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If you are interested in Guy Ritchie’s "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," now showing in area theaters, you may want to brush up on your knowledge of King Arthur myths. Since medieval times, King Arthur has starred in numerous poems, novels, paintings and films. To prepare yourself for Charlie Hunnam’s portrayal of Britain’s most legendary king, why not take this tr…

If you want to follow a relentless reporter with a knack for discovering dangerous conspiracies and deadly monsters, then binge-watch "Kolchak: The Night Stalker." A key inspiration for "The X-Files," "Kolchak" offers eerie, exciting and campy entertainment. Title: "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" Year it began: 1972 Where it can be seen: WBBZ-TV, Netflix, DVD Who…

If you want to experience the golden ages of world history through exquisitely presented miniseries, then binge-watch Empires from PBS. With outstanding production values and engaging narration, Empires offers sublimely illuminating portraits of great cultural periods. Title: "PBS Empires" Year it began: 10 Where it can be seen: PBS, Amazon Prime. Narrated by…

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…