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

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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)

10 Wireless Chargers Designed to Make Life Easier

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La Lucia/Moshi

While our smart devices and gadgets are necessary in our everyday life, the worst part is the clumsy collection of cords and chargers that go along with them. Thankfully, there are more streamlined ways to keep your phone, AirPods, Apple Watch, and other electronics powered-up. Check out these 10 wireless chargers that are designed to make your life convenient and connected.

1. Otto Q Wireless Fast Charging Pad; $40

Otto Q Wireless Fast Charging Pad
Moshi

Touted as one of the world's fastest chargers, this wireless model from Moshi is ideal for anyone looking to power-up their phone or AirPods in a hurry. It sports a soft, cushioned design and features a proprietary Q-coil module that allows it to charge through a case as thick as 5mm.

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2. Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station; $57

Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station
Rego Tech

Consolidate your bedside table with this clock, Bluetooth 5.0 speaker, and wireless charger, all in one. It comes with a built-in radio and glossy LED display with three levels of brightness to suit your style.

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3. BentoStack PowerHub 5000; $100 (37 percent off)

BentoStack PowerHub 5000
Function101

This compact Apple accessory organizer will wirelessly charge, port, and store your device accessories in one compact hub. It stacks to look neat and keep you from losing another small piece of equipment.

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4. Porto Q 5K Portable Battery with Built-in Wireless Charger; $85

Porto Q 5K Portable Battery with Built-in Wireless Charger
Moshi

This wireless charger doubles as a portable battery, so when your charge dies, the backup battery will double your device’s life. Your friends will love being able to borrow a charge, too, with the easy, non-slip hook-up.

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5. 4-in-1 Versatile Wireless Charger; $41 (31 percent off)

4-in-1 Versatile Wireless Charger
La Lucia

Put all of those tangled cords to rest with this single, temperature-controlled charging stand that can work on four devices at once. It even has a built-in safeguard to protect against overcharging.

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6. GRAVITIS™ Wireless Car Charger; $20 (31 percent off)

GRAVITIS™ Wireless Car Charger
Origaudio

If you need to charge your phone while also using it as a GPS, this wireless device hooks right into the car’s air vent for safe visibility. Your device will be fully charged within two to three hours, making it perfect for road trips.

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7. Futura X Wireless 15W Fast Charging Pad; $35 (30 percent off)

Futura X Wireless 15W Fast Charging Pad
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This incredibly thin, tiny charger is designed for anyone looking to declutter their desk or nightstand. Using a USB-C cord for a power source, this wireless charger features a built-in cooling system and is simple to set up—once plugged in, you just have to rest your phone on top to get it working.

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8. Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain; $20 (59 percent off)

Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain
Go Gadgets

This Apple Watch charger is all about convenience on the go. Simply attach the charger to your keys or backpack and wrap your Apple Watch around its magnetic center ring. The whole thing is small enough to be easily carried with you wherever you're traveling, whether you're commuting or out on a day trip.

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9. Wireless Charger with 30W Power Delivery & 18W Fast Charger Ports; $55 (38 percent off)

Wireless Charger from TechSmarter
TechSmarter

Fuel up to three devices at once, including a laptop, with this single unit. It can wirelessly charge or hook up to USB and USB-C to consolidate your charging station.

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10. FurniQi Bamboo Wireless Charging Side Table; $150 (24 percent off)

FurniQi Bamboo Wireless Charging Side Table
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This bamboo table is actually a wireless charger—all you have to do is set your device down on the designated charging spot and you're good to go. Easy to construct and completely discreet, this is a novel way to charge your device while entertaining guests or just enjoying your morning coffee.

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10 Hardcore Facts About HBO's Oz

J.K. Simmons stars in HBO's Oz.
J.K. Simmons stars in HBO's Oz.
HBO

When HBO was looking to expand its programming to include hour-long dramas in the late 1990s, the network was intrigued by writer/producer Tom Fontana’s pitch about a maximum security prison and a specific area, dubbed Emerald City, where prisoners could have more leeway in the hopes it would allow for their rehabilitation. Fontana came up with the idea following his work on Homicide: Life on the Street, where murderers were sent away: He wanted to explore what happened next.

Before The Sopranos or The Wire, television’s golden age arguably began on HBO on July 12, 1997, when the premium network premiered Fontana's prison drama Oz. As HBO’s first attempt at an hour-long dramatic series, it laid the groundwork for the dozens of risk-taking, novel, and novelistic shows to follow. On the series' 20th anniversary, check out some facts on the cast, the gore, and the alternate series finale idea that was never filmed.

1. Oz's creator is the person you see getting tattooed in the intro.

A former playwright, Fontana got his big break in television with the 1980s NBC hospital drama St. Elsewhere. In an impressive display of commitment to Oz—especially since he didn’t know if the show would even last beyond a season—Fontana volunteered his arm to get an “Oz” tattoo for the opening credits montage. The tattoo artist kept retracing his needle work so the crew could get the best take. Eventually, the artist stopped, saying that he “can’t let this guy bleed anymore.”

2. Oz's Greek chorus monologues were a necessity.

Viewers who tuned in to Oz were in for a shock—the show featured the kind of graphic violence and casual nudity you’d find in an actual prison. But they were also sometimes puzzled by Fontana’s narrative habit of putting one of the prisoners, Augustus Hill (Harold Perrineau), in front of the camera for fourth-wall-breaking soliloquies. Fontana said he chose this approach because “in prison, guys aren’t that forthcoming about what they think and what they feel because that leaves them open and vulnerable to attack ... so my thought was just to let someone articulate what all this craziness meant.”

3. Oz was filmed in a cracker factory.

Ernie Hudson, Terry Kinney, Harold Perrineau, and Eamonn Walker in 'Oz'
Ernie Hudson, Terry Kinney, Harold Perrineau, and Eamonn Walker in Oz.
Max Aguillera-Hellweg/HBO

To house the sprawling, 60,000-square foot prison set, HBO commandeered an abandoned National Biscuit Company (a.k.a. Nabisco) factory in Manhattan. (The building had been the first to mass-produce Oreo cookies for the company.) The space was obtained after Fontana couldn’t find any empty prisons in which to shoot.

4. Playing a Neo-Nazi in Oz made J.K. Simmons feel depressed.

Oz is probably best remembered for its sprawling ensemble cast, with actors like Chris Meloni, J.K. Simmons, and Perrineau all going on to successful careers; others, like Ernie Hudson and Rita Moreno, were already well-established. At the time, Simmons appeared to be having particular trouble inhabiting the repugnant skin of Vern Schillinger, the head of the prison’s Aryan population. Simmons referred to Schillinger in the third person and told The New York Times in 1999 that he became “depressed” as a result of the role. In an interview with NPR, Simmons also shared that fans would occasionally stop him in the street to let him know they endorsed Schillinger’s viewpoints.

5. Real ex-cons worked on Oz.

For realism’s sake, Fontana instructed his casting director to hire ex-cons as extras whenever he could. Not all of them were relegated to the margins: Chuck Zito, who had a recurring role as Italian mafia heavy Chucky Pancamo, was a then-member of the Hells Angels and had served six years in prison for various offenses. More notably, he received press coverage for allegedly knocking out Jean-Claude Van Damme at a strip club in 1998.

6. Tom Fontana didn't want to kill Simon Adebesi in Oz.

Dean Winters and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in 'Oz'
Dean Winters and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in Oz.
HBO

From the first episode, Fontana made sure viewers didn’t grow too fond of any single character: One of the ostensible leads of the show, Dino Ortolani (Jon Seda), was murdered at the conclusion of the pilot episode, and the series picked prisoners off with regularity from that point on. But Fontana wasn’t trigger-happy when it came to killing off Simon Adebisi, the scheming, toothpick-munching inmate with a tiny hat sitting precipitously on the side of his head, who was played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. “I didn't want to kill that character, but it was a necessity due to the actor's wanting to move on,” Fontana told CNN in 2003, “rather than me saying, 'This is the end of the story.'”

7. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje exposed himself at random on the set of Oz.

Like many of the performers on Oz, Akinnuoye-Agbaje was expected to be comfortable with frontal male nudity—both his own and that of his castmates. According to Fontana, the actor didn’t appear to have many inhibitions about it. “If in a scene it said, ‘Adebisi takes out his penis,’ he would go, ‘I don’t take out my penis in this scene. There’s no reason for me to do that,’” Fontana told The Toast in 2015. “And I’d say ok, Adewale, don’t take out your penis. I don’t care. The next scene he’d take out the penis. It wasn’t scripted for that, but suddenly there was the penis.”

8. Oz predicted special musical episodes.

Remember the musical episode of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer? Or Scrubs? Oz did it first. With a cast taken in large part from the New York theater scene, the series was able to assemble an impressive all-song-and-dance episode in 2002. The highlight: Nazi Schillinger (Simmons) and nemesis Tobias Beecher (Lee Tergesen) in a duet.

9. There was a different ending planned for Oz.

After six seasons, Oz ended in 2003 with the surviving cast members being—spoiler alert—evacuated from Oswald State following a chemical attack. But Fontana originally wanted to do something else. He recalled reading about a prison town that once flooded, forcing inmates to work side-by-side with citizens to build sandbag barriers to protect the entire community. It was deemed too expensive to shoot.

10. Tom Fontana wouldn't let his mom watch Oz ... which was probably a good idea.

Despite her expressed desire to see her son’s work, Fontana told the press he was adamant that his then-75-year-old mother not watch Oz. “She said, 'I know a lot about what goes on in the world,’” Fontana said in 1997. “I said, 'You don't know about this.' This isn't a place I want my 75-year-old mother to go."