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Binge Guide for Dog Days

EW staff suggestions for revisiting the classics or catching up on some new series you might have missed

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Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock

Sherlock (2010–present)
I just crushed the whole BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson. It's light enough for summer but meaty enough to be better than whatever Housewives marathon is on Bravo. —Madison Vain, assistant to the editor

The Up Series (1964–2012)
Long before Richard Linklater's Boyhood, Michael Apted was experimenting with long-form moviemaking in this documentary series, which follows the lives of 14 diverse British children, starting in 1964 and checking in every seven years. (Unless otherwise noted, all our picks are available on streaming or DVD.) —Bill Keith, senior editor

Grey's Anatomy (2005–present)
I'm a little ashamed of this, but I started bingeing on Grey's from the beginning as a reminder of why Katherine Heigl was such a big TV star. Verdict: She is plenty annoying, but Patrick Dempsey is still quite McDreamy. —Rachel Orvino, senior editor

Skins (2007–13)
No, not the skin-deep MTV show. The original U.K. teen drama had smarts, depth, and an edge—plus Jack O'Connell, who starred in a few seasons and is about to have his big break in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken this Christmas. —Adam Markovitz, senior editor

Jem and the Holograms (1985–88)
Ever since plans were announced for a big-screen reboot, I've been longing to revisit my childhood cartoon obsession. I finally started plowing through the box set, and while the animation seems a bit crude by today's standards, the songs are still pure pop sugar. Jerrica & Co. remain truly, truly, truly outrageous. —Kate Stroup, senior editor

The Hills and Laguna Beach (2004–10)
MTV has been rerunning the ''reality'' shows Laguna Beach and The Hills every morning in several-hour blocks. Maybe I've gotten too much sun (or had too much rosé), but Lauren Conrad's fortune-cookie wisdom (''Love is not a maybe thing'') is still oddly applicable to real life. —Tim Stack, senior writer

Playing House (2014)
This is a great USA comedy starring the funny friends/collaborators Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham. It's only 10 episodes, and I recently caught it on demand. Watch it now, and you'll understand why so many of us are pulling for a second season. —Ray Rahman, staff writer

Firefly (2002–03)
Did you love Guardians of the Galaxy? (Didn't everyone?) It inspired me to rewatch Firefly, about a similarly ragtag band of space thieves who quip a lot. Warning: The 14 episodes—and the movie!—can be addictive, as I discovered one Monday when I got home at midnight and just could not...stop...watching. (Thanks a lot, Joss.) —Aaron Morales, senior associate art director

The Southern Reach trilogy (2014)
If you haven't already devoured the first two books in Jeff VanderMeer's series, now would be a good time to start, since the final volume, Acceptance, comes out Sept. 2. In Annihilation, a team of scientists leads an expedition to Area X, a sinister coastal territory cut off from the rest of the world; in Authority, the Panem-like government tries to make sense of its findings. VanderMeer's dreamy narrative, shot through with echoes of Lovecraft, Orwell, and Kafka, is compulsively readable. —Tina Jordan, senior editor

Cheers (1982–93)
I was young when the show came out, so even though I watched it back then, it still feels pretty new. I just started season 4, when Woody Harrelson begins working at the bar. He was so different from the Woody we know now. Barkeep, another round! —Natalie Gialluca, senior associate photo editor

F---, That's Delicious (2014–present)
Overweight rapper Action Bronson was a chef before becoming one of New York's (and hipsterdom's) favorite MCs. Now Vice has given him an aptly titled Web series to chronicle Action's culinary adventures as he goes on tour. (munchies.vice.com) —Chris Lee, writer at large

The Thick of It (2005–12)
It's the original Veep. This BBC political satire—created by Veep showrunner Armando Iannucci—took a look at the dysfunctional inner workings of the British government. And it featured the new star of Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, as an unscrupulous spin doctor. —Clark Collis, senior writer

Rocky I to V (1976–90)
Yo, Adrian! Netflix just added the first five movies from Sylvester Stallone's classic nopunches-pulled boxing series. Watch Philadelphia pugilist Rocky Balboa take on Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago, and a certain set of stairs—you'll be humming ''Eye of the Tiger'' in no time. —Jake Perlman, editorial assistant

The Fall (2013–present)
I'm catching up on the muchhyped Irish/British murder mystery starring Gillian Anderson and a pre–Fifty Shades of Grey Jamie Dornan (looking absolutely scruff-tastic). The new season is expected later this year, so it’s an ideal time to watch. And five episodes is the easiest binge ever. —Marc Snetiker, correspondent

Originally posted Aug 14, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Aug 29, 2014 Order article reprints
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