I stumbled onto this British miniseries over vacation, and there were enough plot turns to hold my interest for the duration. Plus, at five episodes and less than five hours of run time, it didn't feel like an epic time commitment. (I'm looking at you, untouched "Six Feet Under" box set.) - Andy Downing

"Five Days"

I stumbled onto this British miniseries over vacation, and there were enough plot turns to hold my interest for the duration. Plus, at five episodes and less than five hours of run time, it didn't feel like an epic time commitment. (I'm looking at you, untouched "Six Feet Under" box set.) - Andy Downing

"Downton Abbey"

I'm excited and sad that the final season beganon Sunday. What heartbreak is in store for the Crawley family (and for me)? Will I finally find Edith interesting and likable? Will Mary stop being such the stuck-up brat that I hate to love? And I pray that granny Maggie Smith makes to the very end of the season.- Alyse Kordenbrock

"Making A Murderer"

This 10-part documentary on Netflix had me shouting, throwing up my hands and riding a teeter-totter of skepticism. Steven Avery, exonerated in one horrendous crime and convicted in another, is the focus of the film, shot over a period of 10 years. But I became fascinated with his mother, Delores, the utterly compelling, stoic matriarch of a family ripped apart by infighting, lies, suspicion and prejudice. If this film doesn't make you angry, I'm not sure what will. - Kristen Schmidt

The Pancake Pantry

In the 20 or so years I've been visiting Nashville on a regular basis, this place (not to be confused with a location of the same name in Gatlinburg) has been a staple breakfast stop. It's a not-quite greasy spoon with a delicious pancake batter recipe where I'm often waited on by staff whose CDs I've purchased at the check-out counter. - Jim Fischer