10 Binge-Worthy Shows Perfect for Late Summer Viewing

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    Gillian Anderson in "The Fall"

    You've spent days (nay weeks and months) absorbing "Breaking Bad," "House of Cards," "Downton Abbey," "The Walking Dead," "Orange Is the New Black," "The Wire," "Arrested Development," "The Killing" and "Game of Thrones."

    And you're still not satiated.

    Lazy summer days are a great time to catch up on friend-recommended shows that somehow slipped off your viewing schedule.

    If you've binged your way through all of the above titles, here are 10 other shows worth devoting some late summer hours to.

    "ROME" (2005)

    How long do I need? A long, holiday weekend. (22 episodes)

    What's it about? A sprawling, sword and sandals saga set during ancient Rome's transition from Republic to Empire. This engrossing series examines the dramatic lives of both ordinary and illustrious Romans and stars Kevin McKidd ("Grey's Anatomy"), Ray Stevenson ("Thor: The Dark World") and James Purefoy ("The Following").

    Where can I find it? Amazon Prime

    "THE FALL" (2013)

    How long do I need? A single, cerebral afternoon. (5 episodes)

    What's it about? When the Belfast police are stalled in their investigation of a spate of murders, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) is drafted to investigate. This unsettling, psychological thriller examines the case from the point of view of the detective, as well as the killer and also stars Jamie Dornan – soon to be a household name thanks to his leading role in "50 Shades of Grey."

    Where can I find it? Netflix

    "PARKS AND RECREATION" (2009)

    How long do I need? Watch it before the final season debuts this fall on NBC (125 episodes).

    What's it about? Emmy-nominee Amy Poehler stars as Leslie Knope, an optimistic, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Employing a mockumentary filming style (think Christopher Guest's "Best in Show" and "Waiting for Guffman"), this comedy series features a stellar ensemble cast that includes Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Paul Schneider, Chris Pratt, Retta, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe and Jim O'Heir.

    Where can I find it? Hulu Plus

    "VEEP" (2012)

    How long do I need? One week, or an election term. (38 episodes)

    What's it about? Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as fictional Vice President Selina Meyer, whose attempts to scale the political ladder are thwarted by her own intellectual shortcomings and the antics of her bumbling staff and hangers-on. It's a comedic, half-hourly glimpse into the existence of a one-time presidential contender still desperate for the top job. Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale both won 2013 Emmys for their acting work on the series.

    Where can I find it? HBO Go

    "SHERLOCK" (2012)

    How long do I need? One weekend. Or less depending on your powers of observation. (12 episodes)

    What's it about? This modern update of the iconic detective sees Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his doctor partner John Watson (Martin Freeman) solving cases in 21st century London. Die-hard fans can rejoice in the news that Cumberbatch's Holmes will return in 2015 for a fourth limited-episode season.

    Where can I find it? Netflix

    "FARGO" (2014)

    How long do I need? Five nights of cold weather. (10 episodes)

    What's it about? This FX mini-series is inspired by the Coen Brothers' classic of the same name, but aside from the setting and the accents, it bears little in common with the 1996 film. Billy Bob Thornton plays Lorne Malvo, a drifter who arrives in the small Minnesota town with malice on his mind, particularly when it comes to put-upon insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman). 

    Where can I find it? Amazon Prime

    "ORPHAN BLACK" (2013)

    How long do I need? One week. Give or take a clone. (20 episodes)

    What's it about? Actress Tatiana Maslany plays nine (yes, nine!) clones in this BBC America sci-fi thriller. The series begins with the story of Sarah Manning (Maslany), a woman who assumes the identity of one of her clones, Elizabeth Childs, after witnessing Childs' suicide. A third season is currently in production.

    Where can I find it?  iTunes, Amazon Prime

    "THE COMEBACK" (2005)

    How long do I need? One hysterical night. (13 episodes)

    What's it about? Faded sitcom star Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) is making, you guessed it, a comeback. Once a Hollywood A-lister, Cherish is now a D-list pop culture cast-off and forty-something housewife who has not had a decent acting role in more than a decade. Created by Kudrow and Michael Patrick King ("Sex and the City"), HBO finally gave the green light for a second season of this cult comedy which is scheduled to debut in November.

    Where can I find it? HBO Go, Amazon Prime

    "MI-5" (2002)

    How long do I need? You'll complete this mission by Labor Day. (86 episodes)

    What's it about? This addictive, edge-of-the-seat British series (originally titled "Spooks") follows the missions of MI-5, the U.K.'s domestic intelligence organization. Peter Firth plays the enigmatic Harry Pierce, head of the counter-terrorism department and commander of a revolving cast of agents and auxiliary personnel that includes actors Richard Armitage, Hermione Norris, Rupert Penry-Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Nicola Walker, Raza Jaffrey and Hugh Simon.

    Where can I find it? Netflix

    "THE WEST WING" (1999)

    How long do I need? Persevere and you'll be done by election day. (154 episodes)

    What's it about? This hit NBC series from Aaron Sorkin goes inside the titular White House location during President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet's time in office and focuses on the lives of his key administration. Former White House staffers featured in a season three documentary describe the show as capturing the feel of the real West Wing, though the show was often criticized for being overly optimistic. Earning 26 Emmys, "The West Wing" introduced viewers to the walk-and-talk: long Steadicam tracking shots showing characters walking down hallways while involved in lengthy conversation, and featured a cast of regular players and guest stars that includes Martin Sheen, (Bartlet), Stockard Channing, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Moira Kelly, Rob Lowe, Alan Alda, Lily Tomlin, Elisabeth Moss, Kristen Chenowith, Dule Hill, Janel Moloney, Amy Adams, John Goodman, Jesse Eisenberg, Jimmy Smits, Bradley Whitford, John Spencer, Matthew Perry and Glenn Close.

    Where can I find it? Netflix