20 shows and movies to binge ahead of Denver Comic Con 2017

We’re basically in the final sprint for Denver—Comic Con right now.

But what’s going to get you down that last 100-meter stretch to the finish line of nerd culture’s biggest celebs coming to town June 30-July 2? The answer: Binge watching.

To aid you in your hype fest before Comic Con, June 30 to July 2, here’s The Know‘s—guide to binge watching.—Some of these you probably predicted (“Stranger Things”), yet others not so much (“Remember the Titans”). But trust me, all of these are so worth it.

Disclaimer: Even a week out from the event, people will be added and also possibly dropping out due to filming schedules. Heck, just as we were getting this story ready the Con announced John Cusack. Yes, THAT John Cusack. Also, beware of spoilers. But if you haven’t finished Harry Potter yet well, that’s on you.

Stranger Things

Alright, let’s just get this out of the way first. Probably the biggest buzz around this year’s Comic Con is the appearance of the kids from “Stranger Things.” Although we’ll be missing Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), we have Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven). So get yourself over to Netflix and hit play on Season 1. Or you can just—watch the Season 2 trailer over and over again.

Luke Cage

Mike Colter, who puts his steel jaw to good use as Marvel’s righteous ex-con Luke Cage, will be gracing us with his presence and causing swoons across Denver. Colter first took on the role of Luke Cage in Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” (God bless) and then came out with his own series conveniently named “Luke Cage.” Soon Colter will be returning in Netflix’s “The Defenders,” as Cage teams up with Jessica Jones (I repeat, God bless), Daredevil and Iron Fist (who is also making a Comic Con appearance). There’s also only one season of this, so it’s an easy binge.

Doctor Who

The companions are in the house. We got Billie Piper, who portrayed Rose Tyler alongside Christopher Eccleston’s doctor in the series’ 2005 return. And then we have Catherine Tate, who rocked it as Donna Noble opposite of David Tennant’s doctor. I know I should recommend one of their seasons. But here’s the thing: I’m presently hyped up on this new companion — , who plays Bill — so I’m just going to recommend you catch up with the latest episodes of Season 10.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon’s masterpiece will never die. Not even 20 years later. Never. To celebrate the show’s everlasting greatness and its anniversary, the Con has pulled together several Buffy stars. We have our favorite bleached blonde bad guy Spike (James Marsters), our most loveable spacecase/bad gal Drusilla (Juliet Landau), big, bad, hell-goddess Glory (Clare Kramer) and the longest-running character in the Buffy-verse Harmony (Mercedes McNab). To properly prepare yourself, turn on Season 5 of “Buffy” where all five make an appearance.

Orange is the New Black

Kate Mulgrew kicked butt as Captain Janeway, the first female captain on “Star Trek: Voyager.” But these days, she’s running around prison as Galina “Red” Reznikov. You should watch Season 1 purely for episode five, “The Chickening,”—when everyone, including Red, loses their minds over finding a mystical chicken.

The Walking Dead

Get your zombie makeup ready for Khary Payton, the actor who portrayed King Ezekiel, who wasn’t just the leader of the Kingdom but also the owner of the pet tiger Shiva. To get the full Ezekiel experience, check out Season 7. You could also—peek at Season 5 to see other Comic Con guest Robin Lord Taylor appear briefly as Sam.

Agent Carter

Move over Steve Rogers, Enver Gjokaj — a.k.a. Agent Daniel Sousa on “Agent Carter” — is here. You may also know Gjokaj from “Dollhouse” or “Eagle Eye.” Check out the first season of “Agent Carter” to watch Gjokaj team up with Hayley Atwell, who plays British badass Peggy Carter.

Harry Potter

Your favorite (faux) ginger twins are here. James and Oliver Phelps have been gracing the big screen as Fred (RIP) and George Weasley since 2001. But how do you choose an HP movie when there are eight? Do you want young Weasley twins? Hogwarts scheming twins? Successful businessmen twins? I’m going to go with chaotic twins who give Professor Dolores Umbridge a run for her money in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” While we’re here, can we all agree that we wanted to see the Weasley twin’s infamous portable swamp make an appearance in the movie?

The Incredible Hulk

Lou Ferrigno is in the house. As an actor, Ferrigno is probably best recognized as the Hulk in the 1978 series “The Incredible Hulk.” I’ve also been required by my editor to mention that Ferringo had a fabulous role as himself in the 2009 film “I Love You, Man.”


Who doesn’t love penguins? OK, maybe not all penguins are great, namely one Oswald Cobblepot. But Robin Lord Taylor, who portrays The Penguin on “Gotham,” is pretty great. For full disclosure, I don’t actually watch “Gotham.” But I shot a quick text to my brother to ask which season he recommended. His response: “The best season? Just watch it all.” But when pressed, he said Season 1 because the rest go down a giant rabbit hole.

Remember the Titans

“Vroom vroom,” the sound of me making motorcycle noises from my desk. Ryan Hurst, who rolls around as Opie Winston on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” will be driving up to Comic Con this year. Now, I understand if you prefer to watch “Sons of Anarchy.” But “Remember The Titans”—is the best sports film ever made (don’t @ me). So treat yourself to Hurst as Gerry Bertier.


My heart almost can’t handle this but Famke Janssen will be here. Janssen first captured my love with her portrayal of Jean Grey in “X-Men.” She’s since gone on to play Scottie Hargrave on “The Blacklist” and Eve—Rothlow on “How To Get Away With Murder.” But she’ll always be Jean Grey to me (sorry to Sophie Turner who will continue her role as young Jean Grey in “Dark Phoenix”). So I suggest you give the first “X-Men” movie a whirl.

The Princess Bride

Wallace Shawn has made his rounds. He’s been in “Clueless.” He’s the voice of Rex in “Toy Story.” He’s been in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Gossip Girl,” “The Good Wife,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The ‘L’ Word,” and more. But Shawn will always be a standout for his death after a bit of poison trickery in “The Princess Bride.”


Although Nathan Fillion’s most recent stint was Richard Castle in “Castle,” he will always be revered in nerd culture for his role as Captain Mal Reynolds in Joss Whedon’s short-lived “Firefly.” There was only one season in this cult classic so dig in. And if you want more, you can see Fillion revisit the role in the 2005 feature film “Serenity.”

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Felicia Day is so many things in the SciFi world. She created and stars in the web series “The Guild,” which has several awards under its belt. She’s the voice of Betty Grof in “Adventure Time.” She was Charlie Bradbury in “Supernatural.” She was Holly Marten in “Eureka.” But for a glorious time, she was Penny in Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” a beautiful miniseries following the aspirations of a lovable supervillain performed by Neil Patrick Harris. Oh, and did I mention that Fillion takes on his first singing role as Captain Hammer, Dr. Horrible’s nemesis?

Napoleon Dynamite

Sure, Jon Heder has been in other films, such as “The Benchwarmers” and “Blades of Glory.” But despite his attempts, he will always be Napoleon in our hearts. Make sure you have all your tots in order before settling down.

Game of Thrones

Yes, Finn Jones is the new lead in Netflix’s “Iron Fist.” But here’s the thing, I didn’t particularly want to watch that so I never did. Which is why I’m recommending you watch “Game of Thrones” where Jones takes on the role of skilled warrior Ser Loras Tyrell, the Knight of Flowers.

Justice League

We’ve got another reunion on our hands. Voice actors from the animated series “Justice League” that ran from 2001-2004 will be in the house. There will be Phil Lamarr as Green Lantern, Michael Rosenbaum as the Flash, Maria Canals-Barrera as Hawkgirl, Kevin Conroy as Batman, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, George Newbern as Clark Kent, and voice director Andrea Romano.

Pulp Fiction

Phil Lamarr’s voice acting extends beyond “Green Lantern” to include “Samurai Jack,” “Star Wars: Rebels,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Static Shock.” But Lamarr stepped in front of the screen in his role as Marvin in Quentin Tarantino’s cult-favorite “Pulp Fiction.”


Michael Rosenbaum’s superhero roles also go beyond the “Flash.” He had a long-standing gig as Lex Luthor on the WB/CW’s “Smallville.” And if you watch Season 5, you’ll also get Buffy’s James Marsters as Milton Fine a.k.a Brainiac. Fun fact: Marsters was the voice actor of Lex Luthor in the 2007 animated film “Superman: Doomsday.”

Denver Comic Con is June 30- July 2 at the Colorado Convention Center. Tickets are $38.50-$44 at popcultureclassroom.org.

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