27 Shows You Can Binge Watch Over the Thanksgiving Holiday (Photos)

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Before the tryptophan from the turkey kicks in, check out TheWrap’s list of shows you can binge in four days over your Thanksgiving weekend. Don’t worry, we have dramas, comedies, action series, sci-fi shows on every platform from Netflix t…

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Awards season in Hollywood has become a rite of passage in celebrating the arts for its creativity and ingenuity. And while some of the more technical categories like visual effects, sound mixing and cinematography usually receive short shrift, technology promises to change the way studios both on the big and small screen create, distribute and […]

35 Streaming TV Shows You Can Binge Watch in a Weekend (Photos)

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Stuck at home for a weekend? It’s a perfect time to binge some great TV, thanks to streaming services like Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu and Amazon Prime. But sometimes you want something short, rather than to get sucked into a seasons-long TV show. Here’s a list of binge-worthy shows you can finish in just a couple days.

“Ozark” (Netflix)
“Ozark” follows a financial planner who launders money for a drug cartel. To avoid getting himself and his whole family murdered, he concocts a scheme to head to Missouri to launder a huge amount of money as fast as he can. If you’re craving the sort of dark, crime-ridden drama you need to check out Netflix’s “Ozark” — it’s like “Breaking Bad” if the whole family was involved.

“Glow” (Netflix)
Jump back to the 1980s to follow the creation of the “Gorgeous Women of Wrestling” in Netflix’s latest comedy. Alison Brie of “Mad Men” and Betty Gilpin of “Nurse Jackie” lead a hilarious cast of inexperienced women trying to figure how to wrestle, under the leadership of an extremely unrefined Marc Maron. It’s a quick and funny run at 10 episodes.

“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Season 2 of Netflix’s 1980s-inspired horror series isn’t due till October, which means you’ve got plenty of time to burn through the first eight episodes. The series takes a page from ’80s movies like “The Goonies” and “ET,” and its great cast plays well with the show’s many takes on supernatural horror.

“Westworld” (HBO Go, HBO Now)
HBO kicked off its robots coming to life series last year with a bang. With mind-bending plots focused on artificial intelligence, sentience, and morality — plus lots of confusing timelines to work through — “Westworld” offers a lot to dig into. If you haven’t started the show yet, you can still get lost in its mysteries on HBO Go and HBO Now.

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“Luke Cage” (Netflix)
Spinning off from “Jessica Jones,” Luke Cage takes superheroes to Harlem with a different tone from Netflix’s other Marvel series. There will eventually be more of Luke Cage, but for now the complete first season is a contained story that expands the Marvel universe with perspective that’s especially poignant in the current American political climate.

“Travelers” (Netflix)
Time travelers are popping up in 2017, hoping to stop an apocalyptic future. Netflix grounds the show in the personal struggles of a dedicated team of temporally displaced scientists who are completely out of their elements. “Travelers” also does a great job of giving just enough information to build a fascinating world that leaves a lot of mysteries to solve later on.

“The Night Of” (HBO Go, HBO Now)
HBO’s short miniseries starts with an accusation and a murder, and spirals from there. Naz is a Muslim kid arrested for a murder he can’t remember if he committed, and even before his trial, the situation ripples out to affect everyone even remotely related to him or the crime. It’s a dark and dramatic look into the criminal justice system that goes beyond the usual police procedural.

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“The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (Netflix)
Looking back into the American zeitgeist of 1994, FX’s drama adaptation of the trial of the century is an enthralling 10 episodes. It’s brilliantly cast and captures the moment, with all its bizarre and upsetting ins and outs, extremely well.

“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Netflix)
The book series of the same name contains 13 volumes, but for the moment it’s possible to get through the first four in one binge sitting. Netflix’s adaptation has an amazing cast and is funny throughout for kids and adults. Even though the story isn’t finished by the end of Season 1, it’s worth digging into the plight of the Baudelaire children in one go.

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“Shut Eye” (Hulu)
An organized crime drama that’s kinda funny and a bit supernatural. “Shut Eye” is about grifters posing as psychics in Los Angeles, until Jeffrey Donovan (FX’s “Fargo”) hits his head and starts to see the future. Family drama gets out of control, as do murderous crime bosses.

“3%” (Netflix)
The first Brazilian Netflix original imagines a post-apocalyptic world where people compete for a chance to go somewhere better. Only 3 percent of candidates make the cut, and they often have to do so by screwing each other over. The possibility of entering utopia pushes the characters to their brinks and beyond, especially as they decide what they’re willing to do to get there.

“The OA” (Netflix)
Diving deep into the “strange and mysterious serialized show” category is “The OA,” about a kidnapped blind woman who returns to her hometown with the ability to see. The series gets even weirder after that, constantly posing mysterious questions about the woman’s powers and her kidnapping. The strangeness only escalates, so binge now for a mystery to solve ahead of the show’s second season.

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“Black Mirror” (Netflix)
There are actually four seasons’ worth of episodes of “Black Mirror” available on Netflix, but at only six episodes each, the series is just contained enough that you can get through the whole thing in a long weekend without much to do. It’s addictive enough to happen, as “Black Mirror” puts a “Twilight Zone” twist on modern technology and human relationships.

“Fleabag” (Amazon Prime)
British comedy “Fleabag” is only six episodes long, which makes it a perfect binge for a snowy Saturday or a lazy Sunday. Following Fleabag, a cynical, apathetic, perverted woman fighting to deal with modern life in London, the show gives a different take on modern comedies and dealing with issues like depression.

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“The Jinx” (HBO Go and HBO Now)
The story of Robert Durst is a strange one, filled with disappearances, murder, dismemberment, and bad disguises. The six-episode documentary miniseries goes through the story of Durst’s early life and the disappearance of his wife, through two other deaths, and ends with a possible bombshell break in the case. It’s the kind of binge watch material that’s hard to pull away from.

“The Fall” (Netflix)
This British police procedural about a detective hunting a serial killer stars Gillian Anderson of “X-Files” fame and Jamie Dornan of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Though it covers three total seasons, the shorter series of BBC shows means the grand total is just 17 episodes.

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“Band of Brothers” (HBO Go and HBO Now)
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks produced this drama that follows the 101st Airborne through the European Theater in World War II. Intense, personal and powerful, the 10-part series tells the story of the war in a way that few other movies or series have captured.

“The Crown” (Netflix)
Delving into the story of the English royal family, “The Crown” finds all sorts of drama as Queen Elizabeth II struggles to bear the weight of royal succession. Despite covering the queen’s life over more than 60 years, you’ll still be able to make it through its 10 episodes in a couple days.

“Making a Murderer” (Netflix)
This intensive documentary series covers the story of Steven Avery, who was exonerated of a rape accusation before being arrested for murder. The documentary covers the sorted story of the crime, the investigation, and the prosecution over 10 episodes, raising plenty of questions about whether Avery is guilty along the way.

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“Lady Dynamite” (Netflix)
“Lady Dynamite” teams comedian Maria Bamford and “Arrested Development” creator Mitchell Hurwitz to bring a version of Bamford’s comedy to Netflix. The surreal series follows a version of Bamford after she tries to rebuild her life and comedy career after getting treated for bipolar disorder, and with more episodes on the way, it’s a good one to spend a weekend on.

“Crazy Head” (Netflix)
British horror-comedy “Crazy Head” is about two women who can see demons. At first they think they’re crazy — but then they realize the demons are real. Over six episodes, Amy and Raquel battle the forces of evil, making it a funny experience that’s easy to knock out in a hurry.

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“11.22.63” (Hulu)
Adapting Stephen King’s novel of the same name, “11.22.63” sends James Franco back in time from 2016 to the 1960s. The plan: stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy and rewrite the entire future of America for the better. The entire story is perfect weekend material, covered in just eight episodes.

“Iron Fist” (Netflix)
The fourth of Netflix’s Marvel superhero shows is out now, and it’s the last story before the streaming service’s three heroes come together for “The Defenders.” That makes it essential backstory for fans of “Daredevil,” “Luke Cage” and “Jessica Jones,” and binge watch all 13 kung-fu-filled episodes pretty quickly.

“Top of the Lake” (Netflix)
Mix up your police procedurals with a New Zealand perspective with “Top of the Lake.” Its two seasons star Elizabeth Moss of “Mad Men,” with some heavy hitters including Holly Hunter and Nicole Kidman. The two seasons are relatively short, with the whole series totaling 13 episodes.

“Santa Clarita Diet” (Netflix)
Drew Barrymore finds herself sliding toward being an undead cannibal in this Netflix comedy. Killing and eating people shouldn’t be so funny, but her uptight but supportive suburban family make the enterprise of trying to live as a zombie a pretty good time.

“13 Reasons Why” (Netflix)
High school drama “13 Reasons Why” tells the story of a girl who commits suicide, and the tapes she leaves behind for the various people in her life that drove her to that decision. Delivered like a mystery, the show is great weekend binge watch material as it drags you from episode to episode to find out what happened to Hannah Baker.

“Big Little Lies” (HBO Go, HBO Now)
HBO’s scandal- and rumor-fueled dark comedy “Big Little Lies” also became a whodunit as its drama unfolded. With a star-studded cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern, and clocking in at only seven episodes, “Big Little Lies” is a quick, high-quality watch.

“The Young Pope” (HBO Go, HBO Now)
Jude Law is the first American pope in a dark comedy about religion, authority, politics and backstabbing. “The Young Pope” has its surreal moments as Law’s Pius XIII tries to deflect the machinations of the cardinals around him and figure out what to handle being His Holiness.

“Designated Survivor” (Hulu)
Kiefer Sutherland’s spin as a cabinet member who rises to the presidency after a terrorist bombing wipes out the government mixes a lot of conspiracy theory action with some political drama. The result is a mix of “24” and “The West Wing” that’s exciting and optimistic, especially when scandals swirl in the real-life government.

“Dear White People” (Netflix)
Exploring the realities of navigating race and being Black in America, “Dear White People” delves into the lives of student activists at an Ivy League college that thinks it’s successfully become post-racial. In addition to digging into some tough subjects, the show is also constantly hilarious as each episode focuses on specific characters’ lives and relationships to race.

“Timeless” (Hulu)
NBC’s history-rewriting time travel show adventure show has been rescued from cancellation, securing a second season thanks to fan demand. That means it’s a great time to catch up on “Timeless” while there’s still one season, which is available on Hulu.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Set in a dystopian future in which women are subjugated in America and treated as breeding stock, Hulu’s powerful series can be hard to watch. With an incredible cast that includes Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski and Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale” provides a glimpse into a near-future that sometimes feels a little too possible.

“The Keepers” (Netflix)
Netflix’s latest lengthy true crime documentary sets out to try to find the killer of Sister Cathy Cesnick, a Catholic nun and teacher who died in 1969. The show quickly uncovers a sprawling, horrific tale of sexual abuse at a Baltimore Catholic school that might have led to Sister Cathy’s murder, and possibly a cover up.

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It won’t be long before 2017 is in the proverbial rearview mirror, but the streaming offerings on HBO Go and HBO Now in January will give you a chance to look back at the last couple years and reflect on some movies you might have missed when you were worrying about how Donald Trump was going to get all of us killed.…

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Here’s what’s coming to (and leaving from) HBO in December

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For some reason, December is the biggest month of the year for Christmas and general holiday-themed entertainment, but HBO is taking a slightly odd approach to the season with the new offerings on its HBO Now and HBO Go streaming services. For example, subscribers will be able to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol, Jack

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HBO Launches Streaming Service in Central Europe

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HBO has gone direct-to-consumer in four countries in Central Europe. HBO Go has launched in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia and will serve up HBO hits including “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld,” as well as classic series from the premium cabler such as “Sex and the City” and “The Wire.” Agnieszka Holland’s “Burning […]

Wall Street Loves Netflix’s Price Bump: Streaming Giant Hits All-Time High

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Netflix subscribers might be letting out a slight groan at the company’s modest price increases this morning, but investors are loving it.

Shares of Netflix have popped more than 4 percent to a new all-time high of about $192.25 in early trading on Thursday, following the streaming giant’s decision to bump up the price on two of its subscriber tiers. Its basic plan will remain at $7.99 a month, but the “standard” package that lets users watch on two screens at the same time is moving from $9.99 to $10.99 a month, starting in November. At the same time, its “premium” plan — which adds access on up to four screens and offers ultra HD — is jumping from $11.99 to $13.99 a month.

The price increase comes at a pivotal time in Netflix’s history. In comparison to its main streaming competitors, Netflix is spending money on content like its going out of style. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in August the company plans on spending $7 billion on content next year, on the heels of dropping $6 billion in 2017.

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HBO, on the other hand, is putting “only” about $2 billion into original programming in 2016. Hulu is at about $2.5 billion for the year. Apple is jumping into the content game next year with $1 billion — chump change to the world’s biggest company. Facebook recently launched its “Watch” TV platform, and a YouTube rep recently told TheWrap it’s content budget is “competitive” with the other heavy hitters.

Upping its prices will allow Netflix to continue its aggressive content arms race, while at the same time giving it the capital to build its platform internationally. The streaming giant started to push its global brand in early 2016, and the results have been impressive so far. In its stellar second quarter earnings report back in July, Netflix announced international subscribers had passed domestic viewers for the first time in its history — with both hovering around 52 million a piece.

Michael Olson, a senior analyst with Piper Jaffray, told TheWrap that the company can continue its massive expansion and hit a combined 200 million subscribers if a few things break in its favor.

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“If [Netflix] can get just 5 percent of households outside of US and China that are in the below-average income and 12 percent of households that are above average-income — compared to the 50 percent share of [US] households we estimate they’ll have by 2020 — that’d give them 100 million international subs by 2020,” Olson said. “You don’t need to have huge penetration, and there’s no heroic assumption there — that’s realistic and that’s the biggest potential for them.”

As studios like Disney slowly pull its shows from Netflix in the years ahead, it’ll become increasingly important for the company to pay up for content that plays abroad. “Okja” — a movie starring a giant pig and spearheaded by a famous South Korean director — is one example of “local content” helping Netflix expand abroad. Sarandos said as much on  the company’s Q2 earnings call.

“It helped attract new subscribers but it also brings a brand halo to Netflix that it’s great content worth paying for,” he said. “For most people, they learned about Netflix for the first time when ‘Okja’ was coming out in Korea.”

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It’s already been a banner year for Netflix shareholders, as the company has rocketed about 50 percent since early January. Now with a few hundred million dollars added to its monthly coffers, Netflix is primed to continue its rapid content grab and global expansion — something Wall Street is already excited about.

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Netflix Increases Subscription Prices Ahead of ‘Stranger Things’ Return

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Hyped for the new season of “Stranger Things”? It’s going to cost you a little bit more.

Netflix quietly increased its prices for two subscriber tiers starting in November — about one week after the hit show comes back for its second season on October 27. (Cheapskates should binge quickly.)

The basic plan is staying at $7.99 a month, but the “standard” package that lets users watch on two screens at the same time is moving from $9.99 to $10.99 a month.

And the “premium” plan — which bumps up access to four screens and offers ultra HD — is jumping from $11.99 to $13.99 a month.

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If you head over to Netflix to sign up, you’ll already see the new price tiers reflected on its site.

 

It’s the first price change for Netflix since 2014. Most users won’t flinch at the modest increase in prices, and the incremental revenue will add up for the streaming service. With more than 50 million subscribers in the U.S. alone, Netflix will rake in about $100 million more each month domestically.

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The price bump coincides with Netflix continuing to shell out money hand over fist for content. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos recently said the streaming giant will be spending $7 billion on content next year, after spending $6 billion in 2017.

In comparison to its main competitors, Netflix is still positioned in a sweet spot between HBO GO’s $15 a month plan and Hulu’s $11.99 commercial-free option.

Wall Street seems to love the new prices, with shares of Netflix darting up 4 percent to new all-time highs of about $191.85.

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Showtime’s Streaming Service May Have Been Hacked, Browsers Used to Mine for Cryptocurrency

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Was Showtime the latest Hollywood juggernaut to get hacked?

It looks like that’s the case, after Showtime.com and its instant-streaming site ShowtimeAnytime.com leveraged browsers to “mine” for Monero coins — a Bitcoin knockoff — over the week. (Mining is a method of verifying cryptocurrency transactions, where miners are given a small amount of cryptocurrency for helping to log all transactions on its digital ledger.) The mining code — first spotted by U.K. tech site The Register  — can take up more than 50 percent of a computer’s processor.

Mining for cyrptocurrency can add up, with a single Monero coin trading for about $90 on Monday. The code was created by Coin Hive, which runs on JavaScript; it used browsers to mine for Monero and transfer the currency back to site administrators. The Coin Hive code popped up over the weekend, before being pulled on Monday.

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But who was making off with the Monero dinero is a head scratcher. The likelihood Showtime was using its users’ browsers to run a secret cryptocurrency mining business — on a platform they pay to watch, no less — is between slim and none. The chances are also low it was inserted by New Relic, the web analytics company behind Showtime’s sites.

Showtime declined to comment to TheWrap on how many users the code impacted and if a culprit had been pinpointed. New Relic and Coin Hive did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment.

If the mining was the work of hackers, Showtime wouldn’t be alone in 2017. HBO battled pirates leaking “Game of Thrones” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episodes this summer. Netflix was also hit, with hackers sharing the entire season of “Orange Is the New Black” a month before its release.

This is also the second time Coin Hive has been in the news this month; Notorious torrent platform The Pirate Bay was testing out Coin Hive to mine Monero when users came to its site. In a blog post explaining the move, TPB said the software was a replacement for ads: “We really want to get rid of all the ads. But we also need enough money to keep the site running.”

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Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Emmy Win Validates Online Streaming as a Hollywood Equal

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Hulu had a banner night at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, spearheaded by “The Handmaid’s Tale” being the first show produced by a streaming service to take home the award for Outstanding Drama Series.

It’s a distinction that validates online streaming as an equal competitor to traditional TV, according to BTIG media and tech analyst Rich Greenfield.

“What’s critical, whether you live on broadcast TV, cable TV, paid TV or the internet, is you can win the same awards and accolades,” Greenfield told TheWrap. “Your ability to be famous is not impaired by working on the internet.”

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While it’s an obvious high-water mark for Hulu, the success of “The Handmaid’s Tale” raises the profile of its streaming competitors as well. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon combined for 123 nominations this year — a healthy jump from the 72 noms the three services had last year. (That goes without adding HBO to the mix, which has adjusted to the new landscape as well as any network and lead the way with 111 nominations this year.) Spend five minutes driving around Los Angeles, and you’re inundated with billboards from Netflix, Hulu and Amazon trumpeting their Emmy footprint.

The nominations are critical, according to Greenfield, since they underline the prevalence of streaming in 2017. Beyond attracting new subscribers, this is vital towards reeling in talent. Stars and strong programming, rather than award show wins, is the ultimate recipe for driving streaming subscriptions.

“I don’t think it’s just awards. The nominations and awards help illustrate to talent that you can receive the same, if not greater, recognition on the new platforms as the old platforms,” said Greenfield. “I think [nominations] are important from that standpoint; I don’t think the award in and of itself is why someone is or subscribing or not subscribing to these services.”

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Of course, the prestige of winning the Emmy’s top prize doesn’t hurt, either. Craig Erwich, Hulu’s head of original content, told TheWrap “Handmaid’s” can help attract new eyeballs to its other shows.

“We really do think about each of these shows as, hopefully, like — this might be an unfortunate term — a gateway drug to the rest of Hulu,” he said. “The real goal is that they come in to watch ‘Handmaid’s’ and then discover a lot of other shows.”

With “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” victory, Hulu — and its rivals — has another feather in its cap when looking to court Hollywood stars. The subscribers will flow from there, and streaming will continue its eclipse of traditional TV.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere Prompts Digital Snafus for HBO

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Another year, another “Game of Thrones” premiere presents problems for HBO on digital platforms. Twitter saw elevated levels of grousing from fans all over the globe, who logged on to the HBO  website Sunday night only to find it had been knocked offline, but resurrected later in the evening. There were also complaints about HBO’s… Read more »

‘Game of Thrones’: HBO Reports Website Crash, Outage Complaints Ahead of Season 7 Premiere

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Service is coming?

Numerous HBO subscribers complained of outages on Sunday, just before the highly anticipated “Game of Thrones” Season 7 premiere was set to air. The network’s website, HBO.com, also crashed as the episode was airing on the East Coast, giving visitors an error message.

The dismayed users took to service watchdog site Down Detector, along with social media platforms such as Twitter, to voice their complaints of trouble with both linear service and streaming platforms.

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HBO subscribers in Latin American nations appeared particularly susceptible.

An HBO representative told TheWrap that the network was not aware of service issues but was investigating.

This is not the first time that “Game of Thrones” fans have complained about difficulty while attempting to watch the phenomenally popular show. HBO Now, the network’s streaming app, went down for some viewers in June 2016 during the airing of Season 6’s penultimate episode, “Battle of the Bastards.”

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Check out the tweets below.

Welp. HBO GO not working. Seems about right.

— Peter (@Pe7erBrower) July 17, 2017

WHY IS HBO NOT WORKING I JUST WANT TO WATCH GAME OF THRONES TF

— Amanda (@thesmelloftea) July 17, 2017

@DIRECTVNowHelp HBO not working for the new episode of GOT ? Seriously?

— Nicolas MICHEL (@vPackets) July 17, 2017

Sis in law said HBO NOW is not working. That sucks… #GameofThrones

— Armada G ⚓ (@IAm_AdamG) July 17, 2017

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When my HBO account is not working an hour before GoT. pic.twitter.com/spwNXwt5Yf

— Gp (@GpPaletta) July 17, 2017

Should be watching @GameOfThrones, but @hbo is currently not working via our service provider. Thanks for NOTHING, @CoxComm.

— Kara LaReau (@karalareau) July 17, 2017

HBO go not working wtf wtf wtf wtf wtf wtf

— jason Gibson (@thatkidjasonn) July 17, 2017

My entire family uses my uncle’s HBO GO account to watch GoT and it IS NOT WORKING THIS IS NOT GOOD

— Gabriela (@yogabironi) July 17, 2017

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@HBOGOhelp hbo go app suddenly not working? Was fine all day and can’t load got GOT…Ive been trying for 34 minutes.

— kristin labriola (@KristinLabriola) July 17, 2017

Wait…is @HBO not even working?? @Comcast I specifically switched for this GOT tonight!!????????❄️

— amy k (@amyk318) July 17, 2017

HBO go not working in Latam. No response from @HBOLatino @HBOGOhelp @HBO pic.twitter.com/J8NvU4Dl4U

— Bibiana Nunes (@bibinex) July 17, 2017

@HBO Go not working for me in Mexico.. Need to watch @GameOfThrones .. plz help @HBOGOhelp

— Akriti Kapoor (@akriteee) July 17, 2017

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Stuck at home for a weekend? It’s a perfect time to binge some great TV, thanks to streaming services like Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu and Amazon Prime. But sometimes you want something short, rather than to get sucked into a seasons-long TV show. Here’s a list of binge-worthy shows you can finish in just a couple days.

“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Season 2 of Netflix’s 1980s-inspired horror series isn’t due till October, which means you’ve got plenty of time to burn through the first eight episodes. The series takes a page from ’80s movies like “The Goonies” and “ET,” and its great cast plays well with the show’s many takes on supernatural horror.

“Westworld” (HBO Go, HBO Now)
HBO kicked off its robots coming to life series last year with a bang. With mind-bending plots focused on artificial intelligence, sentience, and morality — plus lots of confusing timelines to work through — “Westworld” offers a lot to dig into. If you haven’t started the show yet, you can still get lost in its mysteries on HBO Go and HBO Now.

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“Luke Cage” (Netflix)
Spinning off from “Jessica Jones,” Luke Cage takes superheroes to Harlem with a different tone from Netflix’s other Marvel series. There will eventually be more of Luke Cage, but for now the complete first season is a contained story that expands the Marvel universe with perspective that’s especially poignant in the current American political climate.

“Travelers” (Netflix)
Time travelers are popping up in 2017, hoping to stop an apocalyptic future. Netflix grounds the show in the personal struggles of a dedicated team of temporally displaced scientists who are completely out of their elements. “Travelers” also does a great job of giving just enough information to build a fascinating world that leaves a lot of mysteries to solve later on.

“The Night Of” (HBO Go, HBO Now)
HBO’s short miniseries starts with an accusation and a murder, and spirals from there. Naz is a Muslim kid arrested for a murder he can’t remember if he committed, and even before his trial, the situation ripples out to affect everyone even remotely related to him or the crime. It’s a dark and dramatic look into the criminal justice system that goes beyond the usual police procedural.

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“The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (Netflix)
Looking back into the American zeitgeist of 1994, FX’s drama adaptation of the trial of the century is an enthralling 10 episodes. It’s brilliantly cast and captures the moment, with all its bizarre and upsetting ins and outs, extremely well.

“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Netflix)
The book series of the same name contains 13 volumes, but for the moment it’s possible to get through the first four in one binge sitting. Netflix’s adaptation has an amazing cast and is funny throughout for kids and adults. Even though the story isn’t finished by the end of Season 1, it’s worth digging into the plight of the Baudelaire children in one go.

“The Get Down” (Netflix)
Baz Luhrmann’s stylish look at the birth of hip-hop in New York City is musical and charged with excitement. “The Get Down” deliver something that’s pretty different from other streaming fare, with its 1970s New York setting and the drama surrounding an emerging, exciting art form.

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“Shut Eye” (Hulu)
An organized crime drama that’s kinda funny and a bit supernatural. “Shut Eye” is about grifters posing as psychics in Los Angeles, until Jeffrey Donovan (FX’s “Fargo”) hits his head and starts to see the future. Family drama gets out of control, as do murderous crime bosses.

“3%” (Netflix)
The first Brazilian Netflix original imagines a post-apocalyptic world where people compete for a chance to go somewhere better. Only 3 percent of candidates make the cut, and they often have to do so by screwing each other over. The possibility of entering utopia pushes the characters to their brinks and beyond, especially as they decide what they’re willing to do to get there.

“The OA” (Netflix)
Diving deep into the “strange and mysterious serialized show” category is “The OA,” about a kidnapped blind woman who returns to her hometown with the ability to see. The series gets even weirder after that, constantly posing mysterious questions about the woman’s powers and her kidnapping. The strangeness only escalates, so settle in for a mystery to solve.

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“Black Mirror” (Netflix)
There are actually four seasons’ worth of episodes of “Black Mirror” available on Netflix, but at only six episodes each, the series is just contained enough that you can get through the whole thing in a long weekend without much to do. It’s addictive enough to happen, as “Black Mirror” puts a “Twilight Zone” twist on modern technology and human relationships.

“Fleabag” (Amazon Prime)
British comedy “Fleabag” is only six episodes long, which makes it perfect for a snowy Saturday or a lazy Sunday. Following Fleabag, a cynical, apathetic, perverted woman fighting to deal with modern life in London, the show gives a different take on modern comedies and dealing with issues like depression.

“Master of None” (Netflix)
Comedian Aziz Ansari’s show is a hilarious take on finding your way in adulthood, navigating relationships and trying to get a career on track. It also offers a fresh perspective on the experience for children of immigrants in the U.S., while constantly creating poignant, funny moments.

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“The Jinx” (HBO Go and HBO Now)
The story of Robert Durst is a strange one, filled with disappearances, murder, dismemberment, and bad disguises. The six-episode documentary miniseries goes through the story of Durst’s early life and the disappearance of his wife, through two other deaths, and ends with a possible bombshell break in the case.

“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” (Netflix)
Prequeling the screwball comedy “Wet Hot American Summer,” “First Day of Camp” reunites a huge, phenomenal crew of comedians. The show is a prequel of the movie of the same name, sending up ’80s camp movies with a series of zany stories across 10 episodes.

“The Fall” (Netflix)
This British police procedural about a detective hunting a serial killer stars Gillian Anderson of “X-Files” fame and Jamie Dornan of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Though it covers three total seasons, the shorter series of BBC shows means the grand total is just 17 episodes.

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“Band of Brothers” (HBO Go and HBO Now)
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks produced this drama that follows the 101st Airborne through the European Theater in World War II. Intense, personal and powerful, the 10-part series tells the story of the war in a way that few other movies or series have captured.

“The Crown” (Netflix)
Delving into the story of the English royal family, “The Crown” finds all sorts of drama as Queen Elizabeth II struggles to bear the weight of royal succession. Despite covering the queen’s life over more than 60 years, you’ll still be able to make it through its 10 episodes in a couple days.

“Making a Murderer” (Netflix)
This intensive documentary series covers the story of Steven Avery, who was exonerated of a rape accusation before being arrested for murder. The documentary covers the sorted story of the crime, the investigation, and the prosecution over 10 episodes, raising plenty of questions about whether Avery is guilty along the way.

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“Insecure” (HBO Go and HBO Now)
Issa Rae channels some hilarious but relatable experiences as she and her friend Molly deal with their own insecurities and flaws in “Insecure.” The show breaks down stereotypes about what it means to be a Millennial, an adult, and a black woman, and with Season 2 due in the summer, now’s the time to get caught up.

“Lady Dynamite” (Netflix)
“Lady Dynamite” teams comedian Maria Bamford and “Arrested Development” creator Mitchell Hurwitz to bring a version of Bamford’s comedy to Netflix. The surreal series follows a version of Bamford after she tries to rebuild her life and comedy career after getting treated for bipolar disorder, and with more episodes on the way, it’s a good one to spend a weekend on.

“Crazy Head” (Netflix)
British horror-comedy “Crazy Head” is about two women who can see demons. At first they think they’re crazy — but then they realize the demons are real. Over six episodes, Amy and Raquel battle the forces of evil, making it a funny experience that’s easy to knock out in a hurry.

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“11.22.63” (Hulu)
Adapting Stephen King’s novel of the same name, “11.22.63” sends James Franco back in time from 2016 to the 1960s. The plan: stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy and rewrite the entire future of America for the better. The entire story is perfect weekend material, covered in just eight episodes.

“Iron Fist” (Netflix)
The fourth of Netflix’s Marvel superhero shows is out now, and it’s the last story before the streaming service’s three heroes come together for “The Defenders.” That makes it essential backstory for fans of “Daredevil,” “Luke Cage” and “Jessica Jones,” and you can get through all 13 kung-fu-filled episodes pretty quickly.

“Top of the Lake” (Netflix)
Mix up your police procedurals with a New Zealand perspective with “Top of the Lake.” Its two seasons star Elizabeth Moss of “Mad Men,” with some heavy hitters including Holly Hunter and Nicole Kidman. The two seasons are relatively short, with the whole series totaling 13 episodes.

“Santa Clarita Diet” (Netflix)
Drew Barrymore finds herself sliding toward being an undead cannibal in this Netflix comedy. Killing and eating people shouldn’t be so funny, but her uptight but supportive suburban family make the enterprise of trying to live as a zombie a pretty good time.

20 Best HBO Original Series, From ‘Six Feet Under’ to ‘Game of Thrones’ (Photos)

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There’s a reason HBO is so often a major contender at the Emmys each year — it has an amazing knack for creating a home for phenomenal TV shows. The network’s long history of great, groundbreaking TV means that even if you watch a lot of HBO, there’s probably plenty you haven’t seen. These are the very best, most influential shows the HBO has ever produced. If you’re not watching these, you really should be.

“Tales from the Crypt”
A mix of dark comedy and “Twilight Zone”-esque horror, it’s hard to deny that “Tales from the Crypt” had an influence on the resurgence of great horror TV shows we’ve been experiencing lately. It’s a bit dated and a bit goofy, but “Tales” also still feels like a unique combination of elements. Plus, Crypt Keeper puns.

“The Leftovers”
If there’s something writer Damon Lindelof can get to in his series, it’s the emotional struggles of his characters. “The Leftovers” is all depression and melancholy after the “Sudden Departure,” where 140 million people disappeared in a Rapture-like event. The people left behind are still trying to make life work, and their struggles capture humanity in an extraordinary circumstance.

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“Mr. Show”
Bob Odenkirk and David Cross created an often weird sketch comedy show whose influences are still felt today. It’s a bit of a cult comedy that has a unique voice and a willingness to push the envelope. “Mr. Show” also pulled in many great comedians who’ve since become much better known.

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
John Oliver has mostly become known for his angry but hilarious rants against Donald Trump. But “Last Week Tonight” manages to find the jokes in the news every week, and offers that helpful bit of Jon Stewart-esque “No, you’re not crazy, this is really happening” absurdity that can make it a little easier to cope with what’s happening in the world.

“True Detective”
Though it struggled in its second season, “True Detective” benefits from star-studded casting and a willingness to let flawed characters breathe on screen. Especially in the first season, strong dialogue and believable performances catapult “True Detective” beyond the usual crime drama to become something special.

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“Sex and the City”
Telling the stories of four women in New York, “Sex and the City” broadened portrayals and storylines for women, and was often hilarious in doing so. The show was nominated for 50 Emmys during its six-season run and took down seven, and managed to spawn two movies after the fact.

“Girls”
Lena Dunham’s comedic look at New York Millennials trying to figure out their lives is consistently funny and off-beat, while digging into territory that other comedies might stay clear of. Though its critical reception can sometimes be fraught, the show also manages to tap elements that feel like part of the Millennial experience.

“Flight of the Conchords”
An off-beat comedy about two New Zealanders trying to make it as a novelty band in New York, “Flight of the Conchords” is full of awkward jokes and awesome songs. It’s consistently hilarious and completely weird. Also, Jemaine Clement spends half of one episode playing a great David Bowie.

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“Six Feet Under”
“Six Feet Under” is about death and trying to figure out life. Mixing drama with dark comedy, it’s one of those series where the characters get under your skin. Though its subject matter means there’s plenty of sadness, the efforts of a family to find themselves and carry each other through are always resonant as well.

“The Night Of”
“The Night Of” tells a depressing story of how easily life and the American legal system can get out of control. One bad night and protagonist Naz finds himself arrested for murder, thrown into the prison system and fighting for survival. “The Night Of” is a powerful look at how the effects of Naz’s arrest ripple out to other people in his life.

“Westworld”
Sure, it took a while to get rolling, and maybe fans predicted every single twist. But “Westworld” is full of cool characters, robots achieving sentience, and people dying horribly. And don’t forget the many power-grabs, political machinations, and robot uprisings.

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“Deadwood”
You could call this “The Al Swearengen Show” and you wouldn’t be far off the mark. “Deadwood” dives into the Western with a phenomenal cast, some genuinely funny writing, and a lot of frontier not-quite-legal drama. Life is not great in the Old West, but at least it’s interesting to watch.

“Band of Brothers”
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks produced this 10-episode, character-driven account of an American paratrooper company in World War II. It’s desperate, horrifying and hopeful by turns, capturing the conflict with an incredibly human look inside it.

“Insecure”
Issa Rae pulls comedy and relatability out of a host of topics, like struggling to figure out what she wants out of life, dealing with her career and her love life, and the expectations that come with being a black woman. The show adds perspective to the tough realities of modern life, while constantly being very funny.

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“Veep”
A comedy about a clueless (vice) president just trying to get by was more of a cute idea last year. That said, “Veep” has a killer, hilarious cast and fast, funny writing, which is why it has won 12 Emmys (with 42 nominations) over its five seasons. Julia Louis-Dreyfus in particular is always phenomenal, but it’s the speed and viciousness of the writing that makes “Veep” so fun.

“The Larry Sanders Show”
Another landmark comedy, Garry Shandling’s series helped set the table for shows like “30 Rock,” while also cementing HBO’s place as a leader in quality TV. The series’ satirical look behind the scenes of a fictional talk show is also hilarious in its own right, and garnered three Emmy wins and 56 nominations over six seasons.

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
After “Seinfeld,” co-creator Larry David went on to star in this series that’s pretty much about always feeling awkward and dealing with annoyances. Everything about the show, from its tone to its improvised nature, elevates it among comedies. It’s mostly funny because it feels like a slightly funnier version of real life.

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“The Sopranos”
It’s almost 20 years old, but there’s a reason “The Sopranos” is still regarded as highly as it is. The story of Tony Soprano trying to figure out his life, deal with his family, balance a ruthless mobster business and take care of ducks helped kick off our current age of great television.

“The Wire”
“The Wire” isn’t just a crime drama about the drug trade in Baltimore; it’s the story of the city itself. The legendary show finds layers in its subject matter, and nothing is simple or cut-and-dried for its characters. Its cast is also amazing, filled with talented actors who lend their characters even more nuance and depth.

“Game of Thrones”
“Game of Thrones” starts with zombies, moves on to dragons, and is full of people stabbing each other in the back for years on end. Now we’re about to have a dragon-backed all-out war and a ton of important characters are probably going to die. When you like a show to make you sad in a pretty exciting way, “Game of Thrones” stands ready.