Today marks the official first week of summer! If you live in the South like me that means temperatures in the 90s with a humility that is something out of the furthest ring of Hell. This means of course that going outside and doing outdoorsy things is not happening, instead I will stay in the nice cool air conditioning. Thus giving me the perfect chance to binge watch all of the shows I have missed out on. And let’s be real, this is really what summers are for. So, without further ado, I present 9 shows that you must stop what you doing and watch right now!
- The Keepers (Netflix- 1 Season)
This documentary series is like Dateline but on steroids. Taking it’s cue from Making a Murderer, last year’s binge worthy docuseries and a must watch, The Keepers tries to solve a nearly 50 year old cold case. In 1970, Sister Catherine Cesnik, a teacher who worked in Baltimore Maryland, was murder as she returned home from running errands. What from the outside looks like just another random homicide reveals crimes and cover-ups that stem from city officials, the police department, and ultimately the oldest Catholic Archdiocese in the country. As a Catholic, this series has been intriguing in very disturbing ways. As I continue to make my way through the series I can only hope that there will be some form of justice for Sister Catherine.
- Westworld (HBO- 1 Season)
There is really no way to properly describe HBO’s new hit show. Set in, what I can only assume is the future, Westworld is like a virtual reality amusement park for the rich to live out their Wild West fantasy. And as with all good HBO shows, things happen and it gets crazy. Starring a stellar cast of Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, and Anthony Hopkins, Westworld is a thought provoking rollercoaster that will leave you begging for more.
3. Big Little Lies (HBO- 1 Season)
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman both starring in this miniseries is enough to get me hooked, but you won’t believe the drama that unfolds in the wealthy town of Monterey, CA. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Big Little Lies tells the story of ordinary first grade moms whose secrets all seem to come out in the open when new mom and immediate outcast Jane (Shailene Woodley) moves to town. Each episode ends with a cliff hanger leaving you to wonder just how it is all going to end.
- The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Prime- 2 Seasons)
Imagine a world where the Allies lost World War II leaving a planet to be entirely ruled by the Nazis and the imperial Japanese. This horrifying scenario is the premise of The Man in the High Castle. We follow the lives of Juliana Crain, a young women living in Japanese ruled San Francisco and Joe Blake from the Nazi ruled New York City. Crazy and unforeseen circumstances cause these two opposites to cross paths and with them comes talk and actions of loyalty to the homeland and resistance to the two evil and oppressive regimes. At the very center is the mystery of just who and what is the man in the high castle.
- House of Cards (Netflix- 5 Seasons)
You think the current Washington climate is messed up? It’s nothing compared to the Washington the Underwood’s strive to hold ultimate power in. Part West Wing and part Sopranos, House of Cards is a messed up look at how Representative Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) will do just about anything for the greatest prize of all, The White House. It makes you think, who is the villain and who is the hero. In politics is there ever a hero or just a bunch of power hungry egomaniacs? And how much of this is purely fantasy?
- The Crown (Netflix- 1 Season)
Queen Elizabeth II is the longest serving monarch in British history. She has been on the throne for over 60 years. In those 60 years she has seen and been a part of more history than most people experience in their entire lifetime. It’s about time there was a TV show dedicated to her extraordinary reign. Peter Morgan, the man behind the fantastic 2007 movie The Queen, took on this challenge and excelled. The show will eventually span 6 season, a season for each decade of The Queen’s reign. Season one focuses on the 50s, the decade that a young Princess Elizabeth (Claire Foy) became Queen. It shows her struggles to learn and cope with her new role. The new Queen is forced to find a role for her husband Prince Phillip (Matt Smith), worry about her wild and modern sister Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby), and oversee a government ruled by the tough and heroic Prime Minister Winston Churchill (John Lithgow). The Crown is a look at just what it takes to be Queen and a reminder that no one will ever been able to do it as well as Queen Elizabeth. God Save the Queen!
- Orange is The New Black (Netflix- 5 Seasons)
Piper Chapman is about to go to prison for 15 months for a crime she committed 10 years ago. That is how Orange is the New Black opens and Piper’s journey from ordinary New Yorker to inmate is a journey worth watching. Along the way you meet a cast of female characters that shows you the complex and often unfair circumstances that lead these young women behind bars. What may have started as a comedy turns into a drama that leave you thinking about the American justice system as a whole. This show makes you laugh, cry, and shout out in anger. With a brilliant cast of actors, there is something for everyone.
- Stranger Things (Netflix- 1 Season)
Stranger Things is weird in the most beautiful way possible. This sci-fi follows three young boys and a very determined mother as they search for their friend and son, who has disappeared under very strange circumstances. Along the way they meet Eleven, a young and confused girl who may just hold the answers and power to solve this disappearance. The first season of the show left me sitting on the edge of my seat, wanting and needing to know just what was going happen. The second season doesn’t start until Halloween and I can’t possibly wait that long.
- Game of Thrones (HBO- 6 Seasons)
Game of Thrones is the best show on television and you have one month to find out why. The 7th season starts on July 16 but trust me when I say once you’re hooked you are hooked. Based on George R.R. Martin’s best selling book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones takes you to the fictional world of Westeros. Once there we watch in suspense as the great families of the Seven Kingdoms battle it out for power and the Iron Throne. But they are not just at war among themselves, “for the night is dark and full of terrors”, and there are forces across the Narrow Sea and beyond the wall that promise to put up the ultimate fight. This show will grab you emotionally and you will get invested personally in the stories of the best characters (The Starks) and hate with all your might the worst (Joffrey & Ramsey). It is not to be missed and the 7th season will be incredible, so get watching.