Binge-Worthy: What we can't stop watching on TV
In between chatting about deadlines, our favorite coffee spots and who should order the next pizza, there's one thing Berkshire Eagle staffers love to talk about around the newsroom printer: what we can't stop watching on television. Here's a roundup of a few of the shows we can't get enough of right now.
"Portlandia" on Netflix/IFC
I hate to admit that I've watched the first six seasons of "Portlandia" at least twice in the last six months, but every time I view it, there's some new gem to be found or some nuance I missed. There's a certain comfort in knowing that the earthy-crunchy feminist bookstore co-owners Toni and Candace are going to be upset that their nonprofit bookstore is making money or that Carrie and Fred are off on some crazy task assigned by Portland's Seattle-hating mayor, Mr. Mayor, played by Kyle MacLachlan. Season 7 has been a welcomed addition with its new characters, new songs and some old friends. While the majority of the characters are played by Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, there's always a guest star or two showing up in one of the familiar Portland locales. Fans of the show will find Season 7 a little light when it comes to Toni and Candance, who have retired and sold their bookstore (the result of the bookstore's real owners breaking ties with the show), but the addition of Andy and Ned, who keep belting out "What about men?," help fill that gap.
— Jennifer Huberdeau, online editor
"Elementary" on CBS
It's worth waiting for a rumored January premiere of the sixth season of this inventive reboot of the classic tale of Sherlock Holmes. A platonic relationship between Jonny Lee Miller's former-heroin-addicted, enigmatic genius of Sherlock Holmes and surgeon-turned-detective Joan Watson only starts the twists on traditional TV tropes in this fan favorite. CBS takes the classics that work — Holmes' astounding deductive skills and amusing disdain for popular culture — and tweaks those that don't — notably Watson's traditional role as a docile helper. Add crisp, constantly inventive plot-lines, stunning displays of investigative brilliance, a delightful friendship of intellectual equals and one-liners that almost beg to be quoted, and you've got the recipe for an afternoon (or evening, or wee hours) episode of binge-watching.
— Patricia LeBoeuf, reporter
"The Walking Dead" on AMC
I'm binge-watching Season 7 of "The Walking Dead," which is the season recently completed. The show, which fans abbreviate as TWD, is about a post-apocalyptic world in which zombies proliferate and humans struggle to stay alive. I think the one thing that pulls me in is that main characters die with rather stunning regularity — and usually in pretty graphic ways. Two of the principal characters in the show, were, for example, bludgeoned to death with a barbed-wire bat in the opening episode. It's just as nasty as it sounds. Plus, the writing is crisp, and the characters are, for the most part, believable.
— Derek Gentile, reporter
"Nashville" on Hulu/CMT
It's embarrassing to admit, but this television soap opera (think the glory days of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" but set to country music and a lot more rhinestones) has the kind of fast-moving, twisty plot that makes you sit at work the next day and wonder "How's Rayna going to get out of this mess with Luke Wheeler?" There's enough love triangles to make a trapezoid and Hayden Panettiere's take on the spoiled, broken country music star Juliette is infuriatingly complex, making you hate her one second then rooting for her new album the next. There's also some healthy jabs at the country music industry for those ready to turn the radio dial on twang. But hardcore country haters need not tune in — unless you can ignore the constant country music soundtrack playing behind ever scene. I for one can't get enough of this guilty pleasure.
— Lindsey Hollenbaugh, features editor
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