Best Shows Streaming

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It’s a brand new year and the slates are wiped clean – which means it’s time to start playing catch-up with TV-watching once again! The endless viewing cycle never ends, but streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu make it easy to sit back, light up the screen, and get lost in a new series. I, for one, spent my holidays watching nothing but junk-food TV, so I’m anxious to get back into some higher-quality territory. For this week’s Small-Screen Stream, I plucked out some series I’m catching up on and that you might like to check out, too.

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Best TV Streaming

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

The year is winding to an end, the “best of” lists are pouring in, and chances are you’re up to your neck in content you’d like to catch up on before the month is through. Plenty of those lists are filled with big-name series everyone knows – Westworld, Atlanta, The Americans, The Handmaid’s Tale – but what about the more underrated gems sneaking in? Have you heard of those, too? Did you know you can watch most of them at home right now?

For this week’s Small-Screen Stream – the last of the year – I’ve curated a list of many critical darlings that you might have missed in the cavalcade of content that’s come out this year. Some are recently announced Golden Globe nominees, some are criminally under-seen, some were recently canceled, but all were must-watch TV anyway.

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Best TV Streaming

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

If you’re anything like me, the last month of the year is always dedicated to catching up on everything you missed. That can be a pretty chaotic feeling, considering how many films and shows come out in the age of digital streaming. It’s nearly impossible to see it all, despite our best efforts.

For this list, I’m doing some counter-programming to that mentality. These are all things that you needn’t feel rushed to finish on time, but that can offer an alternative to all of the hubbub. These are feel-good shows, fun shows, weird shows, shows you can luxuriate in or fall asleep to. Quieter things, and many things you might have missed but don’t have the urgency of, say, The Haunting of Hill House or Sharp Objects. (Which, seriously, you cannot miss.)

Don’t let the holidays or year-end lists stress you out! Sit back with your clicker and enjoy these breezier series.

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Homecoming Trailer

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We’re in that weird time of year where things have gotten cold, dark, and frankly pretty miserable outside, which welcomes the idea of long TV binges on the couch. We’re also — luckily — living in a time when that’s never been more feasible, as streaming services across the board are punching up their TV catalogues, seemingly preparing their patrons for the long, cold winter ahead. That’s bad news for our vitamin D levels, but good news for our eyeballs and sanity.

For this week’s Small-Screen Stream, I compiled a list of a few new original series, some great programs that just hit streaming, a few things you should definitely catch up on, and a healthy serving of comfort TV for the nights when you just want to turn your brain off and relax. Think of it like hot cocoa in the form of visual pleasure.

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Suspiria Poster

I’m still trying to figure out Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria. It’s been more than a month since I saw the movie at Fantastic Fest, and I’ve caught it once more in the meantime. In the immediate aftermath of that first viewing, I was lucky enough to speak with two of the creative minds at the helm of this rebirth of Dario Argento’s classic horror film: screenwriter David Kajganich and actress Jessica Harper, who originated the role of Suzy Bannion in the 1977 original and plays a mysterious role in the remake.

The two were gracious with their time and answers, and I was especially pleased to know that some of my initial misgivings about the film were addressed and eased by Kajganich. I don’t know that I’ll ever wrap my head around this massive movie — which I can’t stop writing or talking about — but I do know that I appreciate the insight Kajganich and Harper gifted me, and I hope our conversation can help fellow readers who might be parsing out their own complicated thoughts.

Below, we discuss the film’s gender politics, the influence of German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder (including a fun personal story from Harper about meeting him), and all that noise about a possible sequel.

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Suspiria Reviews

The halls of the Markos Dance Academy are barren; blanched of color and body, wide deco door frames and high ceilings gape like hungry mouths. The sizes seems preposterous for how few people dwell there: a handful of young women in the company and their teachers. But though the women are small in number, there exists in their building an unflinching, insurmountable terror. A thicket of wicked in its bowels. Numbers don’t matter when evil is thirsting in the shadows.

Luca Guadagnino’s palatial Suspiriaa remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 original — is in a league of its own, arguably the most interesting horror remake of all time, and definitely the best. Assembled into six chapters and an epilogue, it’s a nearly 3-hour behemoth, which will annoy some and liberate others, while forging a cinematic identity unto itself. You’ve never seen anything quite like this. You might be grateful for that.

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I’m going to do something a little different for this week’s Small-Screen Stream column. Instead of focusing on full shows, I’m going to highlight individual episodes of TV shows that feature Halloween-centric episodes. I went with a mix of old and new, and popular and less popular entries. A lot of sitcoms have done multiple Halloween episodes through the years, so I got creative about which ones I chose of the many.

Halloween episodes can be a great way to get in the holiday spirit with a little more variety and a little less time commitment than a feature-length movie. It’s also a good alternative for those of you who don’t do well with full-blown horror. I love to revisit my favorite Halloween episodes every year, so I thought I’d introduce them to you — along with some new discoveries and hidden gems in the back catalogues of these streaming services. Let’s get spooky!

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In high school, I first heard the myth of the invisible ships. Perhaps you know it. It goes as such: When European explorers first discovered the Americas, their boats were so inconceivably large and foreign that the natives couldn’t comprehend them, and therefore couldn’t see them. The theory is based mostly on observations from the voyagers, who noted that natives failed to acknowledge the massive ships, and that even as they approached the shore they didn’t look up from what they were doing to take in the sight.

The theory is probably bogus, but has stuck with me since I first heard it, and popped back into my head when I saw Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake at Fantastic Fest last month. A voyager’s massive ship and an experimental horror film are, circumstantially, pretty different; but the idea of being so utterly overwhelmed at the sight of something that you could barely comprehend it feels comparable. Suspiria isn’t a thing you look at once and understand. It’s a radical, carnal, enormous piece of work that took a lot of mediating, fire-stoking, and reflection to get to where I’m at now with the film. I imagine many viewers will have a similarly complicated experience.

That’s why I wanted to write out the stages of Suspiria acceptance that I went through after seeing the film, talking to its screenwriter David Kajganich, and witnessing the critical reactions pour in. I hope I can help others mount the beast that is Guadagnino’s insane masterwork. Let’s work the steps together.

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Halloween is almost here, and this is my last streaming column before it arrives, so I decided to go full horror for this one! A lot of these are shows I’ve talked about in the past — and some are brand new — but I wanted to put a wide lens on the genre. There’s so much to stream at any given time, and some shows, even great ones, get lost in the mix. I compiled a list of everything from horror originals, to adaptations, to true crime, to baking shows. There’s plenty of ways to get in the Halloween spirit, and I thought it’d be fun to go a little out-of-the-box for some of these. If you’re like me and live for October and Halloween season, the following list is a great way to get in a spooky mindset.

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October is here, and I’m resisting the urge to make a horror-only list as best I know how. I plan to dedicate my next entry entirely to the spooky season, but before doing so, I wanted to shed some light on other, less-scary shows. Plenty was recently added to our favorite streaming services, making it deceptively easy to write up a compilation this week. Please enjoy this mix of new additions, old gems, and a few things I probably shouldn’t have discovered on my Hulu playlist. I’ll see you back here next time with all of the scary stuff you could possibly imagine!

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