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Five shows to binge in March

Posted: 7:56 AM, Feb 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-28 15:08:19Z
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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.

ABDUCTED IN PLAIN SIGHT

Premise: A deep-dive doc into the bizarre 1974 kidnapping of 12-year-old Jan Broberg. A neighbor ran off with her and tried to make her his wife.

Stars: Directed by Skye Borgman.

Service: Netflix.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Netflix excels in crime documentaries, and this is one of the most well-researched and fascinating of the crop. Archive coverage, new interviews and rare voice recordings help the case come alive in cringe-inducing fashion.

PEN15

Premise: An awkward and hilarious sitcom, set in the early 2000s, about a pair of best friends who enter the horror show that is middle school life.

Stars: Maya Erskine, Melora Walters, Richard Karn, Taylor Nichols.

Service: Hulu.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: The show brings back a flood of middle school memories, both sweet and sour. Erskine and Walters deliver pitch-perfect performances, and the writing, costumes and soundtrack thoroughly nails the nostalgia factor from the era.

THE AMERICANS

Premise: The 2013-2018 drama, set in the early 1980s, follows two KGB agents under deep cover, implanted in American suburbia and living as a married couple.

Stars: Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, Holly Taylor, Noah Emmerich.

Service: Amazon Prime Video.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: The series hauled in loads of Emmy nominations and wins, thanks to the finely-tuned acting, riveting scripting and edgy cinematography. The show not only captures fever-pitch Cold War tensions of the 80s, but thoughtfully reflects on today's political climate.

VEEP

Premise: A ruthless, single and self-important politician lowers her presidential political ambitions to settle in as vice president.

Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Tony Hale, Matt Walsh, Timothy Simons.

Service: HBO Go.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: Think "House of Cards" with a sense of humor. Crackling, rapidfire political commentary combines with fascinating satire of the American political process. Louis-Dreyfuss proves to be every bit as hilarious and magnetic as she was on "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine." The final season debuts March 31, giving you all month to catch up.

BILLIONS

Premise: A U.S. attorney goes after a cocksure billionaire, who returns fire by undermining his personal and professional life.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Malin Akerman, Maggie Siff.

Service: Showtime Anytime.

Why it's impossible to stop watching: The war of attrition is devastating and fascinating, with Giamattie and Lewis's characters smoldering with obsessive rage against one another with increasingly higher stakes at play. There's something fascinating about watching wealthy elites worry about losing all their wealth and privileges.

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