5 shows to binge on right now

Need something to watch on a Friday night? We’ve got you covered. Here are five of the most binge-worthy shows on television right now, and where you can watch them.

Taboo

youtube%2fdarth-darth-1 Co-created by actor Tom Hardy and his father Edward Hardy, this show is a prime example of how great pacing mixed with dynamic characters can really pay off. The premise here is simple: Tom Hardy stars as James Delaney–a man who after spending over a decade in Africa, returns home following the mysterious death of his father. Set in Britain during the 1800’s, it’s clear that the writers have taken their time to craft a show designed to hook you, and then never let you go. Taboo has a little something for everyone. There’s some mystery, a whole lot of intrigue, and a dash of voodoo magic. What’s not to love?

Where to watch: FX Now (New episodes air Tuesday nights on FX)

Colony

youtube%2fdarth-darth-2 How would you protect your family if an unknown alien race quarantined off sections of the population using a huge wall? That’s the question faced by Will Bowman, a former FBI special agent played by Lost alum Josh Holloway in USA’s latest hit series. From executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal (Hercules), Colony owes much of its success to the chemistry between its two lead actors. Sarah Wayne Callies joins Holloway as his wife, Katie, who without her husband’s knowledge joins a group of radical insurgents to expose the collusion between the government and the aliens. It may sound over the top, but the story remains interesting by drawing parallels to hot topic issues like border security and immigration reform.

Where to watch: Netflix (New episodes air Thursday nights on USA)

Degrassi: Next Class

youtube%2fdarth-darth-3 Some might consider this to be a show for children, and they’d be right…sort of. The Degrassi franchise has a long history of revivals since starting in 1979 with The Kids of Degrassi Street. Since then there have been a handful of iterations with the latest being Next Class. Degrassi is unique because of how it aims to tell coming of age tales in real ways. Frankly, the drama is very “high school”, but the stories do touch on relevant issues that most people can relate too. Let’s put it this way: if your life was a soap opera, it would be Degrassi.

Where to watch: Netflix

The Magicians

youtube%2fdarth-darth-4 Whatever you’re thinking this show is about, you’re probably wrong. Set in a fictional world where people with special abilities hone their skills at magic school, The Magicians is a very adult take on a genre that is typically relegated to kids. You will immediately be surprised by the level of violence and cursing that occasionally pop up against a backdrop of mystical beasts and goddesses–yes, there’s an actual goddess. But magic and humor is at the heart of this fairy tale, and it’s a good thing too. The Magicians isn’t afraid to go dark, and it’s in those moments where you’ll appreciate a good dose of hocus-pocus and laughter to lighten the mood.

Where to watch: Netflix (New episodes air Wednesday nights on Syfy)

The Path

youtube%2fdarth-darth-5 After five seasons of starring on Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul can now be seen in one of Hulu’s most highly rated original programs, The Path. Despite what you may have heard about it, the series is not so much about religion, but rather about the impact religion can have–for better or worse. While most of the community are faithful practitioners of the fictional religion, Meyerism, others–including Paul’s character–are seeing the reality of things as they are. But who is really seeing the truth?

Where to watch: Hulu

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