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13 Best Science Fiction Movies on Hulu

Hulu's collection of science fiction films is growing each month. Here we compile the best of the best.

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Aug 20, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to see what other excellent science fiction get added to Hulu.

Updated for September 2018

Hulu gets science fiction. Science fiction is all about possibility. Will this event happen? Probably not. But could it? Maybe!

That sense of possibility and wonder imbues each and every film on this list of the best science fiction movies on Hulu. The list is relatively small as far as lists on our streaming guides go. But it's growing as the powers that be behind Hulu understand that having a healthy diet of content also means including some sci-fi roughage. 

Check out the list gathered below and let us know what needs to be added. 

Arrival

In addition to being an awesome science fiction tale, Arrival might be the most intense movie about linguistics ever. The Amy Adams-starring flick is based on a 1998 short story from Ted Chiang and reveals what happens when twelve alien spacecraft suddenly appear in 12 locations across the globe.

Arrival takes a fascinatingly logical look at how humanity would respond in such an event. The answer as it turns out is to bring in a linguistic expert (Adams) to figure out how to communicate with the darn things. Arrival is incredibly smart and equally as affecting. 


Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond is the first of the Star Trek reboots not directed by J.J. Abrams, who went off to direct some other obscure "Star" movie. Thankfully, Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin steps in capably to keep the franchise afloat. 

Star Trek Beyond is certainly a step above the disappointing Into Darkness and in many ways is the Trek-iest of the new films. While casting Idris Elba only to put him under 40 pounds of makeup remains a crime against humanity, this one has the most original Trek flavor we've had in years.


Monsters

Monsters is the little indie monster movie that could. In this case the "could" means getting first-time director, Gareth Edwards, the Godzilla reboot job and then later on a job directing a little movie called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Monsters, itself, however is plenty impressive regardless of what jobs it got its director. It does what should be nearly impossible: pull off a no-budget monster flick. It's flashily directed and edited and is often truly intriguing and terrifying because of the monsters it doesn't show.


The Host

Inspired by real events in 2000 when a Korean mortician contracted by the U.S. military stationed in Seoul dumped large amounts of formaldehyde down the drain and into the Han river, leading to a small eco-crisis, a political disaster for the U.S. government, and deformed fish, The Host imagines a scenario where ambivalent U.S. officials dump even more of the stuff into the waterway, causing the birth of a giant amphibious monster. Soon, it attacks the mainland and kidnaps Park Gang-du’s (Kang-ho) daughter, Hyun-seo (Go Ah-sung).

What follows is a surprisingly moving and transcendent account of a man chasing a giant monster (designed in the WETA workshop, no less!) to bring his child home. 

John Dies at the End

John Dies at the End is not just a movie for spoilers-in-titles enthusiasts. It's also a deeply funny, wickedly creative science fiction flick. Even its origins are properly sci-fi. It began as a webserial from Cracked writer David Wong (real name Jason Pargin) and then made it's way to becoming a novel and finally was adapted into a 2012 film.

John Dies at the End crams a remarkable amount of sci-fi trappings into one film. There are designer drugs that cause the user to time travel, monsters, and alternate dimensions. It's a perfect distillation of the genre crafted by a fan.

Star Trek

Back in 2009 when J.J. Abrams was tasked with rebooting the Star Trek franchise, he apparently had little knowledge or interest of the Star Trek franchise. He did, however, have plenty of Star Wars knowledge. So he basically made what can be almost seen as a precursor to his own Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Star Trek doesn't have a lot of the progressive politics or forward-thinking humanity that the original series and movies do. What it does instead is recast all the original iconic characters with pitch-perfect actors and sends them on a space adventure.

Star Trek may not be pure Star Trek but it is pure blockbuster filmmaking.

The Running Man

Arnold Schwarzenegger had a very impressive run of sci-fi films in the '80s and the Stephen King adaptation The Running Man is among his best from that time. In The Running Man, the U.S. is a totalitarian police state and citizens entertain themselves by watching a violent reality TV show where "runners" try to avoid being captured and killed by "stalkers."

Schwarzenegger stars as Ben Richards, a former helicopter pilot turned unwilling contestant on The Running Man. He has to avoid certain death and hopefully bring down this ghoulish pastime in the process. Oh, what year does this all take place in? 2017. Ah shit. We're past due.

Invaders from Mars

Invaders from Mars is an all-time sci-fi classic. The story was inspired by a dream from the story writer's wife, which makes perfect sense as Invaders From Mars comes along with its own dream-like sense of confusion and terror.

Late one night, a child named David MacLean (Jimmy Hunt) is awakened by some thunder and looks to the sky to see the unmistakable shape of a flying saucer crashing down into his neighborhood. He tells his parents and his dad goes to investigate. But when his dad comes back, he doesn't seem to be the same. Invaders From Mars is a thrilling and spooky sci-fi yarn that represents everything great about the genre.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

David (Haley Joel Osment) is your run-of-the-mill young boy. He loves his mom, plays with his teddy bear, and even eats his veggies. David, however, is not a boy. He's a robot. When he eats those aforementioned vegetables, he malfunctions. Whoops! 

A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a strange, strange science fiction movie. Perhaps that's what happens when you take a concept that initially developed by the insular and dark Stanley Kubrick and then finished by mainstream maestro Steven Spielberg. The end result is a sci-fi film that's somehow equal parts deep, corny, weird, profound, and dumb. 

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Killer Klowns from Outer Space is...uh, unsettling.

The only film from special effects specialists the Chiodo brothers, Killer Klowns tells the story of a group of sentient alien beings from an unknown region of space. They descend upon Earth and invade a small town to capture humans and use them for food. Also they look like clowns.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a fascinating mashup of science fiction, horror, and dark comedy whose only major flaw might be a severe overestimation of how many people seek out clowns as entertainment.

The Terminator

God bless James Cameron's 1984 action-sci-fi epic The Terminator for introducing us all to a German bodybuilder with a funny name. Oh, and the movie is pretty fantastic too.

After umpteenth sequels, you know the general gist of this. Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is a mild-mannered career woman who unbeknownst to her will one day give birth to humanity's best hope in a future war against the machines. Those future machines, ever proactive, decide to send a humanoid appearing killing machine called a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) back in time to murder Sarah before John Connor can be born. The future humans counter with...some guy named Kyle. 

The eponymous Terminator would become a hero in later films because the human mind is incapable of hating Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here though he makes for a fantastic, seemingly unstoppable villain. 

The Fly

Hey kids, ever wonder why on Rick and Morty they call the grotesque humanoid monsters from other timelines "Cronenbergs?" Well this movie right here is why. 

The Fly is David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of the 1958 film of the same name. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "body horror." Eccentric scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) has developed a set of pods that can teleport organic matter from one to the other simultaneously. Brundle finally tests the machine out on himself and it works! But unbeknownst to him, a fly had entered the chamber with him and soon Brundle starts to exhibit some disturbing new features.

Signs

Signs represents the conclusion of writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's early 2000s hot streak. The Sixth Sense may be more memorable and Unbreakable may be flat out better but Signs a perfectly solid piece of sci-fi/thriller filmmaking. 

Signs follows the Hess family, led by former reverend Graham (Mel Gibson), as they try to recover from the loss of Graham's wife and Morgan and Bo Hess's mother. The fact that weird crop circles other signs of an imminent alien invasion have started to pop up on their farm certainly doesn't help. 

This is an unsettling, occasionally uplifting film about the loss of faith and aliens who have a curious taste in planets.

21 Best Horror Movies on Hulu Right Now

Gather around the campfire and gaze upon the terror of the best horror movies on Hulu

The Lists Alec Bojalad David Crow
Aug 20, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to see the additions to the best horror movies on Hulu.

Updated for September 2018

Horror can come from anywhere: an unfamiliar European hostel, a remote sleepaway camp in the woods or even just in the comfy confines of the human brain. Every now and then it can be fun to reconnect with that child-like portion of our minds that is truly susceptible to irrational fear. The best way is to merely just hear a good scary story. 

But perhaps the best place to find horror is on your friendly neighborhood Hulu. Hulu is best known for its TV comedy offerings but that doesn't mean it's lacking in pure terror. Here is your list of the best horror movies on Hulu.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil joins a proud tradition of recent movies like Cabin in the Woods that satirize the horror genre while also presenting a lovingly crafted and well-researched version of one. Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk star as Tucker and Dale, just two redneck friends who want to have a good time in their secluded cabin over the weekend.

Their vacation is interrupted by five young college students who somewhat understandably mistake Tucker and Dale for backwoods serial killers. What follows is a funny, fresh, and, at times, wonderfully gory interpretation of the horror genre.

Children of the Corn

Fun fact: Children of the Corn has eight sequels. Eight! That's one big drawback of the horror genre. It's so difficult to come up with an equally original and scary idea that once something sticks, it's financially prudent to run it into the ground.

Don't let that keep you from watching the 1984 original Children of the Corn, however. The movie is based off of a Stephen King short story and follows a group of creepy kids and their adventures in ritualistic sacrifice. It's a good time.

The Babadook

The Babadook is our most recent reminder that horror can come from the most unexpected places. In this instance that place is Australia. It's a film from Jennifer Kent in her directorial debut that's about a children's book monster who you just absolutely cannot get rid of.

The genius, however, is how the babadook is really a cypher for the more mundane fears of adulthood. Am I a good person? Am I doing this whole parenting thing right? Can I keep myself and those I love safe? The Babadook doesn't have all the answers but it does ask these interesting questions. 

10 Cloverfield Lane

And just like that, Cloverfield became an unexpected anthology horror franchise. 10 Cloverfield Lane is a Misery-like story about a woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who crashes her car in rural Louisiana. Upon waking, she discovers that she is chained to the wall in the basement of a reclusive man (John Goodman) who says he has taken her here to stay safe from a massive attack on the U.S. with nuclear fallout.

This guy's just insane, right? There's no way any of that really happened...right? 10 Cloverfield Lane has virtually nothing in common with its predecessor but if anything their tenuous connection just makes this newly-dawning anthology franchise all the more interesting.

V/H/S

Anthologies seem to be the way of the future for television. Thankfully, movies are starting to understand the appeal as well. V/H/S is a wonderfully-executed horror anthology film with an interesting setup. The setup is that four criminals are tasked with breaking into a home to steal a VHS tape.

So the gang goes about doing so and in the process they discover more than just one tape. The contents on those tapes represent the short horror films we the audience get to watch. V/H/S is interesting, novel and most importantly: scary.


The Host

Inspired by real events in 2000 when a Korean mortician contracted by the U.S. military stationed in Seoul dumped large amounts of formaldehyde down the drain and into the Han river, leading to a small eco-crisis, a political disaster for the U.S. government, and deformed fish, The Host imagines a scenario where ambivalent U.S. officials dump even more of the stuff into the waterway, causing the birth of a giant amphibious monster.

Soon, it attacks the mainland and kidnaps Park Gang-du’s (Kang-ho) daughter, Hyun-seo (Go Ah-sung). What follows is a surprisingly moving and transcendent account of a man chasing a giant monster (designed in the WETA workshop, no less!) to bring his child home.

Daybreakers

Bad news. The world is overrun with vampires in Daybreakers, a 2009 Australian horror film from The Spierig Brothers. Even worse news is that a vampiric corporation is attempting to track down all the remaining humans to eat. 

The good news is that Willem Dafoe has the cure that will save the entire human species. Dafoe stars as former vampire "Elvis." He teams up with Ethan Hawke's Edward Dalton as the two attempt to defeat the vampires and restore humanity to its proper place.

Daybreakers is a fun, properly satiriical vampire movie. It has lots to say about consumerism and societal structures. But most importantly it also just knows that it has two great stars and let's them enjoy their vampire-killing activities. 

Honeymoon

Honeymoon is another welcome step for Game of Thrones Ygritte actress Rose Leslie's tour for world domination. She and Harry Treadaway star in this science fiction horror film from Leigh Janiak.

Honeymoon fittingly begins with a newly-married couple, Bea and Paul going on their honeymoon. Bea and Paul decide that the best honeymoon spot will be a secluded cabin in the middle of the woods (dummies!). Once they arrive, they discover that it's not so secluded after all.

Honeymoon taps into the (probably mostly male) fears of someone changing forever once you've pledged your life and bank account to them. Change is a frequent theme in Honeymoon and the movie knows how to exploit our fear of it perfectly. 

Hellraiser

Clive Barker's Hellraiser understands an important thing about popcorn horror. Your villain/monster has gotta look like a badass. Look at ol' Pinhead up there! In the original Hellraiser (don't worry, there's more), "Pinhead" in unnamed. He's just your run of the mill Cenobite Hell Priest from the Order of the Gash. 

Hellraiser follows the Cotton family as various members throughout the years come into contact with a puzzle box. That puzzle box, once solved, opens up a portal to a different, harsher world filled with angels/demons/creeps/whatever-you-want-to-call-them who are inter-dimensional pleasure-seekers, so desensitized that they no longer differentiate between pain and pleasure.

Hellraiser is a fun, creepy, and wildly violent film that goes a long way towards establishing what could be called sadomasochistic horror as a genre.

Hostel

You know the feeling. You're on a fun trip with your friends, say backpacking through Eastern Europe or some other exotic locale. You want to find a cheap, no-frills place to stay. No point in staying at a nice, expensive hotel when there are so many other things to do. Then all of a sudden, you're tied to a chair and a rich German psychopath is taking a chainsaw to your fingers.

Eli Roth's 2005 horror movie is schlocky and unrepentantly gory. Thank God. Sometimes you just need some gore from your horror movies, and Hostel is more than happen to provide it.

Paranormal Activity

2007's Paranormal Activity in some respects represents the zenith of found footage horror movie genre that began with The Blair Witch Project in 1999. Paranormal Activity takes that concept of filming paranormal...well, activity, and takes it to its logical extreme. 

Micah and Katie are a young couple who move to a new home in San Diego. Katie believes that an evil presences she's known since childhood has followed them into the home. So Micah sets up a standard video camera in their room to see if they can capture any evidence of it. And catch some evidence they do. Paranormal Activity succeeds becasue of its genius simplicity - and because everything is inherently creepier through grainy VHS footage.

Carrie

The streaming world is not wanting for Stephen King adaptations. If you're in the mood for some Stephen King movies, however, you may as well start with the first novel and one of the best adaptations. 

Carrie is essentially a grim biography of one girl's terrible life. Her classmates make fun of her, her religious nut of a mother tortures her endlessly. It's just pure tragedy. Until it suddenly becomes pure horror.

Shutter Island

Martin Scorsese's late career bromance with Leonardo DiCaprio continues in their most overtly genre movie effort yet with Shutter Island.

DiCaprio stars as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels who is sent to investigate a psychiatric facility in the Boston Harbor after a patient goes missing. Soon after Teddy's arrival, he discovers that not only might this case be more than it seems, but he may have brought some ghosts to Shutter Island, itself.


The Dead Zone

Sometimes horror movies need complicated and expensive special effects. All The Dead Zone needs is Christopher Walken's terrifyingly haunted face. The Dead Zone is another Stephen King adaptation, only this time directed by body-horror legend David Cronenberg.

Christopher Walken stars as Johnny Smith, a schoolteacher who barely survives a car accident and wakes up from a coma to a much different world five years later. Johnny soon discovers that he can learn any person's deepest secrets when touching them. The Dead Zone makes great use of its premise and even asks some complicated moral questions.


Cloverfield

These days, everything is coming up J.J. J.J. Abrams resurrected the most important film franchise of all time with Star Wars and has all the "eff-you" money and creative points he could ever want. Hopefully, he cashes all that in to keep expanding the Cloverfield universe. The original 2008 Cloverfield, produced by Abrams and directed by Matt Reeves, is an ingenious twist on the monster movie concept.

A monster destroys New York, as monsters are wont to do but all the action is captured on the handheld cameras of our protagonists. "Found footage" movies have certainly had their day and Cloverfield can be counted among the best. Here's to Abrams producing many more sci-fi thrillers with "Cloverfield" somewhere in the name.


Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder is a different kind of horror altogether: one that is somehow simultaneously hallucinatory and all-too-real. Tim Robbins stars as Jacob Singer, a former American soldier who experienced horrors in Vietnam. Those horrors continue to plague Singer in a series of gruesome flashbacks and hallucinations and set him down a dark path to find out exactly what's real.

Jacob's Ladder is truly disturbing and has a classic ending that will help you realize the significance of the phrase "a Jacob's Ladder scenario."

Stir of Echoes

Unwanted or unexpected "visions" are the rare horror trope that are equally terrifying conceptually and visually. Therefore they are a perfect fit for a horror movie. In Stir of Echoes, Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) is a normal working class Joe from Chicago until a chance encounter with a hypnotist at a party causes him to have some disturbing visions.

Tom's visions are that of a young girl being violently attacked and he soon comes to suspect that they might represent something real.

Mother!

Is Darren Aronofsky's 2017 120-minute bomb of pure weirdness, Mother!, a horror movie? Sure, why not. Not a conventional one to be sure but it's unsettling enough to creep out just about anyone.

Jennifer Lawrence stars as....you know what. A plot description will be hard on this one. The characters have no names other than Him (Javier Bardem), Mother (Lawrence), and other titles. Bardem and Lawrence portray and archetypical married couple living in an old house where very weird things start happening. 

There is a lot of symbolism to unpack in Mother! and it's a movie that clearly wants to communicate something intangible very desperately. Aside from that, however, it's also just an intensely visually disorienting experience.


The Amityville Horror

So yeah, the real-life story of The Amityville Horror is mostly B.S. But that doesn't mean the original film isn't a fantastically scary time if you're willing to suspend your disbelief. James Brolin and Margot Kidder star as husband and wife of the Lutz family as they decide to move into their dream home in Amityville, New York on 12 Ocean Avenue.

Thankfully they get a great deal as a mass murder happened to have taken place there some years before. The Amityville Horror wonderfully captures the horror of not feeling safe the one place you're supposed to feel safe: your home. And the home itself is just wonderfully terrifying in and of itself with its attic windows that look like demonic eyes cursing everyone else on Ocean Avenue.

Pumpkinhead

1988's Pumpkinhead has two factors that almost automatically make any horror movie watchable at the very least.

The first factor is an unfortunate human character who messes with forces outside his control and understanding for a shot at vengeance. After a group of local teens accidentally kill his son, Tom wants vengeance and visits a witch to find it. This is where factor #2 comes in. The witch helps Tom raise a monster from the dead to go on a tour of bloody revenge. The monster, Pumpkinhead, is a terrifyingly wonderful movie monster - all spindly limbs and sharp corners. 

Pumpkinhead spawned a small series of horror movies but this first one is the best and most unnerving.

Midnighters

Midnighters is an excellent, tension-packed debut for screenwriter Alston Ramsay (who is also a former speechwriter for the Pentagon, weirdly).

Directed by Ramsay's brother, Julius, Midnighters tells the story of a cover-up that becomes far more stressful than the crime. On New Year's Eve, a struggling married couple strikes a pedestrian with their car. They opt to do the right thing and call the police. Lol/jk they opt to cover the crime and in the process begin a cycle of deceit, distrust, and madness.

Midnighters owes a lot of its success to Hitchcock, but then again - doesn't virtually every thriller?

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11 Best Action Movies on Hulu

Explosions! Gun shots! Apes! Hulu's offerings of action movies have all of these and more.

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Aug 20, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to see what other excellent action movies get added to Hulu.

Updated for September 2018

Hulu's offering of action movies may be small but they pack a punch. Pun intended. 

Here you'll find the very best in action (not inaction) that Hulu has to offer. They films available feature explosions, fist fights, fire fights, ape fights, really any fight that you can think of. Action movies exist to excite us and gathered here are the most exciting action movies on available to stream on Hulu.

Crank: High Voltage

Crank: High Voltage exists for no reason other than to thrill.

Like the 2006 original, Crank: High Voltage stars Jason Statham (hell yeah) as ex-hitman Chev Chelios. In the original film, Chelios was poisoned with a drug that requires him to keep his adrenaline levels up or he dies. This time around the villains perform some simpler alchemy: they just take Chev's heart. Chev's heart is replaced with an artificial one that requires periodic electric shocks to work. 

So Chelios sets out to find and kill his tormenters once again, this time with some jumper cables in tow. Crank: High Voltage knows exactly what it wants to be and succeeds in being an entirely silly, fun action comedy. 

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 Western of the same name. Like it's 1960 original, The Magnificent Seven is a cowboy-movie retelling of the all-time classic The Seven Samurai.

The Magnificent Seven has a timeless, fascinating story to tell in which a small town besieged by bandits turns to seven mismatched gunmen and ruffians to protect them. More than anything, however, The Magnificent Seven is a grand excuse to rustle up a great cast. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onforio, and more star.

Star Trek

Back in 2009 when J.J. Abrams was tasked with rebooting the Star Trekfranchise, he apparently had little knowledge or interest of the Star Trekfranchise. He did, however, have plenty of Star Wars knowledge. So he basically made what can be almost seen as a precursor to his own Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Star Trek doesn't have a lot of the progressive politics or forward-thinking humanity that the original series and movies do. What it does instead is recast all the original iconic characters with pitch-perfect actors and sends them on a space adventure.

Star Trek may not be pure Star Trek but it is pure blockbuster filmmaking.

Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond is the first of the Star Trek reboots not directed by J.J. Abrams, who went off to direct some other obscure "Star" movie. Thankfully, Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin steps in capably to keep the franchise afloat. 

Star Trek Beyond is certainly a step above the disappointing Into Darkness and in many ways is the Trek-iest of the new films. While casting Idris Elba only to put him under 40 pounds of makeup remains a crime against humanity, this one has the most original Trek flavor we've had in years.

Ong Bok: The Thai Warrior

Ong Bok is known as Ong Bok: Muay Thai Warrior in its native Thailand but the title was changed to The Thai Warrior for American audiences who would apparently be absolutely mystified and furious trying to figure out what a "muay" is.

Ong Bok is kind of like a martial arts John Wick. Just replace Wick with Ting (Tony Jaa) and Wick's dong with a decapitated Buddha head. When thieves from Bangkok steal a piece of a small northern Thai village's Buddha statue, Ong Bok, the villagers turn to Muay Thai expert Ting to retrieve it. And retrieve it he does, with many broken bones along the way.

Ong Bok: The Thai Warrior is a serviceable martial arts film that serves as the introduction to excellent martial artist and actor Tony Jaa.

The Way Back

The Way Back is a World War II survival action feature from a successful Australian director Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show). 

Based on a true story, The Way Back opens with the Soviet invasion of Poland. Polish army officer Janusz Wieszczek (Jim Sturgess) is captured by Soviet forces and ordered to endure 20 years in a Siberian Gulag labor camp. Janusz decides this is not to his liking and escapes along with companions Mr. Smith (Ed Harris), Khabarov (Mark Strong), Valka (Colin Farrell), and several others. Together they begin the long, long, long, long, long walk back home.

The Way Back shows once again that fictional action always pales in comparison to the real stuff.

13 Assassins

Samurai and shogun movies are the Eastern equivalent of the Western world's...well, Westerns. They feature rural, weapon-wielding heroes trying to live an ascetic life and fighting those who would do them harm. 2010's 13 Assassins is a perfect example of the similarities.

13 Assassins is a remake of a 1963 film of the same name. It takes place in 1844 and follows...well, 13 assassins (12 samurai and one hunter) as they secretly plot to assassinate Lord Matsudaira Naritsugu before he can be appointed to the Shogunate Council and become politically untouchable. 

Action movies with one lone wolf John Wick-esque character are fantastic. But sometimes you need an action story with a large, sprawling cast to feel truly epic.

Kill Bill Vol. 1

Writer-Direction Quentin Tarantino is a big fan of grindhouse action movies and rarely has that ever been more apparent in Kill Bill Vol. 1. Uma Thurman stars as the unnamed "Bride" - a member of an elite group of assassins, betrayed and left for dead. After she recovers, she embarks on a singular path of vengeance.

Kill Bill Vol. 2 features all the quiet character moments you'd expect from a great film. Vol. 1 features all the blood you'd expect from a great Tarantino film. There are moments in Vol. 1 when blood fires from severed limbs as though they're fire-alarm sprinklers. 

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings films are the premier fantasy films of a generation and perhaps even of all time. All three of them, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King are on Hulu.

These films represent roughly 10 hours of J.R.R. Tolkien's singular, iconic, and perfect story. Every film is exciting but if you're looking for a particularly great action sequence, check out the last hour of The Two Towers for its Helm's Deep battle or essentially the entirety of The Return of the King. What a miracle that this epic story was ever adapted and in such exciting, action-oriented fashion.

Point Break

You like The Fast and the Furious? The original Fast and the Furious from 2001 that's so dated the main characters were stealing high-end standard DVD players? Well then you have Point Break to thank.

Point Break is the relatively simple story of an FBI agent infiltrating a crime syndicate to break them down from the inside. Well, that story is so simple that writer W. Peter Iliff and director Kathryn Bigelow took one look at it and decided "needs more surfers." Yes Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) is a rookie FBI agent sent to infiltrate a group of surfers who may be robbing banks while wearing masks of U.S. Presidents.

Point Break has so much of what we've come to appreciate and love from our summer action flicks.  

The Terminator

God bless James Cameron's 1984 action-sci-fi epic The Terminator for introducing us all to a German bodybuilder with a funny name. Oh, and the movie is pretty fantastic too.

After umpteenth sequels, you know the general gist of this. Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is a mild-mannered career woman who unbeknownst to her will one day give birth to humanity's best hope in a future war against the machines. Those future machines, ever proactive, decide to send a humanoid appearing killing machine called a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) back in time to murder Sarah before John Connor can be born. The future humans counter with...some guy named Kyle. 

The eponymous Terminator would become a hero in later films because the human mind is incapable of hating Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here though he makes for a fantastic, seemingly unstoppable villain. 

19 Best Romantic Movies on Hulu Right Now

Join us as we unpack the unexpected treats of the best romantic movies on Hulu.

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Aug 20, 2018

 Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to stay up to date with the best romance movies on Hulu.

Updated for September 2018

Romance gets a bad rap at the movies. Until you behold the best romantic movies on Hulu.

Yes, Hulu is on the case with an expansive collection of romantic movies for you to connect with your softer side... or the side of you that screams in an eternal tormented shriek, desperately trying to find a mate whose shrieks match your tone in this expansive disappointing nothingness of existence. Love is hard. Anywho, here are the best romantic movies on Hulu right now. 

Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight is the second feature film from Transparent creator Jill Solloway and it's a perfect encapsulation of the director's talent. The wonderful Kathryn Hahn stars as Rachel who is a wife and a mother living an unhappy, sexless life with her husband Jeff (Josh Radnor).

Rachel's journey to get her husband to actually want to bang takes her to some interesting places like a strip club where she strikes up a relationship with a stripper/sex worker named McKenna. Afternoon Delight features the flawed, yet likeable characters Solloway is known for and is a realistic, yet still affecting romance. 

Cashback

Cashback wins a very important award on this list: most intriguing, provocative poster. But it's more than just a pretty poster. Cashback is a British romantic comedy about the most mundane of topics: working at a grocery store.

For anyone who as ever been young and had an interest in the opposite sex (or any sex for that matter), however, they know that one's place of employment is often an absolute fountain of sex and chemistry. If that simple exposition isn't enough, Cashback comes along with a sci-fi twist and more importantly: Oliver Wood from the Harry Potter series. 


Sense and Sensibility

This Jane Austen character really seems to have a handle on romance. The 1995 film Sense and Sensibility is adapted from the Austen novel of the same name and has a great deal of talent both in front of and behind the camera. Oscar winner Ang Lee directs while Emma Thompson (yes, that Emma Thompson) wrote the script.

Thompson stars alongside Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant. The movie, like the book concerns the Dashwood sisters and their sudden descent into non-stupendous wealth. Of course then the romance begins (not between the sisters, weirdos. Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant are in this thing too, remember?)


Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In may seem like another odd choice for a romantic movie on Hulu but it's romantic and sweet in a way that few other movies are. Sure, the players involved are a little boy and a little girl vampire (though the fact that she's a vampire may very well mean she's centuries old, just try not to think about it).

It's a spooky yet undeniably sweet movie that presents the female side of a romantic entanglement as the ultimate protector. 


Much Ado About Nothing

So what does a hotshot movie director do after shepherding the first big superhero franchise team-up movie to huge success and world box office records? If you're Joss Whedon and you just directed The Avengers the answer is apparently "direct a no-budget black and white adaptation of a Shakespeare play around your house with your buddies."

Much Ado About Nothing is about as low-fi as movies come but that doesn't mean it's low-effort. This is a lovingly and intelligently crafted adapation of one of Shakespeare's funnier and more romantic plays.

Jane Eyre

We aim to be as diverse and all-inclusive as possible in this list of romances. So what would a list of romantic movies be without a period romance drama? Not much of a list at all. Jane Eyre is a relatively recent (2011), brilliantly adapted film from Director Cary Fukunaga (of the film Sin Nombre and the good season of True Detective).

Mia Wasikowska is a revelation as the eponymous Jane and Michael Fassbender Fassbenders it up as her lordly love interest Edward Fairfax Rochester. Despite being based on a classic from the 19th century, Jane Eyre is wonderfully vibrant, alive and relatable.

Bull Durham

At first glance baseball might not seem like the best vehicle for romance. Minor league baseball, however, has a very important ingredient for romance: loneliness. Minor league baseball players travel the country on a bus for little pay, staying at dingy hotel room after dingy hotel room. Bull Durham is the story of how these circumstances can conspire to create something vaguely resembling romance. 

"Crash" Davis (Kevin Costner) is a minor league veteran. His team assigns him to the low-A Durham Bulls so he can mentor talented but brash young pitcher "Nuke" LaLoosh (Tim Robbins). Meanwhile "baseball groupie" Annie (Susan Sarandon) pursues both men creating a confusing love triangle of sex, mentorship, and fastballs. 

Still Mine

Still Mine isn't necessarily about romance. It's about love - a deep prevailing love built up over decades. Craig Morrison (James Cromwell) is a farmer in rural New Brunswick, Canada. He intends to build a new house for his ailing wife Irene (Geneviève Bujold) but runs into trouble with the local municipality's bureaucracy prevents him from doing so.

Still Mine is as romantic a movie about bureacratic development regulations as has ever existed. Cromwell and Bujold have wonderful chemistry and paint a portrait of profound, abiding love.

The Wedding Plan

Weddings, man. They're stressful. The Wedding Plan is an Israeli film about a wedding that sounds more pleasant and less complex than most: a wedding without a groom.

Unwed Orthodox Jewish woman Michal is looking for the perfect wedding venue. She visits a fortune teller whose son just happens to own a lovely wedding hall. Michal books the spot but then her husband-to-be decides he does not love her anymore. Michal keeps her date at the wedding hall and plans to go through with the wedding. Who will the groom be? Who cares. God will certainly decide. 

And decide he does, that rascal.


Before Midnight

Back in 1995, when Richard Linklater debuted star-crossed romance Before Sunset, no one could have imagined that it would one day constitute the beginning of a multi-decade romantic trilogy. That's what Linklater does though - the unexpected.

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy return as Jesse and Celine, once young lovers who are now middle-aged parents. Before Midnight is a beautiful film and the perfect capper to this trilogy as it brings a level of realism and discomfort into a once idealized relationship. It's about the impossibility and absolute necessity of love.

Heartbreakers

Woah, where did this cast come from? Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta, Jason Lee and Gene Hackman all star in this 2001 romantic comedy about a mother-daughter duo who like to swindle rich men.

In Heartbreakers, con artists Weaver and Hewitt opt to do one last heist and wouldn't you know it, someone catches some feelings. This is a light-hearted, fun movie with a plot in constant motion.


XX/XY

It's hard to believe it took until 2002 for a movie to lay claim to the awesome title XX/XY. That of course refers to the two chromosomal pairings that make up women and men respectively. In the case of the film, XX/XY, there are two women and one man at play.

Sam (Maya Stange) and Thea (Kathleen Robertson) are two college students who have an awkward night of passion with animator Coles (Mark Ruffalo). The film follows the fallout of the decision and how one deals with passion differently in young adulthood and adulthood.


In & Out

Though it wasn't that long ago, 1997 was perhaps less progressive a time than we'd like to remember. Case in point: In & Out was one of the very few (and maybe only) mainstream gay romantic comedies of the decade. Thankfully, it's a good one. 

Kevin Kline stars as English teacher Howard Brackett who is publicly outed as gay by a former winning an Oscar (this was partially borrowed from Tom Hanks Oscar acceptance speech for Philadelphia). Howard tries to convince himself and those around him that he's straight but things get difficult when he meets Peter Malloy (Tom Selleck) an entertainment reporter who is fascinated by Howard's story.


Pretty Woman

Ahh the '90s. A simpler time when mainstream romantic comedies could star Julia Roberts as a down-on-her-luck Hollywood prostitute. 

Roberts stars as the aforementioned Pretty Woman, Vivian Ward. Richard Gere stars as Edward Lewis, a rich corporate type from New York. Edward pays a visit to Los Angeles where he's unfamiliar with the scenery. He encounters Vivian in the red light district and hires her to show him around. After Edward pays for her services the whole week and the two soon begin to see each other a little differently than just client and service-provider.

Look, Pretty Woman is all over the place morally and has aged really weirdly. Still, Gere and Roberts are at the height of their powers here and have wonderful chemistry.


13 Going on 30

Romance is supposed to be fun. And with that in mind, 13 Going on 30 is a fantastic romantic comedy. It's also arguably Jennifer Garner's best starring movie role. Garner plays Jenna, a 13-year-old who can't quite make it in with the popular crowd, so obviously life is a never-ending hell.

Thanks to a dollhouse, some magic dust, and a game of Seven Minutes in Heaven, however, Jenna transforms into a 30-year-old version of herself in 2004. She comes to find that being 30 is pretty rad. 13 Going on 30 is just light, breezy fun with a legitimately great romance between Mark Ruffalo and Garner.


Emma

Nothing says romance like a Jane Austen adaptation. And Gwyneth Paltrow, if you're into a weird kind of love. Paltrow stars as the titular Emma, an upper class lady who fancies herself a matchmaker. But of course matchmakers often have a hard time finding love themselves, don't they?

Enter Mr. Knightley (the incredibly British Jeremy Northam). Emma is a perfectly pleasant period adaptation and you will get exactly what your corny romantic heart needs from it. Also fun fact: the BBC did a TV adaptation of Austen's novel the very same year the film came out (1996) starring Kate Beckinsale. So if you like the Paltrow version enough, compare and contrast with the Beckinsale version.


Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire isn't an easy movie to categorize. It's a sports drama, a comedy, and much more. The genre is basically "Tom Cruise." But its most famous and oft-quoted line is "you complete me" and if that doesn't scream romance then I don't know what does.

Cruise stars as the titular sports agent Jerry Maguire. After an unfortunate bout of decency, Jerry loses all of his clients save for one, NFL wide receiver Rod Tidwell. Jerry tries to keep his only client happy while also developing a relationship with coworker Dorothy (Renee Zellwegger).


Sixteen Candles

John Hughes teenage masterpiece Sixteen Candles is more of a coming-of-age comedy than it is strictly a romance. But...that ending. Any of you lovesick teens out there will only over to be remember this as a romance if you make it all the way through.

Sixteen Candles takes the viewer into the day in the life of a 16-year-old Sam Baker (Molly Ringwald). As is the case for most 16-year-olds: everything sucks. Her family has her forgotten her birthday and even worse her crush, Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) doesn't seem to care she exists.

Sixteen Candles is remarkably dated at times. You'll probably find Long Duk Dong in the dictionary under "needlessly offensive movie stereotypes." But its heart is pure and its conclusion, romantic.


The English Patient

What could possibly be more romantic than the European theater of World War II? Quite a few things, obviously, but in The English Patient war-torn Italy may as well be a moonlit kiss atop the Eiffel Tower. 

Ralph Fiennes stars as the titular English patient, residing in a burned out Italian monastery turned makeshift hospital. The patient is covered in burns and speaks English but cannot remember his name. He is tended to by French Canadian nurse Hana (Juliette Binoche). Slowly, under less than ideal circumstances, the two begin to fall in love. 

The English Patient won nine Oscars including Best Picture and it's probably your mom's favorite movie. Or at least it's my mom's.

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19 Best Comedy Movies on Hulu Right Now

Our list of the best comedies on Hulu has a diverse array of comedy options to deliver the chuckles

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Aug 20, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to stay up to date with the best comedy films on Hulu

Updated for September 2018

In the words of two infamous horse boxing promoters: "folks, you gotta laugh." 

And there is perhaps no better way to secure a much-needed laugh than our list of the best comedy movies on Hulu. Hulu has plenty of options to give you the exact kind of laugh you need. Romantic comedies, sci-fi comedies, comedies comedies. The best comedies on Hulu will get you through many a laughless night. 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Speaking of wholesome, Hunt for the Wilerpeople is a winsome, hilarious good time from Flight of the Conchords' direct Taiki Waititi (who has popped up so frequently on these comedy lists that I'm finally learning how to spell his name).

Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a juvenile delinquent who escapes into the woods of New Zealand rather than being brought in by child protective services after his foster mother dies. Ricky is assisted by Bella's husband Hec (Sam Neill) as they avoid a national manhunt. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is equally whimsical and emotional. It's a truly great adventure comedy.

Joshy

Time plus tragedy equals comedy. Joshy tests this theory to the extreme by trying to move from tragedy to comedy about five minutes into the movie The tituar Josh (Thomas Middleditch) is excited to start his life with his fiancee until...bad things happen.

Four months later, Josh's friends decide to follow through on his would-be bachelor party anyway to get their bro out of the dumps. The gang holes up in a ranch in Ojai for what should be a fun week but in reality turns into an exercise in confronting one another's friendships. Joshy is equal parts funny and tragic and features a stellar comedic cast.

Super

Think you've seen every take on the superhero genre that you need to see? Not if you haven't seen Super. Super came out the same year as the remarkably similar Kick-Ass and the two create an excellent misantrhopic superhero double feature. Frank (Rainn Wilson) is an objectively pathetic fry cook whose only bright spot in life is his beautiful wife Sarah (Liv Tyler).

When she leaves him to re-enter a life of drugs and other vices Frank, let's say...overreacts. He adopts the alter ego of Crimson Bolt and takes to the streets in search of crime to defeat. And he does so incredibly violently. Super comes from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and really stretches the dark aspect of "dark comedy."

Everybody Wants Some!!

Richard Linklater and '80s coming-of-age comedies go together like America and apple pie. And like all four of those factors, baseball is involved in Everybody Wants Some!! The recent Linklater comedy is about a group of college baseball players trying to get their shit together before college begins.

Like any good Linklater film, Everybody Wants Some!! is discursive and doesn't really follow a coherent plot. Instead it's a realistic, funny and dreamily charming depiction of youth and its most youthful.

The Emperor's New Groove

Animated Disney movies take on a certain format. You likely know it by heart at this point. Protagonist suffers great calaminty. Protagonist overcomes calamity and learns an important lesson. Many songs are sung in the process. The Emperor's New Groove takes that basic format and then replaces the multitude of songs with actual, honest-to-goodness hilarious jokes.

Pound for pound, The Emperor's New Groove is one of the funniest Disney movies ever made. The story of Emperor Kuzco's unfortunate circumstance (in this case being turned into a llama) is funny enough on its own but then Patrick Warburton's Kronk sends it into hilarious new heights. This may be an unexpected choice for best comedy on Netflix but come on: Kronk speaks fluent squirrel.


Frank

Say you're a young up-and-coming director who needs to make a casting splash for your latest film. You luck out and get Hollywood big shot Michael Fassbender! Score! So what do you do with him? If you say "cover his beautiful face with a giant papier-mache head for the entirety of the film," you're likely Frank director Lenny Abrahamson.

Frank is the story of an indie rock band trying to make it big by getting into South by Southwest. Their lead singer, however, is a bit...eccentric. Frank (Fassbender) refuses to be seen without his big papier-mache head. This understandably causes some issues.

Frank is a very funny movie with an excellent cast led by Fassbender but also featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson


Goon

I'm sure many people have sat around and though "I should make a movie about a hockey 'goon' or 'enforcer.'" Long-time Seth Rogen collaborators (and gold star Canadians) Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg decided to actually do it. Seann William Scott stars as Doug Glatt, a mild-mannered Massachusetts bartender.

One day he attends a minor league hockey game with his friends and somehow ends up in a fistfight with one of the amateur players. Having seen how easily Doug handled that player, the team's coach offers Doug a role on the team as their enforcer. Doug joins up, eager to avenge his favorite player by battling the man who ended his career, Ross "The Boss" Rhea (Liev Schreiber). 

Goon takes an interesting premise and makes the absolute best of it. This is a very funny movie.


The Brady Bunch Movie

The Brady Bunch Movie is how you do a movie adaptation of a beloved, but corny throwback TV show correctly. The Brady Bunch Movie leans in to the corniess by imagining a world in which the wholesome 1970s Brady clan just happens to exist in present day (which is in this case 1995). It's a winking meta comedy that doesn't get nearly the credit it deserves.

The Brady Bunch Movie sets the groundwork for other films we love like 21 Jump Street. And we're about to blow your mind. The Brady Bunch Movie came out 21 years after the show ended...which is 23 years from present day. That's right. The Brady Bunch Movie is older to us than The Brady Bunch was to The Brady Bunch Movie. Mindexploding.gif.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Anchorman is definitely the more popular of the Will Ferrell/Adam McKay catalogue but Talladega Nights should not be ignored. It tells the story...or the "Ballad" rather of NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby and his lifelong mission to go fast.

Unfortunately the arrival of a French Formula One driver (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) upsets the delicate balance in Ricky's life sending him into a predictable and predictably hilarious tailspin.

I, Tonya

At first glance the story of Tonya Harding is hardly comedic. Harding was a figure skater swept up in a bizarre '90s controversy in which Nancy Kerrigan somehow ended up taking a pipe to the knee. Craig Gillespie's 2017 film I, Tonya somehow finds the humor hidden therein. 

Margot Robbie is excellent as the eponymous Tonya and Allison Janey won a well-deserved Oscar for her performance as her mother. I, Tonya is a stylish, yet realistic portrayal of lower-class America that finds the dark humor in the strangest, most uncomfortable places.


Election

After Election, Director Alexander Payne would go on to do incredible Oscar-winning work like About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants. Election, however, might be the best calling card for his talent. Election is a black comedy about a high school election gone haywire.

Matthew Broderick does excellent work as beleaguered teacher Jim McAllister and Reese Witherspoon gives the absolute performance of her life as go-getter Tracy Flick. As a matter of fact, "Tracy Flick" has become synonymous with a very particular kind of high school student.


50/50

If someone is funny enough, almost anything is rife for comedy. Yes, even cancer. 50/50 comes from screenwriter and Seth Rogen-friend Will Reiser. Reiser took his experience in being diagnosed with cancer and given a "50/50" odds of survival and turned it into a funny, moving, and honest film.

Joseph Gordon Levitt stars as Reiser-cypher Adam Lerner, a man given 50% odds to live. 50/50 follows him through every step of the cancer-fighting process, and does so well.

Get Shorty

If possible, every list should have an Elmore Leonard adaptation. Thanks to Amazon Prime's deep catalog this list gets blessed with one. In addition to being faithfully adapted from a Leonard book, Get Shorty comes from acclaimed comedy director Barry Sonnenfeld and stars John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and Danny DeVito. 

Get Shorty is filled with Leonard staples: colorful names and even more colorful dialogue. The plot also naturally deals with organized crime, loan sharks, mobsters and is able to find the humor in doing a bad job at being a criminal.

Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead kicks off Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, and Simon Pegg's "Cornetto Trilogy" in the best way possible. 

Pegg stars as Shaun, a young Londoner with a serious case of arrested development. Shaun, along with his best friend Ed, sleepwalks through life with little ambition. Then, when the world descends into zombie chaos, Shaun has the opportunity to become a real hero...or not. 

Shaun of the Dead is a fantastically funny, entertaining film with a real appreciation for the horror genre (and pretty much every other genre). It established its creative team as a serious force to be reckoned with. 


Role Models

Role Models is a movie populated with likeable actors, playing unlikeable characters, doing likeable things. 

Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott star as Wheeler and Danny, two adult energy drink salesman stuck in a rut. After an incident involving a tow truck and a Minotaur, Wheeler and Danny are forced to endure 150 hours of community service. Even worse that community service involves being "role models" to two children (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Bobbe'J. Thompson). Ugh kids. The worst.

Role Models comes from director David Wain, who along with his Wet Hot American Summer/State/Stella buddy Michael Showalter has directed some exemplary comedies in recent years.


The 'Burbs

Oh hey, it's Tom Hanks! Hanks is his usual talented, wholesome self in The 'Burbs - a deceptively dark, yet still truly funny movie. Hanks stars as Ray Peterson, a normal suburbanite, who becomes suspicious of the new neighbors.

It's like Rear Window as a screwball comedy. The 'Burbs is a hilarious, yet weirdly accurate depiction of suburban paranoia and the various eccentrics that populate the cookie-cutter developments around America.


Baby Mama

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are close friends, former SNL Weekend Update hosts, and two of America's comedic actresses. That's why it's kind of strange that Baby Mama represents their only major co-starring comedy movie.

Fey stars as Kate Holbrook, a successful single businesswoman who decides she wants to have children. After discovering her uterus is a "T-shape" and she will be unlikely to conceive, she enlists the help of a surrogate, an immature woman from South Philly named Angie Ostrowski (Poehler). Angie and Kate struggle to get along as they embark upon a strange, difficult relationship of need.

Baby Mama isn't one of the millennium's best comedies but it's a Poehler/Fey showcase that we all deserve.

Adaptation

Adaptation is one of cinema's strangest ever creative writing exercises. 

Nicolas Cage stars as screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (and his twin brother Donald). Kaufman is tasked with adapting the non-fiction article "The Orchid Thief" from Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep). Charlie finds that, while he loves the story, it's not very cinematic and struggles to find the movie in the tale of orchid thief John Laroche (Chris Cooper). 

And here's the rub. All of these characters are real people. The real Charlie Kaufman was really brought on to adapt the real Susan Orlean's book...and this movie is the attempt. Adaptation is funny, strange, and unique.

Rushmore

Where would the world of cinema and comedy be without Wes Anderson's particular, whimsical sensibilities? Rushmore is the famed director's first effort and in many ways remains his most accessible. 

Jason Schwartzman stars as Max Fischer, a high school student at the renowned Rushmore Academy in Houston. Max is a peculiar kid, obsessed with extracurriculars and British invasion music. Soon he befriends rich industrialist Herman Blume (Bill Murray) and the two fall in love with the same woman. Which is a bit of a problem since the woman is a teacher at the school and Max is, you know, 15 years old.

Rushmore is a very funny, at-times weirdly touching (or at least relatable) coming of age tale.

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32 Best TV Comedies on Hulu Right Now

The roster of TV comedies on Hulu is deep, diverse and most importantly, hilarious.

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Aug 20, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to see what excllent TV comedies are being added to Hulu.

Updated for September 2018

The list of the best TV comedies on Hulu is essentially the list of the best TV comedies available for streaming anywhere, period. Every streaming service has its advantages and for Hulu, TV comedies certainly reign supreme.

Hulu has a staggering amount of good TV comedies from a diverse array of sources. In addition to hosting its own originals, Hulu has half-hour comedies from what seems like virtually every network in existence. It also includes classics from way back when like I Love Lucy to recent classics like Seinfeld to "now" classics like Rick and Morty.

Check out the list of best TV comedies on Hulu and let us know what we missed. With a roster this deep, we're bound to have missed something.

Seinfeld

Fun fact: did you know that Julia Louis Dreyfuss' Elaine doesn't appear in the Seinfeld pilot? You probably knew that because every single fact about Seinfeld is known. It's one of the most re-run, studied, poked at, watched, investigated TV shows of all time.

Still, I didn't know it until I watched the pilot recently. And that's the fun thing about Seinfeld. It's one of the most-watched and "studied" sitcoms of all time but at the end of the day it's also still a great, uproriously funny show about nothing. You've already seen approximatley 1,000 rerun episodes. Why not start it from the beginning on Hulu?

Archer

The first thing you notice about Archer is the animation. It's beautiful, classy and perfectly fitting for its hihg-minded spy comedy premise. Then you watch a little more and realize the animation almost doesn't even matter. Archer is highly verbal and completely hilarious.

It's like a radio play that somehow made its way to television. Thank God it did because when Archer is on, there are few other comedies that can touch it in terms of sheer laughter. If I had to teach a class on comedy to burgeoning comedy writers, an exploration of season one's "Skytanic" would be the final test. 

Saturday Night Live

Live from New York it's Saturday night! And you're alone on your couch in need of something to binge (you're a total loser, btw). Why not begin an ambitious binge watch of one of TV's oldest and most important franchsies? Saturday Night Live began way back in 1975 featuring eventual comedy megastars like Bill Murray and Chevy Chase.

Since then it's been the axis of the entire comedy world. Generations have relied on SNL for their dose of political humor and Hollywood has relied on it to fill out the casts of its various high-budget comedies. Thanks to Hulu you can now revisit any era of the show whenever you want. 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is just a delight. It's the story of a Brooklyn police department and the goofballs who populate it. Goofballs like Andy Samberg's excitable Jake Peralta or Andre Braugher's hilariously stoic Captain Holt.

It comes from Parks and Rec and The Good Place creator Michael Schur and is yet another prime example of the kind of happy workplace comedies Schur can pretty much do in his sleep by this point. It's a perfectly bingeable, low-maintenance watch that's only available to stream on Hulu.

Black-ish

Half-hour comedies are currently fluorishing across televisoin. Unfortunately, the old head networks have had a hard time keeping up with teh arms race. Thank God for for Black-ish then, a whip-start, truly funny and worthwhile sitcom available for a wide audience on ABC.

Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross star as the patriarch and matriach of a middle-class, suburban Black American family. The show deftly and hilariously covers all the anxieties and pratfalls of that situation - the concept of feeling only "black-ish." 

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It all started with $200 and a camera*. FX and FXX's flagship comedy is now 12 seasons in and on pace to break multiple TV show longevitiy records after the most inauspicious of beginnings. It's Always Sunny has lasted for so long for a simple reason: it's very, very funny.

Creators Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton understand both humor and character. And their mastery of each has created a hilarious show where a group of terrible people continue to make one antoher's lives a living hell with their hare-brained schemes and general ignorance. This is truly one of the best TV comedies Hulu...and TV.

*Charlie Day has since claimed that even that $200 budget number for the pilot was inflated. It really cost closer to $0. 

Community

Community really is the perfect brainchild of its creator, the, let's say, mercurial Dan Harmon. It's brilliant, empathetic, inconsistent, strange and hilarious. Harmon produced one good season of the show then followed it with two amazing, near pitch-perfect seasons before his clashing with NBC got him fired and led to a terrible season 4.

Then he came back for a good season 5 before finishing it all with a decent season 6 on Yahoo Screen. Hulu has all six seasons available to stream and when all watched in succession the episodes present an interesting case study on the vagaries on network TV politicking...not to mention a tremendously funny experience.

Angie Tribeca

Ever wish Airplane were a TV series? Well it is. It just happens to be called Angie Tribeca and have nothing to do with airplanes or airports. Angie Tribeca comes from creators Steve and Nancy Carell and airs regualrly on TBS. It has perhaps the most unique sense of humor in all of television: childish, playful, punny and weird.

This bizarre series starring Rashida Jones in the title role as a detective has never encountered a pun that it didn't immediately wrestle to the ground and make sweet love to. This makes the show it's own strange beast, different from almost any other comedy on TV but a perfectly pleasant watch all the same. 

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

When Mary Tyler Moore passed away in early 2017, many tributes rightfully praised her show for opening up new avenues in both television and comedy for women.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show deserves all the credit in the world for that but let's also not lose sight of how astonishingly funny and ahead of its time the show is. Watch The Mary Tyler Moore Show for yourself on Hulu and marvel at how well the humor translates to a modern era. 

Key & Peele

Sketch shows are excellent binge streaming material. Don't like the current sketch? Just wait 5-10 minutes and there will be another one you might enjoy. Not liking sketches shouldn't be a frequent issue you come across with Key & Peele, however.

Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele's Comedy Central sketch show is remarkable in its consistency. Sure, there are plenty of viral-friendly comedy hits but each and every episode features surprisingly few duds. Watch them all and then let yourself become hopelessly attached to your favorite skit like I am with continental breakfast. 

Frasier

Who eats tossed salad and scrambled eggs anyway? Frasier is kind of like the platonic ideal of half-hour '90s sitcoms. It's smart, funny and just kind of moves along as a leisurely pace. Kelsey Grammar more than has a handle on his radio psychiatrist character Frasier Crane after depicting him for the better part of two decades.

Frasier is the perfect show for people who enjoy Friends but wish the characters enunciated more clearly and had a more expanded vocabulary.

South Park

It's hard to remember life without South Park. Comedy Central's longest-running series began way back in 1997 when gas cost....actually gas prices are kind of reasonable again so the $1.29 1997 gas price isn't that astonishing. Still, South Park is among as old an important a TV institution as we have.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone have moved on to other things and other mediums as they continue their EGOT destruction of the media landscape. Thankfully, the creative duo still have room in their heart for the highly political comedy about four kids in a quiet Colorado town. 

The Mindy Project

Of all the cast members of The Office, Mindy Kaling has continued the strong TV comedy tradition the best. Kaling both starred on and wrote for The Office and her deep understanding of TV comedy is apparent. The Mindy Project is admirable in its experimention. When something isn't working, Kaling and the writers change it.

When something is working, they expand upon it. The Mindy Project lives up to its title in interesting, unexpected ways. It's like Mindy Kaling's comedy thesis and it's brought her more than a passing grade.

I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy is still flat out funny in ways that very few black and white comedies are able to be with modern audiences. Lucille Ball's debut show feels shockingly modern for something from the '50s. And that's because I Love Lucy in many ways created the format of the TV sitcom.

Lucy lives a hectic, entertaining life with her husband Ricky Ricardo (Ball's real-life partner Desi Arnaz) and the half-hour episodes are perfect vehicles for Lucy's wild physical humor. 

The Last Man on Earth

Ok so Will Forte's character Phil in The Last Man on Earth really isn't the last man, or human being, on Earth. Still it's an apt title for a comedy that deals heavily with loneliness and isolation. For the amount of time that Phil alienates his fellow apocalypse survivors, he may as well be the last man on Earth.

The Last Man on Earth is a smart, incredibly ambitious comedy from the minds of Forte and current comedy-writing superheroes Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Bless these brave souls who though "You know what could be funny? The near complete and utter annihilation of mankind." And they were right. 

Broad City

For awhile there it looked like every single Internet series was going to find its way to traditional television. This, of course, was from the dark days of humanity in which we didn't realize that most things on the Internet were garbage and should be avoided at all costs. Thankfully, Broad City made the jump from the web to Comedy Central and it turned out to definitively be not garbage.

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's series about two young women doing their thing in New York is wickedly funny and intelligent. It's one of the rare series that depicts Milennials doing their own Milennial thing without coming across as condescending or outright annoying. 

Parks and Recreation

Ahhh Parks and Rec, where to even begin? The story of Pawnee parks and recreation department deputy Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) is one of TV's best ever stories, let alone comedies. The Michael Schur-created Parks and Recreation is a love letter to TV. Pawnee is like a live-action Springfield and the show creates a full, believable world despite a limited network budget.

And in that world is a host of likeable and hilarious characters doing their best to better their community and only occasionally succeeding. Calling Parks and Rec TV comfort food may seem like a slight to one of the smarter comedies of the decade but it's accurate all the same.

The Venture Bros.

Rick and Morty fans are currently going through a pain that fans of its Adult Swim cousin The Venture Bros. know all too well. It takes a long time to finish an animated TV show. The time spent is almost always worth it.

The Venture Bros. is one of the shows that helped put Adult Swim on the map as a place for seriously good comedy, animated or otherwise. The show is kind of an updated take on Johnny Quest and follows the titular bros and their weird family and their many schemes that almost undoubtedly always fail.  

You’re the Worst

You're the Worst is barely a comedy. Ok, that's not fair. It's a half-hour comedy and a wonderfully funny one. But it's also an empathetic exploratoin of deeply flawed, damage people. And when you think about it - is there any other kind of person?

That might not make You're the Worst seem like the friendliest binge-watching experience but don't let that hold you back. The story of Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) falling in and out of love and how it effects the rest of their lives it's certainly worth your time. 

Scrubs

It's weird to think of Scrubs as an old classic now but that's what it is. It's a brightly-colored, fun, thoroughly modern show that came out way back in 2001 when Netflix was still only sending DVDs to consumers in red envelopes.

Scrubs is the story of Dr. John (J.D.) Dorian and his struggle to become a doctor. He meets plenty of helpful allies along the way with even a villain or two. Scrubs is a damn near perfect binge watching experience. It tackles serious issues of life and death within a hospital environment and J.D.'s wacky daydreams with equal skill. 

Party Down

Thank God Party Down found a streaming home somewhere because it deserves to be rattling around an Internet streaming service or two for eternity. It's a show about struggling actors and writers who moonlight for a catering business. Each episode takes place at a different party the Party Down crew is catering. Party Down was watched by virtually no one when it came out on Starz in 2009.

Since then it's gained a second life on Hulu where its 20 episodes can be streamed. This one is about as close to a must-watch as they get. It features a shockingly great cast, whip-smart humor and maybe even a feel or two. 

Arrested Development

Arrested Development's "real" streaming home is on Netflix. That's where all seasons of the show reside in addition to the Netflix exclusive season four and any future episodes the show will produce. Still, for those who wish to pretend that the much-maligned fourth season doesn't exist (and there are many of you), Hulu is a perfect spot for you.

Hulu has the first three seasons of Arrested Development that aired on Fox and they remain superb. The story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who has to keep them all together is as funny and fresh as you remember. 

Peep Show

Peep Show is technically a "high-concept" undertaking. The show exclusivley utilizes point of view shots, making the viewer feel as though they are a part of the scene. It's an interesting technological tactic for a comedy and it pays off huge. More importantly, the content of the show itself is flat out hilarious.

Mark (David Mitchell) and Jez (Robert Webb) are co-dependent friends who share a flat in London. Their complete inability to do...well, anything normal gets them into situations that are completely over their head. Peep Show is another comedy gift from Great Britain in the vein of Spaced. 

The Office (U.K.)

If you've yet to see the original U.K. version of The Office, rectify that situation immediately. Ricky Gervais' bleak and hilarious look at office life remains caustic and vital many years after its debut. The U.K. version is far, let's say, darker than the American one.

There are still general lessons that coworkers can be a second family, warts and all but that's often superceded by the vague sense that Wernham-Hogg (the show's paper company equivalent of the U.S.'s Dunder Mifflin) is really hell and boss David Brent is the inappropriate, attention-starved demon sent to torture us all.

Happy Endings

Happy Endings could have been a terribly-written show and no one would have noticed. It's not terribly-written thankfully but if it were, there would have been no way to tell as the main cast is so, so, so good. Happy Endings is like a modern update of Friends only the friends are way too close to one another.

Ostensibly the show was supposed to be about how friend groups interact when one mutual friend leaves another mutual friend at the altar on their wedding day. That was pretty much scrapped from the get-go in favor of following these strange people's even stranger adventures across Chicago.

Rick and Morty

There is no such thing as limits on Rick and Morty. It's animated, so there's less of a concern about budgeting when it comes to things like sets or special effects. And its sci-fi concept about a mad scientist grandfather and his impressionable, long-suffering grandson means that creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon really get to spread out, narrative and comedy-wise.

Thankfully they are up to the task. Rick and Morty is among the funniest shows on television and occasionally a wonderful sci-fi adventure.

Preacher

Preacher is a little bit of everything. It's an action, adventure, thriller, horror, sci-fi hour-long AMC show. Above all, however, it's just entertaining. Soooooo we're gonna put this one in the comedy column in our ongoing campaign to not make half-hours and comedies synonymous.

Preacher is a comic book adaptation about a badass Texas preacher who becomes a little more badass when an ancienty spirit inhabits him. Also he has a vampire and Ruth Negga for friends. 

The Eric Andre Show

Do you like talk shows but think they could be a touch more...oh, I don't know, batshit insane? Then The Eric Andre Show is the show for you.

Eric Andre stars as the titual Eric Andre as he hosts his own low-budget public-access cable style talk show and just generally makes everyone around him uncomfortable.

The Good Place

A lot of the appeal of The Good Place can be simply explained by that delightful screenshot above. Yes, staying loyal to the Cleveland Browns is going to get me into heaven. The Good Place is the newest comedy from the brilliant comedic mind of Michael Schur (The Office, Parks and Recreation). It's a story of mistaken identity - that in this case has cosmic implications. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) dies and goes to heaven where she meets the dapper, excitable architect of her afterlife neighborhood Michael (Ted Danson). Problem is - heaven has the wrong Eleanor Shellstrop.

Bob's Burgers

Fox's animation block has been a wonderful outlet of creativity ever since The Simpsons debuted way back before the dawn of man. Loren Bouchard's Bob's Burgers might be the sweetest and all-around funniest animated comedy to come around for Fox's Sunday night since...maybe ever.

Bob Belcher (voiced by animation voiceover maestro H. Jon Benjamin) lives in a little seaside town and sells burgers. That's about the extent of the plot. But the Belcher family that includes his wife, Linda, daughters Tina and Louise, and son, Gene, finds a way to make every week interesting as they try to keep the business open.

Baskets

Baskets is another one of those completely hilarious half-hour comedies that's barely a comedy. Baskets is so funny because it plays everything so unexpectedly sincerely. Zach Galifianakis stars as both Chip Baskets, a failed clown who must return home to Bakersfield, and his wildly successful brother, Chip.

Louie Anderson stars as the Baskets' mother (yes, mother), Christine. Baskets is certainly bizarre at times. It alternates between Galifianakis' characteristic broad and sarcastic comedy on a dime. At the same time, it's really a funny, absurdist look at a family in small-town America.

The Simpsons

With the amount of staggeringly good comedies on Hulu it can be easy to overlook the paterfamilias of all TV comedy: The Simpsons. The Simpsons was here long before us all and it will be here after we're gone.

Give it a watch to reconnect with some of your old Springfield favorites. Or just keep up and watch new episodes as they're added. 

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32 Best Hulu TV Shows You Haven’t Streamed Yet

Hulu's TV collection is vast and intimidating. Simplify things (or complicate them further) with our list of older and lesser-known gems.

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Aug 20, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back to see what other little-seen classics get added to Hulu.

Updated for September 2018

There are very few Internet streaming pools deeper than Hulu's current TV offerings.

And that's an excellent opportunity to find some excellent shows on Hulu you didn't know were streaming. Ok, you may be aware of some - especially if you have a Hulu subscription and a healthy appetite for television. But we're betting there are even some you may have missed along the way.

Here, you might find some old favorites from your childhood or something more foreign, sometimes literally if you're American. They're all worth watching, however, and you're welcome to offer up your own, obscure-ish classics. And "obscure" is in the eye of the beholder.

Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell is an omnipresent cultural meme about teenagers in the early '90s and one boy's stunning ability to stop time. It's also a TV show. One forgets that despite Saved by the Bell's outsized cultural impact, it was a relatively short-lived show, running for a high school-appropriate four seasons.

It's also pretty fun in its own early '90s after-school special kind of way. Watch it to pretend you're a teenager in the early '90s (and maybe you were! I don't have the Den of Geek demographic reports in front of me) or watch it like an anthropologist, studying the Screech, Zach and Kelly Jungian archetypes it created. 

Sealab 2021

If Adult Swim has an aesthetic it's going for, it can succinctly be described as weird. Sealab 2021 is a prime example. It's one of Archer creator Adam Reed's earlier efforts and fits in perfectly among early Adult Swim's other bizarre offerings.

Sealab is a Space Ghost Coast to Coast spinoff and features the animation of '70s Hanna-Barbera cartoon Sealab 2020...only naturally dubbed over with new dialogue. If you're the kind of person who would like Sealab 2021 chances are you've watched it already. But if you're an Archer fan ready to get a little weird: give it a shot.

Dead Like Me

Showrunner Bryan Fuller is TV's My Chemical Romance. He's talented, death-obsessed, has an unusally cheeky sense of humor and did his best work in the early-to-mid-2000's. Fuller's first effort at showrunning a TV show is an unqualified success.

Dead Like Me is the story of a young woman named Georgia (she goes by "George" in a perfectly weird Fuller fluorish) who dies and then discovers that she has now been designated as a "grim reaper" and is tasked with escorting souls into the afterlife. The show ran for two seasons on Showtime and is a strong introduction into the "Fuller-verse."

Ally McBeal

Funny story. When I was a child I was once allowed to watch Ally McBeal with my mom...or more accurately: was allowed to be in the room while my mom watched Ally McBeal. The episode in question just happened to be the episode in which Ally hallucinates a crappily CGI-ed baby dancing to Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling." I was delighted because I had seen the baby before as an early Internet email chain meme so I wanted to watch every episode of Ally McBeal.

Sadly, I soon discovered that not every episode included the CGI dancing baby. But at least I was introduced to the wonders of David E. Kelly legal dramedies at an early age...which explains a lot.

The Mighty Boosh

This is a pretty meme-tastic list so far. Enter The Mighty Boosh, a comedy troupe with their own kind-of sketch show responsible for one of the better out-of-nowhere YouTube videos of all time. You may know it as Old Gregg. Beyond one merman with female genitalia and a penchant drinking Bailey's Irish cream from a shoe, however, The Mighty Boosh has plenty to offer.

It features Howard Moon (Julian Barratt) and Vince Noir (Noel Fielding) pursue musical fame along with an alien shaman named Naboo and his gorilla friend, Bollo. The Mighty Boosh is a different kind of sketch show, and an excellent one.

Kitchen Confidential

Anthony Bourdain (R.I.P.) was the unofficial king of all streaming services. You can find Parts Unknown on Netflix and A Cook's Tour on...everything. Seriously everything. But Bourdain wasn't always a silver-haired jet-setting maestro of his later years. At one point he was a middling New York chef looking for any way to break through. That breakthrough came with the publishing of his first memoir, Kitchen Confidential.

That memoir was eventually adapted into a show of the same name that ran on Fox for just 13 episodes. It's a shame because a show based on a Bourdain-esque badboy chef would be the kind of thing that absolutely takes off now. They would probably have a hard time getting Bradley Cooper for the lead this time though. He's a bit busy. As are other Kitchen Confidential cast members John Cho, John Francis Daley, Erinn Hayes, and Frank Langella.

The Little Rascals

Almost a century later, Our Gang/The Little Rascals (we'll be going with The Little Rascals from here on our since that's how Hulu classifies it) is a remarkable achievement. The Little Rascals is essentially a series of short films from Hal Roach that shows early 20th century children at their most natural. It's like a pseudo-Vaudevillian documentary ode to youth itself and it holds up like crazy.

It broke ground by including both black children and girls as equals to white children. Granted, to the modern eye there are moments of pure breathtaking racism. That's to be expected from something that's nearly a hundred years old. Hulu has a 13-episode best-of collection and it's worth watching.

The Inbetweeners

Three cheers for The Inbetweeners for reaching one of Den of Geek's most impressive achievements. The little show that could has three-peated and appeared on our Netflix, Amazon, and now Hulu "You Didn't Know Were Streaming" lists. It's no secret why. The British high school series is as screechingly hilarious as it is earnest.

Hulu has the first two seasons and then you're on your own for the third and final season plus two movies. All are worth watching if you want to re-experience what true teenage awkwardness and disillusion is.

Axe Cop

Sometimes a show's name tells you everything you need to know. Axe Cop is an animated comedy on Fox's Animation Domination programming block. It's a show about a cop...and his axe. If that sounds like it came from a five year old there's a good reason for that. It did.

Axe Cop began as a web comic from comic book writer Ethan Nicolle and his five-year-old brother Malachi. The concept is pure nonsense and completely fun. The show follows the comic's lead and follows Axe Cop (Nick Offerman) and his partner Flute Cop (Ken Marino) as they battle evil and of course avoid the Normal Police.

Wilfred (Australia)

There are tons of amazing shows in the English-speaking world that Americans know next to nothing about. Thanks to FX's intervention, Wilfred is not one of them. FX adapted the show into a fairly successful American version starring Elijah Wood as a suicidal young man who starts to hallucinate that his neighbor's dog is a human in a dog suit (or is he hallucinating???).

The Australian original, however, is more than worth watching. The original Wilfred should be familiar to American viewers beyond just the same actor portraying Wilfred in each show. It's dark, it's bizarre and it's also somehow heartfelt. It's everything we currently look for in a half-hour comedy.

Andy Barker P.I.

Sometimes an actor or an artist can do everything right and things still don't work out. Andy Richter is one of those actors. Richter is a legitimately funny guy and his TV show choices are solid. Richter's first attempt at leading a TV show in his post-Conan career (of course he's back with Conan now and everything is right with the world) was the truly hilarious but completely unsuccessful Andy Richter Controls the Universe.

Once that flopped, he followed it up with this gem: Andy Barker P.I. It...also flopped. Which is a shame because the Conan O'Brien produced show is hilarious. It stars Richter as a public accountant-turned-P.I. and also featured a pre-Arrested Devlopment Tony Hale. Sometimes good shows just don't catch on. Thanks to Hulu, however, you can breeze through the six-episode first and only season.

Smallville

Smallville's DNA can be found all over television right now. Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl - all owe their existence to the CW's (well it actually started on the WB and then WB and UPN merged to create The CW) first crack at depicting a comic book hero on the small screen. Early episodes of Smallville must be pretty unrecognizable to fans of those current francises.

The series depicted pre-Superman Clark Kent, making his way through his youth in Smallville, Kansas and early on it struck true to its creators' promise of "no tights, no flights." Over many years (10 seasons to be exact) it would evolve into something more grandiose and epic as viewers became more comfortable accepting comic book movies on television. Both "versions" of the show are well-crafted and influential.

The Event

After Lost became a sleeper hit, networks scrambled to find the most mysterious, inscrutable and just generally weirdest shows they could. They all sucked. The Event, however, sucked the least. The Event is... darewesay, good? The Event is actually kind of helped by the fact that NBC gave it only one season. Shows that rely on mysteries can't maintain interest in those mysteries forever and the mysteries of The Event were real doozies.

The series opens with Sean Walker (Jason Ritter)'s wife being abducted on a crusie ship and that event plunges him into a world of governmental conspiracies and maybe-aliens. You won't get the full resolution the creators intended with season one but you will get a fun 22 episodes to invest your time in.

Stephen Fry in America

As an American, there is nothing more interesting to me than non-Americans experiencing the grandeur and weirdness of America. Stephen Fry in America is the absolute best that the very limited genre of "non-Americans looking into this whole America thing" has to offer. In the first episode, Fry explains that his motivation for traveling the continental United States in a London taxicab is due to the knowledge that he could have very easily been born in the country (his father was offered a job at Princeton University right before Fry was born and turned it down).

His trip is therefore a personal mission to understand this strange land as it is an intellectual one. As a smart, funny man, Fry can't help but be a good host: thoughtful and engaging. There are moments in the series, however, when he can only stare in awe at all the contradictions of this country. These moments are amazing and make Stephen Fry in America a must-watch if you have Hulu.

Miami Vice

Miami Vice changed TV for the better full stop. Plot-wise, it was fairly conventional. It's a standard police procedural where Miami detectives Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Rico Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) do whatever it takes to bring down the various drug criminals of South Florida. But the style...oh man, the style.

People magazine famously described it as "the first show to look really new and different since color TV was invented." Miami Vice was colorful in every way. And it was one of the first series to use music as a real tool for both style and subtance. Watch at least an episode or two to appreciate how both modern and of-its-time it feels.

Doogie Howser

Is Doogie Howser a good show? No, no it is not. It is not a good show. But please don't let that get in the way of you watching. It's a wonderfully weird and kitschy piece of TV history. If you were born well after Doogie Howser's 1989 premiere, how could you possibly pass up the opportunity to see the now omnipresent Neil Patrick Harris play a child doctor.

It's patently absurd and could make for the most fun you've ever had watching with a group of like-minded friends. To be fair to Doogie, the show isn't awful but the presence of NPH alone creates a kind of meta pop culture typhoon that transcends time and space when watching it now. Look at the hair! The hair, bro, the hair.

Digimon Adventure

Digimon was never able to become anywhere near the franchise it's "mon" rival Pokemon did. That's probably because the premise is fairly limited. Digi-destined as granted one Digimon buddy to lead them through the trials and tribulations of the Digital World. There's not collecting, no training. Even the evolution system is entirely temporary. All of Digimon's cultural shortcomings don't change one immutable fact though.

The show Digimon Adventure runs circles around any season of the Pokemon cartoon. In fact, Digimon Adventure and many of the spinoffs to follow are lowkey great. Watch this one if you want to reconnect with your childhood or if you're just feeling a solid anime adventure.

21 Jump Street

Who could forget 21 Jump Street? It's the late '80s cops-posing-as teens show that brought us giant movie stars like Richard Grieco and Peter DeLuise. Also Johnny Depp. 21 Jump Street wasn't a leap forward in terms of quality for TV shows of its time. But it was was plenty good, if preachy.

Many episodes were immediately succeeded by public service announcements featuring a member of the cast talking about the main "issue" from the episode. It's like Degrassi only if everyone were armed. If that appeals to you, give 21 Jump Street a shot. And watch Phil Lord and Chris Miller's movie too, by the way. That advice applies for literally any situation.

My So-Called Life

How do you feel about unresolved cliffhangers? If the mere idea makes every pore of your body shoot out sweat like a fire protection system sprinkler in a gymnasium, maybe skip My So-Called Life. If you would prefer to not let a lack of resolution get in the way of a good time, watch it. My So-Called Life's life was tragically cut short by ABC after just one season.

And unfortunately the first and only season ends on a big cliffhanger. Still, it's worth watching for those who can handle that. The show was about high schoolers in a fictional Pittsburgh suburb trying to survive adolescence and the various crises of the day. It's also widely regarded as one of the best high school series of all time. 

Lip Service

Lip Service looks very good. And I'm not just saying that because most of the plot involves attractive women kissing one another. It's just a very stylish, well-directed program that makes Glasgow seem like the most wild, exciting place on Earth.

And maybe it is! Americans got our own dose of high-quality pay cable lesbian drama with Showtime's The L Word. Then the British Isles follwed up with Lip Service. Quality, legitiamtely sexy but not condescending LGBT programming is a must for the television landscape and Lip Service continues the tradition proudly. 

In the Flesh

One of these days, we're going to run out of ways to tweak the zombie genre. Until then enjoy all the diverse creative takes we have on the form. BBC Three's In the Flesh is among the most entertaining and creative entrants to the zombie canon yet. Zombie movies are almost always political or social in nature. In the Flesh takes the sublte political commentary inherent in zombie dramas and cranks it to 11.

In the world of In the Flesh the zombie uprising has come and gone and thanks to new medicine the undead are now able to retain their consciousness and return to life as it was before "The Rising." Mostly anyway. The citizens of Roarton naturally have a difficult time reintigrating the reformed zombies back into their lives after spending so much time hunting them.

Stargate SG-1

For a lot of TV watchers, the shortening of seasons is a welcome trend. It's much easier to commit oneself to several 3-10 episode seasons rather than the usual 20+. There's another breed of TV-watcher, however. They're the kind of TV-watcher who REALLY wants to go on a long adventure with a show. For those watchers, oh boy do we have a show for you. Stargate SG-1 is kind of like American Doctor Who. It's a relatively high-quality sci-fi spectacle that just never seems to end (in a good way).

SG-1 follows an American military team as they travel the universe via alien technology called a Stargate to defend Earth against extraterrestrial threats. Hulu has all 214 episodes of SG-1 and if for whatever reason that's not enough, there are another 140 episodes of Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe.

Homicide Hunter

Every streaming service needs its own Forensic Files-esque murder investigation show. For Netflix and Amazon Prime it's Forensic Files itself. But on Hulu there's a show that may have out-Forensic Filed Forensic Files. Homicide Hunter is an hour-long docu series that revisits the many, many, many murder investigations of retired Colorado Springs detective Joe Kenda.

The perspective is limited in that it covers cases from only one location and involving the same investigator but still the sheer volume and breadth of cases is remarkable. And isolating Kenda as the sole person to tell each story is effective.

Invader Zim

Invader Zim was ahead of its time. The show ran on Nickelodeon for two seasons back in 2001. It told the story of a race of hyper aggressive aliens and one annoying grunt named Zim who was sent to Earth to subjugate humans as a lark.

It was rather swiftly canceled for not the now rather anachronistic reason of not reaching the demographics Nickelodeon wanted it to reach. Which is kind of funny because if you walk into any Hot Topic in present day, you'd assume Invader Zim is watched by approximately 11 billion people.

The Next Step

We've got a lot of international representation on this list. Quite simply you don't know about a TV show because it doesn't air in your country. In the wild world of streaming, that's no longer an issue. 

The Next Step is a Canadian teen mockumentary about a dance troupe. Teens + Canada + Television is normally a winning combination. See: Degrassi. The Next Step is much lighter fare. Think of Glee only if everybody were more polite. 

Cardinal

Slowly but surely Canada is coming to dominate this list. U.S. TV shows are so widely covered but our neighbors up North continue to churn out interesting stuff.

Take crime drama Cardinal. It stars The Killing's Billy Campbell as a detective investigating the murder of a young girl. It's a compelling story told in a deceptively simple fashion over six episodes. And yes, there is lots of snow. 

We Bare Bears

Sometimes you just need some bears. Nature's adorable rolly-polly killing machines are sadly underused protagonists in our art. I forward that almost any TV show would be improved if its main characters were bears. In this Cartoon Network series based off of a web comic, three bear brothers, Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear try to navigate the human world of the Bay Area.

We Bare Bears features the voice talents of Patton Oswalt, Bobby Moynihan, Demetri Martin and more. It's a sweet, short distraction that deserves your time and love. 

Perfect Strangers

Hulu has added it's own TGIHulu to the streams, meaning you can now stream late '80s and early '90s ABC family classics like Family Matters, Step by Step and more.

The one you're going to want to relive most, however, is Perfect Strangers. It's a classic odd couple pairing of a midwestern Joe and his eccentric European cousin. And of course there are the essential Leftovers implications. 

Ancient Aliens

Sometimes our "you didn't know were streaming" series just covers shows that make you didn't know were streaming because why would anyone bother to put them on the Internet? Ancient Aliens is one of those series. Ancient Aliens is corny, bizarre and flagrantly unscientific and historic.

So entirely fitting for the History Channel. It's also a strangely captivating watch. There's a reason Action Bronson has a series in which he just gets very high and watches Ancient Aliens: it's just a fun time.

Beat Bobby Flay

Cooking shows offer excellent TV comfort food. Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay offers all that traditional comfort food with one additional piece of unintentional comedy. Beat Bobby Flay is one of the most hilariously, gleefully scumbaggy shows of all time.

Expert celebrity chef Bobby Flay travels the country looking for individuals who are really passionate about a particular dish they cook. A dish passed down to them from generations and something they truly care about. Then he challenges them to a cooking duel to prove he can cook it better. Jerk. 

Cougar Town

Cougar Town started as a joke. Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence bemoaned the state of TV back in 2009, saying that shows needed a modern pun or quip to even be considered getting picked up. So he did exactly that, pitching a show starring Courtney Cox called Cougar Town, satirizing society's obsession with older women "cougars" dating younger men. Much to his surprise the show was picked up by ABC.

Then much to ABC's surprise Cougar Town almost immediately abandoned its Courtney-Cox-picking-up-young-men premise in favor of a simple hang out comedy in which slightly older than the sitcom usual characters stayed best friends and drank wine in Florida. 

The Bridge

The plot of FX's 2013 Texas-Mexico border drama The Bridge seems so uniquely American and taylor-made for the immigration issues the countries face today. The bridge was both a real entity and a symbol of how close the U.S. and Mexico are geographically, yet far away culturally. 

Surprisingly, however, The Bridge was a remake. The original Bridge was a Danish and Swedish creation (called Broen in Danish and Bron in Swedish). Over three seasons, the Scandavian version of The Bridge told the story of a dead body found on a bridge between Malmo and Copenhagen and the Danish and Swedish investigators forced to work together to solve the murder.

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The Venture Bros. sticks the landing and concludes its “Morphic Trilogy” with one of the best episodes that the show has ever done.

This The Venture Bros. review contains spoilers.

The Venture Bros. Season 7 Episode 3 

“Can someone tell me what the fuck just happened?”

Well, that was honestly worth the 12-year wait.

The opening two minutes of “Arrears in Science” is a dazzling sequence of events that takes seven seasons of Venture Bros. backstory and has it play out in twisted Rube Goldbergian fashion. Everything from the first two installments of this “Morphic Trilogy” comes together, but so does everything that’s been in motion over the past season and beyond. It’s an insanely cathartic and awesome way to begin the episode, but it also solidifies the fact that after years of coyness The Venture Bros. is finally ready to dish out some big answers and close the door on a lot of its past.

The big mystery heading into this installment is the new Blue Morpho that waltzes into the currently Jonas-possessed Venture compound because Blue Morpho is supposed to be dead. Very quickly it’s revealed that it’s Vendata who’s in the Blue Morpho garb and that many of these events were actually set in motion fourth months earlier during the events of season five’s “Bot Seeks Bot” when Brock evidently scrambles his mainframe. This shock to the system essentially reminds Vendata that he is in fact Blue Morpho because the human parts that are inside of him belong to the original Blue Morpho, who’s the father of the Monarch.

“Arrears in Science” examines the families of the Ventures and the Fitzcarraldos (the Blue Morpho’s family), but frames it all through the unbelievable journey that Vendata has gone through. Much of Vendata’s past is explained, a lot of which has been hinted at and explored before through the exploits of the original Team Venture. However, whereas other entries have discarded Vendata when he’s become irrelevant, “Arrears in Science” focuses on those periods of abandonment and attempts to explain his trauma. 

It’s confirmed that after the Blue Morpho’s plane crash that Jonas saves parts of his body and turns him into Venturion. However, after the painful events of his life cause him to malfunction, he’s once again deemed expendable. The episode then digs deeper to fill in the details behind how Venturion transitioned into Vendata, as well as Dr. Z’s role in reconfiguring this figure from Jonas’ past into a new villain to use against him.

The episode gets a few good riffs on The Matrix in as Vendata is able to plug himself into Jonas Venture and have a long overdue conversation with him. What’s beautiful here is that this ancient history between Jonas and the Blue Morpho is really what the entire series has been about. These two characters who are relative strangers to the audience interface together as the actual main characters like Rusty and the Monarch are turned into gawking spectators. All of the ancient history that has supposedly defined these characters literally comes back to life to finally settle the score. 

More time gets spent on the original Blue Morpho’s history with Jonas Venture and the series finally pulls the trigger on what some fans have started to speculate over the last few seasons. The series throws back to the uncomfortable orgy between the Blue Morpho and Jonas that was set up back in “Rapacity in Blue,” but what follows officially confirms to the audience that Rusty and the Monarch (or Malcolm Fitzcarraldo, which we learn is his real name here) are half-brothers. Jonas is father to both of them. 

These drastic revelations also act as a helpful reminder to just how terrible of a person Jonas Sr. was. This is the sort of individual that would manipulate and blackmail his closest friends with absolutely no disregard. It’s curious to note that in this relationship between the “fathers” of Rusty and the Monarch, Rusty’s father is absolutely the villain whereas Blue Morpho/Venturion is just a manipulated pawn. 

Back when Rusty briefly flirts with the idea of becoming a supervillain and ditching his super scientist ways, Henry Killinger even ominously comments, “Now ze son has become ze father.” It seems safe to say that quite a few people actually saw Jonas for the villain that he truly was. Even his final actions in this episode are to ultimately stab his friend in the back one last time for his own gain. Funnily enough, if Jonas had been the one to raise the Monarch then maybe he might have turned out to be an even more successful supervillain.

This is all bonkers information and if Rusty and the Monarch didn’t already have a complicated relationship, then this certainly isn’t going to make anything easier. Furthermore, Jonas essentially saves the Blue Morpho’s life, which means that the Monarch should be indebted to his family to some degree. 

At the same time, Jonas makes sure that Morpho’s continued existence as Venturion is rather miserable, so it’s not so cut and dry. Additionally, now that Rusty is actually family with the Monarch, his ultimate goal of killing him becomes that much more difficult. It seems like the Monarch wouldn’t be able to murder his half-brother, even with a considerable grudge against the character, but at the same time the answers given in “Arrears in Science” also largely reframe the Monarch and Dr. Venture’s past. 

On that note, the fact that Kano’s vow of silence is a result of him killing Venturion is a nice piece of continuity, considering Kano was the original Blue Morpho’s partner. Rodney’s sudden stroke is also an insane callback to a moment in season one where Orpheus reads Action Man’s future and predicts his fate. The show is seriously killing it lately when it comes to connecting dots and tying up loose ends. Even the minor detail that Rusty’s toy cowboys and Indians that were last seen in “Careers in Science,” played a major role in Jonas’ fate. This episode is clearly meant to be a companion piece to that season one installment in many ways. 

This steady outpouring of news eventually makes its way over to Brock and he figures out that he’s more or less been lied to for his entire career and that all of his motivations have been misguided because Sphinx wasn’t actually responsible for Jonas’ death. It’s heavily implied that Vendata gets his ultimate revenge against Jonas (and honestly this would be fitting), but the episode leaves enough doubt in the air that there still may be another big reveal here.

The fact that Bud Manstrong is the paperboy on Guargantua-1 during the Movie Night Massacre certainly feels like a clue, as does the fact that Jonas and Blue Morpho’s swingers tape was also conveniently left in the same room as Sharky’s Machine for movie night. The decision to filter all of this information through Red Death’s Suicide Squad-esque team flashback makes for another excellent piece of world building and it’s just a fun way to frame this piece of the story. Also, a Freddie Mercury-themed villain, Mr. Fahrenheit, the Supersonic Man, is the best ancillary character to come along in a while.

The episode’s final few minutes are just as poignant as the installment’s introduction. Two generations of Ventures and Fitzcarraldos launch through the sky and just as Jonas attempts to betray Blue Morpho one final time, his own hubris gets in the way and ruins everything. The results of this episode are huge, but what’s important to note is that they’re still largely a mystery to Rusty and the Monarch. Vendata and the audience are aware of the incestuous history between these families, but the surviving players aren’t. They receive no closure. 

It’s a smart way for The Venture Bros. to effectively put all of this longstanding baggage behind itself and get the audience off their backs, but it still allows them some wiggle room to continually tease the Rusty/Monarch family tree when it sees fit. It’s also rather grim to see the Monarch bragging over ostensibly killing his father. If he does figure out the truth he might have a much harder time coming to terms with this loss and his actions. Mark my words though, that visual of Rusty and the Monarch frantically grabbing each other as they plummet from the air is going to be a metaphor for season seven as a whole. 

“Arrears in Science” is another exceptional episode of The Venture Bros. that should satisfy every longtime fan of the show. Season seven is off to an amazing start and it looks like this could easily be the show’s best season yet and a tremendous return to form for the series. Seismic plot developments aside, there’s also plenty to laugh at in this episode and there is a ton of great dialogue. 

White’s “Is that SCSI?” or Dr. Z’s “We figured we’d just throw some garbage on his lawn and call it an arch,” are two standout lines that almost get lost in the sheer amount of plot and revelations that take place in this episode. Also, how incredible is it that the thing that derails the Guild of Calamitous Intent, OSI, and the entire Venture compound is the freaking Thanksgiving Day Parade! Nothing beats a national holiday. 

Now that the heavy lifting is out of the way, it should be exciting to see the series pump the breaks a little on the greater mythology and muck around with some random standalone weirdness for the next few episodes. I’m just glad that regardless of whatever types of stories that it chooses to tell, that the strongest version of the show is what’s moving forward.

Daniel Kurland is a published writer, comedian, and critic whose work can be read on Den ofGeek, Vulture, Bloody Disgusting, and ScreenRant. Daniel knows that the owls are not what they seem and his perma-neurotic thought process can be followed at @DanielKurlansky.

4.5/5
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Aug 20, 2018

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For three years, Velo3D has operating in stealth mode. The bay area based startup has largely managed to fly on the radar, in spite of raising an impressive $90 million since launching in June 2015. Today, however, the 120 person company is finally ready to discuss what it’s been working on, just as it announces the availability of its first product.

The Sapphire system utilizes a technology the company calls Intelligent Fusion. The system is capable of 3D printing complex metal objects by sintering a bed of powder with a laser, in a process similar to standard resin-based 3D printing systems.

One of the more compelling aspects of the technology is its ability to create geometrically complicated objects without the need for the support structure most require. Rather, the objects, as described described by Chief Product Officer Stefan Zschiegner , essentially come out of the out of the powder fully formed.

Among the things that set the company’s new machine apart from some of the competition is a focus on additive manufacturing for production, in addition to prototyping. “Desktop Metal, HP and other focus on prototyping,” Zschiegner says of the competition (though Desktop Metal will be launching its Production system next year). “Their parts often cannot be used for final manufacturing process.”

Of course, the current technology isn’t scalable for true mass production. Instead, Velo3D’s early manufacturing clients include aerospace and space travel companies, primarily working through 3D production houses. Florida-based 3D prototyping company 3DMT is among the first to adopt the Sapphire system, which Velo3D claims has a 90-percent first pass success rate. Other potential case uses include customized titanium medical implants.

No official pricing has been announced, but the company says it will be “competitive” with other industrial metal printing systems. Velo is also using the opportunity to announce that former President and CEO of AutoDesk, Carl Bass, will be joining the company’s board as chairman.

 

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Preacher Season 3 Episode 10 Episode Guide

Preacher Season 3 has arrived on AMC, taking its inspiration from "Until the End of the World."

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Aug 19, 2018

Preacher Season 3 is now airing on AMC. The show stars Dominic Cooper as a preacher turned criminal named Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as the outlaw Tulip, and Joseph Gilgun as the Irish vampire Cassidy. Together, they're on a road trip across the United States to find God, who's gone missing from Heaven. 

Last season saw the trio of Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy leave their West Texas town, which was completely destroyed, and travel to New Orleans, the last known whereabouts of God, who happens to be a really big fan of jazz. This season, the quest will lead to trio to a Louisiana plantation called Angelville, the place where Jesse was raised, which he’s been avoiding his whole life. Of course, still on their tail is the Saint of Killers, the Angel of Death hired to collect their heads.

Preacher Season 3 Episode Guide

Preacher Season 3 Episode 1: Angelville

In an effort to save Tulip, Jesse and Cassidy take her to Jesse's family home, Angelville; Jesse reunites with the people he fears most: his family.

air date: 6/24/18

Preacher Season 3 Episode 2: Sonsabitches

Desperate to escape Angelville and his family, Jesse attempts to forge an unlikely alliance with a familiar adversary.

air date: 7/1/18

Preacher Season 3 Episode 3: Gonna Hurt

While Jesse works to pay back his debt to Gran'ma, Tulip and Cassidy risk their safety as they make their own plans to get out of Angelville.

air date: 7/8/18

Preacher Season 3 Episode 4: The Tombs

air date: 7/15/18

As Jesse helps reinvigorate business at Angelville, he tests Tulip and Cassidy's faith in him when Angelville brings out a darker side of him.

Preacher Season 3 Episode 5: The Coffin

air date: 7/22/18

As Cassidy falls in with a group of mysterious strangers in New Orleans, Tulip and Jesse deal with the fallout of a failed escape from Angelville.

Preacher Season 3 Episode 6: Les Enfants du Sang

air date: 7/29/18

Tulip, Jesse, Jody and T.C. hatch an ambitious plan to save both Gran'ma's and Tulip's lives; Cassidy explores a new friendship in New Orleans.

Preacher Season 3 Episode 7: Hitler

air date: 8/5/18

Jesse, Tulip, Gran'ma and Starr form an uneasy partnership to avert the apocalypse; Cassidy learns to love Eccarius, but at a cost.

Preacher Season 3 Episode 8: The Tom/Brady

air date: 8/12/18

Annville, Angelville and the Grail team up to steal souls in New Orleans and Osaka in a last-ditch effort to satisfy Gran'ma and save the world.

Preacher Season 3 Episode 9: Schwanzkopf

air date: 8/19/18

Divided and trapped, Tulip, Jesse and Cassidy battle old friends, new enemies and loved ones to escape certain death - or worse.

Preacher Season 3 Episode 10: The Light Above

air date: 8/26/18

Jesse returns home for what he hopes is the last time but angers Starr and endangers Cassidy in the process; Tulip battles hell and Nazis.

Preacher Season 3 Release Date

Preacher Season 3 is set to premiere Sunday, June 24 at 10/9c on AMC. This kicks off a 10-episode season (it was previously believed to have 13).

Preacher Season 3 Trailer

The first proper Preacher Season 3 trailer is here!

While a lot the reveals here were teased in a still-fresh behind-the-scenes featurette, the Preacher Season 3 trailer does provide the first look at Gran’ma (Betty Buckley), the spellcasting matron of Jesse’s former family, who appears willing to help heal Tulip, likely for a price that, for Jesse, is far costlier than currency. We are also treated to plenty of punch-happy footage of Jody (Jesse Childs), a belligerent figure from Jesse’s childhood.

Here's a new Preacher Season 3 behind-the-scenes featurette, which provides loads of new footage and a glance at some of the new characters.

As executive producer Michael Slovis explains of the tone for Preacher Season 3:

“What were going for this season was to enhance what we’ve already started; keep the action going, keep the comedy going.”

Indeed, cast members Dominic Cooper and Joseph Gilgun affirm that the series is upping the ante in terms of irreverent ultraviolence. It should make for a marvelous season as Preacher looks to adapt the "Until the End of the World" comic book storyline, while pushing further down its wacky rabbit hole of debauchery and mysticism.

...And here's the first Preacher Season 3 teaser trailer, which arrived back in late-May.

Preacher Season 3 Cast

Check out the new cast members and their official descriptions.

Betty Buckley will play Gran’ma, "A spiritist with true powers, who can cast spells and even bring back the dead (for a price). Pay the fee or pay with your soul to feed Gran'ma's thirst for eternal youth. She is weathered, tough, and mean, but also intelligent beyond measure. She’s Jesse's only living family and she loves him." 

Colin Cunningham is TC, "A man born of the bayou and the loyal caretaker and soldier for Gran'ma. Weasely and wiry, he'll gladly tell you about his perversions whether you ask him or not. While he seems like the friendliest guy you'll ever meet, don’t make the mistake of turning your back on him."

Jeremy Childs is Jody, "Massive and intimidating, Jody emanates danger. He’s the enforcer for Gran’ma and the only man Jesse’s never beaten in a fight. He’s nobody’s fool, and not someone to cross."

Liz McGeever will play Christina, "Capable and efficient, Christina has a face that lures customers in for her family business. Christina hides it well, but she hates her job and has dreams and aspirations outside of her current life – but suffers to protect her child."

Adam Crosadell (Reign) will be Eccarius, "a 350-year-old vampire who bears wisdom and has an air of aristocracy. Regal and charming, he styles himself after the more romantic, Gothic images of vampires. Appearing as a cliche at first, Eccarius is a much darker figure beneath the surface."

Prema Cruz (Mozart in the Jungle) is playing Madame Boyd, who is a  tough forward thinker: educated and attractive, she intends to take the family business into the modern age — by any means necessary."

There there is, and this is a big one, Jonny Coyne as "Allfather D'Aronique." Google images of this character at your own peril.

Preacher Season 3 Story

It looks like Preacher Season 3 will adapt the "Until the End of the World" arc, which was the second volume of the comic series.

As the latest official synopsis reads:

In Season 3, Jesse Custer’s quest for God takes him back to the place he’s been avoiding his whole life: home. Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy return to Angelville, the Louisiana Plantation where Jesse was raised, and find old grudges and deadly obligations await them.  With the help of his friends — and a few enemies — Jesse will need to escape his past… because the future of the world depends on it.

Here's the previous official synopsis:

Picking up where Season 2 left off, Season 3 sees Jesse, Cassidy and Tulip return to Angelville, the Louisiana Plantation where Jesse was raised and where old grudges and deadly obligations await them. With the help of his friends — and a few enemies — Jesse will need to escape his past… because the future of the world depends on it.

Preacher Season 3 Photos

The latest Preacher Season 3 photos (via Collider,) provide the first look at a crucial character in the bellicose bully, Jody, played by Jeremy Childs (NashvilleThe Committee).

With Season 3 taking Jesse back to his roots in Angelville, he will be forced to face demons from his past (as opposed to actual demons,) most notably, Jody, an enforcer for the ruthless Gran’ma (Betty Buckley). Jody was a crucial figure during Jesse’s childhood, serving as a consistent tormentor, whose abuse seemed to be motivated by a desire to toughen him up. Of course, that kind of behavior has only magnified in Jody, who has become a dangerous person as an adult, and the upcoming reunion with Jesse could be better described as a collision course.

And check out Jesse, Tulip, as well as a returning Herr Starr (Pip Torrens), leader of the white-clad cabal, Grail.

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Preacher Season 3 Episode 9: Schwanzkopf Review

With Armageddon on the line, AMC’s Preacher asks an age-old question: What Would Humper Do?

This Preacher review contains spoilers. 

Preacher Season 3 Episode 9

Well, I never thought I’d write the following, but such is Preacher: The vial containing the missing bit of Jesse Custer’s soul slithers its way out of The Allfather’s disemboweled sphincter. Which is quickly followed by Jesse trying to strangle Starr with the Allfather’s entrails as “Joy to the World” blares on the soundtrack. Yes, on paper it seems impossible that we’d ever witness such gruesome moments on a TV show, and yet here we are—sacrilege in hourly installments, courtesy of AMC. 

The upside to all of this, I suppose, is that Jesse is now once again in full command of the Voice of God. This is a long overdue moment, one that’s eluded Jesse the entire season. But rather than wreak ungodly havoc with this power, Jesse is surprisingly judicious with Genesis. But more on this in a bit.

Preacher is staring down endings on two fronts. One is all-out Armageddon, courtesy of The Grail’s centuries-long machinations. The other is next week’s season finale, courtesy of Preacher’s months-long machinations. You can’t have either one without spilling some blood. And given the copious amount of viscera spilled in “Schwanzkopf” you have to imagine the finale is going to be an absolute bloodbath. Truly, AMC is pushing the envelope for gore in ways that even stalwart zombie fare like The Walking Dead doesn’t.

But there’s more to this episode than its sheer amount of violence. Through a random act of kindness, Tulip finds herself bound for Hell along with Eugene and Hitler. And I do mean random. Tulip is already tempting fate by going after the briefcase containing the stolen souls earmarked for Gran’ma. She’s lucky enough to actually get them back. But I suppose it’s more of that O’Hare bad luck that leads to Tulip’s true identity being revealed. I just wish this moment with Eugene “suddenly” recognizing Tulip hadn’t been so contrived.

I also wish Tulip had a more visceral reaction to the Saint of Killers. Instead, she’s taunting him with petty insults. It’s like the PTSD that drove so much of her storyline last season never happened. Not that this was one of season two’s stronger plots, but still. Tulip struggled mightily to overcome the fear and listlessness her last run-in with the Saint instilled in her.

I do find it interesting that Satan’s “errand boy” would question the morality of taking living souls to the underworld. Which earns him another slight—this time being called “Pollyanna” by the Angel of Death. While I appreciate that someone as unforgiving as the Saint of Killers still harbors a conscience, I wish Graham McTavish’s formidable presence was being used to better effect.

An upside to these scenes on the transport? At least we get to see Tulip’s street smarts put to the test as she devises not one but two plans to escape the transport. It’s great to see how Tulip’s mind works, with her schemes brought to life by crude line animation. Her thinking is so sound and so foolproof, there’s no way they can fail. Except both plans come to naught, ending in a trippy, stylish slow-motion sequence as the bus crashes to a halt. Which leads me to another line I never thought I’d write in a review: Enter Hitler’s latter-day Nazis to save our heroes from Hell.

Another person in need of rescuing is Cassidy. I take back what I said in my “Hilter” review: Eccarius is legitimately in love with Cassidy. But Cassidy isn’t having any of it, even when Eccarius insists, “We’re this close to happiness.” Happiness with someone who understands and accepts him for who he really is comes at too steep of a price for Cassidy. He’d rather die than accept Eccarius for who he really is. This rejection doesn’t sit well with the elder vampire, whose addiction to power trumps any feelings he has for Cassidy. So Eccarius endeavors to throw his would-be lover to the wolves—or in this case, Les Enfants du Sang. When even someone as sweet as Kevin’s grandmother turns on you, you’re truly up shit’s creek without a paddle. My only quibble with all of this is how Preacher suddenly goes the James Bond route by taking the long route to Cassidy’s (improbable) demise. Again, this is only a quibble, given how much Preacher manages to cram into a single episode.

Which brings us back to Jesse—the only character that’s not in need of saving. And I have to say, it’s about time. Returning to Angelville hasn’t been kind to Jesse or to Preacher. Indeed, the show has floundered a bit with this storyline. But now that Jesse has regained the Voice of God, next week’s finale promises catharsis and closure in equal measure.

Some closing thoughts:

As always, this episode has its share of inspired dialogue. Like Starr’s list of various and sundry undesirables: “Hipsters. Presbyterians. Trade unionists. The Danes.”

The Allfather has a great line as well. Upon learning of Starr’s treachery, he tells Jesse, “He shall know my buttocks as few men ever have.” Only in a show like Preacher would such a line carry so much weight.

I expected Jesse to do terrible things to Starr with the Voice of God. Instead he issues the terse command, “No more hats!” Wigs, on the other hand, are okay.

David S.E. Zapanta is the author of four books. Read more of his Den of Geek writing here. He’s also an avid street photographer. You can also follow him on Twitter: @melancholymania

4/5
Review David S.E. Zapanta
Aug 19, 2018

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 10: Close Your Eyes Review

Alicia is a house divided against herself as she struggles to do the right thing in a strong episode of Fear The Walking Dead.

This Fear The Walking Dead review contains spoilers. 

Fear The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 10 

Being a fan of Fear The Walking Dead is sort of like being a fan of your hometown team. You stick by them through their many ups and downs, weathering wins and losses as favorite players come and go. But at the end of the day, no matter what the roster looks like, you’re still a fan. This is especially true of Fear’s uneven fourth season, which has delivered some lackluster episodes. But at the same time, this season has delivered some of the series’ best episodes to date, among them “What’s Your Story?” and “Laura.” In “Close Your Eyes,” haunting cinematography, a palpable sense of dread, and what is arguably a career-defining performance from Alycia Debnam-Carey combine to create a powerful, artfully directed episode. I admit I had my doubts about this season, especially after losing Nick and Madison. But with episodes like this, season four is quickly proving to be one of Fear’s best.

The house that Alicia finds to escape the storm is just as dark as her tortured thoughts. Her long and measured walk through the rain to the front door is an arresting visual that sets the tone for the rest of the episode. “Close Your Eyes” unfolds at a similarly measured pace, allowing viewers to take in each scene’s arresting visuals. If ever there was a haunted house, Alicia has found it—or has it found her?

She goes from room to room, drawing out walkers from the dust and shadows. It’s a melancholy task, rounding up undead family members one by one, only to lay them out unceremoniously outside in the rain. Unintentional or not, they affect a pose that’s eerily similar to a family photo on the mantle. Is she moved by this coincidence? Or worse, unmoved? It’s hard to say as she tips the frame onto the floor before staring dead-eyed into nothingness. She’s essentially a zombie with a pulse, a walker with a will to live. Before long, though, pictures of the family in better, sunnier times join the dispatched walkers where they lay in the downpour. The last thing Alicia wants to be reminded of is a functioning, close-knit family—not when she’s the last survivor of her own misbegotten clan. 

So, finally, Alicia has found the solitude she so desperately seeks. Or so it would seem. Because not only is she not alone, she’s forced to confront the one person who brought ruin to everything her mother sought to save.

On the face of it, making this solely an Alicia/Charlie episode is a risky choice. If it doesn’t work, the entire hour falls flat on its face. Like Alicia, I was less than thrilled to realize we’d spending the episode with Nick’s killer. Alicia is quick to make her distaste for Charlie’s presence as plain as possible. And I do mean her presence, rather than just Charlie herself. Because simply by being under the same roof with her, Alicia is forced to confront her very worst impulse for revenge. It’s not something her mother would have wanted, vengeance, but it’s something Alicia desperately wants and needs for some kind of closure. To silence her demons.

Like the comparatively straightforward “Laura” what we get in “Close Your Eyes”is an intimate character study. In this world, everyone struggles with the seemingly capricious nature of their own existence. Are they worthy of surviving, when so many others have perished? After all, it’s one thing to combat a tangible enemy like the dead. But an even more insidious enemy is the one we can never outrun—our own worst selves.

This is just as true for Charlie as it is for Alicia. She’s functioned more or less as a walking plot point this season, bringing death and destruction to those who would endeavor to save her. So it’s interesting that Charlie wants to honor the family whose home now shelters her from the storm. As much as she herself wishes to die, she wants their memory to live on in the artifacts they’ve left behind. Through them, she seeks to recapture a sunnier childhood that never was, living vicariously through their bygone experiences. She’s truly a child of the apocalypse, struggling through a debilitating trauma. 

This is perhaps the episode’s biggest gamble, this humanizing of someone who robbed Fear of one of its most beloved characters. Luckily, Alexa Nisenson rises to the challenge, bringing a necessary vulnerability to her performance. This, coupled with Alicia’s struggle to first accept than protect Charlie goes a long way to pleading the case that forgiveness is a powerful reason to live. This is love at its toughest.

It’s when the pair are trapped in a quickly flooding basement that the episode truly goes for the gut. As the water rises and escape seems impossible, Charlie confesses she can no longer remember her parents’ faces before they turned. And now with death closing in, this desperate, emotionally wounded child of the apocalypse begs Alicia for the kind of mercy that only a bullet can bring. But if Charlie dies, Alicia essentially dies with her. Seeing Nick and Madison again in their final moments is both powerful and poignant, a terribly bittersweet reminder of how much Alicia has lost. By not pulling the trigger, both she and Fear itself lean heavily toward a more optimistic future.

There’s hope for lost souls like Alicia and Charlie. Indeed, there’s hope—and a quiet stretch of beach—waiting for all of us. Which, in the end, all adds up to a major win for the home team.

David S.E. Zapanta is the author of four books. Read more of his Den of Geek writing here. He’s also an avid street photographer. You can also follow him on Twitter: @melancholymania

4.5/5
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Aug 19, 2018

The Affair Season 4 Finale Review: 410

The Affair closes its doors on a particularly emotional season with the perfect finale that gives everyone their due.

This The Affair review contains spoilers

The Affair Season 4 Episode 10

“It takes time…”

“Are you okay?” It’s a very simple question, but it’s kind of the antithesis of what this finale — and the series as a whole — is all about. As The Affair checks in with these characters one last time this year, it wants to examine how everyone is doing as they prepare to ride off into the horizon. Tragic events have shaken up everyone’s world and so it’s only natural to look at the consequences of those events, but this has been a fundamental question ever since the start of the series. If Noah and Alison were “okay” then would they have even embarked on their affair in the first place?

This finale begins in a very fractured place and rather than hide from the rampant pain, the episode leans into it when it’s appropriate. Noah appears to be okay, but there are still moments where he breaks down and the loss overcomes him. He’s not beaten down though. Cole on the other hand explicitly says that he feels terrible and wonders if he’ll ever be able to move on. Helen’s grief comes from a whole other set of stressers, but she’s still nearly as frayed as Cole. When the topic of wellness and stability comes up to her, she bursts out, “Why can’t anything ever just be ‘okay’ for one fucking minute?” Something so simple can be extremely elusive to these people.

Additionally, all bets are off with this finale after the rule-breaking structure of the previous episode. Plus, even though this isn’t the show’s last episode, it very much operates like a “soft series finale” and so it's only fair that every character gets their due and receives proper closure. It'd be awfully strange if Cole and Helen were absent from this finale "just because" that's how the show's bifurcated structure works. It may seem like the finale has to fit a lot into this one episode (and it does), but Alison's funeral acts as a helpful unifying factor to sort of bring everyone together. This finale is also an extra 15 minutes long so it's able to effectively touch on all of its characters without this goodbye feeling rushed.

As life back in Montauk gets considerably heavy, Noah finds a bit of comfort in the fact that he and Anton get to take part in a very validating writers’ circle on Princeton’s campus. Once again Noah gets a huge pat on the back as everyone tells him how great he is and how inspirational his work can be. In a rather surreal moment a female student even tells Noah, “I love the way that you write women.” He hears everything that he wants to hear and gets to be “Noah Fucking Solloway” as Cole is lost in the hardest moment of his life.

Additionally, it’s rather humorous to hear this literary circle jerk use Walt Whitman’s “I contain multitudes” speech in reference to Noah. In his case it seems like, “I contain multi ‘tudes,” would be more appropriate. On top of this, Anton’s literary exercise about Noah is an insanely economical piece of writing. The assignment initially comes across as a love letter to Noah before it begins to sour and transform. It’s meant to be an example of how well Anton is able to play the system (something that he was already adept at in high school), but it progresses into a fascinating debate on the differences between sociopathic behavior and being a writer.

Noah lashes out at Anton for how he “uses people” for his stories, but it really seems like he’s screaming at himself and the lessons that he’s baked into this boy. Noah knows that he’s based characters in his novels on real people and events. He’s just embarrassed that Anton knows him so well that he’s figured this out and thinks that it’s acceptable. This discussion becomes even richer because isn’t this what The Affair has been doing all along with its shifting point of views? Events have overlapped through different sets of eyes specifically to show the audience that certain people will use others as characters in their own narrative, whether it’s intentional or not. Helen even admits in this episode that she’s done this very thing with Vik in order to help her get over Noah. It’s poignant as hell that this becomes the sticking point between Noah and Anton in the end.

Noah’s trip to Princeton also puts him back in the orbit of an old friend, Ariel (played by the always wonderful Janel Moloney), a fellow English teacher and writer. At first it appears like Ariel is set up to be some perfect person that Noah can ride away into the sunset with, so it’s incredibly encouraging when she brings up her husband and that’s not the purpose of their history. Ariel is supposed to represent just how much Noah has changed over the past two decades. Not only is she surprised to hear that he’s no longer together with Helen, but she has no idea that he’s already been married and divorced another time after that! It’s a subtle touch by Dominic West, but there’s the smallest bit of hesitation on his face before he tells Ariel about Alison. It looks like he considers just lying and to forego the whole thing. Wouldn’t it be easier to just entirely skip over that mess? The fact that Noah doesn’t hide this chapter of his life is just the beginning of the character coming to terms with Alison’s death.

It seems like Noah is holding himself together through the aftermath of Alison, but both Ariel and Anton point out to him how he clearly hasn’t been able to properly process this yet. He needs to be honest with himself here. Noah has already helped Anton in monumental ways and an extra few hours with the kid isn’t going to change anything. It’s time that Noah helps the people that truly need him right now.

Noah may be hiding his pain rather well, but Cole is in the biggest need of assistance in this finale. Of the three stories that get featured here, Cole’s is the lengthiest. It’s pretty much brood city with a vacation home in mopeville for the guy, but honestly he’s pretty damn entitled to his behavior. This story is already sad enough without a pitch black bleak sequence of Cole, Luisa, and Joanie singing a monotone version of “This Land Is Our Land” on the way to Alison’s funeral. There are not enough tissues in the world.

One of the hardest things about Cole’s story is how it forces him and Luisa to be around each other. Luisa is just trying to help Cole, but the way in which she micro-manages his grieving process only makes things more volatile between them. It’s devastating to see Luisa want to leverage this unfortunate occasion to discuss her and Cole’s future, but he’s just so broken that any sort of conversation, especially that one, will be completely useless right now. Give the guy some time!

Matters only get worse for Cole as he begins to feel like he’s increasingly being boxed out of Alison’s funeral. Details continue to change without his consent or control and it’s awful to see this intensely intimate moment get stretched to encompass more and more people. Athena’s gesture to give Alison a beach wedding does seem like something that she would have absolutely hated, but the knowledge that Alison has been cremated is even more egregious to Cole. He was supposed to bury her, but now he has to share this moment and literally give pieces of her away to everyone else who’s there, including the man who murdered her (seriously what is Ben doing there!?).

Cole winces every time that someone new takes a little more from out of Alison’s urn. It looks like the process physically pains him and there’s a real sense of dread as the urn makes its way over to Cole. In the end, it’s a moment that Cole just can’t handle and while it may be exceedingly selfish, he breaks a little inside and goes rogue. Believe it or not, Noah of all people is the one that tries to reason with him on the other side. By the way, it’s also rather shocking that one of the sweetest, most emotional moments in Cole’s portion of the episode comes from Noah. His eulogy for Alison is so beautiful and even though he and Alison couldn’t work things out, it’s incredible to see the lasting impact that she had on him and how she broke through. He may have ultimately just been an affair for Alison, but she was absolutely more to Noah than some adulterous fling.

One of the more interesting aspects of Cole’s grief is that episodes before her demise, Alison makes it very clear that she’s over Cole and isn’t interested in reconciliation. There’s likely an aspect of Cole that’s lost in denial and firmly believes that if he could have reached her in time and confessed his love that she would have taken him back. If Alison rejected Cole before her death he’d perhaps be acting a little differently at her funeral. He’d still surely be a wreck, but all of the “my wife” stuff would probably be less intense. He’d at least have a slightly easier time at moving on.

The most honest admission of the whole episode comes when Cole tells his mother, “I don’t know what to do with this,” in reference to Alison’s death. Sometimes events can be so cataclysmic and random that there’s no lesson or strength to pull from them. They just happen and you try to get by. All of this being said, it'd be a whole lot more comforting to get some epilogue where Cole meets some new happy, magical person rather than the fear that one night he may just off himself like his father did.

Finally, the episode’s perspective shifts over to Helen as she and Vik attempt to deal with the growing dangers of Vik’s pancreatic cancer. Helen isn’t tied up with Alison’s funeral, but she may have one of her one to attend in her near future. Helen’s story feels a little disconnected from the other two, but she still has a monumental amount to deal with here. On the “okay scale” she comfortably fits somewhere between Noah and Cole. In spite of all of the obvious evidence and a very competent cancer doctor calling Vik an idiot and an asshole, he’s still unreceptive to the idea of chemotherapy and treatment.

This finale also features the return of Whitney, which is actually surprisingly cathartic after such an emotionally painful season. Whitney gets to be Helen’s equivalent to Ariel in many ways as Helen tries to catch her daughter up with the whirlwind of events that have hit her life in the past year. It feels like Whitney’s presence and all of this will culminate in some huge, gooey Thanksgiving dinner with everyone invited, but then Whitney goes off the rails and acts incredibly Whitney about the whole thing. Of course that’s not how thing are going to end.

Helen's situation is already escalating at an alarming rate, but then Ciara decides to blow everything up with her ultra selfish reveal that she is pregnant with Vik's baby (something that I was dreading the show would pursue). As messy and convenient as all of this is, the show is too far into the finale to use this information in a way that would be as damaging as if Vik found out in say, episode seven. As it stands, the reveal is meant to be one more event that chips away at Helen’s armor and reminds her about her own mortality.

Ciara’s pregnancy news causes Helen to reach out to Noah and their brief, reflective conversation is pretty wonderful. Some of the best moments from this season have managed to be the few scenes where worn out Noah and Helen attempt to commiserate. The look on Noah’s face when he realizes that Helen’s life is still quite chaotic and messy even when he’s not a part of it is something special, as is their conversation about how much easier it is to love someone when you’re young and baggage-free. In the same sense, it’s been less easy to love The Affair as it’s slowly accumulated an increasing amount of drama through the years. This slightly meta conversation feels like the proper send-off between Noah and Helen. The two are able to console and heal each other how no two other people on this show can.

The only real weak spot in this finale is that there’s no goddamn closure with Ben, which is very frustrating and likely going to enrage a lot of viewers, but that’s clearly the point here. Not only does Ben get away totally free, but he gets to smugly take part in Alison’s funeral, too. I understand the perspective that life is full of unanswered questions and that the truth doesn’t always come to light, but it’s just disappointing that it has to come at the expense of it looking like Alison gave up. Even if Ben didn’t get caught, it would have been nice for the detective involved to at least figure out that someone was responsible and that it wasn’t suicide. This sticking point may ultimately not matter since everyone can still find their respective peace, but an unstable murderer is still out on the loose and maybe he’ll strike again.

“410” is an exceptional, fulfilling finale for The Affair and to be honest, the three final installments from this season are arguably the best episodes that the show has ever made. For all of the false steps and misfires from this season, it’s hard to deny that this year ended with their best foot forward. This may be seen as a “safe” finale in many ways, but that doesn’t make it any less satisfying or appropriate. I mean, is there anything else that would have made for a more appropriate conclusion to these characters? Helen flashing a genuine smile before the credits roll is infinitely better than a hokey, artificial Thanksgiving dinner scene.

In that sense, it’s a real shock that this finale isn’t the absolute end of The Affair. This season often operated with the gravity of a concluding year and while these characters’ stories aren’t necessarily finished, the place that this finale leaves them in feels very acceptable. It’s easy enough to picture where these people may end up without actually having to see it all, let alone in a season that would be without Alison (and presumably Vik, too). “410” acts as such a strong conclusion to this story, so the premise of going on for another year has me incredibly worried about the peacefulness of these characters. Helen doesn’t deserve to have that smile ripped away from her.

When The Affair was on fire it could be like nothing else on television and the drama, relationships, and intrigue present in the show’s first two seasons still set a high benchmark. This is a show that could shine a light on life, love, and human experience in ways that other programs simply couldn’t. When it was at its best it was truly lightning in a bottle television and this is still one of the best casts that have ever been put together on TV.

These actors have seriously been in overdrive the past few episodes, but everyone does their best work in this finale. Four seasons in, this may mean that this show is beyond getting recognition as an Emmy contender, but it’d be a true shame if Joshua Jackson and Ruth Wilson didn’t get some attention for their work this year. It’s rather telling to hear that at one point Sarah Treem allegedly envisioned this series as a three-year story, which in many ways appears like it would have been bookended by Noah’s journey. That’s still more or less true here, but I’m grateful that we’ve been able to get this daring, challenging season that’s actually framed the show much more around Alison and Helen’s journeys, which is honestly a better fit for the show.

And if nothing else, I’ll always cherish the way in which The Affair scored Noah’s irresponsible New Year’s Eve meltdown to LCD Soundsystem back in season two. This finale gives a glimmer of hope that perhaps these people aren’t “North American scum.”

It’s been a hell of a ride, The Affair, now just please don’t let season five be a repeat of season three.

Overall Season Grade: 3/5

Daniel Kurland is a published writer, comedian, and critic whose work can be read on Den of Geek, Vulture, Bloody Disgusting, and ScreenRant. Daniel knows that the owls are not what they seem and his perma-neurotic thought process can be followed at @DanielKurlansky.

4.5/5
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Aug 19, 2018

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NASA Provisionally Approves SpaceX “Load-and-Go” for Crew Flights – SpacePolicyOnline.com


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Exoplanets Bigger Than Earth Could Be Rich In Water, Study Suggests
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Disenchantment Episode 7 Review: Love’s Tender Rampage

Elfo is being naughty and everyone’s on drugs again.

This Disenchantment review contains spoilers.

Disenchantment Episode 7

Though perhaps going forward the writers should be wary of dipping into the “Elfo loves Bean” plot watering hole too often, this early in Disenchantment’s life it’s a good area to pull stories from, especially for developing Elfo’s character. Elfo is supposed to be naïve and starved of life experience. However, the episodes focused on his Bean crush do a great job of unearthing the selfishness just beneath this façade.

In “Love’s Tender Rampage,” we get the classic sitcom plot of one character lying and then quadrupling down on that lie. Elfo’s lie that he has a giant, one-eyed girlfriend ends up getting an innocent one-eyed, giant woman named Tess roped into his deception, but his lies just keep getting more egregious after that. Naturally, he eventually has to fess up for what he’s done and a valuable lesson is learned (though he does, by way of coincidence, get away with his lie about restoring Tess’ vision).

Luci’s tiny subplot about messing with a crystal ball out of boredom is charming enough. It’s a small distraction that pops up in the episode twice and sells the concept enough for the twist of the crystal ball later being repurposed as Tess’ truth-telling eyeball. Happily, this plot also brings Matt Berry’s Prince Merkimer, now transformed into a pig, back into the Disenchantment proceedings. He, too, gets his own silly little plot as he tries, and fails, to find love as a pig.

Berry, as is standard, provides some of the funniest moments of the episode. His best line is when he tells Luci he thought they were friends, that he’d been calling them “The Adventures of Cat and Pig,” and that “this has been our last adventure.” There are a few other decent comedic moments, like Pendergast asking Elfo “when you two are making love, is she aware?” and also the guy who shouts “this validates my bigotry!” But, as is thus far standard with Disenchantment, there’s little that's laugh-out-loud funny.

This is one of the best plotted episodes, however. Many episodes have a fudged story turn or two, but “Love’s Tender Rampage” holds up throughout. In fact, I’d almost say the episode goes a little too far in attempting to tie everything up neatly by bringing back the drug from the beginning of the episode to solve the conflict at the end. It’s technically “good writing,” to bring a story full circle like this, but it feels a bit contrived. This is nitpicking, however. Plus, the drug trip ending means Disenchantment gets to pull a major tease with the will they/won’t they Elfo/Bean romance. Did they kiss or was it all a hallucination?! Well played, you writer jerks!

Joe Matar watches a lot of cartoons and a lot of sitcoms. He's obsessed with story structure so that's what all his reviews are about. Joe also writes about video games on occasion. He has an MA in English if you can believe it. Read more of his work here. Follow Joe on Twitter for more fun @joespirational!

3.5/5
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Aug 19, 2018

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This wireless system can track tumours, help dispense drugs – The Quint


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The Affair Season 5 Confirmed

Showtime has announced that The Affair Season 5 will be the final outing for the Montauk crew.

News Alec Bojalad
Aug 19, 2018

Good news! The Affair Season 5 is happening. Showtime has announced that a fifth season of its infidelity drama will be arriving eventually. Bad news! It's the last season.

“We love the intimacy, the nuance, and the emotional honesty of The Affair’s subjective examination of both infidelity and fidelity. Gary Levine, President of Programming Showtime Networks, said in a statement. "Sarah Treem has always envisioned this as a five-season series, and we will be fascinated to see where she takes her talented cast and all of us next year in its climactic season.”

The Affair has been on quite a journey for the past four years. It debuted in the fall of 2014 to almost immediate acclaim. The first season even won the award for best drama at the Golden Globes.

Since then, however, The Affair has struggled to maintain the excitement of its original premise. After the titular "affair" worn down, the show has been left with the story of deeply unhappy people living in Montauk, all trying to figure their lives out. 

Thankfully The Affair Season 4 was something of a return to form for the show. It only had to lose one of its original key characters in the process. 

The Affair Season 5 Release Date

The Affair Season 5 doesn't have an official release date yet but previous seasons have debuted in the fall. Season 4 bucked the trend with a summer release date. Anytime between June and October seems likely. 

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Claws Season 3 Confirmed by TNT

TNT has renewed its surging nail salon-centric crime series, Claws, for a third season.

News Joseph Baxter
Aug 19, 2018

Claws Season 3 is officially on the way at TNT. TNT had no need to wait out the sophomore season, since the ratings already justify the move.

Claws debuted back on May 25, 2017 to 1 million viewers, kicking off a 10-episode inaugural season that managed to achieve an increase in viewership episode-to-episode, culminating with 1.57 million for the finale. The series proved the loyalty of its fanbase in Season 2, which launched on June 10, 2018 to 1.3 million viewers, maintaining a 1.2 million overall average as of this writing. Additionally, the series appears to be gaining other-media momentum, with its digital viewership reportedly doubled year-over-year, with substantial social media growth on Twitter and Facebook.

Showcasing a genre amalgam of comedy and crime, Claws, created by Eliot Laurence (Welcome to Me, The Big Gay Sketch Show), centers on Desna Simms (Niecy Nash), the owner of a Florida nail salon, who uses her mani-pedi proprietorship as a front for laundering money for a local pill mill. She is joined there by Polly Marks (Carrie Preston), Annalise Zayas (Judy Reyes), Virginia Loc (Karrueche Tran) and Jennifer Husser (Jenn Lyon). The series also showcases the criminal gravitational force of crime boss Clay “Uncle Daddy” Husser (Dean Norris). Names such as Jack Kesy, Kevin Rankin, Jason Antoon, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Suleka Mathew and Harold Perrineau also appear on the series.

The series is overseen by showrunner and executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois. Joining her in the latter capacity is creator Eliot Laurence, as well as the duo of Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who produce the series with TNT under their Le Train Train company.

Claws Season 3 Release Date

Claws Season 3 has yet to sink into a release date.

However, with the previous two seasons having launched in June, it’s reasonable to assume that Claws Season 3 could arrive in June 2019.

Claws Season 3 Teaser

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We've compiled some of the best scary movies on Amazon Prime for you. Now you can live every day like it's Halloween!

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Updated for September 2018

Amazon Prime's selection of horror movies is as extensive as it is terrifying. What's more, they have a significant selection of old/classic films for your scary pleasures. So we've compiled our picks of the best scary movies to watch on Halloween (or any other time) on Amazon Prime Video right now.

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Afflicted

One of the better recent found-footage efforts takes a ghastly turn when one of the filmmakers wakes up foaming at the mouth with his eyeballs rolling back in their sockets. He can also suddenly run faster than a car speeding in a school zone. Diagnosis: vampirism.

There is no cure for the undead except feeding on human blood (especially child molesters). That epic travel blog they were planning is going to be supernaturally epic.

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American Psycho

Is Patrick Bateman an American Psycho because of his meticulous grooming, perpetual snobbery, and misogynistic treatment of women, or because of, oh say, that fetish for ax murdering? Maybe he's just bug nuts simply for being a guy that thinks Phil Collins and Huey Lewis are the most talented songwriters of the ‘80s? It’s a tough call.

What’s not a tough call is saying that Christian Bale’s creepy tour de force performance as Bateman, and the shape Bale got in to portray the part, based on the character from Bret Easton Ellis's novel of the same name, is as astonishing as it is unsettling. One part slasher and one part comedy of manners, American Psycho is a new American horror classic.

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The Blair Witch Project

I honestly can't imagine a more terrifying movie-going experience than seeing The Blair Witch Project in a theater on opening night. Back in the late '90s, we weren't as immune to Internet hype as we are now and it would have been much easier to suspend one's disbelief for this: the godfather of the found footage horror movie.

Even as things stand now, The Blair Witch Project is a fantastic, truly eerie film. If possible, however, cut the WiFi in your house for a week, pretend you're in 1999, dim the lights and watch it again.

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Burn, Witch, Burn! 

The dark magic of Sidney Hayers' 1962 thriller (which is also known as Night of The Eagle) still bewitches us decades later with voodoo dolls, hypnotic spells and lightning no earthly force could have conjured. Psychology professor Norman Taylor (Peter Wyngarde) swears he is not superstitious until things mysteriously start levitating and vanishing. He and his sorceress wife (Janet Blair) have ended up as the targets of another woman’s vengeful witchcraft. Her malicious cry of "Burn, witch, burn!" will echo in your ears for weeks.

Bonus cool factor: The screenplay was co-written by the great Richard Matheson.

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Carrie

The streaming world is not wanting for Stephen King adaptations. If you're in the mood for some Stephen King movies, however, you may as well start with the first novel and one of the best adaptations.

Carrie is essentially a grim biography of one girl's terrible life. Her classmates make fun of her, her religious nut of a mother tortures her endlessly. It's just pure tragedy. Until it suddenly becomes pure horror.

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Carriers

Carriers is a movie that knows how to put the "post" in "post-apocalyptic." In the world of 2009's Carriers, a pandemic has wiped out nearly all of humanity. Four people, Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), Brian (Chris Pine), Bobby (Piper Perabo), and Kate (Emily VanCamp) take shelter on Turtle Beach in the Southwest U.S.

It's here that they plan to ride out the apocalypse, and stay away from the plague. That's all easy enough, but what proves to be more difficult to contend with are the survivors themselves. Carriers is a fun, low budget horror movie with a good cast. They caught Chris Pine right before he became Chris Pine.

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Daybreakers

Bad news. The world is overrun with vampires in Daybreakers, a 2009 Australian horror film from The Spierig Brothers. Even worse news is that a vampiric corporation is attempting to track down all the remaining humans to eat. 

The good news is that Willem Dafoe has the cure that will save the entire human species. Dafoe stars as former vampire "Elvis." He teams up with Ethan Hawke's Edward Dalton as the two attempt to defeat the vampires and restore humanity to its proper place.

Daybreakers is a fun, properly satiriical vampire movie. It has lots to say about consumerism and societal structures. But most importantly it also just knows that it has two great stars and let's them enjoy their vampire-killing activities. 

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The Devil Bat

Ah, The Devil Bat. One of those infamous vampire movies that isn't actually about vampires. But who the hell cares when it has Bela Lugosi in it, right?

But this poverty row production from 1940 features plenty of atmospherics, as well as a giant honkin' bat, and that's enough to set the mood on a chilly night. Especially if you're indulging in adult beverages or contraband. If nothing else, just bow down to Bela.

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Frailty

Frailty is awesome because Bill Paxton is awesome. R.I.P. What if you father was Bill Paxton? Cool, right? But what if your father was Bill Paxton and one day emerged from his barn with an axe and told you and your brother that angels had given him a list of demons on Earth masquerading as human beings?

And that all of you would have to kill them as a family. Not as cool. Frailty is near-perfect psychological horror as it confronts two of our biggest fears: fear of the familiar suddenly going crazy. And fear of the crazy suddenly becoming familiar.

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A Field in England

2013's A Field in England presents compelling evidence that more horror movies should be shot in black and white.

Directed by British director Ben Wheatley, A Field in England is a kaleidoscope of trippy, cerebral horror. The film takes place in 1648, during the English Civil War. A group of soldiers is taken in by a kindly man, who is soon revealed to be an alchemist. The alchemist takes the soldiers to a vast field of mushrooms where they are subjected to a series of mind-altering, nightmarish visions. 

A Field in England is aggressively weird, creative, and best of all clocks in at exactly 90 minutes.

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Green Room

Green Room is a shockingly conventional horror movie despite not having all of the elements we traditionally associate with them. There are no monsters or the supernatural in Green Room.

Instead all monsters are replaced by vengeful neo-Nazis and the haunted house is replaced by a skinhead punk music club in the middle of nowhere in the Oregon woods. The band The Aint Rights, led by bassist Pat (Anton Yelchin) are locked in the green room of club after witnessing a murder and must fight their way out.

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House on Haunted Hill

What would you do for $10,000? How about surviving a night in a mansion haunted by murder victims and owned by a psychotic millionaire? Seems like a party trick until people actually start dying.

Vincent Price is the master and mastermind of a house that suddenly makes everyone homicidal—but the real pièce de résistance is what dances out of a vat of flesh-eating acid.

Some vintage horror never dies, and this 1959 classic is immortal.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers features a concept so primal and terrifying it's no surprise the movie has been made no fewer than three times. The 1978 version is the one on Amazon and probably the best. This Body Snatchers takes place in San Francisco and deals with a gelatinous pod of aliens that falls to Earth.

Slowly but surely the aliens literally take the place of actual human beings across the city and replace them with copies. Health inspector Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) is one of the few humans to realize the truth and fight and fight back. Many other movies have tried to capture the feelings of isolation and terror that Invasion of the Body Snatchers instills but very few of them are able to capture the terrifying totality of an alien takeover.

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Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder is a different kind of horror altogether: one that is somehow simultaneously hallucinatory and all-too-real. Tim Robbins stars as Jacob Singer, a former American soldier who experienced horrors in Vietnam. Those horrors continue to plague Singer in a series of gruesome flashbacks and hallucinations and set him down a dark path to find out exactly what's real.

Jacob's Ladder is truly disturbing and has a classic ending that will help you realize the significance of the phrase "a Jacob's Ladder scenario."

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Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers Creepers generates a lot of horror from a simple, somewhat silly premise along with 1938 song. The film is exec produced by Francis Ford Coppola (really!) and stars Justin Long as one of several teens lost in rural Florida.

Jeepers Creepers correctly posits that rural Florida is among the scariest places to be as the eponymous demonic monster begins his 23-day reign of terror.

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Jug Face

When a horror movie's plot description mentions "backwoods" it's almost a guarantee that you're going to have a good time. Movies that are able to capture the all-encompassing dread of the middle of nowhere (with minimal to no condescension for rural audiences of course) are almost always worth your time.

Thankfully, Jug Face is one of those movies. Jug Face concerns a backwoods community that worships an ancient pit. A leader of the community Dawai creates jugs out of clay with visages on them that match the face of a community member. That member then must be sacrificed to the pit. When the next jug resembles young Ada, she opts to get out of dodge.

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The Monster

It's no secret that horror can work on a small scale with little other than the viewer's imagination to generate fear. The Monster is about as small scale, yet still effective, as they come.

The film features just two characters almost exclusively, a mother and a daughter, trapped in a car as a monster from the woods terrorizes them. 

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Mother!

Is Darren Aronofsky's 2017 120-minute bomb of pure weirdness, Mother!, a horror movie? Sure, why not. Not a conventional one to be sure but it's unsettling enough to creep out just about anyone.

Jennifer Lawrence stars as....you know what. A plot description will be hard on this one. The characters have no names other than Him (Javier Bardem), Mother (Lawrence), and other titles. Bardem and Lawrence portray and archetypical married couple living in an old house where very weird things start happening.

There is a lot of symbolism to unpack in Mother! and it's a movie that clearly wants to communicate something intangible very desperately. Aside from that, however, it's also just an intensely visually disorienting experience.

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Neverlake

Horrors always lurk at the bottom of murky lakes, but the dead-eyed doll heads and evil statues staring from beneath the greenish surface of this one will have you begging Swamp Thing for mercy. That’s before some brutally disfigured orphans shamble out of the woods.

When Jenny visits her archaeologist father in Italy, long-drowned secrets start bubbling to the surface. To think, all this was supposed to be a vacation. Riccardo Paoletti's directorial debut is worth checking out.

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Nightmare Castle

Dr. Frankenstein would be proud of a scientist who makes the most of his wife’s passion-driven murder by using her heart and a few volts of electricity to reanimate his dead servant in this piece of Italian horror weirdness, Nightmare Castle. He thinks he will inherit the castle from the woman he killed—until he doesn’t and her halfway insane sister does. Marrying said sister ends up being not such a great idea when she begins having homicidal nightmares.

Featuring scream queen Barbara Steele!

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Night of the Living Dead

George A. Romero’s 1968 zombie classic The Night of the Living Dead messed up the minds of late '60s moviegoers as much as it messed with every horror movie that followed. Shot on gritty black and white stock, the film captures the desperate urgency of a documentary shot at the end of the world. It is a tale of survival, an allegory for the Vietnam War and racism and suspenseful as hell freezing over.

Night of the Living Dead set a new standard for gore, even though you could tell some of the bones the zombies were munching came from a local butcher shop. But what grabs at you are the unexpected shocks. Long before The Walking Dead, Romero caught the terror that could erupt from any character, at any time.

They're coming to get you. There's one of them now!

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Nosferatu

Nothing beats a classic, and that's exactly what Nosferatu is. As the unofficial 1922 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this German Expressionist masterpiece was almost lost to the ages when the filmmakers lost a copyright lawsuit with Stoker’s widow (who had a point). As a result, most copies were destroyed...but a precious few survived

This definitive horror movie from F.W. Murnau might be a silent picture, but it is a haunting one where vampirism is used as a metaphor for plague and the Black Death sweeping across Europe. When Count Orlock comes to Berlin, he brings rivers of rats with him and the most repellent visage ever presented by a cinematic bloodsucker. The sexy vampires would come later, starting with 1931’s more polished vision of Count Dracula as legendarily played by Bela Lugosi, but Max Schreck is buried under globs of makeup in Nosferatu making him resemble an emaciated cadaver. Murnau plays with shadow and light to create an intoxicating environment of fever dream repressions. But he also creates the most haunting cinematic image of a vampire yet put on screen.

Check it out.

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Paranormal Activity

2007's Paranormal Activity in some respects represents the zenith of found footage horror movie genre that began with The Blair Witch Project in 1999. Paranormal Activity takes that concept of filming paranormal...well, activity, and takes it to its logical extreme. 

Micah and Katie are a young couple who move to a new home in San Diego. Katie believes that an evil presences she's known since childhood has followed them into the home. So Micah sets up a standard video camera in their room to see if they can capture any evidence of it. And catch some evidence they do. Paranormal Activity succeeds becasue of its genius simplicity - and because everything is inherently creepier through grainy VHS footage.

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Pumpkinhead

1988's Pumpkinhead has two factors that almost automatically make any horror movie watchable at the very least.

The first factor is an unfortunate human character who messes with forces outside his control and understanding for a shot at vengeance. After a group of local teens accidentally kill his son, Tom wants vengeance and visits a witch to find it. This is where factor #2 comes in. The witch helps Tom raise a monster from the dead to go on a tour of bloody revenge. The monster, Pumpkinhead, is a terrifyingly wonderful movie monster - all spindly limbs and sharp corners. 

Pumpkinhead spawned a small series of horror movies but this first one is the best and most unnerving.

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Season of the Witch

Bored Stepford-esque housewife Joan (Jan White) is stuck in a suburban bubble with an abusive husband when she meets a mysterious new neighbor (Virginia Greenwald) who practices witchcraft. Pretty soon, Joan is casting spells to have affairs with college boys half her age, suffering from Satanic nightmares that wake her up to grim reality, and initiated into her neighbor’s backyard coven.

Proof that you never know what really goes on behind white picket fences. Another fine bit of weirdness from George A. Romero.

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Shutter Island

Martin Scorsese's late career bromance with Leonardo DiCaprio continues in their most overtly genre movie effort yet with Shutter Island.

DiCaprio stars as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels who is sent to investigate a psychiatric facility in the Boston Harbor after a patient goes missing. Soon after Teddy's arrival, he discovers that not only might this case be more than it seems, but he may have brought some ghosts to Shutter Island, itself.

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Stir of Echoes

Unwanted or unexpected "visions" are the rare horror trope that are equally terrifying conceptually and visually. Therefore they are a perfect fit for a horror movie. In Stir of Echoes, Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) is a normal working class Joe from Chicago until a chance encounter with a hypnotist at a party causes him to have some disturbing visions.

Tom's visions are that of a young girl being violently attacked and he soon comes to suspect that they might represent something real.

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The Woman in Black

There is something eternally appealing to anyone who grew up reading ghost stories about a spooky old house, abandoned on a hill. Maybe that's why The Woman in Black’s cruelty lies in the fact that the only victims of this haunted estate are the children of locals murdered simply because their parents—or total strangers—are too inquisitive for their own good.

As one of Hammer Films’ two good movies during their brief revival (the other being Let Me In), this owes a lot to the studio’s classic legacy of buttoned up Victorians venturing past the point of sanity or safety into the English countryside. It also bears a striking resemblance to Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula in production design and, occasionally, tone. The movie stumbles with the miscasting of a far-too-young Daniel Radcliffe as a widower and father, but he still plays the scared solicitor well enough when he’s in the house with her.

Really, it’s a nostalgia for an old school style of saying “boo,” plus an impeccably creepy premise about a vengeful ghost who murders random children and keeps their souls in torment for her own amusement, that makes this worthwhile. That and a few of the tenser jump scare-a-thons in recent memory.

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The Witch

The most recent movie on our list is also one of the most disturbing. For if you let The Witch lure you into its cruel and malevolent headspace, you will immediately realize that you are watching something genuinely depraved and entirely forbidden due to its 17th century unholiness. After all, it didn’t get a thumb’s up from Satanists because it was a generic thriller stuffed with jump scares!

Be warned this is an art house chiller that drops you in the middle of early-1600s New England for the kind of witching campfire tale that would give Puritans nightmares. And it is there that Robert Eggers’ first film uses actual historic accounts from the local Calvinists about their real superstitions to give them life and heinous flesh (and an authentic Elizabethan accent). There is a witch in the woods in this story, to appreciate it, that must be clear. And her evil reach toward brief salvation or eternal damnation—depending on how you look at it—makes this a movie that will stick with you for days after the lights go up. It’s also made Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays the young Thomasin, an instant star within the genre.

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12 Best Science Fiction Movies on Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime has a diverse collection of sci-fi films to meet your geek needs!

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Aug 19, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to see what other excellent Sci-Fi movies get added to Amazon Prime.

Updated for September 2018

Science fiction is about as diverse a genre as it gets. Because what we deem as science fiction is not only subjective but also encompasses pretty much every possible future hypothetical we can and cannot imagine. Nowhere is this diversity represented better than on Amazon Prime. 

Here is a list of the best science fiction movies on Amazon Prime. All you really need for good science fiction is your imagination but it turns out an Amazon Prime subscription helps too. 


Invaders From Mars (1953)

Invaders from Mars is an all-time sci-fi classic. The story was inspired by a dream from the story writer's wife, which makes perfect sense as Invaders From Mars comes along with its own dream-like sense of confusion and terror.

Late one night, a child named David MacLean (Jimmy Hunt) is awakened by some thunder and looks to the sky to see the unmistakable shape of a flying saucer crashing down into his neighborhood. He tells his parents and his dad goes to investigate. But when his dad comes back, he doesn't seem to be the same. Invaders From Mars is a thrilling and spooky sci-fi yarn that represents everything great about the genre. 

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X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes

A common theme of this sci-fi list is just how well science fiction can mix with horror. X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes is another fine example. Ray Milland stars as Dr. James Xavier, a scientist whose experiments with x-ray vision goes awry. Xavier just wants to increase the human eye's capacity to see and decides to test his prototype on himself. It works! But then it starts to work a little too well. Soon he's seeing through people's clothes. Then skin. Then bone. Then he's unable to perceive anything other than the natural shapes and colors of the universe. Then the real shit starts.

Come for the brilliantly executed sci-fi concept, stay for the unexpected Don Rickles appearance. 

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The Invasion

The 1955 novel The Body Snatchers has been adapted to film four times for a reason. The concept of aliens destroying Earth is terrifying enough but the idea that they'll do so by taking over our mind and bodies one-by-one is even scarier.

The latest iteration, The Invasion, isn't the best of the adaptation but it's completely watchable for those with an Amazon Prime account and in need of some sci-fi terror. Nicole Kidman stars as Dr. Carol Bennell and we get to watch her growing terror as she comes to realize the people close to her are no longer who they once were. 

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The Lobster

One of science fiction's best gifts as a genre is it's generous ability to "assist" other genres. The Lobster is really a romantic film all about love, intimacy and the soul-quaking fear of both.

But The Lobster couldn't be as emotionally valid as it is without its initial sci-fi conceit. You see, The Lobster is about a resort where single people meet to pair up and become couples. Thing is, though, it's compulsory. Also, if you don't find a soulmate in 45 days, you are forever transformed into the animal of your choosing. The Lobster's science fiction concept perfectly sets up and complements the real human feelings that follow. 

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Arrival

In addition to being an awesome science fiction tale, Arrival might be the most intense movie about linguistics ever. The Amy Adams-starring flick is based on a 1998 short story from Ted Chiang and reveals what happens when twelve alien spacecraft suddenly appear in 12 locations across the globe.

Arrival takes a fascinatingly logical look at how humanity would respond in such an event. The answer as it turns out is to bring in a linguistic expert (Adams) to figure out how to communicate with the darn things. Arrival is incredibly smart and equally as affecting. 

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Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond is the first of the Star Trek reboots not directed by J.J. Abrams, who went off to direct some other obscure "Star" movie. Thankfully, Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin steps in capably to keep the franchise afloat.

Star Trek Beyond is certainly a step above the disappointing Into Darkness and in many ways is the Trek-iest of the new films. While casting Idris Elba only to put him under 40 pounds of makeup remains a crime against humanity, this one has the most original Trek flavor we've had in years.

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Into the Forest

Into the Forest begins with a simple sci-fi concept. The lights don't work. Well actually no electronics or technology work. Due to some unknown technologically apocalyptic disaster the world is suddenly flung back to a more primitive state. It's in this new state of things that sisters Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) must find a way to survive.

Into the Forest doesn't operate as a traditional science fiction movie. It could probably be better described as an indie-ish survival story. Still, the intial science fiction set up alone is so strong that is shows what the genre can do and the stories speculative fiction can tell.

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Star Trek

Back in 2009 when J.J. Abrams was tasked with rebooting the Star Trek franchise, he apparently had little knowledge or interest of the Star Trek franchise. He did, however, have plenty of Star Wars knowledge. So he basically made what can be almost seen as a precursor to his own Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Star Trek doesn't have a lot of the progressive politics or forward-thinking humanity that the original series and movies do. What it does instead is recast all the original iconic characters with pitch-perfect actors and sends them on a space adventure.

Star Trek may not be pure Star Trek but it is pure blockbuster filmmaking.

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Zathura: A Space Adventure

You liked Jumanji. How about Jumanji in space?

Zathura: A Space Adventure isn't a direct Jumanji sequel, nor are there any references to Jumanji in the film but it is a worthy spiritual successor. In Zathura, brothers Walter and Danny find a mysterious board game in the basement of their house (sound familiar). When they begin to play the game, they suddenly find themselves in outer space with their sister (played by Kristen Stewart) and an astronaut (Dax Shephard).

Zathura didn't do too well at the box office, which is a shame. The concept of Jumanji in space alone is enough to make an entertaining 90 minutes at the movies.

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V for Vendetta

"Remember remember! The 5th of November, the gunpowder, treason, and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot." V for Vendetta takes one of the strangest routes to being a crowd-pleasing sci-fi action movie ever. It's an Alan Moore comic book adaptation in which the only threat to a futuristic dystopian British fascism is a guy in a Guy Fawkes mask.

Still, somehow it works. And it works like CRAZY. V for Vendetta is an awesome, entertaining film. And not to mention that it's suddenly timely since 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale are in-demand literature.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers features a concept so primal and terrifying it's no surprise the movie has been made no fewer than three times. The 1978 version is the one on Amazon and probably the best. This Body Snatchers takes place in San Francisco and deals with a gelatinous pod of aliens that falls to Earth. 

Slowly but surely the aliens literally take the place of actual human beings across the city and replace them with copies. Health inspector Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) is one of the few humans to realize the truth and fight and fight back. Many other movies have tried to capture the feelings of isolation and terror that Invasion of the Body Snatchers instills but very few of them are able to capture the terrifying totality of an alien takeover.

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Frequency

Time travel is one of the science fiction genre's most tried and true tropes. The problem with time travel as we all know is that traveling back and forth in time runs the risk of screwing up the present. What about just chatting back and forth in time?

In Frequency, Jim Caviezel stars as NYPD detective John Sullivan. John has had a lifetime of emotional repression stemming from the death of his father, a firefighter, in a fire when John was six. John's friend happens upon a ham radio and gifts it to me. When experimenting with the machine, John discovers that he may be able to communicate with someone in the past...someone very important to him in the past.

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Robotics-as-a-service is on the way and inVia Robotics is leading the charge

The team at inVia Robotics didn’t start out looking to build a business that would create a new kind of model for selling robotics to the masses, but that may be exactly what they’ve done.

After their graduation from the University of Southern California’s robotics program, Lior Alazary, Dan Parks, and Randolph Voorhies, were casting around for ideas that could get traction quickly.

“Our goal was to get something up and running that could make economic sense immediately,’ Voorhies, the company’s chief technology officer, said in an interview.

The key was to learn from the lessons of what the team had seen as the missteps of past robotics manufacturers.

Despite the early success of iRobot, consumer facing or collaborative robots that could operate alongside people had yet to gain traction in wider markets.

Willow Garage, the legendary company formed by some of the top names in the robotics industry had shuttered just as Voorhies and his compatriots were graduating, and Boston Dynamics, another of the biggest names in robotics research, was bought by Google around the same time — capping an six-month buying spree that saw the search giant acquire eight robotics companies.

In the midst of all this we were looking around and we said, ‘God there were a lot of failed robotics companies!’ and we asked ourselves why did that happen?” Voorhies recalled. “A lot of the hardware companies that we’d seen, their plan was: step one build a really cool robot and step three: an app ecosystem will evolve and people will write apps and the robot will sell like crazy. And nobody had realized how to do step 2, which was commercialize the robot.”

So the three co-founders looked for ideas they could take to market quickly.

The thought was building a robot that could help with mobility and reaching for objects. “We built a six-degree-of-freedom arm with a mobile base,” Voorhies said.

However, the arm was tricky to build, components were expensive and there were too many variables in the environment for things to go wrong with the robot’s operations. Ultimately the team at inVia realized that the big successes in robotics were happening in controlled environments. 

“We very quickly realized that the environment is too unpredictable and there were too many different kinds of things that we needed to do,” he said. 

Parks then put together a white paper analyzing the different controlled environments where collaborative robots could be most easily deployed. The warehouse was the obvious choice.

Back in March of 2012 Amazon had come to the same conclusion and acquired Kiva Systems in a $775 million deal that brought Kiva’s army of robots to Amazon warehouses and distribution centers around the world.

“Dan put a white paper together for Lior and I,” Voorhies said, “and the thing really stuck out was eCommerce logistics. Floors tend to be concrete slabs; they’re very flat with very little grade, and in general people are picking things off a shelf and putting them somewhere else.”

With the idea in place, the team, which included technologists Voorhies and Parks, and Lazary, a serial entrepreneur who had already exited from two businesses, just needed to get a working prototype together.

Most warehouses and shipping facilities that weren’t Amazon were using automated storage and retrieval systems, Voorhies said. These big, automated systems that looked and worked like massive vending machines. But those systems, he said, involved a lot of sunk costs, and weren’t flexible or adaptable.

And those old systems weren’t built for random access patterns and multi-use orders which comprise most of the shipping and packing that are done as eCommerce takes off.

With those sunk costs though, warehouses are reluctant to change the model. The innovation that Voorhies and his team came up with, was that the logistics providers wouldn’t have to.

“We didn’t like the upfront investment, not just to install one but just to start a company to build those things,” said Voorhies. “We wanted something we could bootstrap ourselves and grow very organically and just see wins very very quickly. So we looked at those ASRS systems and said why don’t we build mobile robots to do this.”

In the beginning, the team at inVia played with different ways to build the robot.l first there was a robot that could carry several different objects and another that would be responsible for picking.

The form factor that the company eventually decided on was a movable puck shaped base with a scissor lift that can move a platform up and down. Attached to the back of the platform is a robotic arm that can extend forward and backward and has a suction pump attached to its end. The suction pump drags boxes onto a platform that are then taken to a pick and pack employee.

We were originally going to grab individual product.s. Once we started talking to real warehouses more and more we realized that everyone stores everything in these boxes anyway,” said Voorhies. “And we said why don’t we make our lives way easier, why don’t we just grab those totes?” 

Since bootstrapping that initial robot, inVia has gone on to raise $29 million in financing to support its vision. Most recently with a $20 million round which closed in July.

“E-commerce industry growth is driving the need for more warehouse automation to fulfill demand, and AI-driven robots can deliver that automation with the flexibility to scale across varied workflows. Our investment in inVia Robotics reflects our conviction in AI as a key enabler for the supply chain industry,” said Daniel Gwak, Co-Head, AI Investments at Point72 Ventures, the early stage investment firm formed by the famed hedge fund manager, Steven Cohen.

Given the pressures on shipping and logistics companies, it’s no surprise that the robotics and automation are becoming critically important strategic investments, or that venture capital is flooding int the market. In the past two months alone, robotics companies targeting warehouse and retail automation have raised nearly $70 million in new financing. They include the recent raised $17.7 million for the French startup Exotec Solutions and Bossa Nova’s $29 million round for its grocery store robots.

Then there are warehouse-focused robotics companies like Fetch Robotics, which traces its lineage back to Willow Garage and Locus Robotics, which is linked to the logistics services company Quiet Logistics.

“Funding in robotics has been incredible over the past several years, and for good reason,” said John Santagate, Research Director for Commercial Service Robotics at Research and Analysis Firm IDC, in a statement. “The growth in funding is a function of a market that has become accepting of the technology, a technology area that has matured to meet market demands, and vision of the future that must include flexible automation technology. Products must move faster and more efficiently through the warehouse today to keep up with consumer demand and autonomous mobile robots offer a cost-effective way to deploy automation to enable speed, efficiency, and flexibility.”

The team at inVia realized it wasn’t enough to sell the robots. To give warehouses a full sense of the potential cost savings they could have with inVia’s robots, they’d need to take a page from the software playbook. Rather than selling the equipment, they’d sell the work the robots were doing as a service.

“Customers will ask us how much the robots cost and that’s sort of irrelevant,” says Voorhies. “We don’t want customers to think about those things at all.”

Contracts between inVia and logistics companies are based on the unit of work done, Voorhies said. “We charge on the order line,” says Voorhies. “An order line is a single [stock keeping unit] that somebody would order regardless of quantity… We’re essentially charging them every time a robot has to bring a tote and present it in front of a person. The faster we’re able to do that and the less robots we can use to present an item the better our margins are.”

It may not sound like a huge change, but those kinds of efficiencies matter in warehouses, Voorhies said. “If you’re a person pushing a cart in a warehouse that cart can have 35 pallets on it. With us, that person is standing still, and they’re really not limited to a single cart. They are able to fill 70 orders at the same time rather than 55,” he said.

At Rakuten logistics, the deployment of inVia’s robots are already yielding returns, according to Michael Manzione, the chief executive officer of Rakuten Super Logistics.

“Really [robotics] being used in a fulfillment center is pretty new,” said Manzione in an interview. “We started looking at the product in late February and went live in late March.”

For Manzione, the big selling point was scaling the robots quickly, with no upfront cost. “The bottom line is ging to be effective when we see planning around the holiday season,” said Manzione. “We’re not planning on bringing in additional people, versus last year when we doubled our labor.”

As Voorhies notes, training a team to work effectively in a warehouse environment isn’t easy.

The big problem is that it’s really hard to hire extra people to do this. In a warehouse there’s a dedicated core team that really kicks ass and they’re really happy with those pickers and they will be happy with what they get from whatever those people can sweat out in a shift,” Voorhies said. “Once you need to push your throughput beyond what your core team can do it’s hard to find people who can do that job well.” 

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23 Best Documentaries on Amazon Prime Video

Put that Amazon Prime subscription to use and learn a thing or two with this list of the streaming service's best documentaries

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Aug 19, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to see what other excellent Sci-Fi movies get added to Amazon Prime.

Updated for September 2018

We watch movies to escape. We watch documentaries to stay. 

Ok, that's a massive oversimplification. But documentaries fill a much different role in the culture than films or television. A good documentary is ideally both entertaining and a learning experience. All the streaming services have a documentary presence on their servers to some extent and here we break down what Amazon has to offer.

The documentaries of Amazon Prime are as entertaining and informative as any other source. Notice, however, that Mr. Bezos seems to have a taste for documentaries that cover music, food and people falsely accused of crimes. Oh. And Ken Burns lots of Ken Burns.

Enjoy!

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro takes an unfinished book by brilliant American writer James Baldwin and uses it as a starting point to discuss Baldwin's life and passions and his home country's ugly history of racism.

There's a reason I Am Not Your Negro was a modest "hit" for a documentary and took home its fair share of awards. It's stark, honest and smartly constructed around Baldwin's wit and humanity.

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Sriracha

Sriracha is one of the all-time unexpected food success stories. We in the West thought we were all set on hot sauce. Hell, we may as well have invented the art of throwing spicy red liquid on chicken wings (we probably did not). Then out of nowhere (Thailand) come these red bottles with chickens on them that straight up change the game.

Griffin Hammond's documentary, Sriracha, is a love letter to the now ubiquitous chili sauce and a helpful explanation of its history and new role in the world. Sriracha is one of the most unusual and one of the best documentaries on Amazon Prime.

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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

Paradise Lost is the rare documentary that eventually became its own series of sorts. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hillspresents the story of the West Memphis Three - three teenage boys accused of the 1993 murder and mutilation of three children.

The case becomes so sprawling and so difficult that it continues through two more documentaries: Paradise Lost 2: Revelations and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, the latter of which came out in 2011 - a full 18 years after the case began.

Paradise Lost is like The Godfather trilogy of documentaries only if the third one didn't suck.

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Sound City

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl clearly loves music. Sound City is all about the history of one music studio - Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, L.A. The documentary is unabashedly sincere, nerdy and fun.

It's so good that it suggests although Grohl's biggest love is music, he might have a future in this whole documentary filmmaking thing as well. Sound City eventually gave way to the series Sonic Highways on HBO. 

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Ken Burns: The Central Park Five

It's Ken Burns time! Ken Burns is rightfully known as one of the maestros of documentary filmmaking for his definitive long-form takes on uniquely American topics like baseball and the Civil War. In The Central Park Five, Burns leaves his comfort zone a bit by finding a more recent story (ok, it's a 30-year-old story but that's still much newer than the Civil War).

The Central Park Five covers details of the famous case of the same name in which five black men (i.e. teenagers) were falsely accused of raping and assaulting a woman in Central Park. It's just another sad chapter in America's long history of racial profiling.

Oh, and apropos of nothing the current President of the United States once spent $85,000 on ads in four major New York newspapers advocating for the death penalty for the five falsely-accused teens. Then in 2016 instead of apologizing, doubled-down and insisted that they were guilty. Just throwing that out there. 

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Without Charity

Without Charity is your standard true crime documentary with a twist. In 2000, four men broke into an upscale Indiana home with the intention of robbing it. There they discovered three carpenters doing work on a nearby barn. The men tied up the carpenters and eventually executed them.

All fairly typical, though surely tragic, stuff for a true crime documentary. But why is there a woman in handcuffs in that screenshot above? That's Charity Payne, the subject of Without Charity. Charity knew the robbers and knew of the impending robbery. Was she the mastermind of all this or just someone along for the ride. In other words, does any of this happen without Charity?

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Thin

Documentaries about bulima, anorexia and other eating disorders are relatively common watches in high schools. That's perfectly understandable as young people and young women in particular are the most at risk for these illnesses and the adults in the room naturally want to help. As a result, I watched a fair few in my day as a high schooler and yet I don't remember watching one as honest, brutal or effective as Thin.

Thin follows four young women at an eating disorder treatment center in Florida. It's heartbreaking to watch these people struggle yet equally as uplifting to see them support one another and form bonds. Unfortunately, some of those bonds may lead to tragic circumstances. Don't Google anything about it, just watch and report back. 

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Gleason

I threw on Gleason randomly one night as I was compiling this list because it's summer and Game of Thrones hadn't started yet. I appreciated the football angle and figured it would be interesting, if not inspiring, to track a former player's post-career health struggles. Well...uh...I cried. I cried a lot. I cried when former NFL-player Steve Gleason gets his tragic ALS diagnosis. I cried as his body began to degenerate and he tried to put on a brave face for everyone else. I cried when he cried. I cried. I just cried and cried and cried.

I can't recall ever crying harder at any non-real life event. Gleason is for sure inspiring. The sheer positive humanity of the people who rally around Gleason is beyond impressive and uplifting, not even to mention Steve's tremendous courage. Gleason is also brutal. There are intimate, beyond sad and authentically vulnerable moments in this documentary that I never anticipated seeing in any film. It's depicts the destructive power in ALS in the most vivid, horrifying way possible. Watch it if you're not afraid of crying so hard you cause a scene.

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Long Strange Trip

Amazon Prime is chock full of music documentaries and The Grateful Dead-focused Long Strange Trip may be the best. The doc premiered in early 2017 at Sundance, was executive produced by Martin Scorsese and boasts a nice brisk running time of nearly four hours. That's certainly intimidating for the non-Deadheads (a.k.a. most people on Earth) but director Amir Bar-Lev's movie does the impossible: makes Jerry Garcia's crew fascinating to the previously uninterested. 

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Bill Cunningham New York

When we talk about happiness what are we talking about? There are so many possible definitions but one of the easiest to remember, if not enact is to find what you love to do and get paid for it. Through that metric (and many others), Bill Cunningham was the happiest man in the world.

Bill Cunningham New York follows New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham as he rolls around the streets on Manhattan on his trademark red bike, snapping photos of the latest "on-the-street" fashion trends. Cunningham died in 2016 and this 2010 documentary remains an excellent tribute.

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De Palma

De Palma gets the one thing right that biographical documentaries need to get right. It lets the subject speak. The majority of De Palma's running time features its subject, Scarface (among many other classics) director Brian De Palma, plopped down in front of a camera talking about its career.

This pared down approach wouldn't normally be expected from such a stylish feature director like Noah Baumbach but he and co-director Jake Paltrow exert admirable restraint. It turns out that the most interesting part of De Palma is De Palma.

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City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts is a big investment for Amazon. After it premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Jeff Bezos' boys ponied up $2 million for the streaming rights to the documentary. Based on early buzz it seems to be money well-spent.

City of Ghosts comes from Academy Award-winning documentarian Matthew Heineman and follows the Syrian activist group of journalists "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently." The documentarians with the help of the media activists RBSS uncover and reveal the bevy of human rights abuses being brought down upon Syria by the Islamic State based in Raqqa.

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Elian

The picture of U.S. forces "rescuing" 5-year-old Cuban defector Elian Gonzalez at gunpoint remains one of the most striking images of our time. Now the excellent documentary Elian strives to tell the first story behind the photo. Elian Gonzalez was five years old when he was plucked out of the ocean off the coast of Florida.

His makeshift boat from Cuba had capsized and his mother had died. Then the boy became an unfortunate political football in the decades long political game between the United States and Cuba.

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The First World War

World War II is easy. Obviously it wasn't easy for those involved but it is easy for us. There are fairly clear good guys and bad guys (morality is subjective - especially when it involves cultures from around the world but very few would argue that the Nazi Party and Mussolini were anything other than bad guys) and we all have sorts of usable footage from the frontline to insert right into documentaries.

World War I is a bit harder. This 2003 British series The First World War does a beyond stupendous job bringing to life a war that we sometimes forget the brutality and consequences of.

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Human Flow

Human beings have two legs and can walk around relatively easily wherever they please. Then why are we so damn hard to move?

Amazon's original documentary Human Flow, directed by Ai Weiwei is all about the moving of human beings from one location to another. It's about displacement - what happens when a person becomes a refugee?

Wars, famine, and natural disasters have forced upwards of 65 million people to flee their circumstances. Human Flow examines what it's like to be one of those 65 million in Iraq, France, Germany, and many other locations.

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Chicken People

An exciting thought for any documentary to elicit is "Man, I didn't know people were that into that." Chicken People is one of those documentaries. Chicken seem so pointless. Why even bother having an actual living species running around out there rather than the eventual food product that will find its way into every grocery store?

Chicken People, however, makes a pretty compelling case for the little weirdos - or at least a compelling case for humanity's depthless appreciation for all manner of unimportant things.

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Fight For Space

After humanity successfully landed on the moon in 1969, the natural assumption is that further manned space exploration was the way of the future. Surely we'd be colonizing Mars in no time!

Well, that didn't quite come to pass and the documentary Fight for Space seeks to answer why. This doc explores the various political and financial struggles and limits facing NASA and interviews a bevy of intelligent people to figure out how to fix it.

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Aida's Secrets

Aida's Secrets is an emotional experience about incredibly emotional topics. Imagine living with the knowledge that your mother survived the Holocaust. Now imagine that you one day discover you have a secret brother you've never met. 

That's the experience that Izak Szewelwicz goes through in Aida's Secrets. Izak was born to his mother Aida, while she was interned in Bergen-Belsen. Given the extreme circumstances, Izak was sent to Israel for adoption. In his later years, Izak is able to develop a relationship with Aida anyway. Then he discovers Aida's secret.

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An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth is perhaps the most riveting Powerpoint presentation of all-time. Former Vice President Al Gore takes viewers on a journey through all the impending horrors of climate change.

It's riveting, scary stuff. Perhaps the scariest part is that it still required a sequel almost ten years later.

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The House I Live In

There are plenty of documentaries about the harmful effects of the War on Drugs and there should probably be hundreds more. The House I Live In is one of the best. 

The House I Live In follows every destructive aspect of the War on Drugs from the dealers, to the users, to the narcotics officers, to the prisons, to the politicians. Every aspect of American society is examined because every aspect of American society is effected. As directed by Why We Fightdirector Eugene Jarecki, The House I Live In is one of the best modern documentaries ever.

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The Act of Killing

As terrifying and evil as mass acts of violence and genocide are, they can still come across as abstract, unemotional concepts. The Act of Killing puts terrifying, all-too-real faces to mass political violence. 

In this documentary, director Joshua Oppenheimer visits Indonesia with the intent to document the stories of the Indonesian mass killing of 1966-66. He doesn't just get interviews with family members of victims, however: he speaks directly to participants. The Act of Killing gets directly inside the at-times gleeful minds of those involved in unspeakable violence and the effect is chilling and riveting.

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The Invisible War

In The Invisible War, director Kirby Dick and his cameras uncover countless stories of sexual assault within the U.S. military and at times the subsequent cover-ups and mishandling of investigations. Dick's film is a respectful, carefully handled exploration of a difficult and infuriating topic.

The Invisible War debuted in 2012, winning an Audience Award at Sundance and has since inspired the adoption of several laws and executive orders. Two days after viewing the film, the at-the-time Secretary of Defense issued an order ending the common military practice of commanders reviewing sexual assault claims within their own units.

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Aileen: Life & Death of a Serial Killer

Charlize Theron won an Oscar portraying serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the film Monster. For most, Monster is the definitive take on the Wuornos story. Still, Aileen: Life & Death of a Serial Killer offers a new perspective. This is actually the second film director Nick Broomfield has made about Wuornos.

The first, Aileen Wuronos: The Selling of a Serial Killer was about the Wuornos "brand." This one, however is about the end of Wuornos' life, her deteriorating mental state and controversy over her death sentence.

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13 Best Action Movies on Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is a good source for all the action movies you need.

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Aug 19, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back to see what other action movies get added to Amazon Prime.

Updated for September 2018

Amazon understands the importance of action movies/ Action has always been an inseparable part of cinema ever since that train rushed towards the screen and terrified everyone in the early 20th century. 

It was only a matter of time before action movies became one of the most important genres at the box office. Thankfully you don't have to go to the box office or anywhere else to get your action movie thrills now. Just head to your friendly neighborhood streaming service.

Amazon Prime Video has a whole host of action movies ready to go for you. In fact it currently offers the most free action movies of any of the four major streamers (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO). So without further ado...

Lights. Camera. Action!

Boondock Saints

1999's Boondock Saints was pop culture's first solid evidence that Norman Reedus makes most things better.

Reedus stars as Murphy MacManus and Sean Patrick Flanery is his brother, Conor MacManus. The MacManus brothers are Irish-American Bostonians just trying to live their lives, have some pints, and keep their noses clean. That modus operandi fails miserably when three Russian mobsters try to take over the MacMurphy's favorite pub and the brothers are forced to kill the mobsters in self-defense. That sets the MacMurphys on a dark (but fun) path to continue killing evildoers to protect the innocent.

Boondock Saints is about as straightforward a vengeance action movies as they come and was probably your college roommate's favorite movie.

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The Man from Nowhere

Asian countries are well represented on our action movies lists. Now South Korea makes its debut with The Man from Nowhere.

There's a strong John Wick-ian spirit in The Man from NowhereCha Tae-sik (Won Bin) is a pawnshop owner just trying to stay out of trouble (that's a recurring theme in action movies). Then trouble finds him when mobsters kidnap his only friend - the little girl who lives next door, So-mi. Cha Tae-sik embarks on a righteous mission to recover So-mi and kill some nameless dudes in the process.

The Man from Nowhere actually predates John Wick by four years and is a good example of how strong an understanding Eastern cinema had of action films before the West decided to get its act together.

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3:10 To Yuma

3:10 To Yuma is a fun action Western based on the 1957 film of the same name.

3:10 to Yuma stars Christian Bale as an impoverished rancher and Civil War veteran named Dan Evans. When his farm is burned to the ground, Evans has no other choice but to take on the impossible task of taking down dangerous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe).

Westerns often represent the best the action genre has to offer. They present simple characters in a simple setting living out a simple story. That leaves pletny of room for action. 3:10 To Yuma provides that action.

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The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z is actually an Amazon Studios production, which is fitting as it follows an adventure into the actual Amazon Jungle.

Charlie Hunnam stars as British officer and adventurer Percy Fawcett. The geopolitical forces that will eventually lead to World War I are brewing and Fawcett is asked to lead an expedition into disputed rainforest territory between Bolivia and Brazil. While there Fawcett hears stories of a supposed lost opulent city and decides to find it for himself.

The Lost City of Z is pure action-adventure. It's Indiana Jones-esque and based on a true story to boot.

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Spectre

Spectre is probably the worst of the Daniel Craig Bond movies but hey, it's a Daniel Craig Bond movie!

Craig returns as the British spy for the fourth time. This time Bond finally finds (or is found by) the secretive criminal organization behind all of his misery: Spectre. This the biggest enemy this Bond has faced yet and leads to some heavy moments but of course there is still plenty of time for fun.

Spectre isn't perfect but is worth watching for its opening Mexico City sequence alone.

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Clear and Present Danger

Lots of actors have tried their hand at portraying Tom Clancy's iconic spy (well, he has a lot of jobs) Jack Ryan. Harrison Ford is undoubtedly among the best.

Ford portrays Ryan in this adaptation of the Clancy spy novel of the same name. Ryan is the Acting CIA Deputy Director when he discovers that some of his colleagues are conducting a covert war against the Colombian cartel. Ryan must investigate the conspiracy that may reach the highest offices within the U.S. government.

Clear and Present Danger is an excellent American spy film and clearly helped set the table for the future Jack Bauers and Jason Bournes of the world.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders! Thank God Amazon has the Indiana Jones trilogy (plus one more regrettable film) available to stream or otherwise this list wouldn't feel quite right.

Harrison Ford (oh, him again!) stars as the titular Indiana Jones, an archaeologist who has some pretty strong opinions on where important artifacts belong. Say it with me: museums! Indy is brought in by the U.S. government to foil a rival archaeologist and his Nazi friend's attempt to acquire the mythical Ark of the Covenant. The Nazis believe that if they acquire the Ark, their armies will be invincible. But that can't be right, right? It's just some fossil. 

Raiders of the Lost Ark is a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and George Lucas at the height of their powers. It's quite simply one of the best action/adventure films ever.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

After a detour into the dark and uncomfortable in Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones returns to world of adventure in The Last Crusade.

The Nazis are back in The Last Crusade and spoiler alert: they're still dicks. They've kidnapped Indiana's father, Professor Henry Jones (Sean Connery) while he was off searching for the literal Holy Grail. Indiana must find and rescue his father and maybe even look into this whole Holy Grail business while he does.

Together Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade represent some of the most purely fun and exciting action movies of the modern era.

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Killing Gunther

Taran Killam was one of Saturday Night Live's most reliable players for five years before being let go in 2016. What's a comedian to do after SNL, aside from hanging out with his perfect and beautiful wife Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders)? In Killam's case the answer was make a movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Killing Gunther could probably be best described as an action gun comedy mockumentary - which certainly has to be a brand new genre.

Killam and some other comedic actors and friends star as assassins who want to become the most famous assassins in the world by killing the current holder of that title, Gunther (Schwarzenegger). They film their endeavor, meaning that this action comedy takes on a similar format to The Office. It's a high concept but an easy one to pull off and Killing Gunther pulls it off indeed.

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Brawl in Cell Block 99

Vince Vaughn's transformation from schlubby, lovable comedy star to action movie badass continues in Brawl in Cell Block 99.

Vaughn stars as Bradley Thomas, a retired boxer and current drug mule. After a job goes horribly bad, Bradley is arrested and sentenced to seven years in a medium security prison. Medium security?  That doesn't sounds so bad at least! It is though. It's very, very, very bad. Bradley is immediately set upon by members of the drug syndicate he failed and the prison warden to make his life a living hell. So Bradley begins to fight back in satisfyingly violent ways.

Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a hardcore, violent action movie and another step in the right direction for Vaughn as a gritty B action movie star.

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The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 Western of the same name. Like it's 1960 original, The Magnificent Seven is a cowboy-movie retelling of the all-time classic The Seven Samurai.

The Magnificent Seven has a timeless, fascinating story to tell in which a small town besieged by bandits turns to seven mismatched gunmen and ruffians to protect them. More than anything, however, The Magnificent Seven is a grand excuse to rustle up a great cast. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onforio, and more star.

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Braven

Hulking Khal Drogo actor Jason Momoa was born to be an action movie star. So 2018's Braven lets him be one.

Joe (Momoa) and his father (Stephen Lang) head to a secluded cabin (their first mistake) in the woods for a nice quiet vacation and to get some fresh air for Joe's father's dementia. When they get there, however, they discover a hidden stash of heroin in the cabin. And the dealers want it back. 

The whole "normal Joe hulks out" concept doesn't work as well when that normal Joe is already an almost literal hulk. But Braven is still a fun action movie with plenty of glorious violence.

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Smokey and the Bandit

Smokey and the Bandit is American as all hell.

Burt Reynolds stars as Bo Darville a.k.a. Bandit. Bandit is a gruff truck rodeo driver. He's hired by the wealthy Burdettes to traffic a shipmen of Coors from Texas to Atlanta. Yes, you read that right: Coors beer. At the time it was a beloved beer and couldn't be legally sold East of the Mississippi.

That means Smokey and the Bandit has: Burt Reynolds, cheap beer, a Pontaic Trans Am, and a healthy disrespect for the law. Why is the 90-minute audio track of this movie not the national anthem?

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21 Best Romantic Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now

Gather your closest lover and fire up the best romantic movies on Amazon Prime.

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Aug 19, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to stay up to date with the best romance movies on Amazon Prime.

Updated for September 2018

Some movies brave enough to tread where only pop songs and poems go, and try to capture all the drama, contradictions and happy, bubbly feelings that come along with romance and love. It's high-time that we honor them and defend them against their unearned sappy reputations with the best romantic movies on Amazon Prime.

We've scoured Amazon Prime to find the best romantic movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here are the best romantic movies on Amazon Prime. Ok, some of them are perfectly sappy. 

The Lobster

The Lobster is the most recent movie on the list and certainly among the most unconventional romances on Amazon Prime. Colin Farrell stars as a man named David who absolutely must find love. He lives in a dystopian world in which single people are given 45 days at a hotel to find a romantic partner or they are forever transformed into an animal of their choosing.

The Lobster wonderfully depicts and recreates the social pressure that comes along with love. It often feels like finding a partner is life or death, but in this case it is life or lobster.

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The Cake Eaters

The Cake Eaters is both an excellent romantic indie movie and the perfect antidote to anti-Kristen-Stewart-ism. The Cake Eaters is about two families at odds with each other and trying to come to terms with loss.

Stewart stars as a terminally ill young woman from one of the families, Georgia, who wants to experience love before it's too late. The Cake Eaters is a relatively straight-forward drama with a big heart.

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Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open is a patient, deliberate, thoughtful story about love in difficult circumstances. It's much more than merely the "gay Hasidic Jews" movie in the same way that Brokeback Mountain was much more than the "gay cowboys" movie. Eyes Wide Open follows Ezri as he tries to rebuild his life and business after the passing of his father.

Ezri soon welcomes Yeshiva student, Aaron as an apprentice. The two grow closer causing issues within Ezri's marriage and his community. Finding and keeping love is hard as it is and every now and then it's helpful to confront a movie like Eyes Wide Open where love is even harder. It's one of the most atypical and best romance movies on Amazon Prime.

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Hello, My Name is Doris

Between TBS' Search Party and Hello, My Name is Doris, director Michael Showalter had a stellar 2016. Hello, My Name is Doris is a wonderfully sweet, equally tragic and completely hilarious romantic comedy. Sally Field stars as the titular Doris, a lively woman in her '60s who after the death of her mother becomes infatuated with a younger man.

With the help of cliched self-help materials she does whatever she can to get his attention. Hello, My Name is Doris is an empathetic romantic comedy that will change how you view age. 

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Me Before You

The premise of Me Before You is so novel that you can't quite believe we don't see it more often. The Mother of Dragons, herself, Emilia Clarke stars as Louisa, a woman hired to be the caretaker of a recently paralyzed young successful banker Will (Sam Clafin).

Me Before You is a heartfelt, only slightly exploitative (look, it's inevitable) exploration of disability and love under extreme circumstances. 

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The Lovers

The Lovers is a wonderful, funny, and romantic film about extramarital affairs that suddenly become and intramarital affair. Mary (Debrah Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts) are an unhappily married couple who are openly cheating on each other.

Their respective significant others both request that Michael and Mary just end this sham of a marriage and they agree to after an upcoming visit from their son. Then something a little funny happens on the way to their divorce. The Lovers is romantic because it acknowledges some urgent truths about love: it's fun, weird, painful, unknowable, and wild. 

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The Big Sick

Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon's theatrical debut made big waves when it came out for the singularity of its vision and just how plain funny it is. Now Amazon gets to reap the benefits of producing a bonafide romantic indie hit by getting its exclusive streaming rights. The Big Sick is the real life story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani meeting and falling in love with his wife, Emily (who is played by Zoe Kazan in the film).

Kumail and Emily's courtship process is difficult enough to begin with due to Kumail's family pressuring him to find a nice Pakistani girl to settle down with. But soon things get even more difficult as Emily suffers a health scare and Kumail must suddenly contend with that situation and Emily's eccentric parents who have just come to town. The Big Sick is a clear vision from talented people and tells a beautifully convincing love story while making plenty of room for laughter. Not only that but it's a big win for our list of best romance movies on Amazon Prime.

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What If?

Canadian drama What If? (originally known as The F Word before the MPAA got its greasy fingers all over it) is a fun romantic movie and a tremendous showcase for its two young stars Daniel Radcliffe (you know what he's from) and Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick). Radcliffe stars as Wallace - a directionless young man living in Toronto who decides to become more social after his girlfriend cheats on him.

Enter Kylo Ren (Adam Driver playing a character who is unfortunately not named Kylo Ren) who takes Wallace to a party where he meets the alluring Chantry (Kazan). Wallace and Chantry immediately fall for each other. Unfortunately there's the small matter of Chantry's boyfriend. What If? is a sweet little Canadian flick that knows how to push its audiences romantic buttons. 

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Sabrina (1995)

Let's get one thing out of the way right now. Sabrina's theatrical poster is dope. When I was a kid and I would pass the VHS cover in Blockbuster, I couldn't help but think "Wow, that is a real adult movie." At a young age, the mere sight of a woman's lascivious red lipstick (lascivious in my head at least) was enough to fry my brain. Poster aside, however, Sabrina is an excellent romance with some real star power. It's a remake of the 1954 film of the same name starring Billy Wilder and Audrey Hepburn. 

This version was directed by the great Sydney Pollack and stars Harrison Ford, Greg Kinnear and Julia Ormond. Weirdly enough Greg Kinnear plays the ultimate rich playboy while Harrison Ford plays his studious older brother. Weird casting choices but it works out alright thanks to each actor's chemistry with Ormond.

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Forces of Nature

Forces of Nature features two actors who were once considered only mediocre rom-com or action movie stars, yet went on to win Oscars and do bigger and better things. That doesn't change the fact that Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck are still really good at this whole romance thing. 

Aside from that, the concept of Forces of Nature is pretty fascinating. What does one do when all the forces of nature and the universe are practically screaming that you belong with one particular person when you were planning on being with someone else? That's the question that Affleck faces in Forces of Nature, and the answer is executed well.

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Bull Durham

At first glance baseball might not seem like the best vehicle for romance. Minor league baseball, however, has a very important ingredient for romance: loneliness. Minor league baseball players travel the country on a bus for little pay, staying at dingy hotel room after dingy hotel room. Bull Durham is the story of how these circumstances can conspire to create something vaguely resembling romance. 

"Crash" Davis (Kevin Costner) is a minor league veteran. His team assigns him to the low-A Durham Bulls so he can mentor talented but brash young pitcher "Nuke" LaLoosh (Tim Robbins). Meanwhile "baseball groupie" Annie (Susan Sarandon) pursues both men creating a confusing love triangle of sex, mentorship, and fastballs. 

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Still Mine

Still Mine isn't necessarily about romance. It's about love - a deep prevailing love built up over decades. Craig Morrison (James Cromwell) is a farmer in rural New Brunswick, Canada. He intends to build a new house for his ailing wife Irene (Geneviève Bujold) but runs into trouble with the local municipality's bureaucracy prevents him from doing so.

Still Mine is as romantic a movie about bureacratic development regulations as has ever existed. Cromwell and Bujold have wonderful chemistry and paint a portrait of profound, abiding love.

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The Wedding Plan

Weddings, man. They're stressful. The Wedding Plan is an Israeli film about a wedding that sounds more pleasant and less complex than most: a wedding without a groom.

Unwed Orthodox Jewish woman Michal is looking for the perfect wedding venue. She visits a fortune teller whose son just happens to own a lovely wedding hall. Michal books the spot but then her husband-to-be decides he does not love her anymore. Michal keeps her date at the wedding hall and plans to go through with the wedding. Who will the groom be? Who cares. God will certainly decide. 

And decide he does, that rascal.

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Gone with the Wind

You know all the clichés. Frankly, my dear I don't give a damn. If you've not seen Gone with the Wind the actual movie yet and only know it as Gone with the Wind the cultural phenomenon, rectify that soon.

Gone with the Wind is a classic for a reason. Clear out 230 minutes for yourself and watch the epic Civil War Reconstruction love story of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler.

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The Age of Innocence

Martin Scorsese can do much more than just (unbelievably great) gangster movies. In this adaptation of the 1920 Edith Wharton novel, Scorsese tries his hand at romance and it's a good look on him. 

In 1870s New York City Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is prepared to marry May Welland (Winona Ryder). That's when Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer) returns home from a disastrous marriage in Poland and starts to give Newland some wild ideas about class, and marriage in 19th Century New York. 

If only Age of Innocence was set just a couple of decades earlier, Day-Lewis' portrayal of another Scorsese character, Bill the Butcher could have been seen as a stealth continuation of Newland Archers' story.

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Pretty in Pink

Almost every John Hughes movie can be entered in to the conversation as John Hughes best movie. Pretty in Pink is no different and may even in fact be the most iconic.

Molly Ringwald redefines the concept of teenage lovesickness on film as Andie Walsh from "the wrong side of the tracks." Her infatuation with rich boy Blane resonated with young audiences in the '80s and on through to today. Watch Pretty in Pink to reacquaint yourself with your own burning teenage love.

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The Graduate

The Graduate is pound for pound one of the best movies of all time. Thank Mike Nichols every day for sharing his creative brilliance with us. It's also a profound, if atypical romance film. It's the classic story of boy meets girl's mom, then meets girl, and then suffers through crushing ennui from the pressures of adulthood and rapid societal changes in the 1960s.

The end rightfully gets a lot of attention as a classic moment in cinema history. Watch it for yourself and decide if you find it to be ultimately cynical, human, or even hopeful.

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Heartbreakers

Woah, where did this cast come from? Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta, Jason Lee and Gene Hackman all star in this 2001 romantic comedy about a mother-daughter duo who like to swindle rich men.

In Heartbreakers, con artists Weaver and Hewitt opt to do one last heist and wouldn't you know it, someone catches some feelings. This is a light-hearted, fun movie with a plot in constant motion.

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In & Out

Though it wasn't that long ago, 1997 was perhaps less progressive a time than we'd like to remember. Case in point: In & Out was one of the very few (and maybe only) mainstream gay romantic comedies of the decade. Thankfully, it's a good one. 

Kevin Kline stars as English teacher Howard Brackett who is publicly outed as gay by a former winning an Oscar (this was partially borrowed from Tom Hanks Oscar acceptance speech for Philadelphia). Howard tries to convince himself and those around him that he's straight but things get difficult when he meets Peter Malloy (Tom Selleck) an entertainment reporter who is fascinated by Howard's story.

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Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire isn't an easy movie to categorize. It's a sports drama, a comedy, and much more. The genre is basically "Tom Cruise." But its most famous and oft-quoted line is "you complete me" and if that doesn't scream romance then I don't know what does.

Cruise stars as the titular sports agent Jerry Maguire. After an unfortunate bout of decency, Jerry loses all of his clients save for one, NFL wide receiver Rod Tidwell. Jerry tries to keep his only client happy while also developing a relationship with coworker Dorothy (Renee Zellwegger)

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Sleepless in Seattle

Ya' boys Hanksy and Meg were on a romantic comedy tear in the 1990s. Before capitalizing on America's obsession with dial-up Internet in You've Got Mail, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan co-starred in 1993's romantic hit Sleepless in Seattle.

Hanks stars as Chicago-based architect and widower Sam Baldwin. Following the death of Sam's wife, Sam and his son, Jonah move to Seattle to start a new life. While there Sam tells the story of his misery live via radio and women across the country send him their condolences. One woman is Baltimore Sun reporter Annie Reed. The two strike up a conversation and slowly begin to heal from their respective damages. 

Sleepless in Seattle is a sweet little romantic film and yet another entry into the canon of "movie journalists doing charming, but flagrantly unprofessional things."

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25 Best Comedy Movies on Amazon Prime Video

Need a laugh? Got 90 - 120 minutes to kill? Let us help with our list of the best comedy movies on Amazon Prime

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Aug 19, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back to see what other excellent movie comedies get added to Amazon Prime.

Updated for September 2018

Here's a fun fact about laughter for you. Some anthropologists believe laughter is an excellent way for primal man to express relief and signal that danger has passed once the saber-toothed tiger ambles away. Thankfully we don't have to deal with many saber-toothed tigers but that doesn't mean it doesn't feel great to laugh. 

In that spirit, we've compiled a list of the best comedy movies on Amazon Prime for your viewing and laughing pleasure. This is an evergreen article, not tied to any specific time or news peg so there's no way for us to tell what's going on in the world when you read it. But we'll bet you need to laugh, regardless of when you do. Maybe it's overcast or maybe the machines have finally risen up and are bringing your neighbors to the human camps.

Clear History

The 2013 HBO comedy film Clear History is in some ways a natural prequel to tech-bro comedy series Silicon Valley. As a matter of fact one of the writers on the film, Alec Berg, is now an executive producer for Silicon Valley. The premise is familiar.

Larry David stars as the Steve Wozniak-esque Nathan Flomm who loses out on billions when he leaves a company led by Will Haney (Jon Hamm) before they introduce a world-changing electric car. In a perfectly Larry Davidian destructive way, Nathan then devises a scheme to get revenge on Haney. Clear History is fantastically funny and the kind of one-off content HBO can excel at. 

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The Late Shift

Give or take a Conan O'Brien firing here and there, the late night talk show landscape has been relatively stable in modern times. It wasn't always that way. Back when there were only a handful of network channels, the "late night wars" were a huge deal. HBO's The Late Shift, adapted from a Bill Carter book by the same name, dramatizes the biggest battle in the history of the late night wars.

Tonight Show host Johnny Carson has retired and both Jay Leno (Daniel Roebuck) and David Letterman (John Michael Higgins) engage is a political network battle to see who will replace him. The Late Shift is both hilarious and exciting. The relative unimportance of the battle at hand doesn't do much to detract from the drama and laughs at hand.

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The Kings of Summer

Filmed in the lovely Metro Parks of Northeast Ohio (again: Go Tribe), The Kings of Summer is a truly touching and remarkably funny coming of age film. It's the story of three kids, who like so many youths before them become fed up with the world and take to the woods.

The trio build their own little abode and live as kings of summer until the perils of adulthood emotions like jealousy and romance creep in. It's a lovely, pastoral experience of a film featuring supporting performances from Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Allison Brie.

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What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows is a movie premise so brilliant and so rife for genius that it's one of those things you hate yourself for not thinking of. Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement and Taiki Waititi (who directed Thor: Ragnarok) write, direct and star in this comedy about vampires living in present day New Zealand.

At night they prowl the streets looking for victims to kill and exsanguinate but during the day, the ancient beasts aren't able to leave their shared flat so they mostly just get on one another's nerves. What We Do in the Shadows is a perfect introduction to Clement and Waititi's bizarre brand of humor and really just a fun supernatural comedy flick.

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Everybody Wants Some!!

Richard Linklater has had a preposterously successful career from Slacker all the way through the damned perfect Boyhood. Don't forget, however, that even after all the awards and accolades, he can still pull off an amazing '80s comedy.

Everybody Wants Some!! is still empathetic and soulful like any Linklater movie but it also happens to be very funny. It's the story of college baseball players in 1980s Texas and all the various hijinx they get into. Like Dazed and Confused, it captures a time and place perfectly and is like a funny, touching and all-American post card from the past.

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Mr. Mom

Mr. Mom is hilariously dated at this point. You mean to tell me the guy who will be Batman soon actually stays at home and interacts with his children? You crazy, Hollywood. It's also just flat out hilarious. Michael Keaton puts his inexhaustible charm reserves to good use here as an unemployed Detroit engineer who must become a stay-at-home dad to three kids while his wife (Teri Garr) returns to her advertising career.

Mr. Mom is good for both a laugh and a look at pop culture's shifting perception of gender roles back in the day.

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Superbad

The Apatow film universe is equally successful and sprawling. Films produced by Judd Apatow have been the alpha and omega of movie comedies for longer than a decade now. Still with all that competition, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's debut high school comedy Superbad might be the funniest of them all pound for pound.

Superbad stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as two high school friends who want to go to a party and get laid before college. That's it. Still with only the barest of premises Superbad manages to be a completely hilarious and unexpectedly heartfelt experience.

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Landline

Landline was another modest hit for Amazon Studios at the cinema and now it's coming to its forever home on streaming. This comedy stars Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, and John Turturro and is about sisters in 1990s New York who think their father is having an affair. The idea of a period piece set in 1995 may be shocking to some but it's amazing how much just 20 years in the past can change the look and feel of a story.

Hell, the title of Landline sounds like pretty much the most ancient thing in all of moviedom. Regardless of the timeframe, infidelity may not seem like the funniest topic for a comedy but Landline is able to tell a compelling story of familial drama while being a light and funny blast from the past.

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The Foot Fist Way

If you enjoy Kenny Powers or any of the other larger-than-life asshole characters Danny McBride plays (so all of them, more or less) you have his debut feature The Foot Fist Way to thank. It's written by McBride along with longtime collaborators Jody Hill and Ben Best.

McBride stars as Fred Simmons, an abrasive Taekwondo instructor who attends a martial arts expo to meet his B-movie martial arts hero, Chuck "the Truck" Wallace. This is a fun, bombastic little movie that caught the eye of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, bringing McBride and his friends into the limelight.

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Killing Gunther

Taran Killam was one of Saturday Night Live's most reliable players for five years before being let go in 2016. What's a comedian to do after SNL, aside from hanging out with his perfect and beautiful wife Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders)? In Killam's case the answer was make a movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Killing Gunther could probably be best described as a gun comedy mockumentary - which certainly has to be a brand new genre.

Killam and some other comedic actors and friends star as assassins who want to become the most famous assassins in the world by killing the current holder of that title, Gunther (Schwarzenegger). They film their endeavor, meaning that this action comedy takes on a similar format to The Office. It's a high concept but an easy one to pull off and Killing Gunther pulls it off indeed.

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Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh has one of the more interesting senses of humor of all the major Hollywood directors. He tends to believe that heists are among the funniest activities human beings can engage him. And it's hard to argue he's wrong. Logan Lucky is an exciting, funny heist film.

Channing Tatum and Adam Driver star as blue collar Carolinan brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan. After Jimmy loses his job at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, he and Clyde decide to rob it. The ensuing heist involves cockroaches, Molotov cocktails, and Daniel Craig as an expert safecracker. 

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Meatballs

Meatballs is notable for being Bill Murray's first major starring role in a film. He makes the best of it, obviously, playing a laconic camp counselor looking for love and casually tormenting children. Meatballs is also notable, however, for being an important archetype for summer camp comedies. 

Meatballs' DNA is all over things like Wet Hot American Summer (ew) with popular tropes like the unpopular kid learning to love himself, douchey rival camps, and big summer-ending competitions getting their start here. On top of all that, Meatballs is just plenty funny. 

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The King of Comedy

Martin Scorsese is one of the best film directors of all time. Still "comedy" isn't a genre frequently associated with the Goodfellas and Departed director. Regardless his 1982 effort is a legitimately great entry into the world of comedy...inasmuch as a movie that revolves around a kidnapping plot can be considered a comedy.

Robert De Niro (who else) stars as Rupert Rupkin - an aspiring stand-up comedian and all around weirdo. When traditional methods to break into the industry fail him, Rupert tries a more extreme approach to gain attention. The King of Comedy is a black comic satire about the nature of fame and dark side of mainstream comedy. It's also just a well-done character study of a fascinating character.

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Spaceballs

Of all Mel Brooks' satirical comedies, Spaceballs is the most straight-forward, irreverent, and goofily fun. The world needed the definitive Star Wars parody and Brooks was all too happy to oblige. 

Bill Pullman and John Candy as Lone Starr and Barf (basically Han Solo and Chewbacca) go on a hilariously inept journey across the galaxy culminating with a confrontation with Lord Dark Helmet (an excellent Rick Moranis). May the Schwartz be with you.

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The Brady Bunch Movie

The Brady Bunch Movie is how you do a movie adaptation of a beloved, but corny throwback TV show correctly. The Brady Bunch Movie leans in to the corniess by imagining a world in which the wholesome 1970s Brady clan just happens to exist in present day (which is in this case 1995). It's a winking meta comedy that doesn't get nearly the credit it deserves.

The Brady Bunch Movie sets the groundwork for other films we love like 21 Jump Street. And we're about to blow your mind. The Brady Bunch Moviecame out 21 years after the show ended...which is 23 years from present day. That's right. The Brady Bunch Movie is older to us than The Brady Bunch was to The Brady Bunch Movie. Mindexploding.gif.

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Back to School

This list can't feel fully compete without Rodney Dangerfield's strange brand of comedy. The all-time comedy icon stars as Thornton Melon in Back to School. Melton is a rags-to-riches success having become very wealthy selling big and tall clothes. When Thornton's son, Jason, begins to struggle at college, the uneducated magnate offers to join his son at school...so back to school.

Back to School is a time capsule of '80s humor. It's worth a watch to better understand the complicated charms of Dangerfield and to see how a diving competition can somehow successfully operate as a film's third act.

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Election

After Election, Director Alexander Payne would go on to do incredible Oscar-winning work like About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants. Election, however, might be the best calling card for his talent. Election is a black comedy about a high school election gone haywire.

Matthew Broderick does excellent work as beleaguered teacher Jim McAllister and Reese Witherspoon gives the absolute performance of her life as go-getter Tracy Flick. As a matter of fact, "Tracy Flick" has become synonymous with a very particular kind of high school student.

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The 'Burbs

You don't have to be a Grammy-winning Arcade Fire album to know that the suburbs are weird. It's a place for people who think the city is too dangerous but the country is too boring.

This dark comedy starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, and Carrie Fisher all but confirms that. The 'Burbs is what Rear Window would look like if it were a comedy. It's the story of a one man, Ray Peterson, who believes the new neighbors in the 'burbs might be dangerous.

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The Disaster Artist

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What happens when you take the worst movie of all time and then bring in Seth Rogen and James Franco to write about it and include almost shot for shot remakes of certain scenes with A-list Hollywood actors? Turns out you get a good movie.

The Disaster Artist, based on a book by the same name, tells the story of the best-worst movie, The Room. Franco stars as vaguely Eastern European cinematic weirdo Tommy Wiseau and Franco's younger brother, Dave, stars as Wiseau's friend Greg Sestero as they embark upon a journey to make one of cinema's most beguiling features ever. 

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Lady Bird

Lady Bird is the debut feature from indie actress turned indie director Greta Gerwig and it's a great one. 

Saoirse Ronan stars as Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson. Lady Bird is a senior at a Sacramento Catholic high school in 2002. She's sick of her small town life and wants nothing more than to go somewhere "more cultured." Her family, led by mother Marion (Laurie Metcalf) is struggling financially and would prefer she stay home. 

Lady Bird is a funny look at teenage life in the early 2000s and successfully captures the feeling of desperate mediocrity many feel about their high school days.

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Blazing Saddles

When Gene Wilder passed away in 2016, he left so many classic comedy performances for people to celebrate. The movie that perhaps most captured Wilder's talent and headlined many a tribute video was Blazing Saddles. Mel Brooks 1974 satirical Western about a Black sheriff (Cleavon Little R.I.P. as well) in an all-white frontier town.

The film is beyond absurd, completely ahead of its time and wonderfully funny. It also features one of the best natural breaks ever caught on camera. Keep a close eye on Little as Wilder delivers the line "You know, morons."


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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Most of the time coming up with viable story ideas for movies is hard. I really can't imagine that was the case for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. What if two chilled-out stoner dudes were thrust back into time to interact with famous philosophers and warlords? The studio exec who greenlit probably did so so hard and fast they tore their ACL. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is profoundly stupid and profoundly funny. A young Keanu Reeves will be a big appeal for some but don't sleep on his co-star Alex Winters and...wait, George freaking Carlin is their guide in this? The late '80s ruled.

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Get Shorty

If possible, every list should have an Elmore Leonard adaptation. Thanks to Amazon Prime's deep catalog this list gets blessed with one. In addition to being faithfully adapted from a Leonard book, Get Shorty comes from acclaimed comedy director Barry Sonnenfeld and stars John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and Danny DeVito.

Get Shorty is filled with Leonard staples: colorful names and even more colorful dialogue. The plot also naturally deals with organized crime, loan sharks, mobsters and is able to find the humor in doing a bad job at being a criminal.

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Ghostbusters

You've likely seen Ghostbusters by now because how could you not? Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ivan Reitman's 1984 sci-fi comedy is rightfully one of the all-time comedy classics. It's worth taking a step back for a moment and realizing just how weird and unique it is.

Ghostbusters is an earnest and exciting action-ish comedy written by a man (Akroyd) with a sincere belief in the paranormal and a desire to make the rest of the world believe in it too. Ghostbusters takes that unlikely concept and turns it into something that's just fundamentally funny and watchable. It helps to have funny people like Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Rick Moranis involved. Beyond even that, however, Ghostbusters understands perfectly the amount of "set-up' plot to present in relation to its overarching "end of the world" plot.

Give Ghostbusters a rewatch and appreciate it all over again.

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Baby Mama

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are close friends, former SNL Weekend Update hosts, and two of America's comedic actresses. That's why it's kind of strange that Baby Mama represents their only major co-starring comedy movie.

Fey stars as Kate Holbrook, a successful single businesswoman who decides she wants to have children. After discovering her uterus is a "T-shape" and she will be unlikely to conceive, she enlists the help of a surrogate, an immature woman from South Philly named Angie Ostrowski (Poehler). Angie and Kate struggle to get along as they embark upon a strange, difficult relationship of need.

Baby Mama isn't one of the millennium's best comedies but it's a Poehler/Fey showcase that we all deserve.

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18 Great Children’s TV Shows on Amazon Prime Video

From modern greats like Spongebob Squarepants to classics like Sesame Street, here are kids' shows all ages can enjoy on Amazon Prime Video.

The Lists Louisa Mellor Alec Bojalad
Aug 19, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back to see what other children's shows make their way to Amazon Prime.

Updated for September 2018

There comes a point in a household where the tinny sound of guffawing YouTubers leaking from a child’s headphones can be tolerated no more. A point when, after the possibilities of trees, nature, and industrial estate soft plays have been exhausted, it’s time for them, and you, to watch some proper kids’ television.

Below is some of the aforementioned proper kids' television, all of it currently available to Amazon Prime subscribers.

Arthur

You've seen the memes now watch the show. Based on a book series from Marc Brown, Arthur follows the travails of 8-year-old aardvark Arthur Read and his crew of similarly anthropomorphic friends in Elwood City.

Arthur is fun, simple children's entertainment. Seasons 10 through 18 are available to stream on Amazon Prime.

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Bobby’s World

There are few things more expansive than the imagination of a child. Bobby's World is an animated series from the early '90s that takes us directly into that imagination.

Bobby's World shows the world from the perspective of young boy Bobby Generic. I know, that's some name. The show was created by comedian Howie Mandel and is filled with humor and appropriate lessons for young Amazon Prime watchers.

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Caillou

A lot of the children’s' shows on this list can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike. Caillou, however, seems to have a pull on kids that parents just don't understand.

Caillou doesn't live in a world of anthropomorphic animals or games. He's merely a four-year-old kid, fascinated by the world around him. The Canadian series that bears his name, however, shows off the kid's expansive imagination, making for a worthwhile kids' show viewing experience.

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

For those still recovering after the tear-filled emotional massacre that was Mister Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood offers a much-needed reprieve.

The spirit of Fred Rogers lives on in his friend, Daniel Tiger. Once a puppet in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Daniel is now animated and has a new neighborhood of his own. In addition to traumatized adults, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is excellent for the pre-school crowd.

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Dora the Explorer

Swiper, no swiping! Many children's shows are educational. Dora the Explorer is one of the very few that seeks to teach children a second language. 

Dora the Explorer follows the adventures of the titular explorer alongside her friends Boots and the Map. Along the way Dora teaches viewers important lessons along with some beginner-level Spanish. The show is one of Nick Jr.'s longest running and features 172 episodes but only the first season is on Amazon Prime.

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Horrible Histories

One of the greatest children’s television programmes of all-time, Horrible Histories is a work of comic brilliance. The TV show added songs and parodies to the premise of Terry Deary’s popular UK history book series, performed by a comedy cast well on its way to national treasure status.

The first four of the five series featuring the original cast (Jim Howick, Mathew Bayton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Simon Farnaby, Laurence Rickard) are available to stream, which is where a lot of the best stuff resides. Here’s a rundown of some of its greatest songs.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

What happens if you give a mouse a cookie? The consequences are beyond what you could ever conceive. OK, not really. You might just get a buddy. 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is based on the children's book of the same name. Instead of being a cautionary tale about the being taken advantage of by greedy rodents, the TV version is a charming adventure story feature mouse, boy, and a host of other animals.

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Lost in Oz

Whether The Wizard of Oz is a kids' movie is up for debate. Sure, it's rated G and features a whimsical, colorful world of merriment. But it also looks like a haunted, fevered nightmare and begins with homicide via falling house. Lost in Oz, however, is absolutely a kids' show.

Lost in Oz is an Amazon original and has racked up awards and acclaim since its debut in 2017. The show features a familiar plot with Dorothy Gale getting swept into the land of Oz where she makes new friends and learns a magical trick or two.

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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is legendary. Story goes that back in the '60s, Pittsburgh-based minister Fred Rogers saw a vacuum for children's enrichment in the burgeoning medium of television. So he went ahead and made a show.

Every episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood begins with the eponymous Rogers coming home, whistling a welcome tune and exchanging his blazer for a sweater. Then he invites the viewer to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is almost unbearably slow-moving by modern standards but that's a part of its charm. It's a patient, perfect show for pre-schoolers.

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Moomins

This one has Moomins fans in a bind. It’s a HD-remastered version of the original seventies-eighties stop-motion series, which means it looks spick, span and bright as a button. It doesn’t however, have the original UK narration by Richard Murdoch.

Instead it has a US voice cast (who pronounce ‘Thingumy’ with a hard ‘g’ in the middle, not that I’m pedantic) and a different script. Anyway, you can decide whether it’s for you. There are eighteen episodes available to stream, running to under ten minutes each.

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Ronja The Robber’s Daughter

Astrid Lindgren’s 1981 Swedish book about a girl growing up in a clan of woodland robbers was adapted into this animated series by Studio Ghibli in 2016. It marked the Japanese animation greats’ first television show, and was praised on release for its characteristically beautiful Ghibli style.

The English dub, narrated by Gillian Anderson, wasn’t quite as big a hit with fans of the studio, but if skilful artwork is your thing, then there’s plenty to admire here.

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Sesame Street

Here's another all-time classic. If children's TV shows are good enough and consistent enough, they can last virtually forever. Enter Sesame Street

Jim Henson's educational Muppet extravaganza Sesame Street has lasted for a staggering 48 seasons. Amazon Prime has five of those seasons available to stream. That's more than enough of Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Bert, Ernie, and friends to captivate kids of all ages. 

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Shaun the Sheep

More great work from Aardman Studios in the A Close Shave spin-off stop-motion series that paved the way for the terrific 2015 Shaun the Sheep feature film. Featuring the baas of Mr Tumble’s Justin Fletcher as Shaun, and Vic Reeves on the theme song, these twenty-minute adventures are great fun.

Meet Bitzer the dog, the Farmer, the mischievous pigs, the terrifying bull, and Shaun’s whole gang on the farm. For even younger kids too, plenty of episodes of the ten-minute spinoff-spinoff Timmy Time, featuring Shaun the Sheep’s youngest ovine, are also available to stream.

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Spongebob Squarepants

It's the Sponge. You love the Sponge. Spongebob Squarepants is one of Nickelodeon's best ever Nicktoons and most reliable performers. 

The titular Spongebob Sqaurepants is a gregarious fry cook at the Krusty Krab and can't help but get into wacky adventures with his close friend Patrick Star. Spongebob Squarepants is actually a very sophisticated Dada-ist success story that can be appreciated on many levels. It's also a perfectly fun, inoffensive time-killer for kids. Amazon Prime has the first four seasons.

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Thunderbirds Are Go

When the first image of the Tracy brothers emerged from this 2015 Thunderbirds revival, the reception from fans of the original wasn’t altogether positive.

When the full series arrived though, many admitted that the new version captured something of the adventure and fun of Gerry Anderson’s beloved supermarionation 1960s series. The first two series of this CGI revival are available to stream.

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Tumble Leaf

Tumble Leaf is another kids' show directly from Amazon Studios. This one features excellent stop-motion animation and a focus on teaching preschool age children basic scientific lessons. 

Fig is an anthropomorphic blue fox who just wants to play. Thankfully he has friends like Stick (a caterpillar). Together Fig and Stick explore the world around them and in the process comes across some new, exciting items to learn about.

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Wolfblood

This CBBC show is a fresh twist on the werewolf mythology, which weaves in Celtic legend and supernatural powers around honest, powerful storytelling about the difficulties and joys of teenage life. With strong writing, a great cast and a cohesive world, Wolfblood is up there with the best of them.

It expanded its world nicely across its run, even flourishing after a shift in location and leads. The first four of five series are currently available to stream.

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Zoboomafoo

Zoboomafoo deserves some kind of award for lemur awareness. Zoboomafoo was created by the Kratt brothers, Chris and Martin, and starred them as well. But the real star as we all know was a talking Coquerel's sifaka (a kind of lemur) named Zoboomafoo.

Together Chris, Martin, and Zoboomafoo learned all about the animal kingdom and passed those lessons along to viewers. Despite being nearly 20 years old now, Zoboomafoo remains a fun, educational experience for all ages. 

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19 Great TV Dramas on Amazon Prime Video

From spies to motorbike gangs, gangsters to Cylons, here are 19 recommended TV dramas currently available on Amazon Prime Video.

The Lists Louisa Mellor Alec Bojalad
Aug 19, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back to see what Amazon Prime has in the realm of TV classics. 

Updated for September 2018

If you've exhausted the 25 comic book, sci-fi and fantasy TV shows on Amazon Prime Video, and taken your pick of its slightly weirder and perhaps more wonderful vintage sci-fi and horror options, then below are your recommended drama choices.

Available free of charge to subscribers, if you're currently between box-sets and looking for your next new show, these nineteen little beauties should see you right...

24

24 was a big wake up call for network television. Shows were routinely too long at around 22-25 episodes per season. Instead of shortening the episode orders, however, Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran had a novel idea. What if every episode represented an hour of real time for 24 hours? And thus the story of U.S. government superspy Jack Bauer was born.

24 didn't always hold up in its later years and adopted a pretty consistent and easily mockable format of there always being a mole. Still it remains an exciting action thriller - all nine seasons of which are on Amazon Prime.

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The Americans

The acclaimed Cold War drama recently shut up shop for good—you may have noticed the wave of eulogies in the TV press. If you didn’t jump aboard back in 2013, here’s the chance to catch up on the first five seasons of The Americans. (The sixth and final season is as-yet only available to buy on the streaming service.)

The spy show is an excellent character study that makes some thrilling, even outrageous, moves, set against the backdrop of 1980s Washington D.C. Worth it for Keri Russell’s wigs alone.

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A Very English Scandal

Russell T Davies’ A Very English Scandal is definitely one to catch up on. Adapted from the John Preston book about the real-life events surrounding MP Jeremy Thorpe’s 1970s trial for conspiracy to murder, it’s a tour-de-force.

Davies’ characteristically clever, emotional writing meets two excellent lead performances from Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw in an excellent tragicomedy full of terrific cameos (watch out for the tremendous Eve Myles). Our spoiler-filled review is here.

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Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica was great science fiction. It was also one of the best TV dramas of all time. The show was based on a little-watched '70s series of the same name. Creator Ronald D. Moore took the concept, about humanity on the brink of extinction and racing away from murderous robots called Cylons, and turned it into an entirely original dramatic vision.

Episodes of Battlestar Galactica routinely dealt with the issues of the time - racism, terrorism, religious zealotry, and more - all the while creating an amazing science fiction universe.

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Deadwood

Deadwood creator David Milch famously approached HBO with what he felt was a fascinating idea: beat cops in ancient Rome. Unfortunately, HBO was already working on a show about Rome, titled Rome. So Milch took his original concept and merely changed the setting to Deadwood, South Dakota in the days of the wild, untamed west.

The concept worked because Milch's show was never merely about a time or place. It was about the beginning of society and all the various compromises that must be made when persons decide to become a people. Plus, Ian McShane as Al Swearengen gives one of TV's all-time best performances.

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Downton Abbey

All six seasons of Downton Abbey are on Amazon for you to catch up with before the upcoming movie. Downton Abbey was one of PBS's biggest ever wins. The historical drama follows the Crowley family and their servants in an early 20th century estate.

The show definitely knew how to depict the lives of both the wealthy and the poor. Spoiler alert: the wealthy live a touch better.

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Friday Night Lights

Texas Forever. Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose. NBC's Friday Night Lights is filled with fun catchphrases and compelling high school football action. It's much more than that, however. It's one of the most effective, poignant depictions of small town America ever caught on film.

We follow Coach Taylor, Mrs. Taylor, Riggins, Smash, Street, Saracen, Vince, and more as they all live their lives against a backdrop of small town economic decay and yes, lots of football. Watch all five seasons just to see if you're ever able to listen to Explosions in the Sky again without tearing up.

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The Good Wife

Less a TV show than an institution, legal drama The Good Wife lasted for seven seasons (all available to stream) and spawned spinoff The Good Fight. Even if you missed it, you can’t have missed its popularity and critical success. 

E.R.’s Julianna Margulies plays a lawyer whose State Attorney husband is the subject of a public sex and corruption scandal. Expect sharp suits, twisting plots and a pre-Negan Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

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Hannibal

The story of Hannibal Lecter, esteemed psychologist and unrepentant cannibal, has been told in many mediums. First a series of books from Thomas Harris, then as a series of films including the Academy Award-winning The Silence of The Lambs. Somehow, NBC's Hannibal might be one of the best Lecter properties ever.

The dark, absolutely decadent Hannibal follows the good doctor (played by Mads Mikkelsen) and his relationship with FBI investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). The show understands that its most compelling feature isn't sickening gore (though that is admittedly pretty great) but rather the uncomfortably close relationship between good and evil.

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House

House (also called House M.D.) introduced American audiences to Hugh Laurie and thank God it did. Laurie gives a career-defining performance as the cantankerous, yet brilliant Dr. Gregory House. House works at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey and is tasked with diagnosing illnesses that no one else can. In short he's a medical Sherlock Holmes, which makes sense giving the Holmes/House connection.

The show is much more entertaining and worthwhile than just merely being a showcase for Laurie. But what a showcase it is. To this day I'm sure many viewers remember where they were when they discovered Hugh Laurie was British like our parents remember the JFK assassination.

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Justified

Justified is based the character Raylan Givens from a series of Elmore Leonard novels. In the novels and the show, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) must transfer from his cushy job in Miami back to his tough coal-mining hometown of Harlan, Kentucky. 

Justified is an absolute clinic of effective TV show-making. It knows how to construct a story over an episode, a season, and a series. Filled with colorful, realistic characters, Justified is one of the great under-appreciated TV dramas ever.

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The Missing

Screenwriting brothers Harry and Jack Williams’ The Missing starring James Nesbitt was such a big hit for the BBC in 2014 that in the years since it feels like barely a month goes by without a new Williams Bros TV thriller. We’ve had One Of UsRellikLiar and soon, The Widow.

None of them have yet matched the popularity of The Missing, the first series of which is available to stream (with the second only available to buy). It was a British take on the Scandi-noir missing child saga that introduced the world to French detective Julien Baptiste, soon returning to the BBC for his own spin-off.

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The Night Manager

Repeatedly described as Tom Hiddleston’s extended Bond audition, this miniseries became something of a British obsession in 2016. So much so that, despite it having told the story of the 1993 John Le Carré novel from which it was adapted, it was commissioned for a second run.

Hiddleston stars alongside Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman in this story of an undercover operation to bring down an international arms smuggler. It’s glossy, thrilling and no matter how hard it tried, McMafia couldn’t quite touch it.

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Sneaky Pete

Co-created by Bryan Cranston and House’s David Shore, Sneaky Pete stars Giovanni Ribisi as an ex-con who pulls a new con on the outside when he assumes the identity of his former cell mate to escape his criminal enemies.

Two seasons of the popular crime drama have already landed on Amazon Prime Video, with hopes high for a season three renewal.

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Sons of Anarchy

Kurt Sutter’s motorcycle club drama arrived in 2008 to some acclaim, and survived all the way through seven seasons before coming to a final stop. It starred Charlie Hunnam (Queer As Folk, Pacific Rim) as club president Jax Teller and its themes of betrayal, father-son relationships, usurpation and revenge cemented it in the minds of many as a modern, violent biker take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

All seven seasons are available to stream. Here's a spoilery look at its most shocking moments.

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The Sopranos

The Sopranos is firmly in the conversation for best TV drama ever. David Chase's six-season story of a New Jersey mafia family accomplished a lot. It told a fascinating, at times even hilarious, story about a mob boss, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), and his struggles to balance two very different "family" lives.

More importantly than that, however, it told the story of the door closing on a very particular era of American life. "I feel like I came in at the end of something," Tony tells his therapist in the series very first episode. With the real life events of 9/11 on the horizon, The Sopranos was about to be proven very right. 

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Transparent

Transparent’s fifth and final season will happen without the involvement of former lead Jeffrey Tambor, who was fired earlier this year following accusations of sexual harassment on set. Tambor played Maura Pfefferman, a trans woman who'd fathered three high-maintenance adult siblings, Sarah (Amy Landecker), Josh (Jay Duplass) and Ali (Gaby Hoffman).

Created by Jill Soloway based on autobiographical experience of her own father’s gender transition, it’s an excellent half-hour series with a reputation for taking real creative risks and getting the best from its talented cast.

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Vikings

The History Channel's Vikings is showing no signs of slowing down, with a sixth season of twenty episodes already ordered for after the conclusion of the current run. It’s undoubtedly had a bumpier time of it since the departure of creator Michael Hirst, but the first four seasons remain excellent viewing.

It tells the story of Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrok and Viking raids around what is now Europe in the eighth and ninth centuries. That story is a bloody, complex one, full of power struggles, impressive battles and rich characterisation.

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The Wire

Along with The Sopranos, which also ran on HBO in the early-to-mid 2000s, The Wire forms one of the most perfect one-two punches in television history (with the only competition really being AMC's Mad Men and Breaking Bad). The Wire comes from former Baltimore crime beat journalist David Simon. 

Simon has an almost supernatural ability to understand how American cities work on macro and micro levels. Over five seasons of The Wire, Simon would examine every possible angle of dysfunction and corruption in Baltimore. It's a fascinating socio-political document and also a wildly entertaining ride with likeable, believable characters.

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25 Comic Book, Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV Shows on Amazon Prime Video

Looking for a new geek show recommendation or want to rewatch a recent favorite? Here’s what Amazon Prime Video has to offer.

Feature Louisa Mellor Alec Bojalad
Aug 19, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back to see what other comic book and fantasy classics get added to Amazon Prime.

Updated for September 2018

We’ve scoured through Amazon Prime video to pick out some geek favourites available to subscribers, since it's not always the friendliest interface to navigate. Thankfully we found some good stuff. Here are 25 comic book, sci-fi, fantasy and horror shows to watch, or rewatch.

Babylon 5

Babylon 5 is a modest TV science fiction classic from the '90s. The show, which creator J. Michael Straczynski described as a "novel for television," took place in a distant future in which Earth has unified under one government and has made contact with other spacefaring alien species.

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Battlestar Galactica

With the popularity of Westworld and Humans, and well, real life, AI dramas are currently where it’s at. Ronald D. Moore’s modern take on Battlestar Galactica though, predates them all. All four seasons of the space thriller plus the prequel miniseries are available to stream. Well worth watching if you somehow missed it at the time, and also well worth a rewatch if you’ve been enjoying the recent spate of ‘conscious AI’ movies and TV shows.

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BrainDead

This sci-fi political satire may have been cancelled after one season, but it was well-received during its short time on CBS and still has plenty to offer sci-fi fans. BrainDead aired during the 2016 election year, which perhaps made its weird story of Washington politicians being over by an invading race of alien insects feel too close to home… Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars.

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Carnivale

HBO's Carnivale is set during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl and is really the story of good vs. evil set among a backdrop of a traveling carnival. It's equally ambitious and atmospheric but audiences began turning on it two seasons in. Still it's more than worth a watch.

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Class

What if X-Men was set in the Doctor Who universe? Well wonder no more! Class is a fun spinoff series from Doctor Who set in Coal Hill Academy - a school that has been featured in the Whoniverse for over 50 years now.

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Continuum

Time travel and terrorism combine in Canadian sci-fi series Continuum, which was drawn to a conclusion in 2015 after four seasons. The final six-episode run however, at least knew it was the end, so wrapped up the complicated action-adventure story satisfyingly. Rachel Nichols stars as Keira Cameron as a police officer accidentally sent back from the future along with a group of ‘freedom fighters’ who plan violent destruction. It’s her job to stop them.

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Defiance

SyFy's Defiance didn't necessarily have the budget to create and explore vast worlds. So instead it just turned Earth into its own science fiction universe. Defiance takes place in a future, post-apocalyptic Earth radically changed by environmental forces and the introduction of alien life. The show ran for three years as a satisfying sci-fi Western before getting second life as an MMORPG.

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Doctor Who

We hear this is a pretty good sci-fi show. Doctor Who follows the adventures of the titular "doctor" and Time Lord as he travels through space and time in his TARDIS, looking for problems to solve and people to help. But you already knew all that. What's important here is that Amazon Prime has all ten seasons of BBC's modern continuation of the classic show, starting with the first Christopher Eccleston season all the way through to Peter Capaldi.

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Eureka

The quirky adventures of Sheriff Jack Carter—the sole IQ-typical resident in a town of geniuses—filled five seasons of Eureka, all of which are available here. One for sci-fi fans seeking a lighter take on implausible inventions and technology that’s sufficiently advanced it’s indecipherable from magic.

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The Expanse

While we were sleeping, SyFy went through a name change and started producing its best original content since Battlestar GalacticaThe Expanse is based on a series of novels and imagines a future in which humanity has colonized the solar system. The citizens of Earth and Mars try to keep a loose confederation of planets together while citizens of the asteroid belt battle back.

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

This is the second anime series adapted from popular manga Fullmetal Alchemist. Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric live a quiet life in a remote village with their mother Trisha. Then after tragedy strikes the boys set out to find their famous alchemist father and learn the arts of alchemy. Fullmetal Alchemist was a classic anime and Amazon Prime has all episodes of this well-received sequel.

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Grimm

Grimm is the story of Nick Burkhardt, a Portland detective with the power to see the fairy tale monsters and creatures (known as Wesen) living disguised among humans. Having inherited the role of Grimm from his family, Nick befriends a reformed werewolf, and gets into all kinds of folktale-inspired adventures and scrapes. Big mythology, big villains, a pleasingly weird sense of humour and an evolving Scooby Gang make this a decent investment for early Buffy and Angel fans, which makes sense as they share multiple writers.

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Humans

Humans is set in a near future in which average middle class families are turning more and more to human-like robots called "synths" to help with household tasks. And you're not going to believe this, but it doesn't quite go well. 

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In the Flesh

Lots of zombie movies and series are preoccupied with finding a "cure" - even though viewers know that's never gonna happen. Well in In the Flesh, it does. And the subsequent social issues that follow are fascinating to contemplate. Luke Newberry stars as Kieren Walker, a young man trying to integrate back into society after an unfortunate bout with zombiedom.

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The Living and the Dead

This atmospheric six-part BBC drama aired in 2016 and though it wasn’t renewed for a second series, there’s still plenty of reason to invest in it. Starring Merlin’s Colin Morgan and Glue’s Charlotte Spencer, it’s a supernatural period drama from the co-creator of Life On Mars. Largely set in and around the remote Somerset family farm to which Morgan’s character, a Victorian doctor, has to return after a bereavement, it’s a ghostly tale steeped in traditional English folklore.

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The Man In The High Castle

The third season of this alternate history thriller based on the novel by sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick is eagerly anticipated. Set in the 1960s in a version of America where the Axis powers won WWII and have incorporated the states into the Nazi Reich and the Japanese Pacific States, The Man In the High Castle presents a chilling vision of a world that’s familiar and alien at once. As an Amazon Prime Original, all of it’s available here and will be joined by season three as soon as it’s released.

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Merlin

Smallville sent off a chain reaction of TV properties that sought to show the early years of popular fictional icons. In some ways, current CW shows like The Flash represent the natural conclusion to the phenomenon. But of all the post-Smallville properties, the BBC’s Merlin is undoubtedly among the best. For some fans, Colin Morgan’s depiction of the legendary Merlin is the definitive one.

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Mr. Robot

Sam Esmail’s paranoid thriller Mr. Robot was the stand-out new drama of 2015. Season one introduced Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a disaffected hacker whose relationship with the mysterious Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) entangles him in a world of global cyber conspiracies. It was original, visually compelling, and full of narrative twists. Since then, the show has kept the surprises coming. All three of the already-aired seasons are available to stream here, and will be joined by th the already-commissioned season four in good time.

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Orphan Black

Orphan Black is the show that introduced the world to all-time great Canadian Tatiana Maslany. In her Emmy winning performance(s), Maslany stars as no fewer than eight clones. The series opens with British ne'er-do-well Sarah Manning witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her. That sets Sarah down a path to unveil a vast conspiracy and meet many other copies of herself.

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Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

When science fiction anthology series became all the rage thanks to Black Mirror, Amazon Prime decided to turn to one of the father's of modern sci-fi for their own anthology series. Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams features 10 imaginative episodes all taken directly from the short stories of Hugo award winning writer Philip K. Dick.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Deep Space Nine broke the traditional Star Trek mold in numerous ways. It was the first series without the direct involvement of creator Gene Roddenberry. It was also the first series to take place on a space station. Despite the differences, however, it remains pure Star Trek, exploring complex social themes albeit in a slightly darker setting.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek: The Next Generation is perhaps the most popular Star Trek incarnation. It reached nearly 12 million viewers per episode at its height and spawned several spinoffs. I guess that's just what happens when you luck out and book Patrick Stewart as your lead. Amazon Prime has all seven of TNG's excellent seasons. 

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Torchwood

Anagram enthusiasts may notice that "Torchwood" can be rearranged into "Doctor Who." That's not a coincidence as Torchwood is a spinoff of the Doctor Who revival. John Barrowman stars as Captain Jack Harkness, an immortal former con man in the future. Captain Jack works for the Torchwood Institute, which defends the planet from alien threats. The new Doctor Who has generated a lot of good ideas and concepts and Torchwood's four seasons are among them.

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The Tick

The Tick is an Amazon original based on the beloved comic book character of the same name. The Tick is an absurdly powerful superhero in a city full of supers. Together with his (at times unwilling) ward Arthur, The Tick must investigate the potential reappearance of an old foe. Amazon has this version of The Tick as well as Fox's early 2000s version. Both are fantastically fun light superhero satires.

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Under The Dome

Nobody can pretend that Under The Dome wasn’t one of the wobblier Stephen King adaptations. For King completists though, the bonkers tale of the town of Chester’s Mill is worth a look. After a mysterious impenetrable dome appears without warning around a rural US town, the local people get tangled into various scrapes involving resources, power struggles and glowing alien eggs. It’s nonsense, really, but three seasons of mostly fun nonsense.

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18 Best TV Comedy Shows on Amazon Prime Right Now

There's never a bad time for a half-hour comedy. Here are the best comedy shows on Amazon Prime for your giggling pleasure.

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Aug 19, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back to see what other excellent TV comedies get added to Amazon Prime.

Updated for September 2018

When Amazon decided to kick its original programming into high gear, they first turned to comedies. Transparent is the elder statesmen of comedy shows on Amazon and really in all of streaming. It's set the tone for the streaming service to be truly invested in some good TV comedy. The other streaming services have since followed suit but Amazon is always a good choice for good comedy. Whether it be through one of their originals, or something completely out of leftfield, Jeff Bezos' boys know you need to laugh.

What follows are the absolute best comedy shows on Amazon Prime we could find, with links to each one on the site for your convenience. 

Veep

Current events have conspired to make HBO's show about the inner workings of the White House more of a sobering documentary than a half-hour comedy, but that doesn't mean the jokes are any less funny. As a matter of fact, we tend to think Veep's Jokes Per Minute ratio is pretty impressive.

Veep is a truly funny show and is somehow getting even better as seasons go along. Julia Louis Dreyfuss rightfully picks up every comedy acting award in existence but the rest of the ensemble is equally impressive. It takes a lot of wit and work to execute Sorkin-ian fast-paced dialogue including dick jokes and the folks at Veep make it sound like Shakespeare.

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Transparent

Transparent is one of TV best comedies full stop. It's also secretly one of the best "punned" titles on TV. Not only is Transparent about a parent, in this case Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor), coming out as a trans woman but also a family itself struggling to be more transparent with one another.

Tambor is another worthy awards target as his performance flashy, respectful and authentic. That doesn't distract from the rest of the show, however. Transparent is an authentic, emotional experience that still doesn't skimp on laughter. By any metric it's one of Amazon's best original comedy shows.

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Girls

Girls is one of pop culture's strangest lightning rods. It's a seemingly inoffensive show about mostly self-involved young women living in Brooklyn that makes everyone very Mad Online (TM). Sure, the ensemble led by creator Lena Dunham's Hannah Horvath is unlikeable much of the time but the whole point of being young and living in New York is to be absolutely unbearable.

Girls finds plenty of humor and drama in its protagonists limited worldview but is also never outwardly mocking them. It's a solid, humorous balance that is funny most of the time and hilarious when it wants to be: mostly when Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is involved.

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Californication

Oh hey! Another fun pun for a title! David Moody (David Duchovny) is a sex-obsessed, addicted-to-everything writer who moves to California to conquer his writer's block. He also fornicates. Hence: Californication.

Californication cares deeply about its lead character and follows him through seven sun-soaked seasons as he tries to keep his shit together. Or as Wikipedia so helpfully puts it: "Recurring themes are sex, drugs, and rock and roll, all of which are featured regularly."

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Enlightened

Enlightened is the very rare half-hour HBO comedy that didn't quite catch on with viewers. Writer Mike White's (of School of Rock fame) show lasted for only two seasons, but at least they were largely excellent. Enlightened stars Laura Dern as Amy Jellicoe, a high-powered executive who experiences a meltdown and then must pull herself back together at a holistic retreat.

Once she's properly "woke" she returns to her job with every intention of saving the world as a whistleblower. Laura Dern is excellent and the show can safely be marked as ahead of its time despite debuting in 2011.

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Entourage

If you let most comedies run long enough, they'll eventually resemble self-parody. In its later years, Entourage became one of those shows. Late year Entourage episodes follow the same general model: impossibly inconsequential Hollywood problem pops up, it's handled by high-powered agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) or manager "E" (Kevin Connolly) and movie star Vince (Adrian Grenier) bangs a model to celebrate.

Thing is though: that same formula in earlier seasons is awesome. Entourage for much of its running time with the rarest of breeds: a comedy that remained funny and exciting despite little to no meaningful conflict. 

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Fleabag

Fleabag came out of absolutely nowhere in 2016 to become perhaps the best of all of Amazon Prime's original shows. It stars show creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the unnamed protagonist, who is incredibly honest to the audience in her fourth-wall breaking monologues and incredibly dishonest to everyone else.

Fleabag is fearless and profanely funny from its very first reality-breaking moment but it's the growth of its main character and the reveal of what's fractured her psyche so much that makes Fleabag an excellent show.

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Sex and the City

Along with The Sopranos back in the late '90s, Sex and the City helped put HBO on the map as a creative force to be reckoned with. It stars Sarah Jessica Parker as love advice columnist Carrie Bradshaw and her many adventures, romantic and otherwise in New York City.

Sex and the City is worth watching because it's just flat-out funny and is also juggling 1-3 exciting "will they or won't they" relationships at any given time. Plus, don't you want to figure out if you're a Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte or Miranda? Literally everyone of us at Den of Geek is a Charlotte.

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Frasier

Twenty years. That's how long Kelsey Grammar played the character of Frasier Crane over three shows: Cheers, Frasier and one episode of Wings. Psychologist Dr. Frasier Crane first stopped by the Boston bar on Cheers and then in 1993 he returned to his practice in Seattle and was spun-off onto his own show: Frasier. Frasier, the show, is one of the better comedies from NBC's Must See TV programming block and that's saying a lot.

Grammar obviously has a perfect understanding of his uptight, linguistically-obsessed character and the rest of the cast complements him perfectly, from his equally uptight brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce) to his radio-show producing love interest Roz (Peri Gilpin). Frasier is the kind of sophisticated comedy that seems like it should have come after the laughtrack era but still perfectly fits within the joke-heavy format.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David is a comedy genius. That much is obvious. Who else could have produced Seinfeld other than a person of superior comic skill? But he's also a remarkably consistent comedic actor. Curb Your Enthusiasm is the perfect vehicle for David's talents. He stars as himself: the most needlessly miserable man in the world.

The Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm has a career in a field he loves, more money than he knows what to do with and a beautiful, patient wife. Still, he views life itself as more of an affliction than a gift. It's wonderful, dark, pessimistic humor that never once grows stale even after eight seasons.

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The Tick

The Tick is the kind of absurdist, hilarious superhero deconstruction myth that just practically cries out to be on television. That's why it has been on TV...no fewer than three times. The first effort was an animated show in 1994, then a live-action effort starring Patrick Warburton in 2001.

Both were good but it's Amazon's newest effort starring Peter Serafinowicz, The Tick, that might be the best yet. The Tick never ignores the violent absurdity that made Ben Edlund's original comic so viable. Only the pilot is available currently but the full first season has been picked up and should be arriving sometime this year.

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Peep Show

This is a British comedy, so you know the drill: just three or four seasons of five or six episodes each of really subtle, dry British humor. Oh wait...Peep Show actually ran for nine seasons from 2003 to 2015 and is a highly recognizable brand of awkward humor to Americans.

It follows the lives of Mark (David Mitchell) and Jez (Robert Webb), two barely functional adults trying to survive each other in a London flat. They're a classic odd couple pairing with the added caveat that they both would form an odd couple with pretty much any other person on Earth. 

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One Mississippi

One of the most exciting aspects of the streaming revolution is that truly talented comedians are getting a shot at creating their own highly personal, highly funny TV series. It's like the late '80s/early '90s all over again, albeit with much smaller budgets. Tig Notaro's entry into the comedian TV show, One Mississippi, is among the more overtly autobiographical of these new shows.

Notaro has been a comedy staple for years but One Mississippi is about the most turbulent time in her life and career: the present. Tig stars as a fictional version of herself who must return home to Mississippi as her mother is taken off life support. Oh she's also recovering from a double mastectomy. Oh, and this all actually happened to the real Tig. It's heavy stuff, but also funny, heartfelt stuff.

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Eastbound and Down

Can one larger-than-life character carry a comedy for four seasons? If that character is Eastbound and Down's Kenny Powers then the answer is a resounding "yes." Danny McBride and Jody Hill's half-hour HBO comedy isn't so much a TV show but an ongoing chronicling of the rise of a legend.

Flamethrowing ex-baseball pitcher Kenny Powers has a lot of thoughts and opinions, most of them abhorrent but he also has all the bluster of a mediocre white male to share them. Eastbound and Down is the perfect vehicle for McBride's bizarre, let's say "confrontational" form of comedy. Over four seasons, Kenny Powers tries to break back in to baseball but only as an excuse to keep the spotlight on him. Kenny Powers truly is a man for all seasons. 

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House of Lies

House of Lies is one of Showtime's best half-hour comedies thanks mostly to a superb cast. Don Cheadle, Kirsten Bell and Ben Schwartz all star as high-powered management consultants for clients trying to rehabilitate their image. Are there hinjinx? Your bet your sweet-ass there are.

Don Cheadle breaking the fourth wall? Definitely. House full of pies? Depends on whether you listen to Scott Aukerman or not. The premise is not entirely fresh but the sheer talent of everyone involved makes for a very funny five-season show.

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Catastrophe

Catastrophe is one of Amazon Prime's first original comedies and it is an unqualified success for the streaming service. Catastrophe comes from Twitter-maestro Rob Delaney and superb English-Irish actress Sharon Hogan. The story could not be simpler: an American ad executive inadvertently knocks up a British teacher during a business trip in London. Should they try to make things work?

Don't necessarily believe the title of the show. The execution of this simple premise is flawless. Delaney and Hogan are remarkably empathetic, human and routinely laugh at each other's jokes onscreen, which is truly one of the most charming creative decisions on TV right now. It's one of the more richly-realized relationship dramas on television and also happens to be terrifically funny.

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Cheers

According to Parks and Recreation/Brooklyn Nine-Nine/The Good Place creator Michael Schur, Cheers is the best TV comedy of all time. It's really hard to argue with him. Cheers helped to establish almost everything we currently admire about the modern TV sitcom: loveable characters, familiar environments and a deep, real sense of belonging. If that sounds too heavy or serious for a situation comedy, it's not.

Good comedy can be about finding a happy place "where everybody knows your name." But just as importantly: Cheers is hilariously funny. Cheers has a deep, diverse ensemble where the 11th actor on the call sheet is just as funny as the first. 

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Bored to Death

Author Jonathan Ames has had a long, successful career writing hilarious, self-deprecating novels and comics. But he wasn't that well known among TV enthusiasts until his first TV effort, Bored to Death, in 2009. Bored to Death was a fascinating, funny beast over three seasons.

It was a modern film noir detective comedy with a superb cast. Jason Schwartzman stars as novelist-turned-P.I. Jonathan Ames (Hey! Where have we heard that name before?) and Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis appear as his friends. Bored to Death is equal parts atmosphere and slapstick and a worthwhile entrant into the HBO comedy canon

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See Nick Marshall score on defense, offense in CFL upset

Former Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall is a cornerback now for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. But that doesn't mean he's forgotten how to get to the end zone -- on either side of the ball.

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29 Best TV Shows Hidden on Amazon Prime Video

Everyone knows the classics and the trending new shows, but take a look at some deep cut TV shows you could enjoy on Amazon Prime.

The Lists Alec Bojalad
Aug 19, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back to see what other little-seen classics get added to Amazon Prime.

Updated for September 2018

Streaming services like Amazon Prime have changed how we watch television forever. Thanks to Amazon and its peers we now have access to whatever shows we want, when we want.

That's fantastic news for the TV fan but it also jeopardizes that some perfectly fine-to-great TV shows might get lost in the shuffle among all the new quality.

With that in mind we've compiled a list of the best TV Amazon has to offer...that you didn't know were on Amazon. There is plenty to love here thanks to Amazon's relationships with heavy-hitters like FX and HBO but even beyond that there is much virgin land to be discovered. Wade out into the undiscovered country, brave explorer!

Sabrina: The Teenage Witch

ABC's TGIF tween programming block on Friday nights was awesome. From 1989 through 2000, Fridays nights on ABC were home to classic fare such as Boy Meets World, Teen Angel (ok, this one wasn't a hit but I loved it) and Family Matters. Sabrina: The Teenage Witch belongs in the conversation for best TGIF show as much as anything else.

Based on the Archie comic of the same name, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch stars Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina Spellman (heh) as she goes through all the various crises of youth... and is also a witch. Look, the premise isn't bulletproof but the show is really fun.

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Captain Planet with Don Cheadle

Is the recurring Captain Planet with Don Cheadle a TV show? Amazon Prime says it is so will we. This is a short yet hilarious watch from Funny or Die about a version of Captain Planet who is understandably quite frustrated with humanity. After all, who would be a greater enemy to Captain Planet but humanity itself?

Don Cheadle is an incredible actor with many excellent roles but I hope his Captain Planet muttering "they're all trees" after transforming unwilling people in trees ends up on his career highlight film. 

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Penn & Teller: BS!

Technically, the title is Penn & Teller: Bullshit! but apparently Amazon Prime has an aversion to profanity. Penn & Teller: BS! was a documentary series that ran on Showtime for seven seasons in which magician/entertainers Penn & Teller examine, well, bullshit.

These bullshitty topics include PETA, cryptozoology and sex and all of the incorrect traditional thinking that surrounds each. Penn & Teller's libertarian perspective may annoy people with differing political or philosophical viewpoints but the research is solid and the duo is plenty entertaining.

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Andy Griffith Show

Television fulfills many roles within our society. Good television can challenge us and intrigue us. But sometimes television is just supposed to be a happy place. There may be no better example of happy place TV than the Mayberry, North Carolina setting of Andy Griffith Show.

The show ran for eight years and close to 250 episodes (woah), with Andy Griffith playing the sheriff main character of a small fictional town and Don Knotts and Ron Howard launching themselves into television history.

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Mr. Show with Bob and David

Mr. Show is one of the best comedy sketch shows of the '90's, if not ever. It's the show that introduced us to the onscreen and offscreen talents of Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) and David Cross (Arrested Development), not to mention the talents of writers Sarah Silverman, Scott Aukerman, Jack Black, Tom Kenny, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Paul F. Tompkins and Brian Posehn.

It's not just some stale artifact of comedy writing history, however, it's also very funny and unexpectedly so at times.

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The Inbetweeners

Ah, to be young and be thoroughly outcasted and considered a loser again. The Inbetweeners is a truly superb high school comedy from Great Britain because it's characters and situations are hilariously, and sometimes heartbreakingly, real. Nerd with a hot mom Will moves to a new town and must make new friends.

Thankfully lovesick Simon, thoroughly disgusting Jay and weird Neil are all just as big of losers as him. The Inbetweeners goes through three uncomfortably real and raucous seasons before finishing with two movies, also on Amazon Prime.

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Grimm

There may be more "cop drama...with a twist" shows than there are actually cop drama shows. Thankfully, Grimm is one of the better cop drama... with a twist shows out there. The twist in this instance is that the characters and crimes are based off of Grimm's Fairy Tales.

Homicide investigator Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is charged with keeping the balance between humanity and Wessen, the mythological creatures of the world. It rarely goes well. Watch Grimm if for no other reason than to understand what 40 percent of the .gifs on Tumblr mean.

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Justified

Justified is one of the very few TV shows that can be categorized as a Western. The only other that comes to mind is Deadwoo....oh my God it's Timothy Olyphant again! Basically, one of TV's surest formula's is Timothy Olyphant + cowboy hat. I have no idea why they keep ignoring this.

Justified is based on a short story and character by Elmore Leonard and it fits into Leonard's voice and world perfectly. Olyphant as Raylan Givens, a U.S. Marshall displaced from Miami back to his hometown in Kentucky, is superb but Walton Goggins as his nemesis Boyd Crowder might be even better. Justified is funny, exciting and a wonderfully accurate and creepy slice of Appalachia. It rules.

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Humans

You can't throw a stone without hitting a movie or TV show about robots achieving sentience or a thinkpiece that argues "DAE artificial intelligence bad?" these days. AMC's collaboration with the British Channel 4, Humans, somewhat tragically never stood out amongst a sea of Ex Machinas and Black Mirrors.

This is a shame because Humans is quite good and even spectacular in a handful of episodes. Humans is set in a near future in which average middle class families are turning more and more to human-like robots called "synths" to help with household tasks. And you're not going to believe this, but it doesn't quite go well. 

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Hannibal

Perhaps one of the most visually-striking series in recent memory, Hannibal is an assault on the senses. The show comes from TV wunderkind Bryan Fuller (you may know him by his show Pushing Daisies or as the guy who is helping bring Star Trek back to TV) and it's absolutely decadent. 

Mads Mikkelsen portrays classic film and literature cannibal Hannibal Lector while Hugh Dancy plays Will Graham, a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Hannibal's main foe. Hannibal is both unspeakably violent and pretty. It's amazing that this show got on network television at all, let alone for three seasons. Watch all three and be happy it did.

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Tell Me You Love Me

When people derisively refer to HBO as the "T&A" network, Tell Me You Love Me is probably what they have in mind. Tell Me You Love Me is a one-season wonder about three different couples seeking out a therapist for intimacy problems within their relationships. It is perhaps better known, however, for its incredibly realistic depiction of sex.

Tell Me You Love Me is one of those shows in which actors continuously have to clarify that they weren't actually having sex onscreen. It's a shame that the show's reputation doesn't extend much further out than that because it's very, very good. Tell Me You Love Me is a forgotten HBO classic.

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Mission: Impossible

Before Tom Cruise spun it off into six bad-to-good-to-great action movies, Mission: Impossible was best known as a TV show from the late '60s and early '70s.

It follows the secret mission of a government agency known as the "Impossible Missions Force (IMF)." That enough should sound familiar to fans of the film franchise but the show is decidedly hokier  but still a fun watch.

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Carnivale

It feels like there is a really good, really creepy TV show out there floating in the ether about old-timey carnivals. Shows like Heroes and American Horror Story tried to capture that vision with one-off seasons following carnies but it's HBO's Carnivale that comes closest to capturing that idea.

Carnivale is set during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl and is really the story of good vs. evil set among a backdrop of a traveling carnival. It's equally ambitious and atmospheric but audiences began turning on it two seasons in. Still it's more than worth a watch.

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Brotherhood

Showtime is fairly well-represented on this list. The otherwise excellent network has a tendency to let its most popular shows drag on a bit too long. Brotherhood is not one of those shows. Brotherhood is the story of two brothers from Providence, Rhode Island - one's a gangster (Jason Isaacs) and one's a politician (Jason Clarke).

The show never really found an audience and is all the better for it. It exists over only three relatively short but undeniably excellent seasons.

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Medium

Crime procedurals can be a real drag. Medium is not thanks to excellent performances from Patricia Arquette and Jake Weber, some good writing and directing and a seriously bizarre concept. Arquette plays the real-life psychic Allison DuBois (inasmuch as there is such a thing as a real-life psychic) as she works with her local Arizona police department to solve murders.

That may sound corny...and it is, but the show happens to be quite good. Allison and her husband's home life is lovingly and realistically depicted and the gonzo premise allows the writers to be as creative or weird as they want to be in a genre that could use a lot of weirdness and creativity.

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In Treatment

In Treatment is an HBO series adapted from a similar Israeli series that ran for three seasons and featured a total of...106 episodes?!?!? How is that possible?? In Treatment came along with a revolutionary concept that was ahead of its time/before its time/completely outside of time itself.

It was a show about a psychologist (played by Gabriel Byrne) and it aired episodes five nights a week. Each night would be devoted to a different patient with Byrne's character meeting with his own psychologist at the end of the week. In addition to featuring a fascinating structure, it's also just a flat-out good show in its own right.

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Lip Service

Lip Service is like the L-Word if everybody were breathtakingly Scottish. Lip Service's creation was somewhat calculated and network driven in a way that typically means bad news. BBC contacted writer/director Harriet Braun because they wanted a UK-based show about lesbians.

What Braun turned in over two seasons was a lot more soulful and interesting than that simple boilerplate request. The show stars Laura Fraser a.k.a. Lydia from Breaking Bad.

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John from Cincinnati

John from Cincinnati is one of TV's strangest case studies on a famous showrunner's sophomore efforts. The show comes from David Milch, beloved and mercurial creator of Deadwood. John from Cincinnati was his followup to Deadwood and it could not have been more different.

It's set in present day surfing community in California and tries to capture a tone of "surf noir" with some supernatural mixed in. Approximately no one watched it. But it's quite good, in a Twin Peaks/Carnivale kind of way.

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Unsolved Mysteries

If our recent cultural obsessions with Serial and Making a Murderer prove anything, it's that we love us some unsolved mysteries. So why not watch the show actually called Unsolved Mysteries? Amazon Prime offers both the original hosted by Robert Stack from 1987-2002 (the first season) and then the new ones hosted by Dennis Farina.

Stack in particular is an impeccable host for such macabre topics. Watch Unsolved Mysteries and you'll see the DNA of every single true crime property that's come after.

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Forensic Files

Again, we all love true crime stories and Forensic Files has all but mastered taking real life violent crimes and translating them into entertaining half-hour chunks that celebrate the science behind the justice system.

The show premiered directly after the O.J. Simpson trial and is one of the reasons that forensic science is so popularly accepted today. 

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Reading Rainbow

"Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high./ Take a look, it's in a book, a Reading Rainbow!/I can go anywhere/Friends to know,/And ways to grow./It's Reading Rainbow!"

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The Night Manager

Despite making its debut just last year, The Night Manager seems destined to abscond to TV history obscurity. The six-episode adaptation of John Le Carre's spy novel didn't exactly set the world on fire. And that's a shame.

So we're just going to skip the years in-between The Night Manager's airing and it's rediscovery and just advise that you watch it now if you haven't already. Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie turn in excellent performances and the show depicts the real nuts and bolts of spy work better than anything ever on television.

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Poldark

For whatever reason PBS has a reputation for being a stodgy daytime TV bore. I guess airing shows about auctions for 30 years will do that to you. But every now and again, PBS can turn out a TV drama that's just absolutely rad.

Poldark is a period piece about Ross Poldark, a Revolutionary War soldier who returns home after the war to find that things are not going well to say the least. Poldark is actually a remake of a PBS show of the same name in the '70s and continues the network's tradition of doing period pieces right.

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The Living and the Dead

The BBC's The Living and the Dead is an aesthetically beautiful show. It's not entirely dissimilar to a British-ized The Returned. It stars Colin Moran as Nathan Appleby, a psychology who inherits a beautiful, if creepy manor.

Sure, the property is a touch isolated but that doesn't concern Nathan and his wife. It should because what comes next is a bit more Amityville Horror than The Returned. 

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Class

What if X-Men was set in the Doctor Who universe? Well wonder no more! Class is a preposterously fun spinoff series from Doctor Who set in Coal Hill Academy - a school that has been featured in the Whoniverse for over 50 years now.

The students and faculty of Coal Hill Academy range from aliens, shadow kings, and regular old students. Together they must go through the pains of adolescence and even stop a multiverse-ending threat here or there.

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The Expanse

While we were sleeping, SyFy Channel went through a name change and started producing its best original content since Battlestar Galactica. The Expanse is among the best. The Expanse is based on a series of novels and imagines a future in which humanity has colonized the solar system.

The citizens of Earth and Mars try to keep a loose confederation of planets together while citizens of the asteroid belt battle back. The Expanse features a top cast including Shohreh Aghdashloo and Thomas Jane and tells a simple story of humanity and all corrupt bullshit out in the stars. 

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The Tunnel

Not since The Office has a European TV show offered an easier template to replicate for the world than Denmark and Sweden's The Bridge. The Bridge (or Broen in Danish and Bron in Swedish) told the story of a murder that took place between the Swedish and Danish border. It was adapted into a semi-successful American show on FX that covered the bridge between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. 

Now the British and French are trying their own hand at a cooperative adaptation. The Tunnel features a similar premise to its Bridge-cousins. When a prominent French politician is found dead on the border of the U.K. and France, British detective Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and French detective Elise Wassermann (Clemence Posey) must join together to solve it.

The Tunnel is entertaining enough on its own but it's also fun to watch and pretend that Fleur Delacour and Stannis Baratheon are a crime-solving team.

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Merlin

Smallville sent off a chain reaction of TV properties that sought to show the early years of popular fictional icons. In some ways, current CW shows like The Flash represent the natural conclusion to the phenomenon.

But of all the post-Smallville properties, the BBC’s Merlin is undoubtedly among the best. For some fans, Colin Morgan’s depiction of the legendary Merlin is the definitive one.

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Babylon 5

Babylon 5 is a modest TV science fiction classic from the '90s. The show, which creator J. Michael Straczynski described as a "novel for television," took place in a distant future in which Earth has unified under one government and has made contact with other spacefaring alien species.

If that all sounds like Star Trek, you wouldn't be wrong for thinking so. Babylon 5 brings much of the utopian future that Star Trek did to the table. The difference lies in its complex depiction of intergalactic trade and a surprisingly deep show mythology centered on religious and social differences. 

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Attack On Titan Season 3 Episode 5 Review: Reply

The ruling of Erwin’s fate sets off a radical chain of events that may forever shake up the world inside the walls.

This Attack on Titan review contains spoilers.

Attack on Titan: Season 3, Episode 5

"In this cramped world that we humans have, one spark will engulf all in no time."

"Thou shall not prioritize one's own gain over the longevity of humanity." This is the clause in the Charter of Humanity that Erwin is supposedly in violation of by his refusal to hand Eren over to the government. This clause becomes the centerpiece of the episode in many ways and the actions of most of the major players in this installment get filtered through this consideration.

It seems like such a basic principle that most people in this series follow, but it’s interesting to see how this rule reframes the characters in new lights. In the same sense, it’s amazing how the power of this principle can completely turn the tables. This episode begins with Erwin moments away from execution and by the end of it all he couldn’t be in a more comfortable position.

One of the more notable details about “Reply” is that even though the episode utilizes a slow, methodical pace, there’s an insane amount that actually happens. This allows the episode the benefit of not feeling overcrowded with material and that it can really let its scenes breathe, but there’s still very much a strong sense of accomplishment by the conclusion.

For instance, the start of the episode is consumed with a lengthy argument by Erwin where he pleads the glories of the Scout Regiment and why they’re a necessary organization in order for humanity to survive. It’s a touching monologue where the audience really gets to understand why Erwin does what he does and how he views his work. It’s even more significant because no one really asks him for such a defense of the Scouts, but this intense dose of passion allows the audience to continue to entertain the idea that Erwin still might meet his end here.

Unsurprisingly, Erwin’s speech falls on deaf ears and it doesn’t make a dent in his death sentence. However, what the government does respond to loud and clear is the news that there’s been a Titan breach. A beautiful scene transpires here that makes for strong evidence that Attack on Titan  is a show that’s just as good at deep, philosophical conversations as it is at gonzo action scenes. This perfectly timed Titan breach occurs and the Scouts prepare to rush into action, only for the government to tell all of them to stay put and let half of the population die instead of put the people inside Wall Mina at risk.

The government was already heavily in violation of the Charter of Humanity before this point, but this is a huge example of its hypocrisy and eating its own words just as it is about to execute Erwin for doing exactly that. Hypocrisy aside, it's also enlightening to hear these two very different sects of people argue on what to do in this emergency and it's really boggling how blind and cowardly the government’s response is.

The brilliance behind this recent Titan attack and the government’s follow-up is that it’s actually all a lie and been designed as a morality test by Commander Pyxis. In one swift motion Pyxis makes a strong case for MVP as this wise mind game is explicitly used as the spark to launch a coup d’etat and finally overthrow these empty leaders.

It’s immensely satisfying to watch everything blow up in the government’s face and see it get beaten at its own game. Furthermore, this mental manipulation of the state arguably works better than Erwin pulling off some flashy action sequence to avoid his assassination. That’s the expected, cliché route to go down and it’s so much cooler to see him defeat these guys without even drawing blood.

It’s shocking, yet all too perfect, that the government remains resistant and becomes even more stubborn once Pyxis catches it in the middle of its corruption. The leaders don’t even attempt to make excuses, which speaks to the arrogance and confidence of this government. It’s considerably telling that their fake king turns out to literally be asleep through this whole debacle. If there’s ever been a perfect metaphor for the ineffectiveness of this government, then it’s that.

In spite of the clear victory, Erwin and company don't take an opportunity to celebrate after their government takedown. They instead continue to wear somber attitudes and mope through success. They're already worried about what's to come of humanity and the bigger picture that lies outside of these walls. Levi, Hange, and the Scout crew in the woods are considerably more chipper about the good news, but they're also consumed with the fact that Eren and Historia are still abducted.

The final act of the episode basically sets up the early system of the community’s new government, with Premier Zachary currently the de facto leader (who honestly isn’t a bad choice). The Scouts and the public seem to accept these transitions, but the Reiss family is still out there, and the Scouts are now largely aware of the Royal family’s complicated lineage and history.                                                 

“Reply” is an episode that works so well because of its efficient structure. Apparently Attack on Titan  creator Hajime Isayama seriously regretted the slow pace of this Uprising Arc in the manga, so to streamline this takedown in an efficient, kick-ass fashion in the anime is a whole lot better than sticking to the source material and losing three or four episodes on this stuff. This season’s episodes have had a trend of going out on exciting notes and “Reply” definitely gets the audience anxious for the thrilling developments that lie ahead and that a return to action may not be far away.

With the recent revelation that Titans acquire their abilities by eating other Titans, it looks like the show is getting ready to explain how the first Titans were therefore able to acquire their powers. Not only that, but the origins of Eren’s Titan abilities and how his father may be involved appear to finally be within grasp as well.

Next week, get ready for a whole lot of daddy issues.

Daniel Kurland is a published writer, comedian, and critic whose work can be read on Den of Geek, Vulture, Bloody Disgusting, and ScreenRant. Daniel knows that the owls are not what they seem and his perma-neurotic thought process can be followed at @DanielKurlansky.

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A #MeToo Moment for the Time Variance Authority, Plus: In These Issues, X-Men Will Die! [X-ual Healing 8-22-18]

Sworn to sell comics for Marvel executives who feared and hated the fact that Fox owned their movie rights, The Uncanny X-Men suffered great indignities, but with a corporate merger on the way, the X-Men can finally get back to doing what they do best: being objectively the best franchise in all of comics.

Welcome to X-ual Healing, the fourth most popular article on Bleeding Cool last week! If you’re new to this column, the basic premise is that Marvel puts out a lot of X-books each week. This week, there’s five. Next week, there’s eight. It varies, but it can be quite X-pensive to follow all the X-ploits of your favorite mutants. So in the event you didn’t get to read every X-book that hit stores last week, fear not! We’re reading them all each week, and every Sunday, we’ll tell you what happened in the ones you might have missed, make a few jokes about it, and link to Marvel Unlimited for some back issue research where applicable.

For the X-Men, dying (and subsequently coming back to life) is just another part of the lifestyle. This is a particularly death-heavy week even for the X-Men. Let’s dispense with the pretense and get right down to it.

EXTERMINATION #1 (of 5)
ED BRISSON (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A)
Cover by MARK BROOKS
Variant Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Variant Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
VARIANT COVER BY AMANDA CONNER
Connecting Variant Cover by MIKE HAWTHORNE
Cyclops. Iceman. Angel. Beast. Marvel Girl. The original team of teen mutants brought together by Professor Charles Xavier many years ago have been shunted through time to find a world they barely recognize but were determined to help. Now, finding themselves targeted for death, the future of mutantkind lies squarely in the hands of its past. Writer Ed Brisson (OLD MAN LOGAN, CABLE) and artist Pepe Larraz (UNCANNY AVENGERS, AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) answer the biggest question of all: can the fate of the X-Men be changed?
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

20 years in the future, a mysterious cloaked figure visits the ruins of the Xavier Institute, where dead X-Men are strewn about, remarking “That old bastard screwed this all up, leaving me to clean up his mess.  He heads off into the past to set things right. In the present, in Chicago, the X-Men Blue (Iceman, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Bloodstorm, and Beast) save two young mutants from an angry mob. The mutants are French, and have no memory prior to this day. They leave them at the Xavier Institute with Kitty Pryde and Dr. Cecelia Reyes, while Cyclops and Bloodstorm head to a Thai food restaurant for a date.

Just as the couple tries to enjoy a moment of happiness and simplicity, the mutant-hunter Ahab crashes the party with several hounds. Mid-battle, Bloodstorm is stabbed through the test by a silver-laced harpoon, killing her. Enraged, Cyclops lets loose the full force of his optic blasts and Ahab retreats to fight another day. In the aftermath, as Cyclops calls a “code blue,” Iceman is attacked by the mysterious cloaked figure from earlier. Luckily, Cable is there to have his back, but Iceman is incapacitated. At the Xavier school, Prestige recognizes Ahab from Cyclops’ description, and everyone notices Iceman hasn’t checked in.

In the clothing store where Iceman was ambushed, the cloaked figure faces down Cable, scolding him for allowing the time-displaced X-Men to remain in the present. Cable argues that it was a risk worth taking. The cloaked figure kills him, causing a psychic backlash back at the mansion where Marvel Girl was looking for Iceman with Cerebro. The cloaked figure kidnaps Iceman before the X-Men Blue arrive, soon joined by X-Men Red’s Jean Grey and Nightcrawler. As everyone mourns the losses, the cloaked character puts Iceman in a stasis tube at his mysterious base and reveals himself to be… a younger version of Cable!

Death toll: 2 main characters, though at least one was killed by a younger version of himself who may take his place.

Due to the time-travel-y nature of this story, there’s a chance that both of these deaths will be undone, but the Bloodstorm one certainly feels more permanent… as far as any X-Men death can be. The sudden nature of Bloodstorm’s death puts it in the second category of X-Men deaths, those that come not at the epic climax of a heroic story arc, like Phoenix dying on the moon, but rather suddenly in the midst of a story, like Warlock in the beginning of X-Tinction Agenda, or Doug Ramsey, killed in action in New Mutants #50 while none of the other New Mutants are even paying attention. Since Bloodstorm’s story, as well as her relationship with teen Cyclops, seems far from complete, the death has a special kind of emotional impact. Of course, it might also feel a bit like a fridging, though all signs indicate that we might expect Cyclops and the rest of the X-Men Blue team to follow suit before this event is done, along with more mutants.

The road to the next era of the X-Men, and the Uncanny X-Men relaunch, has begun, but while Extermination is just kicking off, there’s still quite a few issues of the previous era’s X-books to wrap up (or in the case of Cable/Deadpool Annual, previous previous previous previous eras), so let’s see what else happened this week.

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: CLAWS OF A KILLER #4 (of 4)
MARIKO TAMAKI (W) • BUTCH GUICE (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY GEOFF SHAW
WILL TIME RUN OUT?
The clock is ticking as Sabretooth, Daken and Deathstrike slice their way through the leagues of the undead in search of Logan.They won’t all make it out alive.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

In Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer #4, Sabretooth faces his dead, now alive and working for Soteira, son, Graydon, while Lady Deathstrike faces her dead, now alive and working for Soteira father, learning it was his adamantium she’s been tracking. He slices off one of her hands, but she kills him. She meets up with Sabretooth and kills Graydon, and the pair make their escape. They locate the glowing green egg that kicked off the Maybelle, Arizona zombie attack and blow it up, killing all the zombies. In the aftermath, Soteira captures Daken’s corpse and plans to use him for future black ops missions. Sabretooth and Lady Deathstrike escape and resolve to get Deathstrike a new arm so that nobody reading Weapon X needs to even know this happened.

Death toll: 2 named zombies, plus a bunch of other zombies. Daken is maybe dead, to be brought back as a zombie.

We’ve established that the Hunt for Wolverine event, with two one-shots and four mini-series, and without even the actual return of Wolverine, which will happen in the subsequent Return of Wolverine mini-series, is completely pointless. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t have been possible to tell some decent stories in its framework, but it was a mistake to drag each of these minis out to four issues when either one 6-issue mini would have sufficed for the whole event. Each of the stories, including this one, could have been told in a single one-shot, and stretching them out only served to dilute the story and drag out Wolverine’s return to the point where we already wish he would be killed off again and he’s not even back yet.

ASTONISHING X-MEN ANNUAL #1
MATTHEW ROSENBERG (W) • Travel Foreman (A)
Cover by ROD REIS
VARIANT COVER BY KHARY RANDOLPH
Jean Grey and the original X-Men reunite! Following her resurrection, Jean Grey can no longer make sense of her life since becoming an X-Man. Who better to relate to this than Hank McCoy, Warren Worthington III and Bobby Drake? But this reunion will prove bittersweet when they’re joined by an unexpected guest…the former Professor Charles Xavier, X! Why has X revealed himself to his former students? And what strange mission does he want to send them on?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

In Astonishing X-Men Annual #1, the surviving adult original X-Men (Beast, Jean Grey, Archangel, and Iceman) meet at a restaurant in the town of Lago, which has not appeared in past X-men stories, though this issue retcons a lot of history for it. This restaurant is where Professor X took the X-Men to celebrate after their first mission. After a brief trip down memory lane, the X-Men all reflect on how miserable their lives have been since becoming mutant superheroes. Jean in particular wishes she hadn’t been brought back to life again. Their moping is interrupted by X, the reincarnated brain of Charles Xavier in the body of Fantomex (see earlier issues of Astonishing X-Men).

X introduces himself and invites the X-Men to stay at his new mansion and see how nice the town of Lago is. Everyone in the town seems to be nice… a little too nice, perhaps. After one man explodes with random mutant hatred at Beast and Iceman in a diner and is then carted away by apologetic townsfolk, Beast heads off to investigate and goes missing. At this point, X reveals that he actually had an ulterior motive for bringing the X-Men here. This town is under the control of Lucifer, who the X-Men faced back in X-Men #9. He’s been taking control of all the townspeople, and now he has Beast.

X and the X-Men locate Lucifer and a battle ensues. X frees Beast from Lucifer’s control, but Beast is upset. Lucifer had taken away his pain and suffering, as he had for the other townspeople. Lucifer tries to gain control of all the X-Men, but Archangel stops it by slicing off his head. The X-Men have some questions for X, but he takes his leave, wiping their memories of the events. The next day, the X-Men meet at the same restaurant with seemingly no memory of what happened (except, perhaps, for Archangel, who stays mostly silent. This time, instead of moping, Jean tells the X-Men how proud she is of them for all they’ve accomplished.

Death toll: dozens or more of Lucifer’s followers, plus Lucifer’s host body, though Lucifer himself can presumably come back again someday.

With the hundreds of X-Men characters and multiple ongoing series, it was nice to see the original X-Men (and original X-Factor), minus poor Cyclops, reunited and spending some time together as friends and equals. Once the weekly Uncanny X-Men 10-part opener ends, could we see an X-Factor series in the future with the original 4? Or maybe 5, if Marvel admits they were wrong and brings back Cyclops?

CABLE AND DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1
David F. Walker (W) • Paco Diaz and others (A)
COVER BY Chris Stevens
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
THE TIME IS NIGH!
History’s favorite duo are back together, and just in time! When Deadpool is hired to protect a woman from time-hopping villains, it’s only a matter of time until he breaks the timestream. Fortunately, his old pal Cable has some experience with that. But dark secrets have put the client, and reality itself, in more danger than either of our heroes could have foreseen! David F. Walker, Paco Diaz, and a host of stellar guest artists take Cable and Deadpool on an adventure of epic proportions!
32 PGS. /Rated T+ …$3.99

In Cable & Deadpool Annual #1, Cable is recruited by Dr. Justin Gamble, rogue agent of the Time Variance Authority (and Doctor Who homage) to save his mother from an assassination by evil future robots called Incinerators (basically Daleks). You can read more about both in Power Man and Iron Fist #79 and Avengers Annual #22. Using a time-plunger given to him by Gamble, Deadpool heads to 1979 and gets in a fight with a street gang protecting his “mother,” who denies any association. He’s interrupted by Cable, who explains that Gamble gave him the plot of Terminator. When the Incinerators attack, Deadpool, Cable, and Deadpool’s mom timeslide away.

After a brief jaunt through time to a pirate ship and a battle with a giant squid, the group heads to a TVA Chron-Station in the Wild West, where Deadpool’s mom explains she isn’t his mom, but Agent Ali Ciad of the Time Variant Authority. Gamble was her instructor, and the Harvey Weinstein of the TVA, crushing on Agent Ciad and refusing to take no for an answer. That’s why he sent Deadpool after her. Deadpool trades his time plunger to Agent Ciad for her timesliding cybernetic eyeball. Gamble arrives with a gang of gunmen, and a battle ensues. Ciad escapes using the time plunger, and Cable and Deadpool escape into the timestream, leading to a lot of fourth-wall breaking as Deadpool pulls a Scott McCloud and explains how comics work. Since they switched timeslide devices, Gamble follows Cable and Deadpool’s trail instead. In an undisclosed location in the timestream, a final confrontation occurs. Ciad shows up decked out in time warrior gear, while Deadpool uses the eyeball to grab a future version of himself (and a new cybernetic arm for Cable, who lost his earlier), and they kill a bunch of dinosaurs while Ciad kicks Gamble’s ass for being a sexual harasser. The Time Variance Authority takes him into custody and Deadpool and Cable watch Terminator.

Death toll: just a bunch of cannon fodder.

Like the Astonishing X-Men Annual before it, the Cable & Deadpool Annual offered a chance for a one-and-done story, and in this case, it wasn’t tied to any of the continuity of the other X-books. It was funny enough, as far as Deadpool comics can be funny, not really in a laugh out loud kind of way, but worth a few smirks. Bleeding Cool’s own Josh Davison has higher expectations for Deadpool humor, but give him time to grow more cynical and he’ll learn to appreciate the small victories, like any Deadpool comic that isn’t the current ongoing. Woof!

MULTIPLE MAN #3 (of 5)
MATTHEW ROSENBERG (W)
ANDY MACDONALD (A)
Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
THE WAR FOR THE FUTURE IS NOW!
BECAUSE WE’RE IN THE FUTURE!
Jamie Madrox — the X-Man you tell people is your favorite to seem cool — is trapped and his allies are dropping like flies! With the enemy closing in, Jamie has time to make one last desperate move… But he’ll need Forge’s help to evade a familiar new villain that threatens the future, the present and the past of the Marvel Universe!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Multiple Man #3, in it’s own unique way, tries to make some sense out of the chaos of the two previous issues. It begins with Hulk Jamie dead and the invading fascist dupe police about to crush the existence. Warlock Jamie tells Jamie to rescue the younger versions of the time-traveling dupes so that they can save the timeline. The three remaining time-traveling dupes (Warlock Jamie, Dr, Strange Jamie, and Deadpool Jamie) stay behind to hold off the invaders, who have brought a Juggernaut Jamie. All three eventually die, while Jamie gets four time-travel devices from Forge’s disembodied head and sends each of the dupes off to find The Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Tony Stark, the X-Men, and the Avengers. One of them is killed before getting away (which is why there were only four time-traveling dupes in previous issues, we guess.

Jamie, Davey (resistance leader and son of the original Jamie and Layla Miller), and Forge are cornered by the police, but Deadpool Jamie arrives to kill them and hand over the time beacon given to him by the X-Men back in our present. Davey pulls the one remaining time bracelet off the dead dupe, but while he and Jamie argue over who should lose it, a grenade is thrown into the room. To save the others, Forge puts the grenade in his head tank and sacrifices himself. Emperor Jamie shows up and, after some debate over which of them is the leader, shoots Davey in the head. Jamie is brought to the palace of Emperor Jamie, which is decorated with some upcycled accessories like Archangel’s skeleton and a Beast skin rug. In X-pository conversation, Emperor Jamie and Jamie reveal that they were already villains when they were in the bunker (around the time of House of M). Jamie makes a plea to Emporer Jamie to have a change of heart, but Emporer Jamie cuts off his head instead. Layla wasn’t present for the bunker invasion because she was at yoga class, which might come up again later.

Death toll: 3 main character dupes, a bunch of cannon fodder dupes, a named bad guy dupe, Forge by sacrificial suicide, Davey, and the main character of the book. Layla survived the attack though because she was at yoga.

This comic walks a fine line between being too snarky for its material to be taken seriously and being just snarky enough to show love for its subject through mockery. As such, we find it’s a comic we can truly identify with. It also has the benefit of being a pet project of incoming Uncanny X-Men writer Matthew Rosenberg, so we can probably expect it to have some ramifications for the next era of the X-Men.

WEAPON X #22
GREG PAK & FRED VAN LENTE (W)
YILDIRAY CINAR (A)
Cover by RAHZZAH
A FRESH START FOR WEAPON X!
They were hunters who became the hunted… They were enemies forced to become allies… They were a ticking time bomb that had no choice but to fall apart… Out of the ashes of Team Weapon X, a new crew is borne! Sabretooth is putting together a team that is willing to do what other X-Men won’t, willing to wade into blood and filth to protect mutantkind! But who will make the cut? Don’t miss the debut of WEAPON X-FORCE!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Weapon X-Force make their debut in Weapon X #22 as this book does its best to survive the looming (12-issue) death of previous leader, Old Man Logan. Working for new leader Mystique, Sabretooth, Omega Red, Lady Deathstrike, and Domino run a sting operation on Gar-Kuva of Breakworld, both busting him and taking the money he was going to pay for nuke pills the team acquired in a previous mission. Afterward, Domino is about to take her cut and go join back up with Warpath, but Sabretooth reveals they have a new job, to rescue Monet on behalf of her parents. Domino agrees to come along, mostly because she find’s Sabretooth’s concern for Money cute (see Uncanny X-Men Vol. 4).

Monet is being held captive by a religious cult in Colorado, so Mystique and Sabretooth infiltrate its church. Monet is brought onstage by the cult leader, and she exposes Sabretooth and Mystique, revealing that she lured them there on purpose. The rest of Weapon X-Force crash the party, but the cult leader reveals himself to be Mentallo. He’s been controlling Monet, and he tries to take control of Sabretooth, but Deathstrike injects him with nanobots so he can resist. She does the same to Monet, freeing her, but before they can exact revenge on Mentallo, Deadpool shows up, also apparently under the control of Mentallo (or working for him), and attacks.

Death toll: Shockingly, this is the one book this week in which no one was killed.

Well, if you can’t have a Wolverine on your team, pretty much the one thing comparable is guest appearances by Deadpool. The best outcome, however, would be for Monet to join the team after this story arc, so we’re gonna hope for that.

WEAPON H #6
GREG PAK (W) • ARIO ANINDITO (A)
Cover by PHILIP TAN
RETURN OF THE FANTASTIC FOUR
VARIANT COVER BY J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
BLOOD ON THE FLAG!
• Monsters are on the loose, and that means Weapon H is on the hunt!
• But to the red, white and blue, there’s only one real monster: the Hulkverine himself.
• Captain America and Weapon H clash at last!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Roxxon CEO Dario Agger wants Weapon H to lead a band of misfits (Dr. Ella Stirling, a Brood/human hybrid named Blake, and the Man-Thing, through a dimensional portal to Weirdworld, where a bloodthirsty race of extra-dimensional beings called the Skrullduggers are waiting to invade and start eating humans. Stirling suggests Roxxon just turn off the portal instead, which the team agrees with, but Agger doesn’t want to because then they won’t be able to exploit Wierdworld for money. Weapon H and the team leave, reasoning Agger will have no choice but to shut things down, but instead he orders his scientist, Dr. Baines, to leave it on. Skrullduggers invade as Weapon H and his wife, Sonia, are planning to start over somewhere where their kids, and a battle commences. The Skrullduggers are sort of flying dragon monsters, but they’re no match for a Hulkverine in one-on-one combat. Instead, drawing from the Skrull part of their name, they head to a nearby playground and pose as children.

Weapon H can smell them still, but before he can slice up a few monsters posing as kids, Captain America arrives, mistakes the situation, and attacks Weapon H. Eventually, Sonia and Dr. Stirling arrive and draw out the Skrullduggers, the misunderstanding is cleared up, Cap and Weapon H kill the monsters, Sonia lectures them both, and Cap agrees to team up with Weapon H next issue to track down the rest of the Skrullduggers.

Death toll: a bunch of nameless alien invaders.

DEADPOOL: ASSASSIN #5 (of 6)
CULLEN BUNN (W) • MARK BAGLEY (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY DAVE JOHNSON
• The Assassins Guild has been hunting Deadpool and the people he cares about, but they messed with the wrong Merc!
• IN THIS ISSUE – Deadpool and his pals take the fight to the guild and hit ’em where they live…LITERALLY.
• I mean it! Deadpool and co. ATTACK THE ASSASSINS GUILD HEADQUARTERS…AND NOT EVERYBODY MAKES IT OUT ALIVE!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

In Deadpool Assassin #5, Deadpool leads hired mercs from the Hellhouse in an assault against the Assassins Guild. All of the generic mercs and assassins die before Belladonna shows up with the named D-list assassins. It doesn’t matter, as Deadpool kills all of them and Belladonna. Meanwhile, Threnody is hiding out with Weasel and his wife, Clarice, when the assassins attack. Threnody has been storing death energy, and she uses her powers to kill the assassins, but not before Weasel takes a sword through the chest. Deadpool arrives soon after to find Weasel dying. He tells Deadpool that Threnody has kidnapped Clarice. In Threnody’s lair, she reveals she’s been storing death energy for her baby, but it’s not enough and the baby is still hungry.

Death toll: The entire assassins guild, including several named (but D-list) bad guys, plus Belladonna, and maybe Weasel.

Well, that took an unexpected turn. It was a bloody week in X-Men comics next week. Next week should be light, with just four X-books hitting stores, though we can’t speak for how many characters will die.

Extermination wins the Wolverine’s Weiner X-Pick of the Week for punching us in the feels with the death of Bloodstorm! Congratulations to the creative team on your blood award. We hope you’re happy.

We also realized we forgot to award a Wolverine’s Weiner for last week, so we’re going to retroactively give one of the most coveted weekly grilled meat-themed comics awards to last week’s Domino #5. Congratulations to the creative team on this honor.

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16 Vintage Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Shows on Amazon Prime Video

Here are some fun and unusual sci-fi and supernatural vintage discoveries to be made in the vaults of Amazon Prime Video…

Feature Louisa Mellor Alec Bojalad
Aug 19, 2018

Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back to see what other sci-fi, fantasy, and horror shows get added to Amazon Prime.

Updated for September 2018

Dig through the depths of online streaming services and alongside all the well-promoted and critically feted shows, appears the odd historical gem. And odd is just the word. Below is a baker's dozen of twentieth century TV shows from across the sci-fi, fantasy and horror genre, ranging from the charmingly nostalgic to the downright eccentric, all currently available free to Amazon Prime members.


The Complete Animated Superman (1941)

The Fleischer Superman cartoons are beautiful. Short in duration and big in budget, each one is eight minutes of vintage Technicolor joy. Screened in cinemas during the so-called golden age of animation, these seventeen rotoscoped, hand-drawn stories represent Superman’s first animated appearance, and therefore his first introduction to a great many people.

The voice of Jackson Beck voice opens each cartoon by introducing our hero with lines now embedded in the popular imagination: “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive!” Then followed troublesome robots, out-of-control trains, reanimated dinosaurs, volcanoes, giant gorillas…and, this being the early 1940s, Japanese prisoner of war camps.

Celebrated in their time (the first episode, "Mad Scientist," was nominated for an Academy Award), the success of this extremely expensive series wasn’t enough to save the Fleischer brothers’ studios from financial difficulty, but among other productions, it ensured a well-respected legacy.

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The Veil  (1958)

The camera travels through a stone archway into a lofty medieval room (actually Elstree Studios) where a fire roars in the inglenook. Boris Karloff, dressed in an immaculate three-piece suit bids us “Good evening,” with a slight bow. “Tonight I’m going to tell you another strange and unusual story of the unexplainable behind the veil…”

So began each twenty-five minute black-and-white episode of The Veil, dramatisations of strange tales, the majority of which also featured Karloff in the cast. At the end, our host was back to offer a conclusion to that particular story of “the world beyond our understanding.” Not that 1950s TV audiences would have known about it, because The Veil wasn’t broadcast. Footage from its episodes appeared in some late sixties TV movies, and a DVD release followed in the 1990s, but its cancellation prior to airing have made it a cult find.

Now, ten of the total twelve episodes are available on Amazon Prime Video, and well worth seeking out for fans of vintage supernatural anthologies.

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One Step Beyond (1959)

Presented by John Newland, this anthology of weird stories stood apart from its CBS rival The Twilight Zone by affecting a sheen of realism. The tales of the paranormal, three seasons of which aired on ABC between 1959 and 1961, all purported to be based on real, unexplained events.

“The amazing drama you are about to see is a matter of human record,” runs Newland’s introduction. “The real people who lived this story, they believe it, they know, they took that one step beyond.” (Famously, Newland took one step beyond himself when making "The Sacred Mushroom" episode in which he ingested hallucinogenic mushrooms and filmed his reaction. It’s not available here, but it’s out there in both senses of the phrase.)

All three seasons are available to watch here, totalling seventy episodes telling logic-defying stories of ghosts, premonitions, possession, astral projection and more.

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H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man (1958)

Despite its possessive name, H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man is only the loosest adaptation of the Wells celebrated sci-fi novel. It shares the premise of a scientist experimenting with optics who makes himself permanently invisible, but the similarities fall away somewhat after that. In the television series, the scientist in question, renamed Peter Brady, is recruited by British Intelligence and gets into all kinds of espionage-related scrapes. The show borrowed the 1933 James Whale film’s bandages and sunglasses costume for the titular sci-fi hero, cunningly adding a hat.

Two series of this ITV series, which also aired on CBS in the United States, aired in the late 1950s. All twenty-six episodes are available to stream.

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Dark Shadows (1967)

“My name is Victoria Winters…” So begins the eerie voiceover to US Gothic soap Dark Shadows, which ran on ABC from 1966 – 1971. The series returned to popular consciousness in recent years thanks to Tim Burton’s 2012 feature film and a plot on AMC’s Mad Men.

Set in Collinswood, Maine, Dark Shadows is the story of the wealthy Collins family that begins with the awakening of a centuries-old vampire. It’s notable these days for being one of the few long-running 1960s soaps all of which is still intact and available. There are a whopping twenty-six seasons of the campy, black-and-white horror to stream on Amazon Prime Video, so you’ll never go wanting.

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The Prisoner (1967)

We like to think of our current TV era as the Gilded Age. But there are some heady sci-fi series from the past that would give anything we have today a run for their money. 1967's The Prisoner is one of those series.

The Prisoner is a 17-episode British series created by Patrick McGoohan. McGoohan also stars as an unnamed former British secret agent who abruptly resigns from hsi job and finds himself in a mysterious coastal resort. There he is monitored and studied as the mystery of who he really is takes hold.

One can draw a straight line from The Prisoner to Twin Peaks to Lost to virtually everything else we've seen in the past decade. 

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The New Adventures of Flash Gordon (1978)

Another Filmation series here, one that’s largely faithful to the Flash Gordon comic strip and featuring original characters Dale Arden and Hans Zarkov alongside Flash.

The gang travels to Mongo, where they come up against the might of Ming the Merciless and form an alliance of rebels against the tyrannical emperor. Expect battles, aliens, witch-warriors, hawkmen and more. The show was cancelled after its second season, and all twenty-four episodes of its first are available to stream.

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Guest From The Future (1984)

This children’s sci-fi series was a huge hit in its native Russia (whose language you’ll need to speak if you want to understand what’s going as there are no subtitles). It’s a five-part miniseries also known as Visitor From The Future, about two children – a boy, Kolya, from the present who jumps a century forward in time, and a girl, Alisa, from the future who jumps back to 1984. The hour-long episodes are adapted from the Russian novel by Kir Bulychov.

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Highway to Heaven (1987)

This celestial buddy cop team-up ran for five seasons between 1984 and 1989, all of which are available to stream. It’s the story of Jon Smith, an angel stripped of his angelic privilege and sent to Earth to try to earn it back.

There, he meets a former cop with whom he sets about trying to help people with their various troubles while in disguise as ordinary folk. Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie’s Michael Landon stars as Jonathan, with Victor French as retired police officer Mark.

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Monsters (1988)

Monsters opening credits feels haunted in a way that only corny late '80s/early '90s sci-fi and horror can feel haunted. The camera zooms in on planet Earth and right to a cozy suburban house in the evening. A father dejectedly turns the TV off as a mother and daughter enter the family room with popcorn. "Honey, it's family hour! There must be something on." Lo' and behold there is! Monsters: their favorite show. The father is a boulder-headed freak and the mother is a Cyclops.

Monsters disabuses us of the notion that horror anthologies belong to the modern day. This Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) series ran from 1988 to 1991 and featured several standalone episodes following different monsters. Monsters is creative, weird, unsettling, and perfectly scary.

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Highlander: The Series (1992)

Following a slight rejigging of the original film’s plot, Highlander: The Seriesfollowed Duncan MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod, cousin to Christophe Lambert’s Connor. Played by Adrian Paul, Duncan is an immortal dealing with the usual immortal stuff – dying loved ones, eternal loneliness and the daily threat of decapitation as your peers battle endlessly for ‘The Prize’, which would endow them with power beyond imagination.

Decent swordfights, a lot of philosophical debates, and more 90s than Jordan Catalano at a No Doubt gig, there’s plenty of fun to be had here. Only the first season of the six made is available here, but at twenty-two episodes, it’s no waste of your good time. You can read more about why the Highlander TV series is well worth a watch, here.

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A Century of Science Fiction (1996)

One for classic B-movie fans, Christopher Lee hosts this Ted Newsom-created documentary series looking back at milestones in sci-fi and fantasy cinema from George Méliès’ 1902 Voyage Dans La Lune all the way to modern greats like Terminator.

There are nineteen episodes available to stream in total, each one taking on a different theme, from AI to dinosaurs to mad scientists, robots, sci-fi queens and more. It’s dated, yes, and somewhat repetitive, and obviously not all the movie clips required were cleared for inclusion, but it’s nonetheless worth a look.

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Shaktimaan (1997)

This Hindi-language children’s series (sorry, no English subtitles here) was a huge hit on the Indian national television network, where it aired on Sunday lunchtimes for eight years, and around Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. It’s the story of Shaktimaan, billed as “the first Indian superhero”, and his tireless battle to defeat society’s ills and restore justice to the world.

The titular hero is played by co-creator Mukhesh Khanna. As the lengthy opening sequence will tell you, Shaktimaan began life as a human selected by a mystical sect to master elemental forces through deep meditation, which is how he gained his powers.

Having started in 1997, it would be a lie to say the special effects have aged well, but there’s certainly a nostalgic charm to them nowadays.  Over five hundred episodes were produced, the first five of which are available in Hindi to stream here. Shaktimaan is so fondly regarded, a planned revival was announced in 2016.

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Ghost Stories (1997)

“Come with me to a place of wondrous contradictions, a place that is silent and unstirring, yet restless and alive. A place of untold peace and boundless dread. Come with me into the very cradle of darkness, where those who dwell, dwell alone.”

Thus actor Rip Torn ushers viewers in to each episode of Ghost Stories, an American horror anthology series that ran for 44 episodes in the late nineties. It’s the expected things-that-go-bump-in-the-night deal, tales of hauntings, vengeful ghosts, possessions and poltergeists, all dramatised in neat half hour instalments. Perhaps one for fans of Garth Morenghi’s Darkplace..?

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Todd McFarlane's Spawn (1997)

Todd McFarlane's comic book character Spawn was built for the modern era. Al Simmons fought in the Vietnam War before being betrayed and killed by a close friend with a flamethrower. Whilst dead (comic book characters can get a lot of work done while dead) Simmons makes a pact with a demon to be allowed to return to Earth to see his wife Wanda as long as he joins the demon's infernal army. But like with most deals with a devil, this one has some drawbacks.

Spawn is dark, cinematic, and disturbing. Back in 1997 the only way it could work on television is if it were animated and on pay cable. Thankfully, Todd McFarlane's Spawn was both. The series tells the story of Al Simmons through 18 episodes spread over three seasons, all of which are on Amazon Prime.

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The Tick (2001)

Well, if Limp Bizkit t-shirts are being sold as ‘vintage’ online (and they are), then the live-action version of The Tick starring Patrick Warburton can go on this list. Fans will need no primer (though if they do, may we recommend this one). Ben Edlund’s The Tick, an unusual lantern-jawed superhero with a knack for bizarre similes and strange battle cries, started life as a mascot, then a comic book character, then an animated TV hero, before becoming flesh and blood in 2001, and once again in 2016.

This comic superhero series was cancelled cruelly early at just nine episodes, but is a must for completists.

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