Spring Break is a time for sleeping, visiting family and optimistically (read: unlikely) catching up on schoolwork. However, in addition, it is also every students’ moral and psychological imperative to unwind with some healthy television-watching. With streaming services adding new shows and movies weekly, Spring Break will be a joyous opportunity for students to catch up on what they might have missed since their last experience of free time at Christmas break. This guide lists some of the new original shows and newly added offerings on the three most popular streaming services, highlighting some of the most prime options.
Highlight: The Man in the High Castle—Loosely based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick, this Amazon Studios original series portrays a compelling alternative American history. This show imagines a world where the Axis Powers had won World War II, and now the globe is split between the Japanese and Nazi Germany nations. America itself is split down the middle by these two superpowers that are now at odds with each other. Within this political power struggle are two central characters who have been exposed to strange propaganda films that show the world in a form that is unrecognisable to them, one that reflects our nonfictional reality.
New originals: Hand of God (Season 2), Z: The Beginning of Everything (Season 1)
New to streaming: Charlie Bartlett, Chicago, Emma (1996)
In case you missed it: The Night Manager—Based on a novel by John le Carré, BBC’s Emmy award-winning show follows a former spy (played by Tom Hiddleston) attempting to infiltrate a group of arms dealers for the British government. The show originally aired in early 2016, and all six episodes are available to stream.
Highlight: Legion—FX’s new X-Men show is reportedly not in the same universe as Fox’s X-Men films, much as the CW’s DC shows (Arrow, The Flash) are not connected to the DCEU. In the comics, the protagonist of Legion, David Haller, is the son of Professor Charles Xavier. The show follows his realization that, contrary to his former belief that he is insane, he might actually be a mutant. The first five episodes of the first season are currently available to stream.
New originals: The Mindy Project (Season 5), The Path (Season 2)
New to streaming: Clueless, Steven Universe (Season 3), 13 Going on 30
In case you missed it: All five seasons of Comedy Central sketch comedy Key & Peele, created by and starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (director and writer of Get Out) are currently available. The award-winning show engages with sensitive issues in an irreverent yet poignant fashion.
Highlight: Iron Fist—Marvel’s newest show set in the film universe debuts the first day of spring break. Iron Fist is the final installment before this summer’s crossover event, Defenders, which will bring together all of the characters from Marvel’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. As a Marvel comics aficionado, I am honor-bound to watch all film adaptations, but this is the one I am least excited for. On top of problematic white-savior overtones, the show is also currently receiving poor reviews for its first half. Additionally, the premise of a wealthy man who goes missing, then returns with fancy martial arts skills is exceptionally similar to CW’s Arrow. I am, however, excited to see a live-action portrayal of Colleen Wing (played by Jessica Henwick), as well as the episode directed by Wu-Tang Clan member RZA.
New originals: Love (Season 2), Santa Clarita Diet (Season 1)
New to streaming: Blazing Saddles, The Great British Bake Off (Season 3), Midnight in Paris
In case you missed it: A Series of Unfortunate Events—First airing in January of this year, the most recent adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s children’s series stars Neil Patrick Harris as a spot-on creepy-yet-intriguing and fun-to-hate Count Olaf, master of disguises and treachery. The first season adapts the first four books of the series into two episodes each, providing more time to each than the 2004 film starring Jim Carrey.