Your Guide To Streaming TVs, Movies And More This Holiday Season

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With David Folkenflik

Looking for something to binge-watch? Gather around and check out these suggestions from film critic Alissa Wilkinson.


Alissa Wilkinson, film critic for Vox. Associate professor of English and humanities at The King's College in New York City. Co-author of "How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith and Politics at the End of the World." (@alissamarie)

10 Holiday Shows (And Episodes) To Watch

  1. There are lots of great Christmas episodes of "The Office," but my favorite is the one where Dwight throws a "Schrute Christmas" (Season 9, Episode 9)
  2. The "Friends" episode, "The One With the Holiday Armadillo" (Season 7, Episode 10)
  3. BoJack Horseman's Christmas Special
  4. 30 Rock "Christmas Special" (Season 3, Episode 6)
  5. The Star Wars Christmas Special
  6. Saturday Night Live's "Sump'n Claus" sketch, from 2014
  7. Arrested Development's "Afternoon Delight" (Season 2, Episode 6)
  8. "Christmas at Downton Abbey"
  9. Little House on the Prairie, "A Christmas They Never Forgot" (Season 8, Episode 11)
  10. Seinfeld, "The Strike" (Season 9, Episode 10). This is the one where they invent Festivus.

10 Non-Holiday Streamables

  1. Shirkers (Netflix)
  2. Salt Fat Acid Heat (Netflix)
  3. City of Gold (Hulu)
  4. Private Life (Netflix)
  5. Faces Places (Netflix)
  6. Younger (Hulu)
  7. Superstore (Hulu)
  8. Damsel (Hulu)
  9. Sorry to Bother You (Hulu)
  10. Ingrid Goes West (Hulu)

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Vox: "The 21 best movies of 2018" --  "2018 was a wild year for the movie business. As the year began, the industry was reeling from waves of revelations regarding sexual misconduct in seemingly every corner of its existence, while also trying to keep up with the ways streaming giants like Netflix and calls for increased diversity were altering the entertainment landscape. At festivals like Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto, change was in the air.

"But looking back at the year in film, another notable shift was evident. Historically, 'prestige' films and so-called 'Oscar movies' have largely been relegated to the end of the year, with critics and awards prognosticators looking mostly at releases from September through December when predicting which movies will be the year’s best and most recognized.

"In 2018, though, the great movies started coming out early and didn’t stop: Black Panther in mid-February; The Death of Stalin in March; The Rider and A Quiet Place in April; First Reformed in May; Hereditary and Damsel and Leave No Trace in June. The list just kept growing as the year went on."

Barclay Palmer produced this segment for broadcast.

This segment aired on December 21, 2018.


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