What if Netflix and TikTok had a baby?
That’s the question being answered by Quibi, the streaming service offering streaming episodes of 10 minutes or less in length. It seems like a crackpot longshot in a crowded marketplace, but did we mention it was founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg?
The Hollywood legend formerly ran Disney before co-founding Dreamworks with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. I saw him speak at a mobile conference (CTIA Super Mobility Week) years ago. His stated goal was to create short content of 3-5 minutes with Game of Throne production values. He finally realized his dream in April 2020 with Quibi.
It has a ton of options, so even if you’re fatigued with streaming services, there are some titles that will perk your interest. Here’s a breakdown of all 50 originals available at launch. Each has approximately 3 episodes you can watch, for about 15 minutes of content. There’s also upcoming content for April with added potential.
There are some major talent and stars involved. Katzenberg is definitely flexing his Hollywood muscles on Quibi – here’s everything available:
50 States of Fright
This Sam Raimi series is expected to launch in April. It’s sure to be a horrific good time.
Nicole Ritchie stars and executive produces this showbiz comedy. If you’re a fan of Hollywood Darlings on Pop TV, this will be right up your alley.
Run This City
Run This City follows Jasiel Correia II, the corrupt mayor of Fall River, MA. As the FBI indicts him for his former company, he fights the charges, while all his dirt is on display in this docuseries
Prodigal ahletes are put to the test in the most extreme challenges to become champions on a national or world stage. This sports docudrama is perfect for anyone missing their favorite team.
Chance the Rapper brings this MTV prank show back to life. It’s interesting to see what he’ll involve himself in to make some money with his guy-next-door vibe. Thirtysomethings and younger kids may enjoy.
Thanks a Million
This unscripted show from Jennifer Lopez shows a giving chain of $100,000 through celebrities like Kevin Hart. The star power, mixed with an Oprah- or Ellen-like concept makes this a winner for that demographic.
SKRRT with Offset
Offset has his own version of Jay Leno’s garage full of insane cars. He brings in his star-studded friends list, including Quavo, Lil Yachty, and T-Pain, to show off the cars. He also gets personal and creates touching moments.
Comedians Matt Rogers and Dave Mizzoni host a competition to celebrate all things LGBTQ+. Straight contestants are paired with celebrity life partners like Ilana Glazer, D’Arcy Carden, Jon Lovett, Rachel Bloom, and Nicole Byer to answer questions.
When the Streetlights Go On
This drama follows a young reporter (Chosen Jacobs) for his school newspaper reporting on murder. It’s a bit of Veronica Mars and Riverdale with a slight twist. Great for fans of murder mysteries.
Titus Burgess hosts a cooking competition from the creator and executive producer of Chopped. Two blindefolded chefs taste and then race to recreate a new dish. They then get judged by a celebrity panel to determine who came closest and deserves a cash prize.
Ayo & Teo explore dance culture to create a new spin on the competition show. Instead of stages, they hit the streets with judge Usher to determine who has the chops, rhythm, and hustle necessary to be a dancing great.
Host Will Arnett explores cringe-worthy moments in Canadian pop culture. It skewers topics we chose to forget (thus the title) and brings them back to light against modern times to learn valuable lessons. Arnett is a versatile talent we can’t wait to see more of.
Chrissy Teigen created a Judge Judy-esque courtroom show where she rules on different small court civil claims. Her mom Pepper Thai plays baliff, and she brings in celebrity guests to keep things interesting. If you love Teigen, you’ll enjoy the show.
You Ain’t Got These
Sneaker culture is all about having the hottest, limited edition shoes. Of course that’s just a surface-level look, and this series takes a deep dive into the topic for perspectives from comedians, athletes, musicians, historians, adn more.
Shape of Pasta
Chef Evan Funke perfects pasta by exploring Italy and talking to the masters. If you miss Anthony Bourdain, this will serve as comfort food.
Ghostwriters and other unsung collaborators behind some of the biggest stars in pop culture are explored here. It’s an overproduced show that tries to shine a spotlight on the people behind the business.
Another MTV revival, this classic is back with Keke Palmer and Joel Kim Booster helping singles of all genders and sexual preferences find the perfect love match.
Most Dangerous Game
One of the most ambitious Quibi launch titles is Most Dangerous Game. Liam Hemsworth plays Dodge Tynes, a terminally ill man who agrees to be hunted for sport to save his wife in a dystopian action thriller.
Stephan James and Laurance Fishburne bring this Antoine Fuqua story to life. A black Iraq War veteran is set up by New Orleans police in a drug deal. As police and SWAT prepare to swarm his home, a media frenzy ignites.
Murder House Flip
CSI producers and writers have seen it all, and now the show’s Executive Producer is taking on home renovation shows. Mikel Welch and Joelle Uzyel renovate real-life murder houses so people can live in them without the haunting.
This Comedy Central classic returns with the original cast. This includes Thomas Lennon, Cedric Yarbrough, Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Niecy Nash, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and more. If you’re not already familiar, get there fast.
Fight Like a Girl
WWE female superstars like Sasha Banks, Brie and Nikki Bella, Alexa Bliss, Charlotte, Flair, Nia, Jax, Becky Lynch, and more will participate in this unscripted series. Professional wrestling is defintely in, and Stephanie McMahon will surely make sure these Divas shine.
Reese Witherspoon narrates a nature documentary series about women in the animal kingdom.
Lebron James executive produced this groundbreaking documentary focused on the I Promise School and his dedication to helping his hometown of Akron, Ohio achieve greatness.
MP Cunningham and Jeremy Jackson run a pool cleaning company while chasing perfect tans in Utah. They promise plenty of hijinks in this Funny or Die-produced comedy.
Tired of home renovation and building shows for humans? Tyler Cameron and Delia Kenza host this show where they’re building high-end dog houses and dog-friendly houses.
Dane DeHaan is terrorizing Maika Monroe in this thriller due in April.
Elba vs Block
Forget Ford v Ferrari – Idris Elba and Ken Block are competing in a stunt car show. Block is an elite rally driver, and elba will definitely be showing off his cojones to compete.
Kaitlin Olson and Will Forte are down on their luck and start a home renovation show. Now they’re renovating mansions for cartel members and trying to stay alive in the process.
NightGowns with Sasha Velour
Sasha’s Brooklyn drag revue is critically acclaimed, and this documentary follows her pursuit to turn it into a full-fledged drag production. If you love RuPaul’s Drag Race, you’ll enjoy this.
Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins are the only survivors of a deadly plane crash. Now they’re trying to surivive, despite one wanting to kill herself and being forced to help the other.
Kiefer Sutherland and Boyd Holbrook take another look at the 1963 TV series and 1993 film about Dr. Richard Kimbell’s escape from the FBI after his wife is murdered and he’s accused.
Gone Mental with Lior
Kate Hudson recruits menalist Lior Suchard to guide celebrities like Ben Stiller, Rob Gronkowski, James Corden, and Zooey Deschanel in mental exercises.
Anna Kendrick teams with Mereditch Hagner, Donal Logue, and director Tricia Brock for this new comedy on Quibi in April.