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By Katey Clifford

It's no secret that superhero moms often come to tragic ends. And those tragic family backstories transform many characters into TV's favorite crime-fighting, world-saving heroes. Moms have a lasting effect on their children that not only makes them the superheroes we love, but also shapes the world around us for the better.

Alura Zor-El

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl and her mother Erica Durance as Alura Zor El standing side by side as people rush around them

Erica Durance as Alura Zor-El and Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl.

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Alura Zor-El (Erica Durance) loved Supergirl enough to let her go. When finding out about Krypton's impending destruction, she sent Kara off to Earth, knowing she may never see her again or even if Kara herself would live through the trip. Kara is devastated by not having her mom in her life, until we find out Alura survived the explosion on Krypton! Nothing is more heartwarming than seeing the super-mother and daughter finally reunite after many long years, and more heartbreaking than—spoiler alert!—than watching the Girl of Steel losing her for good, along with the rest of Argo City.

Supergirl airs Sundays at 9/8c on The CW. Stream free Mondays only on The CW.

Eliza Danvers

Melissa Benoist as Kara sitting on a wicker couch next to her stepmom Helen Slater as Eliza Danvers

Melissa Benoist as Kara and Helen Slater as Eliza Danvers in Supergirl.

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Supergirl's adoptive mom, Eliza Danvers (Helen Slater), is arguably just as important as her real mom, Alura Zor-El. When Supergirl arrives from planet Krypton on to Earth, she needs someone to care for her while her biological mom isn't around. Eliza steps in to raise Kara as one of her own.

Supergirl airs Sundays at 9/8c on The CW. Stream free Mondays only on The CW.

Nora Allen

Barry Allen in a chair and having his face held by his kneeling mother Nora Allen played by actress Michelle Harrison

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Michelle Harrison as Nora Allen in The Flash.

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The bond between mom and son is truly unbreakable. Barry Allen, also known as The Flash, is the son of Nora Allen (Michelle Harrison). His entire tragic backstory comes from how much he loves his mother. When Nora dies mysteriously, and her death is pinned on Barry's father, Barry dedicates his life to trying to clear his father's name and, in the process, discovers what really happened to his mom.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free Wednesdays only on The CW.

Lynn Pierce

Christine Adams as Lynn Pierce looking seriously determined while being held back by her daughter

Christine Adams as Lynn and Nafessa Williams as Anissa in Black Lightning.

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While Lynn Pierce (Christine Adams) isn't a mom to a superhero—she's the wife (and loving mom to her and Black Lightning's two superheroine daughters, Anissa/Thunder and Jennifer/Lightning)—this mom deserves the spotlight because of her absolute strength living with a superhero family.

Although she's separated from Black Lightning because she didn't want him to continue a life of dangerous superheroism, she was strong in her commitment to her daughters and stood firm in what she thought was best for them. A woman who knows what she wants is a powerful force, indeed!

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Gabi Kane

Rachel Skarsten as Beth and Ruby Rose as Kate Kane\u200b in Batwoman.

Rachel Skarsten as Beth and Ruby Rose as Kate Kane in Batwoman.

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Nothing's stronger than a mother's love! Gabi Kane (Michelle Morgan) was mother to Kate and Beth Kane, otherwise known as Batwoman and her nemesis Alice. Despite Gabi passing away all too soon, when her two daughters were just in their early teens, both Kate and her twin sister, Beth (pictured above), knew they were loved dearly. Directly before her death, Gabi gave her daughters garnet necklaces to match her own garnet earrings as a sign of her love for them.

Batwoman airs Sundays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free Mondays only on The CW.

Moira Queen

Susanna Thompson as Moria Queen holding her son Oliver Queen by the arm

Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow.

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As one of the most powerful women among superhero moms, Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), had an interesting parenting style, to say the least. (Kidnapping her son so others wouldn't kidnap him first?!) Everything she did was with love for her family first, no matter the actions she took to get there. She gave the most meaningful sacrifice of all—her life—for her children, Oliver and Thea, and we're sure she'd do it all again.

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Barbara Whitmore

Amy Smart as Barbara Whitmore sitting on a bed with her daughter Courtney

Amy Smart as Barbara Whitmore and Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore.

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A new super-show premieres on The CW on May 19! Stargirl makes her debut to battle it out against the Injustice Society, including villains like Tigress, Wizard, Solomon Grundy, Icicle, Sportsmaster, and Dragon King.

The most important part here? Her mother, Barbara Whitmore (Amy Smart)! Barbara's going to be trying to hop back into the workforce now that her daughter Courtney is old enough. You think wrangling a teenager is hard? Try doing it with a superheroine!

DC's Stargirl premieres on Tuesday, May 19, at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free the next day only on The CW App.

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Mädchen Amick knows a thing or two about being a mom. The Riverdale actress—who made her directorial debut in the Season 4 finale—stars as Betty Cooper's mom in the teen drama, where she's kind of a badass. Mädchen's mom skills come from off-screen, though, where she's the mother of two (Mina and Sylvester).

In honor of Mother's Day, we've put together everything that makes this real-life mom a hit, on-screen and off!

Stream full episodes of Riverdale only on The CW.

She loves being a mom

"I'm the luckiest person because I've been chosen to help guide [them] through this life."

She takes her job very seriously

Although they aren't really related, Mädchen treats her on-screen family like her own. She loves the Cooper family just as much as Mama Cooper herself.

Throwback queen!

Even though her kids are now grown, Mädchen can't help but reminisce a bit with the cutest baby pics!

Sister, Sister

Mädchen honored her favorite ladies in an Instagram post, including her TV daughter Lili Reinhart and her real-life daughter Mina Tobias.

Showing off her family

Mädchen is a supportive mom who puts family first (and loves posting about them), even when she's busy making her directorial debut.

The best birthday posts

The right combo of new and throw-back photos mixed with a heartfelt message… what more could a kid ask for?

She loves to laugh

Mädchen loves to have fun with her kids, even if that means making silly videos.

Stream full episodes of Riverdale only on The CW.

Photo Credit: Nino Muñoz/The CW.

By Whitney Matheson

The Flash

DC Comics character The Flash

Grant Gustin as The Flash.

Photo Credit: Robert Falconer/The CW.

In comics: This Justice League member uses his superspeed to save the world.

On screen: No longer the only "meta-human" in town, he alters time to fight the bad guys.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free Wednesdays only on The CW.

The Atom

DC Comics character The Atom

Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom in DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

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In comics: Physicist Ray Palmer helps others by shrinking, occasionally traveling via an old-fashioned phone line.

On screen: He still gets tiny, but now he's a businessman with a high-tech supersuit and a cellphone.

DC's Legends Of Tomorrow airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Thew CW. Stream free Wednesdays only on The CW.


DC Comics character Supergirl

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl.

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In comics: Introduced as Superman's cousin, Supergirl had a high-flying run—until she was killed in the '80s.

On screen: Tired of hiding her strength, Kara Danvers soars by embracing her power.

Supergirl airs Sundays at 9/8c on The CW. Stream free Mondays only on The CW.

Josie McCoy 

DC Comics character Josie McCoy

Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy in Riverdale and Katy Keene.

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In comics: Kind-natured Josie and her girlfriends started a band, the Pussycats.

On screen: Josie rocked Riverdale (and smooched Archie) before heading to New York to pursue a solo music career.

Katy Keene airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free Fridays only on The CW.

Archie Andrews 

DC Comics character Archie Andrews

KJ Apa as Archie Andrews in Riverdale.

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In comics: Smart, athletic, and popular, the high schooler knows all the inside gossip.

On screen: This charmer with a dark side is familiar with the inside of a jail cell.

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Katy Keene

DC Comics character Katy Keene

Lucy Hale as Katy Keene.

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In comics: Originally a model, Katy inspired readers to draw clothes for her to wear.

On screen: A hip, 20-something New York clothing designer, she doesn't need anyone else to dress her.

Katy Keene airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free Fridays only on The CW.

Black Lightning

DC Comics character Black Lightning

Cress Williams as Black Lightning.

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In comics: A young teacher who uses his electromagnetic powers to strengthen his community.

On screen: Now in his 40s, Black Lightning returns from his quiet life as a high school principal when his kids are kidnapped.

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DC Comics character Batwoman

Ruby Rose as Batwoman.

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In comics: A sharp detective and Batman's love interest.

On screen: A street-fighting vigilante and TV's first gay leading superhero.

Batwoman airs Sundays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free Mondays only on The CW.

Green Arrow 

DC Comics character Green Arrow

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow in Arrow.

Photo Credit: Robert Falconer/The CW.

In comics: Despite his archery skills, it took a while for this DC Comics do-gooder to emerge from Batman's shadow.

On screen: Following a shipwreck, he reemerges as a hero with a new sister, Thea.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, March-April 2020.

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By Marc Berman

Naturally, we are limited at present interacting as we continue to practice social distancing and sheltering-in-place. But when all else fails, there is one constant: television.

What follows are a potpourri of options—comedies, dramas, and psychological thrillers—that will both entertain you and help forget about your troubles. All are available for binging, and all are worth either becoming acquainted with, catching up with, or simply revisiting. So sit back, relax, and let us entertain you.

Young Sheldon (CBS, CBS All Access)

Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, and Raegan Revord on TV show Young Sheldon.

Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, and Raegan Revord in Young Sheldon.

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Young or adult, you have to love TV's oddest character, Sheldon Cooper. So, a binge with Iain Armitage as the young prodigy on Young Sheldon will offer some comical insight into the early upbringing of the older eccentric Sheldon (Jim Parsons) on The Big Bang Theory.

Stream the Season 3 finale and full episodes of Young Sheldon on CBS All Access.

The Neighborhood (CBS, CBS All Access)

Cedric the Entertainer, Beth Behrs, Max Greenfield, and  Tichina Arnold on TV show The Neighborhood.

Cedric the Entertainer, Beth Behrs, Max Greenfield, and Tichina Arnold in The Neighborhood.

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Opposites attract is the underlining theme of now sophomore sitcom, The Neighborhood. With Max Greenfield's affable and often naïve Dave Johnson the perfect comical foil to Cedric the Entertainer as his more street savvy (and grumpy) neighbor Calvin Butler. Coupled with sensible wives Tina (Tichina Arnold) and Gemma (Beth Behrs), and their TV offspring, it is never a dull moment in this culturally diversified Los Angeles neighborhood.

Watch The Neighborhood on Mondays at 8/7c on CBS and stream on CBS All Access.

Mom (CBS, CBS All Access)

Anna Faris, Allison Janney, and Kirsten Johnston on TV show Mom.

Anna Faris, Allison Janney, and Kirsten Johnston in Mom.

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Once upon a time, Anna Faris as Christy Plunkett was the young mother of two, including a pregnant teenage daughter, and a recovering alcoholic trying to make peace with Allison Janey as her dysfunctional mother Bonnie. Today, the pair have mended fences (well…almost), but it was no easy road to travel, which is well worth a visit.

Stream full episodes of Mom on CBS All Access.

Shameless (SHOWTIME)

The cast of Shameless leaning against a metal fence.

Steve Howey as Kevin Ball, Shanola Hampton as Veronica Fisher, Kate Miner as Tami Tamietti, Jeremy Allen White as Lip Gallagher, William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher, Emma Kenney as Debbie Gallagher, ChristianI Isaiah as Liam Gallagher, Ethan Cutkosky as Carl Gallagher, Cameron Monaghan as Ian Gallagher and Noel Fisher as Mickey Milkovich in Shameless.

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If you think your life is, well, not all that wonderful at the moment, let's check in with the Gallaghers, led by boozing and irresponsible father Frank (William H. Macy). After Frank is left alone by his drug-addicted wife Monica (Annabelle Apsion) to raise their children, the clan of six—Fiona (Emmy Rossum), "Lip" (Jeremy Allen White), Ian (Cameron Monaghan), Debbie (Emma Kenney), Carl (Ethan Cutkowsky), and Liam, who when we first meet is still in diapers—face the trials and tribulations of life on their own.

Shameless will return for Season 11 on SHOWTIME. Catch up on Seasons 1-10 on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

Arrow, Batwoman, Black Lightning, D.C’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl (The CW)

Ruby Rose as Batwoman on The CW TV series.

Ruby Rose as Batwoman in Season 1 of The CW series Batwoman.

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Let's face it … we can all use a superhero at this very moment. And this mixture of DC Comics crime fighters and superheroes is just the variety we need to offer hope and empowerment.

Watch Batwoman Sundays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream new episodes free Mondays only on The CW.

Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV)

The cast of Schitt's Creek: Annie Murphy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Dan Levy.

Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose, Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose, Catherine O'Hara as Moira Rose, and Dan Levy as David Rose in Schitt's Creek.

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Sadly, April 7th on Pop TV marked the final episode of the Emmy-nominated comedy Schitt's Creek. But with an episode inventory of six seasons to enjoy, now is the time to revisit the clan named Rose – Johnny Levy (Eugene Levy), Moira (Catherine O'Hara), David (Dan Levy,) and Alexis (Annie Murphy) – as they comically rebuild their lives in the quirky town of Schitt's Creek after losing all their money.

All seasons of Schitts Creek available to stream on Pop Now.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS All Access)

Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin rding horses in Hawaii.

Scott Caan as Danny "Danno" Williams and Alex O'Loughlin as Steve McGarrett

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Starring Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan, CBS' hit H50 reboot just wrapped it's final 10th season and streams full episodes on CBS All Access. Coupled with the original Hawaii Five-0, starring Jack Lord from 1968 to 1980 and also available on CBS All Access, equals an astounding 22 years of TV crime solving!

For fans of either, or both, now is the time to see that crime does not pay in this picturesque tropical setting.

Stream full episodes of H50 and Hawaii Five-0 classic on CBS All Access.

MacGyver (CBS, CBS All Access)

Actor Lucas Till looking down from a roof.

Lucas Till as Angus "Mac" MacGyver in CBS' reboot of TV series MacGyver.

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Once upon a time, a young Richard Dean Anderson portrayed Angus "Mac" MacGyver, a secret agent for a fictional United States government agency where he used his extraordinary talent for problem solving and his extensive knowledge of science to save lives in the classic TV series MacGyver. Now, we have Lucas Till in the title role, who for four seasons to-date continues in the action-adventure tradition in CBS' MacGyver reboot.

Stream full episodes of MacGyver and the classic MacGyver on CBS All Access.

Homeland (SHOWTIME)

Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin of Homeland.

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in Homeland.

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The winner of six Emmy Awards (including Outstanding Drama Series), spy thriller Homeland offered edge-of-your-seat drama for eight seasons. Initially, the focus was on Damian Lewis as Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody and Claire Danes as bipolar CIA officer Carrie Mathison. When Lewis' Brody leaves at the end of season three, the action shifts to Mathison and Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, Carrie's mentor.

The entire series of Homeland is available to stream on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

The Good Fight and The Good Wife (CBS All Access)

The cast of The Good Fight TV show.

Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn, Michael Boatman as Julius Cain, Nyambi Nyambi as Jay Dipersia, Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, Audra McDonald as Liz Reddick, Delroy Lindo as Adrian Boseman, Zach Grenier as David Lee, and Sarah Steele as Marissa Gold in The Good Fight.

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Emmy Award-winning legal drama The Good Wife, starring Juliana Margulies and Christine Baranski, was a staple on CBS for seven seasons. Now, Baranski plus returning cast member Cush Jumbo and newcomers Delroy Lindo and Audra McDonald, are front and center in CBS All Access spin-off The Good Fight for more quality dramatic storytelling.

Stream The Good Fight exclusively on CBS All Access.

Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)

Actors Sir Patrick Stewart and Alison Pill in Star Trek: Picard.

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and Alison Pill as Agnes Jurati in Star Trek: Picard.

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For fans of Star Trek, one season, to-date, of the latest entry, Star Trek: Picard, and two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery, offer binging opportunities. Then there is Star Trek: Short Treks, a series of 10 to 15 minute long short stories that offer further insight into the themes and characters from the Star Trek universe on CBS All Access.

But, if it is the "evergreen" entries you seek, CBS All Access offers seasons of Star Trek: The Original Series and spin-offs Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, and Star Trek: The Animated Series. Beam me up, Scotty!

Star Trek: Picard and other series in the Star Trek universe stream exclusively on CBS All Access.

One Day At A Time (Pop TV)

\u200bThe cast of Pop TV series One Day At A Day.

The cast of Pop TV series One Day At A Day.

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Now on Pop TV, this reimagined version of the classic Norman Lear sitcom One Day At A Time is feel good TV.

The stellar cast includes Justina Machado as Penelope, Francisca del Carmen Riera Inclán Ruiz Maribona de Alvarez, a United States Army Nurse Corps veteran and mother of Alex and Elena, Todd Grinnell as landlord Pat Schneider, and everyone's favorite, Rita Moreno, as Lydia Margarita del Carmen Inclán Maribona Leyte-Vidal de Riera, Penelope's mother and grandmother of Elena and Alex.

Watch all-new episodes of One Day At A Time Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c on Pop TV and stream via the Pop Now App.

I Love Lucy (CBS All Access)

Lucille Ball in dancer outfit on I Love Lucy.

Funny lady Lucille Ball performing in I Love Lucy.

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Whether she is accidentally getting inebriated on Vitameatavegamin, working in a candy factory, brawling in a wine vat, trying to get into show business, or any of her endless scheming, the timeless appeal of Lucille Ball and her sitcom cohorts—Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley on I Love Lucyoffer an endless array of episodes to enjoy. We all love Lucy! And Ricky, Ethel, and Fred too!

Stream full episodes of I Love Lucy on CBS All Access.

Kidding (SHOWTIME)

Actor Jim Carrey in TV show Kidding.

Jim Carrey as Mr. Pickles in SHOWTIME series Kidding.

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Described as a dark comedy, life isn't always that simple, even for Jim Carrey as a beloved Mr. Rogers-like television children's show host named Mr. Pickles in Kidding. Following the death of one of his sons and an ongoing difficult family life, Mr. Pickles in season two must deal with this absence of his show on-air for the first time in 30 years. After two seasons, there are 20 episodes to binge.

Stream Kidding on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

Evil (CBS, CBS All Access)

Actors Aasif Mandvi, Katja Herbers, and Mike Colter in a church.

Aasif Mandvi as Ben Shakir, Katja Herbers as Kristen Bouchard, and Mike Colter as David Acosta in Evil.

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Fasten your seatbelts! From The Good Wife and The Good Fight creators Robert and Michelle King, this eerie supernatural thriller follows a skeptical forensics psychologist (Katja Herbers) who teams up with a priest-in-training (Mike Colter) and a contractor (Aasif Mandvi) to investigate the church's backlog of unexplained mysteries. This is like no other TV series—past or present.

Stream full episodes of Evil on CBS All Access.

The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access)

Jordan Peele of TV series The Twilight Zone.

Jordan Peele as the Narrator of the CBS All Access series The Twilight Zone.

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The lasting appeal of this cult sci-fi series, which defies explanation in most episodes, often ends with an unexpected twist. And now is your chance to revisit the original and/or binge the first season of Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg's modern re-imagining of the classic anthology before The Twilight Zone returns with new episodes this summer.

Stream The Twilight Zone exclusively on CBS All Access.

Tell Me A Story (CBS All Access)

Danielle Campbell in TV series Tell Me A Story.

Danielle Campbell as Olivia of the CBS All Access series Tell Me A Story.

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Taking the world's most beloved fairytales and reimagining them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller, Season 1 of this serialized drama interweaved The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel; and Season 2 reimagined classic tales Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. It is storytelling like you have never seen before!

Stream Tell Me A Story exclusively on CBS All Access.

The Brady Bunch (CBS All Access)

The cast of The Brady Bunch on the beach.

Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick, Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Eve Plumb, and Susan Olsen of classic TV show The Brady Bunch.

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Admit it … you wanted to live in that groovy house, complete with the orange and avocado kitchen, those six rambunctious siblings, that wisecracking maid named Alice, and, of course, those two picture perfect parents. And now is your chance to revisit everyone's favorite TV family … The Bradys!

Stream full episodes of The Brady Bunch on CBS All Access.

Cheers and Frasier (CBS All Access)

Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane in Cheers spinoff series Frasier.

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Given the set of circumstances at present, we could all use a place where "everybody knows your name" at your favorite TV bar Cheers. And, as a bonus, there is equally successful spinoff Frasier, headlined by Kelsey Grammer, now as a radio advice show host in his hometown of Seattle.

Stream full episodes of Cheers and Frasier on CBS All Access.


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