You’ve got free time to kill, and you want to spend these rare moments with a TV show, but you’ve got a ton of options on a handful of streaming platforms. In an era when keeping up with contemporary TV is beginning to feel more and more like homework, it’s about time there was a cheat sheet.
HuffPost’s Streamline is a go-to source for what to watch online right now. It includes recommendations for scripted TV shows, both live-action and animated, chosen by writers who watch countless series and have an eye on what other critics are ecstatic about this minute.
The weekly list values newness to promote shows that might not be on your radar yet. On the navigation bar above, you can choose specific recommendations for series streaming on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. The main list below also includes shows that you can stream online with a cable package (such as programs on HBO, Showtime and FX Networks).
The idea: Come to Streamline before you accidentally waste your time with a bad show. Wait a minute to save a minute.
For the weekend of Nov. 4, “At Home with Amy Sedaris” tops the list. This parody of a home-cooking show premiered a few weeks ago on TruTV, but has been consistently funny and well written. Amy Sedaris has long been a national treasure (people don’t talk enough about “Strangers With Candy” which she did with a young Stephen Colbert) and that’s no different with this new project. It’s a bit hard to stream on TruTV as you need to have a cable package, but if you do, then give this a shot. “Mindhunter” continues to move up the list. This show seems to becoming very popular and is yet another hit for Netflix. Check out Jonathan Groff’s interview on “Fresh Air” this week. It’s a good thing Netflix has had so many hits lately as their first mega-popular show, “House of Cards,” now appears to be cancelled. The Netflix Streamline gets into this more, but after multiple people accused Kevin Spacey of sexual harassment, including underage men, the show suspended production. So you probably won’t be seeing much more of “House of Cards” unless they find a way to spin off Robin Wright’s character. Given the plot history of the show, it actually wouldn’t be too hard for them to just have her kill Spacey’s character without repercussions. Netflix’s other huge hit, “Stranger Things 2” moved down a bit on the list given many so-so reviews. The consensus seems to be that this season is solid, but not the same joy as Season 1. The service also debuts “Alias Grace” this week, which has joined the list. “The Deuce” ended last Sunday to little fanfare. That’s a shame! Why didn’t you watch “The Deuce” while it aired. Please tell. Good luck this week, and we hope this helps.
Season 1 Finale: TBD
Season 1 Release: Oct. 13, 2017
Season 1 Finale: Oct. 29, 2017
Season 4 Release: Sept. 22, 2017
Season 1 Release: Nov. 3, 2017
Season 1 Release: Sept. 15, 2017
Season 3 Finale: TBD
Season 2 Release: Oct. 27, 2017
Season 9 Finale: Dec. 3, 2017
Season 2 Finale: Sept. 10, 2017
A note on methodology:
Streamline recommendations do not include reality shows, game shows, awards shows, news shows and other shows that aren’t streaming online.
Along with HuffPost’s own “research” (watching countless hours of TV), Streamline opinions are informed by critical reviews from publications like The New York Times, Vulture, The A.V. Club, The Ringer and Collider, and aggregators like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. Twitter is also providing HuffPost with data on the most tweeted-about streaming shows on its platform.
Shows can appear on the main list for two months after their most recent season’s final episode. Shows that debut all episodes at once will also be eligible for only two months.
If broadcast shows want a chance at showing up on the main list, they should make their episodes easily available to stream.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.