Without sports, you’ve probably found some extra time in your life, be it for hobbies like cooking and reading, or perhaps watching non-sports TV shows. Given the insane number of streaming services available to us today, you’ve probably spent a decent amount of time with TV shows...
While we once used this space for comic book recommendations, we decided to try out some other interests instead for a bit. You all liked last week’s book picks. So this time around, we tell you what we’re binge-watching. If you’re binge-watching something as well (you are), share those selections below.
Kevin: “Parks and Recreation” or “Phineas and Ferb”
To start, we all need something light and fun, so let’s go with “Parks and Recreation”; a series that has well-developed characters and an outstanding cast. It doesn’t hurt that it makes fun of government and includes plenty of (SU law alum) Joe Biden praise. My second one is for those with kids and it’s “Phineas and Ferb.” A children’s show with some decent music and the vastly underrated Heinz Doofenschmirtz who probably graduated from the Georgetown School of Villainy. It sure beats most of the other shows your kids would want to watch and you’ll probably find yourself singing along to the theme song before too long.
James: “Money Heist”
I know I’m late to the party here, but recently I’ve been tuned into the Spanish hit drama Money Heist. I hadn’t heard of it until Jim Boeheim mentioned it to John when we hosted him a few months back, so I’m basically taking show recommendations from Jimmy B.
Anyway, for the uninitiated, the storyline is compelling as a group of eccentrics set out to break into the Royal Mint of Spain, print large sums of money and escape without being caught. The plan is carefully and meticulously thought out by a cunning man known as “The Professor” which actually has nothing to do with the And-1 Mixtape series. Crazy, right?
If you can overlook the voiceovers that don’t match subtitles, a sometimes predictable storyline (“it’s obvious nobody is going to die here.”) and an unrealistically careless detective, it’s worth the investment of time. The characters in the show make it worthwhile and there’s enough twists and turns in the drama that keep the viewer engaged throughout.
In case you missed the offbeat comedy from Dan Harmon (“Rick and Morty”) and the Russo Brothers (various MCU films) back when it was on broadcast TV, it joined Netflix back in April. The ensemble cast nails weird pop culture humor in a way that’s not necessarily for everyone, buut since you’re all internet people to some extent, it should work for you. You’ll also quickly fall into the imaginary world that Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) inhabit, and be better off for it.
Steve: “The Wire”
Not your average police procedural, HBO’s “The Wire” is one of my favorite shows ever created. Now that the entirety of it is streaming on HBO, I finally convinced my wife to watch it and it holds up. It’s not a stress free watch and the content is deep, also don’t have the kiddos around if this one is on.
The show focuses on the Baltimore, MD narcotics scene in the early 2000’s. You see the story from the police, the dealers and others in between. It also feature very young versions of Idris Elba and Michael B. Jordan, among others. The story isn’t about solving a case, it’s about the people and their interactions which helps make it onto my all-time list.
We’re sure you all have been binge watching something. Let us know what, below.