WITH the “official” prime-time season officially behind us for another year, it’s time for TV watchers in this often frosty part of the world to turn off the ol’ boob tube, take a deep breath and head outside into the too-brief summer sunshine. Or, at least, it would be, if this were 2006. But we’re living in the age of Netflix, Shomi and Crave TV and year-round streaming content, so there’s really no reason for anyone to make that hazardous-to-your-health stroll out into the sunburn-risk zone, is there? Seriously, fellow couch spuds, we’ve got a whole lot of catching up to do, and the fall TV season is only a few weeks away.
In this new monthly feature — to which we’ve attached the too-cute-for-words title Life Is But a Stream — we’re going take a quick look at some of the noteworthy titles available on the aforementioned streamingcontent services, and offer up a few suggestions of shows that might be worthy of a few marathon viewings as the summer months zip past.
Unless you’re a hardcore binge-watcher, it’s likely your streaming-service loyalty lies with one, maybe two, of the services currently available in Canada. But we’ll dig though the rosters of all three services in search of shows that might provide some warm-weather TV-watching fun.
To get Life Is But a Stream started, here are six to sample during the summer of ’16: Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) — Serious streamers and committed seekers of the best TV fare, regardless of platform, will already have seen this, but the looming arrival of the series’ fourth season (June 17) makes this a perfect time for newbies to the binge-watching trend to get themselves current with the series that has become, with the possible exception of House of Cards, Netflix’s most successful original production.
Mark Consuelos (from left), John Goodman, Matt Malloy and Clark Johnson in Alpha House.
Taylor Schilling (left) and Uzo Aduba in Orange Is the New Black.