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TV Shows Come and Go Streaming

Updated on January 22, 2018
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Kenna has worked in the entertainment business for over 20 years, promoting special events with musicians, celebrities, and dignitaries.

Networks and Cable

While the television networks and cable stations try to maintain their audience numbers, new and hot series are coming and going no matter what we like. It is the age of streaming. We can binge watch to our heart's content. Netflix launches a new season of Stranger Things and pow, all nine episodes are available. No more weekly viewing. It just streams as we please.

Sure. Some cable shows stream with an app, like Starz, but continue with the weekly rotation. Though, the user can see the latest episode earlier than cable subscribers.

If the numbers are low, the show is gone. If the numbers are high, the show stays. Some TV shows we are familiar with and some we are not familiar with are streaming first seasons to present time. Let’s take a look at what we can expect in entertainment on the television from the past to the present. Keep in mind if you missed any of the shows before or after they were canceled, you can still catch them on demand, Netflix or Amazon. Even if they weren’t canceled, you can steal catch past episodes on the streaming sites.

Stranger Things

Who: Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, and Finn Wolfhard

What: Stranger Things brought binge-watching to a whole new level of entertainment. The large cast is quite talented. The fact that Netflix series won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series speaks well of the casting.

Let's not forget about the story. An unbelievable idea about an upside-down world during the 1980s when kids had more freedom to play on the streets because it was safer.

Creators and directors Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer spin a tale about a young boy who disappears. His mother, his friends, and a police chief do whatever they can to rescue him from the facing horrific forces.

The series success brought season 2 with rave reviews, and now we wait for season 3 after a foreboding shot of the upside-down world at the very end of the second season.

Penny Dreadful

Who: Josh Hartnett, Eva Green and Timothy Dalton

What: “Penny Dreadful” is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.

Penny Dreadful is running on Showtime. We have the once James Bond, Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett and Eva Green starring in this frightening tale of psychological, intense thriller of classic horror stories weaved into an adult drama.

The Normal Heart

Who: Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts and Taylor Kitsch

What: The Normal Heart speaks of the inception of the HIV-AIDS crisis in The Big Apple during the early 1980s. Julia Roberts graces the series with other fine talent Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Matt Bomer.

Anyone who was alive during this time will appreciate the undertaking of the tale about the obvious sexual politics. The gay activists along with their endearing allies joined forces in the medical community. A story of fighting for lives is amazingly told.

I Wanna Marry Harry

Who: Matt Hicks and producer Ryan Seacrest

What: I want my daughter to marry Harry. This is not the real Harry by the way. Still, love is in the air and why not round up 12 single women, who are American, and give them nothing but the royal treatment in merry Old’ England.

The process doesn’t go without makeovers and longing to be regal. It didn’t last on the airwaves, but you might catch it streaming.


Who: NBC brings us John Malkovich in Crossbones. The tale begins in 1729 on an island, Santa Compana, few have ventured. Edward Teach, who is a Blackbeard notorious and barbarous, leads a group of thieves, miscreants and outlaws. Seen as a utopia, the shantytown is a true looter’s paradise, like another place on earth.

What: It's 1729. On the secret island of Santa Compana, Edward Teach, better known as the barbarous pirate Blackbeard, reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreants. Part shantytown, part utopia, part marauder's paradise, this is a place like no other.

The Leftovers

Who: Justin Theroux and Amy Brenneman

What: How would you like to be a Leftover when 2% of the world's population unexpectedly disappears without clarification? That’s what happens in The Leftovers. Starring Amy Brenneman and Justine Theroux, the planet suffers trying to grasp situation.

Basically, if you are one of the Leftovers, you didn’t make the grade. Remind you of school? The new drama series The Leftovers is the story of the people who didn't make the cut.


Who: We are so lucky to have Halle Berry star in CBS’s Extant with Camryn Manheim also starring. Steven Spielberg is the executive producer.

What: Berry gets to be an astronaut. She returns home after a year-long solo mission in space. She struggles to reconnect with her son and husband. Her trials and tribulations in space and home arrive in the end change the direction of human history. The TV show has been canceled, but it is streaming.


The Wedding

Who: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies

What: An international bestseller, which turned into a 9 book series, is now a TV series on Starz. Follow Sam Heughan on Twitter and Facebook and you will see the outlandish chemistry between Sam and Caitriona Balfe as Jamie and Claire, Oche!

The tale follows Claire Randall, a 1945 married combat nurse who takes a step back in time to 1743. Her life is threatened in the unknown world of Scotland, and is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. Where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world, and her life is threatened, the love scenes are hot, hot and hot.

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