TV Shows I Binge Watched Over the Holidays

Post by Mark

I didn’t travel over the holidays, instead, I stayed in Kuwait and just binge watched a bunch of shows. Some were better than others, below is the list of what I ended up watching:

Electric Dreams
This is a sci-fi series made up of short stories written by Philip K. Dick who also wrote Blade Runner, Minority Report, Total Recall and a bunch of other popular sci-fi films. Each episode is a standalone story by itself, and each one stars a really big actor like Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Terrence Howard and others. Sadly the show was underwhelming and even boring. Out of 10 episodes, I think I just liked two. Things got so bad I didn’t even bother to finish watching the last two episodes of the season. This show is available on Amazon Video.

Altered Carbon
After a disappointing experience with Electric Dreams, I was hesitant to watch Altered Carbon especially since I had read some negative reviews about it. But, 4 episodes in I was hooked and ended up loving the show which stars Joel Kinnaman from one of my favorite shows ever, The Killing. This show is available on Netflix.

I heard about this show from the podcast Kill Tony since Tony Hinchcliff guest stars in one of the upcoming episodes. The show revolves around the struggling standup comedian Pete Holmes who finds out his wife was cheating on him. The divorce starts a series of events where he ends up meeting other comedians and crashing on their couches while touring with them. Lots of celebrity comedians make guest appearances including Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Jim Norton, Penn Jillette and more. This show is available on HBO Now.

Seven Seconds
No idea why I watched this honestly, but I ended up binge watching 10 episodes over two days and it wasn’t even that great a show. The acting was bad, the dialogue cliche and the story not that interesting. But, I was curious to see the story play out till the end and the whole thing was just a disappointing mess. The only good thing about the show is it got me hooked enough to binge watch it, but that’s the only positive thing I have to say about this. This show is available on Netflix.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
From all the shows listed here, this was probably the best one. Mrs. Maisel is a housewife in the 1950s who decides to become a stand-up comic after her husband leaves her. The show is funny, Rachel Brosnahan who plays Mrs. Maisel is incredibly good and her wardrobe on the show… I think me and my friend spent more time talking about what she was wearing than we talked about the show. Beautiful wardrobe, incredible sets and locations, definitely watch this show if you had to pick just one from this list. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is available on Amazon Video.

Here and Now
Finally, Here and Now. I started watching this show over the holidays but only three episodes are out so far so it’s difficult to make a judgment on it. So far it’s interesting, I’m still trying to figure out where the story is going but the cast is great and there are enough different stories taking place to make it interesting. This show is available on HBO Now.

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18 comments, add your own...

  1. brownstrawman says:

    I alternated between Fargo and the earliest seasons of Will & Grace! Time flew..

  2. afnanzn says:

    altered carbon was awesome! (its a good thing it wasn’t made exactly like the book, would have been unwatchable then)
    ‘Dark’ is also a very good series…its a German show you can watch on netflix.

  3. cu·ri·os·i·ty says:

    finger crossed Here and now won’t make people want to move to Portland,

  4. Mimi says:

    I’ve just started watching Ozark and I’m hooked!

  5. AP says:

    Some other good ones on Netflix:

    The toys that made us
    The good place

  6. DeReD says:

    Does Amazon Video work well in Kuwait? How do i get it to work?


  7. Nasser says:

    Check out Dirty Money

  8. Serrato says:

    Doesn’t make sense. How could you watch 60+ hours of shows in 96 hours ?

    • Mark says:

      1) not all the shows are 1 hour long
      2) i count the whole last week as part of the holiday since people just started getting back yesterday

      In any case not sure what it matters to you though how many shows i was able to watch, this wasn’t a math question on the SATs…

  9. Omar says:

    Binge watch the imposters on netflix. You’ll thank me later

  10. Rin says:

    Mark, thank you so, so, SO much for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Just finished spending the entire day watching season one. I’m so in love. I’m not a series kind of person at all, but seems like this one is the rare type that comes along and gets me hooked. Cheers.

  11. LuLu says:

    I watched Altered Carbon literally the day it came out and ended up finishing it in just 2 days. It felt like I was watching a really good live-action Anime! Sadly, everyone I know can’t seem to get past the first episode. I really can’t believe this show isn’t more popular. Personally, I loved it!

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