With only two days in weekend, who has time for twenty episodes?
Story by Savannah Olson
Once Friday hits, the stress of the week seems to fade away as the weekend comes into view. Some people have nights out planned or weekend getaways, but if you’re like me, the idea of laying in bed all weekend seems more relaxing. Grab your chips, and salsa and a relaxing drink and check out a few of these shows to binge for the next two days — each season has 10 episodes or less!
1. “ Killing Eve” (Hulu)
There are hordes of spy thrillers out there, but “Killing Eve” switches up the tired formula. Eve (played by Sandra Oh) is a MI5 security officer who craves a bit more “James Bond” energy in her career. When she’s given the opportunity to track down the dangerous assassin Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer), a sensual game of cat and mouse begins. The real highlight of the show is Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer’s undeniable chemistry. Both actresses portray the complexity of these two female characters with ease and charm, something we don’t see enough of on television.
2. “Sharp Objects” (HBOGo)
Based on the debut novel by Gillian Flynn, “Sharp Objects” is a tantalizing psychological thriller that centers around the secrets lurking within a small town in Missouri. The story followers crime reporter Camille Preaker, played by Amy Adams, as she investigates the murders of two teen girls in her hometown while confronting her own demons. You’ll be unable to look away from the show, due in part to the chilling blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scenes that pop up throughout each episode.
3. “Queer Eye” (Netflix)
It may seem like EVERYONE has seen “Queer Eye,” but if you haven’t, now is the perfect time to start. The Fab Five — Bobby, Karamo, Tan, Jonathan and Antoni — combine their skills to help improve the lives of the people they visit, who are each struggling with self love in different ways. Every episode will take you through a rollercoaster of emotions: joy, sadness and eventually, hope. Tissues and cozy blankets are highly recommended when you watch this show, which just released its third season.
4. “The Get Down” (Netflix)
Netflix's platform has seen the premature loss of fantastic shows like 'Sense8,' 'One Day At A Time, and many others."“The Get Down” is one of these major losses during the Netflix-era of television. Revolving around the burgeoning hip-hop scene in the Bronx during the 1970s, this celebration of a historical moment in music has all the drama and flair that only a Baz Luhrmann production could pull off. Featuring Jaden Smith and a multitude of other up-and-coming young actors like Shameik Moore and Justice Smith, this show mixes the drama of young love, music and the grittier side of New York City into a colorful series.
5. “Losers (Netflix)
What does it mean to be a loser? That is what the sports documentary series “Losers” examines in its eight stories of athletes’ losses and what comes after. With such an intense societal focus on winners in sports, the series reveals that athletes who lose have equally, and sometimes more interesting stories than those who become revered as champions.
6. “On My Block” (Netflix)
There is a serious lack of diversity in the stories and casts in the coming-of-age genre. “On My Block” isn’t set in the suburbs, but is instead set in an inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood and features a diverse cast of exceptional young black and Latinx actors. As the main characters prepare for high school, they must face new issues that will test their friendship. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, the show balances the hilarity of being a teenager with the trials of living in the inner-city.
7. “Big Little Lies” (HBOGo)
Featuring the stellar cast of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and many others, this drama-mystery revolves around a murder in an affluent Southern California town. Three seemingly perfect mothers become the suspects of the crime, but the mystery of who and why will keep you on the edge of your couch until the last ten minutes of the final episode.
8. “The End of the F***ing World” (Netflix)
In this dark comedy, two British teenagers decide to run away from home for two entirely different reasons. James believes he’s a psychopath and thinks Alyssa might make a perfect victim, while Alyssa views James as a possible escape from her chaotic home life. Emotions change as James and Alyssa’s road trip turns into a Bonnie and Clyde run from the law. Each episode is a bite-sized twenty minutes with great character moments, making this an easy binge for the weekend.
9. “Money Heist” (Netflix)
Netflix’s content from Spain has been amazing in the last year, but a clear standout is the bank heist series, “Money Heist” or “La Casa de Papel.” A man known as “The Professor” brings together eight people with unique skill sets to pull off the biggest bank heist in history. The show flips between past and present, infusing each episode with the current bank heist and flashbacks that flesh out each character.
10. GLOW (Netflix)
You may have heard of the World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, but in the 1980s there was another wrestling group – GLOW, or the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Based on the real-life group of women who wrestled each other on Saturday morning television, the series is filled with eighties-inspired montages, a drug-robot and female friendships. Starring a cast of mostly women, the series is a fun binge that’ll maybe inspire you to learn how to do a fake wrestling fall or two.