Best TV shows to stream online via Netflix, Hulu, more

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Do you spend more time looking for a new show to watch on Netflix than actually watching it? It's a common 21st century problem.

Here, we've narrowed the options to help you find your next binge-worthy addiction from among the seemingly endless choices offered by Netflix as well as Hulu, Amazon, HBO, Showtime and more.

AMAZON: TV PARTY

NYC's wacko punk-era public-access cable show (1978-1982) is
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NYC's wacko punk-era public-access cable show (1978-1982) is recalled in this documentary featuring David Bowie, George Clinton, Mick Jones and many more of the era's cool/cult stars. (Complete series of 60 "TV Party" episodes due on Blu-ray August from BRINKvision.)

HULU: THE HANDMAID'S TALE

Elisabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel struggle to survive
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Elisabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel struggle to survive as reproductive surrogates for the ruling class in "The Handmaid's Tale."

AMAZON: CATASTROPHE

An Irish woman (Sharon Horgan) and American man
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An Irish woman (Sharon Horgan) and American man (Rob Delaney) find themselves accidentally proceeding into parenthood in Amazon's original series, "Catastrophe." Three season currently available for streaming.

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NETFLIX: OZARK

Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) is a Chicago financial
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Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) is a Chicago financial planner by day and money launderer to Mexican drug lord Del Rio (Esai Morales) by night. To avoid being killed for his partner's theft, he creates a plan to move to Ozark, Missouri, in an attempt to launder $8 million in three months.

NETFLIX: THE RANCH

Season 2 return of hometown sitcom with family
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Season 2 return of hometown sitcom with family members Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger, Sam Elliott. Ten episodes.

HULU: CASUAL

Season 3 begins for this comedy of grown
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Season 3 begins for this comedy of grown siblings (Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey) trying to find their way out of codependence. Guest stars include Judy Greer, Jamie Chung. 13 weekly episodes.

NETFLIX: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

Season 3 has 13 more episodes, in which
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Season 3 has 13 more episodes, in which guest stars Laura Dern, Rachel Dratch, Ray Liotta, Andrea Martin and Maya Rudolph join previous favorites Fred Armisen, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Josh Charles and Amy Sedaris.

AMAZON: BOSCH

Season 3: Titus Welliver's tough cop juggles investigations
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Season 3: Titus Welliver's tough cop juggles investigations and raising his teen daughter (Madison Lintz, "The Walking Dead"). With Lance Reddick, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino. 10 episodes.

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NETFLIX: THE GET DOWN

Part 2 of Baz Luhrmann's '70s NYC portrait
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Part 2 of Baz Luhrmann's '70s NYC portrait finds a new beat in the Bronx. With Shameik Moore, Justice Smith and Mamoudou Athie as Grandmaster Flash. five episodes.

NETFLIX: ANNE

Head back to Green Gables in this
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Head back to Green Gables in this "re-imagined" family series, with young Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James and R.H. Thomson, from "Breaking Bad" writer Moira Walley-Beckett ("Flesh and Bone").

NETFLIX: FIVE CAME BACK

Top directors from '40s Hollywood shot World War
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Top directors from '40s Hollywood shot World War II action and found themselves changed forever. Those masters (John Ford, Frank Capra, more) are profiled by modern filmmakers (Steven Spielberg, Guillermo Del Toro, more). Also streaming: 13 World War II documentaries.

AMAZON: AMERICAN PLAYBOY: THE HUGH HEFNER STORY

New docuseries charts the Playboy founder's trailblazing life
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New docuseries charts the Playboy founder's trailblazing life through publishing, nightclubs, civil rights advocacy, more. 10 episodes. (Free first episode through Thursday at Playboy.com and Amazon.com.)

NETFLIX: GIRLBOSS

How to build a fashion empire online, as
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How to build a fashion empire online, as adapted from the bestseller. Starring Britt Robertson ("The Secret Circle"). 13 episodes.

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NETFLIX: 13 REASONS WHY

Young-adult drama series tracks a teen (Dylan Minnette,
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Young-adult drama series tracks a teen (Dylan Minnette, "Awake") investigating why his crush ended her own life. With Kate Walsh, Brian d'Arcy James. From producer Selena Gomez, "Spotlight" writer-director Tom McCarthy. 13 episodes.

AMAZON: HAND OF GOD

Ron Perlman and Dana Delany return for the
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Ron Perlman and Dana Delany return for the drama's second and final season: His visions-plagued vigilante judge now faces trial for killing a cop.

HULU: THE PATH

Season 2 follows Aaron Paul's onetime religious devotee
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Season 2 follows Aaron Paul's onetime religious devotee into the secular world after his sect leader's mysterious departure. With Michelle Monaghan, Hugh Dancy, Rockmond Dunbar. Weekly episodes.

AMAZON: Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING

Christina Ricci stars as 1920s jazz baby (and
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Christina Ricci stars as 1920s jazz baby (and F. Scott Fitzgerald wife and muse) Zelda Fitzgerald, moving through global circles of literature, high society and speak-easies. Fictionalized bioseries co-stars David Hoflin, David Strathairn. Ten episodes.

NETFLIX: LOVE

Judd Apatow-produced series with (wild) Gillian Jacobs and
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Judd Apatow-produced series with (wild) Gillian Jacobs and (nice) Paul Rust starts its second season of intimacy-fear and commitment-phobia.

NETFLIX: FRONTIER

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"Game of Thrones" favorite Jason Momoa dominates a gritty new drama of 1700s renegades trying to muscle in on North America's fur trade. (Already renewed for season 2.) Six episodes.

AMAZON: THE GRAND TOUR

Two-parter
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Two-parter "The Beach (Buggy) Boys" finds Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May riding the '60s throwback across the deserts of Namibia.

HULU: SHUT EYE

Jeffrey Donovan (
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Jeffrey Donovan ("Burn Notice"), David Zayas ("Dexter"), Isabella Rossellini, KaDee Strickland star in this tale of tarot card storefronts. Ten episodes posted.

NETFLIX: BLACK MIRROR

Bryce Dallas Howard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw appear among the
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Bryce Dallas Howard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw appear among the six new episodes of this dark, adult, anthology thriller.

AMAZON: SNEAKY PETE

Original drama series: Con man Giovanni Ribisi assumes
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Original drama series: Con man Giovanni Ribisi assumes the identity of his ex-cellmate to evade revenge-seeking gangster, with Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety. Ten episodes.

NETFLIX: HATERS BACK OFF

A totally untalented star pursues her big-time dreams
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A totally untalented star pursues her big-time dreams in "Haters Back Off." See what else is streaming on Netflix.

NETFLIX: 13th

Director Ava DuVernay's new documentary (just seen at
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Director Ava DuVernay's new documentary (just seen at the New York Film Festival) considers our Constitution's 13th amendment in light of alleged "involuntary servitude" in today's sprawling prison industry.

NETFLIX: THE FALL

Season 3 with Gillian Anderson's homicide detective hunting
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Season 3 with Gillian Anderson's homicide detective hunting a serial killer. Six new episodes, with Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Archie Panjabi.

HULU: THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK — THE TOURING YEARS

Director Ron Howard's documentary covers the group's live-performance
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Director Ron Howard's documentary covers the group's live-performance period of 1962-66, from The Cavern Club to Shea Stadium to Candlestick Park.

NETFLIX: GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE

They're back: Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, in
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They're back: Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, in four 90-minute chapters moving through the seasons. Other WB returnees include Kelly Bishop, Scott Patterson, Keiko Agena.

NETFLIX: THE CROWN

Series from
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Series from "The Queen" movie writer Peter Morgan dramatizes the earlier life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy), starting with her 1947 marriage to Prince Philip (Matt Smith).

HULU: CHANCE

Hugh Laurie's San Francisco neuropsychiatrist courts danger with
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Hugh Laurie's San Francisco neuropsychiatrist courts danger with an alluring patient and her police detective spouse. With Gretchen Mol, LisaGay Hamilton, Paul Adelstein, Ethan Suplee.

AMAZON: GOLIATH

Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Maria Bello, Sarah
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Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Maria Bello, Sarah Wynter, Dwight Yoakam, Harold Perrineau appear in David E. Kelley's latest legal series, where a lawyer (Thornton) fights powerful corporate interests.

AMAZON: CRISIS IN SIX SCENES

Woody Allen's half-hour series co-stars him with Miley
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Woody Allen's half-hour series co-stars him with Miley Cyrus, Christine Ebersole, Joy Behar, Elaine May, Michael Rapaport.

NETFLIX: MARVEL’S LUKE CAGE

Mike Colter takes his superhuman crime-fighter from
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Mike Colter takes his superhuman crime-fighter from "Jessica Jones" into his own adventure series. With Alfre Woodard, Mahershala Ali, Frank Whaley, Sonia Braga.

NETFLIX: EASY

Sex, tech and culture intersect in a Chicago-set
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Sex, tech and culture intersect in a Chicago-set half-hour anthology from filmmaker Joe Swanberg. With Orlando Bloom, Marc Maron, Malin Akerman, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Hannibal Buress.

NETFLIX: BOJACK HORSEMAN

Season 3 for this critically acclaimed adult cartoon:
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Season 3 for this critically acclaimed adult cartoon: Our boozing humanoid horse (voice of Will Arnett), once a sitcom has-been, now achieves movie stardom. Does BoJack still hate Hollywood? With Amy Sedaris' Persian cat, Paul F. Tompkins' Labrador retriever, Aaron Paul's human slacker.

NETFLIX: NARCOS

The hunt for Pablo Escobar continues in this
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The hunt for Pablo Escobar continues in this second season dramatizing the '80s battles of drug kingpins vs. law enforcement. Acclaimed series also available in Ultra HD 4K.

NETFLIX: LADY DYNAMITE

Comic Maria Bamford's original series follows a woman
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Comic Maria Bamford's original series follows a woman finding herself, with Mary Kay Place, Ed Begley Jr., Ana Gasteyer.

NETFLIX: BEING MARY JANE

With Season 3 just added, fans can catch
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With Season 3 just added, fans can catch up to all of this smart BET drama series, tracking the complicated life of a TV news anchor (Gabrielle Union).

NETFLIX: BLOODLINE

Season 3 wraps up this Florida Keys family
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Season 3 wraps up this Florida Keys family thriller with Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz. 10 episodes.

HULU: THE MINDY PROJECT

Creator-star Mindy Kaling's life odyssey made the jump
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Creator-star Mindy Kaling's life odyssey made the jump this fourth season from Fox to Hulu, which has continued to roll out episodes weekly (unlike most other streaming services). But with the season's first half finished, we can binge on 13 half-hours in which Mindy and Danny forthrightly grapple with parenthood, couplehood and career-hood differences of opinion. (And for those who just can't let it go, the midseason finale is set at Christmas.) -- Diane Werts

NETFLIX: MASTER OF NONE

And here's the Manhattan male side of Mindy's
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And here's the Manhattan male side of Mindy's current-day 30-something story. Aziz Ansari of "Parks and Recreation" also writes and stars, playing an actor who can't seem to find a handle on his career or his relationships, at a time when he's feeling his life should be settled. Neatly juggling social and cultural expectations (with added first-generation-American angst), and backing its comedy with character depth, the show's first 10 episodes earned near-universal acclaim (and a Golden Globe nomination for Ansari). Find out why on Netflix. -- Diane Werts

AMAZON PRIME INSTANT VIDEO: MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE

The Nazis and Japanese won World War II?
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The Nazis and Japanese won World War II? That's the concept behind this speculative thriller set in the '60s, as adapted by Frank Spotnitz from the Philip K. Dick novel, available on Amazon. As the Axis powers scheme over U.S. territory, young Americans seek the truth behind newsreel films depicting alternative historical events. The sprawling 10-hour tale stars Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Rufus Sewell. -- Diane Werts

NETFLIX: MARVEL'S JESSICA JONES

Krysten Ritter, ex-
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Krysten Ritter, ex-"Don't Trust the B" on ABC, now plays an ex-superhero turned private eye in a world of ugly crimes and murky morals on Netflix. You know it's so when "Doctor Who" stud David Tennant embodies the bad guy. Also on hand through 13 episodes: Mike Colter's Luke Cage (soon getting his own series) and Rachael Taylor's Trish Walker. -- Diane Werts

NETFLIX: HOUSE OF CARDS

If you need more politics during this current
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If you need more politics during this current presidential campaign, here's an acclaimed Washington saga of outrageous ambition. And then there's the crafty British miniseries of the same name, on which Spacey's tale is based (also streaming on Netflix). -- Diane Werts

NETFLIX: SENSE8

The Wachowski siblings and J. Michael Straczynski deliver
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The Wachowski siblings and J. Michael Straczynski deliver a second season of drama in which strangers around the world find themselves connected by visions. 10 episodes.

HULU: EMPIRE

You've heard the hype, now see the hype.
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You've heard the hype, now see the hype. This is a prime-time soap, and a well-done one. Very easily consumed, there's no heavy lifting, but a lot of fun.

NETFLIX: FRIENDS

This Netflix newcomer runs 10 seasons, so you
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This Netflix newcomer runs 10 seasons, so you may ending up losing a full week if you sit through everything, so let's choose -- how 'bout the third season? That's The One when "Friends" become much more serialized, with running continuous stories; seems like a good binge attribute, no? Teri Garr and Jon Favreau are also aboard in the the third.

NETFLIX: GILMORE GIRLS

Lorelai and Lorelai (Rory). Stars Hollow, Connecticut. The
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Lorelai and Lorelai (Rory). Stars Hollow, Connecticut. The denizens therein. For seven seasons, "Gilmore Girls" captivated fans with this mix, but mostly with very fast patter, written mostly by creator Amy Sherman-Palladino for her star Lauren Graham. This show still holds up, even a decade later.

HULU: BROOKLYN NINE NINE

Season one is all here, and is definitely
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Season one is all here, and is definitely worth a good, old-fashioned binge. Funny show, great cast .

SHOWTIME ANYTIME: WEEDS

Jenji Kohan's (
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Jenji Kohan's ("Orange is the New Black") comedy-drama-soap about a single mother (Mary-Louise Parker) who turns into a pot dealer, lasted eight seasons, but the first three seem to be -- by fan consensus -- the best.

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