Binge July 4th TV

(Pictured above: Ian Kahn as George Washington in ‘TURN’)

The July 4th holiday is synonymous with fireworks, backyard barbeques and, of course, TV marathons.

From superhero and alien invasion movies to round-the-clock airing of Twilight Zone episodes on SyFy, networks across the TV spectrum offer genre-focused binge schedules to the delight of fans.

But what of the Stars and Stripes? Films and TV series that chronicle – or at least capture the spirit of – America’s birthday are available anytime via popular streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. So if you’re looking to program your own binge schedule this weekend and want to get into the Independence Day holiday mood, there are some titles definitely worth watching. This article, the first in a two-part series, focuses on two binge-worthy TV series.

TURN: Washington’s Spies (2014 to present)


“Hush, hush.” AMC’s compelling historical thriller series, based on an actual Revolutionary War-period American spy ring, is in its fourth, 10-episode season. The series features Long Island, NY cabbage farmer Abraham Woodhull, aka rebel spy Samuel Culper, leading the ring trying to pass intelligence across enemy lines to General George Washington. Jamie Bell plays Woodhull, Kevin McNally is his loyalist father Judge Richard Woodhull, and Ian Kahn is Washington. This is a favorite of The Savvy Screener.

Where can you watch TURN?

Although new episodes debut weekly on AMC, you don’t have to wait for them to come to streaming. You can purchase individual episodes, right after they’ve aired on cable, from Amazon for $2.99; or you can purchase the entire fourth season for $24.99, before its network run is completed.  And if you’re new to the series, Amazon also offers the first three seasons at $9.99 per season. Fret not, Netflix subscribers: you aren’t completely left out in the cold. Netflix also offers the first three seasons.

John Adams (2008)

John Adams

HBO’s seven-part miniseries follows John Adams from his early days as a lawyer defending British troops on trial for the Boston Massacre, through the Revolution, his one-term presidency and, finally, his retirement years.  A star performance by Paul Giamatti as Adams, with Laura Linney as the nation’s second First Lady, Tom Wilkinson as Ben Franklin and David Morse as George Washington.

Where can you watch John Adams?

You can watch John Adams with a $14.99 a month HBO Now subscription; or access the series with an Amazon Prime membership.

Check back tomorrow, Independence Day, for The Savvy Screener‘s recommendations for July 4 movies to binge.

(Note: This is an updated version of a previously published article.)

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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