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The Binge: KPCC's staff picks!




Cover art for the Netflix show, Stranger Things
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Finding a new television series and devouring it is lots of fun, but what you choose to binge on can be a very personal choice.

One man’s “Breaking Bad” is another man’s “Wayward Pines”. For every person who swears by “Downton Abbey”, there are others who roll their eyes and yawn.

For this month's installment of The Binge, we asked many hard working KPCC staffers what they've been binging on of late.

Far and away, the biggest vote getter was none other than the Netflix series, "Stranger Things."

An off-beat hybrid of genres - science fiction, coming of age, horror and drama -  this 8 episode summer series has turned out to be a big hit for Netflix.

Set in a small town in 1983, a local boy named Will goes missing, setting off a massive search party. But the search for him leads to strange and terrifying revelations.

Our resident audio-visual media maven, Mark Jordan Legan notes that it’s beautifully shot and very much in the style of classic eighties movies like E.T or Goonies and the performances are strong all the way around.

Next up, thanks to KPCC's Lori Galarreta, Austin Cross, Brian Frank and Elina Shatkin we have the hilarious BoJack Horseman. 

This animated series premiered back in the summer of 2014. It is a dark satire on celebrity and tells the story of Bojack Horseman, a washed up 90’s sitcom star voiced by Will Arnett. It’s set in the human world except anthropomorphic animals co-exist side by our side. 

The show has a huge following and celebrities themselves now clamor to be on it – everyone from Paul McCartney to Daniel Radcliffe have portrayed themselves. 

The Binge is produced by none other than the great Stephen Hoffman, sort of the pillar of KPCC whose spirit animal is more like a tiger, or lion ... maybe majestic like an eagle. (Maybe you've figured out that he's actually writing this web page) 

At any rate, his pick is the FX show, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It's available for streaming via Netflix, and here's a clip from the show.

Jordan Legan says that this raucous sitcom has had an amazing run for eleven seasons. A gang of off-beat, shall we say “underachievers,” run a bar in South Philadelphia. They are selfish, impulsive and immature. Here's a scene where the guys try to create a dating profile for one of the gang, Charlie.

Actor Danny DeVito was such a fan of the first season, he contacted the producers and said he’d love to be part of it ever since.

 

And finally, thanks to AirTalk's Jasmin Tuffaha we look at the show, Peaky Blinders.

 

Set in post-World War I England, it focuses on a working class Birmingham gang – all veterans – returning home with physical & mental scars from the war but ready to pick up where they left off – bookmaking, gun running, fixing horse races, whatever can make them some money. 

Jordan Legan says the show is filled with outstanding performances, and the writing is top notch. The show’s creator and head writer is Stephen Knight, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter for such powerful films as “Dirty Pretty Things” and “Eastern Promises”.

Mark Jordan Legan is a writer, living in Los Angeles. Clink on the link to check out past installments of The Binge.