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Binge or Bust

March 15, 2019

Drowning in show recommendations? Not sure how to pare down your overflowing “To Be Watched” list? Welcome to Binge or Bust, where PB editor Brian Sander checks out those long series so you don’t have to.

Show: “The Grand Tour”

Service: Amazon

Genre: Travel

Seasons: 3

Age range: Teen+

The gist: Hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May talk cars, but this British-born show is much more than that. It is part travelogue, part reality show, part sketch comedy, and always entertains. On top of that, you get an inside view of some of the world’s most extraordinary cars winding through some of the most beautiful locations in the world. My favorite thus far was a tour through China. Amazing, educational and hilarious.

Verdict: BINGE

Show: “Daredevil”

Service: Netflix

Genre: Action

Seasons: 3

Age range: Teen+

The gist: Netflix is a treasure trove of Marvel gems, and Daredevil is no exception. The show follows Matt Murdock: blind lawyer by day, superhero by night. The series is a feast for the eyes and offers some of the most compelling characterizations in the Marvel family. Actors Charlie Cox, as Daredevil, and Deborah Ann Woll, as his not-so-innocent assistant, add a bit of sexual chemistry, while Vincent D’Onofrio cracks eggs – and skulls – as villain Wilson Fisk. It’s too bad Netflix canceled the series after the third season. Get it while you can.

Verdict: BINGE

Show: “Botched Up Bodies”

Service: Netflix

Seasons: 5

Genre: Biography

Age range: Adult

The gist: You start out wanting to watch people overcome their plastic surgery disasters. But then you find yourself NOT wanting to watch, but unable to turn away. This is another BBC offering that’s both horrifying and fascinating. But in the end, you can only watch a doctor squeeze pus out of a woman’s mangled breasts for so long.

Verdict: BUST