Stories by Peter Hummers

WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Middle Eastern intrigue from the creator of Homeland

Homeland is awaiting its 9th season. Some critics argue that the show is past its prime; I found the first five seasons, available with subscription on Hulu and on demand…

Nov 14


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: American Crime Story

This ambitious FX true-crime anthology series has two brilliant seasons out, with more to come. Sticking tolerably close to the facts, it examines notorious American crimes without editorializing (not easy…

Nov 7


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: The Roaring Twenties

Both of these series look at the intersection between crime and politics. In the first, established politicians decide to dabble in crime as a response to American Prohibition; in the…

Nov 1


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Rogue cops

How far will police and detectives go to sort their private lives? Did the avuncular sheriff murder his wife’s killer, or his deputy’s powerful father? And just what is the…

Oct 24


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: World War 2.0

Long-form streaming TV is closer to the literary novel in scope, while modern cinema, when it’s not based on comic books, is now more akin to short stories. One of…

Oct 17


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Big-screen prequels and sequels

Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Psycho highlights, in its final reveal, the scion of a seriously dysfunctional family. The Coen Brothers’  popular black comedy Fargo leaves a loose end. What must have…

Oct 10


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Pedigreed science fiction

Not everybody enjoys science fiction. I myself have a high bar, but once cleared, I’ve found the stories deal with the everlasting concerns of fiction; the settings provide a shortcut…

Oct 5


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Almost free (ad-supported) TV options

My columns so far have featured lesser-known streaming gems, which have appeared on the major subscription services: Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix. While these three services together cost, combined, around…

Sep 20


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Hairy history with the Vikings and Saxons

  The following shows, often lumped in with Game of Thrones, actually have little in common with the popular series. While GoT is high fantasy, Vikings and The Last Kingdom…

Sep 27


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Drama Queens…and a King

The Tudors The Tudors (2007-2010) begins with a bang — the 1510 assassination of King Henry VIII’s uncle in Urbino, almost sparking a war with France. Not a family-friendly show,…

Sep 13


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: American turning points

The history of our country provides countless stories fit for dramatization, stories that fill out lesser-known narratives, like our lesser-known streaming TV choices. These series take epochal figures and events…

Aug 30


WHAT TO WATCH ON TV
Stream On: Original series from Amazon and Netflix

In the previous millennium, Netflix was the company that mailed DVD rentals to their subscribers and Amazon was a growing online book store. Times have changed, and these companies are…

Aug 24