Top 10 new online original series releases and recommendations

The wait is over – Piper and the ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary are back with conviction for a second season! If you need a refresher on season one or you’re looking to discover other stand-out online original series, check out this week’s recommendations.

  • Orange Is the New Black: Season 1 & 2 (TV Show, 2014) – From the creator of “Weeds” comes a heartbreaking and hilarious new series set in a women’s prison. Piper trades her comfortable life for an orange jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates. Available on Netflix.
  • Derek: Season 1 & 2 (TV Show, 2014) – Ricky Gervais, creator of the original British version of “The Office,” produces and stars in this heartwarming comedy-drama as Derek Noakes, a loyal English nursing home caretaker who sees only the good in everyone. Derek’s sunny outlook comes in handy with his quirky coworkers and friends as they struggle against prejudice, government bureaucracy, and constantly shrinking budgets to care for the elderly residents who depend on them. Available on Netflix.
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Season 3 (Online Series, 2014) – Each week Jerry Seinfeld takes a friend for a drive in a classic car and a cup of coffee, sharing stories and laughs along the way in this Emmy-nominated series. Available on Crackle.
  • Alpha House: Season 1 (TV Show, 2013) –This comedy features John Goodman as a GOP senator who rents a house in Washington DC with three other senators (Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos). Available on Amazon Instant Video.
  • Chosen: Season 3 (TV Show, 2014) – The third season follows Jacob as he grapples with how to navigate his new life as a man who has been forced to do unspeakable things. Rose McGowan’s character, Josie, a mother who has been in “the game” for more than two years is also introduced. Available on Crackle.
  • Deadbeat: Season 1 (TV Show, 2014) – Kevin Pacalioglu may have no money and no clue, but he can see dead people, so that’s pretty cool. Faced with a constant stream of stubborn spirits, Pac goes to whatever lengths require the least amount of effort to help New York City’s most frivolous ghosts finish their unfinished business. Available on Hulu Plus.
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 (TV Show, 2013) – When the mangled corpse of a local teenager is discovered, rumor and suspicion spread like a plague through Hemlock Grove. As dark secrets bubble to the surface, everyone becomes a suspect in the hunt for a monster that may be hiding in plain sight. Available on Netflix.
  • Behind the Mask: Season 1 (TV Show, 2013) – Emmy nominated, this comedic docu-series dives into the colorful, unusual world of sports mascots through the eyes of four mascots: high school, college, semiprofessional, and NBA pro. Available on Hulu Plus.
  • Fugget About It: Season 1 (TV Show, 2014) – When Jimmy Falcone, a former NY mob boss, is asked to whack his Uncle, he goes to his boss to plead his case to try to save his uncle’s life but ends up throwing him out the window. Now that they are out to get him, Jimmy has no choice but to turn to the Feds where he and his family enter the witness protection program in small-town Canada. Available on Hulu Plus.
  • Betas: Season 1 – (TV Show, 2013) – Standford students Trey Barrett and Avinash “Nash” Dagavi dropout of college to work on their beta social network app BRB when they find a potential investor in “The Murch.” This is Silicon Valley, where the right algorithm can make you a king. And these four friends think they’ve finally cracked the code. Available on Amazon Instant Video.

 

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