By EW Staff
August 18, 2017 at 12:37 PM EDT
Sarah Shatz/Netflix; Francois Duhamel/The Weinstein Company; James Dittiger/Netflix

Not sure what to binge this weekend? We’re here to help: Each Friday, the EW staff reveals which TV shows and movies, new and old, they’ll be streaming once work’s over. Below, check out our picks for the weekend ahead.

The Defenders (Netflix)

After four years, it’s finally time for Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) to (reluctantly) unite in this fun and action-packed miniseries to save New York City from the Hand. I’ll admit, my excitement for this show wasn’t too high after watching Iron Fist; but the thrilling action scenes, Ritter and Colter’s charismatic performances, and Sigourney Weaver’s compelling turn as big bad Alexandra quickly lured me back into the fold. If you enjoyed any of Netflix’s Marvel shows, you will definitely want to set aside eight-hours to binge The Defenders. (Also make sure you check back with EW.com as you binge because fellow Claire Temple Appreciation Club co-chairman Christian Holub and I will be recapping every episode. Check out the recaps here.) —Chancellor Agard (@chancelloragard)

Inglourious Basterds (Netflix)

After Charlottesville and the repulsive events that followed, I’m ready to spend a little time watching something cathartic — and a light, flitting rom-com simply won’t do this time around (sorry, Kate Hudson). This weekend is begging me to revisit Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino’s revenge fantasy that concludes (spoiler alert!) with the killing of Adolf Hitler and an entire theater full of murderous Nazis. No “both sides” here. —Breanne L. Heldman (@BreanneNYC)

Death Note (Netflix)

Just in time for the big-budget live-action American adaptation dropping on Netflix Aug. 25, binge this one-season trippy-dark manga about a teenage outcast who finds a cursed journal that literally drops out of the sky. Why is it cursed? Well, anyone whose name is written in the book… dies. Several signature visuals from this animated series have already been spotted in the Nat Wolff-starring remake, like the titular leather-bound cursed tome, the half-eaten apple, and a very faithful rendering of Ryuk, the grinning, thorny demon of death to be voiced by Willem Dafoe. —Dan Heching (@MoodyHeching)

Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo (Netflix)

Watching a stand-up special hosted by Brad Paisley isn’t something I ever expected to do, but, alas, I’m intrigued by the country megastar’s effort to cross over into comedy. The trailer already previews his low-key, deadpan charm — “I’m thrilled to be in my hometown,” he says, adjusting his guitar, before asking, “Where are we?” — and even if he ends up bombing, there are five other comedians on the roster to make up for any lost laughs. Yee-haw?—Ariana Bacle (@iambacle)

Nathan For You (Comedy Central)

When Nathan Fielder shows up to help a small business realize its potential, you can count on more laughs than profits. His ideas are undeniably creative — What if a pizza place promises a free pizza if the pie is not delivered in eight minutes? And what if the size of that free pizza turns out to be absurdly tiny? — and the reactions of the business owners and customers forced to play along are more enriching than any Wharton webinar. —Dan Snierson (@dansnierson)

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