It's Super Bowl weekend, but in case you're not a sports fan — or maybe you are and you just can't stand the thought of watching Tom Brady there again — don't worry because TV Guide's got you covered with a whole slew of bingeable options to watch instead of the big game. Get your halftime snack packs out and get ready to battle over what to watch first. This week alone we have the highly anticipated premiere of the Chris Pine and Patty Jenkins thriller I Am the Night; a Groundhog's Day style dramedy about death starring Natasha Lyonne called Russian Doll; and a star-studded Agatha Christie adaptation called The ABC Murders.
These recommendations courtesy of TV Guide are here to help you through your weekend binge. And if you're looking for even more suggestions, head over to TV Guide's Watch This Now! page, which has hand-picked recommendations for all the best shows you can start watching immediately.
1. I Am the Night
I Am the Night is a thriller that tangentially reveals a different look at the Black Dahlia killer. Reuniting Wonder Woman's Chris Pine and director Patty Jenkins, the show is a loose adaptation of Fauna Hodel's memoir One Day She'll Darken. In real life, Fauna Hodel, who had been adopted by a black family and grew up thinking she was mixed race, discovered that she was actually the daughter of George Hodel, a famous L.A. doctor who was the prime suspect in the Black Dahlia case, and his daughter — yes, his daughter — Tamar Hodel. The show uses creative license to dramatize how Fauna (India Eisley), with the help of hack reporter Jay Singletary (Pine), came face-to-face with her horrifying family history. Deliciously tense and character-driven, I Am the Night paints a vivid portrait of people just trying to move forward in an unspeakably cruel world.
2. Russian Doll
Russian Doll stars my personal fave Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black) as Nadia, a 36-year-old woman who dies on her birthday only to keep waking up on the same day and dying over and over and over again. As expected in any Groundhog's Day scenario, Lyonne spends the eight 30-minute episodes working through issues that had held her back in life — but the real strength of the series is that it never presents Nadia as someone who needs to be fixed. Perfect in its portrayal of its imperfect heroine, Russian Doll is a darkly comedic take on what exactly in life is worth struggling for.
3. The ABC Murders
The ABC Murders on the surface might just seem like another generic Agatha Christie adaptation — after all, it does have all the hallmarks of one, including gorgeous vintage threads, dramatic lighting, and a whip-smart protagonist — but Amazon Prime's show is worth a look solely for the caliber of talent involved in the project. John Malkovich plays the iconic detective Hercule Poirot as he hunts for the criminal behind the ABC murders. The killer seemingly murders unrelated people in alphabetical order, until Poirot discovers a deeper connection. Malkovich will be joined by a veritable who's who of British talent — Rupert Grint, Eamon Farren, and Shirley Henderson are particular standouts in the cast.
If you're still looking for something to watch, remember to check out TV Guide's Watch This Now! feature. It's full of hand-picked recommendations, from the talked-about shows to the gems you can't afford to pass up.