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!
CASUAL: SEASON 2 (Hulu)
The Golden Globe-nominated sitcom about single grown siblings (SNL vet Michaela Watkins and The Mindy Project alum Tommy Dewey) who live together and overshare about their lives returns for a second helping of awkward moments and painful neuroses. Tara Lynne Barr (God Bless America) is back as Watkins’ sexually precocious daughter, with the always-wonderful Fred Melamed and Frances Conroy as the family patriarch and matriach. New cast members include Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser as Dewey’s arch-enemy and The Leauge’s Katie Aselton as Watkins’ work friend. Bonus for fans: The season features 13 episodes, starting with two today, as opposed to last year’s 10.
BO BURNHAM: MAKE HAPPY (Netflix)
The singing stand-up who became a YouTube star at 16 is now a decade older and pondering topics both serious (the narcissism of the millenial generation) and silly (how hard it is to fit your hand inside a Pringles can). He also takes aim at Lip Sync Battle, Guy Fieri and white male privilege. Think Justin Bieber (if he had a sense of humor about himself) meets a young Adam Sandler and you’ll get an idea of why Burnham makes so many people—if not himself—happy.
LA SELECCION: SEASON 2 (Hulu)
The telenovela about the most successful soccer team in Colombian history kicks off a second season of 64 episodes (Season 1 featured 77). Players depicted include Rene “El Loco” Higuita (John Alex Castillo), Faustino “The Gazelle” Asprilla (Omar Murillo) and Freddy “Colossus” Rincon (Antonio Jiminez). It all culminates at the 1994 World Cup. Gooooooaaaallll!
SUSPECTS: SERIES 3 AND 4 (Acorn TV)
The gritty British police procedural releases its two most recent four-episode seasons. Using mostly improvised dialogue for an added sense of realism, the drama follows a trio of London cops (Damien Molony, Clare-Hope Ashitey and Fay Ripley) as they investigate murders, assaults, sex crimes and more. Think of it as Law & Order: SVU — U.K. A fifth season has been ordered but Ripley, believe it or not, won’t return.
JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE (Netflix)
Narrated by Cat Power, this documentary takes another little piece of Janis Joplin’s heart and puts it on the screen. Featuring archival footage of concerts and interviews with the blues-rock shouter, who tragically died of a heroin overdose at 27 in 1970, Amy J. Berg’s film also includes new commentary by the likes of Dick Cavett, Melissa Etheridge, Kris Kristofferson and Juliette Lewis, who’s been channeling Janis’ anarchic spirit with her own band, Juliette and the Licks.
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.