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Shows worth binge-watching right now

Summer TV can be a little bleak (no offense, ”America’s Got Talent”), so we suggest brightening things up by marathoning a good show that’s on hiatus; here, four EW staffers recommend binge-worthy dramas you may have missed

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Sundance Channel’s Rectify

These days, drama trends toward a breakneck-fast speed. And then there’s Rectify, the leisurely paced tale of a former death-row inmate (Aden Young) who’s freed and released to a family — and a world — he no longer understands. In just six episodes (perfect for one air-conditioned afternoon), season 1 mixes family drama, small-town potboiler, a near-mythic spiritual quest, and Southern gothic tragedy. In a word: addictive. —Darren Franich

(Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play)

BBC America’s Orphan Black

You’re never alone with a clone — and con woman Sarah Manning (the terrific Tatiana Maslany, who plays multiple roles) has several to contend with on this mind-bender about a science experiment gone wrong. Since the initial 10-episode season largely flew under the radar on BBC America, there’s time to catch up and be one of the cool kids who discovered this gem from Canadian scribes John Fawcett and Graeme Manson. —Lynette Rice

(Available on iTunes and Amazon)

A&E’s Bates Motel

If you need to beat the heat outside, let the chill of A&E’s Psycho reboot wash over you. Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga give arresting performances as teenage Norman Bates and his live-wire mother, Norma, who run the titular death trap in a small town. Their dysfunctional relationship, which is creepy and oddly moving, only grows more compelling (and more bonkers) as the series’ 10-episode first season goes on. —Tim Stack

(Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play)

ABC’s Scandal

You might say: ”I have to catch up on two whole seasons?” But Scandal‘s first season was short — so there are just 29 episodes in all. Totally manageable! And the hours will fly by, because Scandal is crazy-fast-paced and you’ll be counting the seconds until the next time fierce D.C. fixer Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) kisses President Grant (Tony Goldwyn), yells ”It’s handled!” or storms in wearing a white trench coat. —Tanner Stransky

(Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play)