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!
TRIUMPH THE INSULT COMIC DOG’S ELECTION SPECIAL (Hulu)
The 2016 presidential campaign is a great one… for Conan O'Brien’s favorite cigar-smoking puppet to poop on! Triumph doesn’t discriminate, insulting Democrats (“I’m worried that this email thing is going to be Hillary’s Achilles cankle”) and Republicans (suggesting Jeb Bush change his last name to “something more popular, like Wilkes Booth”). The media isn’t safe, either, as Triumph compliments Chuck Todd for NBC having higher standards than Fox News: “You’re like the prostitute who doesn’t kiss on the mouth.” And just wait till you see what he does to a talking Donald Trump doll.
MAD MEN: SEASON 7, PART 2 (Netflix)
If you’ve somehow managed to avoid any spoilers about the final six episodes of AMC’s Emmy-winning drama, I’m not going to ruin it for you. Suffice it to say Don Draper (Jon Hamm) ends up somewhere you’d never expect, and the same goes for Joan (Christina Hendricks) and the rest of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (did I forget anyone?) gang. Even if you’re not mad about the last scene, you’ve gotta admit this was one of TV’s best shows ever.
HANNIBAL BURESS: COMEDY CAMISADO (Netflix)
He may have inadvertantly earned notoriety as the guy who helped make the accusations against Bill Cosby go very public, but Buress is much more than that. He’s a skilled actor (he steals scenes from Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in Daddy’s Home), a convincing pitchman (that’s him at New York’s famous Katz’s Deli in those Samsung Pay commercials) and one of America’s funniest stand-ups. This special, taped at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, proves that. And yes, Cosby’s name does come up, as Buress explains the fringe benefits he’s received from his sudden fame: “Who knew that an offhand joke about Cosby raping would lead to me having amazing consensual sex across the country?“
THE WOMAN IN WHITE (Acorn TV)
Long before Andrew Lincoln murderized zombies on The Walking Dead, he faced off against another scary creature in this 1997 two-hour movie loosely based on Wilkie Collins’ 1859 novel of the same title. He plays a tutor hired by a pair of half-sisters (Tara Fitzgerald and Justine Waddell) in a house that’s haunted by a strange spirit who delivers dire warnings. The stellar cast also features James Wilby, Simon Callow, Ian Richardson and Corin Redgrave. Brain-eating walkers not included.
CHINA, IL (Hulu)
The Adult Swim animated series, which was canceled last year after 30 episodes, is now streaming, appropriately enough. It’s set at the "Worst College in America” and boasts such familiar voices as Hulk Hogan (as the Dean), Greta Gerwig (as teaching assistant Pony Merks), Jeffrey Tambor (as “super science” professor Leonard Cakes), Hannibal Buress — speak of the devil! — (as the school’s star quarterback) and Dave Coulier (as, who else, Ronald Reagan).
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.