Katie Ledecky will swim for gold at the 2021 Olympic Games – here’s how to watch the event on NBC

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Olympic swimming events will be broadcast live on NBC and USA.

  • Tokyo Olympic swimming events started on July 24 and conclude July 31.
  • Swimming events will air on NBC and USA Network via live TV streaming services.
  • On the USA team, expectations are high for Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel.

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Swimming events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics started on July 24 and continue daily until July 31. Live coverage will be broadcast on NBC and the USA network.

The USA team has several strong competitors in women’s and men’s divisions, but all eyes will be on Katie Ledecky when she gets in the water. Ledecky already has an impressive collection of five gold medals and one silver medal coming into the Tokyo Olympics. If she snags three more gold medals in Tokyo, Ledecky will tie swimming legend, Jenny Thompson, as the winningest female US Olympian of all time.

In the men’s division, Caeleb Dressel is expected to lead the pack after his impressive showing at the 2019 FINA World Championships. Dressel earned two gold medals during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

During the first three days of swimming events, the USA team earned three gold medals. In an unexpected victory, 17-year-old Alaskan Lydia Jacoby took home the gold medal for her performance in the women’s 100m breaststroke. For the men’s swimming division, Americans earned a top podium spot in the 400m individual medley and the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Katie Ledecky posted the fastest qualifying times in 200m and 1500m freestyle, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. On July 27, the women’s finals for both events will air live during prime time coverage on NBC.

How to watch Olympic swimming

Live broadcasts of Olympic swimming events are split between two channels: USA and NBC. For both men’s and women’s events, you can watch the preliminary heats on USA and the finals on NBC. Swimming heats will air in the mornings starting around 6 a.m. ET, and final races will air later in the evening during primetime coverage.

If you already have access to NBC and USA through a pay-TV provider, you can also stream every swimming event live via the NBC Sports app or NBCOlympics.com.

If you don’t have cable, you can get NBC and USA through a variety of live TV streaming services. Sling TV is the cheapest subscription service for watching all the Olympic swimming events. New members can get their first month for just $10 (regularly $35). NBC is only offered in select markets, however, so be sure to check Sling’s website for availability first.

FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV are additional live streaming services with access to both channels for watching Olympic swimming, but these options are more expensive at $65/month each.

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Viewers who can’t tune into events live can stay caught up on the action by catching highlights and primetime coverage on NBC. For free swimming highlights and videos from additional Olympic events, you can download the Peacock app or visit NBCOlympics.com.

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Men’s Olympic swimming schedule

Caeleb Dresse stands during Olympic trials in 2021.
Caeleb Dressel.

July 27

Event Time Channel
100m Freestyle (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
200m Breaststroke (Heats) 6:50 a.m. ET USA
4x200m Freestyle Relay (Heats) 7:17 a.m. ET USA
800m Freestyle (Heats) 7:37 a.m. ET USA
100m Freestyle (Semifinals) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
200m Butterfly (Final) 9:49 p.m. ET NBC
200m Breaststroke (Semifinals) 10:21 p.m. ET NBC
4x200m Freestyle Relay (Final) 11:26 p.m. ET NBC

July 28

Event Time Channel
200m Backstroke (Heats) 6:25 a.m. ET USA
200m Individual Medley (Heats) 7:15 a.m. ET USA
800m Freestyle (Final) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
200m Breaststroke (Final) 9:44 p.m. ET NBC
200m Backstroke (Semifinals) 10:04 p.m. ET NBC
100m Freestyle (Final) 10:37 p.m. ET NBC
200m Individual Medley (Semifinals) 11:08 p.m. ET NBC

July 29

Event Time Channel
100m Butterfly (Heats) 6:50 a.m. ET USA
4x100m Medley Relay, Mixed (Heats) 7:28 a.m. ET USA
100m Butterfly (Semifinals) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
200m Backstroke (Final) 9:50 p.m. ET NBC
200m Individual Medley (Final) 10:16 p.m. ET NBC

July 30

Event Time Channel
50m Freestyle (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
1500m Freestyle (Heats) 6:48 a.m. ET USA
4x100m Medley Relay (Heats) 8:50 a.m. ET USA
100m Butterfly (Final) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
50m Freestyle (Semifinals) 10:11 p.m. ET NBC
4x100m Medley Relay, Mixed (Final) 10:43 p.m. ET NBC

July 31

Event Time Channel
50m Freestyle (Final) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
1500m Freestyle (Final) 9:44 p.m. ET NBC
4x100m Medley Relay (Final) 10:36 p.m. ET NBC

Women’s Olympic swimming schedule

Katie Ledecky at the 2021 Olympic Trials
Katie Ledecky.

July 27

Event Time Channel
200m Butterfly (Heats) 6:28 a.m. ET USA
200m Freestyle (Final) 9:41 p.m. ET NBC
200m Butterfly (Semifinals) 9:57 p.m. ET NBC
200m Individual Medley (Final) 10:45 p.m. ET NBC
1500m Freestyle (Final) 10:54 p.m. ET NBC

July 28

Event Time Channel
100m Freestyle (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
200m Breaststroke (Heats) 6:52 a.m. ET USA
4x200m Freestyle Relay (Heats) 7:34 a.m. ET USA
100m Freestyle (Semifinals) 9:53 p.m. ET NBC
200m Butterfly (Final) 10:28 p.m. ET NBC
200m Breaststroke (Semifinals) 10:54 p.m. ET NBC
4x200m Freestyle Relay (Final) 11:31 p.m. ET NBC

July 29

Event Time Channel
800m Freestyle (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
200m Backstroke (Heats) 7:08 a.m. ET USA
4x100m Medley Relay, Mixed (Heats) 7:28 a.m. ET USA
200m Breaststroke (Final) 9:41 p.m. ET NBC
100m Freestyle (Final) 9:59 p.m. ET NBC
200m Backstroke (Semifinals) 10:35 p.m. ET NBC

July 30

Event Time Channel
50m Freestyle (Heats) 6:24 a.m. ET USA
4x100m Medley Relay (Heats) 8:36 a.m. ET USA
200m Backstroke (Final) 9:37 p.m. ET NBC
800m Freestyle (Final) 9:46 p.m. ET NBC
50m Freestyle (Semifinals) 10:32 p.m. ET NBC
4x100m Medley Relay, Mixed (Final) 10:43 p.m. ET NBC

July 31

Event Time Channel
50m Freestyle (Final) 9:37 p.m. ET NBC
4x100m Medley Relay (Final) 10:36 p.m. ET NBC
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Here’s how to get a week of Paramount Plus for free

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  • There are several different ways to access Paramount Plus for free.
  • Paramount Plus has original content, including reboots of “iCarly” and “The Twilight Zone.”

Right now, you can try out Paramount Plus with a 7-day free trial for new subscribers.

Paramount Plus has a large library of movies, shows, and live TV, including original content and reboots. Subscribers can reminisce with reboots of “iCarly,” “Rugrats,” “The Fairly Odd Parents,” “Road Rules,” and more to come. There are also plenty of new and old options for movies and shows – check out this guide to watching content on Paramount Plus. Subscribers can indulge in movies such as “A Quiet Place II” and “Star Trek.”

Students can also save 25% on the essential plan for $5 per month after the free trial. You can also get the same 7-day free trial through Amazon Prime Video or Apple TV Plus.

Unlike other streaming services, Paramount Plus gives the same access of content to both the essential and premium subscriptions with differences primarily in price, ads, and live sports. Below, we’ve answered frequently asked questions regarding a Paramount Plus free trial, plus details on both the essential and premium tiers.

Here’s what’s included in the Paramount Plus essential free trial

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The essential plan is the cheapest option for $5 per month after the free trial ends. Students can save 25% on the essential plan for $3.75 per month. You can also save 16% by paying $50 per year for the essential plan. The essential plan does have ads, so there will be a limited amount of commercials during streaming and live TV. 

One thing to note is that you will not have access to your local CBS station with the essential plan. Subscribers with the essential plan won’t have access to any live programming from local CBS stations, but there is still access to NFL, UEFA Champions League, national news, and Paramount Plus original content. 

The essential plan for Paramount Plus is only available to stream through the app, unlike the premium plan, which can be accessed through Amazon Prime and Apple TV.

Here’s what’s included in the Paramount Plus premium free trial

Premium Monthly Plan (ad-free) (medium)

For $10 per month, you can stream Paramount Plus ad-free with the premium plan. For $100, you can pay for the entire year and save 16%. The premium plan is not only ad-free, it also has local and national news channels, including your local CBS station. The option to download content offline is available to premium subscribers as well. 

Along with access to your local CBS station, you will also be able to watch NCAA basketball, golf, and soccer.  

Another perk to the premium subscription is the ability to access Paramount Plus through Amazon Prime or Apple TV. You can get a 30-day free trial to Prime Video along with the 7-day free trial to Paramount Plus that will be billed through your Amazon Prime account. 

You can access the Paramount Plus channel through Apple TV, but only with the premium plan. The 7-day free trial will start once you use your Apple ID to confirm the subscription which will be billed the $10 per month fee through your Apple account. If you have the essential plan, it will not work through Apple TV

Frequently asked questions

How do I sign up for the Paramount Plus free trial?

You can sign up for the Paramount Plus free trial directly through the website or app. If you prefer to keep your streaming services organized, you can access the free trial through Prime Video by creating an account. To access Paramount Plus on your Apple device, you can go to the Apple TV app and click on the Paramount Plus channel to start the free trial using your Apple ID. 

How long does the free trial last?

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After the seven days is up, you will be charged for whichever plan you chose at the beginning of your free trial. Of course, you can cancel any time and avoid being charged.

What are the best shows on Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus boasts a large library of content for both the essential and premium subscriptions. Along with popular shows, blockbuster movies on Paramount Plus include “A Quiet Place Part II,” “The Wolf of Wallstreet,” ” Star Trek Beyond,” and more. Here is a breakdown of the best shows on Paramount Plus.

Beyond that, Paramount Plus also offers a huge selection of shows available for streaming, including “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “Big Brother,” “Frasier,” “NCIS,” and “Survivor” plus, a host of original series, like “Coyote”, the “iCarly” reboot, “Rugrats” and “The Twilight Zone.”

Which streaming service is best?

While every streaming service is different, we’ve rounded up our favorite streaming services that you can subscribe to today. Categorized into several groups, here is a breakdown of the best services for on-demand streaming, live TV, and channel-specific streaming. 

For on-demand streaming, the best streaming services are Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV Plus, Paramount Plus, and Peacock TV. Ranging in cost and content, these on-demand streaming services have something for everyone.

The best streaming services for live TV include Hulu + Live TV, Youtube TV, Fubo TV, AT&T TV, Philo TV, and Sling TV. We recommend choosing a streaming service for live TV based on which TV stations are the most important to you. 

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When looking for the best streaming service to subscribe to, it’s important to factor in your needs and preferences. Take a look at our guide to the best streaming services to see the pros and cons of services, and how we rounded up the best streaming services.

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How to watch gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics – the finals are free to stream on Peacock

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Simone Biles.
Simone Biles at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

  • The 2020 Olympic gymnastics competition started on July 23 and concludes on August 3.
  • Select events featuring Team USA can be streamed for free via Peacock.
  • NBC is rebroadcasting portions of its gymnastics coverage during primetime.

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Gymnastics are one of the most anticipated events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The qualification subdivisions started on July 23 and the last gymnastics final is on August 3. Coverage will be rebroadcast during primetime on NBC, and you can stream select events live on Peacock for free.

Women will compete on four apparatuses: balance beam, floor exercise, uneven bars, and vault. Men will compete on six apparatuses: floor exercise, horizontal bar, parallel bars, pommel horse, rings, and vault.

Simone Biles is looking to repeat her successful performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics where she won four gold medals and one bronze medal. If the Olympic favorite earns gold again in the all-around, she will become the first female athlete with back-to-back wins in that event since 1968.

Team USA earned a spot in the women’s team final, although the Russian Olympic Committee received a higher score during the qualification event. On July 27, the women’s team final will air live at 6:45 a.m. ET on Peacock. The highly anticipated Olympic event will replay that night in primetime at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

How to watch Olympic gymnastics

Complete coverage of the 2020 Olympic gymnastics competition is available to stream live on the NBCOlympics website or NBC sports app if you have a pay-TV provider with access to NBC. Since most of the gymnastics events occur early in the morning, NBC is rebroadcasting select portions during their primetime coverage.

Outside of NBC, Peacock is streaming all of the gymnastics finals live for free. You can sign up for a free plan at the Peacock website.

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If you’re looking to watch NBC’s primetime coverage without cable, you can use a live TV streaming service like Sling TV, FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, or YouTube TV. Sling’s Blue plan is the most budget-friendly of the bunch at $35/month, and new customers can get their first month for only $10. That said, NBC is only available in select markets, so be sure to check Sling’s website for availability first.

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Women’s Olympic gymnastics schedule

Simone Biles
Simone Biles.

July 27

Event Time Where to watch
Team Final 6:45 a.m. ET

Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App

Team Final 8 p.m. ET (replay) NBC

July 29

Event Time Where to watch
All-Around Final 6:50 a.m. ET

Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App

All-Around Final 8 p.m. ET (replay) NBC

August 1

Event Time Where to watch
Vault and Uneven Bars Finals 4 a.m. ET

Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App

Vault and Uneven Bars Finals 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET (replay) NBC

August 2

Event Time Where to watch
Floor Exercise Final 4 a.m. ET

Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App

Floor Exercise Final 9:30 p.m. ET (replay) NBC

August 3

Event Time Where to watch
Balance Beam Final 4 a.m. ET

Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App

Balance Beam Final (Rebroadcast) 9:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. ET NBC

Men’s Olympic gymnastics schedule

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Sam Mikulak.

July 26

Event Time Where to watch
Team Final 6 a.m. ET

Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App

Team Final 8:30 p.m. ET (replay) NBC

July 28

Event Time Where to watch
All-Around Final 6:15 a.m. ET

Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App

All-Around Final 8 p.m. ET (replay) NBC

August 1

Event Time Where to watch
Floor Exercise and Pommel Horse Finals 4 a.m. ET

Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App

Floor Exercise and Pommel Horse Finals 4:45 p.m. ET (replay) NBC

August 2

Event Time Where to watch
Rings and Vault Finals 4 a.m. ET

Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App

Rings and Vault Finals 4 p.m. ET (replay) NBC

August 3

Event Time Where to watch
Parallel and Horizontal Bar Finals 4 a.m. ET

Peacock, NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App

Parallel Bar Final 2:30 p.m. ET (replay) NBC
Horizontal Bar Final 9:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. ET (replay) NBC
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Disney Plus Premier Access lets subscribers buy new movies like ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Cruella’ while they’re still playing in theaters

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With the release of “Mulan” in September 2020, Disney Plus introduced a new purchase option called “Premier Access.” This feature allows subscribers to pay a $30 one-time fee in order to watch a movie early before it’s released to all Disney Plus members.

Cruella” and “Black Widow” are the latest Premier Access titles, and “Jungle Cruise” will be released on July 30.

Below, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about Premier Access, including how it works, how much it costs, and how long the option will be available.

What is Disney Plus Premier Access?

Disney Plus Premier Access is a purchase option for Disney Plus subscribers, enabling members to pay an extra $30 one-time fee to gain early streaming access to a movie that’s still playing in theaters. Once purchased, Disney Plus members can continue to stream or download a Premier Access movie for as long as they remain a subscriber.

You can think of Premier Access as a way to buy a virtual ticket to a brand-new Disney movie to watch at home instead of a theater. And, unlike a one-time theater viewing, you get to watch as many times as you like as long as you stay a Disney Plus subscriber.

That said, it’s important to note that Premier Access movies eventually become available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee. As such, Premier Access is best for people who like to watch new films as soon as they come out. If you don’t mind waiting a couple months, you can simply hold out for the wide release and save a lot of money.

How much does Disney Plus Premier Access cost?

The Disney Plus Premier Access fee is $30 in the US. In order to buy a Premier Access movie, you also need to have a Disney Plus subscription, which costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

Disney Plus is also available as part of a bundle with Hulu Basic and ESPN+ for $14 a month. That’s about $6 less per month than you’d pay if you subscribed to all of those services without the bundle.

How long does the Disney Plus Premier Access window last?

The Premier Access window typically lasts around three months. After that period, Premier Access titles become available to all Disney Plus subscribers.

This three-month period is similar to the release window that studios typically use for theatrical movie premieres before they’re allowed to debut on home video.

What movies have been released through Premier Access?

Disney has released four movies via Premier Access on Disney Plus. Two of those titles are now available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee.

Below is a full rundown of Premier Access titles released so far, along with details on when all members can watch them without paying extra.

Premier Access release date When can all Disney Plus subscribers watch?
Mulan September 4, 2020 Now available to all subscribers
Raya and the Last Dragon March 5, 2021 Now available to all subscribers
Cruella May 28, 2021 Available to all subscribers on August 27
Black Widow July 9, 2021 Available to all subscribers on October 6

What other movies will be available for Disney Plus Premier Access?

The next Disney movie set for a Premier Access release is “Jungle Cruise.” The film will be available to watch in theaters and on Disney Plus via Premier Access starting July 30.

You can preorder “Jungle Cruise” now for $30. The movie will be available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee on November 12.

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Can you buy or rent Premier Access movies on other services?

Though “Mulan,” “Raya and the Last Dragon,” and “Cruella” debuted exclusively as Disney Plus Premier Access titles, their exclusivity periods were only temporary. The movies became available to buy on other streaming platforms without a Disney Plus subscription around one month after they premiered.

“Black Widow” will follow a similar pattern and is now set to become available for purchase on other video-on-demand streaming retailers starting August 10.

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How to watch swimming at the Tokyo Olympics – the qualifying heats begin on July 24

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Olympic swimming events will be broadcast live on NBC and USA.

  • Tokyo Olympic swimming events start on July 24 and conclude July 31.
  • Swimming events will air on USA and NBC via live TV streaming services.
  • On the USA team, expectations are high for Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel.

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Swimming events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics start on July 24 and continue daily until July 31. Live coverage will be broadcast on NBC and the USA network.

The USA team has several strong competitors in women’s and men’s divisions, but all eyes will be on Katie Ledecky when she gets in the water. Ledecky already has an impressive collection of five gold medals and one silver medal coming into the Tokyo Olympics. If she snags three more gold medals in Tokyo, Ledecky will tie swimming legend Jenny Thompson as the winningest female US Olympian of all time.

In the men’s division, Caeleb Dressel is expected to lead the pack after his impressive showing at the 2019 FINA World Championships. Dressel earned two gold medals during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

How to watch Olympic swimming

Live broadcasts of Olympic swimming events are split between two channels: USA and NBC. For both men’s and women’s events, you can watch the preliminary heats on USA and the finals on NBC. Swimming heats will air in the mornings starting around 6 a.m. ET, and final races will air later in the evening during primetime coverage.

If you already have access to NBC and USA through a pay-TV provider, you can also stream every swimming event live via the NBC Sports app or NBCOlympics.com.

If you don’t have cable, you can get NBC and USA through a variety of live TV streaming services. Sling TV is the cheapest subscription service for watching all the Olympic swimming events. New members can get their first month for just $10 (regularly $35). NBC is only offered in select markets, however, so be sure to check Sling’s website for availability first.

FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV are additional live streaming services with access to both channels for watching Olympic swimming, but these options are more expensive at $65/month each.

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Viewers who can’t tune into events live can stay caught up on the action by catching highlights and primetime coverage on NBC. For free swimming highlights and videos from additional Olympic events, you can download the Peacock app or visit NBCOlympics.com.

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Men’s Olympic swimming schedule

Caeleb Dresse stands during Olympic trials in 2021.
Caeleb Dressel.

July 24

Event Time Channel
400m Individual Medley (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
400m Freestyle (Heats) 6:48 a.m. ET USA
100m Breaststroke (Heats) 7:55 a.m. ET USA
400m Individual Medley (Final) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
400m Freestyle (Final) 9:52 p.m. ET NBC
100m Breaststroke (Semifinals) 10:33 p.m. ET NBC

July 25

Event Time Channel
200m Freestyle (Heats) 6:22 a.m. ET USA
100m Backstroke (Heats) 7:19 a.m. ET USA
4x100m Freestyle Relay (Heats) 8:10 a.m. ET USA
200m Freestyle (Semifinals) 9:37 p.m. ET NBC
100m Breaststroke (Final) 10:12 p.m. ET NBC
100m Backstroke (Semifinals) 10:31 p.m. ET NBC
4x100m Freestyle Relay (Final) 11:05 p.m. ET NBC

July 26

Event Time Channel
200m Butterfly (Heats) 6:29 a.m. ET USA
200m Freestyle (Final) 9:43 p.m. ET NBC
100m Backstroke (Final) 9:59 p.m. ET NBC
200m Butterfly (Semifinals) 10:35 p.m. ET NBC

July 27

Event Time Channel
100m Freestyle (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
200m Breaststroke (Heats) 6:50 a.m. ET USA
4x200m Freestyle Relay (Heats) 7:17 a.m. ET USA
800m Freestyle (Heats) 7:37 a.m. ET USA
100m Freestyle (Semifinals) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
200m Butterfly (Final) 9:49 p.m. ET NBC
200m Breaststroke (Semifinals) 10:21 p.m. ET NBC
4x200m Freestyle Relay (Final) 11:26 p.m. ET NBC

July 28

Event Time Channel
200m Backstroke (Heats) 6:25 a.m. ET USA
200m Individual Medley (Heats) 7:15 a.m. ET USA
800m Freestyle (Final) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
200m Breaststroke (Final) 9:44 p.m. ET NBC
200m Backstroke (Semifinals) 10:04 p.m. ET NBC
100m Freestyle (Final) 10:37 p.m. ET NBC
200m Individual Medley (Semifinals) 11:08 p.m. ET NBC

July 29

Event Time Channel
100m Butterfly (Heats) 6:50 a.m. ET USA
4x100m Medley Relay, Mixed (Heats) 7:28 a.m. ET USA
100m Butterfly (Semifinals) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
200m Backstroke (Final) 9:50 p.m. ET NBC
200m Individual Medley (Final) 10:16 p.m. ET NBC

July 30

Event Time Channel
50m Freestyle (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
1500m Freestyle (Heats) 6:48 a.m. ET USA
4x100m Medley Relay (Heats) 8:50 a.m. ET USA
100m Butterfly (Final) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
50m Freestyle (Semifinals) 10:11 p.m. ET NBC
4x100m Medley Relay, Mixed (Final) 10:43 p.m. ET NBC

July 31

Event Time Channel
50m Freestyle (Final) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
1500m Freestyle (Final) 9:44 p.m. ET NBC
4x100m Medley Relay (Final) 10:36 p.m. ET NBC

Women’s Olympic swimming schedule

Katie Ledecky at the 2021 Olympic Trials
Katie Ledecky.

July 24

Event Time Channel
100m Butterfly (Heats) 6:28 a.m. ET USA
400m Individual Medley (Heats) 7:30 a.m. ET USA
4x100m Freestyle Relay (Heats) 8:15 a.m. ET USA
100m Butterfly (Semifinals) 9:40 p.m. ET NBC
400m Individual Medley (Final) 10:12 p.m. ET NBC
4x100m Freestyle Relay (Final) 10:45 p.m. ET NBC

July 25

Event Time Channel
100m Backstroke (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
100m Breaststroke (Heats) 6:59 a.m. ET USA
400m Freestyle (Heats) 7:39 a.m. ET USA
100m Butterfly (Final) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
100m Breaststroke (Semifinals) 9:50 p.m. ET NBC
400m Freestyle (Final) 10:20 p.m. ET NBC
100m Backstroke (Semifinals) 10:53 p.m. ET NBC

July 26

Event Time Channel
200m Freestyle (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
200m Individual Medley (Heats) 6:56 a.m. ET USA
1500m Freestyle (Heats) 7:32 a.m. ET USA
200m Freestyle (Semifinals) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
100m Backstroke (Final) 9:51 p.m. ET NBC
100m Breaststroke (Final) 10:17 p.m. ET NBC
200m Individual Medley (Semifinals) 10:58 p.m. ET NBC

July 27

Event Time Channel
200m Butterfly (Heats) 6:28 a.m. ET USA
200m Freestyle (Final) 9:41 p.m. ET NBC
200m Butterfly (Semifinals) 9:57 p.m. ET NBC
200m Individual Medley (Final) 10:45 p.m. ET NBC
1500m Freestyle (Final) 10:54 p.m. ET NBC

July 28

Event Time Channel
100m Freestyle (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
200m Breaststroke (Heats) 6:52 a.m. ET USA
4x200m Freestyle Relay (Heats) 7:34 a.m. ET USA
100m Freestyle (Semifinals) 9:53 p.m. ET NBC
200m Butterfly (Final) 10:28 p.m. ET NBC
200m Breaststroke (Semifinals) 10:54 p.m. ET NBC
4x200m Freestyle Relay (Final) 11:31 p.m. ET NBC

July 29

Event Time Channel
800m Freestyle (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
200m Backstroke (Heats) 7:08 a.m. ET USA
4x100m Medley Relay, Mixed (Heats) 7:28 a.m. ET USA
200m Breaststroke (Final) 9:41 p.m. ET NBC
100m Freestyle (Final) 9:59 p.m. ET NBC
200m Backstroke (Semifinals) 10:35 p.m. ET NBC

July 30

Event Time Channel
50m Freestyle (Heats) 6:24 a.m. ET USA
4x100m Medley Relay (Heats) 8:36 a.m. ET USA
200m Backstroke (Final) 9:37 p.m. ET NBC
800m Freestyle (Final) 9:46 p.m. ET NBC
50m Freestyle (Semifinals) 10:32 p.m. ET NBC
4x100m Medley Relay, Mixed (Final) 10:43 p.m. ET NBC

July 31

Event Time Channel
50m Freestyle (Final) 9:37 p.m. ET NBC
4x100m Medley Relay (Final) 10:36 p.m. ET NBC
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Sling TV is the cheapest way to watch the Olympics without cable

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Sling TV is giving all subscribers free access to the Olympic Channel during Tokyo 2020.

  • If you want to watch the Olympics without cable, Sling TV is one of your cheapest options.
  • New subscribers can get their first month of Sling’s Blue plan for just $10 (normally $35/month).
  • NBC, NBCSN, and USA are all included on Sling Blue, and the Olympic Channel is free through August 8.

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have arrived, and if you’re looking for a way to watch the games without signing up for a pricey cable service, Sling TV is offering special deals for new and returning subscribers throughout the Olympics.

New Sling TV subscribers can get their first month of Sling Blue for just $10 – a $25 discount from the full $35/month price. Sling TV is also making the Olympic Channel and NBC Universo free to all subscribers. Those channels usually require additional packages for an extra fee. The Olympic Channel is free through August 8, while Universo is free through September 5.

Certain Olympic events will air on CNBC, which costs $6 with Sling’s news extra package. If you’re interested in watching Olympic golf, you’ll have to add the sports extra package for the Golf Channel.

All together, new Sling TV subscribers can get every channel needed to watch the Olympics for $27 during their first month of service, while current subscribers will pay $52.

How to watch the Olympics on Sling TV

To watch all of NBC’s coverage of the Olympics on Sling TV you’ll need to sign up for Sling Blue, the Sling news extra package, and Sling’s sports extra package. This will get you live TV access to NBC, NBC Sports, USA, CNBC, the Olympic Channel, the Golf Channel, and NBC Universo.

Sling Blue costs $35/month. New members can get their first month for $10. Sling’s news extra package costs $6/month, and the sports extra package costs $11/month. This brings the total price to $27 for new members for their first month, or $52 a month for existing members.

Access to NBC will be based on your local affiliate station and support is only available in select markets. You can check whether your local NBC network is available on Sling here.

Sling Blue comes with 50 hours of DVR space to record live TV, and up to three devices can watch at the same time with a single account. The Sling TV app is available on most streaming TV platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android devices, and Chromecast. You can also download the app on LG and Samsung smart TVs, and Xbox consoles. On your phone or computer you can watch Sling via Sling.com.

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What else can I watch on Sling TV?

Sling TV Blue, the package needed for Olympic networks like NBC Sports and USA, offers a wide range of live TV channels, including the NFL Network, TNT, the Food Network, Comedy Central, and the Fox family of networks.

Sling features on-demand content like movies and classic TV shows from select channels as well. You can find a full breakdown of Sling TV channels and packages here.

Other ways to watch the Olympics

If you have a pay-TV provider with access to NBC’s various channels, you can use your account information to stream every Olympic event online via the NBC Sports app or the NBCOlympics website. You can also visit NBCOlympics.com to view the daily Olympics schedule with specific channel information for each event.

NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, will also feature daily highlights, docuseries, and commentary for free. Peacock is available on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire, Xbox, web browsers, and select smart TVs. You can read more about how to follow the Olympics on our main hub.

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‘Ted Lasso’ is back for a second season – here’s how to watch the Emmy-nominated series on Apple TV Plus

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Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso.

  • “Ted Lasso” is a sports comedy following the fictional British soccer team AFC Richmond.
  • The show stars former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jason Sudeikis as the title character.
  • The second season premiered exclusively via Apple TV Plus ($5/month) on July 23.

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The second season of “Ted Lasso” premiered on July 23 exclusively on Apple TV Plus ($5/month). The show recently received 20 Emmy nominations, including lead actor in a comedy series for Jason Sudeikis’ portrayal of the titular coach.

The comedy series focuses on the fictional British soccer team AFC Richmond. Sudeikis stars as Ted Lasso, a football coach from Kansas City who is hired to lead the team despite having no experience with soccer. The team’s owner, Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham), hopes Lasso will run the team into the ground as part of a revenge plot she’s hatched against her ex-husband, but the good-natured coach is more skilled than he first appears.

The first season of “Ted Lasso” premiered in August 2020, and Apple has already renewed the series for a third season. Season two will include 12 brand-new episodes. The show received widespread critical acclaim, and both the first and second seasons are certified fresh on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. Currently, season one holds a “91% Fresh” rating and season two holds a “100% Fresh” rating.

In addition to Sudeikis’ nod, the show received 2021 Emmy nominations for outstanding comedy series, directing for a comedy series, and writing for a comedy series. The show also received six nominations for actors and actresses in supporting roles.

How to watch ‘Ted Lasso’

You can watch the second season of “Ted Lasso” exclusively on Apple TV Plus. The season premiere debuted on July 23, and new episodes are expected to arrive weekly every Friday. In addition, all 10 episodes of the show’s first season are available to stream right now.

Apple TV Plus costs $5 a month for access to all of the platform’s exclusive streaming shows and movies. New members can get a free seven-day trial to test the service.

People who purchase select Apple devices can take advantage of a free three-month subscription, and PS5 owners can get a special deal for a six-month trial. College students can bundle Apple TV Plus with Apple Music for just $5/month.

You can access Apple TV Plus on most media devices and smart TV brands, including Apple TV 4K, Roku, and Fire TV.

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Apple also bundles Apple TV Plus with other services as part of its Apple One platform. The base package includes Apple TV Plus, Apple Music, 50GB of iCloud, and Apple Arcade for $15 a month. Other plans include more iCloud storage and – if you pay $30 a month – you can get Apple News Plus and Apple Fitness Plus, as well.

New Apple One members can get a free one-month trial for any services they haven’t signed up for before. If you’re interested in any of Apple’s other services, Apple One is a better deal compared to Apple TV Plus on its own.

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How to watch basketball at the Tokyo Olympics, including the new 3-on-3 tournament

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Kevin Durant is one of the many NBA stars playing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

  • The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will feature men’s and women’s tournaments for 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 basketball.
  • Olympic basketball games will be spread across NBC, NBC Sports, USA, and CNBC.
  • The NBC sports app will stream every game, and US men’s games will also stream live on Peacock ($5/month).

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will feature professional basketball players from the top international leagues as well as the debut of 3-on-3 events, an Olympic first. Twelve nations have qualified for the traditional men’s and women’s 5-on-5 tournaments, while eight teams will play in men’s and women’s 3-on-3 events.

Players from the NBA, WNBA and other professional basketball leagues from around the world will compete in the 5-on-5 tournament. The US men’s team, a perennial favorite, is led by stars like Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard, but they’ll have to face top international talent like Rudy Gobert of France and Luka Doncic of Slovenia. The US women’s basketball team has won six consecutive Olympic gold medals dating back to 1996. This year’s squad is led by stars like Diana Taurasi, Breanna Stewart, and Brittney Griner.

The 3-on-3 basketball events will use a different format than traditional basketball, with shots being counted as one and two points, rather than two and three points. Teams win by scoring 21 points, or by leading after 10 minutes.

The 3-on-3 teams will play each other in a round-robin format to determine seeding for the medal tournament. The 5-on-5 teams are separated into three groups for match play leading to a final tournament.

How to watch Olympic basketball

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Nigeria’s Atonye Nyingifa (R) vies with United States’ Katie Lou Samuelson during the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament match between Nigeria and USA, on February 9, 2020, in Belgrade.

Olympic basketball coverage begins with 3-on-3 events on July 23; 5-on-5 match play begins on July 24. To watch Olympic basketball you’ll need access to NBC’s family of networks. Select games will air on NBC, NBC Sports, USA, and CNBC.

If you already subscribe to a pay-TV provider with access to NBC’s channels, you can stream all Olympic basketball events through the NBC Sports app or NBCOlympics.com. This is the best way to catch all the action live, as a lot of the broadcast coverage will be shown as replays.

In addition, all US men’s basketball games will be streamed live on Peacock Premium, NBC’s standalone streaming service. Peacock Premium starts at $5 a month for ad-supported streaming.

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If you’re not already subscribed to NBC channels through your cable provider, you can sign up for a live TV streaming service to follow Olympic basketball online.

Sling TV is one of the most affordable options, starting at $35 a month for Sling Blue with NBC, NBC Sports, and USA ($10 for new subscribers), and an additional $17 for CNBC and the Olympic Channel, which require extra sports and news packages. That’s $52 in total, or $27 if you’re a new Sling subscriber.

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Other live TV options – like YouTube TV, FuboTV, and Hulu + Live TV – also include access to the necessary NBC stations but, while they all feature more channels than Sling, they’re also more expensive with prices starting at $65/month each. If you’re just signing up to watch the Tokyo Games, Sling is a more economical option.

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Men’s 5-on-5 Olympic basketball schedule

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Draymond Green and Kevin Durant of Team USA basketball.

July 25

Event Time Channel
United States vs. France (Group A) 8 a.m. ET Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
United States vs. France (Group A) 4 p.m. ET (replay) NBC

July 26

Event Time Channel
United States vs. France (Group A) 12 a.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network
Argentina vs. Slovenia (Group C) 6 p.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

July 28

Event Time Channel
United States vs. Iran (Group A) 12:40 a.m. ET Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
Australia vs. Italy (Group B) 11:30 a.m. ET (tape delay) NBC Sports Network
United States vs. Iran (Group A) 3 p.m. ET (replay) NBC
France vs. Czech Republic (Group A) 5:15 p.m. ET (tape delay) NBC Sports Network
United States vs. Iran (Group A) 11:30 p.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

July 31

Event Time Channel
United States vs. Czech Republic (Group A) 8 a.m. ET Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
United States vs. Czech Republic (Group A) 4 p.m. ET (replay) NBC
Australia vs. Germany (Group B) 10:30 a.m. ET USA

August 1

Event Time Channel
United States vs. Czech Republic (Group A) 1:45 a.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

August 2

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Men’s quarterfinals 12:40 a.m. ET Peacock

August 3

Event Time Channel
Men’s quarterfinals 10:45 p.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

August 4

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Men’s semifinals 12:15 a.m. ET Peacock

August 5

Event Time Channel
Men’s semifinals 6 p.m. ET (replay) USA
Men’s semifinals 11 p.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

August 6

Event Time Channel
Men’s gold medal game 10:30 p.m. ET NBC, Peacock

August 7

Event Time Channel
Men’s gold medal game 6 p.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

August 8

Event Time Channel
Men’s gold medal game 1:30 a.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

Women’s 5-on-5 Olympic basketball schedule

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Diana Taurasi (left) and Sue Bird compete for Team USA.

July 27

Event Time Channel
United States vs. Nigeria (Group B) 12:40 a.m ET USA
United States vs. Nigeria (Group B) 2:45 a.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network
United States vs. Nigeria (Group B) 4:15 p.m. ET (replay) USA

July 30

Event Time Channel
United States vs. Japan (Group B) 12:40 a.m ET

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United States vs. Japan (Group B) 4:15 p.m. ET (replay)

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United States vs. Japan (Group B) 8 p.m. ET (replay)

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July 31

Event Time Channel
Canada vs. Spain (Group A) 11:30 p.m. p.m. ET USA

August 2

Event Time Channel
United States vs. France (Group B) 12:40 a.m. ET USA
United States vs. France (Group B) 4 p.m. ET (replay) USA
United States vs. France (Group B) 11 p.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

August 4

Event Time Channel
Women’s quarterfinals 6 p.m. ET on (replay) USA
Women’s quarterfinals 10 p.m. ET (replay) NBC Sports Network

August 6

Event Time Channel
Women’s semifinals 10 a.m. ET USA
Women’s semifinals 4:15 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET NBC Sports Network

August 7

Event Time Channel
Women’s gold medal game 8 p.m. ET NBC

August 8

Event Time Channel
Women’s gold medal game 9 a.m. ET (replay) USA

3-on-3 Olympic basketball schedule

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A 3×3 basketball test event in Japan in May 2021.

July 24

Event Time Channel
Men’s and women’s pool play 12:30 a.m. ET (tape delay) NBC Sports Network
US vs. Mongolia and US vs. France 8 p.m. ET CNBC
Basketball and archery elimination rounds 10:40 p.m. ET USA

July 25

Event Time Channel
Men’s and women’s pool play 4 a.m. ET (tape delay) NBC Sports Network

July 27

Event Time Channel
United States vs. Japan 4 a.m. ET CNBC
Men’s and women’s pool play 6:30 a.m. ET (tape delay) NBC Sports Network

July 28

Event Time Channel
Men’s and women’s semifinals games 5:30 a.m. ET USA
Gold and bronze medal games 8 p.m. ET NBC Sports
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Netflix’s 10 biggest original movies of all time, including ‘Army of the Dead’ and ‘Extraction’

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“Army of the Dead.”

  • Netflix said in its Q2 earnings report on Tuesday that “Army of the Dead” and “Fatherhood” were both watched by more than 70 million households.
  • Its biggest movies also include “Extraction” and “Bird Box.”
  • Netflix measures a view if an account watches at least two minutes of a show or movie.
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10. “Fatherhood” – 74 million

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Kevin Hart shows his dramatic chops in “Fatherhood.”

Description: “A widowed new dad copes with doubts, fears, heartache and dirty diapers as he sets out to raise his daughter on his own. Inspired by a true story.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 66%

What critics said: “The appeal of Fatherhood really boils down to its title, the resilience of the human spirit, and Hart being bold enough — like his alter ego — to think that he can do this. And like Matt, by the time it’s over, he’s demonstrated that he pretty well can.” — CNN

9. (tied) “Army of the Dead” – 75 million

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Description: “After a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries takes the ultimate gamble by venturing into the quarantine zone for the greatest heist ever.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 70%

What critics said: “Snyder understands the tonality of a modern zombie film. Like Dawn of the Dead, it’s where his trademark snark shines best.” — Polygon

9. (tied) “Project Power” (2020) – 75 million

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Description: “An ex-soldier, a teen and a cop collide in New Orleans as they hunt for the source behind a dangerous new pill that grants users temporary superpowers.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 61%

What critics said: “A film built on the thrill of the now, the hyper-modernity on show in hip-hop trappings, tricks lifted from gaming and yes, the availability of the whole thing at the push of a button in the palm of your hand.” — Financial Times

7. “Enola Holmes” (2020) – 76 million

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Millie Bobby Brown stars in “Enola Holmes.”

Description: “While searching for her missing mother, intrepid teen Enola Holmes uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock and help a runaway lord.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 91%

What critics said: “‘Enola Homes’ is the kind of movie that the preteen set will surely delight in and watch over and over. I know I would have.” — Associated Press

6. “The Old Guard” (2020) – 78 million

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Description: “Four undying warriors who’ve secretly protected humanity for centuries become targeted for their mysterious powers just as they discover a new immortal.”

Rotten Tomatoes critics score: 80%

What critics said: “The Old Guard asks some existential questions that leave the audience wanting more.” — Vox

5. (tie) “Murder Mystery” (2019) – 83 million

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Description: “On a long-awaited trip to Europe, a New York City cop and his hairdresser wife scramble to solve a baffling murder aboard a billionaire’s yacht.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 44%

What critics said: “Every Adam Sandler comedy abides by a trope as hoary as ‘the butler did it.’ At some point in the shenanigans, Sandler’s schlub has gotta get a chance to prove he’s the bravest boy in the world.” — Variety

5. (tie) “6 Underground” (2019) – 83 million

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Ryan Reynolds in “6 Underground.”

Description: “After faking his death, a tech billionaire recruits a team of international operatives for a bold and bloody mission to take down a brutal dictator.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 36%

What critics said: “This is a terrible action movie that utilizes Michael Bay’s worst instincts and none of his best.” — Newsday

3. “Spenser Confidential” (2020) – 85 million

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Description: “Spenser, an ex-cop and ex-con, teams up with aspiring fighter Hawk to uncover a sinister conspiracy tied to the deaths of two Boston police officers.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 37%

What critics said: “An ending that teases the possibility of sequels, with Wahlberg’s Spenser tackling more cases of police officers and emergency personnel who have been falsely accused of crimes, should elicit nothing but groans.” — AV Club

2. “Bird Box” (2018) – 89 million

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Directed by Susanne Bier.

Description: “Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a survivor and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 63%

What critics said: “Bird Box’s pieces feel forcibly screwed together, a movie marionetted by strings of data code. There’s good scenes and smart ideas, but overall, the movie mostly clomps.” — Guardian

1. “Extraction” (2020) – 99 million

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Description: “A hardened mercenary’s mission becomes a soul-searching race to survive when he’s sent into Bangladesh to rescue a drug lord’s kidnapped son.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 67%

What critics said: “The fight scenes are plastic and glossy. Hargrave mistakes gore for cool and technical prowess for choreography, deploying overlong one-take shots that look like ‘Call of Duty’ outtakes.” — New York Times

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Netflix’s top 10 original TV show hits of all time, including ‘Bridgerton’ and ‘Sweet Tooth’

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“Sweet Tooth.”

  • Netflix said in its Q2 earnings report on Tuesday that “Sweet Tooth” was watched by 60 million households in its first 28 days.
  • “Bridgerton” is still the biggest Netflix original series ever though, with more than 80 million.
  • Insider ranked Netflix’s biggest originals based on how many member households watched each in the first 28 days.
  • Netflix counts a view if an account watches at least two minutes of a show or movie.
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10. “You” season two – 54 million

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Penn Badgley in “You”

Description: “A dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 88%

What critics said: “A self-aware work of melodrama, You combines the best elements of murder-mystery series, Millennial sitcoms, and revenge fantasies.” — The Atlantic 

9. “Shadow and Bone” season one – 55 million

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Description: “Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 87%

What critics said: “If Shadow and Bone doesn’t provide quite the level of characterizing nuance and challenging chronological complexity of The Witcher – and it does not – it does go down easier, and seems expressly intended to make long weekend afternoons pass more quickly.” — NPR

8. “Sweet Tooth” season one – 60 million

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“Sweet Tooth.”

Description: “On a perilous adventure across a post-apocalyptic world, a lovable boy who’s half-human and half-deer searches for a new beginning with a gruff protector.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 98%

What critics said: “Sweet Tooth is especially compelling as many of us move toward some form of post-pandemic normalcy, raising questions about what new world awaits us after such tremendous, collective loss.” — Salon

7. “The Queen’s Gambit” – 62 million

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Beth Harmon practices chess in a hotel room.

Description: “In a 1950s orphanage, a young girl reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 97%

What critics said: “Raise your hand if you anticipated a coming-of-age, period-piece drama about a female chess prodigy in the 1950s and 1960s becoming perhaps the most addictive and binge-worthy series of 2020.” — Chicago Sun-Times

6. (tie) “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” – 64 million

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“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness” was released on Netflix on March 20, 2020.

Description: “A zoo owner spirals out of control amid a cast of eccentric characters in this true murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 86%

What critics said: “A compelling series in fits and starts that doesn’t amount to much more than a trip through an extremely strange world filled with extremely strange people.” — Newsday

6. (tie) “Stranger Things” season three – 64 million*

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“Stranger Things.”

Description: “When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89%

What critics said: “It’s a real and joyful return to form for the show that has been taken fiercely to the hearts of people who weren’t there the first time round and, perhaps even more fiercely, by those who were.” — Guardian

*based on Netflix’s former viewership metric, in which an account had to watch at least 70% of a TV episode

4. “La Casa de Papel (Money Heist)” season four – 65 million

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Description: “Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 75%

What critics said: “All the joy in the heist format is wondering how the robbers will escape. With Money Heist, I’m starting to dread the new ways the producers will find to keep me locked in.” — Independent

3. “Lupin” season one – 70 million

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Omar Sy stars in “Lupin.”

Description: “Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 98%

What critics said: “The series also doesn’t waste a single minute, packing each and every moment full of suspense. Put all of that together, and it’s an early front-runner to steal a spot as one of the best shows of the year.” — Slate

2. “The Witcher” season one – 76 million

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Description: “Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 67%

What critics said: “And although The Witcher is more fantasy balderdash, it’s also somewhat addictive fantasy balderdash. Bring on the blood-spilling, the orgies, the haunted forests and wizards: It seems we can’t get enough.” — Detroit News

1. “Bridgerton” season one – 82 million

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Description: “The eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society. Inspired by Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89%

What critics said: “There are eight episodes of Bridgerton, and they all have endings that are like chapters in a good book: They leave you in a spot where you just want to read one more chapter before you turn off the light for the night.” — NPR

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