Ranking The Best Shows You Can Stream Online Right Now

Todd Van Luling

You’ve got free time to kill, and you want to spend these rare moments with a TV show, but you’ve got a ton of options on a handful of streaming platforms. In an era when keeping up with contemporary TV is beginning to feel more and more like homework, it’s about time there was a cheat sheet.

HuffPost’s Streamline is a go-to source for what to watch online right now. It includes recommendations for scripted TV shows, both live-action and animated, chosen by writers who watch countless series and have an eye on what other critics are ecstatic about this minute. 

The weekly list values newness to promote shows that might not be on your radar yet. On the navigation bar above, you can choose specific recommendations for series streaming on NetflixHulu and Amazon. The main list below also includes shows that you can stream online with a cable package (such as programs on HBO, Showtime and FX Networks).

The idea: Come to Streamline before you accidentally waste your time with a bad show. Wait a minute to save a minute.  

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For the weekend of Nov. 11, “Alias Grace” tops the list, followed by fellow Netflix show “Lady Dynamite.” For more on those shows check out the Netflix Streamline.

It’s a good thing though that Netflix has had so many hits lately as their first mega-popular show, “House of Cards,” now appears to be essentially canceled, with a possible return as a very different show. After multiple people accused Kevin Spacey of sexual harassment — including incidents with underage boys — the show suspended production. It appears that Netflix might have Spacey’s character killed off and focus on Robin Wright’s character instead.

“At Home with Amy Sedaris” remains high on the list. This parody of a home-cooking show premiered a few weeks ago on truTV, but has been consistently funny and well-written. Amy Sedaris has long been a national treasure (people don’t talk enough about “Strangers with Candy,” which she did with a young Stephen Colbert) and that’s no different with this new project. It’s a bit hard to stream on TruTV as you need to have a cable package, but if you do, then give this a shot.

“The Good Place” joins the list as more and more critical praise for the show comes through. Although the show is currently airing on NBC, you can watch with Hulu as well. National Geographic has a show on the list for the first time, “The Long Road Home,” which is a miniseries about American soldiers. You can watch episodes on their website. The episodes are movie-length, so it’s a big commitment, but the show is well worth checking out.

Good luck this week, and we hope this helps.

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Season 1 Release: Nov. 3, 2017

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Season 2 Release: Nov. 10, 2017

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Season 1 Finale: TBD

(truTV)

Season 1 Release: Oct. 13, 2017

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Season 1 Release: Sept. 15, 2017

(Netflix)

Season 3 Finale: TBD

(The CW)

Season 2 Finale: TBD

(NBC)

Season 2 Release: Oct. 27, 2017

(Netflix)

Season 9 Finale: Dec. 3, 2017

(HBO)

Miniseries Finale: Dec. 19, 2017

(National Geographic)

A note on methodology:

Streamline recommendations do not include reality shows, game shows, awards shows, news shows and other shows that aren’t streaming online.

Along with HuffPost’s own “research” (watching countless hours of TV), Streamline opinions are informed by critical reviews from publications like The New York TimesVultureThe A.V. ClubThe Ringer and Collider, and aggregators like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. Twitter is also providing HuffPost with data on the most tweeted-about streaming shows on its platform.

Shows can appear on the main list for two months after their most recent season’s final episode. Shows that debut all episodes at once will also be eligible for only two months.

If broadcast shows want a chance at showing up on the main list, they should make their episodes easily available to stream.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.