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!
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN (Hulu)
Too freaked out to watch AHS’ latest incarnation Freakshow? Then fall under the spell of Season 3’s New Orleans witches, including Emmy winners Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates as well as Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts and Taissa Farmiga. Watch for guest shots by Magic City’s Danny Huston as serial killer The Axeman, Fringe’s Lance Reddick as voodoo devil Papa Legba and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks as… herself (who else?).
BILL BURR: I’M SORRY YOU FEEL THAT WAY (Netflix)
The incendiary stand-up — who also proved himself a skilled dramatic actor on Oz and Breaking Bad — lets loose in his fourth special, an epic 80-minute rant shot in stark black-and-white in Atlanta. He’s an equal-opportunity offender, taking shots at Paula Deen, Joel Osteen, Walt Disney, GLAAD, and the Church of Scientology. Oh, and he may be the only guy in America who (hilariously) defends former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling. “People were too hard on him. For an 80-year-old white guy, what he said wasn’t that bad!”
A PLACE TO CALL HOME (Acorn TV)
This sweeping soap — an Aussie import — was inspired by the Old Hollywood melodramas of director Douglas Sirk (Written on the Wind, All that Heaven Allows). The mysterious Sarah Adams (Marta Dusseldorp, recently seen opposite Colin Firth in The Railway Man) returns to Australia after two decades abroad in 1953 and clashes with a couple of wealthy landowners. Crikey!
SAILOR MOON (Hulu)
Episodes of the cult 1992-97 anime series have been newly dubbed in English. Klutzy but lovable teen Usagi Taukino magically transforms into the superheroine Sailor Moon. Accompanied by her squad of Sailor Guardians, she protects the planet from the nefarious forces who are determined to destroy it. Freshly dubbed episodes of the anime ninja saga Naruto Shippuden are also now available on Hulu.
THE OUTER LIMITS: SEASON 2 (Amazon)
The alternate-universe version of The Twilight Zone originally ran on CBS from 1963-65, and the second season is now streaming on Amazon. Highlights include “Soldier,” written by sci-fi master Harlan Ellison, who later sued the makers of The Terminator for plagiarizing his time-travel war story (the case was settled out of court and Ellison receives and “acknowledgement to the works of” credit); “I, Robot” and “Expanding Human,” featuring a pre-Star Trek Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan, respectively; and “The Invisible Enemy,” with dead-serious turns by Adam “Batman” West and Ted “Ted Baxter” Knight.
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.