Streaming Shows We Loveby IMDb-Editors | last updated - 8 months ago
Some of the best shows available right now are on streaming platforms. Here are the shows that we love to watch.
"Transparent" | Stream Now Amazon Prime Video
We can't wait for the fourth season of this comedy-drama centred around the Pfeffermans, whose patriarch - played superbly by Jeffrey Tambor - opens up to her family about always identifying as a woman. It was the first show produced by a streaming media service to win a Golden Globe for Best Series, and it's easy to see why. Everything from the writing to the performances is first class, and where the story goes next is something we'll be watching the moment it is released.
"Stranger Things" Netflix
This supernatural trip back to the 1980s was a phenomenon when it debuted last summer, and went from cult hit to cultural cornerstone. It feels like enough time has passed to give the show a re-watch before the second season becomes available at on October 27. Roll on Halloween!
"The Grand Tour" | Stream Now Amazon Prime Video
When Jeremy Clarkson left "Top Gear," legions of motoring fans hit the skids. But his return with trusty sidekicks Richard Hammond and James May was epic to Mad Max proportions. Given a fresh fuel injection, the trio's world adventures on motors big and small have proven a hit and there's more to come later this year.
"Black Mirror" Netflix
This anthology drama offers some of the most imaginative but plausible visions of the future, each instalment offering a dark look at where technology is headed. For us, the stand-out episode was "San Junipero," which looked to the past to examine the future. Maybe we liked it best because it seemingly had the most happy ending of the usually bleak stories.
"All or Nothing: A Season With the Los Angeles Rams" | Stream Now Amazon Prime Video
For NFL fans salivating at the thought of the upcoming 2017-18 season, the second season of Amazon Original's "All or Nothing" couldn't have come at a better time. This latest iteration, which focuses on the trying 2016 campaign of the Los Angeles Rams, is must-see viewing for football diehards and captures challenges that casual followers of the sport rarely get to see.
For instance, viewers are treated to the day-to-day challenges of a franchise that has uprooted itself from St. Louis to Los Angeles and are fly-on-the-wall witnesses to the firing of a coach mid-season ... and all the collateral damage that ensues. You won't end up a Rams fan by season's end, but you'll have a more sobering appreciation for just how hard it is to build a winner in professional sports.
"Arrested Development" Netflix
Repeat viewing is rewarded for this ensemble comedy, which was revived after being cancelled by Fox after three seasons. The new episodes didn't quite live up to expectations, but with a new batch on the way in 2018, we're looking forward to seeing where the family Bluth is headed next.
"I Love Dick" | Stream Now Amazon Prime Video
"I Love Dick" is like a graduate seminar on the female gaze in art. Which isn’t to say that it isn’t funny. Many of the laughs are of the "oh, I know that feeling" variety, but there are plenty of belly laughs to be had, too. "I Love Dick" celebrates female desire in its many incarnations: lustful, awkward, innocent, conniving, heartfelt, and downright messy. Kathryn Hahn, who is more well known for her Bad Moms turn as the bawdy cosmetologist Carla, shines as Chris, the woman at the center of the three-way lust affair that includes her husband, Sylvere, played by Griffin Dunne, and Dick, played by Kevin Bacon.
"13 Reasons Why" Netflix
The mystery surrounding the death of Hannah Baker spread like wildfire when this drama debuted, and was binged around the world. We spread the viewing out across more than just a weekend, letting the drama of each episode sink in over time. Even though Hannah's story has been told, the consequences will be felt over another season at least as several loose ends remain.
"The Handmaid's Tale" Hulu
Elisabeth Moss puts in an incredible performance as a woman forced to live as a concubine in a dystopian future. The mystery of this new world order had us gripped from the start and we already can't wait for the promised second season.
Set in the world of women's wrestling in the 1980s, "GLOW" is nothing short of a joy to watch. Alison Brie is fantastic as Ruth Wilder, an out-of-work actress who turns to women's wrestling as a career, while Marc Maron plays a washed-up director of "B" movies who tries to lead the group to fame. It's worth listening to Maron's podcasts with the stars and creators of the show, especially Kia Stevens who has an incredible personal story.
"Rick and Morty"
We were introduced to Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon's absurdist smart-science show over the winter and quickly consumed the brilliant (a word we try not to use lightly, or lazily) first two seasons. What's better: "Rick and Morty" only gets funnier and more disorienting with repeat viewings; it's like the animated little brother of "Broad City" in this way, ripe with running gags and easter eggs. With the third season coming out on Adult Swim on July 30, it's a fine time to find room inside Rick's spaceship and join him and his grandson Morty (and granddaughter Summer, too!) for what's said to be their darkest season of multiverse adventures yet.
"Master of None" Netflix
Aziz Ansari has pulled off a masterstroke with this comedy, getting big laughs while shining a spotlight on issues of race, sexism and more. The first season didn't have a false note, which each episode worthy of repeat viewing. The more recent second run was more experimental and didn't quite match the hit rate. But it remains one of the best comedies around with a great ensemble cast.
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" Netflix
Since the end of "30 Rock," this is the closest thing we have to that brand of quirky comedy from creator Tina Fey. So was great to see Kimmy back with her motley crew for a third season as she headed off to college. Honestly, we most enjoyed the return of Titus (Tituss Burgess), who is always hilarious and delivered his own unique take on Beyonce’s "Lemonade" as well as a song about California that has been stuck in our head ever since.