Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have come a long way in terms of original content. In fact, some of the most popular shows right now reside on these streaming services. With so many options to choose from, determining which ones to watch can be difficult. Fortunately, this guide is a good place to start.
“Star Trek: Discovery”
Ever since the original “Star Trek” premiered on television back in 1966, it has captivated science fiction fans around the world. The latest “Star Trek” series to entice fans is “Star Trek: Discovery.” This CBS All Access series takes place right before the events of the original series and focuses on the crew piloting the USS Discovery and facing off against the Klingons as they enter a galactic war. The recently released second season features fan-favorite character Spock joining the cast.
Many actors have portrayed Tom Clancy’s heroic protagonist Jack Ryan throughout the years, including Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford. Now, it’s John Krasinski’s turn to portray Ryan in the aptly-named Amazon original series “Jack Ryan.” Ryan, a former U.S. Marine and current CIA analyst, is pulled from his desk job and placed into the field to stop a terrorist. The series has been renewed for a second season, which include a conflict in South America that Ryan will have to help dismantle.
“One Day at a Time”
Legendary producer Norman Lear gave the greenlight for a reimagining of his classic ’70s show, “One Day at a Time,” with a Cuban-American single mother at the center of the new Netflix series. Penelope Alvarez is a retired Army veteran working as a nurse while trying to raise her two kids, Alex and Elena, with the help of her overbearing but hilarious mother Lydia (portrayed by the iconic Rita Moreno). The show is unlike many other family sitcoms, as it deals with lighthearted day-to-day happenings as well as more serious issues like LGBTQ rights, immigration, mental health and addiction.
YouTube isn’t just a platform for music videos or video game playthroughs. In recent years, it has developed a number of original programs for its YouTube Premium service, including “Cobra Kai.” Set 34 years after “The Karate Kid,” “Cobra Kai” sees Daniel LaRusso’s disgraced karate rival Johnny Lawrence reopening the Cobra Kai dojo. Both Johnny and Daniel must learn lessons about what it means to be a good mentor, much like Mr. Miyagi.
The stories of author Stephen King are very popular right now, with the cinematic success of “It” in 2017 and the coming remake of “Pet Cemetery.” As such, Hulu decided to commission “Castle Rock,” an anthology series featuring characters from Stephen King’s mythos. “Castle Rock” makes allusions to stories like “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Shining,” weaving these narratives together into one cohesive plot. King fans can spend hours searching for all the Easter eggs, while also speculating about what stories the series’ upcoming second season might incorporate.
Streaming services offer plenty for young viewers to enjoy, too. One of Netflix’s most charming offerings is the animated program “Hilda.” Based on Luke Pearson’s beloved graphic novel, “Hilda” stars a young girl of the same name who lives in a world populated by fantastic creatures, like giants and elves. When Hilda and her mom are forced to move to the city of Trollberg, she soon learns that the city is full of mystery and adventure.
Set some time aside this weekend to marathon through these popular streaming shows.
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