Original Content on Streaming Services

If you're tired of the same old programming on traditional broadcast television and if you think cable television is a rip-off, you might want to try some streaming TV services.  Not only are they providing classic movies and recent blockbusters, as well as a long lineup of popular television series on which to binge (not to mention shows you might never have heard about, but are still pretty entertaining to watch once you've discovered them), now they're leaping into producing and delivering original content.  Here's some of what's out there, available for a fraction of the cost of pay TV.

Netflix is the current leader, and has even received Emmy nominations for its efforts. It started continuing programs that aired on traditional TV, bringing new episodes to audiences: Arrested Development, The Killing, The Problem Solverz, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Trailer Park Boys.  It brought original comedy specials and documentaries to its content offerings and now has a string of completely original programming available.

Bad Samaritans
BoJack Horseman
Hemlock Grove
House of Cards
Orange Is the New Black
Turbo FAST

More are on the way: Chef's Table, The Crown, the new Chelsea Handler talk show, Dinotrux, DreamWorks Dragons, Ever After High, Grace and Frankie, King Julien, The Magic School Bus 360, Marco Polo, Narcos, Puss in Boots, Sense8, Veggie Tales in the House, Wet Hot American Summer: The Series, and of course the eagerly awaited Marvel's Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and The Defenders.

Hulu is not to far behind with its own original entertainment:

The Awesomes
Day in the Life
Don't Quit Your Daydream
The Fashion Fund
The Morning After
Up to Speed
We Got Next

Additional content on the horizon includes: Behind the Mask, The Bridge, Deadbeat, Doozers, East Los High, Fugget About It, The Hotwives of Orlando, Misfits, Moone Boy, Mother Up!, The Next Step, The Only Way Is Essex, Quick Draw, Rev., and Spy.

Amazon Prime is also trying to compete, and allowing users like you and me to submit pilots for considerations. Here's what they have:

Alpha House
Creative Galaxy

Others include: The After, Bosch, The Cosmopolitans, Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, Hand of God, Hysteria, Mozart in the Jungle, Really, Red Oaks, Ripper Street, Transparent, and Wishenpoof!

We also have Crackle, which gives us:

Bannen Way
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Why It Crackles

There are plenty of others out there, the best known being Funny or Die, with shows like Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, and YouTube's plethora of Web series and short-lived Original Channel Initiative funded by Google (which owns YouTube), meant to kickstart GoogleTV.

So sit back and start streaming!