Keeley Hawes stars in the British TV series based on the books by Gerald Durrell

‘The Durrells in Corfu: Season 1’ on Amazon Prime

The Durrells in Corfu: Season 1 (2016) – Based on “The Corfu Trilogy,” a series of memoirs by respected naturalist, conservationist, and author Gerald Durrell, this British series follows the adventures of Louisa Durrell (Keeley Hawes), a newly-widowed mother of four children who moves her impoverished family from England to the sunny Greek island of […]

What to stream: Pilot season on Amazon and ‘The Most Hated Woman’ on Netflix

Pilot Season is back on Amazon Prime, which means viewers can watch and vote on five shows under consideration for futures Amazon Prime series. And remember, you don’t have to be a member to watch the pilots. You can treat it as a free sample. The most promising is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel from Amy Sherman-Palladino […]

Nathan Fillion leads the crew in Joss Whedon's short-lived series 'Firefly.'

Last Chance: ‘Firefly’ leaving Netflix (but it’s still on Hulu)

Firefly: The Complete Series, Joss Whedon’s short-lived foray into sci-fi television, was (purposely or not) sabotaged by Fox when it finally premiered on network TV. The 14 episodes (that’s counting the movie-length pilot as a single episode) were rearranged by the network brain trust, completely disrupting the carefully constructed narrative that he wove through the […]

Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl, and Brendan Fehr in the UPN series 'Roswell'

Last Chance: ‘Roswell’ leaving Netflix April 1 (but still on Hulu)

Roswell: Seasons 1-3 (1999-2002) – You could call it X-Files meets Dawson’s Creek, but this mix of teen melodrama, UFOlogy, and deadly government conspiracies (based on the Roswell High series of young adult novels) has more in common with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Like that show, Roswell tackles the usual problems of growing up—changing hormones, […]

Finn Jones is 'Iron Fist' in the Netflix Original Series

What to stream: ‘Iron Fist’ disappoints, ‘Julie’s Greenroom’ inspires on Netflix

The buzz—for better and for worse—for the week in streaming debuts is over Iron Fist, the fourth original series in the Netflix Marvel superhero universe and the first to face disappointing reviews. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand, the an American-born scion of a corporate billionaire who returns home after surviving a plane crash in […]

Richard Roxburgh is Cleaver Greene in Rake.

‘Rake: Series 1’ on Netflix and AcornTV

Rake is a pretty fair description of Richard Roxburgh’s Cleaver Greene, an Australian criminal barrister who tends toward unconventional methods in the courtroom and self-destructive behavior outside the courts. He’s once divorced, with a string of failed relationships (one with a former hooker now dating the tax attorney prosecuting him) and affairs, and it’s left […]

Ken Burns’s ‘Prohibition’ on Netflix

Prohibition (2011), Ken Burns’ portrait of “the Noble Experiment” turned American disaster, follows Burns’s trademark approach to American history by putting big events into perspective through the personal stories of both significant historical figures and the everyday citizens. That’s particularly effective in the story of prohibition, which traditionally is presented in terms of the activism […]

What to stream: ‘Patriot’ on Amazon Prime and Oscar nominees on VOD

Michael Dorman is an undercover intelligence officer in the new Amazon Original series Patriot, a comic thriller co-starring Terry O’Quinn and Kurtwood Smith. “[I]t’s less an action drama than a droll, often gleefully random comedy about deception, family, and the complexity of the human personality. It sets a distinct narrative path for itself but then […]

Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty star in 'The Golden Girls'

What to stream: Hulu is ‘Golden,’ ‘Crazy Ex’ on Netflix, ‘Americans’ on Amazon Prime, and more

Thank you for being a friend: Hulu now has all seven seasons and 180 episodes of the Emmy-winning sitcom The Golden Girls with Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty showing that there is life after 50. Watch it on Hulu Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand Arrival, starring Amy Adams as a linguist making first […]