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!
A DIFFERENT WORLD (Hulu)
Not everything Bill Cosby touched has been banned from distribution. A Different World—a 1987-93 spinoff from The Cosby Show — has been newly rereleased on Hulu. Lisa Bonet’s Denise Huxtable left the collegiate sitcom after only one season, as did Marisa Tomei as her white friend, Maggie Lawton (a role originally intended for Meg Ryan!), and later seasons focused on other cast members like Dawnn Lewis, Whitney Guy and Kadeem Hardison. If you want to skip ahead to Seasons 6 and 7, watch for a pre-Will Smith Jada Pinkett. Guest stars along the way include Billy Dee Williams, Lena Horne, Jesse Jackson, Heavy D and Tupac Shakur.
AZIZ ANSARI: LIVE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (Netflix)
Parks and Recreation may be over, but the former Tom Haverford is still going strong as a stand-up. In this special, filmed at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Ansari discusses what it’s like to be the son of first-generation Indian immigrants, growing up in South Carolina (“a place that combines racism with horrible public schools”) and dating in the digital age (“it’s like trying to schedule the dumbest shit for the flakiest people”). His schtick is more delicious than — to quote Tom — “fry-fry chicky-chick.”
JAMAICA INN (Acorn TV)
One of three Daphne du Maurier works to be adapted by Alfred Hitchcock (the other two were Rebecca and The Birds), Jamaica Inn tells the story of an 1820s woman (Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay) who hides out with a gang of smugglers at a spooky hotel in Cornwall, England. The cast also features Joanne Whalley, once better known as Val’s wife, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer. And unlike Hitch’s 1939 original, this one’s in color!
LAST FAN STANDING (CONtv)
Evil Dead fans, unite: The chainsaw-wielding Ash himself, Bruce Campbell, hosts this new game show featuring trivia questions about sci-fi, fantasy, horror and superheroes. The new on-demand streaming service designed for Comic Con fans also offers new episodes of My Morphing Life, the continuing adventures of former Green Power Ranger Jason David Frank. It’s morphin’ time!
It’s kind of like Heroes, only the heroes are the villains. PlayStation’s first drama series tracks a team of homicide detectives, Christian Walker (District 9’s Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (The Following’s Susan Heyward), who investigate crimes committed by people with superhuman abilities. Other familiar faces include Eddie Izzard, Emmy nominee Michelle Forbes (The Killing) and Game of Thrones’ Noah Taylor. Wow, PlayStation has some real casting powers!
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, Emmy Magazine, Vulture and Fast Company. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.