The weekend is coming up and that means one thing: time to ignore all your problems and binge-watch TV. Snuggle up this weekend with the highly anticipated return of the mystical, mysterious, alternate reality-hopping second season of The OA; a true crime thriller titled The Act that will shake you to the core; and The Perfectionists, the long awaited Pretty Little Liars spin-off.
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. The OA
One of the biggest surprises of 2016 was Netflix's unexpected drop of Brit Marling's spiritual thriller The OA. A mystery about a blind woman who returns to her hometown after disappearing seven years ago, the plot takes off in indiscernible twists as the woman reveals she's been in an alternate dimension and a few in-between places where she learned she is the Original Angel. A narrative that convoluted could only polarize; people either loved it or they hated it. For those who loved it, Season 2 is even weirder and wilder than Season 1 — sometimes at the expense of a cohesive narrative, but that's not what fans watched for anyway — because it's mainly set in the alternate dimension the OA spent the last seven years in.
2. The Act
If you're a true crime junkie, Hulu's The Act should take up your entire weekend. The Act is a fictionalized adaptation of the story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Robinson. At first Dee Dee seems like the very picture of a devoted mother to an incredibly sick child. Gypsy had spent most of her life heavily medicated and undergoing constant procedures — both surgical and not — that left her completely dependent on her mother. Moving frequently, the family's main concern was getting a new system of doctors set up. All seemed well until one day a new doctor had trouble getting Gypsy's previous history to confirm some results. And then the picture perfect family cracked wide open; it wasn't Gypsy who was sick but Dee Dee who had Munchausen by proxy and had basically been torturing her daughter her entire life. Upon learning the truth, Gypsy took drastic measures: She enlisted her boyfriend to kill her mother. Starring Patricia Arquette and Joey King, The Act is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat.
3. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists
Pretty Little Liars was a perfect mix of soapy hot people antics and high stakes conspiracy with a heavy garnish of murder. The Freeform spin-off, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, lives up to it extra predecessor in the most delightful ways. Kicking off with a murder of a douche who rules the college campus both Mona Vanderwaal (Janel Parrish) and Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse) end up attending, the girls' dreams of finally leaving Rosewood and all its drama behind are dashed. From there, the spin-off kicks into high, extra frothy gear as a whole new cast of beleaguered secret keepers and amateur detectives race to figure out who the killer is and why they're being framed for the murder.
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