There are so many great dramas on TV these days that some people call this a "Golden Age of Dramas." Whether you're streaming the addictive fourth season of "House of Cards" on Netflix or binging on five seasons of HBO's "Game of Thrones," it's not hard to find high-quality, complex, and intense dramas.
But, sometimes, you just want to laugh. Who doesn't need to have some lighthearted, feelgood chuckles every once in a while? As it turns out, TV critics are raving about a couple of new original TV comedies that just happen to be streaming, and that you'll love.
We'll tell you about those. Plus, a must-see documentary about a part of the world you haven't seen, and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." One of the biggest movie blockbusters is now on TV screens.
Are you ready for the details? Here we go.
1. The Ranch
Where to stream it: Netflix (free with subscription).
Overview: Starring Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Sam Elliott, Debra Winger; from Ranch Hand Productions
Netflix's new sitcom, "The Ranch," is getting a lot of attention for being Ashton Kutcher's first sitcom since "Two and a Half Men" ended its run. It's also getting attention for reuniting Kutcher with his "That '70s Show" costar Danny Masterson.
Kutcher stars as a professional football player, Colt, who returns to his family's Colorado ranch after his football career fizzles. There, he rekindles a long-strained relationship with his dad.
But "The Ranch," from "Two and a Half Men" producers Don Reo and Jim Patterson, has better reasons for you to check it out. One is scene-stealing, deep-voiced Sam Elliott ("Justified") as Colt's dad, and 1980s icon Debra Winger ("An Officer and a Gentleman"). She plays Colt's mom.
An even better reason to check it out is that "The Ranch" is funny. It's a throwback to another era. There's a live studio audience and a laugh track, and it's mostly recorded on a Hollywood set. The first 10 episodes are streaming now.
Mini-Review: "'The Ranch' sounds formulaic at first - and mostly, it is. But then it hits you with the hook: a note of raw, acoustic emotion that cuts through the slick studio production." (New York Times.)