After a long day of working and parenting, you deserve to treat yo’self with a little must-see TV. But finding the perfect show to unwind with might be tough, especially if you haven’t had time to keep up with the latest buzz. Fear not, dear friends–we here at Rio have compiled a list of our favorite binge-worthy shows to indulge in after the kids have gone to bed.
Lisa Kudrow experiences her own small screen comeback in her starring role as Valerie Cherish, the central figure of HBO’s The Comeback. In this show, Kudrow plays the former star of, I’m It!, a popular sitcom that ran from 1989 until 1993. When the cameras start up again for the first episode of Valerie’s new reality show, she’s hoping to find her place again in Hollywood. The cameras follow her every as she tries to land a new sitcom and navigate modern show business, although it becomes painfully clear just how out of touch with the business she’s become.
The show initially seems silly and light-hearted, but as Valerie’s story continues to unfold, it’s clear that The Comeback provides a thoughtful and honest perspective on what it’s like to try to stay relevant, even when it seems like every odd is against you.
Les Revenants (The Returned)
What if second chances really were possible? One small French town gets a chance to find out when many of its former townspeople, previously presumed dead, reappear alive and seemingly unaffected by the tragedies that were believed to have claimed their lives. Their homecomings are bittersweet for their loved ones who struggle to understand what’s happening, not only within their families but also with the other strange phenomena affecting the town, such as power outages, lowering water levels, and unexplainable marks on people’s bodies. Les Revenants provides viewers who like creepy thrillers with a show with greater depth than many other shows currently on TV, tackling supernatural subjects and the very real ache of grief.
Hip-hop artist and CEO of Empire Entertainment, Lucious Lyon, has reigned supreme for years. But when he’s suddenly diagnosed with an illness that will leave him incapacitated in a matter of years, he must decide which of his 3 sons he should leave in charge of his empire. This decision is further complicated by his felon ex-wife, vying to get her cut, and the others in the industry hoping to make a profit from his downfall. With original music by Timbaland and elements of the plot borrowed from Shakespeare’s King Lear, Empire offers a gripping plot and great cast will keep you clicking the “next episode” button.
This comedy series follows the misadventures of Richard, a computer programmer with a powerful search algorithm, and his group of snarky programmer friends, as they race to get their platform off the ground before their competition does. Partially inspired by co-creator Mike Judge’s experience as an engineer in a Silicon Valley in the 1980s, anyone who has experience in the tech world will appreciate the over-the-top but still true-to-life scenarios the Pied Piper gang keep finding themselves in. And even if you’re not a total tech head, you’re bound to appreciate the hilarious (and outrageous) dialogue between the characters.
This gripping drama offers a chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, as narrated by the DEA agent who took him down. While the show’s premise is already gripping enough, especially because it’s based on actual events, the acting and narration really keep you on the edge of the seat. It will take a considerable amount of self-restraint to stop yourself from looking up facts on Escobar’s outrageous exploits while you’re watching, because you’ll find it hard to believe they aren’t exaggerating details for the sake of good TV.
Elliot Alderson, a young cyber-security engineer living in New York, meets Mr. Robot, a mysterious anarchist who invites him to join the hacker group “fsociety.” Although intrigued by the proposition, Elliot struggles with whether he should agree to take down the corporation he’s paid to protect. The story is a real mind-bender, with a lot of focus on human psychology, mental illness, and the grey area that often comes with moral dilemmas.