Thursday, March 5, 2015

TV Shows Worthy of a Marathon



I am the queen of marathoning TV shows. The amount of times that Netflix has asked me if I'm still there while watching a show is downright embarrassing, but when I find a show that I like I love to just keep it on in the background while I do other things around the house. There have been many, many shows that I've enjoyed viewing this way, but I thought I'd share a few of my most recommended.

Jane the Virgin
I remember seeing the promos for this and thinking this show looked ridiculous. The basic premiss is that a hardworking, early 20's girl named Jane is a virgin that is artificially inseminated. So, yeah, basically the most ridiculous story I've ever heard. And yet, one day, I decided to give it a try...and the rest is history. It's charming, well-acted, adorable and so genuine, even with the most ridiculous of storylines. It's a very self-aware show that plays up its telenovela storyline in the most addicting possible way, and I'm not ashamed to say that I love it.

Breaking Bad
I think this is a show that most everyone in the world has seen at this point but I couldn't complete this list without it. This is perhaps the most marathon-worthy show on the list...once you start it, you will need to finish it. While I found the first season to be kind of slow (probably an unpopular opinion) I was completely hooked by the time I started the second season. Rarely has a show made me scream at the TV so often, and I think that can be credited to the insanely great acting and storylines that this show constantly provided. If you haven't seen it yet, stop reading now and start it on Netflix, I insist. Just be prepared to not do anything else for the next 24 hours or so...

Parks and Recreation
While this comedy isn't full of the kind of cliffhangers and crazy plots that make up the majority of this list, I would be remiss to not add this gem to my list because it is quite possibly my favorite television show of all time. Starring the best cast on television, this show is so full of heart that it's actually contagious. I started watching this my senior year of high school and it has been with me throughout college and into young adulthood - and I still love it just as much (if not more). While the first season is, honestly, kind of crummy, the second season and beyond contains some of the funniest, most adorable episodes of television you'll ever see. After seven seasons the show actually just ended last week and I would be lying if I said I didn't cry a little bit. This is a show that can instantly put me in a happy mood and I have probably watched every episode multiple times at this point.

On a more random note, I've had a crush on Chris Pratt since he was the goofy guy who broke both legs in a pit, and now he's one of the biggest action stars in the world. But I think I'll always remember him as the adorable-y stupid Andy Dwyer and that's a testament to how great the characters and writing on this show is.

Broadchurch
Going back to the dark, twisty and addicting shows, this is a British show I found on Netflix that immediately pulled me in with a murder mystery storyline. It's simultaneously heartbreaking, horrifying and addicting all rolled into one and, I'm not proud of this, but I finished the entire first season in one day. It was eight episodes, please don't judge me too much. But seriously, after the first episode you can't not watch to try and figure out the mystery of young Danny's murder. The first season is incredible and one that I've recommended to just about everyone.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
I'm trying to put a buffer in between each dark recommendation by adding a comedy into the mix, but this particular show is about as dark of a comedy as you can get. Quite basically, it's a show about a bunch of assholes. Seriously though, the five main characters are some of the most narcissistic jerks to ever grace your television screen, and yet it makes for one of the funniest shows in recent history. There's really not much of a plot line to this one, but I always find myself unable to just watch one episode once I click play.
 
How to Get Away With Murder
This has been my most recent marathon-ed show, but boy is it good. I remember watching the first episode when it premiered this past year and thinking it was a great show, but then I missed a few weeks, fell behind and kind of forgot about it. After a co-worker recommended it to me recently I decided to check it out on Hulu and, next thing I knew, I had wasted a day and was done with season one. There is a lot going on in this show, but the main storyline involves the murder of a college aged girl that ends up linking together a bunch of law school students and their teacher. While sometimes I felt that there was actually too much going on in the show with far too many intersecting storylines, overall it made for a fast-paced show and each episode just flew by. It kind of makes me want to rewatch the show just to see things that I might have missed - it was that good. I kind of can't believe I have to wait 'til next Fall to see the second season!

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