Here at Android Authority, we had quite a busy Techtober. But amidst the multiple phone launches and tech events, many of us managed to keep up with our streaming calendars. Each month, the team at AA puts together a list of streaming suggestions that you can find on popular streaming services.
This month too, we’ve penned down a selection of 10 best TV shows, movies, and documentaries that stood out for and that we think you would also enjoy watching. From stirring revelations about the state of our planet to light hearted comedies and even a bit of horror — Team AA tells you what to stream right now.
Don’t expect to find only newly released titles from October on this list. For that, you can always head to our dedicated streaming section or check out our best lists for popular services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, and more.
Team AA streaming picks for October 2020
1. The Haunting Of Bly Manor
Netflix’s big horror release for October — The Haunting Of Bly Manor — gained a lot of praise from critics for its unique treatment of the genre. The nine-part series is not just a ghost story but also a love story.
Jimmy and his wife loved The Haunting Of Hill House, so Bly Manor was an obvious binge for them. “Hill House won me over with its character development and the family dynamic, but Bly Manor has a leg up in its mystery elements,” says Jimmy. “The last episode of Bly Manor turned me into an emotional wreck. Specifically, the last half of the last episode wrapped up the show in a way I didn’t expect. I will likely rewatch this show every Halloween season because it’s just that good.”
Ankit was excited to check out Mike Flanagan’s continuation of his “The Haunting” anthology, and Bly Manor didn’t disappoint. “I’ll admit that the build-up is quite slow, and as someone who goes through entire seasons in a day, it wasn’t as binge-friendly as I’d like,” he says. “It builds up quite nicely though and boils over at just the right time. It also isn’t nearly as scary as The Haunting Of Hill House, but while that’s a positive in my book, it might not be for fans of the genre.”
2. The Good Place
Streamed by: C. Scott Brown, Senior Staff Writer
Starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, A Good Place dabbles in the genres of fantasy and comedy and marries them both together in a delightful afterlife tale. Here’s what C. Scott had to say about the show and why he recommends it:
I realize I’m very late to the game with this. My girlfriend is a big fan of this show but I’ve never seen it. The newest season is landing soon and she suggested we watch the whole series to prepare. it’s a really fun show! I love the quirky sense of humor and there are some wonderful characters. I’m looking forward to watching the whole thing!
3. The Queen’s Gambit
Streamed by: Adamya Sharma, Editor
The Queen’s Gambit was streamed by yours truly. There’s nothing not to love about this brilliant Netflix miniseries featuring Anya Taylor-Joy in what could easily be her best performance. If you don’t know what to stream next, I highly recommend you watch this show. It traces the life story of a chess prodigy from her childhood days as a drug-addicted orphan to the time she becomes one of the best chess players in the world. The series masterfully pieces together the traumas, tragedies, and triumphs of this young woman and will leave you with an unmistakable sense of accomplishment.
Streamed by: Sarah Clary, Campaign Media Operations
If you’re wondering what to stream on Apple TV Plus, Sarah recommends the Apple original Dickinson. “It’s a breath of fresh air in the dark comedy category,” she says.
Also check out: The best TV shows on Apple TV Plus
Instead of hinging on the situational misfortunes of characters, it explores the complications of society and coming of age with an honesty that’s so rarely seen. It’s witty and charming and a little off-beat. Hailee Steinfeld is a gem and her passion for the story really comes out in her acting.
5. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Streamed by: Mitja Rutnik, SEO Specialist
Mitja watched the original Borat movie back in 2006 and loved it. “It really made me laugh, so I thought I’d give the sequel a chance too,” he says.
Also read: What to stream on Amazon Prime Video
“Although I didn’t like it quite as much as the original, it’s still a great movie. It brought back nice memories of my teenage years when the first Borat was released, so if you watched it, I recommend you check out the sequel as well,” he adds. As Borat would say, “it’s very nice!”
6. Violet Evergarden
Streamed by: Joe Hindy, Apps Editor
Violet Evergarden is an average anime. It doesn’t have a lot of those typical anime tropes and virtually no fan service. Instead, it focuses on truly exceptional animation, art style, and a stellar soundtrack. It tells the story of a girl who was raised to wage war but now has to find a life after the war is over. She takes up the role of writing letters for people. It has a decent number of touching moments, but the real treat is the care Kyoto Animations put into the drawing and animation of the show. It’s a relatively short watch and the story isn’t mind-blowing by any stretch, but the show scores an 8.4/10 on IMDb because it’s actually quite difficult to dislike the show.
7. The Vow
Streamed by: John Callaham, Writer
John describes The Vow on HBO Max as “a fascinating look at the rise and fall of the NXIVM cult, and its leader Keith Raniere.” Here’s what he liked about it:
Also read: What to stream on HBO Max
It’s always interesting to look at how otherwise intelligent people can be sucked into doing things that they wouldn’t normally do, including participating in a sex cult and even being branded. That fact that there will be a second season of this show means we will get even more information on how this cult operated.
8. The Trial Of The Chicago 7
Streamed by: Luka Mlinar, Community Manager
This Aaron Sorkin drama on Netflix is inspired by the true story of the Chicago Seven — a group of peaceful anti-war protestors charged by the United States government with conspiracy and inciting riots. It’s got quite the cast, including Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, Michael Keaton, and many other talented actors.
Luka says, “It’s one of the best movies I’ve watched this year. I never knew how remarkable the whole story is until I watched this.”
9. David Attenborough: A life on our planet
Streamed by: Adam Molina, Editor
This Netflix documentary told by veteran natural historian David Attenborough is a wake-up call for all human beings. It takes the viewer through 93-year-old Attenborough’s past experiences with nature in his own words. He calls it his witness statement and shares his concerns about where our planet is headed if we continue living selfishly. Here’s what Adam had to say about the documentary:
Beautiful shots of animals and the planet, plus David Attenborough’s voice providing guidance. What more could you want?”
10. The Boys (season 2)
Streamed by: Ryan Haines, Writer
It seems some of us aren’t done watching the new season of The Boys. It’s arguably one of the best shows to stream right now. Here’s what Ryan had to say about it:
The Boys is a dark, hilarious, gory look at what superheroes would probably be like if they belonged to a multi-billion dollar company. It’s a break from the clean, noble world of Marvel heroes (other than Deadpool) and the cast is excellent all around. Karl Urban stars as Billy Butcher and Jack Quaid plays Hughie Campbell in the Eric Kripke adaptation as they take on Vought’s super group, The Seven. It’s easy to binge your way through the whole season, but it’s definitely not one to watch with the kids.
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