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What to Stream This Weekend

What to Stream This Weekend
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Not sure what to watch this weekend? Here are some of the best TV shows and movies you can watch on the top video-streaming services this weekend.
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Another Friday, and you’re faced with the ultimate choice: what the hell are you going to stream this weekend? Luckily for you, this is the era of peak TV—which is another way of saying there’s way too much to choose from on all those streaming services to which you dutifully subscribe.

Each week, the PCMag features team takes turns highlighting the video streaming content they’re excited to watch or think you should binge. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.

  • Farscape (Amazon Prime Video)

    Frell, yes! In between the time of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the revamped Battlestar Galactica, there was one truly great space opera TV show: Farscape. Made in Australia by the Jim Henson Company—so it features a couple of main characters that are technically Muppets!—it’s the tale of American astronaut John Crichton going through a wormhole and ending up on a sentient bio-mechanical ship full of misfits and cast-offs.

    It lasted four seasons and got a follow-up finish mini-series on Sci-Fi Channel back before that channel was SyFy—in fact, Farscape was the first “Sci-Fi Original.” Now, all 88 episodes plus the Emmy-nominated mini called “The Peacekeeper Wars” have arrived on Amazon with a fresh coat of paint: every minute has been remastered into full HD. Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the show’s debut. (FYI, if you can’t find the mini-series finale, it’s been appended to the end of Season 4.)

  • Arrested Development – Season 5b (Netflix)

    We can all agree that the first three seasons of Arrested Development from years and years ago on Fox are almost perfect, right? I truly believe season four (the first as a Netflix Original) was a bit of genius on the part of creator/producer Mitchell Hurwitz, who had to do an entire season of television without having all of his cast available at the same time (the dodgy-looking green screens just added to the mystique). Now, Netflix unveils the second half of the fifth season, and while the Bluth Family has probably seen better days, the (probably final) eight episodes are still worth a look-see for true fans and never-nudes.
  • American Gods (Starz)

    Episode three of season two airs this Sunday. Just what do the Gods of old have in store for poor old Shadow? Can anyone really replace Gillian Anderson as one of the new Gods? (Answer: No.) Will we get more of the comedy double-act known as “Dead Wife and Leprechaun”? We can only hope so. American Gods is known for its behind-the-scenes turmoil, but it still looks as funky and crazy as it did in the first amazing season, so keep watching (only on Starz) or you’ll be like those people who skipped Game of Thrones for too many years and didn’t get what the fuss was about.
  • Cold War (Amazon Prime Video)

    It’s still in theaters, but Cold War arrives on Amazon Video on March 22 because it was scooped up by Amazon Studios for US distribution. It takes place during the late 1940s to early 1960s in post-war Poland and France, and follows a music director and singer who fall in love and dream of escaping a communist regime. When the chance comes, things don’t go as planned. This film was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Foreign Language Film, and won many more, including best director at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Happy Endings (Sony Crackle)

    There have been lots of shows that wanted to be the next Friends—television history of the last two decades is littered with their corpses. One of the better attempts, if not the best, was ABC’s short-lived (see?) Happy Endings from 2011. It starts with the breakup of a couple at their own wedding and proceeds from there. Don’t expect it to be dramedy, however. Nothing is sacred on this show starring Damon Wayans Jr. (this is why he wasn’t a regular on New Girl), Casey Wilson, and Adam Pally. Catch the first season of 13 episodes on Crackle, but you’ll have to endure some advertisements since they keep the service free. (Sony TV produced the show, and Sony owns Crackle.)
  • Fringe (IMDb Freedive)

    Yes, IMDb is now streaming free movies and TV shows, with ads. It’s kind of weird because IMDb is owned by Amazon and why pull audience from Amazon Video? But who cares when IMDb’s starting lineup includes the best TV conspiracy-theory fest fiction since The X-Files: the JJ Abrams-produced Fringe.

    It starts in a very Mulder/Scully-esque way, with monsters-of-the-week, but over time the show masterfully introduces more strange things than anyone can imagine—parallel worlds full of doppelgangers and more. The cast—featuring John Noble as the mad-scientist Walter Bishop and the breathtaking Anna Torv as the FBI agent who has to handle him and his angry son (Joshua Jackson)—saves the world repeatedly through five seasons.

  • World’s Most Amazing Dog

    Yes, Facebook has original programming. It even has a show starring someone actually famous (Elizabeth Olsen). But it only has one competition show to find the World’s Most Amazing Dog. Hosts include George Lopez and Lisa Vanderpump, the people we’d all turn to for canine expertise. Naturally, because it’s Facebook, you get to vote on your favorite pup. You can even upload video of your own dog being amazing to get in on the action. The winner gets $100,000. As of episode six, the semi-finals are underway, so tune in to see which pooch kicks ass.
  • Amy Schumer: Growing (Netflix)

    The comedian is back on stage in a live show from Chicago, performing while six months pregnant and suffering from hyperemesis (in short, you puke a lot, but not onstage, thankfully). Despite all that, she’s killing it. This special is a lot funnier than her last Netflix outing in 2017, perhaps because she’s grounded now with a baby on the way and a new marriage. Or maybe these are better jokes. Either way, if you’re any kind of fan of Schumer’s style of raunchy-but-heartfelt comedy, you’ll enjoy Growing.
  • Everything Coming to Netflix and Amazon

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