Labor Day Weekend TV Guide: 10 Shows to Binge Watch

From "The Americans" to " Orange is the New Black," THR breaks down what to do when you're not at the neighborhood barbeque.
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It's Labor Day weekend -- a time for beer, barbeque and the great outdoors. But if you're feeling inclinded to stay in, it's also the perfect time to catch up on all that TV you've been missing.

Here's The Hollywood Reporter's picks for the most binge-worthy shows to check out this weekend.

The Americans

Celebrate the American way of life by taking a trip back to the Cold War. The 1980s-set FX drama stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as KBG agents posing as a married couple in Washington, D.C. One of the most buzzed-about new dramas of the year also stars Noah Emmerich as FBI agent Stan Beeman.

Where to watch: Amazon and iTunes

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Arrested Development

Already seen Netflix's new season? It's time for another go-around, as the Bluth family's latest tale is clearly meant to be viewed multiple times.

Where to watch: Netflix

Breaking Bad

The AMC hit about a chemistry teacher who turns to cooking meth wraps up its fifth and final season next month, so it's the perfect time to binge on what THR's Tim Goodman calls one of the top five TV dramas of all time.  And for spoiler-filled refresher course, check out our top 20 quotes and top 20 most shocking deaths from the show.

Where to watch: Four-and-a-half seasons are available on Netflix, while Amazon Instant Video and iTunes every episode that has aired.

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The Bridge

FX's freshman drama kicks off with a joint murder investigation conducted by an one American and one Mexican detective, but also explores the colorful characters inhabiting the Mexican-American border.

Where to watch: iTunes and Amazon. Some episodes are streaming on Hulu.


Ahead of Fox's event series adaptation of Broadchurch, catch up on the acclaimed U.K. drama revolving around the mysterious death of a young boy in a sleepy coastal town. The eight-episode series bowed on BBC America earlier this month.  "If you're wondering if something could actually be as superb as described, the answer is yes -- and probably more so," wrote Tim Goodman 's. "As a whole, Broadchurch is one of the best limited series to be on television in a long while"

Where to watch: Amazon and iTunes.

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Holmes and Watson take on modern day New York in the CBS show. Tim Goodman declared Jonny Lee Miller was "superb and compelling as Sherlock," and that Lucy Liu’s "calm mannerisms" as Watson "play well with Holmes’ more outlandish stunts."

Where to watch: Some episodes are available for streaming on The first season can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon.

House of Cards

Former President Bill Clinton binge watched Netflix's Kevin Spacey political drama in just three days – proving the 13 episodes can be digested over Labor Day Weekend with little effort. The series is currently shooting its second season, with episodes expected to being streaming early next year on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Mad Men

Watch as Don Draper (Jon Hamm) lies, cheats, and chain smoke his way through the 1960s New York advertising world -- and likes quite dashing as he does it.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes

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Orphan Black

BBC America's surprise standout has strong writing, and off-the-charts performances from rising star Tatiana Maslany. The show centers on identical orphans who are spread throughout the world -- and turn out to be clones.

Where to watch: iTunes and Amazon Instant

Orange is the New Black

Netflix's prison dramedy, which bowed July 11, has already been renewed for a second season, so perhaps its time to find out why THR's review called it a "surprisingly strong women’s prison drama that expertly balances humor and drama while both embracing the cliches of the concept and turning them on their head with aplomb."

Where to watch: Netflix

What will you be watching? Sound off in the comments!