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NARCOS: SEASON 1 (Netflix)
Entourage’s Vincent Chase may have nearly killed his fictional career by overplaying Pablo Escobar in Medellin, but Brazilian actor Wagner Moura could become an international star thanks to his quietly riveting portrayal of the legendary Colombian drug lord in this 10-part drama. Boyd Holbrook co-stars as a gung ho DEA agent gunning to take him down, as the storytelling cuts back and forth between his English narration and the Spanish dialogue between Escobar and his cronies, including one played by Luis Guzman, who fought on the other side of the drug war in Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic. It’s not just a cheap pun to say that Narcos is addictive; watch one episode, and you won’t be able to follow Nancy Reagan’s advice and “just say no” to consuming more.
FARGO: SEASON 1 (Hulu)
You won’t need to have seen this to follow the second season of Fargo (debuting Oct. 12); like American Horror Story or True Detective, each installment will have all-new characters and a fresh storyline. But if you missed it when it aired on FX last year, now is the perfect time to catch up with this acclaimed gem. Not only does it expertly channel the spirit of the Coen Bros.’ Oscar-winning crime dramedy, but the ensemble is damn near flawless, from Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman as unlikely conspirators to Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as seemingly hapless but ultimately heroic FBI agents. You betcha.
ELEMENTARY: SEASON 3 (Hulu)
CBS’ underrated Sir Arthur Conan Doyle update is once again afoot, with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu doing career-best work as Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson. Guest stars in the third season include Showgirls survivor Gina Gershon as a drug queenpin, Mad Men’s Rich Sommer as a mathematician, and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Ophelia Lovibond as the master detective’s shady new apprentice. The plot thickens!
KEITH BROKE HIS LEG (GetBroken.com)
It’s supposed to be good luck when you tell an actor to “break a leg,” but that’s not the case in this six-episode comedy series starring 30 Rock alum Keith Powell as an actor named Keith who, you guessed it, breaks his leg. He’s not the only familiar face from a former NBC sitcom: Parks & Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza also shows up. And she’s never bad luck.
THIS IS LIFE WITH LISA LING: SEASON 1 (Netflix)
The former cohost of The View explores even stranger subcultures in this CNN docu-series. She investigates the worlds of “sugar daddies” and “sugar babies” (i.e. rich guys with young girlfriends), Mormon drug abusers and gay rodeo stars. Oh, and Ling does a revealing hour on the secret lives of traveling strippers. Now, that’s some real hard news!
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.