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The 5 best sites for streaming recommendations

Chris Roper


Benjamin Franklin once said only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Not to take away from the great man’s words, but here at Softonic, we’d like to add a third: too little time. Especially when trying to enjoy the endless stream of great TV shows and movies coming out.

You’re probably already familiar with this problem. You get home after a long day of work, turn on the TV, open your favorite streaming site, and instead of jumping straight into a great show, you spend hours just browsing. By the time you’ve chosen, it’s 2 a.m., and you’re getting less than four hours sleep again. What a drag.

Fortunately, there are many sites out there to help you find the best shows, and we’d like to share some of the most useful ones with you today. 

1. Instantwatcher

Instantwatcher helps Netflix and Amazon users explore the streaming catalog of each site in the most efficient way possible. You can play or queue titles directly from the website, and it charts the most popular shows as well as new titles just breaking ground. 

2. Metacritic

Considered by many the most comprehensive listing site, Metacritic is both easy to navigate and helps you sort the good from the bad as judged by both critics and the general population. You don’t get personalized recommendations, but the site has loads of round-ups and lists that help point you in the right direction.

3. SynopsiTV

SynopsiTV is the opposite of Metacritic – it’s all about personalized recommendations instead of following the crowd. There are sections for movies and TV shows, and as you log what you’ve watched before, you get tips on similar content. You can also search by genre, actor, year, and various other criteria. Plus, you can follow other users on the site and compare favorites.

4. agoodmovietowatch

agoodmovietowatch is exactly what it says: an independent site that recommends the best movies and TV shows streaming right now, as well as promoting lesser-known titles you might not have considered. You can search by mood, genre, name, or staff selection, and even share the love by recommending your own binge-worthy show for everyone to enjoy.

5. Televisor

Televisor is nice and simple – just type in a TV show you like, and the site will spit out something similar. What’s more, each results page offers plenty of detail so you can make an informed choice, and you can also pick between new releases or classic shows when you’re searching.

Even better, there are built-in links to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, so you don’t even need to search twice once you know what you’re after. Just click, and it’ll start streaming. The same format for movie recommendations is available on sister site Movievisor.

We hope that one of the above sites can help you finally make that all-important decision on what to watch tonight. Who knows, you might even stumble on the next great show.

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