Apparently, many parents stay up late. And like to binge on shows. So I’m bringing you 5 more binge-worthy shows for parents who stay up late. Plus, some must-watch oldies but goodies that you should start watching as soon as possible. So, put the kids to bed and get your jammies on. The binge watching starts now:
It’s in its second season, and it does not disappoint. At first glance, Billions seems like a business-bro series, but it really does have something for everyone. Bobby Axelrod (played by Damian Lewis, the guy from Homeland) is a rags to riches story and now owns a multi-billion dollar hedge fund. His goal in life is to make as much money as possible, at any cost. Meanwhile, Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), is a U.S. Attorney and wants nothing more than to prosecute Axelrod for his shady business dealings. Rhodes’ wife works for Axelrod, which can get…awkward. The character intricacies are great, plus Asia Kate Dillion from Orange is the New Black steals the show partway through season one. Great for: couples, guys and gals, stock market lovers, law show fanatics
Lost in Space, Netflix
Lost in Space was originally a show in the 60s! They keep much of the story line in the redo, which is all about a family that—wait for it— is lost in space. See, Earth isn’t the best place to live anymore, and the family gets an opportunity to go with a bunch of other lucky families to colonize another habitable planet. But things don’t go as planned, and let’s just say, there are robots and stowaways and crazy space stuff. The graphics are impressive and the acting has a hint of 80s silliness. Oh, and Parker Posey plays the “bad guy.” Great for: guys and gals, space adventurers, adventure seekers
The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
Okay, this one comes with a huge warning sign: This show is dark. Dark, dark. Especially the second season. Set in a dystopian future, The Handmaid’s Tale is about a group of people who overthrow the government and force the only women still able to have children to have babies for the elite class. The show is based on Margaret Atwood’s book from 1985. The really crazy part is that every single event has happened at some point in time, in some part of the world. And if that isn’t creepy enough, the show kind of feels like it’s set in present day. But the costume design and art direction are glorious, and the acting (yeah, Elisabeth Moss!) is just amazing. Great for: guys and gals, dystopian diehards, doomsday devotees
When I first heard about this show, I though it sounded kind of silly (and it is!), but it’s also really, really good. Set in the 80s (yay!), it’s about a struggling actress who stumbles on a casting call for a women wrestling show. What ensues is a story about love (and heartbreak), friendships (and frenemies), stardom (and lack thereof), lady power and how to pick yourself up off the wrestling mat after you’ve been knocked down. It also renewed my love for Pat Benatar, and I may or may not have listened to Invincible in the car at full volume for several days after. Great for: guys and gals, couples, children of the 80s, spandex lovers
In its second season, Westworld is as crazy as ever. It’s also a remake of a movie from the 70s, and the premise is pretty fantastic. The show is set sometime in the future, and wealthy adults can pay to go to a theme park that feels just like the wild west. The characters there look, talk and act like real people, but they’re just super real-looking robots. And the guests can do anything they want to the robots because they’re just robots, right? Well, things take an unexpected turn and get much wilder than anyone thought. Great for: guys and gals, couples, western watchers, tech tinkerers
In case you missed them:
These shows have been out for a while, but they have a special place on my must-watch list:
Outlander: I simply refused to watch this show because it sounded like a mushy drama about a time traveler. And it kind of is, but once I started, I could NOT STOP WATCHING.
Ozark: Jason Batemen is utterly himself in this bizarre show. It’s dark, but he adds just enough of his dry humor to keep it from going over the edge.
Master of None: Charming and delightful and unconventional, this is a lighthearted binge-worthy show that both my husband and I loved.