Melissa Roth

Melissa Roth

Melissa Roth has written for Rolling Stone, VanityFair.com, Marie Claire, The Washington Post, and many other outlets you've likely never heard of.
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Origin Story: How Friends Became the Ultimate Watercooler Hit

After a year-long delay due to the pandemic, the much-anticipated Friends Reunion Special finally has a “stream date”:  Thursday, May 27th, a tribute to its original “Must-See TV” night.  The big event is expected to be a turning point for HBOMax, turning the service into “Must Stream TV.” David Janollari was a young development executive

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My Octopus Teacher

A stunning, often magical and emotional documentary that inspires awe and empathy, My Octopus Teacher brings a personal narrative to a nature documentary and captures the brilliance of a familiar sea creature like nothing before it.

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Dolores

A gripping history lesson that also sheds light on the methods, risks, and compromises required to organize and sustain a movement.

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I Am Greta

Surprising and inspiring, I Am Greta is a testament to the power of one voice — no matter the age.  Watch it with the disenchanted young student in your life.

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Promising Young Woman

Brace yourself for this rattling awards contender, for it will mess with you. That is exactly the point, as this is a story that challenges our assumptions and scrapes at the ways that people mess with each other.

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What to Discover on Discovery+

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to streaming services, The Watercooler is here to help. To kick off the new year, we’re running down our must-watch shows and films by platform so you can dive into the world of streaming and head straight for the good stuff. Be sure to read

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What to Watch on Christmas Break: Epic, Immersive Binge Watches

Forget 2020 as you disappear into these transporting worlds …  Medieval epic  The Last Kingdom The story: As Alfred the Great defends his kingdom from Norse invaders, Uhtred — born a Saxon but raised by Vikings — seeks to claim his ancestral birthright. Quick take:  “Uhtred’s trials intensify when he joins Alfred’s quest to unite

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Tehran

A timely, nail-biting spy thriller that you won’t be able to stop watching, Tehran is as illuminating as it is gripping.

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Roadkill

Political leaders dedicating their waking hours to dodging scandals are not native to the U.S., but they’re more fun to watch when playing out in a fictional version from the other side of the pond.

Melissa Roth

Melissa Roth

Melissa Roth has written for Rolling Stone, VanityFair.com, Marie Claire, The Washington Post, and many other outlets you've likely never heard of.
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A Black Lady Sketch Show

A Black Lady Sketch Show is a fun, funny, and smart way to spend 30 minutes. Don’t be mad if you find yourself binging the entire series in one sitting.

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Origin Story: How Friends Became the Ultimate Watercooler Hit

After a year-long delay due to the pandemic, the much-anticipated Friends Reunion Special finally has a “stream date”:  Thursday, May 27th, a tribute to its original “Must-See TV” night.  The big event is expected to be a turning point for HBOMax, turning the service into “Must Stream TV.” David Janollari was a young development executive

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The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

The subtitle isn’t just referring to David Berkowitz’s murderous rampage, but one investigator’s never-ending quest for the truth.

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Stream and Scream: The Best Horror Movie Sequels

In honor of yet another Saw sequel, we present some of the best horror movie sequels to stream. When there’s money to be made, horror villains, no matter how shriveled, dead, or decapitated, always manage to return.

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Girls5eva

Loaded with talent in front of and behind the cameras, this throwback musical comedy is wacky, mindless fun with a satirical edge. And there are only eight episodes, so it’s hardly a serious commitment.

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Meet Loskey’s Lori Cunningham

How does one person tackle challenges as large as the health of the planet and systemic gender inequality around the world?  For Lori Cunningham, it began with an everyday challenge that was right in front of her. Perpetually in search of the perfect t-shirt, she set out to create a line of shirts and tops

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Vincenzo

Looking for an action-adventure, mafia epic, kooky comedy, or romantic thriller? This unconventional K-drama checks all the boxes.

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The Mosquito Coast

Watching The Mosquito Coast, you get the sense that Apple TV+ was trying to make its version of Netflix’s immensely popular thriller series Ozark. And it succeeded.

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The Best of What’s New in Streaming

From Emmy-worthy limited series to family-friendly animated action shows to a Star Wars spin-off, May is bringing a wide range of worthy titles across the streaming services — the ones not named Netflix (you can view for our Netflix picks here).  There’s even the return of a show that was gone for a decade that

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A Black Lady Sketch Show

A Black Lady Sketch Show is a fun, funny, and smart way to spend 30 minutes. Don’t be mad if you find yourself binging the entire series in one sitting.

Featured Image

Origin Story: How Friends Became the Ultimate Watercooler Hit

After a year-long delay due to the pandemic, the much-anticipated Friends Reunion Special finally has a “stream date”:  Thursday, May 27th, a tribute to its original “Must-See TV” night.  The big event is expected to be a turning point for HBOMax, turning the service into “Must Stream TV.” David Janollari was a young development executive

Read More »
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The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

The subtitle isn’t just referring to David Berkowitz’s murderous rampage, but one investigator’s never-ending quest for the truth.

Featured Image

Stream and Scream: The Best Horror Movie Sequels

In honor of yet another Saw sequel, we present some of the best horror movie sequels to stream. When there’s money to be made, horror villains, no matter how shriveled, dead, or decapitated, always manage to return.

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Girls5eva

Loaded with talent in front of and behind the cameras, this throwback musical comedy is wacky, mindless fun with a satirical edge. And there are only eight episodes, so it’s hardly a serious commitment.

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Meet Loskey’s Lori Cunningham

How does one person tackle challenges as large as the health of the planet and systemic gender inequality around the world?  For Lori Cunningham, it began with an everyday challenge that was right in front of her. Perpetually in search of the perfect t-shirt, she set out to create a line of shirts and tops

Read More »
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Vincenzo

Looking for an action-adventure, mafia epic, kooky comedy, or romantic thriller? This unconventional K-drama checks all the boxes.

Featured Image

The Mosquito Coast

Watching The Mosquito Coast, you get the sense that Apple TV+ was trying to make its version of Netflix’s immensely popular thriller series Ozark. And it succeeded.

Featured Image

The Best of What’s New in Streaming

From Emmy-worthy limited series to family-friendly animated action shows to a Star Wars spin-off, May is bringing a wide range of worthy titles across the streaming services — the ones not named Netflix (you can view for our Netflix picks here).  There’s even the return of a show that was gone for a decade that

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