What we can't stop watching
"The Vietnam War," by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on PBS
As a child of the '60s, I grew up during the Vietnam War and remember the turmoil that swirled during that time, though I was too young to understand it. So I was eager to dive into the latest epic documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, "The Vietnam War," which just wrapped up this week on PBS. I've only managed to get to the first two segments of the 10-part, 18-hour film, but it features the same feel as "The Civil War," and "The War." The interviews, vintage footage, the historical context all woven together by the familiar narration of Peter Coyote. I can't wait to dive into the rest of it — thank goodness for my DVR!
— Tom Tripicco, senior managing editor
"Elementary" on CBS, Hulu
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
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