While the BBC is famous for making some great understated drama series about the dark side of detective work (Luther, Line of Duty, Broadchurch), it has raised the bar with Happy Valley. It’s so good, it successfully breathes new life into the middle-aged but strong-willed small-town police officer trope, taking it to some uncomfortable and difficult places with exceptional writing.
Said small-town police officer is Catherine Cawood from West Yorkshire, impressively portrayed by Sarah Lancashire. Cawood has a hard time coming to terms with the release of a man from prison, who she is connected to in a fateful way and whose comeback coincides with a kidnapping attempt by a local drug kingpin. These events reveal the criminal underbelly of a seemingly quaint small town. Hidden behind its ironic title, Happy Valley will keep you on your toes with understated suspense, dry humor, and a quietly devastating storyline.
Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Roku
Fubo is a live TV and on-demand streaming service. The platform had it beginning as a soccer stream service, but it quickly became popular as a viable alternative to expensive cable subscriptions in the U.S, offering an attractive bundle of more than 100 live channels as well as an endless array of on-demand movies.
AMC is a basic cable network owned by AMC Networks. The company launched in 1984 as “American Movie Classics” but rebranded multiple times, most recently between 2002-2009 when the network pushed original programming considerably, debuting in 2007 with its first original series, Mad Men.
Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Google Daydream, iOS, LG Smart TV, Nvidia SHIELD, Oculus, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Website, Xbox
Plex is a media management software that doubles as a free streaming service. Its main function is to organize your own library of content—that is, your own video, photo, or sound files—and make it streamable alongside Plex's offerings of 200+ live TV channels and 50,000+ on-demand movies and shows. Plex's basic package comes at no cost, but it also has a premium package starting at $4.99/month that boasts additional features, such as the ability to download content and watch them offline, among other things.
Amazon Fire TV, Android, Chromecast, iOS, LG Smart TV, Playsation, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, TiVo, Vizio, Xbox, Xfinity Flex
Vudu is an on-demand streaming service that allows users to rent or purchase more than 200,000 new releases. Founded in 2007, it's one of the first companies to offer digital films in HD. Vudu's main strength is its ease of access and jam-packed catalog of movies and TV shows, but it also boasts free content, which they run on ads. In 2020, media and ticketing firm Fandango acquired Vudu and merged both companies' streamers into one. They decided to keep the Vudu name because of its vast and loyal customer base.
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Despite being relatively new to the game, Binge is one of the most popular streaming services in Australia at the moment, and for good reason: it houses all the best titles that have escaped Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+'s reach. Binge has partnered with the likes of HBO, NBC, WarnerMedia, FX, and BBC to deliver the hottest content to streaming Australians. Included among its lineup are cult shows like Succession and Game of Thrones, as well as comedy classics like The Office and Parks and Recreation. Movie lovers can also revel in Binge's box-office titles as it offers franchise gems from Mission Impossible and DC, as well as critically acclaimed films from directors like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.