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What to Watch This (or Any) Long Weekend – April 2015

April 2, 2015

Weekends are a funny thing. Some weekends I have plans and ambitions –  house projects, yard work, DIY projects, places to see, restaurants to try, trails to hike… and other weekends,  I want to just stay inside and enjoy my home and the company of my two favorite individuals (Spoiler: Mark and our cat). On these indoor concentrated weekends, my interests incline towards a short list of things: reading, trying new recipes and streaming TV shows (preferably the kind that can be finished within the weekend).  You all know that Mark is the ‘movie guy’, while I like and even love some movies, what I really adore is a great TV show where I have time to get to know my characters and see how they react to new issues as time passes.

Some of us are lucky enough to have a 3-day weekend coming up, for those of you who would prefer to spend this weekend relaxing in the comfort of your home, here are some of my recent favorites and shows on my ‘to-do list’ that are streaming on Amazon Prime (or pay-per-episode on Amazon), Netflix and HBO Go. Enjoy!

  • Orphan Black (Amazon only) – 2 Seasons, 20 Episodes – Sci-fi bonkers with a side of family drama, that’s the best description that I can give for this show without giving too much away. Tatiana Maslany is crazy talented and you really have to see her to believe it. Take a few days, get lost in this show, thank me later. Start now, Season 3 starts on April 18th!


orphan black


  • Broadchurch (Amazon) – Season 1, 8 Episodes –  This is a sad, bleak story – and oh so well done. A short ‘who done it’ mystery that is excellently paced, making you question everyone’s credibility. Skip the American version, watch the original. Also, if you watch now, you can set your DVR for Season 2 (a whole new mystery!), airing now.




  • Top of the Lake (Netflix) – 7 Episodes – Did I say Broadchurch was bleak? Well this show takes the bleak cake and eats it too.  When Mark started this show (without me, rude!), I was appalled by how committed this show was to painting a portrait of violence, neglect and abuse in rural New Zealand…then I became addicted and devoured the show in 2 days.  TotL delivers successive punches to the gut, but you keep coming back because you NEED to know if the abusers or the victims prevail in the end.


top of the lake


  • Sherlock (Netflix) – 3 Seasons, 9 Episodes – If you haven’t heard about this show by now. Who are you?? Get started tonight and get addicted to this uber-smart, tech savvy, crime busting bromance.




  • True Detective (HBO Go) – Season 1, 8 Episodes – For me, this was the best show of 2014 (maybe ever).  Another dark show (I’m sensing a disturbing trend in my TV tastes), you will probably have no idea what is going on for the first two thirds of the story, then it will disturb your sleep for weeks. I love seeing McConaughey in these gritty roles, he can really bring it…the supporting cast is nothing to sneeze at either. Also, there is a 6 minute, single take tracking shot, DURING AN ACTION SEQUENCE. WHAT?!


true detective


  • Better Off Ted (Netflix) – 2 Seasons, 26 (21 min) Episodes – Some lighter fare… quirky, brazen, nerdy and loveable. Where office shenanigans meet scientists and experiments gone wrong, yet so hilariously right.


Better Off Ted


  • Band of Brothers AND The Pacific (HBO Go, Amazon) – 10 Episodes each – You could say that we have an obsession with WWII books/movies/miniseries in our home.  These two shows are the best of the best on that subject, offering intimate perspectives from 2 different theaters of this war. You cannot walk away from this experience without feeling alllllll the feels.

band of brothers


Megan’s Streaming Wish List

  • Garfunkel and Oates (Netflix) – If you haven’t seen their videos online, where have you been? Kate Micucci was a scene stealer on Raising Hope…I have high expectations for this duo.
  • The Fall (Netflix) – I have a serious X-Files obsession and by default, love everything that has/will have Gillian Anderson in it, forever and ever and ever and ever. Already has Mark’s seal of approval.
  • Peaky Blinders (Netflix) – Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, gangsters, and the roaring 20’s…what else do you need?
  • Bosch (Amazon) – we love the cranky Bosch of the Michael Connelly novels, can’t wait to see Titus Welliver bring him to life.


What are your favorite shows on streaming? Leave me some comments and suggestions!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. John Leavengood permalink
    April 2, 2015 9:00 pm

    1. Thank you for the well-deserved nod to Better Off Ted. That show was brilliantly random.
    2. How awesome of you to remind people (including myself) that there is more than just Netflix in the universe.

    • April 4, 2015 10:09 am

      Amazon Prime was worth the investment because it allowed us to watch Orphan Black. It is pure bonkers fun.

    • mmarnall permalink*
      April 6, 2015 1:57 pm

      1. Better Off Ted is so under-appreciated! A show that just makes me giggle with its nerdy silliness.
      2. Glad to help broaden your horizons…trying to make the most out of what we spend for these services!


  2. May 18, 2015 1:43 pm

    Reblogged this on hayleyskinsley.

  3. May 20, 2015 9:00 am

    Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox. I hope you find much to entertain you ( please feel free to comment!). I look forward to exploring your blog. Regards Thom


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