Weekend Binge Guide: May 2017

Have the weekend free? Going out is overrated! Binge-­watch one of these shows instead:

 

If you want to laugh:

 

Schitt's Creek

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Despite its superlative cast — led by former SCTV members and all-around comedy greats Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara — Schitt's Creek has made little noise, especially in the U.S., where it airs on the upstart Pop TV. But the first two seasons are available on Netflix and you must give this quirky comedy a try. Levy's real-life children also star (Dan is particularly great as the bisexual son with sass to spare), along with Chris Elliott in a role that fits him like a mullet wig. The gist: a video store magnate and his ex-soap star wife find themselves broke and forced to move their entire family to a tiny town the couple bought as a joke: Schitt's Creek. The locals seem uncultured, the motel they have to live in is a dump, and life is a total Schitt show. But wouldn't you know it, the family winds up kinda liking their new home.

 

If you want to cry:

 

13 Reasons Why

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Honestly, this isn't a series I would binge. It's a two-at-a-time situation. But it's one to watch. Now. Based on the best-selling YA novel by Jay Asher, this mystery drama follows Clay after he receives a box of cassette tapes recorded by a classmate who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On the tapes, Hannah explains the reasons why she slit her wrists, identifying the people who contributed to her decision. Yes, it's grim and uncomfortable, but not totally without hope. And the young cast is stellar. Relative newcomer Katherine Langford is a phenomenal talent, portraying Hannah’s dark and light moments with aplomb. And Dylan Minnette is heart-breaking as the hurt and confused Clay, who's struggling to figure out who's to blame. No matter your age, you'll be touched by this story.

 

If you want to scream:

 

Dimension 404

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For noobs, 404 is the internet error code for a webpage that doesn't exist. You know, like whitehouse.gov/goodideas. Dimension 404 is a modern riff on The Twilight Zone (and a lighter version of Black Mirror), evoking the experience of discovering some strange, hidden corner of the web. This sci-fi anthology is more fun-scary than scream-scary, tbh. But the episodes vary quite a bit tonally, from over-the-top horror-comedy to truly creepy. In the first, iZombie star Robert Buckley plays a blogger whose search for the girl of his dreams leads him to Lea Michele. But he soon realizes the matchmaking app he used is even more terrible than Tinder. Another episode (starring a perfectly cast Patton Oswalt) features a brain-sucking monster that attacks unsuspecting theatergoers via a new 3D format.

 

If you want to think:

 

Planet Earth II

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Ten years ago, Planet Earth blew our minds with its groundbreaking depiction of nature's ugly and beautiful moments. Well, technology has advanced quite a bit in the past decade and Planet Earth II is an even more vivid and stunning exploration of the drama of the natural world. Filmed in 40 countries over three years, the series' six episodes are enjoyable on any device, but made for a fancy TV screen with a pricey sound system. The first episode, "Islands," begins off the coast of Panama as cameras follow one of the planet's few pygmy sloths hunting for a mate… very slowly. In "Jungles," we see nighttime footage of glow-in-the-dark creatures never filmed before. In another first, "Deserts" shows a tiny bat battling one of the world’s deadliest scorpions. All of this, of course, is narrated by the golden-voiced David Attenborough.

 

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May 1, 2017 1:36PM EDT

Schitt's Creek is seriously hysterical, just my brand of humor!

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May 12, 2017 9:59PM EDT

LAUGH, by all means, Schitt's Creek is hysterically funny. Great performances and superb writing. You'll love it.

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May 12, 2017 10:00PM EDT

13 Reason why children kill themselves is a pass.

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May 22, 2017 6:30PM EDT

Yes! Schitt's Creek deserves so much more recognition it's amazing!!

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