It's finally nostalgia season on TV, with adaptations of classic graphic novels and iconic YA hits gracing our screens. But if you're not looking to tap into your teenage angst, Netflix is also offering up an original story, and with double the Paul Rudd, it'll be worth bingeing.
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1. Living With Yourself
In this trippy, existential Netflix comedy, Paul Rudd stars as a man in the middle of a midlife crisis who clones a better version of himself. Except, you know, he thinks he's going into a spa for a fancy treatment and wakes up (not) dead in a ditch while the new and improved version of him takes over his life. Suddenly seeing himself as the husband his wife deserves, the brilliant creative his boss can depend on, and the brother who can build a family, he fights to take back control of his life. But Living With Yourself takes an unexpected turn when the two versions of Paul Rudd come to the realization that "better" is relative, and together they can solve more problems than they make.
2. Looking for Alaska
John Green's debut YA novel Looking for Alaska, about a group of teens at boarding school who are struggling to define themselves, launched not just a million tumblr posts but also a million attempts to adapt the 2005 novel to the big screen. Co-creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, The O.C.) reworked the project in just about every format until finally the stars (and timing) aligned for a looooooooong-awaited limited series on Hulu. For anyone who's ever obsessively journaled about a crush, this series is a must watch. But in case you haven't read the book: Only watch if you're prepared to bawl your eyes out.
The 1986 graphic novel Watchmen seemed impossible to adapt (and Zack Synder's 2009 attempt did indeed divide fans), but The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof took up the task and delivered a fascinating update to the Cold War classic. HBO's Watchmen is set in current times, and it's been decades since the heroes of the graphic novel were seen. (Yes, Dr. Manhattan is still on Mars.) The story centers on former cop-turned-vigilante Angela, played by Regina King in what might be a career-standout performance, as she struggles to do what's right and reevaluates what that means everyday. The terror of other-ly invasion — represented in the OG Watchmen by a creature from an alternate dimension that demolished NYC — is distilled into a much more immediate fear in the HBO series, as racism, police brutality, and vigilante justice take center stage.
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.