Thanks to the wonders of technology, we no longer have to wait months to catch up on our favorite shows. Now, with streaming platforms, we have the ability to catch up on entire seasons in a day. So while awaiting the return of Game of Thrones, Pursuit of Passion’s got five recommendations for shows that you can binge on this weekend, right in the comfort of your own home.
#5 – THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE
PLATFORM: AMAZON PRIME
Built around the terrifying premise of a fascist-led America in a world where the Nazis won World War II, The Man in the High Castle tells the story of a band of rebels inspired by a window to another reality to fight for something they have never known: freedom. Adapted from the classic Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, The Man in the High Castle is available from Amazon’s Prime Video platform, and a sign of great things to come from a provider best known for selling books.
#4 – SHERLOCK
The show that made Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange) a household name is a prime argument for the notion that remakes need not be terrible. Starring alongside Martin Freeman’s (The Hobbit) Watson, Cumberbatch is superb as the 21st century reinvention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s immortal super sleuth. Currently at four seasons with three feature-length episodes apiece, you’ll see why fans and critics alike are in agreement: Sherlock is more than worthy of its impressive pedigree. Check it out on iFlix.
#3 – SANTA CLARITA DIET
Drew Barrymore is the latest Hollywood talent to make the leap from cinemas to television with Santa Clarita Diet, a surprisingly hilarious take on the legend of the flesh-eating undead. Barrymore plays against type as a suburban dweller forced to hide her terible secret of being a zombie with the help of her supportive husband (Justified’s Timothy Olyphant). You can catch the first season now on Netflix.
#2 – BLACK MIRROR
Think of it as a technology-based spin on the The Twilight Zone, and you’ll have some idea about Black Mirror. Originating from the UK, Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our most primal fears by contrasting with society’s obsession with society. Thanks to strong word of mouth, Netflix took over producing duties for the third season, injecting a healthy dose of Hollywood star power, with the likes of Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Bryce Dallas Howard each playing memorable roles in a series that shows no end in sight.
#1 – WESTWORLD
PLATFORM: HBO GO
High on praise from critics and audiences, this reimagining of the classic 1973 Yul Brenner film follows the original’s premise (devised by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton) of robots gone awry in a high tech theme park for the rich. With 10 episodes to play around with in the just-completed first season, the series delves deep into questions on existence and the ethics of playing God. Bolstered by producers JJ Abrams and an all-star cast featuring James Marsden and Sir Anthony Hopkins, Westworld is a mindbending trip from HBO.