As summer is winding down, the heat doesn’t seem to be. And after you’ve partaken of the air-conditioned offerings in theaters, sometimes you just want to be in the comfort of your own home to unwind. It’s far less of a production: There’s no driving, you can eat what you want, and you don’t even have to wear shoes. This is sounding more appealing by the minute.
Cue the binge. Watching single episodes of television still has its place, but there’s a beauty to the narrative arc that one gets from binges. Like those paper towel rolls peppered with perforation, with binges you can choose what size you want. They can be done in easy chunks of a few episodes or full-day affairs that power you through days or weekends.
It’s also the perfect time to get in some last-minute binges before the traditional fall TV season fires up. With upwards of 500-plus scripted series, there’s bound to be something you haven’t seen.
Where to Watch: Hulu
What It Is: Glenn Howerton is jaded ex-Harvard philosophy professor Jack Griffin who is slumming it as a high school A.P. Bio instructor. And by all metrics, even his own, he is a bad teacher. That’s because he doesn’t care about his brainy students or anything else in life except to get revenge on his nemesis.
What Makes This a Good Binge: Wickedly and unapologetically funny, this is one of NBC’s many excellent new comedies. With only 13 episodes in its first season, it’s a super easy-breezy binge that you can catch up on in plenty of time before Season 2 returns in the fall.
Where to Watch: HBO, HBO GO, HBO Now
What It Is: The Rock does what The Rock does, but this time as a retired NFL player who is now the financial manager of other NFL players. We’re not saying he’s the most electrifying financial manager on TV, but he’s The Rock, so you do the math. Rob Corddry also stars.
What Makes This a Good Binge: Each season comes in 10 easily digestible 30-minute episodes and is reminiscent of “Entourage” in tone and high-flying social interactions.
Where to Watch: Hulu
What It Is: Single mom and therapist Valerie (Michaela Watkins) lives with her teenage daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr) and brother Alex (Tommy Dewey) in this sex-positive comedy about finding intimacy and connection in this crazy world.
What Makes This a Good Binge: The show just ended its stellar four-season run, and to be honest, we miss it already.
Where to Watch: Amazon
What It Is: If you’re going through “Killing Eve” withdrawal, Phoebe Waller-Bridge masterminded another comedy that is as brash, sexy, and funny as you’d expect. More domestic in scope but more devastating, “Fleabag” is about the eponymous, irrepressible single London woman (Waller-Bridge) whose libido knows no bounds and whose monologues break the fourth wall. The stealthy takes the viewer unawares into realms of hilarity and heartbreak.
What Makes This a Good Binge: You know how British series are super short? This takes you on quite the ride in only six episodes, and it worth the price of the subscription.
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