With STAR on Disney+ set to launch in just under 2 weeks, like Josh did, I’m going to go through what I’m watching first on the service.
Solar Opposites (Original)
Solar Opposites is the latest show from Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty) and follows a similarly whacky premise that does quite a lot with its sci-fi animated premise. I was lucky enough to see the show last year when it launched on Hulu and, with a second season set to land this year, the show is one worth watching.
Co-created by Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty) and Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty), Solar Opposites centers around a team of four aliens who escape their exploding homeworld only to crash land into a move-in ready home in suburban America. They are evenly split on whether Earth is awful or awesome. Korvo (Justin Roiland) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) only see the pollution, crass consumerism, and human frailty while Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and Jesse (Mary Mack) love humans and all their TV, junk food and fun stuff. Their mission: protect the Pupa, a living super computer that will one day evolve into its true form, consume them and terraform the Earth.
I don’t like procedural shows; they’re very by the numbers and don’t really do anything experimental. That said, I have a huge soft spot for Bones because, whilst it isn’t avant garde, it features a strong cast with a fun enough premise and doesn’t really take itself too seriously. There are some elements of serialisation, a few unexpected developments, and a lot of great character development over the 12 seasons.
Family Guy (Library)
You know what Family Guy is about, I don’t need to tell you. 18 seasons will be available at launch with Season 19 expected to drop this year.
LOST was the very first show I ever binge watched when it was on Netflix, back in 2014 I think, and my god. I’d seen episodes before on TV when it aired on Sky 1 but I never got into it then. I remember everyone freaking out because, spoiler alert, there was somehow a polar bear on this tropical island. With that said, the show is one of the truly great ones that remain a cultural cornerstone, for better or for worse. If you ask me what I think of the finale, I loved it. Give this show the benefit of time and realise that it grappled with a lot of concepts that had never been dealt with before. With a creative structure that few shows can replicate, a stellar cast, and a compelling story filled with huge twists, this show is one for the ages.
When people think of truly great sitcoms, they don’t often put Scrubs in their lists. I think it’s because the show seems like it has solely niche appeal, when that couldn’t be further from the truth. Though, like all early 2000s sitcoms, it may not have aged the best, it’s still something that I can appreciate for what it was: a candid, hilarious look into the lives and careers of those in the medical profession. The sharp tonal shifts that take place within the episodes are just part of the reason that I think you’ll love this show.
That about sums it up for my favourite STAR shows. With over 75 like these set to launch, and more coming each week, what will you be watching? Let me know in the comments and on Twitter by following me (@StreamingBuffer) and Josh (@JoshM_Jones).
Until then, happy streaming!
Clue: I’m the favourite.