What TV series are worth your time?
Too many streaming services, too much choice. Tips for some time well spent. - 27.08
Summer holidays are coming to an end, so it’s time to relax a little. And what better way to do so than watching some tele. Especially now temperatures have become bearable again. But what should you watch? The range of streaming content has never been bigger. With the arrival of Disney+ and Streamz, we want to list some TV series and movie recommendations.
When even your remote control has a ‘Netflix’ button, you know for sure that the American streaming platform has made its entrance into Flemish living rooms. What originally started as a home video store has grown into the largest and best-known streamer with some 200 million subscribers worldwide. Choosing a film or series from the immense range of purchased and own productions is a real challenge. That is why Netflix is currently experimenting with a shuffle button. Do you think this is a bit too random? Then we are happy to help you with our favourites.
- Swedish Jihadi recruitment in Kalifat
- Women wrestling in glitter suits in Glow
- Comedian Aziz Ansari’s Master of None
- Shudder with The Rain, a Danish series about – that’s a coincidence – a deadly virus.
- Complex time travel in a desolate village with Dark (discover the parallels with Stranger Things, but here the only monsters are humans)
- Japanese animation for young and old with Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. By the way, Netflix offers the entire Studio Ghibli catalogue for those who can’t get enough of it.
Jeff Bezos‘ monopoly extends way beyond online shopping. With Amazon Prime, you get a cheaper alternative than Netflix (only €2.99/month) and a constantly growing offer. Admittedly, there is still work to be done on the user interface. But if you can binge-watch ‘The Office’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’ at such a low price, you won’t hear us complain. Their own productions are also worth mentioning, such as ‘The Terror’ and ‘The Boys’. And if you haven’t seen ‘Fleabag’ yet, you should absolutely sit down to watch this excellent British comedy-drama!
We’ve had to wait a little longer than our neighbours, but our patience will soon be rewarded: from September 15 onwards, Disney+ will be available in Belgium! The well-known Disney films do not really need an introduction. They follow the lives of princesses, Jedi, superheroes, antiheroes and whatnot. Consider also diving into the history of the Disney park empire with ‘The Imagineering Story‘. And don’t forget to check out the Broadway hit ‘Hamilton‘. Before the pandemic, tickets for the show were sold for hundreds of euros. Now, you only pay €59.99 for a whole year.
Have you become a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda? Then you should definitely see him in ‘His Dark Materials’. This fantasy series can be found on Telenet Play (soon to be Streamz), together with a whole bunch of other films and series. Especially the large offer of HBO series make Play/Streamz an important player on the streaming market. There’s a lot to choose from, but start with ‘Succession’ (about an ultrarich media tycoon’s dysfunctional family), ‘Veep’ (satire with Seinfeld’s Elaine as vice president of the USA) or ‘I May Destroy You’ (about a rape victim rebuilding her life).
Of course, we also have our own channels. In recent years, VRT NU has grown into a user-friendly platform to watch series and films whenever you want. Moreover, you can also watch exclusive series that only appear online, such as ‘Stay At Home Museum’. More and more of the classic TV programming is also made available per season, instead of the weekly episodes. Our favourites? The French spy series ‘Le bureau des légendes’, Russian-German intrigues during the interwar period in ‘Babylon Berlin’ and ‘Kutjaar’, a new documentary on culture in times of corona that will appear this autumn.
You might almost have forgotten about it, but there’s still Apple TV to turn to as well. Even if only to see ‘Bad Boys for Life’, the Hollywood debut of our compatriots Adil and Bilall. Feel free to let us know what you think of ‘The Morning Show’, an Apple Original starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
And finally: Streamz, the platform formerly known as ‘the Flemish Netflix‘, is coming! The real launch is planned for autumn, but we already know that the VTM-series ‘Thieves of the Wood’ will be exclusively shown on Streamz. Already curious about this much-discussed local alternative in a world of international players? Then register on join.streamz.be.