Best Shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and Yahoo Right Now
"Alpha House"While the air gets crisper and the days get shorter, viewers needn't be afraid of a lack of online original programming and new TV seasons to keep them comfy and entertained.
Here's what's in store for those who want to stay safe inside as the ghosts and goblins roam.
New Shows on Hulu: October 2013
Hulu offers up the biggest handful of Halloween treats.
"The Strange Calls" (debuts Oct. 19)
Fitting for the spooky season is the oddball mystery/comedy, which centers on the escapades of city cop Toby Banks and his eccentric sidekick who investigate strange phone calls that expose the paranormal mysteries of their town.
"Strange Calls""Behind the Mask" (debuts Oct. 29)
Hulu is premiering Emmy winner Josh Greenbaum's sports comedic-docu-series. The show doesn't refer to any sort of costume mask but instead delves into the lively world of sports mascots through the eyes of four of them, including high school, college, semiprofessional and NBA pro mascots.
"Fugget About It" (debuts Oct. 13)
This edgy animated sitcom about the misadventures of a former New York mob boss could get a little scary.
BBC series (ongoing rollout)
Hulu also just announced a deal that will bring a host of new and landmark British programs, including some of their finest classic comedies, to the streaming service, which debut on Oct. 1. These include:
Dawn French's "Vicar of Dibley"
"Twenty Twelve" featuring "Downton Abbey's" Hugh Bonneville.
Then, on Oct. 8th Hulu Plus will offer a host of nonfiction series like "Top Gear," highlighting motor vehicles and cross-country adventures as well as its spin-off, Richard Hammond's "Crash Course."
Two natural history programs from David Attenborough will include:
"The Blue Planet"
"The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth"
New Shows on Netflix: October 2013
This month streaming heavyweight Netflix is the exclusive home for two programs from comic Russell Peters:
"Notorious" (debuts Oct. 14)
Standup routine by the Canadian funnyman whose shtick often touches on ethnic, racial and societal stereotypes.
"Russell Peters vs. the World" (debuts Oct. 14)
This four-part docu-series follows Peters across the globe on his "Notorious" tour.
Other episodes of popular shows making their Netflix debut this month include:
"Hart of Dixie" Season 2 (Oct. 2)
"The Vampire Diaries" Season 4 (Oct. 3)
"Supernatural" Season 9 (Oct. 3)
"Arrow" Season 1 (Oct. 9)
"The Carrie Diaries" (Oct. 25)
New Shows on Amazon Prime: October 2013
Besides the recent addition to its line-up of children's shows like "Maker Shack Agency" and "Grid Smasher," the youngest of the big three subscription services isn't offering much in the way of new online originals this month. However, Amazon is still known for such favorite Web shows as the Gary Trudeau political comedy "Alpha House," which stars John Goodman, and the underdog comedy "Betas."
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In terms of acquired content, besides having deals for shows from USA Network, History and TNT, Amazon Prime has the exclusive rights to past episodes of the following popular television shows:
"Under the Dome"
"Dora the Explorer"
Amazon Studios also just announced the cast of its recently created original children's pilot "Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street." Set to begin production, the cast includes "The Others" star Fionnula Flanagan and "Partners" Sloane Morgan Siegel. Other actors in the live-action children's show include Drew Justice, Ashley Boettcher and Robyn Lively.
New Shows on Yahoo: October 2013
Over at Yahoo Screen, there are no new adrenalin-worthy surprises this month — fun, frightening or otherwise. The website launched an aggressive slate of new comedy programming last month with the premiere of "Ghost Ghirls," "The Fuzz," "We Need Help," "Tiny Commando" and "Losing It with John Stamos."
"Losing It with John Stamos"It's the Stamos interview-based show about celebrities' "first time" that seems to have charmed viewers most. Forget any hopes of Halloween horror stories, but instead tune in to the real-life tales of celebs like Alan Cummings, Olivia Munn and Bob Saget, each unique and interspersed with their own brand of humor.