http://rottentomatoes.tumblr.com/post/138050348134/12-fresh-gillian-anderson-gifs

Happy New Year from Rotten Tomatoes! Hopefully, your resolutions don’t involve watching less TV because 2016 promises to be rich with more scripted shows than ever. Many are coming back this month, some are hitting streaming, and a few are just darn cool. So grab your remote and whatever terrible low-carb, low-calorie, low-fat snack you’re eating for the next two weeks and start bingeing!


Making a Murderer: Season 1 (2015) 98%

What it is: After spending 18 years in prison for a crime that he didn’t commit, Steven Avery is exonerated by DNA evidence. Two years later he is arrested again for a murder he may not have committed.

Why you should watch it: Filmed over a ten-year period, this highly bingeable series provides a detailed account of the unfathomable events in Avery’s life. The story takes so many unexpected twists and turns that it’s not immediately clear where the truth lies. A guilty man may be facing his comeuppance, or an innocent man might be suffering one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice imaginable.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: 10 hours.


The X-Files: Season 1 (1993) 83%

 

What it is: FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate unexplained paranormal phenomena. Mulder wants to believe, but Scully is a skeptic.

Why you should watch it: With the reboot premiering on Fox later this month, now is the perfect time to get caught up on this era-defining sci-fi show. Most of the episodes follow a case-of-the week (or monster-of-the-week) format, with Mulder and Scully in pursuit of strange leads in remote locations. They don’t always solve each mystery, but they often discover that truth is stranger than fiction. There are also the myth-arc episodes, which revolve around a government conspiracy to cover up the existence of an alien threat to humanity. Basically, think Criminal Minds meets The Twilight Zone and you’ll be on the right track.

Where to watch: All nine seasons of The X-Files are available on DVD and Blu-ray and streaming on Amazon Prime, iTunesMicrosoftNetflix, Hulu, and Vudu.

Commitment: 154 hours.


Deutschland 83: Deutschland 83 (2015) 95%

What it is: In the midst of the Cold War, a young East German soldier with an ailing mother is tasked with going undercover in the West to steal NATO military secrets.

Why you should watch it: Deutschland 83 is a bit like The Americans’ European cousin, capturing the tension and paranoia of the Cold War from the perspective of a conflicted spy on the front lines. Jonas Nay plays Martin Rauch as both a resourceful operative and a wide-eyed innocent, at once committed to his mission and enticed by the freedoms he finds in the West. It’s tense, exciting stuff, full of evocative period details and fascinating personal conflicts.

Where to watch: AmazonGoogle Play, Hulu, and iTunes.

Commitment: 6 hours.


Younger: Season 1 (2015) 97%

What it is: Liza Miller, a newly single mom, is 40 and without a job. After a chance encounter, she decides to go for broke and enlists the help of her best friend to get a makeover and re-enter the workforce as a 26-year-old.

Why you should watch it: Two factors that should seal the deal on your binge quest: Younger is from famed Sex in the City creator Darren Star, and the show stars Sutton Foster, who out-charms every scene, person and thing she appears with. The show also boasts a cast of delightful characters; sweet, fun exploits; and a whimsical perspective that’s worth your precious time before season two airs on Jan. 13.

Where to watch: Amazon, MicrosoftTVLand.com, and Vudu.

Commitment: 4 hours.


The Venture Bros.: Season 6 (2015) 100%

What it is: Living in the long shadow of his world-famous adventuring playboy father (who vanished under unknown circumstances), Dr. Venture is a disgraced scientist who drags his twin sons, Hank and Dean, around the world on violent misadventures with their Led Zeppelin-lovin’ bodyguard Brock Samson.

Why you should watch it: Initially a spoof on Jonny Quest, Venture Bros. has morphed over its five seasons into a hybrid screwball action/comedy, where the jokes whiz by as fast as the bullets and lasers. Popular characters are slaughtered to jar viewers, the pop culture references range from lowbrow to highly esoteric, and the series’ world-building and callbacks to earlier episodes are unparalleled. It’s a ruthless, specific humor which stems from the fact that the show is still driven by its creators, Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, who write, direct, and voice most of the vast variety of characters (which explains why it takes forever to get new seasons).

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Hulu, Microsoft, and PlayStation Video. Season six drops Jan. 31 on Adult Swim.

Commitment: 24 hours.


Marvel's Agent Carter: Season 1 (2015) 96%

What it is: Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Agent Carter takes place shortly after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, following the exploits of Peggy Carter as she joins the Strategic Scientific Reserve in post-WWII New York City.

Why you should watch it: Essential viewing for fans of the MCU, Agent Carter expands on the background that led to the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Stark Industries, while also infusing the universe with a spunky feminist twist. Peggy Carter is one tough cookie who relies on her wits as much as she does her physical strength, battling villains as well as the internalized (and sometimes externalized) sexism of mid-century America.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, MicrosoftPlayStation Video, and Vudu, as well as on DVD and Blu-ray.

Commitment: 5.5 hours.


Parks and Recreation: Season 7 (2015) 89%

ParksAndRec2

What it is: An idealistic small-town government supervisor with an obsessive work ethic and a penchant for waffles helps keep her local Parks and Recreation department running smoothly, despite an eccentric team of easily distracted employees and a boss who deliberately attempts to undermine the bureaucratic process.

Why you should watch it: Here’s why you should watch Parks and Rec: Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, and Rob Lowe. There’s a reason why this unabashedly sweet and silly workplace sitcom became the calling card for some of today’s biggest and most promising stars. Part of it has to do with the writing, to be sure — equal parts clever and absurd, incisively satirical at times and lovably earnest at others. Morever, though, each role was so perfectly cast that every star was allowed to shine. Amy Poehler is Leslie Knope, Nick Offerman is Ron Swanson, Chris Pratt is Andy Dwyer, Rob Lowe is Chris Traeger (“lit’rally”), and it is very, very hard to dislike any of them. You will laugh, and you will find yourself wishing you could be a part of the gang. This is comfort TV at its finest.

Where to watch: Amazon, HuluiTunes, NetflixVudu, and on DVD.

Commitment: 48.5 hours.


Bored to Death: Season 3 (2011) 78%

What it is: After his girlfriend dumps him, struggling writer Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) puts an ad on Craigslist, advertising himself as an unlicensed private detective. As his moonlight investigation job takes off, his best friend Ray (Zach Galifianakis) and his boss George (Ted Danson) join him on his adventures.

Why you should watch it: It’s a neo-noir comedy with a great ensemble. Ted Danson is awesome, and the stable of recurring and guest stars is formidable. Many feel the series was cancelled too soon, and talk of a follow-up movie (Ames reported in 2015 that he’s working on another draft of the script) continues to keep the detective dream alive. Also, it should get you in the laughing mood for Galifianakis’ upcoming new comedy series, Baskets, premiering Jan. 21 on FX.

Where to watch: Amazon PrimeGoogle Play, HBO GoVudu, and also on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Commitment: 12 hours.


The Missing: Season 1 (2014) 91%

What it is: The order of a second season has led The Missing into the anthology series pool. Season one is the horrifyingly realistic tragedy of one couple’s search for their young son, who goes missing during a holiday in France.

Why you should watch it: Subject matter like this can be difficult; it makes one wonder why watching a story about a missing child could be considered “entertainment.” But the familial dramatic arc and the unfolding mystery are presented with exceptional insight, as the characters’ daunting lives are carried out with specificity by a stellar cast that meets the challenge set before them.

Where to watch: AmazonGoogle Play, iTunes, PlaystationStarz Play (with cable subscription), Vudu, and XFinity (with cable subscription), and on DVD and Blu-ray.

Commitment: 13 hours.


Suits: Season 4 (2014) 100%

What it is: In USA Network’s legal drama about a brilliant but unlicensed lawyer (Patrick J. Adams) and his polished mentor (Gabriel Macht), “suits” can refer to the millions of dollars in play for each case — or the well-dressed, fast-talking, claptrap-thinking litigators who wear them.

Why you should watch it: There’s usually an interesting lawsuit at the center of every episode, but the dynamic at the office of Pearson Hardman is Suits‘ bread and butter. From Louis Litt’s bullying of the associates to Harvey Specter’s obsession with winning, every character develops into someone you either love or love to hate. With a big cliffhanger heading into the Jan. 27 midseason premiere, now is the perfect time to study up on this quick, smart, well-tailored drama.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft, Playstation, USA Network (with cable subscription) and Vudu.

Commitment: 50 hours.

Tag Cloud

Grammys Sundance crossover VOD TCA king arthur Turner Classic Movies Mindy Kaling Baby Yoda pirates of the caribbean Spike FOX Television Academy Biopics MGM BBC America Universal Pictures BET lord of the rings CMT deadpool ViacomCBS razzies streamig HBO Go 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Extras The CW 2020 Peacock breaking bad 1990s Podcast toy story biopic 2019 Comics on TV Winners Epix Fall TV 2015 worst rotten Action 21st Century Fox adenture E! Tubi satire festivals obi wan Stephen King worst movies what to watch Box Office theme song TCA Awards ITV FXX kaiju 2018 quibi diversity parents mockumentary Legendary Discovery Channel jamie lee curtis true crime RT History DC Comics 2021 rt labs critics edition child's play cancelled stand-up comedy richard e. Grant saw revenge classics talk show USA Mystery NYCC GIFs PaleyFest comic book movie TCA 2017 anime SundanceTV BBC One police drama Sci-Fi Creative Arts Emmys BET Awards political drama name the review Exclusive Video summer TV south america Star Wars werewolf MSNBC Cannes Film Set visit know your critic Warner Bros. PBS cinemax franchise based on movie stop motion aliens MTV obituary TCA Winter 2020 nfl young adult french Hear Us Out Trivia Arrowverse VH1 Hallmark The Purge docuseries Apple independent 71st Emmy Awards Brie Larson OneApp feel good period drama comiccon critic resources 45 Rock discovery Adult Swim vampires children's TV venice TIFF Comic-Con@Home 2021 ratings nbcuniversal Comedy crime drama animated best christmas movies IMDb TV Super Bowl Animation Amazon Prime Video First Reviews prank marvel cinematic universe vs. YouTube Red Superheroe Red Carpet dceu ABC Signature japanese teaser italian comic book movies Nat Geo concert Sundance Now Netflix Christmas movies batman king kong scene in color critics Musical serial killer Ellie Kemper 99% canceled directors Spectrum Originals 2016 game of thrones Image Comics El Rey superhero DGA TV movies black comedy cops SXSW cooking ESPN hispanic heritage month spinoff indie Instagram Live mutant Country OWN witnail Mudbound scorecard comedies dc Prime Video DirecTV sequel criterion Quiz hidden camera halloween zombies james bond Awards Christmas 24 frames ABC Toys NBA Syfy Netflix Ovation films Marvel basketball Marvel Studios NBC biography GLAAD ghosts telelvision dogs mission: impossible docudrama Drama Writers Guild of America festival justice league australia Hollywood Foreign Press Association HBO Max remakes video spain sports summer preview 4/20 crime DC streaming service series reviews AMC football unscripted Comic Book LGBT debate tv talk Nickelodeon cartoon hist target Video Games PlayStation Tags: Comedy black Sneak Peek Crunchyroll Star Trek RT21 Classic Film CBS slashers book adaptation Cosplay monster movies Disney Fox News Superheroes Disney Channel Pirates documentaries versus YouTube scary comic books A24 reboot The Walt Disney Company singing competition trailers zombie X-Men finale Rom-Com Pixar SXSW 2022 Musicals National Geographic superman New York Comic Con TV One TCM Starz science fiction laika MCU Fox Searchlight DC Universe Ghostbusters President Holidays latino Sony Pictures wonder woman blaxploitation rotten movies we love adaptation Song of Ice and Fire historical drama Best Actor new york facebook supernatural Pride Month WGN olympics new star wars movies Trophy Talk Schedule Apple TV+ politics indiana jones Pet Sematary Pop harry potter anthology dexter 007 dramedy cancelled TV series binge action-comedy transformers 20th Century Fox CW Seed Travel Channel HBO Spring TV new zealand spanish art house Alien streaming comics boxoffice war television international video on demand AMC Plus genre ABC Family movie Hulu royal family Rocketman Chernobyl cars cancelled television romantic comedy natural history legend San Diego Comic-Con Calendar CBS All Access popular Fantasy CNN Wes Anderson Vudu high school See It Skip It 72 Emmy Awards psychological thriller Dark Horse Comics scary movies Lionsgate fresh dreamworks Fargo green book South by Southwest Film Festival A&E composers Disney streaming service Showtime aapi cats 79th Golden Globes Awards Acorn TV Focus Features Music WarnerMedia Paramount Plus Paramount Network crime thriller technology Anna Paquin Year in Review BAFTA Opinion Sundance TV Food Network IFC Tarantino spy thriller The Witch TV Crackle TV Land Tumblr Family social media Summer renewed TV shows Binge Guide Lucasfilm Martial Arts Premiere Dates USA Network Best Picture chucky elevated horror twilight sag awards live action Reality Competition FX on Hulu japan dark casting Watching Series toronto movies disaster IFC Films TBS Best and Worst Avengers Women's History Month VICE screenings Tokyo Olympics screen actors guild Broadway kids mcc TV renewals 2017 stoner Esquire Holiday Emmy Nominations posters kong medical drama women emmy awards Amazon Prime joker Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt YA Britbox spanish language adventure trophy Bravo Tomatazos fast and furious Masterpiece sopranos Television Critics Association Western cults Disney+ Disney Plus game show Shudder SDCC sequels HFPA doctor who a nightmare on elm street robots History zero dark thirty Nominations marvel comics Turner Universal Endgame American Society of Cinematographers Black History Month live event golden globes Best Director foreign Marathons The Academy dragons 93rd Oscars 94th Oscars Funimation leaderboard streaming movies documentary Lifetime halloween tv summer TV preview Infographic Academy Awards suspense news Awards Tour Amazon FX Election Photos rom-coms book Rocky Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Interview canceled TV shows blockbusters Film Festival godzilla die hard Columbia Pictures YouTube Premium 90s BBC Pacific Islander Teen Paramount Mary poppins thriller Logo Cartoon Network miniseries Neflix LGBTQ The Walking Dead Walt Disney Pictures mob hollywood Elton John GoT award winner Certified Fresh universal monsters comic free movies Black Mirror rt labs golden globe awards all-time Disney Plus Emmys The Arrangement strong female leads Hallmark Christmas movies Valentine's Day sitcom jurassic park Pop TV boxing TruTV psycho romance Marvel Television Freeform Reality space Thanksgiving Amazon Studios spider-man APB blockbuster nature 73rd Emmy Awards Best Actress Horror ID TLC Polls and Games Oscars First Look Apple TV Plus travel E3 Lifetime Christmas movies Mary Tyler Moore TNT Trailer gangster spider-verse Captain marvel heist movie Winter TV Shondaland Heroines Oscar cancelled TV shows Kids & Family Countdown rt archives slasher hispanic archives Mary Poppins Returns asian-american Comedy Central Character Guide