, what’s great about the show so far is the incredible acting range by Maslany. Not only does she do a great job of potraying the street smart Sarah, but she’s essentially playing 5 different roles. I won’t tell you what the other roles are, but let me just say that none of the characters are the same.
Season 2 just wrapped up so that will give you plenty of episodes to tide you over until the fall.
3. Silicon Valley (HBO)
Silicon Valley is a comedy that centers on six young men who work for a startup company called Pied Piper that resides in an area in San Francisco known as “Silicon Valley.” A lot of the episodes revolve around what many startup companies go through when trying to build a business from the ground up such as name changes, investing, and competitors. Even though Richard Hendricks, played by Thomas Middleditch, is the founder of Pied Piper and the focus of a lot of the scenes, it’s a very funny ensemble cast with no weak link in the bunch. T.J. Miller is definetly the standout character playing Erlich Bachman, who is an entrepreneur and also owns 10 percent of Pied Piper.
A common fear about the show is that too much of its humor is centered around tech and non-tech enthusiast won’t understand the jokes. As someone who doesn’t understand coding and app development that well, I can promise you that’s surely not the case.
The best part about Silicon Valley is the fact that not only are all the characters funny, but they’re all funny with different styles of comedy. Whether it’s Erlich cursing out a kid, Jared getting trapped in a self-driving car, or Dinesh finding out he’s gay for Bertram’s code (don’t ask), they’ll all have you laughing in different ways and that will make you appreciate the show that much more.
If you’re a fan of comedies with ensemble casts like Parks and Rec and Community (you should be), then Silicon Valley should be your next destination….get it?
4. House of Lies (Showtime)
If this show has taught me anything, it’s that you can’t trust many people.
House of Lies revolves around Marty Kaan, played by Don Cheadle, who is a management consultant. He works with others in a group that’s referred to as a “pod” which consists of engagement manager Jeannie van der Hooven (Kristen Bell) and associates Clyde Oberholdt (Ben Schwartz) and Doug Guggenheim (Josh Lawson). The show focuses mostly on Marty and his pod working as consultants for the rich and finding ways to fleece as much money out of them as possible. House of Lies does a fantasic job of making all the characters on the show walk on a moral tightrope to the point where you almost don’t know who you should be rooting for.
Don Cheadle is exceptional with his portrayal of a person who’s very conniving, selfish, and willing to screw over pretty much anyone for money and power. Even though Cheadle’s acting is exceptional, the standout of the show is the impressive acting of Kristen Bell. If you seen any of her other work, you almost won’t recognize her based on the woman she’s playing in House of Lies. I have a newfound respect for Bell’s acting abilities while watching her manipulate so many people, sometimes her friends, to make sure she gets where wants to in her career. Watching the chemistry between Marty and Jeannie would be enough for the show, but the comic relief from Doug and Clyde is very refreshing in between all of the drama.
House of Lies is 3 seasons deep and if your looking for a comedy where you never know who’s gonna backstab who, give this one a try.