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FULLER HOUSE (Netflix)
So you’re wondering what happened to the Tanner clan since Full House went off the air in 1995. Well, now you got it, dude! This 13-episode spinoff brings back Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier (for the premiere, at least) but then focuses on the recently widowed D.J. (Candace Cameron-Bure), sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and BFF Kimmy (Andrea Barber) as they move in together and raise four kids between them. The only cast members who didn’t return for the reboot? The Olsen twins, who alternated in the role of Michelle. How rude!
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY (Netflix)
Netflix is all about the belated sequels this week, as it’s also released this follow-up to director Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning 2000 martial-arts epic. Michelle Yeoh reprises her role as legendary warrior Yu Shu Lien, who travels to Peking in pursuit of a mythical sword. Lee has been replaced in the director’s chair by actor-choreographer Yuen woo-Ping, and the cast includes newcomers Donnie Yen (Ip Man), Harry Shrum, Jr. (Glee) and Jason Scott Lee (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story). Sadly, however, it’s Chow Yun-fat-free.
DAWSON’S CREEK: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Hulu)
Who knew back in 1998 when this seminal teen drama premiered that it would launch the careers of a mega-celebrity (Katie Holmes), a three-time Oscar nominee (Michelle Williams), a future cult-TV star (Fringe and The Affair’s Joshua Jackson) and… James Van Der Beek. Well, at least he got to be the star back then, playing the title role of North Carolina aspiring filmmaker Dawson Leery. Watch for appearances by a pre-Glee Jane Lynch (as the troubled mother of Jackson’s Pacey), Seth Rogen (prefiguring his role in Knocked Up as a guy who has a one-night stand with Busy Phillipps’ Audrey) and Sarah Shahi (as a reporter who investigates Pacey—shades of her upcoming role as Nancy Drew!).
PARTY OF FIVE: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Hulu)
Everybody wants to live… with the quintet of Salinger siblings after their parents are killed in a car crash in yet another ‘90s/'00s adolescent classic. Matthew Fox and Scott Wolf star as eldest brothers Charlie and Bailey, with Neve Campbell and Lacey Chabert as their little sisters Julia and Claudia, and the initially newborn Owen was recast three times over the course of the show’s six seasons. Party of Five also expanded to include Jennifer Love Hewitt as Bailey’s girlfriend Sarah, who got her own short-lived spinoff The Time of Your Life, and Carroll O'Connor, who guested in six episodes as the Salingers’ grandpa. Now that’s keeping it all in the family.
DAMAGES: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Hulu)
Glenn Close deservedly won two Emmys as cut-throat attorney Patty Hewes in this scintillating legal thriller, which aired for two seasons on FX and three more on DirecTV. She’s matched every step of the way by Rose Byrne as her protege-turned-enemy Ellen Parsons, and the drama also featured indelible turns by Ted Danson (as a narcissistic accused embezzler), Lily Tomlin (as a Ruth Madoff-esque matriarch) and Martin Short (as her family’s secretive lawyer). And if you’re still wanting more after binge-ing on five seasons, check out Netflix’s Bloodline, an equally addictive drama from the same creators.
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.