Wizard of Oz Premiered in 1939 and successful in the box office, it was re-released in 1949 and 1955 and premiered in 1956 in front of 45 million spectators.
Today, 45 million people spread short-format video geniuses by word of mouth, discover off-radar Netflix movies in their own time, and watch 10 episodes of the television series in a full week. I’m doing it. Three seasons. In the streaming era, where “content” is important, we continue to make classics, but it’s easy to misunderstand the high points as ephemera.
Polygon’s new series, The Masterpieces of Streaming, is a collection of films, series and video productions made in an era when something new is always there. Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Max, and Disney Plus dominate the conversation. Now is the time to take a break, look back and update the master list. Storytellers have made masterpieces over the last 20 years, but now they’re all in one place.