Best of 2013: The streaming shows you may not have seen

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When it comes to watching television on your computer, this may be known as the year we all (rightly) freaked out over Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, but there was more to streaming than just that fantastic prison comedy and drama about the inner workings of D.C.. If you have already binged on those, now is a great time to check out some other great streaming shows you may have missed. Below, check out ten of our picks, as well as how to watch them now – perfect for over the holidays.

Behind the Mask
What it’s about: The documentary follows the behind-the-scenes lives of mascots who perform on the high school, college and professional level. Its current season wraps on Dec. 17, and Hulu has renewed the show, from filmmaker Josh Greenbaum, for a second season to premiere in 2014.
Where to watch: Hulu

Chosen
What it’s about: Psst: Gilmore Girls and Heroes fans: This one is for you. Starring Milo Ventimiglia, the six-episode thriller centers on Ian Mitchell (Ventimiglia), a father who wakes up one morning to discover a box on his doorstep containing a loaded gun and a photo of a stranger he’s instructed to kill within the next three days. The show was picked up for a second season which will begin airing this Thursday.
Where to watch: Crackle

Losing It with John Stamos
What it’s about: Want to talk to John Stamos about losing your virginity? If you’re celebs such as Wayne Brady, Olivia Wilde or Chris Parnell, the answer, apparently, is yes. Which is great for our benefit as the silly show kept us laughing throughout its debut (but hopefully not only) season.
Where to watch: Yahoo

Cleaners
What it’s about: Miss the pulp-y, trashy second features at drive-in movies? Cleaners seeks to emulate that fun, violent, B-movie quality in a six-part  fun, soap-y thriller starring David Arquette and Disney star Emily Osment.
Where to watch: Crackle

Betas
What it’s about: Unknown developers/writers conceive an app/TV show which gets picked up by a big-shot Silicon Valley investor/global online retailer — which winds up being pretty meta. The Silicon Valley jokes prove amusing; the nerdier Entourage had its 11-episode season premiere just last month.
Where to watch: Amazon

Acting Disruptive
What it’s about: This documentary Q&A features famous faces and the creative/innovative passion project they love. Each episode has creator/host Max Lugavere learning about an actor’s pet project. The guests so far have included Seth Green at Shodogg, Moby with his platform mobygratis, Rainn Wilson at SoulPancake, Felicity Huffman at WhatTheFlicka and many more.
Where to Watch: AOL

Burning Love
What it’s about: It’s not new, but that doesn’t mean the third season of the Bachelor/Bachelorette-spoofing show is any less entertaining. Most recently this year, the web programmed spoofed Bachelor Pad, and had previous characters — including those played by June Diane Raphael and Christine Taylor — return to compete for $900, not love. Fun guest spots also included Casey Wilson and Seth Rogen.
Where to watch: Yahoo

The Fall
What it’s about: Fifty Shades of Grey madness helped bring this to the foreground in the U.S. Jamie Dornan a.k.a. the future Mr. Christian Grey stars as a serial killer. The show technically airs on TV in the U.K., but stateside viewers can stream the program at their leisure.
Where to watch: Netflix

The Wrong Mans
What it’s about: From Gavin & Stacey alumni James Corden and Mathew Baynton, this dramedy premiered on the BBC in the U.K. and on Hulu this November. Two co-workers, Sam and Phil, become accidentally involved in crime and corruption after Sam answers a ringing phone at the site of a car crash.
Where to watch: Hulu

Alpha House
What it’s about: Written by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau and inspired by a New York Times article, John Goodman-starring Alpha House tells the story of four grown senators picked to live in a house together. Shenanigans ensue. The show doesn’t always click, but shows serious potential that has us sticking around for more.
Where to watch: Amazon

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