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Five shows to binge in July 2019

Posted: 10:17 AM, Jun 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-01 11:02:22-04
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Looking to camp out on the couch and take down a show that will keep you up way too late and help you procrastinate from doing more important tasks? Here are five shows to stream.

STRANGER THINGS

Premise: Set in the 80s, a group of social misfit friends tangles with supernatural forces and a government cover-up.

Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, Sean Astin.

Service: Netflix.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Melding the sensibilities of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, series creators Ross and Matt Duffer distill the look, feel, quirky social norms and clever practical effects of the 1980s into a chain of fascinating cliffhangers. Season 3 debuts July 4.

DIVORCE

Premise: A middle-aged couple struggles to disentangle themselves from one another socially, financially and emotionally, an end up butting heads and trying to top one another.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Tracy Letts.

Service: HBO.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Even when things get nasty, the show never loses its emotional core, thanks to nuanced performances from Parker and Church that gracefully dramatize the harsh and often funny realities of problems couples and families struggle with.

VERONICA MARS

Premise: A former high school sleuth brings her sassy investigative style into adulthood.

Stars: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Percy Dags III, Ryan Hansen.

Service: Hulu.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Bell's fast-paced delivery lifts stellar writing to a higher level, and well-crafted mysteries have always been the "Veronica Mars" trademark. The series has taken a strange path. After originally airing on UPN and the CW from 2004 to 2007, there was a movie released in theaters in 2014. Season four debuts on Hulu July 26.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Premise: An upper middle class suburbanite is entangled in a drugs and money scheme that forces her to do hard time.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Laura Prepon, Uzo Aduba.

Service: Amazon Prime Video.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: The tapestry of characters provides a comical, often discomforting lens into the realities of social and racial justice in modern society. Nearly everyone who starts watching finds themselves hopelessly addicted, and bursting with opinions about romances and controversies the plot introduces. The seventh and final season starts July 26.

OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT

Premise: A merciless animated political satire created by Stephen Colbert and Chris Licht, "Our Cartoon President" takes the week's events and turns them into absurd, family sitcom-style plot threads, with imagined conversations between Donald Trump, his family and their allies and adversaries.

Stars: Jeff Bergman, Griffin Newman, William Sadler.

Service: Showtime.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: No matter your political leaning, it's tough to argue with the snappy, comedic writing fails to entertain. While the show spends plenty of time mocking the president and his crew, it delivers equal opportunity burns to those on both sides of the aisle.

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