There’s a seemingly endless number of shows and movies for people to watch on streaming services right now (and also an endless number of streaming services, really). So while we covered what everyone here was binge-watching a couple months back, that list has certainly grown since then.
Tweaking the ask a bit, this time around, we’re just asking what you’re watching on streaming services, versus just binge-watching, which largely limits things to shows instead of movies. If you missed some of our most recent recommendation lists, be sure to check out the second edition of book picks, plus newsletters, podcasts, recipes, videos games, and music.
Christian — “Formula 1: Drive to Survive”
I would have picked “Hamilton” on Disney+ for this, but I’m betting most of you have already seen it. Instead, why not go for the main catalyst for Formula 1’s growth in the United States? The Netflix series has given a great in-depth look at the behind-the-scenes workings of the racing series. The driver and team stories are captivating which helps to show the sport is much more than just driving cars around a track. It’s very easy to binge-watch both seasons of the series and helped to grow my love of this very unique sport.
John — “The Morning Show”
While the star-studded cast of “The Morning Show” created a lot of hype, I did have a very early feeling that things could go off the rails because it unfortunately knows that it’s prestige television. That’s rarely a good thing for any program, and usually leads to some overdone Sorkin-y dialogue. Still, this show quickly creates a world around its core characters. This universe revolves Alex (Jennifer Aniston), as you quickly discover, but the supporting personalities are what really make this reality feel more real. If you work in or around media, you’ll certainly recognize people like Chip (Mark Duplass) and I’ll happily heap praise on Billy Crudup’s Cory.
It’s a rapid-fire 10 episodes that expertly take on social issues without being “about politics.” The major barrier to entry is really just whether you have Apple TV+ or not.
Kevin -- “Justified”
It’s been a ridiculously hot summer here in CNY so I’ve been logging a lot of treadmill time and started working my way through this FX series on Hulu. It’s the story of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and his long-time adversary Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins). Raylan returns to his Kentucky roots and has to deal with a criminal father, his relationship with his ex-wife and an evolving cast of criminals who find their way into Boyd’s orbit. The series plays Raylan a throwback in law enforcement, the kind of guy who dares criminals to make a move in order to test his skills on the draw. To me the real star here is Goggins’. portrayal of the charismatic Crowder, a character who goes through several permutations through the seasons and ends up finding himself constantly trying to stay one step ahead of Givens and the other bad guys.
Steve - “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
With the series finale hitting earlier this month, I took it on myself to head back to a series that had lost me after a bit, mostly due to having a child. Counter-intuitive, I know, since I should have had more time on my hands. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is a Marvel show that aired on ABC for the last seven years, cataloging a group of agents from the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division, or whatever former acronym they’re using at the time. A good serial romp through the Marvel Cinematic Universe if you want to take a watch. I’ve definitively been enjoying it the more I get back into it.