The Best Television Shows to Stream Now
Our TV critics offer forty recommendations for home viewing, from the “The Brady Bunch” to “Schitt’s Creek,” plus documentaries, animated series, dramas, British cop shows, and everything in between.
May 6, 2020
On Loving “Terrace House” Now More Than Ever
As the coronavirus takes its toll, the show’s amiability, the casual jaunts of its housemates, and its overarching emphasis on communion take on a peculiar new dimension.
April 26, 2020
Reviving Phyllis Schlafly in “Mrs. America”
The FX series is an intensely psychological portrait of the godmother of the modern anti-feminist movement.
April 20, 2020
The Functionally Dysfunctional Matriarchy of “Better Things”
Pamela Adlon’s bittersweet self-portrait of a series shows us what it’s like to live in a body.
April 13, 2020
“Unorthodox,” Reviewed: A Young Woman’s Remarkable Flight from Hasidic Williamsburg
The new Netflix miniseries, starring Shira Haas, is a delicately balanced tale of leaving religious life.
April 9, 2020
The “Schitt’s Creek” Series Finale: The Vindication of Twyla
In the years since the beloved Canadian sitcom premièred, the series, which completed a six-season run on Tuesday, has spoiled fans with a surfeit of exquisite character work.
April 8, 2020
The Crass Pleasures of “Tiger King”
The hit Netflix true-crime series revels in its subjects, human beasts and their prey.
April 6, 2020
I Clicked and Seven Hours Passed: Netflix’s “Tiger King”
The show follows the rise and fall of an eccentric Oklahoma zoo entrepreneur known as Joe Exotic, whose story stretches even the most vivid imagination.
March 26, 2020
What We’re Watching Under Quarantine
In our self-isolation, video has replaced social life, and television is grappling with a new reality.
March 23, 2020
How “Love Is Blind” Transcends the Norms of Reality Television
Instead of archetypes, the show has people, various and inconsistent, who develop, in some cases, what appears to be true affection for one another.
March 16, 2020
The TV-Studio Audience Goes Missing in the Coronavirus Crisis
This dispersal of community is a necessary thing, with an eeriness that is actual and conceptual and metaphorical: a symptom of a new approach to public space.
March 13, 2020
The Aesthetic Splendor of “The Simpsons”
Stand-alone images from the show are as quietly stunning as any made by our greatest American artists of alienation and loneliness.
March 13, 2020
“Family Karma” Might Be a Breakthrough for Desis on TV
The Bravo show is about the Indian-American community unto itself, not about its desire to assimilate.
March 10, 2020
Can “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Save Us from Donald Trump?
“When I vote in my first Presidential election,” a student said, “I feel like I’ll be voting for the queens who are on the show, and that I’ll be giving them an added voice. It’s very special.”
March 4, 2020
Annals of Gastronomy
B. Smith Was the Consummate Host
On her TV show, Smith would introduce viewers to fashion designers or show them the proper way to clean copper pots, all while looking like she’d just stepped out of a photo shoot.
March 1, 2020