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We have the season premieres of The Great British Bake Off and Room 104 coming your way, as well as the season finale of one of fall's best shows, YOU!
Congratulations! You have officially survived the 2018 midterm elections, and quite frankly, you deserve a treat. Lucky for you, there's a bunch of different shows to binge this week that'll be sure to satisfy everyone's need to stay in and hibernate till 2020.
If you're like me and need a TV show that's the equivalent of a warm hug, the sixth collection of The Great British Bake Off is arriving Friday on Netflix! If you thrived on the nail-biting anticipation coursing through our country this week, amp up the adrenaline with Season 2 of Room 104 on HBO. And last but certainly not least, the season finale of YOU, one of fall's best new shows, is on Sunday, so if you haven't caught up on the season, this is the weekend to do so. They're all here in this week's TV recommendations.
These recommendations come courtesy of me, TV Guide Senior Editor Krutika Mallikarjuna, and I'm 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!, which has hand-picked recommendations for all the best shows you can start watching immediately.
1. The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Baking Show, more popularly know as The Great British Bake Off, is truly the comfort food of TV. On paper, it sounds like just another cooking competition show: amateur bakers meet once a week to complete in two complex baking challenges an episode, until there's only one left standing. But it's so much more than that. Unlike other shows of its ilk, GBBO is kind. It's hard to call the contestants competitors because of how politely supportive they all are of each other's efforts. In true British fashion, they quietly cheer each other on and constantly remind each other that they've already accomplished so much that one more challenge won't be a problem. It's this wholesome vibe that makes this show such an enjoyable watch; it's all the sweetness and none of the spice. Bingeing the new season on Netflix is the perfect treat for the weekend.
2. Room 104
The brainchild of indie darlings the Duplass brothers, Room 104 is an anthology series that consists entirely of bottle episodes -- meaning, they are all set in exactly one location, room 104 of a nondescript hotel. The series focuses on telling the scary, sad, and occasionally joyous moments of life that its ever-revolving guests experience. Each episode is an intense emotional journey that's somehow wildly fantastical and firmly grounded in emotional truths at the same time. The second season promises bigger and brighter stars than the first, including Mahershala Ali, Judy Greer, Brian Tyree Henry, Rainn Wilson, Michael Shannon and many others.
YOU is definitively one of fall's best new shows. The pulpy, juicy, and often frightening series follows a delusional man who falls in love with a college student from afar and uses social media to ingratiate himself into her life one terrifying seduction at a time. It's a damning commentary on the ways people bend over backward to convince themselves they are good people, and they deserve to be rewarded with another person for that. But what keeps it from being an overloaded, preachy mess is the incisively sharp and funny writing, as well as the perfect casting of the show. After all, seeing Penn Badgley, the man who played Gossip Girl, take that character's natural inclination for being in everyone else's business to the extreme as Joe on YOU is simultaneously hilarious and fascinating. With the Season 1 finale right around the corner, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to binge the whole series in anticipation.
If you're still looking for something to watch, we've got what you're looking for in 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.