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If you seek subtle psychological drama that follows a dysfunctional family living their lives literally among the dead, then binge-watch Six Feet Under. With careful pacing, sometimes surreal direction, and first-rate writing, Six Feet Under is a compelling, if dark, delight. Title: "Six Feet Under" Year it began: 2001 Where it can be seen: Amazon; HBO Who’s …

If you seek exciting espionage adventure that links family conflicts with international relations, then binge-watch "Alias." Featuring Jennifer Garner as the coolest spy in television history and J. J. Abrams’ impeccable production values, "Alias" is a thrilling treat. Title: "Alias" Year it began: 2001 Where it can be seen: Netflix (DVD only), Hulu. Who’s …

If you yearn for a cinematic presentation of Shakespeare’s history plays, then binge-watch “The Hollow Crown.” With superlative casting and bold directing, “The Hollow Crown” perfectly translates the Bard into the language of modern television. Title: “The Hollow Crown” Year it began: 2012 Where it can be seen: BBC; Amazon; PBS; DVD Who’s in it:…

If you seek entertaining scientific programming, binge-watch “Wonders of the Solar System.” Presented by Brian Cox, this miniseries offers sublime graphics, incredible locations, and clear scientific explanations. Title: “Wonders of the Solar System” Year it began: 2010 Where it can be seen: Netflix, Amazon, BBC, DVD. Typical episode length: 60 minutes …

If you yearn for literally cutting-edge psycho-drama and are not too squeamish about televised blood, then spread out some plastic wrap (to avoid the splatter) while binge-watching Dexter. Alternately horrific and humorous, Dexter is a uniquely engaging series about a strangely heroic serial killer. Title: Dexter Year it began: 2006 Where it can be seen: Showtime;…

If you enjoy surreal sitcom humor that knows no boundaries whatsoever, then binge-watch “The Sarah Silverman Program.” With wickedly clever storylines, bizarre cameos and frenetic musical interludes, Sarah Silverman’s Valley Village is a great comic neighborhood. Title: “The Sarah Silverman Program” Year it began: 2007 Where it can be seen: Hulu; Amazon …

If you seek compelling psychological programming that straddles the line between family drama and comedy, then binge-watch the three excellent seasons of The United States of Tara. Title: The United States of Tara Year it began: 2009 Where it can be seen: Showtime; Amazon; Hulu Who’s in it: Toni Collette; John Corbett; Brie Larson; Keir Gilchrist; Rosemarie D…

If the recent Brexit crisis has put Britain on your mind, then make sure to take some time to binge-watch the zany adventures of Blackadder and his time-traveling crew. With four six-episode seasons each devoted to a different era, "Blackadder" can be your comedic guide through British history. Title: “Blackadder” Year it began: 1983 Where it can be seen: BBC,…

If you yearn for a melancholy setting for tense, thoughtfully paced police investigation, then binge-watch "The Killing." Twice surviving cancellation to make it to a fourth season, "The Killing" offers first-rate, thoughtful murder mystery. Title: "The Killing" Year it began: 2011 Where it can be seen: AMC, Netflix and Amazon. Who’s in it: Mireille Enos, Joe…