We don’t watch TV like we used to, that’s for sure. Between stream-when-you-want-it services like Hulu and Netflix and the DVR technology available through cable or Satellite providers, viewers are going on viewing binges, watching whole seasons of their favorite shows over the course of one weekend. Here are our picks for four shows you should binge on:
‘Arrested Development’ Season Four
It’s back. Just when you thought it was over for the Bluth family, Netflix saves the day. After spending six years in the slush pile, Netflix revived this comedy series much to the delight of fans. “Arrested Development” centers around the extravagant lifestyles of the Bluth family and their quirky, if not dysfunctional, relationships. It is a story of manipulation, deceit, materialism and parental malfunction.
The nice thing about this show is the simultaneous release of 15 episodes. What this means is comedy junkies all over the world can park in front of their favorite screen and binge to their hearts desire.
‘Girl Meets World’
The Disney Channel is doing some CPR too. “Boy Meets World” (1993-2000) is now “Girl Meets World,” as Cory and Topanga Matthews have a child of their own to handle. When we last saw this newlywed couple, they had moved to New York City to begin their life together. Now, 13 years later, Riley Matthews is entering the seventh grade and facing challenges her parents couldn’t imagine.
This show does more than make us laugh; it also tickles that sense of nostalgia in us all. If you came of age with Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter, this show is a must-see. It will be fun to see if any of the old gang makes an appearance on this one.
This show carries the same flavor found in the raunchy camp films from the 80s (think “Meatballs”). It looks closely at the lives of those spending their summer at the Little Otter Family Camp with a style the New York Times calls a National Lampoon-style spoof. Not exactly kid appropriate, it’s fun for grown-ups looking to fill a comedy void.
The jury is still out on this comedy series. The show is a summer replacement on NBC and so far looks promising.
‘Whose Line is It Anyway?’
If you grow tired of following storylines waiting for a cheap thrill, “Whose Line is It Anyway?” will take you in a different comedy direction. This long-running improv show is back on CW with Aisha Tyler at the helm. Manning the skits are key players from the original U.K. series: Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. If you are looking for a little spontaneity, “Whose Line is It Anyway?” never disappoints.
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Jergen is a European transplant who loves to write about entertainment and theatre.