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Binge on the best of 2016: 10 shows to catch up on

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Still from the FX show, Atlanta

Every month we take a look at all of the options you have to stream, from Hulu and Netflix to Amazon Prime, HBO Now and Showtime Anytime. Our very own Mark Jordan Legan offers his top picks for 2016.

  • Atlanta (FX NOW) 

Mark's first pick is what he calls an entertaining and thought provoking show. Donald Glover plays a  young man struggling to find himself, and he tries to create a career by helping his cousin, who's found a level of fame as a rapper named Paper Boi. 

  • Rectify (Netflix)

Originally on the Sundance Channel, Rectify is now streaming. It tells the story of an innocent man, Daniel Holden, on death row freed after almost 20 years. The show follows the effect this has Holden and his family but also the community, the local police and the prosecutors who put him away. Full of deep, complex characters, the show tackles such issues as injustice and the power of forgiveness.

  • Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

This series has been on for four years and the most recent season was one of its best. When the show first started, it followed the story of a young privileged white girl named Piper who is incarcerated in a women’s prison on drug charges. But as the show progressed, it would slowly reveal the backstory to many of the other characters – both the prisoners and the guards. Like a great American novel, it takes its time unravelling the complex psychology of the many multi-ethnic characters who inhabit Litchfield prison.

  • The Night Of (HBO Go)

A loose remake of a British crime series, the show follows a young Pakistani-American, who meets a girl and after a night of sex and partying he awakes to find her murdered. He doesn't remember what happened, so he runs from the scene but is later arrested. The whole production is mesmerizing and superbly done – it really shines a light on race relations and immigration and the fact that there are still people in the legal system that will fight for what they know is right – no matter what.

THE BINGE LIST - THE TOP TEN STREAMING TV SHOWS OF 2016

1. THE NIGHT OF (HBO Go)

2. FLEABAG (Amazon Prime) 

3. ATLANTA (FX Now)

4. HUMANS (Netflix) 

5. THE AMERICANS (FX Now/ Amazon Prime) 

6. RECTIFY  (Netflix) 

7. BETTER CALL SAUL (Netflix) 

8. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix) 

9. BLACK MIRROR (Netflix) 

10. UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMITT (Netflix) 

Catch up on past installments of The Binge here. 

To listen to Mark's recommendations, click on the blue media player above. 

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