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Good enough to make you forget all about that horrible Ben Affleck movie, the first series in Netflix’s partnership with Marvel recasts Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, the blind lawyer-turned-vigilante superhero who cleans up the streets of Hell’s Kitchen (where else?). The TV-MA rating reflects the show’s refreshingly dark tone, and the strong ensemble includes Mockingjay’s Elden Henson as Matt’s law partner Foggy Nelson, True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll as their client/assistant and Vincent D'Onofrio, channeling his old Full Metal Jacket madness as the evil Kingpin. Watch one, and we dare you not to binge on the rest.
NOTARY PUBLIX (Above Average)
Lorne Michaels’ digital arm launches a new series of shorts starring Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant. It’s set in the high-stakes world of notary publics — you read that right — and features McKinnon’s real-life sister, Emily Lynne, who also cocreated the show. The six-episode first season will roll out an installment every other Tuesday. Just don’t forget to bring two forms of ID!
RESIDENT ADVISORS (Hulu)
Executive-produced by Elizabeth Banks — who also makes a cameo as a campus doctor — this new sitcom follows a team of collegiate RA’s played by the likes of Veronica Mars’ Ryan Hansen and The Hangover’s Jamie Chung. The seven-episode first season aspires be Animal House for a new generation but feels like a sophomoric Community wannabe.
THE DRIVER (Acorn TV)
The Walking Dead’s Governor, David Morrissey, stars in this three-part British drama as a taxi driver who takes a job working for a vicious gang leader known as the Horse (Hell on Wheels’ Colm Meaney). Hailed by critics in the UK, the miniseries will soon be adapted for American audiences by Showtime. Watch for the always-great Ian Hart, who’s able to use his English accent again as an ex-con after indelible turns as Yank lowlifes on Luck and The Bridge.
LARRY KING NOW (Hulu)
It’s a meeting of two very different minds as a pair of pop-culture icons, Larry King and Boy George, sit down for a chat. The ex-Culture Club singer proves he’s still an iconoclast, declaring he’d still perform in Indiana despite the state’s controversial new “religious freedom” law and that he doesn’t want to get married, although he supports legalizing same-sex marriage. Hey, if Larry King can get married eight times…
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts wrote TV Guide Magazine‘s wildly popular “Cheers & Jeers” column for 10 years. His work has also been published in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Emmy Magazine, Vulture and TheMid.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.