Bingers beware. Online streaming services always have a nice variety of current and classic shows, documentaries and films, including quite a few that appeal to country fans' interests. Currently (May 2021), the following 20 selections exemplify the types of country music and culture-related material that's just a click away from an evening of entertainment or education.
The list below lacks the heavy-hitters: i.e. Sissy Spacek's standard-setting role in the Loretta Lynn biopic Coal Miner's Daughter, Reese Witherspoon's Oscar-winning portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, George Strait and Willie Nelson's turns in the Pure Country series (though you can watch both on Tubi) and Americana and bluegrass' best friends, the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and its soundtrack.
Even without those, the three major streaming services (Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime) offer all sorts of country music movies, TV shows and music documentaries at no additional cost to subscribers. Think of these 20 suggestions as a jumping off point into rich resources for country music content.
Alan Jackson: Small Town Southern Man (Amazon Prime)
Alan Jackson's ascent from Newnan, Georgia to the Country Music Hall of Fame gets traced in this documentary about one of modern country music's top songwriters and performers.
A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story (Amazon Prime)
Willie Nelson's among the legends featured in this documentary about Austin City Limits' first 40 years on the air.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix)
This Coen brothers project blends two of our favorite things: light-hearted looks at the Wild West and the work of talented singer-songwriters, including Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.
Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo (Netflix)
Brad Paisley fancies himself as a joke-cracking, well-rounded entertainer, like past stars of variety shows, as he brings comedians on board for an evening of laughs and songs.
Dolly Parton's Heartstrings (Netflix)
Some of Dolly Parton's best songs become short films in this limited-run series.
Dolly Parton: Here I Am (Netflix)
Per its description, this BBC documentary "details the people and places who have helped shape (Parton's) iconic career."
Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute (Netflix)
Echo in the Canyon (Netflix)
This must-see documentary explores the folk, rock and country music to eliminate in the '60's from Laurel Canyon in California.
Friday Night Lights (Hulu)
High school football fans should already know all about this Texas-based television series and the book that started it all.
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour: Country Special (Amazon Prime)
Miss Americana (Netflix)
This documentary offers a candid view at the unreal highs and lonely lows that come with being a global superstar.
This beloved series believably captures the behind-the-scenes lives of Grand Ole Opry stars and Music Row songwriters.
The Ranch (Netflix)
This original series not only captures the life of Midwestern ranchers through dark comedy. It also has TV's best country soundtrack, exposing viewers to such young talents as Corb Lund and Lukas Nelson.
Red Headed Stranger (Amazon Prime)
Amazon Prime members can now watch this Willie Nelson and Morgan Fairchild Western, named after Nelson's game-changing 1975 album.
ReMastered: Tricky Dick and the Man in Black (Netflix)
This Netflix original covers how Richard Nixon courted Johnny Cash and others as supporters to sway country music fans' votes.
Tennessee Whiskey: The Dean Dillon Story (Amazon Prime)
Traded (Amazon Prime)
Country's greatest renaissance man, Kris Kristofferson, and Trace Adkins star in this tale of Wild West revenge.
Unlikely Angel (Amazon Prime)
Yeah, this list was already loaded with Dolly-related picks, but we're upping that count with a Christmas movie that's a hoot all year long.
Wild Rose (Hulu)
The most recent country music film to deserve any fans' attention (well, aside from Yellow Rose) includes fine singing and acting performances by its star, Jessie Buckley. It's easily the best movie on this list.
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ZZ Top: That Little OI' Band From Texas (Netflix)
ZZ Top always honored Texas' country singer-songwriter and blues picker legacies on the trail to rock 'n' roll stardom.
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