Ranking The Best TV Shows You Can Watch 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 Oct. 21, “The Deuce” tops the list. The show continues to not do super well in the ratings and that’s a shame. It’s now starting to near the end of its first season run, so you should give it a shot.

In the age of so many shows to choose from, few program seem to be getting a massive audience these days. With “Game of Thrones” off the air, pretty much every critically-acclaimed show has a very niche audience at the moment. As mentioned last week, a report in the Wall Street Journal claimed that the audience for “Transparent” continues to be very, very small. Of course, this will change next week as the very popular “Stranger Things” returns.

This week though, The CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Netflix’s “Mindhunter” and USA’s “Mr. Robot” all join the list. All are streaming on their respective network’s websites.

Good luck this week, and we hope this helps.

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Season 1 Finale: Oct. 29, 2017

(HBO)

Season 4 Release: Sept. 22, 2017

(Amazon)

Season 1 Release: Sept. 15, 2017

(Netflix)

Season 3 Finale: TBD

(The CW)

Season 9 Finale: Dec. 3, 2017

(HBO)

Season 9 Finale: TBD

(NBC)

Season 4 Release: Sept. 8, 2017

(Netflix)

Season 2 Finale: Sept. 10, 2017

(HBO)

Season 1 Release: Oct. 13, 2017

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Season 3 Finale: TBD

(USA)

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.