Tips on What to Binge-Watch

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    Because the Coronavirus outbreak has now brought the sports we love to watch to a screeching halt, we at 590 The Fan asked our personalities for their top-five television shows and movies to potentially binge-watch during the sports hiatus. We will be adding more to this list, so be sure to keep coming back to to see what our personalities recommend.

    Howard Balzer

    Perhaps it’s appropriate this kicks off with my list, followed by Iggy and Plowsy, because everyone knows you are going to see a lot of old-school here.


    5. Casablanca: Watch it over and over just to hear it said, “Play it, Sam.” Hopefully, that will refer to the games relatively soon.

    4. The Sting: Even when you know what’s going to happen, it’s still a revelation every time it’s watched. I’m not big on watching things I’ve seen before, but this is one exception.

    3. E.T.: C’mon. How can this not be on everyone’s list?

    2. Silence of the Lambs: Pure terror at every turn.

    1. Rocky: I can still remember the two-page ad in the New York Times Arts & Leisure section in 1976 promoting the debut. Did this have something to do with Rocky Marciano, many wondered? It didn’t take long to find out. One of the most iconic films of all time.

    TV Shows (a mix of old and new)

    5. NCIS: Pick any or all of the three — the original with Mark Harmon, Los Angeles or New Orleans. Great characters, fresh stories and excellent writing week after week.

    4. Perry Mason: This goes way back to my childhood. It’s “campy” in a way, but cool to watch in black and white. Perry always wins!

    3. Blue Bloods: There have been many outstanding police dramas over the years, but now in its 10th season, this has stood the test of time. With New York City police commissioner Frank Reagan (played by Tom Selleck) leading his family in which most are involved in the city’s criminal justice system, there isn’t anything anywhere much better than each week’s brief, but educational, family dinner.

    2. The Fugitive: Every week from 1963-67 took viewers on a journey around the country as wrongly convicted murderer Dr. Richard Kimble (David Janssen) searched for the one-armed man (the real killer) while being pursued by Lt. Philip Gerard (Barry Morse). There were 120 episodes in the four years of the series and the finale on Aug. 29, 1967 was watched by a staggering 78 million people, a 72 percent share. It became known as the “series finale that invented the modern-day series finale.”

    1. Tie — M*A*S*H, Seinfeld and Cheers. How can you choose? Enough said.



    5. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    4. The Godfather 1 & 2
    3. Caddyshack
    2. Goodfellas
    1. The Pope of Greenwich Village

    TV Shows

    5. The Tudors
    4. Sons of Anarchy
    3. Seinfeld
    2. Deadwood
    1. The Sopranos



    5. Coming To America

    4 Godfather II

    3. Trading Places

    2. Saving Private Ryan

    1. Shawshank Redemption

    TV Shows

    5. Mad Men

    4. Game of Thrones

    3. The Office

    2. Breaking Bad

    1. Handmaid’s Tale