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Crossing the Streams: TV to Watch Online – Seinfeld, Superheroes and ‘Girls’

Crossing the Streams: TV to Watch Online – Seinfeld, Superheroes and ‘Girls’: Gilmore Girls' Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel

Gilmore Girls' Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel

There’s so much good stuff to watch online…and Playboy is here to help you find it.

THE AWESOMES (Hulu)
Seth Meyers’ animated superhero parody just posted the final installment of its 10-episode second season, in which the show’s would-be Justice League battles the evil ex-accountant Malocchio Jr. (Will Forte). The voice cast is a veritable who’s who of SNL alums, like Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch as well as current cast members Taran Killam, Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon. Pop-culture bonus: The Season 2 closer was penned by Real World: San Francisco cast member/comic-book author Judd Winick.


TRANSPARENT (Amazon.com)
Jeffrey Tambor knows about dysfunctional family comedy—and streaming series—from his Arrested Development days. But this time he plays the patriarch and a budding matriarch, as an L.A. dad who announces to his three grown-up (but not necessarily mature) children that he’s undergoing gender-reassignment surgery. The stellar ensemble includes Who’s the Boss’ Judith Light, The West Wing’s Bradley Whitford and Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein.


COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE (Crackle)
The new season of Jerry Seinfeld’s caffeine-fueled chat show doesn’t roll out until November; Joan Rivers tragically didn’t live long enough to be the first guest, but Fred Armisen, Bill Burr, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart and Amy Schumer will go along for rides. In the meantime, Seinfeld has posted a two-minute “Single Shot” featuring longtime frenemies David Letterman and Jay Leno talking about each other. They fondly recall their early days working together at L.A.’s comedy store, and Dave calls Jay “the best ever that I saw on stage.” Okay, but Jerry sadly neglected to ask: Is Jay the master of his domain?


GILMORE GIRLS (Netflix)
We know what you’re thinking: It’s a chick show. But when the chicks are as hot and smart as Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel on the WB’s 2000-2007 drama (newly available on Netflix), we’re willing to make an exception. Aside from all the mother-daughter bonding, we get a peek at a pre-Bridesmaids Melissa McCarthy and her real-life husband Ben Falcone as well as fellow future comic stars Nick Offerman, Danny Pudi, and Seth MacFarlane (in two different roles). Plus, wacky cameos from Madeleine Albright, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Norman Mailer! No wonder they called the small town Stars Hollow.


LAUGH LESSONS WITH KEVIN NEALON (AOL)
There’s no subliminal message here: former “Weekend Update” anchor Kevin Nealon hosts this riff on Kids Say the Darndest Things. The twist is that top stand-up comedians sit down to chat with tots. The guest list includes Dana Carvey (who recently pumped back up his “Hans and Franz” characters with Nealon for a new State Farm commercial), Adam Sandler, David Spade, Sarah Silverman and a few people who were never on SNL, like Ellen DeGeneres, whose company produces the show, and Chelsea Handler. But the funniest moment may be when the kids give Nealon blank looks after he tells them they may know him from Weeds.


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.

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