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The Rehearsal

The Rehearsal
8.8
The Staff

The best thing about The Rehearsal—Nathan Fielder’s elaborate Russian doll of social experiments and self-examination—is how seamlessly it goes from prank comedy to surrealist horror. The show’s concept of staging situations where real people can practice making an important decision (complete with actors playing all the background characters) pays off in spades. Fielder’s insistence on over-preparation collides beautifully with the unpredictability of human behavior, leading to some of the funniest and weirdest interactions to grace TV.

But the greatest trick that The Rehearsal has up its sleeve is Fielder, playing a version of himself using this show to understand how to live a meaningful life. As he stretches these rehearsals beyond their limit (at certain points, recreating his own rehearsals with someone playing himself), his character’s persona also begins to crack. Suddenly the series isn’t just a comedy, but a poignant reflection on empathy and forgiveness, and a psychological mind-bender about an egomaniac who refuses to give up control of reality itself. There’s nothing else like it on television.

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The Rehearsal

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HBO Max

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Device availability:
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When you subscribe, you’ll get HBO’s world-class exclusives, such as The Wire and Game of Thrones but HBO MAX also functions as a bundle: you’ll get content from DC, Criterion Collection, Looney Tunes, Studio Ghibli, Turner Classic Movies, and Crunchyroll.

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The Rehearsal

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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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The Rehearsal

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Price:
 $9.99 per month
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Crave is a Canadian subscription service founded in 2014 that gives users exclusive access to US titles and theater releases, as well as original shows, live content, and Canada-only movies and series. In particular, the service has a deal with studios Warner Bros. and Paramount, and with channels HBO, HBO Max, Showtime, Comedy Central, and MTV, so you can be sure to find the most in-demand releases on the service. Crave plans start at $9.99/month for single users, while the premium package costs $19.99/month.

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The Rehearsal

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 14 days
Device availability:
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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.

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