Binge-Watch Weekend: Boardwalk Empire And M*A*S*H

It is the weekend after the Super Bowl and time for some binge-watching of the non sports variety. We are here to help you out with a couple of offerings, one from the drama category while the other is a truly a classic comedy.

For those who have either HBOGO or Amazon Prime Instant Video then you need to watch the outstanding and gritty drama Boardwalk Empire. A little background for you, the show is set in Atlantic City in the 1920s  and it is based on the best selling series of books penned by Nelson Johnson about how the city turned into the infamous gambling center.

If are a fan of the mafia film genre then trust me that Boardwalk Empire does not disappoint. The sets, cast and costume design give the series such an authentic look and feel. Boardwalk Empire has everything you’d expect in an HBO drama–sharply drawn characters, large-scale stories intercut with intimate moments and a sense that you couldn’t find something like it anywhere else on TV and it is the best mafia related show since the Sopranos.

You might not make it through season one but trust me you will be hooked on Boardwalk Empire.

Okay, you say that a little mafia related drama might just be a little heavy for you to take this weekend and that is understandable. Perhaps, you are not a fan of the Patriots and so you need to be cheered up with something funny.

Well Netflix is now offering the first five seasons of the classic CBS comedy M*A*S*H and that is a sure fire guarantee to make you laugh. The series ran from 1972-1983 and was one of the most successful and critically acclaimed programs in the history of television.

The program was loosely based on real-life M*A*S*H unit 8055, life at the 4077 revolved around the day-to-day routines of Captain “Hawkeye” Pierce, Captain “Trapper” McIntyre, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake, Major Margaret Houlihan, Major Franklin Burns and Corporal “Radar” O’Reilly. Through these characters, viewers traveled beyond the long hours and the horrors of the operating room to a place where friendships were forged, laughter was found and drinks were served.

Many will recall that the finale, “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen”, still is the most watched and highest rated single television episode in U.S. television history. The show was watched by a record-breaking 125 million viewers (60.2 Rating and 77 Share), according to the New York Times.

 

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.