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Celebrate Leap Year With One Of These Perfect Binge Plans

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    Okay, folks, I'll be honest. When I pitched this story to my editors, I wasn't really thinking about the fact that February 29 isn't actually going to feel like an extra special day or anything like that. It's an arbitrarily designated period of 24 hours that wedges itself in between February 28 and March 1 every four years. Even more of a bummer was my realization that this year, the 29th falls on a Monday — and, thus, shall feel as shitty as every Monday does. (I truly think this should be a national holiday. Why should we have to sacrifice this rare, random bonus day to our jobs?)

    But no matter! We're going to celebrate leap day just because with some damn good television. We could all use a good reason to justify our binge-watching, and I just gave you a great one. You're welcome. So in honor of it being a leap year, here are 15 amazing shows and movies to binge before the month is out. (Or, you know, whenever.)


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    American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson (2016)

    Stars: Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling K. Brown

    Binge-Worthy Because: Whether you remember the trial or not, the double murder of Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman is a sensational true-crime story, and one that everybody is talking about. So far, showrunner Ryan Murphy has done a fantastic job bringing the racially charged case to life again. And Paulson is compelling as Marcia Clark, the tough lead prosecutor. (Plus, little Kardashians.)

    Time Commitment: 10 40- to 55-minute episodes (six left to air)

    How To Watch: FX

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    Quantico Season 1 (2015)

    Stars:
    Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Johanna Braddy, Aunjanue Ellis, Yasmine Al Massri

    Binge-Worthy Because:
    Honestly, it's all about Chopra. Her character, Alex, is smart, strong, and layered — and on-screen, Chopra mesmerizes. The twisty story line is a little bit Homeland, but sexier and more enjoyable to watch. Catch up now, because after that cliffhanger midseason finale, you'll be geared up for the season return on March 6.

    Time Commitment:
    11 43-minute episodes

    How To Watch:
    ABC

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    Chelsea Does (2016)

    Stars:
    Chelsea Handler

    Binge-Worthy Because: Marriage, Silicon Valley, race, and drugs — Handler attacks each complex issue head-on with wit, genuine curiosity, and self-deprecation. Handler seamessly shifts between her personal perspective to other people's stories, as well as the global picture. At one moment, she's talking about her own racist stereotypes; the next, she's interviewing some Southerners who are confident that slaves actually had a pretty nice life.

    Time Commitment: Four 70-minute installments

    How To Watch: Netflix


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    You, Me and the Apocalypse (2016)

    Stars: Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, Mathew Baynton, Gaia Scodellaro

    Binge-Worthy Because: This apocalyptic comedy is off-beat, smart, and most of all, hilarious. If you're missing Rob Lowe as Chris on Parks & Rec, see him nail it here as basically the opposite: a swearing, chain-smoking priest. And the cast is refreshing in its realistic diversity. (As in, there are no "token Black guys.")

    Time Commitment: Four 43-minute episodes

    How To Watch: NBC

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    House of Cards Season 3 (2015)

    Stars: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Constance Zimmer, Mahershala Ali

    Binge-Worthy Because:
    The fourth season premieres on March 4, and we know what we're doing next weekend. But with all of the shifting alliances and speed-plotting (and our speed-watching), it's hard to remember exactly where we left off — save for that pivotal final sequence, of course. Refresh your memory and delight in re-watching the sinister and cynical Frank.

    Time Commitment: 13 50- to 60-minute episodes

    How To Watch: Netflix