Each week or so I post a readable or watchable and/or listenable of which I'm fond. You can choose what happens after my recommendation. Ignore, embrace, debate. Earlier volumes of The Rabbit Recommends can be found here.
Summer TV can be difficult. Especially if you don't enjoy people getting hurt in Wipeout like me. Here are 5 shows I recently marathon'd online. They were worth every couch potato moment.
1. Scandal (ABC): Olivia Pope protects the public images of the nation's elite and makes sure their secrets stay just that. She is a former White House Communications Director for the president, but has left to start her own crisis management firm. I watched all seven episodes in one sitting because I don't do well with cliffhangers. This show is full of them. The weekly stories grab you but the ongoing relationships and secrets of the characters is what forces you to hit "next episode." Watch on Hulu or ABC.com.
2. Sherlock (BBC/PBS): Masterpiece on PBS usually owns me, but I skipped Sherlock when it first aired. I asked rabbit chasers on Facebook for some Netflix recs and it was repeatedly mentioned and praised. Now I know why. Three episodes in Season 1 at 90 minutes each and I was mesmerized with this contemporary take on Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective. It didn't hurt that Dr. Watson is played by Martin Freeman, Tim on the BBC version of The Office and Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming movie The Hobbit. Watch Season 1 on Netflix. I purchased Season 2 on Amazon. Because I was desperate.
3. Perfect Couples (NBC): I discovered this after Twitter peeps lamented its cancellation and declared it worthy of a second look. It follows three couples at different stages in their relationships but struggling with the same types of drama. It's zany and nuanced and may require at least a 4-episode commitment to find its place in your heart. But it will. Pinky swears. Watch on Hulu or NBC.com.
4. Firefly (FOX): I stumbled upon Firefly for the first time in 2009 and just watched every episode again. Of course I loved it, because it was cancelled after only one season. It's a snazzy western set in space with guns, tumbleweeds, a hot captain and all the funny that could be mustered from the mind of Joss Whedon. Episode 8, Out of Gas, wrecks me. Television at its best. Watch on Hulu or Netflix.
5. Arrested Development (FOX): This was my only long term commitment at 53 episodes, but another one worth the investment. This comedy is the story of a the Bluth family whose patriarch is sent to jail for fraud and his son must take over the family business. And play straight man to the family who really does put the fun in dysfunction. There isn't a character who isn't brilliant. And insane. Watch on Hulu or Netflix.
What TV shows did you discover after they originally aired? Which shows should I add to my queue?