What to stream: Bill Nye and ‘Bosch’ are back, James McAvoy is ‘Split’

Bill Nye Saves the World brings the Science Guy back to TV via streaming with a Netflix original series. The new show, for adults and kids alike, mixes comedy, education, cool experiments, celebrity guests, and panel discussions on hot-button issues. 13 episodes. “The new series is pitched primarily toward adults, casting the bow-tie-wearing Nye as […]

Robert De Niro is Bernie Madoff in the HBO original film by Barry Levinson

Coming and Going on HBO Now in May 2017

Robert De Niro is Bernie Madoff in The Wizard of Lies, an HBO original movie about the infamous Ponzi scheme directed by Barry Levinson. It’s the channel’s marquee offering for May, a month that also features the debuts of the original documentaries Warning: This Drug May Kill You, a look into the opioid epidemic, and […]

The Netflix reboot of MST3K from creator Joel Hodgson stars Jonah Ray, Felicia Day, and Patton Oswalt

What to stream: The next generation of MST3K on Netflix, Oscar-nominees on VOD

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return revives the cult comedy show built around robot puppets heckling bad movies with Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt as the new mad scientists (“the mads,” as the fans say) and Jonah Ray as their human test subject. “The deceptively ingenious structure of the show offers a double experience, of […]

'American Playboy' - Chicago Playboy club opening night.

What to stream: ‘American Playboy’ on Amazon, ‘The BFG’ on Netflix, ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Paterson’ on VOD

Amazon Prime presents the original documentary series American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, which profiles the man, the brand, and the lifestyle he advocated through his magazine and his clubs with a mix of documentary and dramatic recreation. “If not quite a hagiography, it is very much an official document — “my story, or at […]

What to stream: ‘Five Came Back’ on Netflix, ‘Fantastic Beasts’ on VOD

The three-part original documentary Five Came Back, based on the book by Mark Harris, explores how Hollywood filmmakers John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens documented World War II and how their experiences informed their lives and their work after the war “[T]he advantage the documentary has over the book is […]

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 […]

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 […]

What to stream: ‘Jackie’ and ‘Moana’ on VOD and more

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand Natalie Portman earned an Oscar nomination in Jackie as the widow of JFK in the days after his assassination. Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain brings his passion for political and social history to his American film debut and his perspective is illuminating. Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, and John Hurt co-star (R). […]

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 […]