What’s new on Hulu? Amazing on Amazon? Binge-worthy on Netflix? Crossing the Streams spans the web to find the best TV shows and specials freshly available to watch online. You’re welcome!
ALL HAIL KING JULIEN! (Netflix)
So you’ve seen the Penguins movie and you still want more Madagascar? Check out this new animated series centering around the nutty lemur monarch voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen in the film series (here, he’s ably replaced by expert voiceover artist Danny Jacobs). Keep your ears peeled for the familiar pipes of Andy Richter (as Julien’s slavish devotee Mort) and Henry Winkler (as Uncle King Julien, who’s scheming for a return to the throne).
COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE (Crackle)
It’s the Season 5 finale of Jerry Seinfeld’s auto web show—not that there’s anything wrong with that. Especially since it features not only a two-part interview with The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon but also the return of his old TV pal Michael Richards as fictional Crackle president “Dick Corcoran,” who asks for Jerry’s help in impregnating his wife. And yes, there is something wrong with that.
THE HONOURABLE WOMAN (Netflix)
Anybody who missed Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Golden Globe-nominated turn as an Anglo-Israeli communications tycoon who gets caught up in the Middle East conflict when it aired on Sundance Channel earlier this year, now you have no excuse. The star’s flawless English accent is even more impressive considering how many great U.K. actors surround her: Stephen Rea, Janet McTeer, Eve Best, Lindsay Duncan, et. al. No wonder Gyllenhaal’s won so many honours… er, honors.
GIRL NUMBER 9 (Acorn TV)
If you can’t wait until January 16 for the Season 2 roll-out of Gillian Anderson’s U.K. serial-killer thriller, The Fall, have no fear. This 2009 British chiller involves a police detective (Doctor Who and Torchwood vet Gareth David-Lloyd) who’s interrogating a psycho (Doc Martin’s Joe Absolom) who’s murdered seven girls and has two more—including the cop’s daughter—in captivity. Watch for Tracy Ann Oberman, aka Pathetic Jane in the new Simon Pegg flick Hector and the Search for Happiness—as David-Lloyd’s supervisor.
COWBOY BEBOP (Hulu)
The complete subtitled first season of this influential 1998 anime series is finally streaming. Set in 2071, the show follows a team of mercenary bounty hunters aboard the spaceship Bebop. For a kitschier cartoon on Hulu, get a load of He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special, a 1985 special in which the titular heroes battle Skeletor and learn the true meaning of the season along the way.
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, Vulture.com, Fast Company, New York Daily News, Digital Spy, DuJour Magazine, the Sundance Channel’s website and RogerEbert.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.