Good TV shows you’re not watching

When I’m not crafting, sewing, cooking, or gardening , I love pulling up the couch for a little binge TV. I’ve not had cable in years and love being able to watch shows on my own time, so I am a fan of Netflix and Hulu Plus especially now that all the online carriers are competing for my eyeballs with great candy like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.” Diving a little deeper, I’ve found some great shows that are totally flying under the radar and thought I’d share.

Rectify

The Wrong Mans
6 episodes, 22 minutes each, HULU
“Sam and Phil must dodge bullets and escape explosions in their quest to save not just themselves, but their loved ones and ultimately their whole town.”
This is a seriously charming and very suspenseful show. If you liked Shaun of the Dead, this is right up your alley.

Bletchley Circle
3 episodes, 45 minutes each BBC on Netflix stream
“In 1952, four women who worked at the wartime code-breaking center, Bletchley Park, reunite to track down a serial killer”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Call the Midwife. Cool story that keeps it going to the end.

Behind the Mask
6 episodes, 22 minutes, HULU
“So many different people want pieces of him. Everyone wants to be around him. Everyone wants to take a picture of him. Who the heck is this guy?”
This is what reality TV should be. This is a behind the scenes look at sports mascots: high school, college, minor league and pro. The guys are sweet and have real life hurdles (injury, girl crushes, academics and career aspirations and disappointments) that make you want to cheer them on!

Rectify
6 Episodes, 45 minutes each, Sundance on Netflix stream
“After 19 years on Death Row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, Daniel Holden is going home.”
Haunting is a good word. This show has the potential to run the gamut of emotions, but the lead character is so restrained, everyone else has no choice but to follow his lead to see where he goes. This first season only scratched the surface of the complex characters and subtle plot. And the MUSIC. The music is so good, it enhances the sentiment and atmosphere.

Top of the Lake
7 Episodes, 45 minutes each, Sundance on Netflix stream
“When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.”
This cool show has been compared to Twin Peaks for good reason. Spooky. Odd characters. Beautiful setting. A mystery that keeps going. From Jane Champion.

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