Helen Mirren is Jane Tennison in 'Prime Suspect'

The Complete ‘Prime Suspect’ with Helen Mirren on Hulu and BritBox

It’s been over twenty five years since Helen Mirren stepped into the role of Jane Tennison, a tough, tenacious, at times brittle woman in a brutally chauvinist police culture, in the original Prime Suspect. At the time, Mirren was a respected veteran of stage, screen and television, had shown off her acting chops and her […]

Alison Brie stars in the Netflix original series

What to stream: ‘GLOW’ with Alison Brie and Disney’s ‘Moana’ on Netflix

The Netflix original comedy GLOW: Season 1 stars Alison Brie as a frustrated actress in 1980s Los Angeles who answers a casting call for “unconventional women” and finds herself cast in a women’s wrestling cable series. The series was real: “GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” played on cable for years. This series, created by Nurse […]

What to stream: ‘Orange’ goes on lockdown and more streaming options

Season four of Orange Is the New Black, the best to date of Netflix’s most popular original show, ended on a cliffhanger: a protest against the dehumanizing conditions of the for-profit prison that turned into a riot. Season five opens with women of the minimum security prison taking hostages and stays in lockdown, at least […]

Ellen Barkin and her boys Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, and Finn Cole

‘Animal Kingdom: Season 1’ on Amazon Prime

Ellen Barkin plays Janine ‘Smurf’ Cody, the controlling matriarch of a Southern California suburban crime family in Animal Kingdom: Season 1, the commercial cable adaptation of David Michôd’s 2010 Australian crime drama developed for American TV by Southland creators John Wells and Jonathan Lisco. Relocated to the California south coast culture of surfing beaches and […]

Steve Buscemi stars in the HBO series of Prohibition and organized crime created by Terence Winter

The complete ‘Boardwalk Empire’ on Amazon Prime and HBO Now

Boardwalk Empire opens with Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the treasurer of Atlantic City and the man who runs the town—and the graft—from behind the pose of public service, toasting the U.S. Congress and the new possibilities that the twenties will bring, thanks to the utterly disastrous “noble experiment” known as Prohibition. Everything changes from that […]

The Italian TV crime drama

‘Romanzo Criminale: The Complete Series’ on FilmStruck

Romanzo Criminale: The Complete Series (Italy, 2008-2010) – In the late 1970s, ambitious young thug Lebano (short for The Lebanese) hatches a plan to leave the petty robberies behind and, in partnership with another gang, take over the drug trade in Rome, a city that is divided up by a number of small, unorganized gangs. […]

Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Mark Gattis in Sherlock

‘Sherlock: Series 4’ on Netflix

While there has been no official announcement, it sure feels like Sherlock: Series 4 (2016) brings the BBC’s 21st century reworking of Sherlock Holmes, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the world’s greatest consulting detective and Martin Freeman as the loyal Dr. John Watson, to a close. And perhaps it’s about time. The series, developed and created by […]

Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon star in "I Love Dick" created by Jill Soloway and playwright Sarah Grubbins

What to stream: ‘Anne’ of Netflix for families and ‘I Love Dick’ on Amazon for grown-ups

Kathryn Hahn, Griffun Dunne, and Kevin Bacon star in the new series I Love Dick, a comedy from Transparent creator Jill Soloway and playwright Sarah Grubbins. “It’s an experience as much as a story: arresting, disorienting and provocative,” writes The New York Times TV critic James Poniewozik, who describes the show as “art TV about […]

John Cleese, Connie Booth, Andrew Sachs, and Prunella Scales in the classic BBC comedy

‘Fawlty Towers: The Complete Series’ on Netflix

Fawlty Towers: The Complete Series (1975-1979) – Basil Fawlty, the brazenly rude hotel proprietor created and incarnated by John Cleese in his brilliant British sitcom, is the most insolent, boorish, hilariously obnoxious character in the face of customer disservice. He’s a man who treats his guests as an inconvenience to running his business, with the […]