Both Disney and Apple have launched new streaming services recently, so is now the time for me to jump ship from my tried-and-true platform Netflix?
Why? Because, in my opinion, Netflix has always been a great value, I can stream episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation whenever I want, and as we’re entering cozy season in earnest, Netflix is about to release new seasons of three series I’ve been waiting for all year.
The Crown (Season 3)
Farewell Claire Foy and Matt Smith, hello Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies! I’ve been waiting nearly all year for the third season of one of Netflix’s most popular serial dramas.
Colman has long been a favorite since her days on Broadchurch and, more recently, Fleabag, and Menzies has been absolutely electric in Outlander on Starz. I’m looking forward to their interpretations of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip as they navigate mid-life and a changing Britain.
Release date: November 17, 2019
The Witcher (Season 1)
Dubbed Netflix’s answer to the Game of Thrones phenomenon (hopefully written with a much better ending), The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, a mutant and monster bounty hunter…I think. Admittedly, I don’t know much about the series of novels and short stories by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski upon which the show is based, but fans of the series have been waiting for a film adaptation for a while. In spite of my relative ignorance about the storylines, I’m really excited about delving fully into a fantasy world again.
The first time I saw Cavill onscreen was as Charles Brandon in HBO’s The Tudors, so I’m looking forward to seeing him again as Geralt.
Release date: December 20, 2019
Anne with an E (Season 3)
No, I don’t just love Anne with an E for all of the fabulous knits. It’s got a winning, well-loved story told from a fresh perspective, a strong cast fronted by the absolutely effervescent Amybeth McNulty, and breathtaking scenes from some of Canada’s most beautiful landscapes.
I’ve already written about how much I love this update of the Anne of Green Gables story. I’m even more excited to see how this story continues to evolve in this iteration of one of my favorite book series.
Release date: January 3, 2020
More titles to stream on Netflix
Three series does not an entire cozy season streaming library make, so there are a few other Netflix originals that have piqued my interest and will likely make it into my streaming queue this fall and winter:
“Time passes and tension mounts in a Florida police station as an estranged interracial couple awaits news of their missing teenage son.” Starring Kerry Washington and Stephen Pasquale; released November 1, 2019.
An “incisive and compassionate look at a marriage coming apart and a family staying together.” Starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver; release date December 6, 2019.
Goodbye, Pope Benedict, hello, Pope Francis. Two Popes is “an intimate look at a historic turning point in the Catholic Church.” Starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce; release date December 20, 2019.
Your streaming recommendations
Are you subscribing to ALL THE STREAMING SERVICES available now, or have you been much more selective? Will you be adding Disney+ or Apple TV+ to your lineup? Which streaming services will you drop, if any? What are you excited about streaming this cozy season?