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TV - Dec 28, 2017

Six sensational series to binge-watch right now

Catch up on some of the best television of 2017

Between networks, cable channels, on-demand options and streaming services, there are literally thousands of hours of amazing television just waiting to be devoured. Here are six of 2017’s best series to binge-watch over the holidays.

Big Little Lies

An A-list cast (including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley) and a whodunit mystery are at the centre of this deliciously soapy seven-episode drama based on the bestseller by Liane Moriarty. The miniseries – which won eight Emmys® (including Outstanding Limited Series) and which might return for a second season – revolves around a group of moms at the centre of secrets, lies and murder in Monterey, Calif.

The Deuce

James Franco (playing twins!) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (as a savvy prostitute looking to capitalize on her skills) headline this sprawling, engrossing period drama from co-creators David Simon and George Pelecanos (The Wire). Set in 1970s Times Square and already renewed for a second season, the series chronicles the rise of the porn industry in New York City and how the burgeoning business served as a front for organized crime.

The Good Fight

Just try not to watch this stellar spin-off of The Good Wife in one sitting – it’s that compelling, and a second season is on its way. The legal drama follows financially ruined attorney Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) to a new firm (headed by Delroy Lindo), alongside her scandal-plagued goddaughter (Game of Thrones’ and Downton Abbey’s Rose Leslie) and an array of superb Good Wife alums – including Lucca (Cush Jumbo), Elsbeth (Carrie Preston) and Marissa (Sarah Steele).

The Good Place

Attention, TV fans: you should binge this super-smart comedy before someone spoils the forking awesome first-season-finale twist for you. With a second season currently underway and a third already announced, the critically acclaimed series – about thirtysomething Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), who dies and winds up in heaven only to realize she’s there due to a case of mistaken identity – is a must-watch. Like, right now.

Orphan Black

This award-winning sci-fi drama drew to a satisfying close in 2017, so what better time than now to immerse yourself in all five seasons of what is easily one of Canada’s best TV exports? Emmy®-winner Tatiana Maslany stars as more than a dozen (!) different characters over the course of the series, which centres on Sara Manning (Maslany), who discovers she’s part of a cloning experiment and sets out to uncover the truth about her life.

Ozark

It should go without saying that laundering money for a drug cartel is a bad idea, but it’s a lesson learned too late by financial advisor Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) in this suspenseful Netflix drama that’s filled with more twists than the Osage River. Once his criminal dealings go awry, Marty and his family (including wife Laura Linney) flee to a resort town in the Ozarks to start new lives, but it’s not long before his past catches up with him.