26 best TV shows on Netflix

Netflix originals "Orange Is the New Black" and "House of Cards" may the obvious choices for must-binge shows, but the streaming service has plenty of others to satiate any TV appetite, whether you're craving comedy, drama or soap-opera-style fluff. Here are our picks for the ones to watch now. This photo provided by Netflix shows, Idris Elba, as Commandant, in the Netflix original film, "Beasts of No Nation," directed by Cary Fukunaga. (Netflix via AP) This photo provided by Netflix shows Idris Elba, left, as Commandant, and Abraham Attah, center, as Agu, in the Netflix original film, "Beasts of No Nation," directed by Cary Fukunaga. (Shawn Greene/Netflix via AP) 'Marvel's Jessica Jones" premieres on Netflix Friday, Nov. 20. (Credit: Netflix) Idris Elba plays an African warlord known as Commandant in "Beasts of No Nation," a Netflix original film about the making of a child soldier, Agu (newcomer Abraham Attah) and is based on a book by the Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala. Cary Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre," "Sin Nombre") directs. Available to stream beginning Wednesday, Oct. 16. (Credit: Netflix) FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2015 file photo, Cary Fukunaga arrives the 67th Annual DGA Awards in Los Angeles. Fukunaga?s ?Beasts of No Nation? will mark Netflix?s anticipated entry into fiction films, and possibly insert the streaming giant into Hollywood?s award season. The movie releases on Oct. 16, 2015. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) This photo provided by Netflix shows, Abraham Attah, left, as Agu, and Idris Elba, as Commandant, in the Netflix original film, "Beasts of No Nation," directed by Cary Fukunaga. (Netflix via AP) In this May 20, 2015 file photo, Jenji Kohan arrives at Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Q&A Screening at the Director Guild of America, in Los Angeles. The show is nominated for outstanding drama series at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards which airs on Fox at 8 p.m. EDT on Sept. 20. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File) In Continue Reading

The first ‘Venom’ teaser trailer has dropped with plenty of Tom Hardy, but no sight of Venom

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M&Ms and safety pins: The life and death of the woman everyone saw but no one knew

They called her the Safeway Lady. The Bag Lady. She was the woman who wore every piece of clothing she owned, always black, even in the heat of a Phoenix summer. The homeless woman who walked the soles off every pair of shoes people gave her. The lady with the ice-blue eyes.That was what people remembered. Those eyes. Two clear reminders that her body still held something inside. But sometimes those eyes clouded over, and that spark of life disappeared, and the woman screamed at a devil nobody else could see.The clouds descended one last time on Oct. 13. A neighbor watched her in her usual spot, near a bus stop in north-central Phoenix. She howled and jabbed her finger and stomped her tattered feet, throwing everything she owned onto the street. Neighbors tuned out yet another outburst. Passing cars scattered her water cups and ripped open her sleeping bag.Then the sickness let go. Her mind cleared. She checked the spot where a neighbor often left food and shoes. Nothing. She cut across Glendale Avenue, trying to collect her few belongings. Halfway across the street, she froze. Cars shot past on either side. The neighbor watched her pick something up. A small SUV bore down on her. The driver never saw her.Neighbors came down their driveways to find her sprawled on the asphalt, between the dented SUV and the patch of dirt where she slept. They didn’t know her, but they recognized her. She was the woman they always saw walking. The person no one could help. Now she lay motionless and alone.As first responders made their way toward the neighborhood, bouncing red-and-blue lights off million-dollar homes, a couple stepped into the street. They approached slowly, carefully. The man checked her pulse. Did he feel it? Was she there?Beside him the woman knelt on the asphalt, down toward a stranger's battered body, and took a limp hand in her own.She was gone three Continue Reading

Best TV shows on Netflix

By Newsday.com 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

Donald Trump Showed His Hand In 1999, But No One Was Looking

Here is a partial list of the things that happened to Donald Trump in 1999: 1) He finalized his divorce from second wife Marla Maples, managing to give her just $2 million; 2) he became embroiled in battle with a coalition of Upper West Side residents — including Walter Cronkite, Paul Newman, and Kofi Annan — protesting the construction of a massive tower near the United Nations building; 3) he announced plans for at least a half dozen new real estate developments, including a NASCAR track on Long Island; 4) he starred in a sensational gossip saga in which two former girlfriends vied for his attention in the Hamptons, both ending the night in tears; 5) he reveled in the rejuvenation of the Miss USA Pageant, and the news that he would start a modeling agency; 6) he began dating Slovenian model Melania Knauss; 7) he spent months flirting with a run for president.That flirtation started with an “independent” midsummer poll of Reform Party members indicating that Trump would tie for third among the party’s potential candidates. “If the Reform Party nominated me, I would probably run and probably win,” Trump said. And if they did, he joked, “I would ask for an immediate recount.”But the poll was enough to spark Trump’s interest — and get Jesse Ventura, professional wrestler turned Reform Party governor of Minnesota, to encourage Trump to contest Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan for the Reform Party nomination.Two weeks later, the National Enquirer published a similar “poll shocker”: “The 2000 presidential election is neck and neck,” the piece, placed prominently on the front page of the magazine, announced. “But sorry, Al Gore, the real battle is between George W. Bush and Donald Trump!” Thirty-nine percent of those polled said they’d vote for Bush — but 37% percent said they’d vote for Trump, “who hasn’t bothered to campaign at all.” Continue Reading

9/11 remembered: For TV reporters on the scene, stress lingered long after the cameras stopped

CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts hadn't seen the World Trade Center in person until the day he saw the buildings fall.New York from Atlanta and was in CBS' W. 57th St. facilities when assignment editor Marty Gill told him he needed to get to the World Trade Center. Pitts did nothing. Gill returned agitated.New York City police officers. One of the officers says, 'Oh my God, look.' "Pearl Harbor.NY1's Kristen Shaughnessy began the day in Brooklyn covering the primary elections when she got the call about the attack. She made her way downtown and was on a pay phone talking to anchor Pat Kiernan when an officer told her she needed to run.Steve Paulus. "We just counted off who we had there and checked them off as they called in. I thought it was the only time we had assigned people a story that resulted in their death. It was a horrible feeling."Lehman Bros. I didn't know if he got out. You start to think of everything you've just seen. You think of your own family."ABC News' George Stephanopoulos was on a subway downtown when the lights went off. He made his way above-ground and went to work.White House, I'd been given that briefing, the spot on the Mall to go to in case of an attack," he adds, "but this was real."Ch. 5 anchors Harry Martin and Rosanna Scotto in 2001.New Jersey to get to the city. "I know my family spent the whole day trying to contact me, and you realize, everyone else has the same feeling."Sarah Wallace, had been sent to Building No. 7, which collapsed while Martin was on the air.Brennan, that moment occurred sooner, while reporting from one of the sites where family members gathered to post pictures of missing loved ones. In the days after, victims' families turned to TV with the hope someone had seen the missing.Jay DeDapper is reluctant to talk about what he saw standing in front of the World Trade Center that day.Tim Minton and Len Berman.Jim Driscoll. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Britney’s no-show means no kids

Britney Spears visitation rulingBritney Spears didn't even show up to fight for her kids. A Los Angeles judge refused Wednesday to return custody of her two young boys but did grant Spears closely supervised visitation rights. Ex-hubby Kevin Federline - who did show up - will retain full custody of 1-year-old Jayden James and Sean Preston, 2. "This was the first day that he had custody of his children and he felt it was important for the court to see who he is and to be there should the court have any desire to ask him anything," said K-Fed's lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan. Experts had told The News it would have been a good idea for Spears, 25, to tell the judge face to face she was ready to clean up her act. Instead, she was spotted tooling around the Malibu hills with her dog, stopping at a Starbucks and a gas station. Her lawyer did not defend her. "It's totally inappropriate from my perspective to make a comment on an active case without my client's expressed permission - and she's not here," lawyer Sorrell Trope bristled as he left Los Angeles Superior Court. Judge Scott Gordon made it clear he wants Spears at the next hearing on Oct. 26. As he has been for weeks, K-Fed, 29, was once again the surprising picture of parental stability. The pinkie-ring-wearing low-rent rapper sported a grayish-blue suit and crisp, white shirt. And because of an eye infection he wore a swashbuckling eye patch, his lawyer said. Gordon's order that Brit be watched closely when she visits the kids comes after he found last month that she has a "habitual, frequent and continuous" problem with drugs and alcohol. Spears has so far refused to submit to mandatory drug tests. Meanwhile, Britney's aunt, Chandra McGovern, said she's begged her to leave Los Angeles and return to her hometown in Louisiana. "We fear that one day we may turn on the TV [and see] that she's done something terrible to herself," McGovern told The Sun newspaper of London. Join the Continue Reading

HOW I GOT SEXY AT 60 Dumped after 24 years of marriage, Judy Steinberg turned her life totally around

When her husband said he had something to tell her, Judy Steinberg hoped it wouldn't take long because she had to pick up their kids from the mall. But on receiving the crushing blow that '70s comedy-icon-turned-TV-director David Steinberg delivered - that their 24-year marriage was over - she couldn't even step out of the house. "I was devastated and had no clue it was coming," recalls Steinberg, a former producer who recently moved from Los Angeles to Long Island. "I thought we had a wonderfully happy life. " The following years passed in an agonizing whirl of mediation, child- custody issues, recriminations and tears. David Steinberg, a fixture on hit programs including "The Tonight Show" who now hosts his own show on TV Land, agreed with his wife that their parting should be as amicable as possible for the sake of their two daughters. But the timing was particularly wretched because Judy Steinberg, then 54, was struggling through menopause. "My life was a mess," she says. "My self-esteem was shot. Like many women, I'd given over everything for my husband and my family. Many friends I'd known during our marriage dropped me like a hot potato. "I went into a depression because I felt worthless. " Then one afternoon Steinberg turned on her radio to hear casting agent Robyn Todd confidently discussing how children cope when their parents split. Todd was David Steinberg's new, much younger girlfriend (they're now married) and she was promoting her book "How I Survived My Boyfriend's Divorce. " "I was so angry I grabbed my cell and called up the radio station," recalls Steinberg. "I told the researcher my name and that I was thinking of writing a book called "How I Survived My Husband's Girlfriend's Book. " She put me through right away. " The two women sparred on-air for 20 minutes. Steinberg told her side of the story eloquently and with humor. By then, she had built a network of friends at a ballroom dancing class. She toned her Continue Reading

Elisabeth Moss reflects on her ‘Mad Men’ character: ‘Peggy had challenges no other character faced’

BACK IN 2007, when “Mad Men” was just an oddball little drama on a cable movie channel, Elisabeth Moss had no clue how important her Peggy Olson character would become for either TV audiences or herself. “No idea,” says Moss. “(Show creator) Matt (Weiner) says he kind of knew, but I think she must have become more prominent as the writing went along, maybe because of the chemistry between Peggy and Don (Draper, played by Jon Hamm).” As “Mad Men” moves into its final seven episodes starting Sunday (AMC, 10 p.m.), Peggy stands alongside Don as the drama's defining characters, the two whose journey and fate will compose a major part of the show’s legacy. “Peggy had challenges no other character faced,” says Moss. “She was trying to something no other character was — being treated as an equal in a man’s world.” Moss, 32, says that struggle by all the real-life Peggys paid off. “I’ve never faced the kinds of challenges Peggy did,” she says. “I grew up in a progressive family and I've worked with a lot of women who have been supportive. “I think if I found myself in a situation where I were taken less seriously because I'm a woman, that would stop pretty quickly.” It’s progress, not perfection. “Until women earn as much as men,” she says, “there will still be a certain amount of sexism.” One of the most fascinating relationships for Peggy has involved the other prominent professional woman on “Mad Men,” Christina Hendricks’ Joan Harris. “They’re colleagues, but they’re not friends,” says Moss. “It would have been easy for Matt to write them as women who bond, become roommates, support each other. It’s one of the great things about the show that he didn’t. They’re very different people.” Weiner also didn't write Continue Reading

If Jameis Winston is no-show at NFL draft in Chicago, expect analysts to skip an explanation

The National Football League has it all covered. Not only is it a TV ratings juggernaut, but it’s also a leader when it comes to dysfunction, plot twists and miscreants in uniform. Roger Goodell Productions continues cranking out its own version of Shock Theater. That’s why the NFL’s April 30 draft cannot get here soon enough. Already there is intrigue and mystery. Jameis Winston, the likely number one pick, has indicated he won’t be on the scene in Chicago when his name is called by the commissioner. And reports have surfaced that Goodell, during a Park Ave. sitdown with Winston, may have suggested the quarterback stay the hell out of Cook County on draft day and take the lucky phone call in sweet home Alabama. The theory is Goodell, the NFL’s Bungler In Chief, doesn’t need his picture taken first hugging, then handing a Bucs jersey to a cat who had rape accusations leveled against him, lifted some crab legs from a Piggly Wiggly, and cussed up a storm in the Florida State cafeteria. Apparently, Goodell is still more concerned about his own image than Winston’s. The commish probably cringes when he looks at those pictures of him and Johnny Rehab at last year’s draft. Yet if the quarterback stays home, could it be worse for Goodell? That depends on how the two outlets airing the draft — the NFL Network and ESPN — cover the situation. The right thing would be to report why Goodell might not want to be seen with Winston, then have a few of the thousand Gasbag analysts offer an opinion. This would not make Goodell look good. Considering what went down recently on NFLN, we have little faith it will shine the draft spotlight on Goodell. Last Tuesday night on “NFL Total Access,” NFLN’s signature show, none of the analysts (Brian Baldinger, Andre Reed, Willie McGinest) offered their personal opinions on Chris Borland’s decision to retire at 24 from the 49ers. Continue Reading