Streaming libraries expand and contract. Algorithms are imperfect. Those damn thumbnail images are always changing. But you know what you can always rely on? The expert opinions and knowledgeable commentary of The A.V. Club. That’s why we’re scouring both the menus of the most popular services and our own archives to bring you these guides to the best viewing options, broken down by streamer, medium, and genre. Want to know why we’re so keen on a particular show? Click the links for some in-depth coverage from The A.V. Club’s past. And be sure to check back often, because we’ll be adding more recommendations as shows come and go.
With the acknowledgement that many viewers seek out streaming options to avoid commercials: Thanks to the likes of CW Seed and Peacock, there’s a bounty of great TV awaiting anyone with a broadband connection and a tolerance for the occasional ad. And we’re not just talking the frustrating tease of Crackle carrying the first two seasons (and only the first two seasons) of NewsRadio, either: After Mad Men left Netflix, it found a new home on IMDB TV—and that’s a case where pausing for a word from the sponsor just feels right, doesn’t it?