Binge Diaries: “Arrow” and DC’s Television Dominance

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By Josh Axelrod

While Marvel has the cinematic market cornered with its “Avengers” movie universe, DC has quietly dominated with its live-action TV shows. Partnering with the CW has been a shockingly smart move, considering superheroes and “Gossip Girl” don’t go together in any way, shape or form. But with “Smallville,” they established a model that has paid dividends for them: Tell origin stories that are grounded in (relative) reality with ridiculously attractive casts.

That formula must be how “Arrow” was greenlit, and it’s more effective than it has any right to be. I was skeptical going into “Arrow,” mostly because Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” had such a rocky first season that I wasn’t looking forward to picking up another superhero show. But the show had me hooked from episode one and only got better through its first two seasons.

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Binge Diaries: Don Draper + Harry Potter = “A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories”

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By Josh Axelrod and Anamika Roy

New York Times

*The first season of “A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories” is on Netflix. To watch Season 2, you might have to do a little digging.

JOSH: How has a show starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe flown so far under the radar? Sure, it’s a British import, but shows like “Sherlock” and “Downton Abbey” — hell, even “Luther” — have become sensations in the states. “A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories” should be on that level, especially considering its leads.

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Binge Wrap-Up: Top 10 Moments from “The Office”

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Two months and nine seasons later, I can now say I have watched every single episode of “The Office” and have zero regrets about the most intense binge I’ve ever done. If “Seinfeld” and “Friends” were the pinnacle of sitcoms in the late 90s/early 2000s, “The Office” was the first great comedy to come out of the mid-2000s/early 2010s. Its documentary format paved the way for some truly fantastic modern comedies (“Parks and Recreation,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” the first two seasons of “Modern Family”), and it’s the reason Mindy Kaling has her own show. To cap off my binge, here are my 10 favorite “Office” moments:

*Note: The finale of “The Office” is perfect, and this list could have been filled with 10 moments from that episode alone. But for the sake of fairness to the rest of the show’s 200 episodes, I decided to not include it. 

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The Binge Diaries: “Bojack Horseman” and Netflix’s Attempt to Branch Out

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By Josh Axelrod

This show had been on my radar ever since I saw that voice cast. Will Arnett as an anthropomorphic horse who happened to be a 90s sitcom star? Aaron Paul as a stoner slacker? Alison Brie as a Vietnamese Annie Edison? If nothing else, the cast (which also includes Amy Sedaris, Paul F. Thompkins and Patton Oswalt) was proof that everyone in Hollywood now jumps at the chance to work for Netflix.

Last Friday, Netflix rolled out a 12-episode first season that was, to put it gently, all over the place. “Bojack Horseman” is the definition of an acquired taste. It’s equal parts satire, sitcom and extremely dark psychodrama. If I had to describe this show in two words, it would be: “Excuse me?”

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The Binge Diaries: How “The West Wing” Converted Me to The Church of Aaron Sorkin

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By Carrie Blazina (Guest Writer) 

I finally started binge-watching “The West Wing” this summer after years of putting it off, and I am so glad I caved. A little more than two seasons in, I have become so invested in all of the characters. The show has changed the way I read and edit political stories as a journalist, and the way I pay attention to anything White House-related as a citizen of the United States. It’s also just plain funny and clever. Continue reading