culture   //   September 10, 2018

3 TV SHOWS I BINGE-WATCHED OVER THE SUMMER

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I’d like to say that I spent the majority of my days outside, taking advantage of the sunshine and access to a pool. But that’s not the case. Texas summers are only pleasant for about six weeks before the temperatures head into triple-digit territory, making it downright uncomfortable to be outside for more than a few minutes. (Am I being dramatic? Maybe. Maybe not.) Needless to say, I spent quite a bit of time inside over the last month. I managed to complete several long overdue house projects, read several books (just finished this one), and made my way through a stack of unread magazines that had been sitting by my desk since the middle of spring. Of course, no Texas summer would be complete without a good TV binge – or in my case, binges. If you’re staying home over the long weekend or just looking for something to fill your time before your regular TV favorites return later this month, consider streaming one (or all) of these highly addictive shows.

1. Happy Valley

If you’re a fan of Law & Order: SVU and the like, this British crime series is one for you. The title makes it sound like a light and airy show, but it’s most definitely not. There’s not really anything “happy” about this two-season series. It’s dark and fairly depressing. But it’s also totally addictive. The acting is spot on and the storyline will keep you watching late into the night. I made my way through two seasons

2. The Handmaid’s Tale

It took me forever to start watching The Handmaid’s Tale but once I did, I couldn’t stop. The Hulu series is without a doubt one of the darkest, most disturbing shows I’ve ever watched. (I recommend watching this one in the afternoon as opposed to before bed. This one caused me to a significant amount of sleep.) However, it’s also totally brilliant. The writing, the acting, everything is top notch. It’s unlike any show I’ve ever watched. I finished two seasons and am anxiously awaiting the third.

3. The Bold Type

When I realized I needed to lighten things up a bit, this was the perfect show to do it. The Bold Type is essentially a mix between Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada for a younger audience. (If you’re a fan of the show Younger, you’ll enjoy The Bold Type.) I initially thought I was going to find this show too young for my liking, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It’s become one of my favorite shows. Good news: it’s already been renewed for a third season.

Photos by Lindsey Weitzel

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