Best Shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and Yahoo Right Now
While September means back to school and the start of football season, it also means a slew of new online shows ready at the viewing roster.
New Shows on Netflix: Sept. 2013
After being nominated for 14 Emmy Awards this year, the streaming-video titan has a lot to cheer about.
The company just announced an exclusive partnership with The Weinstein Co. for first-run films that will begin in 2016. And season 2 of its lead Emmy contender "House of Cards" is scheduled to debut in 2014.
No new Netflix originals are debuting this month, but it did score a hot U.S. exclusive and new seasons of other popular shows.
"Derek" (Season 1, debuts Sept. 12)
Created by and starring Ricky Gervais, the six-episode dramedy series drew criticism when it aired in the U.K. over Gervais' portrayal of a character with a mental disability. It's set in a retirement home staffed by title characters played by Gervais and Karl Pilkington ("An Idiot Abroad"). The show, available in the U.S. only via Netflix, is a bittersweet comedy-drama about residents of a nursing home struggling to fit into society.
Also on tap for September on Netflix is a slew of TV episodes for enjoying as nightfall comes sooner:
— "Portlandia": Season 2
— "Call the Midwife": Series 2
— "Bomb Girls": Season 2
— "The League": Season 4
— "Grey's Anatomy": Season 9
New Shows on Hulu: Sept. 2013
While viewers can look forward to the finale of Hulu's first animated series "The Awesomes" and the improvised comedy-western "Quick Draw," the online-only network also has a plethora of new shows on tap for mid-fall:
"Fugget About It" (debuting)
This edgy animated sitcom about the misadventures of a former New York mob boss features guest appearances by Alan Thicke and Howie Mandel.
"Behind the Mask" (debuting)
Emmy award-winner Josh Greenbaum created and directs this documentary series, which takes an inside look at the world of sports mascots.
"Mother Up!" (debuting)
This 13-episode, half-hour animated comedy stars Eva Longoria as a disgraced former music executive transitioning from the high-rises of Manhattan to the carpool line of suburbia.
New Shows on Yahoo: Sept. 2013
Having launched or brought back four series in August, Yahoo has a couple of other series on tap for September.
"Ghost Ghirls" (debuting)
This live-action, half-hour comedy follows the bumbling adventures of two best friends (Amanda Lund and Maria Biasucci) who work as paranormal investigators.
"SketchY!" (Season 3, debuts Sept. 9)
Each episode in this video series features different comedy sketches.
"The Flip Side" (Season 2, debuts Sept. 9)
A comedy series turning social and gender stereotypes on their heads.
"Sports Friends" (Season 2, debuts Sept. 9)
The comedic animated series returns to again explore the conversations that might take place between sports pros.
New Shows on Amazon Prime: Sept. 2013
Amazon Studios has provided more information about new original children's shows to debut in 2014, including the "Maker Shack Agency." The series centers on the heroics of a 13-year-old inventor and his two best friends.
Last month, Amazon Studios announced five new pilots for kids: "Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street," "Grid Smasher," "Hard-Boiled Eggheads," "The Jo B. & G. Raff Show" and "Wishenpoof!"
Meanwhile, Amazon continues to offer hit TV shows:
"Grimm" (Season 2)
"The Good Wife" (Season 4)
"Glee" (Season 4)