Binge Watching

Why I Should Binge-Watch The Sopranos

WHAT IS The Sopranos ABOUT? A gripping crime-drama series that centers around a troubled Italian-American mobster in New Jersey and his often-tumultuous relationships with a colorful array of family members — both personal and professional – who surround him as he struggles to balance his home life with his dealings in organized crime. Who is in it? Where is The Sopranos now? Why is it binge-worthy? Must-sees That line was so great Original TV Home: HBO Number Of Seasons: 6 (January 1999 – June 2007) Total Episodes / Time Table: 86 Episodes (43 to 75 minutes each) = approx. 86 […]

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Binge Watching

Why I Should Binge-Watch Top of the Lake

WHAT IS TOP OF THE LAKE ABOUT? Who is in it? Where is Top of the Lake now? Why is it binge-worthy? Must-sees Most shocking episodes That line was so great Elisabeth Moss (“Peggy” from Mad Men) is Detective Robin Griffin, who investigates the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl in a small New Zealand town that is the home of an organized crime ring and a cult. Original TV Home: BBC Two, SundanceTV Number Of Seasons: 1 (2013) Total Episodes/Time Table: Seven 50-minute episodes Viewing Strategy: It’s important to finish this series as fast as you can. There are […]

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Why I Should Binge-Watch The Fall

WHAT IS THE FALL ABOUT? Who is in it? Where is The Fall now? Why is it binge-worthy? Must-sees Most shocking episodes Bottom Line Based in Northern Ireland, The Fall is a steamy psychological crime drama that chronicles a serial killer’s double life and a police detective’s pursuit to bring him to justice. Original TV Home: BBC Two Number Of Seasons: 3 (2013-2015) Total Episodes / Time Table: Season 1: five 60-minute episodes Season 2: five 60-minute episodes; season finale is 90 minutes Season 3: in production Viewing Strategy: Watch the first season in one day or over a weekend. […]

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Why I Should Binge-Watch Nip/Tuck

WHAT IS NIP/TUCK ABOUT? Who is in it? Where is Nip/Tuck now? Why is it binge-worthy? Must-sees Most shocking episodes That line was so great Nip/Tuck is a dark drama series revolving around two plastic surgeons who are best friends, partners – and polar opposites. One is a randy playboy; the other is a dedicated family man. But their life paths criss-cross in a number of different ways, a lot of them not so nice. Original TV Home: FX Number Of Seasons: 6 (2003 – 2010) Total Episodes / Time Table: 100 Episodes (40 to 68 minutes each) = approx. […]

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Streaming

What’s new on Amazon: May 2015

Over 30 new movies are new on Amazon Instant Video (AIV) and Prime Instant Video (PIV) in May 2015, along with top spring TV finales. Films like Men in Black II and The Aviator will be available for free instant streaming exclusively for Prime members, and all Amazon customers will find new titles for purchase, including Kingsman: The Secret Service and Mortdecai. (If you’ve been waiting to watch Fifty Shades of Grey, pictured, in the privacy of your home, that’s another title that will be available for purchase on AIV.) Amazon will also have a number of TV season finales available for purchase, in case you miss the endings of […]

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Comedy

Amazon greenlights full seasons of “The Man in the High Castle,” other original series

After becoming Amazon’s most-watched pilot ever back in January, the original series The Man in the High Castle has been extended to a full season, Amazon announced today. The drama is based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternate-history novel set in a world where the Axis powers of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan won World War II and have split much of the world, including the United States, between them. Amazon’s development process allows customers to provide feedback on pilots they want to see turned into series. So far, Amazon has greenlit 13 series, including Transparent, which comes back for Season […]

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Available today: Bosch, Amazon’s First Scripted Drama

Amazon’s next original series, based on author Michael Connelly’ best selling books, will debut in time for a Valentine’s Weekend binge-watch. ’Cause we all wanna watch a detective catch a serial killer on Valentine’s Day, right? Or is that just me? In Bosch, detective Harry Bosch investigates the homicide of a thirteen year-old boy while standing trial himself, accused of murdering a suspected serial killer in cold blood. The investigation into the boy’s death takes on an added urgency when a killer who has confessed to a boy’s murder escapes from police custody and begins a murderous rampage across Los […]

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Family

“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” is a Delight

Amazon Studios is doing it right. Their newest series for kids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street is available to download starting November 21, which means kids will have something fresh to watch in time for holiday traveling. Whenever I get a kid’s show to preview, I sit down to watch with my two junior reviewers — my boys ages 7 and 5. They are my willing assistants who are thrilled to watch something before it’s available to their friends. After watching a few episodes of Gortimer Gibbon together, (and relishing in their reactions which ranged from peeking out from […]

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Drama

Amazon’s Transparent is a Game Changer

Amazon Studios launches its latest better-than-TV series, the highly anticipated comedy-drama Transparent, on Friday. Transparent is about the Pfefferman family and at the heart of the family is Mort (Jeffrey Tambor), a retiring college professor, who at the age of 70 decides to stop “dressing like a man” and live as he’s always felt he should, as a woman. Now, as Maura, she faces the difficult task of revealing her transition to her children. Star Jeffrey Tambor says, “This show is a game changer,” and I couldn’t agree more. Transparent is much more heartfelt, provocative and cinematic than anything I’ve […]

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Amazon Prime’s New Kid Series, “Annedroids,” Boots Up July 25.

Amazon Original’s first forays into original programming, shows like Alpha House and Betas, have been met with critical acclaim. Earlier this summer, Amazon Studios released two preschool-targeted-animated series, Tumble Leaf and Creative Galaxy. On Friday, July 25, the streaming service is releasing latest release, the live-action adventure, Annedroids. The series comes from Emmy nominated producer JJ Johnson (Dino Dan) and is aimed at children ages four through seven. The series is about a young female genius, “Anne,” her human friends, android assistants and the amazing scientific discoveries they make while using principles of science, technology, engineering and math. My two […]