Super Bowl LIII will be the biggest game in television on the evening of Feb. 3. But in this new streaming age, viewers aren’t limited to what’s piped into their living rooms by the major networks and sports leagues. Here’s Yahoo Entertainment’s curated guide to what you can watch while the New England Patriots are butting heads with the Los Angeles Rams.
For football fans who hate the Rams and/or the Patriots
All American (now streaming on the CW app)
The CW’s take on Friday Night Lights follows its own playbook by tackling timely social and racial issues through a well-realized L.A. setting and a likable cast, headed by Daniel Ezra and Taye Diggs.
All or Nothing (now streaming on Amazon Prime)
See what happens in between plays courtesy of this Emmy-winning peek into the off-field lives of NFL teams like the Dallas Cowboys, the Arizona Cardinals and, yes, the Rams (maybe skip that season).
Friday Night Lights (now streaming on Hulu)
Clear eyes, full hearts … stone-cold classic. Even if you’ve seen NBC’s high school football series multiple times, there’s no better day than Super Bowl Sunday to binge it from the first play to the last touchdown all over again.
For sports fans who think football is kids’ stuff
American Ninja Warrior (now streaming on Hulu)
Sure, football players know how to sack and tackle, but can any of them take on … the Mega Wall? Better leave that particular 18-foot monster to the ninjas.
Survivor: David vs. Goliath (now streaming on CBS All Access)
The granddaddy of all competitive reality series just had its best season in years by employing a premise that’s positively biblical.
The Titan Games (now streaming on Hulu)
Football player turned wrestler turned movie star turned presidential candidate (?) Dwayne Johnson referees a competition tough enough for titans and demigods alike.
For foodies hungry for something other than wings and beer
Chef School (now streaming on Amazon Prime)
See what’s cooking inside one of Canada’s top culinary schools as 12 diverse students — ranging from an ex-pastry chef to an ex-hockey player — slice, dice and sauté their way to graduation day.
Nailed It (now streaming on Netflix)
Granted, the creations Nailed It‘s extremely amateur bakers come up with rarely look all that appetizing. But Netflix’s smash-hit cooking show is all good, (semi)-clean fun.
Top Chef (now streaming on Hulu)
The 16th season of the premier cooking competition traveled to Kentucky for plenty of down-home recipes. Get caught up before the finale airs on Feb. 7.
For space cadets who’d prefer to leave the planet during the Super Bowl
Star Trek: Discovery (now streaming on CBS All Access)
Season 2 of Discovery has hit new creative highs with high-concept storytelling and the reintroduction of two vintage Trek characters: Captain Pike (expertly played by Anson Mount) and everyone’s favorite logician, Spock (Ethan Peck).
Star Wars Resistance (now streaming on Disney Now)
The latest Star Wars animated series bridges the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, when the First Order is ascendant and the Resistance is coalescing. Bonus mystery box item: J.J. Abrams has hidden the title for Episode IX somewhere in the background of one of the episodes! (No, not really.)
The Expanse (now streaming on Amazon Prime)
Amazon did the galaxy a solid by rescuing this critically acclaimed far-future space drama when Syfy ejected it out the airlock. Seasons 1 and 2 are available on Prime right now, with Season 3 to follow on Feb. 8. The all-new fourth season will premiere later this year.
For mystery lovers mystified by Super Bowl hype
True Detective (now streaming on HBO Now)
Once and future Oscar winner Mahershala Ali headlines True Detective‘s well-reviewed third season, which has gotten HBO’s premier crime anthology series back on track after a nearly show-killing Season 2.
Counterpart (now streaming on Starz)
Double the J.K. Simmons, double the fun! Starz’s espionage serial is like Fringe meets Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with a parallel-Earth premise that’s challenging without giving you mental … um, Whiplash.
The ABC Murders (now streaming on Amazon Prime)
John Malkovich dons the dapper hat and fancy facial hair of Agatha Christie’s iconic detective, Hercule Poirot, for a three-part period miniseries that’ll win all of next year’s Golden Globes.
For comedy lovers who want to laugh at something besides the commercials
Crashing (now streaming on HBO Now)
Pete Holmes’s semi-autobiographical show about being a struggling standup comic in New York is more “funny cringe cringe” than “funny ha ha,” but it’s an invaluable snapshot into the contemporary comedy world.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (now streaming on Amazon Prime)
It keeps winning awards for a reason, folks. Amy Sherman-Palladino’s whip-smart series plays even better on rewatch, when you can catch all of Rachel Brosnahan’s rapid-fire witticisms.
Russian Doll (now streaming on Netflix)
It’s Groundhog Day all over again in this hilarious new dark comedy from Amy Poehler, Leslye Headland and star Natasha Lyonne.
Super Bowl LIII airs Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. on CBS and CBS All Access.
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