It’s going to be a Correspondents Dinner of a different sort this year, as Trump isn’t going, and everyone involved has vowed not to pull any punches.
Don’t let the statement that the president is busy at a rally fool you: he said he’s not going long before the rally was planned. The truth is, he’s not very good at being roasted – watch him sit stone-faced and incredibly cringey at Obama’s Correspondents Dinner in 2011:
You might note that some of these are varying levels of “Paranormal” or “Romance”, but if you’re looking to scratch that Twilight itch, here’s what’s streaming.
Note: The shows/movies are ordered by Metacritic review scores out of 100, shown on the left. Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix logos link to stream it – Amazon logos are free to stream with Amazon Prime unless it’s noted with “(Not Available Free)” – then it’s not free on any of the 3.
79 – Being Human (UK) (2008-2013) – (image) 74 avg. (64/63/82/81/71/78/65/87) – Harry Potter (2001-2011) (Not Available Free) 66 – Stardust (2007) 62 – Sky High (2005) 61 – Teen Wolf TV Show (2011-) 60 – Being Human (US) (2011-2014) 60 – The Magicians (2015-) (Season 1 on Netflix, Season 2 for a limited time on SyFy) 59 – Warm Bodies (2013) (Not Available Free) 59 – Bitten (2014-) 52 – Beautiful Creatures (2013) (Not Available Free) 52 – The Originals (2013-) 52 – The Shannara Chronicles (2016-) 51 avg. (56/44/58/45/52) – Twilight (2008-2012) (Only Twilight is on Netflix, the rest cost money on Amazon) 50 – Vampire Diaries (2009-2017) 50 – Witches of East End (2013-2014) 45 – Hemlock Grove (2013-2015) 36 – I Am Number Four (2011) (Only on Hulu with Showtime addon, or with Amazon Channels addon) 33 – The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) (Not Available Free) 30 – Vampire Academy (2014)
Old school (90’s):
80 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) 75 – Angel (1999-2004) 71 – The Crow (1994) 65 – Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003) 63 (IMDB) – The Craft (1996) 63 – The Lost Boys (1987) (Not Available Free)
There are so many superhero shows out right now it can get a little confusing to know which ones tie into each other, and which are even worth streaming. We’ve broken down the review scores, tie-ins, and where they’re streaming with NO SPOILERS so you can get caught up with all the heroicism going around.
Each show has a Metacritic rating from critics, and audience rating: “[75,85]” means critics rated it 75/100 and audiences rated it 85/100 – when audiences like a show better than the critics it usually has a cult following, or some kind of “so bad it’s good” appeal. They ordered by audience rating.
Daredevil [75,87] Marvel – Netflix Original Matt Murdock, with his other senses superhumanly enhanced, fights crime as a blind lawyer by day, and vigilante by night. Netflix’ Daredevil gets the best audience rating by far. Technically Season 2 of Daredevil takes place after the Jessica Jones season, there are minor references made inside the show and the finale will be more rewarding – so we suggest watching Season 1, Jessica Jones, Season 2, and then Luke Cage. Other Marvel shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. take place in the same universe, but there is no in-season crossover to worry about the order.
Luke Cage [79,84] Marvel – Netflix Original A wrongly accused man with superstrength escapes prison to become a superhero for hire. While critics liked Jessica Jones better, audiences like Luke Cage. Watch it after both the other Netflix Originals if you’re watching all three.
Jessica Jones [81,81] Marvel – Netflix Original A former superhero decides to reboot her life by becoming a private investigator. Watch it between the two seasons of Daredevil. If you aren’t loving it at the beginning stick with it, the last half is great.
Arrow [73,81] DC – Last 5 episodes on The CW, for money on Amazon, Netflix A spoiled billionaire disappears and is presumed dead, only to return years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow. Although it came out in 2012, DC’s Arrow still holds up well. Like Jessica Jones, it picks up steam as the seasons continue on so stick with it past Season 1. DC shows generally stand by great character acting instead of the non-stop action sequences you might find in a Marvel show.
Agent Carter [72,79] Marvel- Currently only for money on Amazon In 1946, Peggy Carter is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve. When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear his name. A “prequel” to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you can watch it before or after. Many fans consider it to be a tragic case of being cancelled too soon without being picked up by Netflix or getting a third season.
The Flash [73,77] DC – Last 5 episodes on The CW, Netflix After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he’s been given the power of super speed, becoming a superhero. Another great intro to the modern superhero shows if you don’t want to start with Daredevil. There is a crossover with Arrow in Season 2 (“Legends of Today” with the Arrow episode “Legends of Yesterday” that start a spinoff show “Legends of Tomorrow”, though that wasn’t well received).
Gotham [71,74] DC- For money on Amazon, Netflix The story behind Detective James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival. An interesting concept, but many people say the episodes get repetitive after a while. I’d watch if you’ve finished Arrow and The Flash and want more DC.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [74,67] Marvel – Free on ABC Go, Hulu, for money on Amazon, Netflix With a world rapidly becoming more bizarre and dangerous than ever before as the supervillains arise, these agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are ready to take them on. Yet again, people say to stick with it – the second half of the first season starts to take off. The user score is a bit low, but if you’re into the Marvel universe you’ll enjoy the various tie-ins.
Legends of Tomorrow [58,59] DC – Last 5 episodes on The CW, Netflix Focuses on time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter, who has to recruit a rag-tag team of heroes and villains to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact not only Earth, but all of time. A spinoff from The Flash (and Arrow, see our write-up of The Flash above), people love to “rip” apart any inconsistencies in time travel in the show – a fate almost any story with time travel is resigned to. It also has some ridiculous baddies, like zombies; but Season 2 is much better than Season 1 if you make it through.
Supergirl [75,54] Marvel – Last 5 episodes on The CW, for money on Amazon, Netflix The adventures of Superman’s cousin in her own superhero career. Someone had to have the worst audience score and here it is. Supergirl got mixed reviews, with many people saying her character is shallow, lazy, and not a good role-model. It’s a thin line between self-loathing/self-pity adding a dark element to a story in something like Jessica Jones, and it making a ridiculous character in Supergirl, but that line was unfortunately crossed. Or maybe people don’t get the silly, campy throwbacks to classic superhero shows of the 70’s and 80’s…
There’s always a race among sites that cover Netflix to be the first to post what’s coming next month, but then you can’t click on it and immediately watch! We decided we would just share Netflix’ post on the first instead so you can watch these now:
TV highlights include Season 3 of The 100, about a group of 100 children sent to Earth to find out if it’s inhabitable, BBC Earth Penguins, and K-POP Extreme Survival.
For new movies: The Jungle Book‘s 2016 live-action remake (November 30th), live-action Paddington (2014), and something we’re excited to finally watch, Boyhood (2014), Richard Linklater’s opus filmed over 11 years – a true coming of age film.
The African Queen (1951)
Bob the Builder: White Christmas (2008)
Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
The Confessions of Thomas Quick (2016)
The Doors (1991)
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
Jetsons: The Movie (1990)
King’s Faith (2013)
Love, Now (2012)
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)
Pervert Park (2014)
Stephen King’s Thinner (1996)
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas (2012)
Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express (2012)
Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish (2010)
Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines (2014)
Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas (2009)
Food Choices (2016)
Meet the Blacks (2016)
The Crown (Season 1) – Netflix Original
Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60 (2016) – Netflix Original
The Ivory Game (2016) – Netflix Original
Just Friends (2005)
World of Winx (Season 1) – Netflix Original
Danger Mouse (Season 2) – Netflix Original
All Hail King Julien (Season 4) – Netflix Original
Case (Season 1) – Netflix Original
Estocolmo (Season 1) – Netflix Original
Roman Empire: Reign of Blood (Season 1) – Netflix Original
Tales by Light (Season 1) – Netflix Original
True Memoirs of An International Assassin (2016) – Netflix Original
Under the Sun (2015)
Take Me to the River (2015)
Carter High (2015)
Dieter Nuhr: Nuhr in Berlin (2016) – Netflix Original
K-POP Extreme Survival (Season 1)
Men Go to Battle (2015)
The Missing Ingredient: What is the Recipe for Success? (2016)
The 100 (Season 3)
Burn After Reading (2008)
Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie (2011)
Lovesick (Scrotal Recall) (Season 2) – Netflix Original
Paranoid (Season 1) – Netflix Original
The Battle of Midway (1942)
Beat Bugs (Season 2) – Netflix Original
Colin Quinn: The New York Story – Netflix Original
Divines (2016) – Netflix Original
Prelude to War (1942)
San Pietro (1945)
Sour Grapes (2016)
Tunisian Victory (1944)
Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines (1943)
Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia (1943)
WWII: Report from the Aleutians (1943)
Mercy (2016) – Netflix Original
Penguins: Spy in the Huddle (Season 1)
3% (Season 1) – Netflix Original
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – Netflix Original
Michael Che Matters – Netflix Original
Silver Skies (2016)
Ghost Team (2016)
I Dream Too Much (2016)
The Jungle Book (2016)
Level Up (2016)