"Luke Cage" (Season 1 on Netflix)
continues the role he originated on "Jessica Jones" as Harlem's hero, who was blessed with superhuman strength and impenetrable skin after a prison experiment went awry. In the series, he must stop running from his past and face those who want to shake Harlem to it's very core.
"You're the Worst" (Seasons 1-2 on Hulu, Season 3 now airing on FXX)
Stephen Falk's romantic comedy is currently airing its third season on FXX, and recently earned heaps of praise for an episode tackling PTSD among veterans. It's far, far from the worst show you could binge.
"Fleabag" (Season 1 on Amazon Prime)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge's new biting, bitter and fourth-wall-breaking Amazon series is unlike any other comedy on television. The fiercely funny series stars Waller-Bridge as a modern woman living in London as she deals with the loss of her best friend, a breakup, and financial troubles.
"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (Season 1 on Netflix)
Creator and star Rachel Bloom may have missed out on her Emmy nomination for her work on CW's under-appreciated musical comedy, but she did walk away with a well-deserved Golden Globe. Season 2 premieres on October 21, leaving plenty of time to catch up on the thoughtful, hilarious and at times devastating first season.
"Easy" (Season 1 on Netflix)
Eight loosely connected half-hour episodes set in Chicago bluntly -- sometimes painfully -- chronicle love, sex and interpersonal relationships with an authenticity and arousal lacking in most modern entertainment. Stars including Orlando Bloom
, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
, Dave Franco
, Malin Akerman
, Marc Maron
, Hannibal Buress
and Kiersey Clemons
bicker, bone and brew their way through role-plays and three-ways that are almost voyeuristic in their relatability.
"The Legend of Korra" (Seasons 1-3* on Amazon Prime)
Nickelodeon's slightly more adult sequel series to "Avatar: The Last Airbender" is less beloved, but just as deserving of fans' devotion. Featuring a slightly older, teenage protagonist, "Korra" incorporates darker themes and more challenging subject matter into an already successful and wildly enjoyable franchise.
*Season 4 is also available on Amazon, but not included with Prime subscription
"Halt and Catch Fire" (Seasons 1-2 on Netflix, Season 3 now airing on AMC)
The drama about the early days of personal computing rebooted in Season 3 with a move to San Francisco that has everyone feeling compromised. But you can watch Netflix to catch up on the dizzying days when Joe (Lee Pace
), Cameron (Mackenzie Davis
), Donna (Kerry Bishe
), and Gordon (Scoot McNairy
) fought out their visions on Texas' Silicon Prairie.
"The Americans" (Season 1-3 on Amazon Prime)
FX's Cold War series finally cracked the Emmy nominations for its critically acclaimed fourth season, and with the show set to end after Season 6, now is the time to catch up on this outstanding drama, starring Keri Russell
and Matthew Rhys
"Daredevil" (Seasons 1-2 on Netflix)
This is the Marvel series that started it all. Charlie Cox
stars at the titular hero, who may be blind but also possesses superhuman abilities with all of his other senses. Season 1 featured a dazzling turn by Vincent D'Onofrio
as archvillain Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin, while Season 2 featured Jon Bernthal
as The Punisher.
"Pretty Little Liars" (Seasons 1-6 on Netflix)
I. Marlene King's teenage murder mystery propelled Freeform to new heights when it premiered in 2010 and has been a TV institution ever since. If not consistently excellent, "Pretty Little Liars" is reliably fun and one of the most nuanced and considerate portrayals of teen girls on TV. When the show returns for a final set of 10 episodes in April, it'll be the end of an era.
"Penny Dreadful" (Seasons 1-3 on Netflix)
recently topped the box office in Tim Burton
's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," but Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" brought her the role she was born to play. Green's performance as the steely-eyed medium Vanessa Ives was the best part of the constantly underrated, but reliably excellent gothic horror series.