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BSH watches: TV recommendations from Mike D.

I’d rather talk about sports, but here’s some crappy TV I’m watching to avoid talking to my wife for the next few weeks.

Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

In case you’ve been under a rock, or were hit by a rock and don’t remember the last six-ish days: there are no sports.

The Flyers are stuck in an endless loop of second-place in the Metropolitan Division and the NHL’s 2019-20 season restart far off in the distance. There’s not much to do right now but long for Kevin Hayes and hyenas, Claude Giroux’s smile (and rightful place on the left side of the Flyers’ No. 1 power play unit), and Carter Hart’s pregame jumps.

Until the Flyers (and the rest of the league) return, we’re left with a world sans hockey, and boy is that a lonely place. Until that void is filled with more Flyers hockey we are left to take advantage of our streaming subscriptions like Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Disney+ and more. In that vein, here’s a look at what shows I’m watching and recommend to you, gentle reader.

Westworld (HBO)

Never a better time to get into this sci-fi drama with season three debuting last Sunday and brining on Aaron Paul to a star-studded cast.

Set in 2058, the new season of Westworld features a complex story line and character development unrivaled in TV right now and build upon the two previous seasons of human-created robot mayhem.

The good news is that it’ll only take you 20 episodes (or roughly 24 hours) to catch up to season three and enjoy from then on during a week-to-week basis as HBO releases new episodes Sunday nights at 9pm EST.

But once you get rolling with this one, it won’t be long before you’re smashing the remote for the next episode.

Binge rating: 9/10

Shameless (Netflix)

Unlike Westworld, I’m still catching up on Shameless, but have found it flat-out addicting.

Set around a disjointed but lovable family in Chicago, the acting is top-notch with William H. Macy and Emily Rossum delivering outstanding performances in eye-opening roles. Macy is a drunk that stumbles around aimlessly while Rossum’s character helps keep the surprisingly independent family afloat despite mounting challenges.

The hardships the Gallagher’s face will bring tears, laughter, some general uneasiness, and much more. But the emotions are worth it as Shameless will have you guessing, entertained, and feverishly telling Netflix that yes, you’re still watching.

As of this writing there’s well over 11 seasons of the Gallagher’s to fill your time with, and with 45-minute episodes you’ll burn through that quarantine time in, uh, no time.

Binge rating: 8.8/10

Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, Hulu)

Cartoon hijinks that defy space, time, and all sense of personal hygiene?

You son of a bitch, I’m in.

If you like general nonsense with a palpable mix of farts and space alien Nazi’s thrown in, then you’re gonna love Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty.

Besides the endless laughs that Rick and Morty will give you, there’s a treasure trove of ridiculous characters to provide comic relief during this trying time without sports.

There’s four seasons of Ricky and Morty to enjoy, though they’re shorter than 30-minute episodes and quick to burn through if you can appreciate the chaos.

Binge rating: 6.9/420

The Outsider (HBO)

Another HBO show here because I make six figures and it’s no big deal to me.

Jason Bateman stars in this drama based off Stephen King’s popular novel of the same title, though not lacking any of the sinister twists. The acting is choice as Bateman leads an all-star cast that helps make the entire show, with the first season just ended a few weeks ago.

All told there are just 10 episodes of The Outsider, and around 12 hours worth of total binge time, but it’s well worth the journey.

Binge rating: 9.2/10

Honorable mentions

I’m not actively watching these shows, but I would recommend them at any given opportunity.

The Curse of Oak Island (History)

There’s apparently some crazy sweet treasure buried on a remote island east of Nova Scotia. The crew digging for the treasure has spent millions trying to find it, and they’ve found enough to justify that something fishy happened on the island, but they’re just not sure what.

Binge rating: 7/10

My 600-pound Life (TLC)

This show is about people who have almost literally eaten their entire life away and man is it some great content. Mostly because they end up getting the help they need to turn their life around, but the beginning parts are eye-opening. If anything it will either fascinate you or make you want to vomit uncontrollably.

Binge rating: 600/10

If you got any good ones based on what I’m into above drop me a recommendation in the comments and I’ll be sure to take that as gold since I believe everything I read on the internet. Thx.