The Avengers might have beaten Thanos, but that hasn't put a stop to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The world's largest film franchise has already announced a slew of Phase 4 projects, but television fans will also be getting their superhero fill on the small screen, too, especially now that Disney+ is live.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is no stranger to television shows, and hough the Disney-Netflix partnership that delivered hits such as “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” has ended, there are a multitude of other television shows in the franchise that will be popping up in the next few years.
Many of these were first unveiled during a massive presentation at Comic-Con in 2019, and in the months since then details have been trickling out about each of the projects as the upper level management overseeing Marvel television projects has changed. In October, Kevin Feige, who revitalized comic book fandom with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been named Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, in addition to his current status as president ofMarvel Studios. The move means that all of the company's key film and television executives will report to Feige.
Here's a rundown on all the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero action that will be making its way to television in the near future:
“Runaways” started as a handful of superpowered kids facing off against their villainous, similarly powerful parents, but as with all things Marvel, the plot has become more esoteric and high-stakes as the show continues to evolve on Hulu. Season 3 will follow the Runaways as they search for their lost friends, a quest that will eventually see them face off against the dark sorceress Morgan le Fay Elizabeth Hurley. The show has also teased a crossover with the “Cloak & Dagger” cast even though that Freeform series has yet to be renewed for a third season, but specific details about a potential convergence of casts have been kept under wraps.
It's been a long, winding road for the longest-running Marvel Cinematic Universe television show, full of hostile aliens, time travel, spacefaring, and even a genetic doppleganger of the primary protagonist. Season 7 will wrap up the series and, hough not much has been revealed about its plot, the season's teaser-trailer suggests that the Chronicoms — face-stealing quasi-robots, this show has gotten pretty weird over the years — are going to be some of the season's big baddies.
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“Helstrom” Hulu, 2020
“Helstrom” is expected to follow Daimon and Ana Helstrom Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon, respectively, the children of a supposedserial killer who are haunted by their family legacy. The duo, who have a complicated relationship and are the children of Satan in Marvel lore, will work together to track down the worst criminals who terrorize humanity. Elizabeth Marvel will also star as Victoria Helstrom, who has been institutionalized for 20 years and is plagued by demons. Pictured: Elizabeth Marvel
Loki Tom Hiddleston seemingly died for the third time in “Avengers: Infinity War,” though the character reappeared in the timeline-bending “Avengers: Endgame.” It's unknown if this more villanious version of the character is the one that will be featured in the upcoming Disney+ series, but given the franchise's recent openness to time-traveling shenanigans, it wouldn't be surprising to see Loki trek through time and space throughout his six-episode series.
The original “What If...?” comic book series explored how events would've played out if key Marvel plot points turned out differently. Given the character and universe-shattering events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, the possibilities for this non-canon series are endless: What would've happened if Killmonger defeated T'Challa/Black Panther? What if Ultron succeeded in his plan to eradicate human civilization? What if Thanos' snap wasn't undone by the Avengers? Will any of these things actually be explored in the series? Time will tell... Pictured: “Avengers: Endgame”
Clint Barton/Hawkeye Jeremy Renner became a violent vigilante in “Avengers Endgame,” but is expected to train and pass his superhero mantle to a young Kate Bishop in the expert marksman's own Disney+ series. Given that the series is around two years away, other plot details are unknown, but the show recently tapped Jonathan Igla “Mad Men” to write and executive produce the series.
Disney announced that Disney+ series focused on Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk were all in development during the company's D23 event in August. Details about the three series are scarce and none of them are expected to hit the streaming service in the near future. Regardless, a few facts are known: “Ms. Marvel” will serve as the first time a Marvel Muslim-American superhero gets her own live-action series, “She-Hulk” will follow Bruce Banner's cousin, who becomes empowered with Hulk-like abilities, and “Moon Knight” will portray a CIA agent whose psyche is split into four personalities. Pictured: Ms. Marvel
Sure, Disney+ has an exciting slate of Marvel spin-off series coming to the streaming platform in the next few years, but you shouldn't sleep on the shows available right now. From Jon Favreau's highly-anticipated Star Wars spin-off to the entirety of The Simpsons catalog and a few vintage animated series, there's plenty of shows worth binging while we wait for that Loki solo series.
Here are the best TV shows you can stream on Disney+ right now.
1 season, 8 episodes
Jon Favreau is helming this Star Wars spin-off described as a Space Western that takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The Empire has fallen, the First Order has yet to be created, so the galaxy is a lawless place perfect for a bounty hunter to wreak havoc and make his own rules, which is exactly what Pedro Pascal's Mandalorian seems to be doing. This series has been kept tightly under wraps, so the plot is a bit of a mystery at this point, but the teases we've gotten look promising. The only drawback: Disney has decided to use a weekly release format for its original slate, which means you won't be able to binge this one like you'll probably want to.
30 seasons, 662 episodes | IMDb: 8.7/10
One show you won't have to wait for weekly episodes to air is The Simpsons, which is making its way to Disney's streaming platform when the service launches on November 12th. Disney bought Fox earlier this year which means they're the new overlords of Springfield. It also means fans have a new venue to relive all the exploits of Homer, Bart, Lisa, and the rest of the family. For now, the show's 30 seasons will be available to stream, with newer seasons and episodes still airing on Hulu.
High School Musical The Series
1 season, 10 episodes
This new series which already premiere its first episode on the Disney Channel and ABC answers the question literally no one has asked: “What would happen if you mixed High School Musical with The Office?” Well, it looks like you'd get a watchable teen drama with a fresh take on a beloved millennial musical series. The show is set in the fictional East High where the original movie was filmed and follows the students putting on the first rendition of a musical based on High School Musical, in mockumentary form. It's all very meta and surprisingly catchy.
Star Wars The Clone Wars
5 season, 108 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10
The animated world of Star Wars might not be for everyone, but it's one of the best ways Disney has been able to extend the lifespan of George Lucas' franchise and watching it might give you some clues as to the direction this universe will take in the future. Of course, even without the Easter egg hunting, you'll have a good time. Not only is this series gorgeously animated with some of the most realistic 3-D effects we've ever seen, but it also fills in the gaps between the prequel films, meaning we get a closer look at Anakin's journey to the Dark Side and how the war between the Republic and the Separatists had far-reaching effects.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
1 season, 6 episodes
Over the past few years, Jeff Goldblum has curated a new persona. He's become the internet's zany uncle, a celebrity who can cash in on the nostalgia of past work and turn that currency into more modern roles. Disney knows Goldblum's appeal, which is why it's trying to bottle up a bit of the actor's charisma and likability with this docuseries whose premise is basically, “Let Jeff Goldblum be fascinated by normal sh*t.” It's an easy, enjoyable watch that feels just quirky enough to become a hit. Or, at the least, an endless well for memes.
1 season, 8 episodes | IMDb: 5/10
This show was canceled by ABC before its first season ended, mainly because it was all kinds of bad. Bad wigs, bad special effects, bad everything. Except, it has a pretty impressive cast and a nasty villain in Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon. We wouldn't subscribe for this show alone, but if you've already binged all of the Marvel movies on Disney +, why not have fun critiquing this spin-off?
1 season, 12 episodes
Four words: Reunions. Musicals. Kristen. Bell. That's all you really need to know about this new reality series hosted by The Good Place star who organizes a reunion of theater geeks and tasks them with recreating their high school musical years after they first performed together. It's heartwarming, full of great song-and-dance numbers, and sure, there's some drama.
4 seasons, 101 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10
Look, if the thought of binging all 101 episodes of this classic afternoon cartoon about a globe-trotting treasure-hunting billionaire Scrooge McDuck and his nephews doesn't fill you with warm, fuzzy nostalgia, then you probably didn't grow up in the '90s, and we feel sorry for you. For everyone else, see ya in Duckburg.
Boy Meets World
7 seasons, 158 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10
Yes, the sequel to this beloved coming-of-age series is also available on Disney +, but nothing beats the original. Boy Meets World followed the exploits of Cory Matthews, his siblings, and his best friends as they navigated school, relationships, and growing up while indulging Cory's elaborate theories about life. It's good, wholesome fun that makes us wish we had teachers as cool as George Feeny.
6 seasons, 129 episodes | IMDb: 7.9/10
Another terrific animated children's show is this late '90s series about a group of primary school friends who are bucking authority and causing general mayhem on the playground. While adults set the rules during teaching hours, the brief respite from lessons brings its own hierarchy. Basically, there are laws to be respected when it comes to recess, and this show proves it.
The Disney+ live-action series The Mandalorian explores a galaxy that Star Wars fans have rarely seen onscreen before: the dark and seedy unscrupulous circles. Jon Favreau’s upcoming show has a lot of that to offer in contrast to the idealistic heroism of the main Star Wars films.
The Rebellion has won the war and formed the New Republic, but the Empire isn’t put the rest. Far from the reaches of the New Republic, a Mandalorian Pedro Pascal in his armor wanders the wastelands looking to make credits in a fraught galaxy.
Here’s a guide that may help the viewing experience of The Mandalorian.
So where are we in The Mandalorian?
The Mandalorian is set about five years after Return of the Jedi when the second Death Star is destroyed over Endor, and twenty-five years before the First Order strikes in The Force Awakens. If you want to get close to the galactic timeline, we’re around the year 9 ABY.
How is that Rebellion doing?
In The Mandalorian, we see that Cara Dune Gina Carano is a former-rebel shock trooper who appears to have trouble reintegrating in a relatively post-war “peace.”
For those who picked up Chuck Wendig’s canonical Aftermath Trilogy books, you’ll know that that the galaxy underwent a fraught transition as the Rebellion converted into the New Republic. What ensued after the destruction of the second Death Star over Endor, the Emperor’s death, and galactic festivities in the epilogue of Revenge of the Jedi was not peace, but more war.
At the start of the post-Endor Aftermath, Rebel pilot Wedge Antilles scouted the Outer Rim for remaining Empire influences only to be captured by Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, and he eventually escaped her grasp. Mon Mothma was elected as the first Chancellor of the New Republic and focused on disassembling the military, though she clashed with Leia Organa on diverting resources to liberating the Wookiee-populated Kashyyyk, Chewbacca’s homeworld. A peace talk with Grand Admiral Sloane goes awry when Chandrila, the new capital of the New Republic, is attacked.
The Republic won their decisive victory at the Battle of Jakku—the remnants of which Rey scavenges in The Force Awakens. A Galactic Concordance peace treaty was signed by Chancellor Mon Mothma and the Empire Grand Vizier Mas Amedda. But that didn’t mean everyone accepted the peace treaty.
What became of the Empire
As the existence of the First Order proves, ideology never dies out after a war. The galaxy isn’t completely freed from the Empire’s ideals. In The Mandalorian, Imperial officer Moff Gideon Giancarlo Esposito is leading stormtrooper forces to maintain the spirit of the Empire. In an IGN interview, Esposito described the relationship between bounty hunters and Empire officers as “tenuous.“
And Gideon was far from the only Imperial carrying the flag for the fallen Empire after the Emperor’s death. After the Second Death Star destruction, Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax established the Shadow Council, a secret advisory council to supervise the remaining fractures of the Empire. Though he saw significant pushback from Grand Admiral Sloane for his tactics.
Rax was the secret-keeper and enforcer of Emperor Palpatine’s Contingency. Should he die prematurely, Palpatine planted a Contingency of military resources and Imperial loyalists to ensure the resurrection of his Empire. Not only that, the Contingency also involved destroying Empire-controlled territory, such as Naboo and Jakku. So, why would the Emperor order the destruction of Imperial land he conquered and colonized in the wake of his death? To punish the weak parts of the Empire for failing to protect him as well as eliminate his Republic enemies. Before the signing of the Galactic Concordance, the New Republic struggled to mitigate and defeat Palpatine’s Operation Cinder. Grand Admiral Sloane would eventually take Rax down.
After the Battle of Jakku, Grand Admiral Sloane and General Brendol Hux, the father of General Hux of the Sequel Trilogy, hid out in the Unknown Region of space, forging their more refined vision of the Empire that will grow into The First Order.
How is Mandalore doing?
As Werner Herzog’s character, The Client, says to the Mandalorian in a trailer, “It’s a shame your people suffered.” He is referring to the Mandalorian’s homeworld of Mandalore, which has quite a messy past of war and politics as seen in The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels animated series.
The Clone Wars series covers a significant part of Mandalore history before the Empire came to power. During the Clone Wars, Duchess Satine ruled Mandalore and sought to maintain neutrality and pacifism while the Republic fought the Separatists. However, the Mandalorian group Death Watch, led by Pre Vizsla, fought against her pacifist rule. Eventually, a resurrected Darth Maul allied with Death Watch and usurped the Duchess and Pre Vizsla as well.
The upcoming final season of Clone Wars on Disney+ will likely follow creator Dave Filoni’s confirmed “Seige of Mandalore” plot points and depict the Mando and Jedi’s alliance to undo Maul’s reign on Mandalore for good. But in the wake of Order 66 execution, the Republic will morph into the Empire that will oppress Mandalore.
In the succeeding Rebels series, a young Mando Sabine Wren has a difficult homecoming to Mandalore, struggling to undo the Empire’s hold on her Clan. Chancellor Palpatine has installed Gar Saxon as the provisional leader of Mandalore. Sabine’s homecoming leads to Gar Saxon’s death and a civil war on Mandalore. Lady Bo-Katan, a former Death Watch acolyte who reckoned with her past allegiance, involves herself in the civil war and accepts the legendary Darksaber from Sabine and leads Mandalorian forces to liberate Mandalore.
But time will tell whether The Mandalorian will answer questions about Mandalore’s fate and recovery post-Empire and just how the title character feels about his homeworld – and how much he adheres to the Mandalorian code of honor.
The Mandalorian will premiere on Disney+ tomorrow.
The Avengers, a handful of Jedi, Mickey Mouse and an army of Disney princesses are among the characters that will join forces on Disney+, the highly-anticipated streaming service that will launch in a week.
Disney's foray into the streaming market will feature decades of the company's classic films and television shows and will also host a variety of new shows from popular franchises. That said, outside “The Mandalorian,” which promises a cinematic flair unlike anything else on competing streaming services and will be avail, it's going to take a few years for Disney's ad-free streaming service to release several of its biggest original projects. A multitude of Marvel Cinematic Universe television shows will eventually release on the streaming service, but superhero fanatics will have to be patient for the likes of “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “Loki.”
Though competing services, such as Netflix and WarnerMedia's HBO Max, have reportedly shelled out hundreds of millions for old shows such as “Seinfeld” and “The Big Bang Theory,” Disney is primarily sticking to the films and television shows it already owns to flesh out its streaming service's library. All 30 seasons of “The Simpsons,” most “Star Wars,” Pixar, and Marvel Cinematic Universe films, and classics such as “Bambi,” “Aladdin” are among the dizzying array of Disney releases that'll be available on the service at launch.
Disney+ also differs from most competing streaming services by only having one subscription option. A month of Disney+ costs $6.99 and includes up to four simultaneous streams, 4K, and up to seven profiles per account. Customers can purchase a year's worth of Disney+ for a discounted $69.99. A bundled subscription that includes ESPN+ and the ad-free version of Hulu is also available for $12.99, which is $5 cheaper than individually subscribing to each of those services.
Disney has also offered several promotional Disney+ deals, including giving a year's subscription to Verizon's unlimited data customers.
The streaming service will be available on the typical platforms, such as the Disney+ website, smartphones, and most modern televisions, with the notable exception of Amazon Fire TV. Disney and Amazon recently butted heads about the latter company wanting to sell much of the ad space on Disney's existing Fire TV apps, but Disney has reportedly resisted those efforts and there has been no indication that the companies will amicably resolve that issue.
There are plenty of good TV series on Netflix. Arguably, too many, in fact. If you're trying to figure out what to watch next, here's a great place to start with a look at 60 of the best shows on Netflix right now including some of the best Netflix original series. You can also find recent changes, including new seasons and removed shows, at the bottom of this list, while some of the most recently added entries listed first.
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Netflix Living With Yourself
1 season, 8 episodes | IMDb: 7.6/10
The only thing better than a series starring Paul Rudd is a show starring two Paul Rudds. The funnyman leads this new original series while playing a man named Miles, who seems pretty dissatisfied with his life so far. After agreeing to participate in a mysterious spa treatment that promises a better, more successful life, Miles is left with a practically perfect doppelganger intent on taking his life from him. It's dark and weird, and did we mention the two Paul Rudds?
Netflix When They See Us
1 season, 4 episodes | IMDb: 9/10
Director Ava DuVernay's limited series about the wrongfully accused men in the Central Park Five case is an emotionally heavy reimagining of a truly tragic event in our history. The series sheds light on racial profiling and corruption in the NYPD as a group of young Black men are targeted for a heinous crime and put on trial with little evidence. It's a gripping, heartbreaking retelling, but one that feels sadly relevant.
Netflix I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
1 season, 6 episodes | IMDb: 7.6/10
Saturday Night Live and Detroiters alum Tim Robinson creates and stars in this 15-minute sketch comedy series that is perfectly happy to offer up a few irreverent laughs without all of the post-comedy commentary that weighs down other funny shows in 2019. It's a mixed bag of unconnected stories about toddler pageants and old men out for revenge and how Instagram has warped our social interactions in hilariously bizarre ways. What each of these skits has in common is Robinson's particular brand of comedy and his unrivaled ability to make you laugh.
Netflix Tuca & Bertie
1 season, 10 episodes | IMDb: 7.4/10
Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish voice the stars of this animated comedy from BoJack Horseman artist Lisa Hanawalt. Wong plays Bertie, a 30-something songbird thrush with debilitating anxiety, a knack for baking, and a truly toxic work environment. Haddish plays her best friend Tuca, a loud-mouthed toucan who loves to party and hates the thought of settling down. The friends try to hold on to their single days, even as Bertie takes the next step in her long-term relationship and Tuca struggles to find her place in the world. It's a more colorful, comforting world than BoJack, but it's got the same great humor and surprisingly-thoughtful musings.
Netflix Dead To Me
1 season, 10 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10
Christina Applegate returns to TV with this grief-com about a woman trying to pick up the pieces after her husband is murdered in a horrible hit-and-run accident. Applegate plays the angry, grieving widow with equal parts humor and empathy while Linda Cardellini plays her sunny, optimistic best friend. The two meet in a grief group and navigate the challenges of moving on after loss while also solving a murder mystery. There's no way you'll know what to expect here, which is half the fun of watching.
Netflix Russian Doll
1 season, 8 episodes | IMDb: 7.9/10
Natasha Lyonne stars in this Groundhog Day-from-hell remake about a woman who's forced to relive the last day of her life over and over again. It's been done before, but this series stands out thanks to its mix of dark humor and a tinge of the supernatural. Lyonne is one of the often overlooked OITNB stars, but it looks like this series is giving her a chance to show off her comedic chops as her character, Nadia, endures a constant loop of partying, dying, then waking up to do it all over again. As bleak as the premise is, Lyonne manages to find a silver lining, a universal message that basically read, “The world is sh*t, let's help each other out if we can.”
Netflix The Umbrella Academy
1 season, 10 episodes | IMDb: 8/10
Superhero team-ups are a dime a dozen, but the TV adaptation of this award-winning comic series created by Gerard Way — yes, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance — feels wholly unique and thus, totally refreshing. The show follows the story of seven kids, all born on the same day to mothers who didn't even know they were pregnant. They're adopted by a mysterious billionaire and trained to use their supernatural abilities to fight evil in the world, but when they grow up, their dysfunctional upbringing catches up with them, and they're left struggling to live normal lives. It's all kinds of weird, which is exactly what the genre needs right now.
Netflix Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
2 seasons, 21 episodes | IMDb: 7.7/10
Kiernan Shipka stars in this witchy revival of a sitcom classic. This Sabrina Spellman is darker than what millennials are used to. As a half-mortal, half-witch, Spellman is an outcast with the magical community and the first season explores the cult-like fervor of magic users, their worship of Satan, and why Sabrina is being pressured to sign her name over to the Dark Lord. The show also tackles issues of romance, friendship, and sexism in clever, crafty ways and with season two newly released, expect things to get even more nightmarish for the Spellman clan.
BBC One Bodyguard
1 season, 6 episodes | IMDb: 8.2/10
The UK's most popular new drama has made its way across the pond. The procedural thriller stars Game of Thrones' Richard Madden as David Budd, a military vet turned police officer tasked with protecting a high-profile politician during a, particularly dicey time. There's plenty of suspense and action to string you along, coupled with a vulnerable performance by Madden, who ditches his King of the North swagger to play a man conflicted by his past and his present duty to his country.
Netflix The Haunting of Hill House
1 season, 10 episodes | IMDb: 8.7/10
Mike Flanagan knows how to do horror, and his latest series for Netflix, The Haunting of Hill House, is proof of that. The show, like the book off which it's based, follows the fractured Crain family as they try to make peace with their dark and twisted path. Of course, through some carefully-timed flashbacks, we see why the Crain siblings are so messed up: They lived in a haunted house as children, a house that eventually caused the death of their mother. There are plenty of frights to keep horror fans interested in this thriller, but the real point of this show is investigating trauma and its lingering effects. Makes sense that horror is the best way to do that.
amc Breaking Bad
5 seasons, 62 episodes | IMDb: 9.5/10
Not just the best series on Netflix, Breaking Bad is the best series of all time. There's no debate about that.
NETFLIX BoJack Horseman
6 seasons, 68 episodes | IMDb: 8.5/10
Not enough people on the Internet have explained that BoJack Horseman is not what it might seem like. Not enough people raved that it was an often very funny, often very heartbreaking meditation on depression. It's an animated sitcom about a washed-up horse, and somehow, it's also an incredibly profound look at deeper themes. It's amazing, but it may also leave you in a depressive funk for days afterward. Its fourth season even placed it among our best TV shows of 2017, and, thankfully, Season 5 is just as funny and sad as ever.
Netflix Stranger Things
3 seasons, 25 episodes | IMDb: 8.9/10
A throwback and love letter to the early 1980s movies of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter, the Duffer Brothers' Stranger Things feels both familiar and new. It's about a boy named Will think E.T.'s Elliot who is captured by a The Thing-like creature and trapped in a Poltergeist-like world. His mother Winona Ryder recruits the local sheriff to investigate Will's disappearance. Meanwhile, Will's dorky, Goonies-like best friends take to their bikes to do some sleuthing of their own and eventually befriend an alien-like girl with telepathic powers the E.T. of the series. Season two continues that vibe as the show dives deeper into government conspiracies and alien monsters intent on wreaking havoc on small-town Indiana. It's great PG horror/sci-fi, like the blockbusters of the early '80s, and even if you didn't come of age in the era, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
AMC Mad Men
7 seasons, 92 episodes | IMDb: 8.6/10
Mad Men is one of the best-written, best acted, and engrossing dramas on television. Period. The first season is a little slow, but keep with it: Matthew Weiner eventually layers in a lot of fun elements, and takes it home for a great ending.
NBC The Office
9 seasons, 201 episodes | IMDb: 8.8/10
The original UK The Office mainstreamed Ricky Gervais' awkward, uncomfortable humor, while The Office diluted it some, layered in one of sitcom's greatest romances for four seasons, anyway, and surrounded Steve Carell with a remarkable, quirky supporting cast. The first four seasons still stand as the best workplace comedy in American sitcom history, even if the final four seasons were increasingly mediocre — though the series did redeem itself in the end.
NBC Parks and Recreation
7 seasons, 125 episodes | IMDb: 8.6/10
Witty, heartfelt, and funny, you're not likely to find a more likable sitcom than Parks and Recreation. The first six episodes aren't very good, but once they figured out what to do with Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope, the sitcom began to thrive, thanks in huge part to its endearing supporting cast. Parks and Rec is blissful television, and a must watch for any fan of great sitcoms.
10 seasons, 236 episodes | IMDb: 8.9/10
There's nothing to say Friends that you don't already know, and unless you're under the age of 15, you've probably already seen every episode, but — along with Seinfeld available on Hulu — Friends remains the most durable, re-watchable sitcom ever.
Netflix Arrested Development
5 seasons, 84 episodes | IMDb: 8.9/10
The series lost some of the mystique it had gained after its cancellation because Netflix's season four wasn't to everyone's satisfaction — though it flowers with repeat viewings, especially with the recut version of it. Arrested Development still stands as one of the funniest, most inventive, and most influential sitcoms of the generation.
Netflix Orange is the New Black
7 seasons, 91 episodes | IMDb: 8.2/10
One of the best original shows on Netflix, this prison dramedy is a deeply human, funny, moving, realistic, progressive show about life and the bad decisions we're all destined to make. OITNB humanizes the dehumanized, transforms labels — felons, thieves, murderers, embezzlers — into real human beings and reminds us that, even in prison, life isn't put on hold. Life is being led. It's a remarkably excellent series, and addictive as hell.
AMC Better Call Saul
3 seasons, 30 episodes | IMDb: 8.7/10
In its first season, Better Call Saul quickly put to rest any fears anyone might have had about a spin-off from arguably the greatest drama of all time, Breaking Bad which sits atop this list. Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould return as showrunners, and they continue to bring the same level of complexity, intensity, and character development to Saul as they did for Breaking Bad. What's most remarkable about the series, however, is that they managed to transform the Saul character into someone humane and sympathetic while staying true to the same character in the original series. Indeed, Saul is the most detail oriented and perhaps the smartest show on television, and one hell of an intense, suspenseful drama, which is all the more impressive because we know roughly where it will end up.
FX American Horror Story
8 seasons, 106 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10
Ryan Murphy's horror anthology on FX is an unpredictable tour-de-force that, when it sticks its landing, is one of the best shows on TV. The series chronicles truly terrifying, mind-warping plots across multiple seasons, connecting some, ignoring others. What grounds these outrageous storylines involving haunted hotels, murder houses, insane asylums, cults, and covens is the cast, most notably Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, and Evan Peters. Murphy relies on their visceral portrayals of individuals unhinged to sell this whacky, nightmare-inducing rollercoaster and sell they do.
k away your Handmaid's robe for another year and slip into your sweatpants because fall is finally here. With all due respect to those who view October and the greater Halloween season as their own personal high holy days, it's finally November and time to revel in the non-spooky, secular goodness that is just plain autumn. The horror is over and Christmas is lurking, but for now, blow off those Saturday night party plans and cozy up with some TV tailor-made to wash you away in its hygge autumnal flow.
The undisputed queen of autumn TV, “Gilmore Girls” brings that deep-seated fall feeling to every episode — even those ostensibly set in the middle of summer. Blame it on Stars Hollow, the show's fictional cozy Connecticut home, but something about this coffee-obsessed, fast-talking, wise-cracking mother-daughter Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel pair makes it feel like hot cider and crackling fires time all year round.
“Gilmore Girls” is available to stream on Netflix.
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A one season wonder that was never anything short of wonderful, “Wonderfalls” is a Bryan Fuller classic about Jaye Taylor Caroline Dhavernas who is intentionally underachieving, wasting away in retail despite earning a philosophy degree at Brown University, until tiny animal figurines start demanding she helps strangers.
The series is delightful and droll and its Niagra Falls setting and reluctant slacker energy makes it a perfect watch for people counting down until the clock falls back.
“Wonderfalls” is streaming on YouTube but you didn't hear it from me.
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“Friday Night Lights”
With its drama set centered in a small Texas town where high school football is life, “Friday Night Lights” is inextricably tied to fall, whether it likes it or not. But beyond that, it serves as a welcome refuge for those looking to hearken back to their high school days, for better or worse, with a series that offers more heart than maybe any show in TV history.
Skeptics take note, that this is no high school drama series or silly teen soap. You don't have to care about football and you don't have to care about Texas. You don't even have to watch it on a Friday. “Friday Night Lights” is perfect fall watching for those looking to exorcise some of those 2019 emotions and seeking guidance from TV's best fictional mom and dad. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't leave the couch because you're crying too hard.
“Friday Night Lights” is streaming on Hulu.
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“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”
Yes, it's a show about a teenage witch. And yes, she's in a blood feud with the devil. And sure, technically, this show is probably a better watch around Halloween. But the best thing about the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is its atmosphere and that atmosphere is peak “nature is dying, let's wear cute sweaters and jackets.” If that doesn't scream autumn, I don't know what does.
“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is streaming on Netflix.
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“This Is Us”
Speaking of moody, “This Is Us” is the weepiest show on TV and makes no apologies for it. Despite the actual season, the Pearson family is always ready to get a little angsty about the past and their lives and the complicated dynamics at play when it comes to managing familial obligation and connection. So, basically, November and Thanksgiving in a nutshell.
“This Is Us” airs on NBC and is available to stream on Hulu.
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There's just something inherently autumnal about small towns and, apparently, future Marvel Cinematic Universe alums, two things that hidden family drama gem “Everwood” had in spades. Set in a small Colorado town, “Everwood” featured both a young Chris Pratt and Emily Van Camp and served as a forerunner to that warm, weepy family drama that fits into fall viewing so well.
Centered on a widower doctor Treat Williams who relocates his family after the death of his wife, “Everwood” was unafraid to tackle difficult issues including abortion, while forever maintaining extreme empathy for everyone in the show's world. It's a kind show, without the overarching preachiness of some series of its era Looking at you “7th Heaven” and its the of comfort viewing when you're looking to escape into a more wholesome world for a few hours.
“Everwood” is streaming on Hulu.
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Sure, the most recent season of “Stranger Things” was set during the summer, but still, the hit streaming series can't escape it's big fall energy simply by switching seasons. Hawkins, Indiana will forever feel like it's in a low-level state of decay, a familiar feeling to anyone watching the leaves change colors and the clouds roll in.
“Stranger Things” is streaming on Netflix.
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“My So-Called Life”
There's nothing like going back to school, which is exactly what's happening with Angela Chase in the pilot of “My So-Called Life.” In fact, the bulk of the show's first — and only — season takes place between the start of school and Christmas, placing all the manifestations of teenage angst and real life issues of the 1990s into the framework of a single tumultuous fall.
It is, as they say, a big mood.
“My So-Called Life” is available to stream on ABC.com
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Maybe it's the Lauren Graham of it all. Maybe because it was “This Is Us” before “This Is Us” was “This Is Us.” Maybe it's because so much of accepted autumn culture boils down to affluent white people and their proximity to deciduous trees. Regardless, “Parenthood” is just one of those shows that feel right to binge in the fall, alongside your Halloween candy. Consider it training for a holiday season full of crying and family bickering and practice surreptitiously complaining about the sibling everyone likes the least but pretends otherwise. In this case, Crosby.