It’s time to finally figure out what went down in that room with the red curtains and black-and-white tiled floor. David Lynch’s surrealist small-town mystery series is arguably one of the largest cult classics on television to date. And, with rumors buzzing about a secret fourth season in the works, there’s no better time to jump on the bandwagon.
Angels in America
Adapted from the award-winning play of the same title, Angels in America follows the lives of six New Yorkers at the height of the AIDS epidemic. The highly-anticipated adaptation includes a cast of notable stars like Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Al Pacino, and Jeffrey Wright. Unlike the two-part play, which has a seven-hour running time, the miniseries can be digested in six hour-long “chapters.” But nothing’s stopping you from bingeing it in one or two sittings for the full Broadway effect.
Starring Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a computer programmer by day and hacker by night, this USA series takes a modern spin on the masked vigilante superhero. Recruited by ‘hacktivist’ team “fsociety,” Alderson embarks on a double-life of taking down corporate America that is not unlike the real-life quests of groups like Anonymous. If you’ve ever wished Batman wore a Guy Fawkes mask, this cyber thriller is for you.
Despite over a decade having passed since its final episode, there’s a good chance you could get through all five seasons of The Wire long before people will stop recommending it to you. Offering a fresh perspective on the crime drama genre, the series explores the city of Baltimore by tackling a different institution with each season.
Adapted from BBC’s In the Thick of It, this razor-sharp satirical series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, a former senator and now Vice President of the United States. With joke-jammed dialogue reminiscent of Arrested Development and 30 Rock, Veep makes the inner-workings of D.C. politics look absurdly realistic.
Neil Gaiman fans definitely know about this one. The writer’s 1990 novel has now been turned into a six-episode series about the battles of Good and Evil, starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Amy Sherman Palladino’s post-Gilmore Girls and Bunheads creation tells the story of a Joan Rivers-esque comedian in the late 1950s. Played by Rachel Brosnahan and perfectly foiled by Alex Borstein’s rough manager personality, Midge Maisel has a lot of ground to break. And she’s not afraid to do it with a dirty mouth.
Based on Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman show, Fleabag first came into Amazon territory in 2017. Told from the perspective of a London cafe owner (it’s guinea pig themed), this show goes through all the horny, gleeful, angry, confused emotions of a woman toiling through life after loss. 2019 Oscar winner Olivia Colman plays Fleabag’s stepmother and is a big source of those previously mentioned feelings of anger.
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan
No more Jim Halpert. John Krasinski plays a CIA analyst who is suddenly thrown into a dangerous game of government cat and mouse. Say goodbye to that boring desk job at the paper company.
A con man on the run escapes getting caught by assuming the identity of his old prison cellmate, Pete. He reunites with his estranged family, and it soon becomes clear why they were estranged to begin with.
If you aren’t a Sopranos fan you at least know the name Tony Soprano. This beloved series features the late James Gandolfini and Edie Falco as they try to be a normal New Jersey-based, Italian-American family while being pulled in by the drama of and demands of the mob life.
Sex and the City
Carrie Bradshaw lives in an impossibly expensive Manhattan apartment and has a fabulous life while making the salary of a writer in the city. But never mind that. With Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte there is a lot more to analyze—both in matters of sex and… the city.
Billy Bob Thorton plays a washed-up lawyer who lands himself in the middle of what becomes a trial that puts life and death on the line.
Glenn Close and Rose Byrne star in a different kind of legal thriller. Patty Hewes (Close) and her protege (Byrne) take on the courtroom, where they are both reviled and feared by their opponents.
Six Feet Under
The Fisher family own a funeral home run by Nate Fisher (Parenthood’s Peter Krause), who was bequeathed the business after his father died. Naturally, working in death also means Nate starts to have conversations with the dead. Each episode also starts with a death, so if you like morbid-yet-comedic plotlines, this one’s for you.
Law and Order: SVU
Dr. Gregory House is dependent on pain medication and has no bedside manner to speak of, but he is a medical genius and the leader of a team of diagnosticians at a teaching hospital in New Jersey.