Snow Day Streaming Guide: What to Watch and Where to Find It

Presenting a definitive list of what to watch and where to stream when you're huddled inside during the Blizzard of 2015.

Matt & Ben Overload

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Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Behind the Candelabra. / HBO GO

Good Will Hunting
Where to Watch: Netflix
Length: 2 hours
Synopsis: A coming-of-age tale where Will Hunting learns that receiving a female’s phone number is directly relative to the general quality of apples. Ha-ha.
Watch if You’re Into: Boston movie classics, of course.

Where to Watch: Netflix
Length: 2 hours
Synopsis: An inept hitman falls in love with a “lesbian assassin” who is overseeing one of his jobs.
Watch if You’re Into: Bad movies in an ironic way.

Jersey Girl
Where to Watch: Netflix
Length: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Synopsis: A newly-single father/failed big-city exec starts a love affair with a stranger at a video store. A typical Kevin Smith plot.
Watch if You’re Into: Romantic comedies involving children.

Promised Land
Where to Watch: HBO Go
Length: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Synopsis: A salesman for a natural gas company shakes things up in a small town when he wants to tap into their resources.
Watch if You’re Into: Small-town unity, and vague understandings of drilling policies.

Where to Watch: HBO Go
Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Synopsis: NASA recruits an unlikely thrill-seeking team to save the planet when they learn a giant asteroid is heading for Earth.
Watch if You’re Into: Quoting movie lines.

Runner Runner
Where to Watch: HBO Go
Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Synopsis: A college grad who gets involved neck-deep with a sketchy online poker organization run by a sneaky, conniving entrepreneur.
Watch if You’re Into: Justin Timberlake in general.

Behind the Candelabra
Where to Watch: HBO Go
Length: 2 hours
Synopsis: An autobiographical tale of the alleged 6-year relationship between Liberace and his much younger lover, Scott Thorson.
Watch if You’re Into: Drag and/or scandalous bio-pics.


Array of Wahlbergs

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Paul and Donnie Wahlberg in Wahlburgers. / A&E

Where to Watch: Netflix (Season 1), or purchase all seasons Amazon Instant Video.
Length: 22-minute episodes
Synopsis: Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg work together to run and expand their Boston-based family burger franchise.
Watch if You’re Into: All the Wahlbergs. All of them. Every. single. one.

Pain & Gain
Where to Watch: Netflix
Length: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Synopsis: The Rock and Mark Wahlberg play some “swollen” bodybuilders involved in run-ins, crime, and laughs (theirs, not ours).
Watch if You’re Into: The general message of “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

Donnie Loves Jenny
Where to Watch: Hulu
Length: 22-minute episodes
Synopsis: Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy play house as newlyweds in their current reality show.
Watch if You’re Into: Ice Loves Coco, Tori & Dean, Kendra on Top, etc.

Where to Watch: HBO Go
Length: 30-minute episodes
Synopsis: Originally inspired by Mark Wahlberg’s life, faux-actor Vinny Chase and his crew of tight-knit lads get in all sorts of trouble as they navigate the glamorous L.A. life.
Watch if You’re Into: Drugs, girls, and the unrealistic Hollywood dream.

Blue Bloods
Where to Watch: HBO Go
Length: 40-minute episodes
Synopsis: A Donnie Wahlberg cop drama about New York cops.
Watch if You’re Into: Cop dramas.


Documentaries and Realities

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The contestants in Top Chef Boston. / David Moir/Bravo.

David Ortiz: In the Moment
Where to Watch: Netflix
Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Synopsis: An extensive look at Big Papi’s loyalty to Boston through the Marathon bombings and winning the 2013 World Series.
Watch if You’re Into: Emotional attachment to sports narratives.

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger
Where to Watch: Netflix
Length: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Synopsis: Famed documentarian Joe Berlinger lays out all the characters involved with Whitey Bulger’s 2013 trial, revealing every gritty detail you wanted to know about Whitey’s crime-boss days.
Watch if You’re Into: Behind the scenes glimpses of high-profile crime.

Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bomber
Where to Watch: Netflix
Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Synopsis: National Geographic’s coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the manhunt in Watertown that followed. This is one of the most gripping documentaries on the bombings yet.
Watch if You’re Into: Emotional, tenacious looks at the Marathon bombings.

Top Chef Boston
Where to Watch:
Length: 42-minute episodes
Synopsis: In its most recent season, the reality competition takes place in our fair city. Chefs continue to undertake culinary challenges judged by food expert Tom Colicchio and his panel.
Watch if You’re Into: Stressful encounters with notable chefs, and Rob Gronkowski cameos.

Wicked Tuna
Where to Watch: Netflix
Length: 45-minute episodes
Synopsis: Hardworking and competitive fishing crews out of Gloucester continue family traditions as they fish for endangered bluefin tuna.
Watch if You’re Into: Nature and things like that.


Miscellaneous with Local Ties

Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan.Showtime

Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan. / Showtime

Olive Kitteridge
Where to Watch: HBO Go
Length: 45-minute episodes
Synopsis: Set in a New England town (but filmed in Boston), an abrasive middle-school teacher tells all her tales of tragedy, affairs, and marriage over the span of 25 years.
Watch if You’re Into: Books catered to middle-aged women.

Dane Cook Vicious Circle
Where to Watch: HBO Go
Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Synopsis: Throwing it back to 2006 when local comedian Dane Cook was in his prime. In Vicious Circle, Dane takes the stage at the TD Garden in front of 18,000 people.
Watch if You’re Into: Local celebs talking about Boston-based places. Also, church jokes.

Ray Donovan
Where to Watch: Showtime Anytime
Length: 50-minute episodes
Synopsis: Ray Donovan, a South Boston-bred guy with a family he can’t escape, is a professional “fixer” for the rich and famous in Los Angeles.
Watch if You’re Into: Whitey Bulger and Southie crime.

Where to Watch: Netflix
Length: 2 hours
Synopsis: Starring Chris Evans, a failed climate-change experiment kills off everyone on the planet except for a select few who boarded the “Snowpiercer” train.
Watch if You’re Into: Time travel, action, and post-apocalypse.

The Heat
Where to Watch: HBO Go
Length: 2 hours
Synopsis: Melissa McCarthy plays a foul-mouthed Boston cop alongside Sandra Bullock, and it’s hilarious.
Watch if You’re Into: Identity Thief, Bridesmaids.