Monday, Aug. 15, is National Relaxation Day. Relaxation to us means bellying up to a screen and binge-watching our favorite shows.
And, as if the heavens wanted to help us out veg out, it's raining, it's pouring ...
Here a few suggestions to add to your viewing schedule, today. (It should go without writing that you should also watch Stranger Things on Netflix. #justsaying)
How to Get Away With Murder
It's the perfect time to marathon the first two seasons of How To Get Away with Murder, as you'll catch up just before Season 3 premieres Sept. 22 on ABC. The show follows manipulative attorney Annalise Keating (Viola Davis, excellent as always) and her five interns, who make a living out of letting bad guys and gals get away with crimes. Good thing, because Keating and her students find themselves in the middle of a plot-twisting murder. The show comes from Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy and Scandal), which means it's deliciously melodramatic -- and nearly impossible to turn off after each episode-ending cliffhanger. Come for light lessons in our screwy justice system, stay for the sexy surprises. -- Sarah Blaskovich, Entertainment Editor
When this came out, I ignored it because there are way too many crime procedurals. But unlike the others, this one is actually funny. The main character, Liv, is turned into a zombie in the first 10 minutes, and to survive, she eats brains at a morgue and uses their memories to solve crime. But their memories change her personality with every new brain. Needless to say, watching Liv go from sorority brain to mom brain to drunk brain over three episodes is priceless. Season 1 is on Netflix and season two will be soon. Season three premieres next year. -- Chase Karacostas, GuideLive intern
The devil was tired of Hell. So he's retired to Los Angeles and opened a nightclub, Lux. Follow Lucifer Morningstar, his name a cause of constant double takes, as he starts aiding and abetting a non-believing police detective and finds some humanity. Of course, it wouldn't be Old Scratch if he didn't have an enemy -- or five. DB Woodside (24) plays his brother, who is also an angel (not as fallen) who constantly demands that he go to Hell. Needless to say, Lucifer has Daddy issues, too. Stream last season on Hulu or Fox. -- Dawn M. Burkes, Entertainment reporter-TV writer
Man Seeking Woman
Man Seeking Woman is a perfect vehicle for perpetually awkward Jay Baruchel's quirky charm. It explores the dating adventures of Josh, a 20-something trying to find love in a surreal world that looks a lot like our own at first glance. But his sister sets him up with a troll named Gorbachaka, who attacks him and eats trash out of a Dumpster. And it just gets weirder from there, with situations like a war room of military officials giving advice on texting, as well as a destination wedding in hell (OK, that one might be more realistic). The FXX show was renewed for a third season that'll start early next year. The first season is streaming on Hulu. -- Ann Pinson, Guide editor
Even if you don't know much about hacking, Mr. Robot's first season is riveting. Its protagonist, Elliot, is unconventional -- a vigilante hacker self-medicating his anxiety and clinical depression. But while the story is technology-heavy, the basic elements of crime, drugs, corruption and rebellion against an all-powerful corporation are universal. The second you finish all 10 episodes of the debut season, you'll want to jump in and join the rest of us on season two that's airing now on USA. Available on Amazon Prime Instant Video -- Britton Peele, Entertainment editor-producer
Okay, I never thought a show with eight main characters could work. But this is a Netflix original. Everything they make is good. There are only 13 episodes. The characters are all “Sensates” because they can share and feel each other’s thoughts, emotions and surroundings. Kind of a weird and potentially creepy concept, but it’s done well. One of the main characters is a transgender lesbian, and she clearly represents the struggle of being rejected by society and the LGBT community at the same time. The world needs more TV shows with LGBT people. I’m praying season two will be here in less than a year.* (*--Editor's note: Reports are out today that "Sense8" Season 2, originally scheduled to return in December of this year, may be canceled.) -- Chase Karacostas, GuideLive intern
You have to admire a show that has to work hard to out-satirize real life. With HBO's Veep, now in its sixth season and ready for a seventh, you sometimes wonder whether you've happened upon a closed-circuit viewing of the actual White House (well, at least in a few years). Veep chronicles the political career of Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) as she and her entourage stumble their way Inside the Beltway. It's kind of a hybrid Seinfeld-Curb Your Enthusiasm-West Wing comedy with a tremendous supporting cast in Anna Chlumsky (Amy Brookheimer, chief of staff); Tony Hale (Gary Walsh, personal aide and purse caddy); Reid Scott (Dan Egan, director of communications); and Timothy Simons (as Jonah Ryan, the punching bag/political liaison). Don't miss Allen resident Brad LeLand's recurring role as Arizona Senator Bill O'Brien. The dialogue is rapid-fire sharp with coarse language and the darkest and bluest of humor. The zingers will have you reaching for the pause button. -- Tommy Cummings, arts and culture digital producer