2015 is officially the time you can’t simply CAN’T afford (in good consciousness) to miss streaming shows. 2013 brought us House of Cards & Orange is The New Black on Netflix causing a million binge-watching additions and revolutionarily sweeping the Emmys, 2014 was the year Amazon Prime’s Transparent won our hearts and minds (and all the Golden Globes).
So, what does 2015 have in store for us? While everyone should be addicted (pun intended) to High Maintenance on Vimeo by now, season 3 of House of Cards is mere weeks away and (thank God!) Community keeps on keeping on Yahoo, here we will list the BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW shows on streaming we feel you really need to pencil some quality time on your couch with.
Fair warning: this may be just the tip of the iceberg as Netflix just announced they’re aiming for 20 scripted series PER YEAR and Amazon has thrown their hat into the original MOVIES game too. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, streaming on Netflix March 2015
Aka: “One of the 15 things we’re looking forward to in 2015″. Lets face it we would have watched ANYTHING on TV Tina Fey put her mind to after 30 Rock ended. Especially if it was in tandem with Robert Carlock. It has taken a few years of waiting but now, this Spring brings us Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a comedy about a woman who emerges from a bomb shelter where she was kept by a cult that told her the world was ending is here. Ellie Kemper, who has long deserved a show all her own, stars as Kimmy, with Jane Krakowski, Titus Burgess, Carol Kane and Lauren Adams rounding out the cast. And, as if knowing we’d want it all at once, Netflix snatched the show from NBC and will be releasing it all at once, as it was meant to be. Second season has already been pre-ordered too, thank God. The trailer has just been released and it is ADORABLE and HILARIOUS (no surprises there).
Grace and Frankie -streaming on Netflix, sometime in 2015
Speaking of adorable AND hilarious – 2/3s of the inimitable 9-to-5 team (Jane Fonda and Lili Tomlin) come together for an “honest and funny” show about reinventing yourself at a certain age. We’d watch these two in just about ANYTHING but add to the mix the fact that Martin Sheen and Sam Waterstone are playing their spouses and that no one has quite yet officially denied the chance of a Dolly Parton Cameo OR a marijuana smoking episode, and we’re in through and through.
Casual, coming to Hulu sometime in 2015
Jason Reitman is the latest big screen favorite bringing a series concept straight to the web. The 10 part dramedy charts the territory of a a dysfunctional family (a Reitman special) and a new, makeshift household between a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister. Details are scarce but we’re keeping our fingers crossed.
Salem Rogers: Model of The Year 1998, pilot now up on Amazon Prime, hopefully coming our way later in 2015
Amazon does that whole Pilot Season thing where everyone gets to vote on which shows get to play in their next batch of originals and while Mozart in the Jungle beating out Whit Stillman’s The Cosmopolitans has us a little worried about how the system works and whether we should really trust people to vote, the new batch of shows does offer the inspired pairing of Leslie Bibb (who has a good head start in a lot of shows (About a Boy, The League, the under-appreciated GFB) but has not really been able to fully carry anything since Popular) AND the great Rachel Dratch as a former supermodel and superbitch out of a 10 year rehab stint and her long-suffering personal assistant (now a self-help-for-tweens book author) figuring stuff out once over. The pilot is brash and messy and flawed, but that’s what makes us root for this a little extra. Bonus: Jane Kazmarek and Harry Hamlin as the parental/managerial types. Mark Waters (Mean Girls) directs, and is right at home in this chaos.
Difficult People, coming to Hulu sometime in 2015
We saved the best sort of for last. Just as we were all slowly but painfully getting adjusted to the fact that Amy Poehler won’t be hanging out with us every week after February 24th, Hulu announced that they have picked up a new show produced by Poehler, written by BYT funny lady favorite Julie Klausner and starring (Wait for it!) Klausner herself AND another one of our comedy super crushes Billy Eichner. Can this please start airing now?
As you maybe heard Marvel, in their effort to colonize just about every aspect of your entertainment choices, has set up a five show deal with Netflix last year and while the dates for Luke Cage, The Defenders and Iron Fist have still not been announced, 2015 is bringing us these two FOR SURE:
Marvel’s Daredevil, streaming on Netflix, coming April 10 2015
Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) stars as the blind attorney Matt Murdock/Daredevil in a role that many would consider forever jinxed after that 2003 Ben Affleck fiasco. Still, the series format should prove beneficial to paying more attention to all the necessary mythology details and the fact that Vincent D’Onofrio has been confirmed as the Kingpin means that menacing factors won’t be in short order. Rosario Dawson also co-stars, and the girl looks good in any comic book inspired movie she’s in.
Marvel’s A.K.A Jessica Jones, streaming on Netflix, late spring 2015
It is good to see another female lead get a moment in the Marvel spotlight. With Hayley Attwell as Agent Carter doing pretty well over on network TV, we’re excited to see just how sassy and sexy and wink-wink-nudge-nudge funny Krysten Ritter is going to be as the ex-superhero/private detective working her way through some serious personal issues. Talk about inspired casting (and let’s not color her hair, ok/please?).
Taking a Darker Turn:
Bloodline, streaming on Netflix March 2015
The team behind Damages brings use a 13 episode thriller on the dark side lurking under the surface of a seemingly loving American family. According to the Netflix blurb: “The Rayburns are hard-working pillars of their Florida Keys community. But when the black sheep son comes home for the 45th anniversary of his parents’ hotel, he threatens to expose the Rayburns’ dark secrets and shameful past, pushing his siblings to the limits of family loyalty” which sounds juicy enough in and off itself, but the REAL REASONS why we’re excited for this: Kyle Chandler (aka Coach Taylor in Friday Night Lights) and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks, Mad Men…) star. One sentence is all the teaser trailer needed to do to hook us:
11/22/63, streaming on Hulu sometime in 2015
In which JJ Abrams takes Stephen King’s bestseller 11/22/63 and sweeps “viewers on a journey back to the day that former President Kennedy was shot and ask the eternal question: “what if?” Part thriller, part love story, 11/22/63 is a fascinating story that goes beyond the concept of time travel.” Must See TV by any definition.
Between, streaming on Netflix sometime in 2015
The first ever Canadian Netflix original has an intriguing apocalyptic Lord of the Flies premise AND features an honest-to-God Nickolodeon star (Jenette McCurdy) to boot. The show takes place in a town under siege where a disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 and under, now struggling to establish a power structure of their own. We imagine the situation will look NOTHING like this still from Nickolodeon’s Sam & Kat featuring McCurdy you can see below. We’re in.
Sense8, streaming on Netflix sometime in 2015
From Wachowski brothers comes a story about a group of (yes) 8 people who find themselves inexpicably linked to each other (mentally/emotionally/etc) in the wake of a tragic death. It is one of those premises that could be either wildly hokey or wildly compelling, depending on execution, so lets hope for the best but be mentally prepared for well, maybe the worst. Presence of Lost’s Naveen Andrews and Darryl Hannah makes us feel optimistic though.
A League of Its Own:
New Yorker Presents, Amazon Prime Pilot now available
Now you can finally love the New Yorker AND love it while watching TV. According to the press release, this show which we’re currently referring to as “best idea ever” in the BYT offices is: “….Produced by Oscar & Emmy winner Alex Gibney, the pilot features a doc from Oscar winner Jonathan Demme based on Rachel Aviv’s article “A Very Valuable Reputation,” writer Ariel Levy interviewing artist Marina Abramovic, a sketch from Simon Rich and Alan Cumming (with an appearance by BYT forever favorite Brett Gelman-ed), poetry read by Andrew Garfield, and cartoons by Emily Flake.”
let us know what YOU’RE excited for in the comments.