What’s new on Netflix? Hot on Hulu? Amazing on Amazon? Crossing the Streams scours the streaming services to find the best shows and specials freshly available for online viewing. You’re welcome!
CHELSEA DOES (Netflix)
To kick off her new deal with Netflix (which will eventually lead to a nightly talk show), the refuge-E! rolls out four hourlong docu-specials focusing on topics that she’s obsessed with: marriage, racism, Silicon Valley and drugs. Highlights include visiting a dominatrix, smoking pot with Willie Nelson (“it’s like sex — some’s better than others, but it’s all good”) and getting in touch with her vagina.
MAD DOGS (Amazon)
A boys’ weekend in Belize turns bloody terrifying in this pitch-black comedy remake of a hit British miniseries. The stellar cast includes Ben Chaplin (who played a different role in the original version), The Sopranos’ Michael Imperioli, Weeds’ Romany Malco, Treme’s Steve Zahn, and Titanic’s Billy Zane. Oh, and there’s a little person running around wearing a cat mask killing people. If you’re looking for a cross between the Coen Brothers’ Blood Simple and Weekend at Bernie’s — and who isn’t? — you’ll go mad for Dogs.
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: SEASON 2 (Netflix)
Robert Rodriguez’s reboot of his 1996 vampire Western returns for a second season, with cool cast members including Demi Lovato, Wilmer Valderrama, Jeff Fahey, Jere Burns, Esai Morales, Danny Trejo (as “The Regulator!”) and both Gary Busey (as “The Prospector!”) and his lookalike son Jake. As the “Sex Machine!”
PLEBS: SEASON 1 and 2 (Hulu)
This ribald Brit-com follows three young men (Joel Fry, Tom Rosenthal and Ryan Sampson) chasing sex in the city — the city being ancient Rome. Two of them are lower-class, and one is a slave. High jinks ensue when an aspiring actress and her slave move in next door, and the boys invite them to an orgy. When in Rome… Seasons 3 and 4 will be available soon, with Season 5 on the way.
WHITE TEETH (Acorn TV)
Based on Zadie Smith’s best-selling novel, the four-part 2002 British miniseries tells four stories involving men at crossroads in their lives. The now-all-star cast includes Russell Brand as an apocalyptic cult member named Merlin, James McAvoy as a teenage nerd, The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi and Naomie “Miss Moneypenny” Harris. If nothing else, the soundtrack, featuring the likes of Madness, Fun Boy Three, Stiff Little Fingers, Happy Mondays and Soul II Soul, will leave you smiling.
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.