Monday, May 16, 2016

Binge Watching Crime TV: Part Two

One of my favorite shows, Castle, was cancelled this week. Now we had already heard that Stania Katic (Kate Beckett) and Tamala Jones (Lanie) were leaving the show and fans were dubious that Castle could or would even want to continue without Beckett. Well, now we'll never see if it will work and it's time to find new shows to binge watch. 

A few weeks ago we asked what people Crime TV shows people like to binge watch and we got some wonderful new show suggestions. And once I posted that article, people shared more ideas. So here we go with what shows to binge watch, part two. 

The Americans, FX
I'm starting with one of my favorite shows right now that is all too soon heading into its fourth season finale - The Americans. This show is about two Russian spies who get married move to the US in the 1980s and become completely acclimated so everyone thinks they are Americans. They run a small travel agency, they have two kids, they fight like a normal married couple. But they also trick and kill people for information. The concept for the show was loosely based on true stories. If you aren't watching The Americans, go directly to the beginning of season one and tuck in. This show is an adrenaline rush, so I don't recommend binge watching right before bedtime. 

Quantico, ABC & The Blacklist,  NBC
Aubrey S. recommends both Quantico and The Blacklist. Quantico is in its first season and the season finale is this Sunday. I haven't watched this one, but here's the description:
This drama from executive producers Josh Safran and Mark Gordon explores the lives of young FBI recruits who have come to the Quantico base in Virginia for 21 weeks of training to become special agents. The recruits have been thoroughly vetted and are considered the best and the brightest -- but each one possesses secrets, including hidden reasons for enlisting. One recruit is harboring the biggest secret of all, and ends up being suspected of masterminding the biggest and most deadly attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.

Aubrey's second recommendation is The Blacklist starring James Spader as master criminal Red Reddington who's decided to work with the FBI. But is he helping the FBI as much as they are helping him? I love the first and second season of this show and need to return to it. 

Ryan Eggold: The Blacklist

This week NBC announced that it was launched at spin off of the Blacklist, called The Blacklist: Redemption. This spin off will feature the Tom Keene character (played by Ryan Eggold) as we watch him on his other spy adventures. Of course, since it's a new show, nothing yet to binge watch. 

Blacklist fans - will you watch the new show? 

Kingdom, Audience Network & Blue Murder, ITV (British)
Lyn G. recommended two shows: Kingdom, and Blue Murder.

I haven't watched either one, but I've added them to my to watch list. Here are the descriptions:


The family drama Kingdom is set against the gritty world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in Venice, California. Season two finds Alvey’s (Frank Grillo) improved fortunes have led to a bigger gym, but also a bigger appetite for risk. Ryan “The Destroyer” Wheeler (Matt Lauria) defends his title, while Jay (Jonathan Tucker) finds a new obsession. Lisa (Kiele Sanchez) focuses on managing Alicia (Natalie Martinez), an impulsive but skilled female fighter. Nate's (Nick Jonas) determination to get back in the cage causes rifts with his family. And Christina (Joanna Going) gets a taste of sober life while carrying the burden of her sons’ struggles—with victory comes agony and a price.

Blue Murder

Manchester homicide cop Janine Lewis struggles to balance her professional life as the newly promoted detective chief inspector with her personal life a single mother. Between investigating the latest murder and dealing with her ex-husband and accommodating her pre-teen daughter's sudden aversion to meat, Janine somehow manages to keep it all together no matter what life throws her way.

Justified, FX
One top of these recommendations, I'd like to add one more show. The first is Justified, starring Timothy Oliphant. It's off the air now, but if you haven't seen it, clear your calendar and go directly to the first episode. It's about a US Marshall who returns to him crime-ridden small hometown, where most of his high school buddies are now crooks. 

Now - what did we miss? 

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