Monday, 8 June 2015

Summer Is Here, Let the Bingeing Begin!


There was a time when the arrival of summer meant trips to the beach, barbecues with friends, and infinite trips to the tanning salon in order to maintain that sweet, sun-kissed look. But, thanks to services like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime, summertime has officially turned into lazy days on the couch, in the air conditioning, binge watching the latest craze that hit television during the fall and spring. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my summer; in fact, I’ve already added shows to my queue! So grab your remote, connect, and start adding MY top 5 shows to binge-watch THIS summer.
  • Orange is the New Black 
    • Available On: Netflix
    • Current Number of Seasons: 3 
    • Availability: Seasons 1 and 2 are available now; Season 3 premiere June 12th
If you haven’t checked out Jenji Kohan’s (Creator of Weeds) latest hit you totally should.  Orange is the New Black tells the story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime in which she transported money for her drug-dealing girlfriend. Maybe the thought of watching someone's prison experience doesn’t seem appealing at first, but when you have a cast of characters like Orange is the New Black, it is immediately interesting, kind of cool, and incredibly funny. Check out the trailer: 
  • Halt and Catch Fire 
    • Available On: Netflix
    • Current Number of Seasons: 1
    • Availability: Available now
When I first saw the preview for Halt and Catch Fire during an episode of Mad Men, I immediately gasped to myself: “This is a show I must watch!". There is nothing I love more (outside of film) than technology. I even have a Steve Jobs tattoo (totally true, check out the photo). Halt and Catch Fire takes a small group of people who are all profoundly driven, obsessed, and passionate about the future of computers, and sets them about the task of creating a machine from scratch - a goal which, in the early 80's, seemed impossible considering the market control of corporate giants like IBM. Check out the trailer:
  • Tyrant 
    • Available On: Hulu 
    • Current Number of Seasons: 1
    • Availability: Available now 
Tyrant was recommended to me by a good friend and fellow TV enthusiast as a must-see. So, when I saw that the first season was available on Hulu, I immediately started watching. Set in the Middle East, we follow the story of Dr. Barry Al-Fayeed who fled his country to pursue a new life and career in America.  After 20 years, Barry decides to take his family to visit his home country to attend his nephews wedding. Unbeknownst to his family, he is actually the son of the country’s dictator. When he arrives, drama immediately ensues. A mix of Sopranos with a touch of The Godfather, this is show will keep you hooked until the last episode. Check out the trailer:
  • Black-ish 
    • Available On: Hulu
    • Current Number of Seasons: 1
    • Availability: Available now 
This show pretty much illustrates my life. It follows the life of an African American man living in an upper-middle class neighborhood as he struggles to raise his children; he does this all while ensuring they have a sense of cultural identity. Complicating his efforts, he battles contradictions from his liberal wife, old-school father, and even his own color-blind kids. If you liked the Cosbys, you'd definitely like this. And if you've never heard of the Cosbys, you should check that out, too. Check out the trailer: 
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    • Available On: Netflix
    • Current Number of Seasons: 1
    • Availability: Available now 
After spending 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York City, where she experiences each day with wide-eyed enthusiasm.  Just imagine a 13-year-old child exploring New York. I laughed from the first episode all the way to the last.  Her series of unfortunate events is just as funny as it is unfortunate. Check out the trailer: 

Do you watch any of these shows? Which are your favorite? Do you think I've left any amazing shows off the list? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @Swagger_Media!



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