There’s so much good television on streaming websites, to say nothing of the films. It’s impossible to keep track of what is worth your while.
And while June sets Vienna’s streets abuzz, fabulous woman wrestlers, mesmerizing homes and mysterious disappearances beckon you back onto the comfort of your couch.
The creative team behind the iconic, boundary-breaking Orange is the New Black bless our screens with their latest creation: GLOW is a bombastic, grimy and smart ’80s paradise, steeped in spandex and hairspray. A casting call for “unconventional women” brings together Los Angeles misfits of every shape to shoot the pilot for a TV show. Back for its second season on June 29, the “Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling” (get it?) kick butt for the three-count with big hair and in-ring melodrama. Netflix
Mecha: Voltron: Legendary Defender
’80s kids with a particular nostalgia for giant robots will remember Voltron fondly: the story of five teenagers who battle an evil alien empire with giant, color-coded robot lions who collectively form Voltron, the galaxy’s mightiest defender. Now rebooted by DreamWorks Animation and produced by Avatar: The Last Airbender alumni Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, Voltron: Legendary Defender is an epic, vibrant and witty reinterpretation of the original. For kids and wistful Gen Xers. Netflix
Drama: Picnic at Hanging Rock
Set in Victorian Australia, a mysterious disappearance in the Outback sets off paranoia in this costume thriller based on the novel by Joan Lindsay. Already filmed in 1975 by celebrated director Peter Weir, the 2018 version stars Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer in a six-episode series revisiting the unexplained mystery of three schoolgirls and their teacher who never return from their Valentine’s Day excursion. In the emotional investigation that follows, there are no easy answers as untold secrets surface. Amazon Prime
Police Procedural: Comrade Detective
Imagine: At the height of the Cold War, the Romanian regime created the country’s most popular TV series of all time, featuring two cops investigating the murder of a colleague and fighting the greatest enemy of the people: CAPITALISM. Sounds interesting? Producer Channing Tatum certainly thought so. This Romanian production, dubbed by Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, does its best to emulate 1980s communist propaganda as closely as possible while adding a healthy dose of detached irony. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think you’d be watching the real deal. Amazon Prime
Documentary: The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes
A person’s home is their castle – and not just in England! This educational but dreamy mini-series showcases some of the most unconventional and incredible homes imaginable. Award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress/property enthusiast Caroline Quentin tour forest houses in New Zealand, avant-garde chalets in the Swiss Alps and subterranean luxury dwellings in Greece, always looking for adventure and fascinated by what they find. Join these hilarious hosts for the trip – but be careful, you might be inspired to start building your own little abode. Netflix