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What to watch this week: 'Lost,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 'Friends'

As we toast to the end of the 30 Days of Binge calendar, we also reach the end of Lost. While the finale was divisive among Lost fans when it aired almost four years ago, it’s also the last time anyone will ever see all these island-dwelling fools in one pew/place. (This reference will make much more sense after viewing the finale.)

We also start the first season of Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andy Samberg as Detective Jake Peralta, whose stellar arrest record makes up for his nonchalant attitude. There’s a Jim-Pam dynamic going on between Peralta and fellow detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), which makes sense since the series was co-created by a former writer of The Office, Michael Schur (a.k.a. Office’s Mose Shrute). READ FULL STORY

What to watch this week: 'Lost,' 'Twin Peaks,' 'I Love Lucy'

Poor Charlie.

Last week on the 30 Days of Binge calendar, we saw Lost’s beloved former heroin user-rock star Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) sacrifice himself to save everyone just so Jack (Matthew Fox) could wail “We have to go back!” once he got off the island. (That guy’s the worst sometimes.) However, season four has perhaps the best episode of the series in the Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick)-centric episode, “The Constant.” Again, ready the tissues.

We reach the end of season three of Scandal this week, and it would be an understatement to say crazy stuff goes down in the last half of the season. There’s wrist eating, backstabbing (the knife kind), and we finally see Fitz’s (Tony Goldwyn) kids, and they are not too pleasant with their parents, which makes for awesome familial drama.

We also graze onto creepier pastures, as we close out season one of Sleepy Hollow with an insane unexpected villain reveal and move onward to the season two premiere on Fox. The creepiness continues on to seminal episodes of The Twilight Zone, as well as the entire first season of Twin Peaks, which will finally make you realize why people are always reblogging Kyle MacLachlan GIFs on Tumblr. He’s not just Trey from Sex and the City, people.

On toward less psychosexual shows: We also move on to classic episodes of I Love Lucy, where we see Lucy binge on chocolates, alcoholic vitamin syrup, and give birth in real-time to Lucille Ball’s actual child. It sounds like a Real Housewives episode, but it’s not. Also, check out The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show to see where workplace comedies were born. In more controversial classic sitcoms, we urge you to watch All in the Family and see how a bigot can somehow be seen as a lovable curmudgeon in Carroll O’ Connor’s Archie Bunker.

What to binge-watch this week: 'Sleepy Hollow,' 'Doctor Who,' 'The X-Files'

Last week, we pretty much realized that we had an illegally elected, alcoholic figurehead for a president on Scandal. This week, we march forward on our 30 Days of Binge calendar to season 3 of Scandal, and all that wine Pope drinks will sure come in handy as we see the fallout from Olivia Pope being uncovered as the president’s mistress to the media.

We also became acquainted with Michael Emerson’s excellence in creepiness as “Henry Gale” on season 2 of Lost, and watched as the islanders continue on pressing that damned button in the hatch. This week, we see what happens when the button isn’t pushed, which somehow leads to Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick) getting his clothes blown off. We guess this is where ABC had to pump up that 18-49 ratings demographic. Stock up on the tissues though: things get real sad, real fast by the end of this week’s Lost binge.

Midweek is the time to start Sleepy Hollow, which stars an unusually fine Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), considering he was just risen from the dead and all. Continuing on the science fiction theme, find out how the Daleks got their start in classic Doctor Who, watch William Shatner as a young lad in the original Star Trek series from the ’60s, and see the original stuck-on-an-island television drama, The Prisoner. Also, catch up on the 1985 anime Robotech, a space opera about an alien spaceship crashing to Earth that spans across three series.

Another animated series to hit up: Batman: The Animated Series. The animated series from the ’90s was a highlight in the midst of the notoriously kitschy and nippled Batman adaptions at the time. Continue on the ’90s bandwagon and watch the awesomeness of Lucy Lawless in Xena: Warrior Princess, and then catch up with our favorite monotone FBI agents Scully and Mulder in choice episodes of The X-Files, one of which was written by a fresh-faced writer by the name of Vince Gilligan.

What to binge-watch this week: 'Daria,' 'NYPD Blue,' 'Lost' season 2

If you’re one of those people who nods politely during a heated debate about Lost without knowing what the heck a smoke monster is and how Jack is the worst sometimes, then the 30 Days of Binge is for you. EW has compiled a month-long itinerary of shows that you should watch—nay, binge—before fall TV commences.

This past week, the calendar compelled viewers to begin with Lost (the pilot did cost $13 million to produce), watch Olivia Pope get it on with the President in the most inappropriate places on Scandal, and hit up classic cop shows like Dragnet, Columbo, Cagney and Lacey, Hill Street Blues, and Miami Vice.

Next week, we finally delve into the hatch in season two of Lost, meet the other half of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, and realize why Lost fans treat Michelle Rodriguez with scorn. On Scandal, we see more lip quivers and an election scandal that breaks about a million laws. We also recommend a pair of long-running cop shows, NYPD Blue, whose central character Detective Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) is totally underrated in the pantheon of classic antiheroes, and perennial favorite Law & Order. Later in the week, we move onto classic cartoon favorites like The Flintstones, Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends, Dexter’s Laboratory, and a show about a beloved late-90s teenager—Daria.

Are you ready for 30 Days of Binge?

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Did you binge on any good TV shows over the holiday weekend? If you did, why stop there?

In these last days of summer weather, it’s a perfect time to squeeze in one last great binge before the fall TV season begins in earnest. Not sure how to go about it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered: a month-long calendar chock full of shows to catch up on and classics to sample. Click on through for EW‘s 30 Days of Binge. Ready, set, stream.

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