The 20 best TV shows on YouTube

From I, Claudius to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy via Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and 21 Jump Street, here are our pick of the top shows available to watch for free on YouTube.  War and Peace Genre: Historical drama Creator: David Conroy Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Morag Hood, Angela Down Certificate: PG Series: 1 (1972) In a nutshell:With Andrew Davies's spectacular new War and Peace adaptation just concluded, what better time to revisit the BBC's earlier tilt at the Tolstoy epic? Admittedly, Davies, for one, is not a fan of the 20-part series ("like watching paint dry"). Sluggish pacing notwitstanding, it is arguably worth persevering with, if only for Anthony Hopkins's thoughtful turn as perpetually flustered hero Pierre Bezukhov. The Darling Buds Of May Genre: Comedy drama Creator: David Nobbs  Starring: David Jason, Catherine Zeta Jones Certificate: PG Series: 1-3 (1991-1993) In a nutshell:The winsome rustic chuckle-fest that introduced the world to Catherine Zeta Jones. A mutton-chopped David Jason stars as the patriarch of a Kentish farming family who take a naive tax inspector under their wing, with Zeta Jones as the horse-loving daughter. The laughs are gentle rather than roll-around hilarious but the cast brings a nicely understated wryness.  The Invaders Genre: Science Fiction  Creator: Larry Cohen Starring: Roy Thinnes Series: 1-2 (1967-1968) Certificate: PG In a nutshell: Brimming with Cold War paranoia, this cult Sixties series is regarded by science fiction buffs as a hugely influential forerunner of The X-Files. Thinnes plays an architect stumbling upon an extra-terrestrial invasion in progress. With many government figures already body-snatched by alien doppelgängers, our hero is constantly on the run as he tries (and inevitably fails) to convince the public little green men are taking over.  The top 30 TV shows on Amazon Prime Video  Hornblower Genre: High Continue Reading

How films, TV shows have been altered amid harassment scandals

Dozens of TV shows and movies have been scrapped or altered in response to sexual harassment allegations made against some of the top actors, comedians and producers in Hollywood in recent months. Following the October New York Times and New Yorker reports exposing decades of assault by former producer Harvey Weinstein, accusers have shared accounts of alleged misconduct involving nearly 100 men in the entertainment industry.   In most cases, action was swift once allegations were made public, with production companies pausing and shelving planned projects, talent being fired and, in some cases, scrubbed completely from credits and scenes. Here's the status of television shows and films, and how those in power are reacting to the growing number of allegations within the entertainment industry. TV shows: “The Chew” — Mario Batali, ABC Restaurateur Mario Batali was fired from his role as co-host of “The Chew” by ABC after published a Dec. 11 report that four women, three who worked for him, had accused the celebrity chef of inappropriately touching them over the past 20 years. It's not yet clear if he'll be replaced. “Molto Mario” — Mario Batali, Food Network The Food Network scrapped plans to revive its early-2000 series “Molto Mario” starring Batali after allegations of sexual misconduct were published. Untitled stand-up special — Louis C.K., Netflix Netflix dropped its plans to release a second stand-up comedy special with the comedian after The New York Times published a report detailing sexual harassment claims by five women on Nov. 9. The comedian’s first stand-up special, “Live at the Comedy Store,” remains on the streaming site. “Louie” — Louis C.K., FX The sixth season of “Louie” has been in limbo for quite some time — FX announced it was taking a hiatus from the show in 2015 Continue Reading

Best TV shows now on Netflix, Amazon and more

This age of "Peak TV" can mean too much to watch, too much to sample, too much to absorb. We live in a TV age of bounty, but maybe too much bounty. Where to turn? This updated 21st century viewers' guide to some of the newest series worth watching attempts to sort out that question. What I've tried to do here is highlight series that have launched within the last couple of years or so, although there are a handful of exceptions -- in those rare instances when recent seasons improved on earlier ones, or were radically different from them. Some of these shows have been overlooked in the crush of 487 scripted series (in 2017 alone). Some of these are hidden gems, some are the beneficiary of vast publicity and the Emmy award machine. But to a show they're proof that peak TV is about abundance, diversity and quality. (Unless otherwise noted, these are available to stream on the networks’ respective websites, or otherwise on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.) “Get Shorty,” Epix This Davey Holmes ("Shameless") adaptation of the Elmore Leonard classic about a hit man with Hollywood ambitions draws you in from the opening credits, and doesn't release its hold until the closing ones. Lots of fine performances, with Chris O'Dowd's Miles Daly first among equals. “Liar,” Sundance With "Downton Abbey's" Joanne Froggatt, this falls squarely into the #Metoo movement, and then some -- her character, Laura, accuses a surgeon (Ioan Gruffudd) of raping her after a date, but he insists he's innocent. Events (and the facts) quickly prove otherwise.   “Atlanta,” FX This may be your last chance to catch up with "Atlanta" because starting next season (March 1) it has been re-named "Atlanta Robbin' Season." (Longish story why). Donald Glover's tale of the Atlanta rhymin' scene during the first season was unforgettable. “The Long Road Home,” Nat Geo Excellent short-run series that begins April 4, 2004, as a 1st Continue Reading

35 Streaming TV Shows You Can Binge Watch in a Weekend (Photos)

Stay home, get cozy and settle in with these great streaming shows you can wrap up over the course of a few easy-going days Phil Hornshaw, provided by Published 6:36 pm, Friday, January 5, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', Continue Reading

Best TV shows on Netflix

By Staff Updated February 1, 2018 3:35 PM From Netflix originals "Making a Murderer" and "Stranger Things" to other TV series favorites we love ("Arrested Development," "Gilmore Girls"), plenty of options are available on the streaming service. ONE DAY AT A TIME This Netflix sitcom, based loosely on the 1975 series of the same name, follows three generations of the same Cuban-American family living in the same house. COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE Jerry Seinfeld's famous web series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," finally comes to Netflix. ALTERED CARBON This 10-episode series follows a super soldier brought back to life a few hundred years after his death. Based on Richard K. Morgan's 2002 novel of the same name. QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY It's been 15 years since the the original "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" revolutionized reality television. Now, the series returns to Netflix and is going global, introducing audiences around the world to a modern aesthetic, diverse perspective and a brand new Fab Five: Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France. BLACK MIRROR This science fiction series, which has often been compared to "The Twilight Zone," analyzes our society and the consequences of new technology. Four seasons currently streaming. FULLER HOUSE The much-anticipated sequel to "Full House" returns with single mom D.J. and her sister, Stephanie, and friend, Kimmy, moving in together to help raise the kids. All Tanners are back with the exception of Michele, played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. PEAKY BLINDERS Netflix's "Peaky Blinders" follows the Romani/Irish gang lead by Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) in Birmingham, England in 1919, just after the First World War. Four seasons now streaming. THE RANCH Ashton Kutcher plays the son of a Colorado rancher (Sam Elliott) who returns home from a semi-pro football career to run the family business in Continue Reading

12 must-see TV shows of 2018

Pop the bubbly and put on your best sweatpants because it's time to ring in a brand-new year... of amazing TV shows! More than 500 new series flooded our screens in 2017 and it's looking like the trend of peak TV will continue with full force in 2018. It's an overwhelming sea of small-screen selections these days, so to help you kick-start your New Year's resolution of staying afloat with your top TV picks, we've curated a list of 12 shows you absolutely cannot miss.  We're breaking things down into three categories... Shows We've Missed: They say that time apart makes the heart grow fonder, and that's definitely how we feel about these four shows. These are the series that have already premiered to critical acclaim, but did not grace us with a new season in 2017. Now, they're making a triumphant return and we're ready to welcome them into the new year with a big kiss, some confetti and a guaranteed spot in our queue.  Reboots, Revivals and Spinoffs: In today's day and age of recycled content, it can be difficult to discover the watch-worthy gems from the déjà vu duds and rewinded rejects. However, we have high hopes that these blasts from the pasts and signature spinoffs will bring you just the right amount of nostalgia feels to brighten your year. New Shows You'll Love: Need we say more? These are the newbies that everyone will be talking about, so don't be late to the office Keurig (that's the new watercooler, obvs) Continue Reading

The 16 Best TV shows of 2017 to binge before 2018. That’s five days from now, people.

Comedy was a priority in 2017. No surprise there: It was that kind of year. But it was also a good time to drop into richly layered dramas—fantastical worlds steeped in danger (Game of Thrones, Stranger Things 2) or American landscapes filled with a more familiar kind of treachery (Big Little Lies, Godless). The point, in either case, was not reality but escape, often courtesy of Netflix. The streaming platform had an exceptional 2017, beating most network and cable channels for originality and quality. Herewith, the Newsweek culture team's favorite shows of the past 12 months. Some are returning soon, so use the long weekend to catch up.  Keep up with this story and more American Vandal (Netflix)The most subversive comedy of the year—a lampoon of the relatively new true-crime-mystery series—stars former Vine celebrity Jimmy Tatro as a wrongfully punished stoner hoping to prove himself innocent to the school board. The show, co-created by Dan Perrault (CollegeHumor) and Tony Yacenda (Lil Dicky’s music video “Pillowtalking”), wrings genuinely moving moments from a deceptively simple premise: two AV nerds (played by Tyler Alvarez and Griffin Gluck) try to exonerate a kid they have zero in common with. If nothing else, it proves that funny white dudes still have something to say. —Emily Gaudette Better Call Saul (AMC)Creator Vince Gilligan’s flair for casting became apparent with Breaking Bad, a drama filled top to bottom with actors who could be confused with real folk walking the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico (where the show was set). With this prequel, the story of how one of those people became sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman, Gilligan and co-creator Peter Gould have assembled the strongest ensemble on TV, beginning with stars Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks and Michael McKean, whose character’s slow slide into madness Continue Reading

Steven Van Zandt teams up with Yankees adviser Ray Negron for TV show

The view from his sixth-floor Greenwich Village studio offers a rich view of lower Manhattan, with tourists and New Yorkers clogging the Sixth Avenue sidewalks below on this Friday, an azure sky stretching west and beyond. Steven Van Zandt, dressed in a lime green and purple tie-dye shirt, jeans and his requisite scarf snug around the top of his head, affixed just above the eyebrows, is 48 hours removed from a trip to Italy but shows no signs of jet lag. The E Street Band guitarist is eager to jump into his latest project — a TV pilot called “Tio Papi” in which he and his wife, Maureen, are executive producers and partnered with Yankees community adviser, Ray Negron, a co-creator of the project. “At some point, I focus on one thing and get that done, when I can,” says Van Zandt, who showed his acting chops as mob character Silvio Dante on the hit HBO show “The Sopranos.” Van Zandt says he met Negron through a mutual friend, New York actor Joey Dedio, who played the lead role, Ray Ray, in the indie movie version of “Tio Papi,” in which a single man has to care for his six nieces and nephews. Dedio will reprise the role for the TV series, and the title character is based upon Negron and his life. “I’ve got this one (TV project) that is going to be months more in development, if it ever happens,” says Van Zandt. “I was like, ‘I’d like to do something right now.’ We’ve got a little bit of an in-between thing with Bruce (Springsteen) and the E Street Band. That’s kind of an unknown at the moment. It’s kind of always an unknown, unless we’re actually on the road. It’s a good moment right now. I was kind of looking around for something. (Negron and Dedio) mentioned they were trying to develop the film for a TV show. I thought, ‘You know what? That’s interesting.’ ” CHECK OUT OUR NEW APP: GET THE DAILY NEWS ON Continue Reading

The 10 best TV shows of 2014

Some TV shows, it’s true, start to run out of ideas after a couple of seasons. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on a series just because it’s been around. Some of 2014’s best shows kept being the best partly because they knew how to leverage their history into fresh drama. Here are our picks for the top 10: 1. “Mad Men” (AMC). Okay, it’s lost the “new-car smell” and some of its buzz. It’s also a challenge to navigate the more complex late 1960s. It remains a first-rate drama, with flawed characters we care about and an unblinking eye on the moral compass of the America Don Draper and his cohorts are trying to navigate. 2. “Sons of Anarchy” (FX). It was called a soap opera for guys, not without reason, and maybe I just bought the pitch. But Jax and Gemma Teller were great characters — driven, loyal, arrogant, insecure and in the end just human. If you had to suspend some disbelief to buy into their world, that’s neither the first time nor the worst decision. 3. “Downton Abbey” (PBS). A very different kind of soap, and no less satisfying. Downton is a world that’s just plain fun to visit, with wonderful dialogue, sumptuous visuals and a steady stream of minidramas that lend themselves to pleasant discussion. It’s a show you can talk about without having to know another language. 4. “Faking It” (MTV). Don’t look now, but some of the most engaging shows on TV are the “young adult” dramas and comedies. “Faking It” has elements of both, plus a great pair of leads in Katie Stevens and Rita Volk. It’s a sitcom that’s smart, which most recent broadcast sitcoms haven’t even tried to be. 5. “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO). Steve Buscemi was terrific as Nucky Thompson, but this show’s real Continue Reading

CBS, like HBO, takes on Netflix with a service to deliver TV shows via broadband

It may be the best thing to happen to TV since color. CBS and HBO are the first big broadcasters to leap into the increasingly brutal fight for broadband viewers, going head to head against Netflix on the streaming giant’s own turf. Both broadcasters unveiled plans this week to offer programming on demand, 24 hours a day. HBO talked about launching its service next year, while CBS revealed a fully operational service on Thursday that costs $5.99 a month. For the money, viewers get access to full current seasons of 15 CBS prime-time shows, with episodes available the day after they air. The site also offers live streams of local CBS stations in 14 of the largest markets, including New York, and full past seasons of eight major current series, including “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods” and “Survivor.” In addition, there are 5,000 episodes of older shows, shows including every episode of Paramount-produced series like “Star Trek,” “Cheers” “MacGyver” “Twin Peaks” and “CSI: Miami.” Almost everything — with the exception of some extras from CBS special events, like the Grammy telecast — is already available elsewhere online. The details of HBO’s stand-alone broadband service are far more sketchy. But network insiders say it will offer the same 2,200 titles already found monthly on HBO Go, the cable channel’s popular app that is only available to HBO subscribers. Neither of the new services will pose much of a threat to Netflix, which has moved from simply renting DVDs through the mail to offering thousands of movies and TV shows streamed directly into viewer’s devices, like tablets, phones and TV sets. Netflix changed the game further a few years ago when it began to produce its own programming, like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” and the Continue Reading