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Maybe you’ve heard of this obscure little sitcom about a gang of six twentysomethings living and loving in New York City? Well, Netflix has finally plucked it from the ashbin of pop-culture history, dusted off all 236 episodes, and made them available for the first time in…what’s that, you say? The show still plays in syndication multiple times a day? And the complete series has been reissued on Blu-Ray? Could I be any more embarrassed?
SECRET STATE (Acorn TV)
After spending three seasons in a therapist’s chair on HBO’s In Treatment, Gabriel Byrne ascended to a seat in the British Parliament for this four-part miniseries. He plays a Deputy Prime Minister who takes over the government’s top position after his predecessor’s plane mysteriously crashes. He soon discovers a shadowy conspiracy involving a US chemical company. Bonus for Game of Thrones fans: Watch for Charles Dance (aka Tywin Lannister), Ralph Ineson (Dagmar Cleftjaw), Anton Lesser (Qyburn) and Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon).
BRON/BROEN II (THE BRIDGE) (Hulu)
FX may have sadly cancelled its Mexican-American version after only two seasons, but the second installment of the Danish/Swedish original is newly available to stream. This one concerns an old tanker ship that inexplicably goes off-course and radio silent as it’s heading for impact with, you guessed it, a bridge! Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia return in the roles that insipred Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir’s characters. And—good news—Bron/Broen will return for a third installment later this year.
HULK AND THE AGENTS OF S.M.A.S.H. (Hulu)
Not to be confused with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Supreme Military Agency of Super Humans fights evil while being followed around by cameras for an online reality show in this Disney XD animated series. Listen for the familiar voices of Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) as Red Hulk, Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) as She-Hulk and Seth Green (Robot Chicken) as A-Bomb as well as Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy. What, no Groot?
SPORTS JEOPARDY (Crackle)
Clue: This online game show, hosted by ESPN veteran Dan Patrick, tests the athletic knowledge of three trivia-obsessed contestants, and posts a new episode every Wednesday on Crackle. Answer: “What is Sports Jeopardy!” Any questions?
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts wrote TV Guide Magazine‘s wildly popular “Cheers & Jeers” column for 10 years. His work has also been published in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Vulture.com, Fast Company, New York Daily News, Digital Spy, the Sundance Channel’s website and RogerEbert.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.