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Jerry Seinfeld masters a new domain — Hulu.com — as all 169 episodes of his classic sitcom are streaming online for the first time. (And Playboy.com ranked them all, masochists that we are.) These are the original broadcast versions, which were trimmed by up to two minutes for syndication, and yes, there is something wrong with that! And if you don’t get those references… no soup for you!
THE JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW (Hulu)
The next great stand-up sitcom — in the tradition of Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, Louie and Maron — debuts on TV Land July 15, but the premiere is already streaming for your enjoyment. Gaffigan plays himself in this series closely inspired by his life: He’s a stand-up comic who lives with his wife (Ashley Williams) and five kids in a two-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Food gags abound, of course, but so does delicious writing and acting: The ensemble also includes Michael Ian Black and Adam Goldberg, with cameos from such comics as Chris Rock, Janeane Garofalo, Dave Attell and Hannibal Burress.
NCIS: SEASONS 1-11 (Netflix)
It’s not too late to jump on board TV’s top-rated drama, especially now that the first 11 seasons are streaming on Netflix. Before Season 13 premieres in September, you can catch up with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, led by LeRoy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon). Some of the characters come and go — we’re still getting over the departure of Cote de Pablo’s Ziva at the start of Season 11 — but the show remains satisfying meat-and-potatoes TV.
LA REINA DEL SUR (Netflix)
Alice Braga will soon star in a USA Network remake of this award-winning 2011 telenovela. Kate del Castillo plays Teresa Mendoza, a Mexican woman who becomes the most powerful drug trafficker in Southern Spain, hence her title as “The Queen of the South,” after her kingpin boyfriend is executed. The original became the highest-rated show in Telemundo history, so I guess you could say it’s addictive.
BRITAIN’S BLOODIEST DYNASTY: THE PLANTAGENETS (Acorn TV)
If you’re jonesing for some Game of Thrones-style royal violence now that the HBO drama has wrapped its season, check out this four-part docudrama presented by historian Dan Jones. The Plantagenets ruled England for more than 300 years, and the family had more than its share of intrigue, adultery, backstabbing and treachery. Not for nothing have playwrights written about the House of Plantagenet’s first king, Henry II (The Lion in Winter, Becket), and its last, that charming fellow Richard III.
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.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.