Sure, you could spend an entire rainy weekend watching back-to-back-to-back episodes of perennial favourites Modern Family, Family Guy or Dexter but, with Rogers NextBox 2.0, you’ve also got an array of lesser-known but equally awesome programming at the ready to fill any marathon-viewing session. So, grab the popcorn, head to the couch and check out these five über-cool series – currently available on NextBox 2.0 – that deserve your extended attention:
24 (Seasons 1 to 8)
In 2014, this Emmy-winning series (which ended in 2010) will return to television for a 12-episode run, so what better time than now to catch up on everything you’ve missed? Equal parts drama and spy thriller, each season of 24 takes place over 24 hours and unfolds in real time – one hour per episode – as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) faces all manner of perilous scenarios. These include, but are not limited to: kidnappings, conspiracies, terrorist plots, bomb threats, assassination attempts, drug cartels and biological warfare. Phew!
Brotherhood (Seasons 1 to 3; also available in HD)
The standard family-drama format is turned on its ear for this critically acclaimed series – inspired by real-life events and dripping with authenticity – about an Irish-American clan straddling both sides of the law in Rhode Island. Tommy Caffee (Jason Clarke) is an up-and-coming politician, while his ne’er-do-well brother, Michael (Jason Isaacs), runs with the local chapter of the Irish Mafia. Complex characters and terrific writing make this a must-watch.
Jericho (Seasons 1 and 2)
Ranked by TV Guide as the No. 11 cult TV series of all time (beating out shows such as Freaks & Geeks, Veronica Mars and Firefly), this post-apocalyptic drama ran for only two seasons, but nonetheless drew the ardent affection of legions of fans. Set in the titular Kansas town the show’s named after, the series follows assorted residents struggling to survive after a mysterious nuclear attack has levelled much of America and destroyed all means of electronic communication.
Sleeper Cell (Seasons 1 and 2; also available in HD)
Long before Carrie and Saul began their search for Abu Nazir on Homeland, this short-lived but stellar drama series was shining a light on the world of espionage, terrorism and thwarting planned attacks on America. Undercover FBI agent Darwyn al-Sayeed (Michael Ealy) is tasked with infiltrating terrorist cells operating in the United States, and finds his dangerous work often in conflict with his home life and the expectations of his handlers.
Twin Peaks (Seasons 1 and 2)
Looking for something to send chills up your spine? This stylish, creepy and unapologetically weird drama series from director David Lynch was known as much for its bizarre characters (the Log Lady, anyone?) as it was for the twisty, irreverent nature of its storytelling. Though it began with the mystery surrounding the murder of prom-queen Laura Palmer, and the subsequent investigation by FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), the series gradually unfurled to reveal supernatural forces, dark truths and a terrifying spectre known only as “Bob.”