March can be a real bummer when it comes to keeping yourself entertained — good new movies are few and far between, sweeps week is still a few months away, and Hamilton tickets are only getting more expensive. Lucky for us, the new crop of streaming titles is an embarrassment of riches that should keep you binge-watching until spring. Not only is Netflix is delivering new seasons of two marquee shows, but Hulu is wading deeper into the world of original content with a new Aaron Paul prestige drama that’s bound to be a “cult” favorite. Most exciting of all, Pee-wee Herman is finally back in business, and he’s brought his bowtie with him. Here are our picks for the 10 best things to queue from your couch this month.
Daredevil Season 2 (Netflix, 3/18)
For a blind guy, New York City lawyer Matt Murdock sure has seen a lot of crazy shit. The first season of Marvel’s inaugural Netflix show followed the pride of Hell’s Kitchen as he took down a ruthless kingpin and saw his occasional vigilantism evolve into an identity all its own. Season Two ups the stakes in every conceivable way, tapping into the richest veins of Daredevil’s expansive mythology as it confronts the nascent superhero with an ass-kicking love interest (Élodie Yung as the fan favorite Elektra), a merciless mercenary (Jon Bernthal as the Punisher), and a deadly army of ninjas. Now that the groundwork has been laid, it’s time for the real fun to begin.
Groundhog Day (Netflix, 3/1)
One of the most re-watchable movies ever made, Harold Ramis’ existential classic about a meteorologist stuck in an infinite loop can finally be watched on an infinite loop of its own. A modest critical and commercial hit when it was released in the winter of 1993, Harold Ramis’ witheringly dry comedy has since become a key part of Bill Murray’s ascendance into legend — given the film’s popularity with millennials, it’s hard to believe that Urban Outfitters doesn’t sell Ned Ryerson t-shirts. In fact, Groundhog Day is such an ideal movie for the streaming age that it’s hard to fathom how it took so long for Netflix to get their hands on it. Then again, Punxsutawney Phil works in mysterious ways.
The Gunfighter (Amazon Prime, 3/1)
We may never actually see Jimmy Ringo pull anything from his holster, but Gregory Peck’s stoically conflicted performance in this 1950 Western erases any doubt that the gunslinger is the fastest draw in town. The square-jawed star isn’t always given proper due for his occasional horse-opera roles, but this nuanced oater makes a convincing case that Atticus Finch had what it takes to duel with the best of them. It’s a brilliant demystification of the outlaw archetype, taking it apart until there’s nothing left but a significant mustache and a lifetime of regret.
Heaven Knows What (Netflix, 3/1)
One of last year’s best films, Ben and Josh Safdie’s hyper-immersive and unshakably intense dive into a circle of scuzzy young heroin addicts is the furthest conceivable thing from “Netflix and chill.” Seriously, Groundhog Day is your Netflix and chill pick of the month — quieting up Heaven Knows What as a pretense to hook up will practically guarantee that you never have sex again. Based on Arielle Holmes’ unpublished memoir and starring the waifish ex-junkie as a thinly veiled version of herself, this harrowing portrait of life on the streets of New York is so real and alive that it might just become your anti-drug.
House of Cards Season 4 (Netflix, 3/4)
When this political drama/Beltway soap opera first launched in February 2013, conniving congressman Frank Underwood seemed almost cartoonishly evil. Played by a slithering Kevin Spacey with a gumbo-thick Southern drawl, the Majority Whip’s devious path to the Oval Office was as fun to watch as it was hard to believe. But a lot has changed in the last three years. Now, with the election in full swing and Donald Trump poised to be the Republican nominee, Netflix’s flagship show seems like a nostalgic throwback to a more innocent time. On the other hand, now that Underwood is a newly single bachelor with the power of the Presidency at his disposal, he’s never been in a better position to cause enough damage to compete with his real-life counterparts.
The Path (Hulu, 3/30)
It’s been more than two years since the end of Breaking Bad, and fans of that revered show are still waiting to see what Aaron Paul might do for his second act (and no, Need for Speed doesn’t count). At the end of this month, the actor finally gets the chance to carry another boundary-pushing series on his shoulders. Co-starring Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy, The Path centers on a family at the heart of a controversial cult as they grapple with a tenuous belief system and the power of the ideology that bind their lives together. Of course, the thing about such movements is that the truths at their core are always more twisted than the lies that disguise them. The first two episodes will premiere on March 30th; Hulu will upload the remaining eight installments on a weekly basis after that.
Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (Netflix, 3/18)
It’s been 17 years since Paul Reubens first announced that he was working on a new movie for his manic signature character, so even diehard fans can be forgiven for abandoning hope that it would ever actually happen. But a rising tide lifts all ships, and by the time Netflix’s jones for TV reboots got to a Fuller House degree of thirstiness, it was clear that Pee-Wee Herman couldn’t be far behind. And now, against all odds, the Eighties’ favorite man-child is back in a big way. Produced by Judd Apatow, this feature-length adventure follows Pee-Wee on his first-ever vacation as he meets some new friends (like Joe Manganiello and Alia Shawkat) and tries to prove that maybe he’s not a loner after all.
The Rules of Attraction (Amazon Prime, 3/1)
The Nineties were an orgy of glossy teen fantasies like American Pie and Cruel Intentions — and then came Roger Avary’s amoral mosaic of co-ed life circa 2002, a cinematic STD that formally ended the fun. Subverting some of the era’s most chipper young stars (like Dawson’s Creek luminary James Van Der Beek and 7th Heaven refugee Jessica Biel), this hyper-stylized story of sociopathic sex monsters was the only movie of its time cynical enough to see what was festering beneath the surface of America’s college campuses. While American Psycho may be the more ballyhooed Bret Easton Ellis adaptation, Rules grows more resonant by the day.
Shivers (Hulu, 3/1)
David Cronenberg hasn’t made too many mistakes in his career, but changing the title of his 1975 body-horror flick (and first proper feature) from Orgy of the Blood Parasites to Shivers was definitely one of them. On the bright side, the movie is still a nightmare for the ages. A mad scientist creates a contagious organism that sinks its host into a state of unchecked sexual fever. Unfortunately for the residents of the doctor’s Montreal apartment tower, the parasite feeds off the blood of engorged organs, and soon grows large enough to watch from the sidelines as human civilization begins to literally fuck itself.
24 Hour Party People (Hulu, 3/1)
The Vinyl of Manchester’s vintage rock scene, Michael Winterbottom’s fevered look back at the glory days of New Order and Happy Mondays casts news reporter/real-life record label man Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) as our unreliable narrator. Hopelessly nostalgic for both his hits and his misses, Wilson is too enchanted by the role he played in the scene to bother getting the facts straight. All the same, his life story is a window to a world that has disappeared behind the sound that defined it, and Winterbottom leaves it wide open — even casual music fans can enjoy the weirdness of hearing Moby and Billy Corgan join New Order for a cut of “New Dawn Fades.”