Just a few years ago, there weren’t that many scripted TV series with a predominantly black cast or black people in prominent roles. But now, thanks to “the Shonda Effect” (yes, as in “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes), TV and cable networks are showcasing more quality series featuring black characters with more prominence, depth and complexity. You know, your Lucious and Cookie Lyon (“Empire”), Annalise Keating (“How to Get Away with Murder”) and all of the characters on FX’s “Atlanta,” to name a few.
Having these newer options are beyond wonderful, but many viewers haven’t been able to check out them all out. Are you one of them? If so, then you need to cozy up with your remote or mobile device and participate in Watchathon Week 2017.
Watchathon, XFINITY's annual binge-watching event, allows TV customers like you to catch up on their favorite series or check out ones they've been curious about. These fans can enjoy unlimited access to all of Netflix, Starz®, Showtime® and more, free with XFINITY On Demand.
So, if you’ve been eyeing Starz hits “Power” and “Survivor’s Remorse” or are curious about all of the buzz NBC’s “This Is Us” has received, or maybe you want to check out a few of the Netflix series, now’s the time.
Watchathon Week runs through Sunday. Check out a few of the shows available to watch online below.
1. “Power” returns for a fourth season this summer.
2. “Survivor’s Remorse” returns for a fourth season this summer.
WATCH: “Survivor’s Remorse”
3. “Lethal Weapon” has wrapped up its first season and has been renewed for a second season.
WATCH: “Lethal Weapon”
4. “Star” has been picked up for a second season.
5. There are only two episodes left, so get to watching! “24: Legacy” currently airs at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
WATCH: “24: LEGACY”
6. We couldn’t get enough of “This Is Us” and are happy it’s been renewed for a second season.
WATCH: “This Is Us”
7. “The Breaks” currently airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on VH1.
WATCH: “The Breaks”
8. “Empire” currently airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Fox.
9. “Shots Fired” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
WATCH: “Shots Fired”
10. “The Quad” aired its season finale last week on BET. No word on whether it’ll be renewed.
WATCH: “The Quad”
11. “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on VH1.
WATCH: “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”
12. “Pitch‘s” future is still in limbo, but be sure to catch up on season one.
13. “Bring It!” airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.
WATCH: “Bring It!”
14. “L.A. Hair’s” fifth season concluded, but it has a special that airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on WeTV.
WATCH: “L.A. Hair”
15. “Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence” debuted its six episodes in January. Catch up now!
WATCH: “Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence”