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Five shows to binge in March 2020

Phil on Film
Posted: 8:41 AM, Feb 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-02 10:03:32-05
'Westworld' rides to home video

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.

WESTWORLD

Premise: Adapted from the ahead-of-its-time Michael Crichton novel, the drama is set in a future in which the ultra-wealthy can live out their fantasies in robotic theme parks meant to indulge their often cruel whims.

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Anthony Hopkins.

Service: HBO.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Filled with lingering mysteries and mind-blowing twists, few shows inspire more fan theories and debate than "Westworld." Its episodes are stacked with intriguing clues and thought-provoking philosophizing. Season three debuts March 15.

WYNNONA EARP

Premise: A descendant of gunfighter Wyatt Earp finds herself locked in a battle with supernatural forces related to a curse sparked by her ancestor. Old West concepts meld with modern society, with plenty of CGI monsters thrown in for good measure.

Stars: Melanie Scrofano, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Bell, Tim Rozon, Sharnier Anderson.

Service: Netflix, SyFy.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: A guilty pleasure in the vein of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," the cheesy, over-the-top action is consistently entertaining. It helps that the cast nails the pitch-perfect tone necessary to carry out the ridiculous story to the tipping point and beyond.

KIDDING

Premise: A Mr. Rogers-like figure deals with the fall of his children's show empire while also coping with a tragedy from the past.

Stars: Jim Carrey, Judy Greer, Catherine Keener, Frank Langella.

Service: Showtime.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Jim Carrey sinks his teeth into the role, one of the richest and most powerful he's ever encountered. The story blends the nature of comedy with its tragic flipside, making for an emotional rollercoaster. Season two wraps up March 1.

AVENUE 5

Premise: A colony of space-traveling vacationers -- spearheaded by an egotistical billionaire -- has to adapt when travel plans go astray and they find they'll be spending a very, very long time together.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lenora Crichlow, Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Suzy Nakamura.

Service: HBO.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Those who are mourning the end of "Silicon Valley" will feel right at home here, with witty banter and incisive pop culture satire striking a similar feel to that beloved series. The first season concludes March 8.

CASTLEVANIA

Premise: Based on the acclaimed video game series, this anime-style exploration of the Dracula mythos is steeped in gothic charm.

Stars: Richard Armitage, Graham McTavish, James Callis, Alejandra Reynoso.

Service: Netflix.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: The fast-moving series not only gives fans of the games everything they could hope for, but stands well on its own, offering a refreshingly gritty and moving take on the overdone vampire genre. Season three launches March 5.

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