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12 Shows Perfect for Binge-Watching Now

Looking for intelligent viewing? All of these series offer ‘TV for Grownups’

  • Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Graham McTavish, Outlander, Binge Worthy TV
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    • Watch: 8 episodes (2014) on Starz, Amazon Instant Video
    • Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Graham McTavish
    • Come for: Panoramic Scottish Highlands, men in kilts
    • Stay for: Our time-traveling heroine has two lovers: one in 1945, a second in 1743.
    • Don’t miss: Witches dancing at dawn inside a charmed circle of stones -- mystical!
    • Binge-breaker: The overwritten Outlander novels yield overlong episodes.

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  • Titus B. Welliver, Bosch, Jamie Hector, Binge Worthy TV
    Courtesy Amazon Studios


    • Watch: 10 episodes (2014-2015) on Amazon Prime
    • Stars: Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Jason Gedrick, Veronica Cartwright, Amy Aquino
    • Come for: Gritty and romantic shots of L.A., tense precinct dynamics
    • Stay for: Longtime character actor Welliver, 53, breaks out as Detective Harry Bosch.
    • Don’t miss: Harry explaining jazz to his teen daughter, Maddie, in episode 10: "I'll get you some vinyl and a turntable — best way to listen!"
    • Binge-breaker: Your adrenal glands may tolerate only one or two episodes at a time.

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  • Dominic West, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, The Hour, Binge Worthy TV
    Courtesy BBC America

    'The Hour'

    • Watch: 12 episodes (2011-2012) on iTunes, Amazon or
    • Stars: Dominic West, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw
    • Come for: Heady, sexy drama about the birth of TV news in 1950s Britain
    • Stay for: Period-faithful set design, Broadcast News-style tension
    • Don’t miss: Surprising subplot entwining Anna Chancellor and Peter Capaldi (Dr. Who)
    • Binge-breaker: You may smash your TV in anger because this U.K. answer to Mad Men only aired for two seasons.

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  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers, The Tudors, Binge Worthy TV
    Courtesy of Showtime

    'The Tudors'

    • Watch: 38 episodes (2007-2010) on Showtime
    • Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Natalie Dormer, Peter O’Toole, Sam Neill, Henry Cavill
    • Come for: Jousting, pageantry, rutting and scheming in the court of Henry VIII
    • Stay for: The ripping of bodices, the chewing of scenery
    • Don’t miss: Sam Neill’s nuanced performance as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
    • Binge-breaker: Rhys Meyers can’t decide whether to channel Sir Laurence Olivier or Tony Soprano.

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  • Niecy Nash, Mel Rodriguez, Alex Borstein, Laurie Metcalf, Getting On, HBO, Binge Worthy TV
    Courtesy HBO

    'Getting On' (American version)

    • Watch: 18 episodes (2013-2015) on HBO, Amazon Instant Video
    • Stars: Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash, Mel Rodriguez
    • Come for: Absurdly real but funny look at life in a hospital’s extended-care unit
    • Stay for: The magnificent cast; haven’t we met them all somewhere?
    • Don’t miss: Metcalf as puffed-up Dr. Jenna James: “My job is infinitely more important than yours.”
    • Binge-breaker: Caregivers, binge in small doses only!

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