Hulu’s new series The Handmaid’s Tale might seem too frighteningly post-apocalyptic —and too relevant—to watch, but I checked out the first few episodes, and it’s positively gripping. Still, if that’s not your cup of tea, there are 11 other worthy streaming choices here, including plenty of laughter—from stand-up to sit-down comedians—plus some singing (heavy metal), and dancing (penguins).
There’s also a weird 1970s detective and a deranged 1990s baseball fan, crazy killer toys, and crazy killer monkeys. Or, if your taste runs a little toward the daring, there’s a renowned Stanley Kubrick war movie and an amazing French film about a man who writes an entire book using only his eye to communicate. Finally, there’s a classic swashbuckling action movie that’s so spectacular, it gives today’s blockbusters a run for their (considerable) money.