TV Shows To Binge Watch

Looking for a new TV show to get into? Well, in no particular order, here’s some of my favorite shows to binge watch.

Orange Is The New Black

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Who hasn’t heard of this show? It’s about a woman named Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling) who is serving a year in a women’s prison for a crime she committed 10 years previously. The show is raunchy – don’t let the kids anywhere near it – but it is also touching and heartbreaking. The actresses are amazing. Once you start watching you won’t want to stop. There are currently two seasons available on Netflix. The third will premiere in 2015.

Top Of The Lake

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This is actually a miniseries. It stars Elizabeth Moss as a detective in New Zealand who takes on the case of a 12 year old pregnant girl named Tui who has tried to kill herself. She finds herself embroiled in the secrets of her small hometown as the investigation proceeds.

The show is written and directed by Jane Campion – she of The Piano fame – and Holly Hunter has role here, too. While I found Holly Hunter’s part to be largely incidental to the plot, over all the show is compelling. It’s available on Netflix.

As a side note, Elizabeth Moss could be Gillian Anderson’s sister. Get on that, Hollywood.

Covert Affairs

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Piper Perabo plays Annie Walker, a newly minted covert CIA agent. She’s gifted with languages and thinks on her feet. The show is currently in its fifth season and it keeps getting better and better. My only problems with the show are that Annie wears THE MOST impractical shoes for spy work and insists on wearing RED when she’s tailing someone. YEESH, Annie. Otherwise it’s well plotted and there’s lots of eye candy. It’s available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Doctor Who

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My husband makes fun of me for watching this show because I despise time travel episodes of Star Trek and yet this show is nothing but time travel. Basic premise: The Doctor is the last of the Time Lords traveling the universe in his TARDIS. That stands for “Time And Relative Dimension In Space.” It looks like a police call box and it’s bigger on the inside.

He travels with a companion – a human woman who shares his adventures and often acts as a grounding influence. His companion changes several times over the course of the show. Also, The Doctor can regenerate and when he does he looks different. Hence the constantly changing actors.

I started with The Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, and have watched everything since. Nine is my favorite; Ten a close second. I never really warmed to Eleven. I’m liking Twelve a lot. The show is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Outlander

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This show is based on a series of books by Diana Gabaldon and the show takes its name from the title of the first book. The story follows Claire Randall, an English combat nurse from 1945, who travels backward in time via the stones at an ancient stone circle in Scotland. She lands in 1743.

Her time in the past leads her to marry a young Scottish laird named Jamie and then to fall deeply in love with him – despite being married in 1945. The books follow their story both in the past and the present.

I admit, I didn’t want to like this show. There are currently 8 very long books published which I quit reading somewhere around book 6 because they were getting ridiculous. I was unconvinced that making this show was a good idea. Also, I was unconvinced by some of the casting based on what I knew to be in the books. However, the first book is the best and so far they are holding closely to the plot of the book. The actress who plays Claire and the actor who plays Jamie have great chemistry. The costumes and sets are amazing and it’s just a very well done and captivating show. It airs on Starz.

The Legend of Korra

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This is a sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender. If you’ve never seen Avatar you should go forth and binge on that, too.

The Legend of Korra is set some 70 years after the events of Avatar and follows the new Avatar, Korra. There are four seasons of this show and each one has a plot arc that stretches the length of the season. It is easily some of the most engaging and best plotted TV around and it’s a show the whole family will enjoy. Don’t be put off by the fact that it is animated – it’s worth your time.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is available on Amazon Prime. Season 1 of Korra is also available via Amazon Prime; seasons 2-4 are available to purchase for streaming. Season 4 is also available for free on the Nickelodeon website.

Beware the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender movie directed by M. Night Shlamalamadingdong. It’s terrible. REALLY, REALLY AWFUL. You don’t want to watch it. Stick to the animated series.

Veronica Mars

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If you missed this show when it was on TV (like I did), don’t miss it now. Kristen Bell plays Veronica Mars – the daughter of the (former) town sheriff turned private investigator. In her spare time, she works cases with her Dad. Oh, and did I mention her best friend was murdered and she’s determined to catch the killer?

The show has a bit of a Buffy, The Vampire Slayer feel to it while being a totally different show from Buffy. It lasted 3 seasons and ended before anyone was really ready to see it go. So, they made a movie (“Veronica Mars”). There’s also been one novella published, written by show writer/director Rob Thomas, with a second due out next year.

The show, the movie, the book – they are ALL good. The show is available on Amazon Prime. The movie is available to purchase for streaming. You can get the book in various formats via Amazon.

What shows do you like to binge watch? Got any good suggestions for me?

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Yesterday

  • My children learned that our bedroom door locks. 😉
  • Paid bills. I hate paying bills. I had stress dreams about money last night because of it.
  • Had the weekly Sunday morning phone chat with my parents.
  • Liam had a friend over so all three kids (Liam, his friend, and Jamie) played together for several hours while I avoided doing anything of use.
  • Scot started to get a migraine so I took the two older boys over to Liam’s friend’s house and dropped them off. Jamie was devastated.
  • Picked Liam up, fed the kids dinner, ate my dinner.
  • Watched “Girl, Interrupted” because why not watch a movie about mental illness with the word “fuck” in it a million times while my children are running around?
  • Got the kids to bed. Hung out in the quiet. Went to bed.

Today

  • Woke up at 4 am to the sound of my husband losing the contents of his stomach. Oh no.
  • Alarm went off at 7 am. Got up to start the morning school routine. Made sure to pack up Liam appropriately as he is going to the Penguins practice today with half his school.
  • After I got the kids to school, I sat and finished my coffee then decided to blog. Hi!
  • Chores. Always with the chores.
  • TKD for Liam tonight. He has black belt test on Saturday – testing for 2nd Dan – so he’s honing his skills for that. I may have to get back up or take Jamie with me if Scot is still feeling pukey.

Tomorrow

  • Jamie has a trip to the pumpkin patch with his kindergarten class. I am not attending. For this, I am grateful – I did this field trip when he was in preschool and it was cold and rather boring.
  • I will inevitably have more chores to do.
  • The weekly grocery shop.
  • I’m sure there are other things but I have no idea what they are. I suppose they’ll present themselves as necessary.

On Thirteen Years Of Marriage

Today Scot and I celebrate our thirteenth wedding anniversary.

The weather today is much like it was thirteen years ago – sunny, cool, and breezy. We are so much different than we were on that day. We are so much the same, too.

People say that marriage is hard work – and it IS hard – but in the same breath it’s often shocking to me that it’s been thirteen years – fifteen if you count dating. The time seems to have gone so quickly and when I look back it seems so easy that we’ve gotten this far. I don’t take it for granted; I know that we’ve had rough spots and disagreements and flat out screaming matches. But no matter what we’ve gone through, no matter what avalanche of calamity has hit us, I’ve never wanted out. I’ve never wanted to be anywhere else than where I am and I’ve never wanted to be facing that avalanche with anyone but Scot.

We are each other’s complement. Where I am impatient; he is patient. Where I am overemotional and temperamental; he is calm. Where he is impractical; I am practical. Where I am weak; he is strong. Where he is weak; I am strong. Sometimes the roles are always the same and sometimes the same situations have us in different roles. We are not perfect people but we ARE perfect for each other.

Loving Scot, marrying him, raising a family with him – these are the very best things I have done in my life. I think they will always be the very best things I do with my life. I love him more than I can find the words to express.

Happy Anniversary, Scot. I am a better person because I am married to you. Thank you for loving me in all my imperfection.

Finally! A decent picture of Scot and me!