Friends: Quibi is here. Arriving today, the extremely hyped streaming service is going all out for its launch, with 24 bite-sized narrative and documentary series ranging from high-concept reality shows to big budget dramas. The cruel irony of a streaming service designed to be used on-the-go launching when we’re all stuck in our homes is not lost on us, but on the flipside, there really isn’t a better time to release hours of new content.
So is Quibi the game-changing service it was hyped up to be? Probably not (yet). But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any shows worth watching. (Hey, we’re in self-isolation—we’ll take whatever we can get.) You could probably blast through everything in a day, but time is still precious even when it doesn’t feel like time exists anymore. With that in mind, we’ve picked out the five best of the bunch for your next mini-binge. Get Quibi-ing. (Quibbing? We’ll think on that.)
When the Streetlights Go On
Success varies wildly with the streamer’s scripted content, but this small town crime drama was at least one of the few shows on the platform where I felt compelled to watch the second episode. Part Twin Peaks, part Riverdale, it follows a teenage boy who becomes consumed with solving a double homicide that has shaken his idyllic neighbourhood. When the Streetlights Go On doesn’t exactly reinvent anything, but it’s an eerie mystery worth sticking around for. Plus, Queen Latifah plays a detective? Sure, why not!—Iana Murray, GQ contributor
We all know Chrissy Teigen is one of our brightest shining stars, with a laundry list of talents—of late: cooking, tweeting, singing a Vanderpump Rules star’s novelty song on John Legend’s live stream—but today, you can add judge (...mediator? intermediary? squabble-fixer?) to the list. Chrissy’s Court is an actual laugh riot, a daytime legal show takeoff hosted by Teigen with mile-a-minute jokes and the introduction of the star’s own mother, Pepper Thai (give her a spinoff), as her bailiff. This is Quibi’s best offering at present, and justification enough for the streaming service. Maybe make every show a Chrissy Teigen show? Just a thought.—Brennan Carley, associate editor
“I am a gardener, a speaker for the bees, and a trap icon.” Truer words have never been spoken about Nikki Fre$h, the eco-conscious alter-ego of notable famous person Nicole Richie. A hilarious mockumentary that sees Richie spit bars about herbs, vegetables and saving the planet, this one’s genuinely hilarious. The sheer absurdity of Nikki Fre$h never falls flat: Bill Nye pops up out of nowhere and it somehow makes perfect sense. Nikki Fre$h is a revolutionary, an artist, a legend.—I.M.
It’s tough to establish the crucial elements of a television show—character, plot, tone—in an hour-long pilot, let alone a seven-minute one. Except, that is, when said show stars Will Forte and Kaitlin Olson. In Flipped, they play upstart TV house-flippers whose renovation dreams turn into cartel nightmares. It’s a comedy right in each actor’s wheelhouse, and if you’re into them (particularly, him in Last Man on Earth, her in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), the laughs come easy and early.—Max Cea, GQ contributor
Quibi is replete with unhinged content, but nothing can truly compare to Dishmantled, a cooking show and worthy rival to the chaos of Netflix’s Nailed It!. Tituss Burgess hosts this reality competition in which a pair of blindfolded chefs are pelted with a dish via cannon, which they are then tasked to recreate. It sounds like something straight out of Black Mirror, but this is very much real, folks.—I.M.
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