9 Shows To Watch If You’ve Caught The Mystery Bug

If you’re skipping the fireworks and staying home, settle in with these great streaming shows you can wrap up over the course of a few easy-going days

  1. Memorial Day is a great time to hang out with friends and family and do some grilling. It’s also a great time to stay in, watch TV, and do absolutely nothing else. Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu and Amazon Prime, there are a ton of great shows you can stream while you’re avoiding sunlight. Here are 26 that you’ll be able to wrap up before heading back to work next week.

Netflix

  1. “Altered Carbon” (Netflix)A gritty sci-fi murder mystery, “Altered Carbon” takes place in the distant future, where consciousness can be downloaded and people can switch bodies to live forever — if they can afford it. Action-packed and twisty, “Altered Carbon” is a great 10-episode mystery to work through on your days off.

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  1. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime)Amazon’s period comedy about a housewife turned stand-up comedian took home Golden Globes this year for best comedy TV series and best actress in a comedy series for star Rachel Brosnahan. The funny, expertly cast comedy with eight hour-long episodes to keep you busy for a couple days.

Netflix

  1. “Lost in Space” (Netflix)Netflix rebooted the 1960s sci-fi TV show “Lost in Space,” creating a more modern version of the Robinson family that feels grounded, while still “out there” in a similar way as the original. Parker Posey is also a standout as the slimy Dr. Smith in the 10-episode first season.

Hulu

  1. “The Runaways” (Hulu)The first Marvel show to make it to Hulu is a refreshing change from the Netflix takes. It follows a group of teenagers as they realize not only that they’re special, but that their conspiratorial parents are not to be trusted. At 10 episodes, it’s a quick watch and an interesting take on superhero TV shows.

Netflix

  1. “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.

Netflix

  1. “Wormwood” (Netflix)Directed by legendary documentarian Errol Morris, the hybrid docu-drama miniseries “Wormwood” digs into the story of a man’s death, reportedly as part of a CIA experiment in the 1950s. But as files are declassified and more information comes to light, “Wormwood” tells the story of a possible Cold War conspiracy, reenacted by some top Hollywood talent. If you’re looking for a new true crime obsession, the six-part miniseries is perfect.

Hulu

  1. “Future Man” (Hulu)A guy who finds himself recruited by soldiers from the future to fight genetically enhanced bad guys in “Future Man,” because he’s awesome at a video game. Turns out, he’s not especially good at anything else. Riffing on classics like “Back to the Future,” “Future Man” is pretty funny, and pretty smart, too. And with one season out, it’s easy to work through in a couple of lazy days.

Netflix

  1. “Dark” (Netflix)It’s easy to get lost in the mystery of “Dark,” which centers on a small German town where children keep going missing. Before long, it becomes clear there’ sci-fi spookiness afoot, as events start to mirror similar ones that happened 33 years ago. With the first season available, “Dark” is a quick watch that will keep you glued to your seat.

 

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