Microsoft Flight Simulator Seems Like the Perfect Quarantine Game

If you haven’t noticed, opportunities for air travel have been a little bit scarce as of late. Sure, it’s still possible to fly from here to there, but it’s much less desirable than it used to be for obvious pandemic-related reasons. And I definitely miss it. Playing the new Microsoft Flight Simulator has done a lot to fill that gap, and then some, offering up the chance to not only see the Earth from thousands of feet up, but also the opportunity to take control of one of 20 different planes to chart my own courses.

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The great thing about Microsoft Flight Simulator and its real-time Bing maps integration is you can hop into a plane and take off from basically any airport in the entire world. At last count, over 37,000 airports, airfields, and even tiny dirt airstrips were available to you. The 30 airports available with the base game are hand-crafted to resemble the actual airports on which they’re based as accurately as possible. If you’ve ever flown into LAX or JFK, you’ll probably be astonished at how well they’ve been recreated here by Asobo Studios. But the 36,970 other airfields are also impressive, even if they aren’t modeled on actual architectural blueprints like the hand-crafted ones. For example, my local airport in midcoast Maine is absolutely tiny, with two runways: one just over 1,500 meters and the other just over 1,200 meters.

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The algorithm used to fill in the three-dimensional structures from real-world Bing maps data recreated my local airport to a level such that I wasn’t sure if it was generated or built by a programmer. Sure, there are a few smaller buildings missing, and the signage isn’t in place, but it’s close enough I could actually recognize it when I was taxiing to park.

But that’s just my small rural airport. The real joy of Microsoft Flight Simulator has been visiting places I’ve never been before. I watched a short YouTube video on Hong Kong the other day and when it was over I thought, “It would be cool to fly over Hong Kong at night, I bet.” And so I fired up Flight Sim and I did. And it looked incredible. I was able to fly around the city and see the towering skyscrapers lit up with the warm orange hues of halogen and cool blues of mercury streetlights on the patchwork of city streets below. Couple that with the half-moon reflecting off the ocean and a few low-clouds and it was sublime, almost like a low-fi hip-hop beat come to life.

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Beyond Hong Kong at night, I visited other places on my bucket list, flying lower and closer than real-life would ever allow. I took off from Galeão International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and immediately pointed the nose toward Christ the Redeemer, the massive granite statue looking over the city. After circling around, I radioed the tower and went back in for a landing. The level of detail in the model of the statue is incredible.

I flew a similar sight-seeing tour of the Great Pyramids, coming in lower and closer than any real-life plane would be allowed. I also took a tour of the Grand Canyon, dropping down inside and carefully maneuvering my plane between its foreboding walls.

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I have to say, Microsoft Flight Simulator is scratching my travel itch while letting me explore and experience more than I ever could simply sitting in seat 24C on a commercial jet. It’s almost an addiction at this point. If I’m watching a YouTube video or something on Netflix and I see an interesting location, I make a note to visit it later in Flight Simulator. With no clear end in sight to the stay-at-home and quarantine orders still covering so much of the country and much of the world, Microsoft Flight Simulator let me escape the confines of my small town and explore the world anyway, and for that I absolutely cannot wait for its full release on PC on August 18

 
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Noah Centineo in The Perfect Date. (Credit: Netflix)

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Peacock Streaming Service Review

There are more streaming networks than ever before. So if you have questions about the future of streaming, then you’ve come to the right place. All week long, IGN’s State of Streaming 2.0 initiative will feature reviews and in-depth analysis about the coolest hidden features that streaming services are implementing, the biggest shows coming to streaming in the second half of 2020, and the impact password sharing has on streaming providers and if it could affect your ability to share in the future. Today, we’re reviewing Peacock as a streaming service to see how it stacks up against the competition.

Be sure to check out our reviews of other popular streaming services: NetflixDisney+Amazon Prime VideoHuluApple TV+Quibi, and HBO MaxAnd if you’re looking for recommendations for what to watch on the streaming platforms, check out our new interactive widget.

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Joining HBO Max and Quibi as the third major streaming service to launch in 2020, NBCUniversal’s Peacock platform enters the Great Streaming War with over 20,000 hours of movies and TV shows to binge. The most noticeable difference between Peacock and the rest of its competitors is the free (with ads) tier that gives access to an impressive 13,000 hours of the library, before asking you for $ 4.99 for ad-supported access to everything or $ 9.99 for the whole lot.

And while that free tier is a nice perk, letting you sample both back catalog greats like the Bourne Trilogy and Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica series as well as originals like the ambitious sci-fi series Brave New World (starring Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Alden Ehrenreich), there are some glaring missteps that a company of NBCUniversal’s size (as part of Comcast) should have addressed before opening up to the public. Peacock’s lack of support for 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos, as well as not allowing you to download shows and movies for offline viewing – a function Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have provided for years and is available on Disney+ and HBO Max – is inexcusable. There’s also the issue with accessibility, as Peacock is only available in the USA at launch and, like HBO Max, is currently not supported by the popular Amazon Fire TV and Roku streaming boxes.

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However, Peacock does deliver a solid streaming platform populated with a diverse selection of noteworthy movies and shows to choose from. Especially when compared to CBS All Access’ Star Trek-heavy focus and Quibi’s lackluster made-for-mobile-viewing lineup, it’s not in the lower tier of services. To learn more about what we thought of the Peacock streaming platform, read on for a more detailed overview of its movies and shows, user interface, and pricing when compared to other providers.

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Peacock’s TV Shows and Movies

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Peacock has an impressive catalog of movies and TV series at launch, with content from notable studios including Syfy, Universal Pictures, Dreamworks, Blumhouse, and many more. There’s plenty here for people of all ages and genre preferences. On the movie front, Peacock is home to blockbuster franchises like the original Jurassic Park trilogy, The Matrix trilogy, and the Bourne trilogy. While there are some noticeable absences, such as having only one of the nine Fast & Furious movies and neither of the Jurassic World films, there’s a satisfying amount of quality stuff, especially for free.

One of the oddities you might notice while browsing the thousands of hours of movies and shows is a timer on the upper left portion of the screen. The seminal 1993 Jurassic Park, for example (at the time of writing), has a “15 Days Left to Watch” countdown just below the film’s description. The reason for this is due to NBCUniversal’s licensing agreements with other providers, and unraveling all of those is liable to make your head explode. IGN has learned from someone close to the situation that shows and movies leaving Peacock may return at a later date. While this is a bit frustrating when you consider Universal owns the rights to these titles, other streaming providers like HBO Max and Disney+ have had similar licensing issues.

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Peacock’s TV library is where the service shines by providing eager viewers with myriad programming choices, including classics like Saved By the Bell and Heroes, and more recent favorites like Parks and Rec and Superstore, all for free. You’ll also be able to watch new episodes of shows like The Blacklist and This is Us a week after they air, unless you opt for one of the paid tiers, in which case you can watch immediately. Like CBS All Access, Peacock also offers some free live TV channels including NBC News Now and Sky News.

Another area where Peacock has an edge over its competitors is in sports. If you’re a Premier League football (soccer) fan, then you’ll be happy to hear that Peacock will be home to 175 exclusive matches for the 2020-2021 season. Other notable sports viewing opportunities include the NFL, U.S. Open Championship, and the Triple Crown horse races. Peacock has also tapped into the popular sports documentary market (which is currently dominated by ESPN’s 30 for 30 banner and Netflix’s ever-growing resume of memorable films centered on the sporting world). Peacock may have a long way to go before catching up, but its initial batch includes In Deep with Ryan Lochte and Lost Speedways – a sign it’s heading in the right direction.

On top of its vast library of existing movies and TV shows, Peacock has also developed some of its own originals. At launch, the platform has nine shows that cover a wide range of tastes, from intriguing crime thrillers like The Capture to charming kids’ series like Curious George and Where’s Waldo. Be sure to check out our reviews of the Peacock originals, but in short, there’s more good here than bad. In our reviews, we praise Brave New World as “a gripping, bingeable trip that hides surprising depth beneath its shiny surface,” while we call In Deep with Ryan Lochte “a compelling underdog story.” The only dud in this initial batch is the David Schwimmer workplace comedy Intelligence, which we criticize for “its reliance on overused cliches about the cultural differences between uptight Brits and overconfident Yanks.”

Peacock’s User Interface

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By now, one would think that newly released streaming providers like HBO Max and Peacock, which are backed by multi-billion dollar companies like AT&T and Comcast, respectively, would have all the trim and fixins needed to stand out in this competitive landscape… but apparently not! Sure, Peacock’s app and website designs are attractive enough, but when it comes to key features like 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos audio, and the ability to download movies and shows for offline viewing, the features are sorely lacking for a platform launching in 2020. (A source informed IGN that both 4K and offline viewing options are in the works, though no timeframe for their implementation was given.)

Peacock also suffers from a lack of curated carousels that would help make finding what you wanted to watch easier. Where HBO Max was kind enough to break up its offerings via tiles associated with the various networks and studios under the WarnerMedia umbrella, Peacock just has things like “Free Laughs,” “Your Reality Check Is Covered,” and “Timeless Classics” to categorize its library. The search options are also limited, and unless you know the exact name of a particular movie you’re looking for, Peacock doesn’t give you the option of searching by director or actor. Hopefully, Peacock will offer a more robust interface with tiles that read Paramount, Universal Pictures, and Syfy instead of this current layout.

Another thing to consider before subscribing to Peacock is the lack of HDMI support for external monitors. The streamer released a statement via Twitter that notes, “HDMI connectivity is not supported at this time. Users will not be able to view via external monitor connection. They will need to use their PC, mobile, or one of our other supported devices directly,” but it’s a very odd and unnecessary quirk of the service that hinders accessibility.

Peacock’s Price

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In terms of cost, Peacock has one of the best values compared to the competition. The fact that you can watch 13,000 hours of TV shows and movies completely free without having to put your credit card information down and hoping you remember to cancel before your trial runs out is awesome. And if you do decide to subscribe, the $ 4.99 offering with ads isn’t too bad, considering you get live sports, news, current NBC series, and a vast library of movies to watch. While Netflix doesn’t have any ads, its lowest tier starts at $ 8.99, and HBO Max comes in with a single price tier of $ 14.99. Disney+ is a good bargain for ad-free content at $ 6.99, however, in terms of programming, Peacock offers a more diverse lineup that includes both kids’ titles and more mature fare for adults. Peacock definitely has a ways to go in terms of its features before catching up to the likes of Amazon and Netflix, but its enticing free tier is a great strategy to encourage people to give the service a chance.

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The Most Disappointing Nintendo Announcements – NVC 517

Welcome to Nintendo Voice Chat! This week, Casey DeFreitas is joined by Peer Schneider, Sam Claiborn, and Seth Macy to discuss their picks for the most disappointing Nintendo announcement. Then, the crew listens and reacts to some of your most disappointing moments that you submitted to the show! Plus, hear discussions on WayForward’s Switch announcement, the Lego NES set, and more. Finally, it’s your listener questions answered on another round of Question Block.

On the next show, We’ll be answering this question from Eric Seitz, and we want to hear from you too! Submit a video comment below, and we might play it on the next show!

“Does anyone on the panel have moments from gaming that hold a special place in their hearts in terms of the story impact? Is it made more meaningful when gameplay is involved like in Super Mario Odyssey? And what are your thoughts on the different effect video game stories have on audiences as opposed to movies, books, TV shows, etc.?”

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  • 00:00:00 Welcome!
  • 00:00:40 WayForward’s new Switch game, and our biggest Nintendo disappointments
  • 00:18:30 Your biggest Nintendo disappointments!
  • 00:29:29 News!
  • 00:44:20 Games out this week
  • 00:47:50 What we’re playing
  • 00:58:04 Question Block!

Games out this week:

  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
  • Golf
  • Waifu Uncovered

What we’re playing:

  • Casey: Clubhouse Games
  • Peer: CrossCode
  • Sam: Ghost of Tsushima
  • Seth: Donkey Kong Country

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You can listen to NVC on your preferred platform every Thursday at 3pm PT/6pm ET. Have a question for Question Block? Write to us at nvc@ign.com and we may pick your question! Also, make sure to join the Nintendo Voice Chat Podcast Forums on Facebook. We’re all pretty active there and often pull Question Block questions and comments straight from the community.

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Disney appears to have quietly confirmed The Falcon and the Winter Soldier won’t be arriving in August as initially discussed; the series is absent from the newly-unveiled Disney+ August release schedule. The August release was originally revealed in a February earnings call.

The news is far from surprising considering production on the six-part series ground to a halt back in March when its short Prague-based shoot was shut down during the early phase of the COVID-19 crisis. The bulk of the series was reportedly shot in Atlanta, prior to this unplanned pause.

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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is a spinoff series focusing on Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson – who was personally handed Captain America’s shield by Steve Rogers at the end of Avengers: Endgame – and Sebastian Stan’s deprogrammed assassin “Bucky” Barnes (a.k.a. The Winter Soldier).

Returning characters include Daniel Bruhl’s villainous Zemo from Captain America: Civil War, and Emily Van Camp’s Sharon Carter. The series will also introduce Wyatt Russell as John Walker – a.k.a. U.S. Agent.

Click here for a quick rundown of how Sam Wilson became Captain America in the comics, which seems to be where this series is headed given how Avengers: Endgame concluded.

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Under, a P.T.-like Horror Game Set on a Sinking Ship: Gameplay and Trailer Revealed

Ever wonder what it would be like to try an escape a sinking ship? What if that sinking ship was also haunted? Well, Under is exactly that kind of horror game where players take on the role of traumatized WW1 veteran Alexander Dockter as he tries and escapes a sinking ocean liner, full of horrors and narrow corridors reminiscent of P.T.

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Under bills itself as a classic horror game with a gorgeous setting and plenty of scares. The two main dangers are the creature stalking Alexander, and the possibly more pressing matter of the whole ordeal taking place on a sinking ship.

You can watch exclusive gameplay for Under in the video below.

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As part of publisher Rogue’s foray into console gaming, including the announcement that former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé is joining the company’s board; Rogue announced that developer Globiss’ upcoming horror game is also coming to consoles later this year.

While there’s no exact release date, Rogue has confirmed that Under will be coming to PC, Switch, Xbox, and PlayStation in Q4 2020.

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Prepare for Next-Gen: Save on These Samsung 4K TVs

Samsung is running a Black Friday in July sale that drops prices on nearly all of its latest 4K and even 8K TV models. There’s something in here for people with a wide range of budgets (and sizes of entertainment space). So whether you’re looking to upgrade to take advantage of PS5 or Xbox Series X, or you just need a new TV, now’s a good time to buy.

The deals are live until July 26, so take a look at what’s on sale and grab it while it’s discounted. But first! Here’s a rundown of the differences between the various models.

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Ghost of Tsushima’s Photo Mode Is the Best in Any Game Ever

One of the most incredible features of Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima is its photo mode. Not only is it flexible and packed full of great options, , it’s a snap to access: simply push Right on the D-pad and the action freezes, allowing you to line up that perfect shot. With the exception of some pre-rendered cutscenes, you can enter photo mode at any time. This functionality and ease of access let you capture incredible moments in the action, such as freezing a spray of blood mid-air as Jin’s sword finds its mark. But it’s also incredible for capturing landscapes, with a wide range of lens lengths and apertures available.

Basically, if there’s a type of photo you want to take, Ghost of Tsushima’s photo mode has an option for you. It is, in short, the best photo mode in a video game yet.

Before you read why it’s so great, take a look at this gallery of photos taken by IGN staff in-game:

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The Long and Short of It

Ghost of Tsushima’s photo mode’s enormous focal length range is one of the reasons it’s so great. On the wide end of the spectrum, you can shoot at 12mm, while the longest possible “lens” is a whopping 300mm. Photo mode lets you zoom in or out 1mm at a time, so you can get the focal length exactly where you want it to be.

Ghost of Tsushima also gives you control over aperture, or “F-Stop.” In a real camera, the aperture is the hole through which light travels before it reaches the sensor (or film). Measuring the aperture’s diameter is expressed through F-Stops. An f-stop of 1.4 is open wide, allowing light to pour into the camera, while an f-stop of 22 is a tiny, allowing only a pinpoint of light through to the sensor inside. That’s all well and good in real-life photography, but the f-stop in Ghost of Tsushima is utilized for its other use: depth of field. A wide-open aperture creates a very shallow depth of field, which is ideal for highlighting a single element in a composition, or for taking portraits with a soft bokeh-effect.

A larger aperture produces a much wider depth of field. Generally speaking, in both Ghost and in real life, you want a landscape shot to be wholly in focus, which calls for a tiny aperture. The aperture range in photo mode is ridiculous, way beyond anything you’d find in real-life, but this allows you to really narrow your point of focus to get the effect you might be after, making it super flexible. (In real life, focal length also plays heavily into depth of field, but isn’t as pronounced in Ghost of Tsushima).

Wide Open Spaces

Speaking of focal length, there are lots of real-world photography effects you can pull off thanks to its massive focal range. Smaller numbers work well for landscape photography: the smaller the number, the wider the shot. Since it’s all-digital, you don’t need to worry about edge distortion as you would in real life, so you can go all out with that 12mm shot and not lose details at the edges.

The immediate benefit to a long length like 100mm and above is it lets you zoom in on distant features. It’s a handy feature for wildlife photography in the real world, but you don’t really need to hide in the bushes to capture a great shot of one of Ghost of Tshushima’s many animals. But another effect of super long focal lengths is how they tend to “flatten” an image. Have you ever seen a shot of a full moon dominating a skyline? It was probably taken with a long-lens. When you “flatten” an image, features otherwise far apart lose the visual distance between them, making the frame look busier or closer together than it normally would. I took a shot of one of the graveyards in Ghost of Tshushima with a long focal length to illustrate this effect.

Time and Space

There are plenty of other options beyond just focal length and aperture to play around within Ghost of Tsushima’s photo mode to make every shot your own. You can freely move around in 3-dimensions to compose your shot, there are different filter effects you can try on, it allows you to tilt the camera for a “Dutch Angle” effect, and particle and weather effects are also adjustable. Time of day can be freely adjusted in photo mode without having any effect on the game, so if you want that gorgeous golden-hour light of the sunset, it’s as easy as moving a slider.

But perhaps the greatest asset to Ghost of Tsushima’s photography is the virtual landscape itself. Sucker Punch did such a great job laying the game out, it’s almost impossible to find a boring backdrop or ho-hum scene to snap a quick photo. Even if you aren’t familiar with compositional concepts like dynamic symmetry or the rule of thirds, the game is laid out to make nearly every angle feel cinematic. It’s astonishing in its beauty.

When combined with the ease of use and the many varied options available, Ghost of Tsushima’s photo mode is easily the best we’ve seen yet. Hopefully, more open-worlds take a cue from it when we move into even more lush environments of the next-gen.

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20 Hidden Gems to Watch on Peacock

Now that NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform Peacock has taken flight — featuring a deep catalogue of shows from Cheers to Parks to Rec, and mega-movie franchises like The Matrix and Jurassic Park — it’s the perfect time to pluck out a few hidden gems that you might not have known were headed your way.

Sure, you can binge BSG, but what about all the forgotten ’80s and ’90s sci-fi? And while you wait for Peacock’s Saved by the Bell reboot/revival, you can watch all of the original series (plus The College Years). And who can resist an entire section devoted to… Nicolas Cage?!

Sexy spies, disheveled sleuths, wolves in the air, Roy Scheiders in the sea – here’s a rundown of some of coolest under-the-radar things you can watch on Peacock!

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Original Unsolved Mysteries

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Cult Movies: Serial Mom, American Psycho, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and More

serial_mom_1280Among Peacock’s movie offerings, you can find John Waters’ gloriously giddy Serial Mom, starring Kathleen Turner — a dark satire about a suburban housewife who goes on a killing spree — along with Howard the Duck, American Psycho, Crush, Fear of a Black Hat, and more in the “Cult Corner.”

Saved by the Bell

Saved by the BellThe original Saved by the Bell (the first season being Good Morning, Miss Bliss) — including spinoff series The College Years and TV movies Hawaiian Style and Wedding in Las Vegas — is on Peacock, with its scheming Zacks, dorky Screeches, giant cellphones, and Time Outs!

Nicolas Cage Channel: Red Rock West, Rumble Fish, Joe, and More

rock1Peacock doesn’t have the most complete Nic Cage catalogue in the world but the powers that be have decided the man is important enough to get his own sliding category. The best of his films in this batch is John Dahl’s great neo-noir Red Rock West from 1993, but you can also watch Joe, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish.

Columbo

62270-universal_pictures_home_entOne of the most iconic TV sleuth series of all time, Columbo is available in full trench-coated glory on Peacock. This is the rare mystery series that made you feel bad for the killer, as fans watched the crook commit the heinous act — a seemingly perfect crime — and then get slowly picked apart by Peter Falk’s frumpy Lt. Columbo as he keenly solved the crime we just watched happen.

21 Jump Street

Film and TelevisionAfter a couple decades, 21 Jump Street was reimagined as a hilarious movie franchise starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, but you can catch the supremely ’80s original on Peacock as Johnny Depp and a squad of too-young-and-hot-to-be-taken-seriously-as-cops cops worked out of a church and infiltrated high schools as undercover narcs.

seaQuest DSV

seaquest_1993_photo_hero-1920x1080This ’90s sci-fi adventure series took the basic bones of Star Trek, which was in the midst of a franchise revival thanks to TNG, and went underwater. Jaws’ Roy Scheider played retired naval captain Nathan Bridger, the head of a high-tech submarine that executed missions – and communicated with a dolphin named Darwin (voiced by Frank Welker) – in the name of the United Earth Oceans Organization.

Sliders

1464968815-slidersSpeaking of ’90s sci-fi, Sliders, which started on Fox and concluded on Syfy, ran for five seasons and featured Jerry O’Connell as a teen who fronted a crew of wormhole drifters that traveled between different parallel universes. As recently as 2019, O’Connell and co-star John Rhys-Davies have been speaking to NBCUniversal about a possible revival.

Alfred Hitchcock Movies: Psycho, Vertigo, The Birds, and More

1*um2HrwEwIC45XcwXkzSmaAAlong with Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, you can watch Hitch classics like Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Birds, Rope, Shadow of a Doubt, and more.

Airwolf

INTRO-2Hi-tech vehicles were all the rage in the ’80s and after the success of the movie Blue Thunder, Airwolf managed to stick around for four seasons (far outlasting the actual Blue Thunder TV show adaptation). Jan-Michael Vincent, Ernest Borgnine, and Alex Cord starred as a team who undertook exotic missions during the Cold War era using a super-chopper called Airwolf.

Covert Affairs

fanart-104281-2Peacock is serving up programming from USA’s Characters Welcome “blue sky” era – like Psych, Royal Pains, and Monk. But it’s also got the underrated Covert Affairs, which was a spy series featuring a CIA trainee, Annie (played by Piper Perabo), being thrust into the deep end of espionage. Christopher Gorham played her blind handler, and eventual love interest, Auggie.

Care Bears

a02fb302-4318-41fb-a73e-b130acbe365e-1920-1080Though the Care Bears have headlined many animated shows over the past 30 years, Peacock’s got the original ’80s series (Care Bears + The Care Bear Family) that ran from ’85 to ’88. So get warm and cuddly with Tenderheart Bear, Birthday Bear, Friend Bear, and Wish Bear, as they spread love and cheer all through the cloud realm of Care-a-Lot.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch (’70s Animated Series)

81XMheOs5IL._RI_-2As a cool and groovy Peacock offering, the original Filmation Sabrina series, which was an animated adaptation of Archie Comics’ Sabrina the Teenage Witch, followed the supernatural exploits of Sabrina, who liked to hang out and fight enemies using her magical powers, without letting her friends at Riverdale High find out.

The Commish

the-commishBefore Michael Chiklis played the most iconic dirty cop of all time on FX’s The Shield, he was the lead in a police dramedy, The Commish, that focused on the work life and family life of a police commissioner in a small upstate New York town. It was a fuzzy and funny series that was the total antithesis of Chiklis’ Vic Mackey.

Classic Universal Monster Movies

frankenstein-movieUniversal’s attempt at a modern-era “Dark Universe” may have been an instant bust, but on Peacock you can catch the original DU(er)U with classics like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and more!

Abbott and Costello Films Where They Meet the Monsters

abbot-costello-horrorPeacock doesn’t have the Abbott and Costello movies of the ’40s, but you can find the duo’s monster-mash crossover films: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy, Abbott and Costello Meet The Invisible Man, and Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.

Spike Lee Movies: Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, Crooklyn, Clockers

ffAs Spike Lee receives some of his best reviews to date from his Netflix film Da 5 Bloods, you can watch Spike Lee’s breakthrough film Do the Right Thing (and follow up Mo’ Better Blues) on Peacock. Lee’s Crooklyn and Clockers are also on the site – but no Inside Man. Which was very good. And should be on Peacock.

The Rockford Files

James-Garner-The-Rockford-Files-TV-showJames Garner’s second hit TV show, after the long-running Maverick, was a complete reinvention of the P.I. series. A departure at the time for TV heroes, Garner’s Jim Rockford was an ex-con who worked infrequent jobs as an investigator and lived (and worked) out of a mobile home in a Malibu parking lot. Though a smart and capable detective, Rockford never quite came out on top. Viewers fell in love with his charm, wit, and constant struggles.

The Carol Burnett Show

tim-conway-carol-burnett-show-02-gty-jc-190514_hpMain_16x9_1600If it’s landmark TV you’re after, The Carol Burnett Show, which ran for nearly a decade, crossing from the ’60s to the ’70s, is a pioneering comedy from some of the medium’s most legendary performers. Winner of 25 Emmy awards, this sketch/variety series featured Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman.

Classic Films: Cape Fear, Charade, Spartacus, The Sting, and More

cape_fear_1962_13Under Peacock’s “Classics” section you’ll find a nice spread of legendary movies: from the original Cape Fear to the original Day of the Jackal to Stanley Kubrick’s epic Spartacus to the sublime lunacy of the Marx Brothers’ Animal Crackers. Finding true classic movies from prior to the ’70s or ’80s on most streaming services is pretty tough these days, so yay Peacock!

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