Watching: The Best Things to Watch

On Netflix, Amazon and Disney+

By The Watching Team

It’s Saturday night! Regardless of what streaming service you subscribe to, we’re here to help. We’ve gone through Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ to find the best titles on each service. Happy watching.

Here’s one of the 50 best movies on Netflix

Michael B. Jordan in “Fruitvale Station.”Cait Adkins/Weinstein Company

‘Fruitvale Station’

Too many people only know Oscar Grant III because of the final moments of his life, in which he was shot to death by a Bay Area transit cop on a subway platform in the early hours of New Year’s Day, 2009 — a tragedy captured by the cameras of several passengers. But we too often reduce victims to their deaths, and this heartfelt drama seeks to restore Grant’s life to its full richness and complexity. Director Ryan Coogler’s “powerful and sensitive debut feature” focuses instead on Grant’s final day, and on the relationships he attempts to repair and cultivate, blissfully unaware of the fate that awaits him. It’s a wrenching, humanistic portrait of an average life, cut cruelly short by prejudice and circumstance.

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Here is one of the best TV shows on Netflix

Anjelica Bette Fellini, left, and Maddie Phillips in a scene from “Teenage Bounty Hunters.”Netflix

‘Teenage Bounty Hunters’

In this rollicking action-comedy, Maddie Phillips and Anjelica Bette Fellini play the teenage sisters Sterling and Blair Wesley, who stumble onto a part-time job as “interns” for the bounty hunter Bowser Simmons (Kadeem Hardison) after they accidentally capture one of his targets. While juggling their complicated romantic lives and their studies at a private Christian school by day, the Wesley girls end up getting an education in their friends’ and neighbors’ secret lives by night. Our critic called the show “quirky and naughty and funny, the show so many teen shows think they are but aren’t quite, satirical and earnest often in the same scene.” Netflix cancelled it after one season, but that one season is a hoot.

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A scene from “Bob’s Burgers.”Fox

‘Bob’s Burgers’

Though separated by nearly two decades, “Bob’s Burgers” is something of a “Cheers” for the 21st century — television comfort food, centering on a neighborhood mainstay and the weirdos who float through its doors (though this show’s characters are allowed to veer into even stranger territory by the animated format). But it’s also a clever riff on the family sitcom, as the establishment’s proprietor is the patriarch of a decidedly oddball family; most surprisingly, it treats that family with genuine affection, peccadilloes and all. Our critic compared it to a go-to restaurant, “reliably good, visit after visit.”

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Amazon Prime Video doesn’t make it easy to find stuff. Luckily, we have done the work for you.

Dustin Hoffman in “Little Big Man” (1970), about a survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.MPI, via Getty Images

‘Little Big Man’

Three years after reinventing the crime movie with “Bonnie and Clyde,” the director Arthur Penn worked similar magic on the Western, adapting Thomas Berger’s novel about a very old man (Dustin Hoffman) who tells the tale of his exploits in the Old West, where he was raised by Native Americans. The film’s attitudes toward Indigenous people were boldly progressive at the time of its release, in 1970, coming as it did during a period when most westerns still teemed with racist images of “merciless Indian savages,” in the words of the Declaration of Independence. Our critic called it a “tough testament to the contrariness of the American experience.”

Disney+ is full of older classics. But there are a lot of newer things to watch as well.

Taylor Swift reveals the stories behind the songs in “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions.”TAS Rights Management

‘Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions’

After several years spent elevating herself to arena-filling megastardom, Taylor Swift sprung a quarantine surprise with “Folklore,” a collection of modest, lovely, personal songs that stripped away the commercial sheen of her last few albums. In an idyllic cottage in upstate New York, Swift and her two chief collaborators on the record, the National’s Aaron Dessner and her longtime co-writer and producer Jack Antonoff, perform all the tracks in order and talk about them over oceans of white wine. When her 2020 world tour was cancelled, Swift had to reinvent herself. With “The Long Pond Studio Sessions,” she reinvents the concert film, too.

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