Where to Stream 30 of This Year's Golden Globe-Nominated TV Series

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

The excitement surrounding the announcement of award contenders in movies and television is usually proceeded by a sober realization: You haven’t seen most of the nominated content, and you might not even know how.

The Golden Globes, airing January 6, 2019, are no exception—and there's a wide variety of shows from several platforms vying for the night's top honors. If you want to use your holiday break to catch up, here’s how to watch. (Links to their streaming landing pages mean it’s free for subscribers of that service. If you see “$$,” it’s currently only available for purchase.)

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Creator Ryan Murphy’s chronicle of fashion legend Gianni Versace coming into the crosshairs of disturbed spree killer Andrew Cunanan landed four nominations, including Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and acting nods for Darren Criss, Penélope Cruz, and Édgar Ramírez.

Where to watch it: Amazon Prime ($$)

The Americans

Cold War paranoia reaches a crescendo in this arresting slow burn of a show about two Soviet agents (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) who burrow their way into American suburbia. The sixth and final season earned nominations for Best Television Series, Drama and lead acting nods for both Rhys and Russell.

Where to watch it: Amazon Prime

Barry

Bill Hader stars as a hitman who dreams of becoming an actor in this HBO series. It’s up for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy, with Hader grabbing a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy. Henry Winkler also has a shot at Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Where to watch it: HBO Now or HBO on Amazon Prime   

Homecoming

Julia Roberts makes her small-screen debut in this Amazon Prime original about a woman who works to reacclimate returning military veterans. It’s up for Best Drama, with Roberts and co-star Stephan James vying for lead actress and actor trophies.

Where to watch it: Amazon Prime

The Kominsky Method

Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) shifts his focus to late middle age in this comedy about two longtime friends (Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin) navigating their third acts. It’s up for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy, with Douglas as a leading actor contender and Arkin in the supporting category.

Where to watch it: Netflix

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Already the winner of eight Emmys last fall, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stars Rachel Brosnahan as a spirited 1950s homemaker who decides to break convention and become a stand-up comedian. It could win a Golden Globe for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy, with Brosnahan and supporting actress Alex Borstein also up for awards.

Where to watch it: Amazon Prime

Sharp Objects

Amy Adams stars in this eight-episode adaptation of the Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) novel about a reporter who returns to her hometown to investigate a string of murders and her own dark past. It’s up for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, with Adams and Patricia Clarkson also landing nominations.

Where to watch it: HBO Now or HBO on Amazon Prime

A Very English Scandal

A very British limited series, A Very English Scandal stars Hugh Grant as Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe, the first UK politician to stand trial for conspiracy to commit murder. It’s up for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, with Grant up for a leading actor award. Ben Whishaw could also take home a Globe for his supporting role as Thorpe’s onetime lover-turned-accuser, Norman Scott.

Where to watch it: Amazon Prime

The Alienist

The TNT drama about the dawn of criminal psychology in 19th century New York scored a nomination for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television; Daniel Bruhl is up for Best Performance in the same category.

Where to watch it: Amazon Prime ($$)

Bodyguard

The hit BBC series stars Richard Madden (Game of Thrones's Robb Stark) as a war veteran assigned to the personal protection detail of home secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes). It’s up for Best Television Series, Drama, with Madden (who is rumored to be a frontrunner to take over the role of James Bond) an acting contender.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Escape at Dannemora

This Showtime limited series chronicles the true story of prisoners Richard Matt (Benicio del Toro) and David Sweat (Paul Dano), who coerced prison worker Tilly Mitchell (Patricia Arquette) into aiding them in their escape. It’s been nominated for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, with Arquette a contender for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Where to watch it: Showtime or Showtime on Amazon Prime

The Good Place

Kirsten Bell and Ted Danson are afterlife buddies in this critically-acclaimed comedy, which earned nominations for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy and a chance for Bell to grab an award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

Where to watch it: Netflix (Seasons One and Two); NBC (Season Three)

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel about a future where women have no voice is up for two acting honors: Elisabeth Moss in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama, and Yvonne Strahovski for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Where to watch it: Hulu

Kidding

Jim Carrey returns to television a quarter-century after In Living Color in this dark comedy about a children’s television host named Mr. Pickles who struggles to maintain his optimism in the face of tragedy. It’s up for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy, with Carrey nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

Where to watch it: Showtime or Showtime on Amazon Prime

Killing Eve

Originating on BBC America, this show chronicles a cat-and-mouse game between an MI5 agent (Sandra Oh) and the assassin (Jodie Comer) she’s tasked with capturing. It could win a Globe for Best Television Series, Drama, with Oh getting recognition in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama category.

Where to watch it: Hulu

Pose

The world of 1980s fashion and ball party culture is the first show with a mostly trans cast to be nominated at the Globes. The FX series is up for Best Television Series, Drama; cast member Billy Porter could win in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama category.

Where to watch it: Amazon Prime ($$)

Atlanta

Donald Glover could win a Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy Globe for the show he co-created.

Where to watch it: Hulu (Season One); Amazon Prime (Season Two, $$)

Dirty John

Bravo’s limited series, based on a true-crime podcast, tells the true story of con artist John Meehan (Eric Bana), who charms interior designer Debra Newell (Connie Britton) after the two meet online. Britton is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Where to watch it: Bravo (Requires Cable Subscription); Amazon Prime ($$)

Genius: Picasso

Antonio Banderas scored a nomination in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category for his work as artist Pablo Picasso.

Where to watch it: Hulu

GLOW

Based on the real female wrestling troupe of the 1980s, the second season of GLOW saw Alison Brie get a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Murphy Brown

Candice Bergen’s return to the broadcast character she made famous from 1988 to 1998 on CBS has earned her a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

Where to watch it: CBS

Outlander

Time travel and kilts abound in this Starz adaptation of the Diana Gabaldon novels about a British Army nurse (Caitriona Balfe) who finds herself in the Highlands of 1700s Scotland. Balfe is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

Where to watch it: Starz or Starz on Amazon Prime

Ozark

Jason Bateman directs and stars in this moody crime drama about a financial adviser under the thumb of the criminals he handles. Bateman is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Patrick Melrose

Benedict Cumberbatch could snag an award in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category for his performance as a hedonistic adult coming to grips with his abusive past in this adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn's semi-autobiographical books.

Where to watch it: Showtime or Showtime on Amazon Prime

Seven Seconds

Regina King scored two nominations this year, one for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for this Netflix series about a grieving mother (King) at odds with a frustrating judicial system.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Succession

This HBO original series about a family dependent on their aging media conglomerate patriarch (Brian Cox) scored a nomination for co-star Kieran Culkin in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television category.

Where to watch it: HBO or HBO on Amazon Prime

The Tale

HBO scored again with this original movie about a woman (Laura Dern) coming to terms with a faulty memory of a past sexual experience. Dern is up for a Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Where to watch it: HBO or HBO on Amazon Prime

Westworld

The moral and ethical implications of artificial intelligence are at the center of this HBO series, which recently finished its second season. Thandie Newton received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Where to watch it: HBO or HBO on Amazon Prime

Who is America?

Sacha Baron Cohen introduced a new cast of subversive alter egos in this Showtime series that spoofed politics and the disturbing willingness of elected officials to engage in some very strange conversations. Cohen is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

Where to watch it: Showtime or Showtime on Amazon Prime

Will & Grace

After a decade’s absence, the NBC comedy returned for a ninth season in 2017. Debra Messing was nominated for six Globes during the show’s original run from 1998 to 2006 but hasn’t yet won. She’ll have another chance in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

Where to watch it: NBC (Current Season); NBC (Original Series); Hulu (Current Season); Hulu (Original Series)

Mifflin Madness: Who Is the Greatest Character on The Office? It's Time to Vote

Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.
Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.
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Your years of watching (and re-watching) The Office, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary, have all led up to this moment. Welcome to Mifflin Madness—Mental Floss's cutthroat competition to determine The Office's greatest character. Is Michael Scott the boss you most love to hate? Or did Kevin Malone suck you in with his giant pot of chili?

You have 24 hours to cast your vote for each round on Twitter before the bracket is updated and half of the chosen characters are eliminated.

The full bracket is below, followed by the round one and round two winners. You can cast your round three vote(s) here. Be sure to check back on Monday at 4 p.m. ET to see if your favorite Dunder Mifflin employee has advanced to the next round. 

Round One


Round Two


Round Three


The Office Planned to Break Up Jim and Pam in the Final Season—Then (Smartly) Thought Better of It

Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
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Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly's relationship in The Office was truly a romance for the ages. Fans were delighted when, in Season 3—after years of flirting—John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer’s characters finally got together. But an alternative plan for the show’s ninth and final season saw the couple going their separate ways.

Season 9 saw one of the most stressful storylines the show had to offer when Jim took a job in Philadelphia and Pam struggled to take care of their children on her own back in Scranton, putting intense strain on their otherwise seemingly perfect relationship. In one unforgettable scene, a particularly tense phone call between the couple ends with Pam in tears. Fischer’s character then turns to someone off camera named Brian for advice.

As Collider reports, Pam and Jim's relationship could have taken a turn for worse in the final season—and the writers had planned it that way. As recounted in Andy Greene's new book, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, series creator Greg Daniels sat down with each of the show's stars before starting the final season to discuss where their characters would go. John Krasinski, who played Jim, pitched the idea of putting Jim and Pam’s relationship on thin ice. According to Krasinski:

"My whole pitch to Greg was that we’ve done so much with Jim and Pam, and now, after marriage and kids, there was a bit of a lull there, I think, for them about what they wanted to do … And I said to Greg, ‘It would be really interesting to see how that split will affect two people that you know so well.'"

Several writers weighed in with ideas about how they might handle a split between Jim and Pam from a narrative standpoint—though not everyone was on the same page.

Warren Lieberstein, a writer on the series, remembered when the idea of bringing Brian—the documentary crew's boom operator—into the mix. “[This] was something that came up in Season 5, I think," Lieberstein said. "What if that character had been secretly there the entire time and predated the relationship with Jim and had been a shoulder that she cried on for years?’ It just seemed very intriguing." Apparently, the writers thought breaking the fourth wall would jeopardize the show, so they saved it for the last season.

Writer Owen Ellickson said there was even some talk of Pam and Brian “maybe hooking up a little bit," but the negative response to the storyline led the writers to "pull the ripcord on [Pam and Jim's separation] because it was so painful to fans of the show." Ellickson said that they backtracked so quickly, they even had to re-edit certain episodes that had already been shot to nix the idea of Jim and Pam splitting up. Which is something the show's millions of fans will be forever grateful for.

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