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!
JEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON, I LOVE DICK, and THE TICK (Amazon)
It’s “Pilot Season” again for Amazon, and this time viewers can vote on three potential comedy series. Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars (duh) Jean-Claude Van Damme as himself, or at least a version of himself, a washed-up action hero who moonlights as a secret agent. Best line: “I’m real retired. Not Nicolas Cage retired.” I Love Dick — it’s not what you think — casts Kevin Bacon as the titular literary guru who casts a seductive spell on a married couple played by Kathryn Hahn and Griffin Dunne. And The Tick reboots the satirical superhero franchise, with Guardians of the Galaxy’s Peter Serafinowicz stepping into the big blue bodysuit. Me, I loved The Tick, liked Dick (so to speak) and wasn’t wild about Johnson. But you decide.
COMMUNITY: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Hulu)
It’s finally together in one streaming place: all six seasons of the beloved cult sitcom set at Greendale Community College, including the final 13 episodes (previously only available on Yahoo!). Perhaps not coincidentally, Community grad Joel McHale also guest-stars on this week’s episode of the Hulu comedy Difficult People as Billy Eichner’s personal trainer. As the show’s superfans know, the cast and creator Dan Harmon’s goal was always #SixSeasonsandaMovie. So how about producing a Community movie, Hulu?
THE SYNDICATE: ALL OR NOTHING (Acorn TV)
The third season of the British anthology drama about lottery winners takes place in a Downton Abbey-like estate, where the servants hit the jackpot and turn the fancy dinner tables on their employers. The cast includes comedian Lenny Henry, Chariots of Fire vets Anthony Anderson and Alice Krige, and Rome alum Polly Walker. If this sounds familiar, it might be because ABC tried to do an Americanized version in 2013 called Lucky 7, but it proved unlucky in the ratings, getting axed after only two episodes.
If you didn’t get your fill of Brazilian athletes during the Rio Olympics, check out this six-episode docu-series about the nation’s top bull riders. The show follows the country’s PBR (Professional Bull Riders) stars from Sao Paulo to Vegas, where the world finals are held. As we’re reminded throughout the series, it’s “the most dangerous sport in the world.” And that’s no bull.
I’LL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD (Netflix)
Sadly, this documentary isn’t about the late, great Warren Zevon, who first sang “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” on his eponymous 1976 debut album, but rather EDM DJ Steve Aoki. It chronicles his crazy life as he travels the world in support of his album Neon Future and explores his complicated relationship with his father, Hiroaki Aoki, the founder of the restaurant chain Beninhana. Among the interviewees are Diplo, Tiesto, will.i.am and other people with very silly names.
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.