Best Television Streaming Now

(Welcome to Small Screen Stream, a feature where we share the best television shows streaming and where you can watch them.)

Ahoy, streaming fiends. We’re here with a brand new column dedicated to ready-to-watch television. There’s a mountain of content out there, so I’m here to help you keep track of what’s new, what you’re missing, and what you should catch up on before new seasons hit.

There’s a little bit of all of that this week, so without further adieu, here’s a look at the best small-screen streaming options currently at your fingertips.

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The Americans is one of the most quietly relevant shows on television, but not necessarily on purpose. The series took on a new meta-level importance with the election of Donald Trump, whose tenure has been marred by his ties to Russia, an ever-growing scandal that could eventually be his undoing. On The Americans, it’s the 1980s, our protagonists are KGB spies, and the Soviet Union is about to collapse. The relationship between Russia and America is the story’s central tête-à-tête; Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (played by the marvelously underrated Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, who should be bathing in Emmys by now) have spent five seasons deeply undercover, raising children and assimilating into suburban consumerism unchecked.

But in the season six premiere, which aired last night, there is a foundational change in the show’s status quo, and the mounting feeling that it will all soon come to a head.

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TV Bits The Americans

In this edition of TV bits:

  • No season 3 for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  • Parks and Rec stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman reunite for Making It
  • A new trailer for Netflix’s Alexa & Katie 
  • The Americans season 6 trailer is here
  • Apple orders a new animated comedy from Bob’s Burgers creator
  • John Krasinski has an idea for the rumored The Office revival
  • And more!

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2017 Emmys Opening - Stephen Colbert

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards were broadcast on CBS last night, handing out awards to HBO’s Big Little Lies and Veep, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Netflix’s Black Mirror, NBC’s This Is Us, FX’s Atlanta, and many more (get the full list of winners right here). But if you weren’t able to watch, we have the best moments from the show for your viewing pleasure.

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert served as master of ceremonies, opening the show with a musical number and an extensive monologue that featured one surprising guest that not only shocked people, but also made them feel a little uncomfortable. Plus, we get to see Emmy come to life thanks to Ru Paul, and Stephen Colbert breaks down during his hosting gig and needs a little Westworld check-up.

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ARRIVAL

Awards season finally and truly comes to an end next weekend with the Oscars, but we’ve got a few final prizes to get out before then. Over this past weekend, the Writers Guild of America handed out their 2017 awards. Big winners in the film categories included Moonlight and Arrival, while The Americans and Atlanta led the TV categories. See the list of WGA Awards 2017 winners below.
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Orphan Black season 4

Welcome to Peak TV, where there is so much television news that we have to cram together updates on Orphan Black, Veep, The Americans, Prison Break, Orange is the New Black, Catastrophe, and Bill Nye Saves the World into one little news post.

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FX Atlanta

It’s the TCAs this week, and that means we’ve got lots of big TV news coming our way right now. So let’s get them all taken care of right now, shall we? After the jump:

  • FX’s Atlanta won’t return until 2018.
  • FX’s American Crime Story also won’t return until 2018.
  • American Horror Story has been renewed. Yes, again.
  • ArcherThe Americans, and Feud get premiere dates.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events gets a second season.
  • Big Little Lies and Riverdale unleash new teasers.
  • Arrested Development season 5 is “close,” supposedly.
  • Lethal Weapon casts Thomas Lennon as Joe Pesci.

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2016 Emmy Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

Marvel's Jessica Jones

Earlier today the 2016 Emmy nominations were announced, and you know what that means: it’s time to complain about how wrongheaded Emmy voters are for failing to recognize your favorite show. That’s part of the fun, right? But while we’re at it, it’s worth pointing out a few things they got right, too, even if — as in the case of The Americans — it took ’em a while. Below, let’s look over some of 2016 Emmy snubs and surprises.  Read More »

FX Renews ‘The Americans’ For Two Final Seasons

the americans season 4 teaser

FX’s The Americans will soon wrap up season four. The Cold War-era drama, which first aired in 2013, saw a drop in viewerships with season two and three. The Americans has never been a juggernaut in the ratings, which has often made fans worry the show wouldn’t end on its own terms. FX has remained a major supporter of the show, ratings be damned, and the network will allow the series’ co-runners Joe Fields and Joe Weisberg to complete the drama with two final seasons.

Below, learn more about The Americans final seasons.

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the americans season 4 teaser

For the past three years, The Americans has quietly become one of the best shows on television. Joseph Weisberg‘s unflinching tale of spies and family and 1980s America was good from its pilot, but it became great in its second season and magnificent in its third. There are no shortage of espionage stories being told on TV these days, but The Americans, gray and pessimistic and brutal and loaded with all of the necessary dread for a Cold War story, is unafraid to explore what the actual life of a spy would be like. It’s all waiting, punctuated by moments of horrible violence and tough decisions.

The first snippet of marketing for the new season has arrived and while it’s not much, it’s a reminder that this really is one of the most compelling things on television and that FX is doing good work by brining it back. In a perfect universe, this show would be as popular and talked-about as Fargo.

Watch the The Americans season 4 teaser after the jump.

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