Binge watch Brandeis: Movies and TV with Brandeis ties are only a click away

Whether starring on screen, devising an unexpected plot twist, or overseeing things from behind the camera, Brandeis alumni and professors have their fingerprints all over the film and TV industries.

In fact, if you wanted to, you could probably spend all your free time over a holiday break or a long weekend watching shows and movies that a Brandeisian had a hand in. If you'd like to give that a try, here are a few places you could start with only a click of the remote or mouse – all of these offerings are available on streaming services:

On-screen talent

-Debra Messing '90 became a household name with the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace," but as of right now that’s not available on streaming platforms. However, you can check out the first two seasons of her new show "The Mysteries of Laura" on Netflix, and the 2015 film “Sunday, Like Rain,” in which she has a supporting role, is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

-You can watch Loretta Devine, MFA '76, in her Emmy-winning role of Adele Webber on "Grey's Anatomy," which is available on Netflix and Hulu, or you could catch her in the 2006 Oscar-winner for Best Picture, "Crash," on Netflix.

-Solid Gold(wyn): Tony Goldwyn '82 plays President Fitzgerald Grant in the ABC series “Scandal,” which will start its sixth season in January. You can get caught up on Netflix. He was the voice of Tarzan in the 1999 animated Disney production, also currently available on Netflix. Or you can see him alongside Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Golberg in "Ghost" on HBOgo and HBOnow.

-Agni Scott, MFA'02, can be seen in "House of Sadaam" on HBOgo and HBOnow. She plays Saddam Hussein's oldest daughter, Raghad, in the mini-series that focuses on Hussein's life and family. 

-Crushing it: Gates McFadden '70 is a cult icon for her performance as Beverly Crusher in "Star Trek: the Next Generation." You can watch the entire series on Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu. You can also watch films “Star Trek: Insurrection” and "Star Trek: Nemesis" on Netflix.

-Karen Lynn Gorney, MFA'68, co-stars with John Travolta as Stephanie Mangano in the 1970’s classic “Saturday Night Fever,” available on Netflix.

-If you’re looking for a few laughs, try stand-up comedian Myq Kaplan '00 in his Netflix special “Small, Dork and Handsome.”

-Theater Arts Professor Adrianne Krstansky may be most acclaimed for her work on the stage, but she also takes a turn in front of the camera on occasion. She makes appearances in two episodes of the four-episode mini-series “Olive Kitteridge,” which can be viewed on HBOgo or HBOnow.

Behind the lens, behind the scenes, and in the script

-Debra Granik '85 was nominated for an Oscar for "Winter's Bone." For a few bucks you can stream it on Amazon Prime, or you could watch her critically acclaimed documentary "Stray Dog" on Netflix.

-Rosemary Rodriguez '83 has directed episodes of more than two-dozen different TV shows including "Law & Order," "Jessica Jones," and "Empire," and she was regularly behind the lens for ABC’s “The Good Wife,” directing 18 episodes between 2010 and 2016. It's available on Amazon and Hulu.

-Along with dozens of writing credits for TV shows like “Smash,” “Law & Order” and “NYPD Blue,” Theresa Rebeck, MA'83, MFA'86, PhD'89 also wrote the story for "Catwoman" starring Hallie Berry, available on Netflix.

-David Crane '79 and Marta Kauffman '78 co-created and served as writers for the seminal sit-com "Friends," and as campus legend goes, Chum’s Coffee House served as inspiration for the show's coffee shop. The series can be viewed in its entirety on Netflix. Kauffman also co-created the Netflix series "Grace and Frankie," which has produced two seasons so far.

-Michael Sugar '95 served as a producer for 2016 Best Picture winner "Spotlight," which chronicles the Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. It is now available on Netflix. He's also the executive producer of Netflix's series "The OA," which debuted in December. 

-Gone fishing: Ethan Prochnik '86 was a producer for the Discovery Channel reality series "Deadliest Catch." You can watch all seven seasons on Hulu.

-Caroline Baron '83 produced Oscar-winning "Capote"  available on HBOgo and HBOnow  and Amazon Prime's Emmy-winning "Mozart in the Jungle." 

-Marshall Herskovitz ‘73 has a long list of producer credits, including 2006's "Blood Diamond," which was nominated for five Academy Awards and can be seen on Amazon Prime. Or, if you're looking for a dose of ‘90s nostalgia, try the TV series "My So-Called Life" on Hulu.

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