Streamline recommends the second season premiere of “The Handmaid’s Tale” as the show you should watch this week.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is an obvious choice. This show is both critically acclaimed and popular. The first season earned eight Emmys in 2017. The second season is already one of the best-reviewed shows of 2018.
There are also reasons to give “The Handmaid’s Tale” a second chance if you weren’t sold the first time around. The tone is a bit less wonky. The strange decision to frequently use pop songs as the soundtrack to human atrocities in the first season seems to be a thing of the past. The plot is more realistically dark given the bloody nature of the ruling regime’s oppression.
This slightly new direction doesn’t necessarily mean the show will appeal to a wider audience. Arguably, the show is harder to watch as it confronts tragedy in a more straightforward way. But again, you should give the show another chance if you skipped it initially.
And if you’re already a superfan, then this season shouldn’t disappoint.
Watch the trailer for Season 2 in the ranking list below.
Other Notable New Shows This Week
“3%” on Netflix. Season 2. This is a young adult dystopian show that’s pretty good for that genre. Read more at the Netflix Streamline.
Recent Shows That Also Are Decent
“The Americans” from FX. Season 6.
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” on FX. Season 1.
“Baskets” from FX. Season 3.
“Champions” from NBC, also on Hulu. Season 1. Read more at the Hulu Streamline.
“The Chi” from Showtime. Season 1.
“Good Girls” from NBC. Season 1. Read more at the Hulu Streamline.
“High Maintenance” from HBO. Season 2.
“Homeland” from Showtime. Season 7.
“Legion” from FX. Season 2.
“The Looming Tower” from Hulu. Read more at the Hulu Streamline.
“Love” from Netflix. Season 3. Read more at the Netflix Streamline.
“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” from Netflix. Season 2. Read more at the Netflix Streamline.
“National Treasure: Kiri” from Hulu. Read more at the Hulu Streamline.
“Portlandia” from IFC. Season 8.
“Requiem” on Netflix. Season 1. Read more at the Netflix Streamline.
“Santa Clarita Diet” on Netflix. Season 2. Read more at the Netflix Streamline.
“Seven Seconds” from Netflix. Read more at the Netflix Streamline.
“The Tick” from Amazon. Season 1, Part 2. Read more at the Amazon Streamline.
“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” from USA. Season 1.
“Waco” from the Paramount Network. Miniseries.
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The Weekly Streamline Ranking Of All TV
The ranking prioritizes newness, quality and potential mass appeal. Read below the list for a more elaborate explanation into the methodology.
For the weekend of April 27, “Atlanta” tops the list for the ninth time. The season is almost over and Streamline is going to leave this show in the top spot through the entirety of its run.
“Atlanta” is definitely a strong contender to be the best show of the year. This season very well may be one of the best of the decade. Ratings seem to have dipped for Season 2, which is frustrating. Stop watching “Roseanne” and watch “Atlanta” instead.
You can catch up on the first season on Hulu, and then watch new episodes at the FX website. (You’ll need a cable subscription.)
Good luck this week. Hope this helps.
A note on ranking methodology:
Streamline recommendations do not include reality shows, game shows, awards shows, news shows and other programs that aren’t streaming online.
Shows can appear on the main list for two months after their most recent season’s final episode. Shows that debut all episodes at once will also be eligible for only two months.
If broadcast shows want a chance at showing up on the main list, they should make their episodes easily available to stream.