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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.
Courtesy Amazon Studios
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- 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.
Courtesy BBC America
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- Watch: 12 episodes (2011-2012) on iTunes, Amazon or BBCAmerica.com
- 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.
Courtesy of Showtime
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- 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.
'Getting On' (American version)
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- 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!