Netflix invented binge-watching, and it now invests billions in new shows. Following are some of the best Video-streaming services we have to offer.
A period not long ago, all new T.V. shows and seasons premiered in the fall, with episodes released weekly. You would have to wait until the summer to see a rerun if you missed an episode.
We now live in the binge-watching era, with streaming video services ensuring the tv is still on. New series are added all year long from all over the world, and streaming networks often release full seasons at once.
We owe it to Netflix to thank them for changing the way people watch T.V. to the point that more people now do the same. Few, though, will match Netflix’s willingness to invest in original content. Annually, it premieres scores of actual T.V. shows in both live-action and animation (anime).
That is a lot to keep track of. Continue reading for picks from a variety of genres.
Do you prefer your animation shows to be more adult-oriented, even though they feature children? Big Mouth, directed by Nick Kroll and starring a cast of his comedy pals, goes where South Park and Family Guy have barely, if ever, gone before—the attractiveness of budding youth. Anything is told from a gross-out, funny perspective. The show has three seasons and has now been renewed for three more seasons by Netflix.
There is a lot of anime on streaming services, but few do adult storylines with the aplomb and wit of BoJack, where all the adults are discussing human/animal hybrids for no reason other than it is amusing. Bojack Horseman is a former sitcom star (from the 1980s show Horsin’ Around) seeking a comeback and also seeking love. He is the epitome of anxious, obnoxious, and sympathetic—ideal for a Will Arnett-voiced spoof on Hollywood (there is no D, it was stolen on the show) and beyond. Six seasons are now viewable online, with the second half of the final season premiering on January 31, 2020.
Following WWII, Britain was plunged into chaos when the King died suddenly, resulting in the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who still reigns today. The Crown is a fictional account of her ascension to the throne, as well as her family’s and the English government’s reactions to it. It is told over around a decade every season, enough for the first two stars to be substituted for the third (they will go into the fourth and be replaced in the fifth). Enjoy Matt Smith’s portrayal of Prince Philip, Vanessa Kirby’s portrayal of Princess Margaret, John Lithgow’s portrayal of Churchill, and Claire Foy’s award-winning portrayal of Elizabeth herself the first episodes. There is a chance you will see some corgis. Oscar-winner Olivia Colman now plays the Queen, Tobias Menzies plays Prince Philip, and Helena Bonham Carter plays Princess Margaret.
Dear White People
The award-winning 2014 film’s producer, Justin Simien, also directed the first and final episodes of the 10-episode first season, so this adaptation was in good hands. Few shows have a 98 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but this one does, after seeing a lot of early online backlash for being “racist” toward white people. On a predominantly white campus, Logan Browning takes over the lead role of Sam, who hosts a campus radio show named Dear White People. In 2020, the fourth and final season will premiere.