5 TV shows and movies to binge-watch over the long Easter weekend


10 new shows are coming to TV this spring including “The Act” on Hulu and “Turn Up Charlie” on Netflix.

There’s more to Easter than dyed eggs, jelly beans and brunch. There’s television. And movies. 

If you’re lucky enough to get a long weekend around the spring holiday, you may find you have some extra time on your hands after the egg hunts are over and the honey-glazed ham is consumed. In case you’re looking for something to occupy just you or the whole family, we have five TV shows and movies that should keep you happy all weekend long. 

If you only have an hour or so, and you love goofy, smart comedy: ‘Special’

One of the best new shows so far this year, “Special” is something truly unique, a sitcom about a disabled gay man trying to find his identity. The series is written by and stars Ryan O’Connell, a gay man who has cerebral palsy and plays a version of himself, and squeezes in perfect parodies of BuzzFeed and millennial dating. It’s short 15-minute episodes are refreshing and fun, and you’ll likely binge all eight episodes in one joyous sitting. 

Stream it on Netflix

If you have slightly more time and loved ‘Killing Eve’: ‘Fleabag’ 

“Fleabag” is a short, dark British comedy created by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who created “Killing Eve” (and earned an Emmy nomination for her writing on the show). While it contains the same arch sense of humor as “Eve,” “Fleabag” has no female assassins or MI-6 agents, just one very messy cafe owner. Based on a one-woman show Bridge performed on London’s West End, the series is about a woman (known only as Fleabag) who makes poor decisions and contends with grief, guilt and self-hatred. The series is bitingly clever, and see-saws between guffaw-worthy jokes and devastating tragedy. Watch the six half-hour episodes this month to prepare for the long-awaited Season 2 on May 17. 

Stream it on Amazon

If you just can’t get enough Chip and Jo: ‘Fixer Upper’ 

A dose of Chip and Joanna Gaines might just be what fixes up your long weekend. The endlessly charming couple (who have moved on from HGTV in a big way) is always a crowd pleaser at family gatherings, and might just give you some spring cleaning/renovation inspiration. Hulu has finally added the fifth and final season of “Fixer Upper” to its catalog, meaning that if you haven’t been religiously watching new episodes on HGTV there are so many more Waco, Texas, renovations for you to enjoy. 

Stream it on Hulu

If you just want everyone in your house to be quiet: ‘A Quiet Place’

Family and friends can be a gift over big holidays, but they can also be a pain when you are trying to cook, clean or just relax. If you want to put on a movie that reminds everyone that silence is golden and that parenting is scary, try John Krasinski’s 2018 horror masterwork. Krasinski co-wrote, directed and starred in the film along with his wife Emily Blunt. “Quiet”  takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where blind aliens with enhanced hearing threaten the human race, and staying silent is the only way to survive. 

Stream it on Amazon or Hulu

If you want a big, traditiona epic: ‘The Ten Commandments’

There’s no replacement for Cecil B. DeMille’s landmark biblical film when you’re looking for something on theme for the holiday. Starring Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as Ramses, the film is a Hollywood classic and always worth revisiting. 

ABC (Saturday, 7 EDT/PDT); rent or buy it from Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu or YouTube.

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There’s nothing like the anticipation, expectation and dread that surrounds the finale of a beloved TV series. But sometimes, no matter how much you love what came before, a series can miss on its last swing, leaving a bitter taste for years to come. Here are ten series that stuck the landing, starting with “Six Feet Under.”

“Six Feet Under” was always about facing our own mortality (it was, after all, about a family-run funeral-home business), and the near-perfect finale faced the great beyond head-on in its excruciatingly beautiful last sequence, which flashed forward to the deaths of all the main characters — predictable, tragic or absurd. Every series finale that’s used the flash-forward technique owes a great debt to “Six Feet.”


  • SIX FEET UNDER - Promo shot from HBO of the cast of the HBO series SIX FEET UNDER. (LtoR) Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Michael C. Hall, Mathew St. Patrick, Peter Krause, Rachel Griffiths, Freddy Rodriguez and James Cromwell.1 of 10
  • (corrected - LtoR CQ- ke 4/13/2007) -- Suzanne Pleshette and Bob Newhart in a scene from the finale of Newhart, which aired on CBS from 1982 to 1990.  ORG XMIT: UT41928 ORG XMIT: Q1P-0310301241101713 (Via MerlinFTP Drop)2 of 10
  • William Christopher (from left), David Ogden Stiers,3 of 10
  • Edward Asner, left, Mary Tyler Moore and Ted Knight appear in a scene from the classic 1970s comedy, 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show.'4 of 10
  • Airdate: Friday, January 16 on SCI FI Channel (10-11 p.m. ET) -- BATTLESTAR GALACTICA -- Sometimes A Great Notion Episode 413 -- Pictured: (l-r) Edward James Olmos as Admiral William Adama, Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin. --- DATE TAKEN: recf'd 12/08  By Carole Segal   SCI FI Channel        HO      - handout   ORG XMIT: ZX705615 of 10
  • The only bad thing you can say about quot;The Sopranosquot;nbsp;finale is that it pushed the saturation of Journeys quot;Dont Stop Believinquot; to the breaking point in the years that followed. Some fans didnt take to the open-ended, cut-to-black finale of the mobster drama, which didnt reveal whether Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) lived or died, but his life was too nebulous to be resolved so cleanly.nbsp;6 of 10
  • THE SHIELD: Michael Chiklis as Det. Vic Mackey on THE SHIELD series finale airing Tuesday Nov. 25 (10 PM ET/PT) on FX  --- DATE TAKEN: rec'd 11/08  By Prashant Gupta   FOX        HO      - handout   ORG XMIT: ZX701407 of 10
  • CHEERS -- Pictured: (top) Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane, Ted Danson as Sam Malone, Woody Harrelson as Woody Boyd, (bottom) John Ratzenberger as Cliff Clavin, Rhea Perlman as Carla Lozupone Tortelli LeBec,  Kirstie Alley as Rebecca Howe, George Wendt as Norm Peterson -- (Photo by: NBC)8 of 10
  • Like any figure so tragic and Shakespearean, Breaking Bad's Walter White (Bryan Cranston) couldn't survive the end of his story. The cancer-ridden chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin had finally admitted his malicious acts were purely for pleasure, but was able to at least partially redeem himself by helping Jesse (Aaron Paul), one of the people he hurt the most.9 of 10
  • THE AMERICANS -- Start -- Season 6, Episode 10 -- (Airs Wednesday, May 30, 10:00 pm/ep) Pictured: (l-r) Lev Gorn as Arkady Zotov, Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings, Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings. CR: Patrick Harbron/FX10 of 10


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