Stream Police: Fall TV Season Edition

Posted in The Screening Room by - October 20, 2015

Autumn has always been my favorite part of the year. After the long, depressing slog that is summer in the Midwest, fall comes in to whisk my battered, tortured soul away to a land of hard apple cider, pumpkin pie, picturesque prairie scenery and a stacked fall television line up. Check out this week’s Stream Police and welcome back some returning favorites from last year, or maybe stick around and make a new friend or two.


Elementary

British actor, Jonathan Lee Miller stars as Sherlock Holmes in this clever retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous Gumshoe. Alongside faithful sidekick, Watson (Lucy Liu) Watson, the pair solve cases in a modern retelling of the Holmes’ cases in New York City. The portrayal of Holmes as not only a famous and remarkable detective, but also as a recovering drug addict adds a new and unexpected facet of complexity to a character we were sure we knew everything about.

Watch if you like: Law and Order, Special Victims Unit, Bones, Criminal Minds


Hell’s Kitchen

Everybody has a guilty pleasure, and Hell’s Kitchen is mine. For 13 seasons, celebrity chef, Gordan Ramsay has shouted and swore his way into our hearts an living rooms. Hell’s Kitchen wrapped up its most recent season earlier this year, however if you’re looking for something to binge the brisk Autumn nights with, this just might be your show. Sure, the shouting might be somewhat staged, but if you can find a better television program in which a grown man can refer to a grown woman as a “stupid fucking cow,” in a crowded restaurant, then please drop me a line at Marc@kultureshocked.com.

Watch if you Like: Drawn Together, Iron Chef, Family Guy


Difficult People

While maybe not as clever nor as brash as It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Difficult People is a fresh, original Hulu series staring a relatively fresh comedic class. Prior Hulu programming like Quick Draw or The Awesomes have left much to be desired for comedy fans, but it appears that Hulu may have finally hit it with Difficult People. While the first season features some standard television tropes, Difficult People presents us with a new take on a tired modern staple, people being dickheads to other people are pretty god damned funny.

Watch if You Like: Louie, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Office


Doctor Who

Much has been said about the recent shift in tone of the new Doctor Who season. The Doctor is a tad more human and plots a bit more complex. The show is still as campy as ever, but that camp is often pushed to the back burner for some episodes that will really tug at the ol’ heart strings. Beware, this show isn’t for everyone and in all honesty, has been around long enough in the modern format that if you’ve wanted to see it, you probably already have. However, if you’re still on the fence or just want to relive a classic, Hulu is your place to be this week.

Watch if You Like: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Anime, Under the Dome


The Strain

Guillermo Del Toro brings us a modern horror serial which at times feels as though it would be more at home on HBO than on FX. What may at first glance appear as yet another foray into the tried and true, “World Ending Virus,” trope, unravels to deliver a focused, fresh and gory take on vampirism. With a new season only months away, now is the perfect time to catch up and experience what may become the next Breaking Bad. With it’s at times over the top gore though, The Strain may not be for everyone.

Check out our interview with Jonathan Hyde from The Strain

Watch if You Like: B Movies, True Blood, The Following

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