Binge-watch TV: a look at some of the best shows that have become appointment TV

If you’re like me, you will be getting a little bit of sleep before tuning into your favorite shows tomorrow. Luckily, we have the options for you, based on which shows you can binge…

Binge-watch TV: a look at some of the best shows that have become appointment TV

If you’re like me, you will be getting a little bit of sleep before tuning into your favorite shows tomorrow. Luckily, we have the options for you, based on which shows you can binge watch and how long you plan to stay up.

1. How to Get Away with Murder. It’s one of the few (if only!) fall shows that has been renewed for a second season, and I’m not surprised because it’s pretty great and wonderful, particularly in its willingness to use one recurring theme against its characters. The brand of intelligent storytelling in Murder isn’t immediately apparent to newcomers because they usually start with a new mystery, but there’s another thread all through the show that you really start to get the hang of when it comes to investigating what happened and that question of who the killer is. Getting into it over the course of the season can take some work, though — not only are you starting to figure out who killed Wes, but so is everyone else in Annalise’s circle.

2. Empire. In its fifth season, Empire is really starting to find its footing. Strong performances from Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson keep this show interesting, and having a third season already in the can should allow Empire to go on and find a whole new success story. Taraji P. Henson is at the height of her current A-list fame, with a couple of Oscar nominations under her belt, and Taraji knows when to have fun with her characters. As Cookie the character, Henson can write her own lines and doesn’t mind putting them in Sharpie so the point gets across. As the show matures, Taraji is taking a deserved break. Taraji seems to be putting more of her energies toward training, and she also has an upcoming turn in a movie called The Bookshop with Meryl Streep. Taraji is very much in demand, and my prediction is she’ll be back with all of her energy and focus in next season.

3. This Is Us. This is the very definition of a show that you can binge watch (and once you’ve done that, you’ll not have a problem remembering the little details that really are important to the plot). This season of This Is Us has been very heavy with the internal politics for the various characters and I’m loving it. One of the biggest stories to come out of this season — Toby’s illness and death — is finally getting fleshed out, allowing everyone to connect emotionally to his death. The stakes here are high, and especially with Toby’s illness in the offing, it would be impossible to sustain any of This Is Us without a very, very serious plot. I’m looking forward to seeing how the team cooks up this plotline.

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