What’s new on Netflix? Hot on Hulu? Amazing on Amazon? Crossing the Streams scours the streaming services to find the best shows and specials freshly available for online viewing. You’re welcome!
DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS (Netflix)
After a 14-year run on TeenNick, the Canadian adolescent soap opera gets a reboot on Netflix, with 10 episodes available now and 10 more yet to come. Set at a Toronto high school, Degrassi tackles issues like cyber-bullying, mental illness and drug abuse. Fourteen actors return from the previous incarnation, with five new co-stars joining the cast. And you never know — one of them could turn out to be the next Drake, who started from the bottom (billed using his real name Aubrey Graham) as a disbled athlete on Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2001.
Z NATION: SEASON 2 (Netflix)
It’s like The Walking Dead — except they slay you with jokes. The horror comedy’s second season takes place three years into the zombie apocalypse as a ragtag band of survivors (is there any other kind?) try to transport the last, best hope for a cure from New York to California. Familiar faces along the way include Road Trip’s DJ Qualls, Showgirls’ Gina Gershon, Brad Pack/Dead Zone survivor Anthony Michael Hall and Game of Thrones scribe George R.R. Martin as — who else? — Zombie George R.R. Martin.
ROCKETJUMP: THE FINALE (Hulu)
It’s the culmination of Hulu’s first season of eight episodes going behind the scenes of Freddie Wong and Matt Arnold’s widly popular, stunt-packed YouTube shorts. This time they stage a no-holds-barred barroom brawl featuring Nazis and sight gags worthy of the great silent comics Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Oh, and it concludes with one unbroken, three-minute take. Take that, The Great Dictator!
DOMINION CREEK (Acorn TV)
Touted as “the first Western made in Ireland,” this four-part miniseries follows three brothers who emigrate from the Emerald Isle to the Old West seeking a fortune during the Gold Rush. Inspired by real accounts of 1890s settlers, it was originally shown in the U.K. under the seemingly ungrammatical title An Klondike. And if some of the locations look familiar, it may be because they’re not far from where John Ford shot The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
19-2 (Acorn TV)
The phrase “gritty Canadian police drama” doesn’t get thrown around often for a reason, but it applies to this Montreal-set cop show, an English-language remake of a Québécois hit. Adrian Holmes (Arrow) and Jared Keeso (Elysium) co-star as mismatched partners patrolling the mean streets of the downtown’s 9th precinct. The first two episodes are streaming now, with a new installment rolling out every Monday through March 14, and a second and third season coming later. 10-4!
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.