The holiday season is upon us! Since most of us are likely to stay indoors this year, we might as well make the most of it and stream some great titles alone or with the family. Here at Android Authority, we hit up some awesome Netflix shows, new and old. A bunch of us also looked beyond Netflix to watch fresh titles on Hulu and HBO Max. We enjoyed everything from scintillating thrillers to stress-busting documentaries, nail-biting crime dramas, and even some good ol’ sci-fi sagas. So, without further ado, here are Team AA’s suggestions for what to stream on popular streaming services.
Don’t expect to find only newly released titles from November 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 tells you what to stream on popular services
Streamed by: Adamya Sharma, Editor
I started streaming The Undoing not only because it features two of my favorite actors — Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant — but also because crime thrillers are my genre of choice. I gravitate towards such shows like a moth to a flame. Sure enough, the HBO Max TV series hooked me right from the start. It tells the story of a wealthy couple — a psychologist and a doctor — whose lives start to unravel after an acquaintance from their son’s school is murdered. If I tell you any more, I’ll end up spoiling the show for you. That said, what I loved about this limited series is that it not only explores the societal bias towards rich people but also urges you to understand the mental makeup of each character. Each episode ends on a cliffhanger, and that formula makes the show highly binge-worthy.
The Queen’s Gambit
Streamed by: Bogdan Petrovan, Managing Editor
I am a sucker for period dramas set in the 50s to the 80s, and The Queen’s Gambit fits the bill perfectly. Telling the story of orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon, this mini-series somehow manages to make the brainy world of competitive chess exciting and compelling. Granted, this feat is achieved by mostly avoiding any sort of intricacy when it comes to the game itself, which was the right, uhm, gambit to make, in my opinion.
Also read: What to stream on Netflix
Anya Taylor-Joy is magnificent in her role of Beth, and she’s aided by a great supporting cast. Bar some minor plot holes and a few over-the-top scenes — especially towards the end — the story feels satisfying, if not especially profound. All-in-all, it’s a great piece of television.
My Octopus Teacher
Streamed by: Kris Carlon, Executive Editor
2020 has been… intense. The stress never seems to end and keeping up with it all gets really, really tiring. If you could do with a little light-hearted respite, My Octopus Teacher is the very definition of “slowing down.” In short: a freediver has a chance encounter with an octopus. Intrigued, he decides to visit the same area every day for a year — roughly the life span of an octopus — to see what he can learn. The octopus’ complex world slowly reveals itself as the animal becomes increasingly comfortable with its human observer. The formation of this unlikely relationship is beautifully shot, sensitively narrated, and unexpectedly poignant.
Blood Of Zeus
Streamed by: Jimmy Westenberg, Managing Editor
I love Greek mythology so I was naturally drawn to Blood of Zeus. I can’t call myself an anime fan, but the show’s art style kept me interested enough to finish the short series. The amount of gore really surprised me though. It’s definitely not for the squeamish.
Nevertheless, there is a surprising amount of character development despite the season being only eight episodes. I love the villains and can’t wait to see where the writers take their stories.
If I had one criticism, I think the strong female characters — which are some of the most compelling of the series — were sidelined more than I would have liked.
Streamed by: Joe Hindy, Apps Editor
White Collar is a crime procedural. It follows the story of a con artist named Neal Caffrey who works as a consultant for the FBI after his capture. Caffrey and his handler, Peter Burke, become friends as they solve crimes together. Burke simultaneously tries to show Caffrey that an honest life is possible.
Also read: What to stream on Hulu
The show ran for six seasons in the late 2000s and early 2010s. It definitely won’t blow your mind, and it’s not amazing television by any stretch. However, it’s an easy-to-binge show. It gives you that mac-and-cheese level of comfort, so you can have on in the background for hours at a time.
Star Trek: Discovery
Streamed by: Ankit Banerjee, Editor
I know everyone is talking about The Mandalorian, and I highly recommend it too. However, another returning favorite that I get to watch this month is set in a different Star-based universe. Star Trek: Discovery is back with its third season, and it’s better than ever.
The first season was solid, and the show really hit its stride in the second. It literally leaves the past and the familiar behind in the third, however, and is outstanding because of it. They now have the opportunity to truly explore new worlds and face new enemies, and the overarching season-long mystery has me hooked. We are only a quarter of the way through season three and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.
Streamed by: Nick Fernandez, Author
True to its name, The Expanse is one of the few great sci-fi shows that give a sense of scale to its universe. Set in the not too distant future, there’s abundant wealth (and inequality) on Earth, a military state on Mars, and a loose collective of “belters” supplying the solar system with raw materials by mining the asteroid belt. Things are thrown even further off balance when a strange material from outside the solar system threatens to consume life as we know it.
Also read: What to stream on Amazon Prime Video
Amazon did well rescuing the show from obscurity after it was canceled by SyFy, and now there’s a fifth season coming December 16. That gives you just enough time to binge the first four excellent seasons on Amazon Prime Video. It starts a little slow, but trust me, you won’t regret it.
Trial Of The Chicago 7
Streamed by: Matt Horne, Writer
Matt from our team caught up with The Trial Of The Chicago 7 this month. The film starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Daniel Flaherty, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, and other great actors centers around the unfair trial of the Chicago Seven, a group of anti-war protesters who were charged for conspiracy and inciting riots. Here’s what Matt had to say about the film:
If you’re a fan of courtroom drama and true stories then this is a superb movie. I’m not from the US and knew nothing of the subject of this movie but the story is interesting and the courtroom scenes gripping, supported excellently by an all-star cast.
Streamed by: John Callaham, Writer
This is a fun little thriller starring the always-great Sarah Paulson and new talent Kiera Allen. They play a mother and daughter, as the daughter is dealing with a lot of health issues, including being unable to walk. Paulson’s character seems to be trying to take care of her, but Allen’s character slowly begins to realize that something else is going on. Run has stellar performances from this duo, as well as some tense scenes that make it a must-watch.
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