Feeling chilled? That’s a sign the coldest month of the year is just around the corner. Well, we figure, what better way to warm up than with a cozy blanket and a few new TV shows and movies? Heading into the weekend, there are tons of great new projects to check out on your favorite streaming services.
In the mood for a compelling doc or a hot new comedy? What about a TV show from the mind of murder mystery guru Rian Johnson? Whatever you’re feeling, there’s something for everybody this weekend as Peak TV continues. SPY recently attended the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in Pasadena, Calif., and we’ve got loads of intel on a bunch of upcoming projects — including things that are debuting this weekend.
On that note, if you need suggestions on what to watch, read on to see what we’re streaming for the weekend of January 27 to 29.
1. Poker Face
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26
If you’re a Knives Out fan or into Natasha Lyonne’s schtick on Russian Doll, this show is in your wheelhouse. It’s from creator Rian Johnson (in his first TV gig) and stars Lyonne as a gal named Charlie. Her ability to detect when people are lying is almost like a superpower — of course, it has its downside, too. It’s a character-driven, case-of-the week, murder mystery dramedy with Charlie at the center of it all, trying to solve the latest whodunnit. Sorry, make that howdunnit, according to Johnson.
“There’s a little bit of connective tissue,” he explained to reporters at TCA. “At the end of the season, we come back a bit to what happens in the pilot. But the intention is to go back to that model of the standalone. You’re going to get an entire meal in each episode. If you hear, ‘Oh, the one with Nick Nolte is great,’ you don’t have to watch the entire season. You can skip ahead to it and watch it.”
2. The 1619 Project
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26
The 1619 Project is an ongoing New York Times Magazine initiative that began in August 2019, with the goal of “reframing the county’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.”
Now, it’s also a six-part limited docuseries on Hulu. The first two episodes drop this week, with two episodes following each week for the next two weeks. Those episodes comprise issues like democracy, race, music, capitalism, fear and justice, and are all adapted from essays from the initial project. Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist and project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones hosts, pulling back the layers of each story to show how the effects of slavery are still here today.
“This is the story of America. You can’t understand the story of America without understanding the story of slavery and Black Americans,” Hannah-Jones explained during a TCA panel. “It’s really important that when we set the tone for what this documentary series is, that this is not a documentary series about Black people. It’s a documentary series about America. And all of us Americans should come away with a better understanding of the country that we live in.”
3. Teen Wolf: The Movie
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26
It’s time to return to Beacon Hills and catch up with all our favorite supernatural teens… even though they’re no longer actually teens. The anticipated Teen Wolf movie finally drops this week, with most of the original characters back in fine furry form. The exception is Dylan O’Brien, who tapped out before production, saying he’s happy with where his character wrapped. But Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin and many more returning actors will hopefully make up for his absence in this flick.
Speaking of, the story picks up when a new evil emerges, forcing the supes to band together once again. And yes, for those who watched the original and are keeping track, that means some characters who perished in the series return for another howl.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27
Grief can be a funny thing, and creators Bill Lawrence and Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso) are ready to mine that humor for all it’s worth in Apple TV+’s latest star-studded project. The series stars Jason Segel as a grieving shrink who can no longer take the status quo. So he starts doing the unimaginable and telling his patients the cold, hard truth, with mixed results. Harrison Ford stars as Segel’s mentor and fellow psychiatrist, while Christa Miller plays his next-door neighbor.
“Rock bottom is an interesting thing because it seems like it’s a sad place, but it’s actually very hopeful because there’s no place to go but up,” Segel told reporters at TCA. “And then watching people scramble in the dark to try to pull themselves out of a hole is an inherently-funny thing.”
5. Shotgun Wedding
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27
If you’re in the mood for a funny rom-com with an okay plot and some recognizable stars, remember to RSVP to this premiere event. Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel (a.k.a. Armie Hammer’s replacement) star in this flick about a couple hosting a destination wedding. While all the usual things seem to go wrong leading up to the nuptials, the big day completely nosedives when criminals hijack the festivities and take the couple’s family hostage.
Naturally, it’s up to the couple to save the day while not getting caught themselves. Of course, they also rediscover why they wanted to get married in the first place. Actor of the year Jennifer Coolidge, Lenny Kravitz and Cheech Marin also star.
REWIND: What We Were Watching and Streaming the Weekend of January 20-22
It’s the weekend and we don’t know about you, but we’re ready to celebrate. Of course, our idea of celebrating is by unwinding from the week and hibernating from the rain and cold weather. Naturally, we tend to do that with funny shows, gripping movies and tons of live sports.
This weekend is a big one thanks to the NFL Divisional Championships. There are four games to take in, which is the best excuse to stay in or have some friends over. But this weekend also marks the debut of the anticipated That ‘70s Show spinoff (That ‘90s Show), as well as the third-season debut of the acclaimed Octavia Spencer drama Truth Be Told (with new series regular Gabrielle Union).
Need some ideas on what to watch or stream this weekend? Read on to see what we’re watching for the week of January 20 to 22.
1. NFL Divisional Playoffs
If you’re a football fan, then you already know this weekend is jam-packed with NFL playoff goodness. As of Sunday night, the eight remaining teams will dwindle to four, but there are some big games to take in before that. Stock up on snacks because on Saturday, we’ve got the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Giants at the Philadelphia Eagles. Then on Sunday, settle in as the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys take on the San Francisco 49s.
2. Amber: The Girl Behind the Alert
We all know what an Amber Alert is (when authorities alert a community about an endangered, missing or abducted child). But how many of us know the origins of the emergency protocol? This new doc delves into why the tool came into existence and the nine-year-old girl behind it: Amber Hagerman, who was abducted while riding her bike in 1996. Law enforcement’s inability to get a message out quickly inspired the alert we know and use today, but there’s much, much more to this story than meets the eye.
3. Are You the One?
It’s been three years since this MTV dating series hit the airwaves, but now it’s back in a new global format with host and relationship expert Kamie Crawford. In this iteration, 22 single men and women from around the world are put through an extensive matchmaking process in hopes of finding their perfect match. Each week these participants will have the chance to meet that match, but first, they’ll have to get out of their own way. If they can, and there are 11 perfect matches at the same time, these singles earn a massive cash prize. If not, they may be doomed to walk the earth solo for the time being.
4. That ‘90s Show
If you were a fan of That ‘70s Show then you’ll definitely want to check out the first-season drop of this spinoff. It revolves around Eric (Topher Grace) and Donna’s (Laura Prepon) daughter, Leia (Callie Haverda), who spends the summer with her grandparents, Red (Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp). All original stars (except Danny Masterson) make guest-star appearances, even Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. But the new kids on the block are the real reasons to watch, as they depict the trials and tribulations of growing up in the 90s.
Is it great television? Well, not exactly. But the show is totally cool with making fun of itself and throwing all kinds of nods to the original series, which makes it a comforting and easy watch if you’re looking to unwind.
5. Truth Be Told (s3)
If you’re interested in a show that twists the true-crime podcast narrative into a new work of fiction, join podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) for a third season of this NAACP Image Award-winning anthology series. This time around, the focus shifts to missing Black girls, as Poppy teams with an unorthodox principal (new cast member Gabrielle Union) to keep the missing girls’ names in the public eye.
“I’m the best person for this job. I have the lived experience of being a Black teen experiencing sexual violence in the Bay Area and understanding that I have a bully pulpit,” Union told reporters, including SPY, at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour earlier this week.
“I have a very large platform, and we have opportunities like this to expand the conversation and remind people that the most marginalized of us are the easiest to target precisely because folks don’t care about the pain of Black and Brown girls. They will make you complicit in your own abuse.”
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of January 13 to 15
If you’re like us and the new year has gotten off to a somewhat hectic start, you’re probably also looking forward to some downtime this weekend with a few fictional friends. In between visiting, errands, cleaning and hangouts, we can’t wait to plop on the couch and turn our attention to the screen, where there is an impressive array of new TV shows and movies waiting for us this weekend.
Cue up your favorite streaming services, and you’ll find everything from an anticipated new adult animation offering to Blumhouse’s latest horror flick. This week also marks the second season drops of Vikings: Valhalla and The Mayor of Kingstown, not to mention a quirky dark new comedy from the Duplass brothers.
Of course, what we’re excited for is the debut of The Last of Us, which until recently has been under lock and key. Get ready because it’s about to unleash its fungal self in a severe blaze of pandemic glory.
Need some ideas on what to watch? Read on to see what we’re streaming the weekend of January 13 to 15.
Scooby-Doo’s beloved (yet often underrated) character makes a big splash with her own series debut this week, and fans of the Scooby gang know it’s about time. The adult animated series presents the high school origins story of Velma Dinkley, as voiced by executive producer Mindy Kaling. Throughout the 10-episode series there will be plenty of familiar faces, but don’t hold your breath for a specific canine appearance — Scooby is notably absent from this iteration.
2. Vikings: Valhalla (s2)
THURSDAY JANUARY 12
This Vikings sequel is back with a vengeance. Or, more accurately, with eight new blood-soaked episodes filled with all of the battles, revenge and conquests any period-piece lover could ask for. This year the action is less about the division between the Vikings and England and more about the three central characters: Leif (Sam Corlett), Harald (Leo Suter) and Freydis (Frida Gustavsson). The trio is exiled from Kattegat when we return, which means it’s time to voyage to a few new worlds. Notably, this year those include Russia, Constantinople, the Black Sea and the legendary Vikings haven of Jómsborg (where the Jomsvikings, a legendary order of Viking mercenaries and conquerors, were believed to have lived).
3. The Drop
FRIDAY JANUARY 13
Everyone always tells you not to drop the baby. But what happens if you actually drop the baby? That’s the entry point to this aptly named dark comedy from the Duplass brothers. The action kicks off at a destination wedding, where a woman accidentally drops a baby and inadvertently kicks off an entire trip filled with controversy, big life questions and tested relationships. Anna Konkle, Jermaine Fowler, Aparna Nancherla, Jillian Bell and Robin Thede star.
FRIDAY JANUARY 13
If you’re not sick of talking about the pandemic and are ready to revisit all the horrors of that first lockdown month back in 2020, we recommend grabbing an N-95 and settling in for this straight-to-streaming Blumhouse horror offering. The film hails from Kevin Williamson (Scream) and is very much designed as a pandemic period piece. It stars BFFs Parker (Gideon Adlon) and Miri (Bethlehem Million), who quarantine at a remote lake house where some serious stabbing action occurs.
5. The Last of Us
SUNDAY JANUARY 15
Whether you’re a fan of the video game on which this anticipated series is based or you straight up love apocalyptic series with jaw-dropping special effects, we’re calling it now: this is the series of the year. We’ve caught the first few episodes of The Last of Us and to say it kept us up at night would be an understatement. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsay star as a respective smuggler and young girl in his care as they travel out of a quarantine zone and across the United States. Those infected by a deadly fungal pandemic await them at every turn, with plenty of jumps, gore and timely societal commentary rounding out the complex story.
6. Mayor of Kingstown (s2)
SUNDAY JANUARY 15
Jeremy Renner is still recovering following the freak snow plow accident that kicked off his year, but at least we can check him out in all his glory when the second season of his Paramount series returns this weekend. The series is based on creator Hugh Dillon’s experiences growing up near the Kingston Penitentiary in Ontario, Canada and examines the complicated relationships between police, criminals, inmates, prison guards and politicians. Renner stars alongside Dillon, Dianne Wiest and Tobi Bamtefa.
REWIND: What We Were Streaming the Weekend of January 6 to 8
If you’re still recovering from the first official week of 2023, you’re not alone. Getting back to the grind after the holidays has been a process, and if you’re anything like us you’re probably wiped heading into the weekend. And while we’ve made resolutions to get outside and to be better about staying in touch with friends, we’ve also resolved to schedule in a bit more time for self-care.
Hanging out on the couch and surfing your favorite streaming services counts as self-care, right? And that’s why we plan on watching some good old-fashioned TV and movies this weekend to recover from our first week back. There are plenty of exciting projects we’re excited to watch in January, but this weekend we’re extra excited for Star Wars, Christian Bale and witches.
Looking for some ideas as you couch surf into the first weekend of the year? Read on for everything we’re watching and streaming the weekend of January 6 to 8.
1. Star Wars: The Bad Batch (s2)
It’s been a wait for the second season of this Star Wars spinoff, which was initially supposed to debut last fall. Instead, it’s here now to kick our year off right, with two new episodes comprising this week’s debut. When the second season opens, months have passed since the action that went down on Kamino. Now, the Bad Batch must continue their mercenary missions while navigating strange and dangerous new places.
2. Mythic Quest
If you haven’t checked out this series about a fictional video game studio and the people within it, we have two good reasons to do so this week. First, this Friday marks the show’s third-season finale, which means you can now watch the first three seasons in all their glory. The second reason is that a companion series called Mere Mortals is now officially in the works, shedding new light on the lives of employers, players and fans who are impacted by gaming. In other words, this world could be your new favorite obsession.
3. The Pale Blue Eye
Looking for a gothic crime thriller to snuggle up with this weekend? This flick is adapted from the novel of the same name by Louis Bayard and directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Black Mass). It stars Christian Bale as a detective in the 1830s investigating a series of murders at the United States Military Academy. He’ll have some help, of course, in the form of a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling). Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Toby Jones and Charlotte Gainsbourg also star.
4. The Rig
This Prime Original series is the first to film in Scotland, extending the streaming service’s already impressive global reach. Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) and Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) star in the story of oil rig workers who become stranded when a mysterious fog surrounds them. As the fog continues and they’re cut off from communication with the outside world, these characters soon realize they may be dealing with the supernatural. If nothing else, this series will definitely have you rethinking your relationship with nature and the environment.
5. Mayfair Witches
In the market for a new supernatural watch in 2023? This adaptation of Anne Rice’s popular series of novels has had fans and critics alike buzzing for a while now. The series revolves around a neurosurgeon who discovers she’s the unlikely heir to a family of witches. While that’s stressful enough for any average doc, it’s the sinister presence that begins haunting her that really puts her over the top. Alexandra Daddario (The White Lotus), Jack Huston (Fargo) and Harry Hamlin star.
REWIND: What We Were Watching the Weekend of December 30 to January 1
We made it. It’s the last weekend of 2022, and don’t you deserve a break? We do, which is why we plan on kicking off the final few days of the year with good food, great friends and lots of downtime to recover from the year that was.
Of course, recovery includes kicking it back with our favorite streaming services, some of the best streaming releases of the year, and a few new projects that we can’t wait to check out. This weekend that includes a new season of the Canadian comedy Letterkenny, of course. But we’re also occupying our families with a jazzed-up version of Encanto.
For sports lovers, there’s a new Deion Sanders doc to check out, or if you’re feeling like a good heist drama, we recommend checking out Kaleidoscope, the latest TV experiment on Netflix. Need some ideas on what to watch and stream for the weekend of December 30 to January 1? Read on for our top picks.
1. Letterkenny (s11)
The hicks, hockey players and skids are back with another six-pack of episodes as this small Canadian town grapples with big questions like what is the best chip flavor? In these new installments Wayne (Jared Keeso) and co. will also deal with an influencer invasion, a mystery at the Church Bake Sale and unwanted guests at the beer league, among other issues. It’s still the show you know and love, but with new adventures and mishaps to keep you occupied until the New Year, eh?
2. Coach Prime
There are few sports figures as universal as Deion Sanders, a.k.a. Coach Prime. That makes this four-part documentary featuring the footballer and baseball player overdue. Follow along as Sanders leads Jackson State University’s football program and its historic 12-0 season in 2022. Cameras capture all the action, from the locker room to the community, exploring how this group of players came together during a season unlike any other.
3. Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl
If you or your family is obsessed with Encanto and its super impressive collection of earworm songs (you know we still don’t talk about Bruno), mark the calendar for this next-level release. Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl is a live-to-film concert experience featuring an 80-person orchestra, 50 dancers, the original cast, and unique special effects. That makes it a must-watch for casual and hardcore fans alike.
Pay attention to this ground-breaking new series if you’re a fan of heist dramas and feel the Money Heist void in your life. In Kaleidoscope, a group of criminals plot out a $7 billion heist. But what makes this series truly unique is the way you view it. Each Netflix account receives the series in a different order, with everyone getting the same finale. The idea is you can piece together the clues and story no matter how you watch it, making this show the first of its kind. Giancarlo Esposito and Rufus Sewell star.
5. Paul T. Goldman
Some stories are stranger than fiction, and Paul T. Goldman’s real-life diaries definitely fall under that category. The project introduces the world at large to the man who discovered his wife was secretly leading a double life, and who went on to write a book and screenplay about it. This series is a wild version of that story, and it took more than ten years to make. It’s also worth noting Borat Subsequent Moviefilm director Jason Woliner directs and produces this hybrid series, which should give you an idea of what kind of tone to expect.
REWIND: What We Were Watching the Weekend of December 23 to 25
The holidays are here, and no matter what you celebrate, here’s hoping you get some time off this weekend to eat some good food, hang out with loved ones, and watch all of the TV and movies you want. After all, a New Year is almost here, and you’ve earned it.
The good news is there is a ton of new content coming out as we hurtle toward 2023. Big movies we’ve been anticipating for months are finally coming to streaming services, while significant franchises are getting new seasons for us to binge over the coming days.
Excited about watching Top Gun: Maverick all over again? Now you can with a subscription to Paramount Plus. Have you been crying over the long wait for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery? Well, wipe those tears away because the wait is finally over. Add in a new season of Jack Ryan, an anticipated new K-Drama, the return of The Best Man crew and a new Witcher prequel series, and these holidays are about to get lit — from the comfort of your couch, of course.
Need some suggestions on what to do with all of that free holiday time? Read on to see everything we’re watching and streaming for the weekend of December 23 to 25.
1. Jack Ryan (s3)
It’s been more than three years, but eight new episodes of Tom Clancy’s famous character drop this week — just in time for the holidays. When we pick up in Season 3, Jack (John Krasinski) is on the run and trying to stop some serious bad guys, all while his former colleagues try to stop him. Watch for some gorgeous European scenery as well as a few new enemies. The good news is the show has already been renewed for a fourth season, so you can binge this year guilt-free. The bad news is Season 4 will be the show’s last, so buckle up.
2. Big Bet
Looking for a new K-Drama to get into over the holidays? Hulu has you covered with the worldwide debut of this series about a casino mogul. Legendary actor Choi Min-sik makes his first appearance in a drama series in more than 26 years as the mogul in question, Cha Moosik. In this week’s three-episode drop, we’ll meet Cha and follow along as he hits rock bottom, where he becomes more determined than ever to get it all back — even if it means risking his own life.
3. Top Gun: Maverick
Whether you’ve been waiting for the streaming release of Tom Cruise’s anticipated Top Gun follow-up or you’re just itching to see it again, this week is the week. Maverick flies onto Paramount Plus worldwide, so you can watch all of the top-notch action sequences and flights go down as often as you’d like. The movie is considered a resounding critical and fan success, and unless another movie suddenly surpasses it, Maverick is also the highest-grossing movie at the 2022 box office. Now, we have a feeling it might also be the subscriber push Paramount Plus is hoping for.
4. The Best Man: The Final Chapters
The popular films are finally getting the TV series treatment, and the good news is most of the original cast (Melissa De Sousa, Nia Long, Reginal Hall, Harold Perrineau, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs) is back in action. This limited series picks up where the sequel ended, following a tragic loss and yet another wedding announcement. All eight hourlong episodes drop this week, giving us plenty to watch over the holiday break.
5. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
If you didn’t get a chance to catch the Knives Out sequel during its very limited theatrical run or during any of the international film festivals it participated in, this weekend is your time to shine. Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) returns from stay-at-home orders to solve a murder at the lavish Glass Onion. There, a new privileged set of characters (played by the likes of Kate Hudson, Edward Norton, Kathryn Hahn and Janelle Monáe) become the suspects, with plenty of unexpected twists, hilarious cameos and Easter eggs to go around.
6. The Witcher: Blood Origin
There’s a lot of talk about Henry Cavill leaving his Witching post after The Witcher’s third season next summer, but for now, the narrative is turning to this prequel spinoff that explores how the very first Witcher came to be. The show takes place 1,000 years before the events of the main series and features Michelle Yeoh as the deadly Elven warrior and new protagonist, Scian.
REWIND: What we were watching and streaming for the weekend of December 16 to 18
We’re halfway through the month and if you’re not exhausted by the holiday rush yet, then we salute you. We, however, feel as though we’ve earned a well-earned rest after all of that shopping, planning, visiting and overall merriment. And what better way to rest than by catching up on all of your favorite streaming services and their new slate of December shows and movies?
This weekend there are a few projects we can’t wait to chill with, including the streaming service release of Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam feature. We’re also excited to check out the adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s classic book, Kindred, and to see whether the Yellowstone prequel, 1923, is worth the fuss.
Looking for some ideas and suggestions on what to watch and stream for the weekend of December 16 to 18? Read on for our top picks.
Octavia E. Butler’s classic sci-fi book about slavery gets the TV treatment this week when all eight episodes drop on Hulu. The series was developed for television by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Watchmen) and stars Mallori Johnson as a modern day woman who is thrown back in time to the Antebellum South. There, she experiences the horrors of slavery firsthand before being thrust forward in time again.
2. If These Walls Could Sing
Music and music history lovers of all kinds should gear up for what critics are already dubbing the best music doc of the year. The project, which is directed by Paul McCartney’s daughter, Mary McCartney, is an hour-and-a-half look at the history of famed Abbey Road Studios. There, legends of all kinds have produced amazing sounds, and now many of them are gathering to talk about it. This one features appearances by Elton John, Liam and Noel Gallagher, Jimmy Page, Celeste, Paul McCartney and more.
3. Black Adam
Dwayne Johnson’s superhero romp finally makes its streaming service debut this weekend and just in time: The Rock recently tweeted the movie was a box office success and could be a potential new franchise, despite reports it faced theatrical losses. The good news is that if you do want to spend two hours with the performer as an angry and all-powerful being intent on avenging his son, you can do so from the comfort of your couch with an HBO Max subscription.
Writer-director Nikyatu Jusu came blazing onto the horror scene with this debut feature, which took home the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The movie stars Anna Diop as an immigrant mother trying to piece together a new life in New York City. As she cares for someone else’s child and longs for her own, scary spirits begin haunting her dreams and reality, threatening the life she’s working so hard to create.
5. The Recruit
Noah Centineo is all grown up from his days as a teen heartthrob in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Netflix is certainly hoping his fanbase is ready to follow him to an equally adult role. The Recruit hails from Castle and The Rookie scribe Alexi Hawley and stars Centineo as a rookie CIA lawyer who gets entangled in a dangerous conspiracy. There’s plenty of action and quippy one-liners to make this a fun little adventurous crime drama, one you can probably binge in its entirety over the weekend.
Just when you thought you had your fill of Dutton drama with the current season of Yellowstone comes this origins story from creator Taylor Sheridan. Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren star in the period piece, which tracks the family in the early 20th century. There, all kinds of salacious topics — like the Western expansion, Prohibition and the Great Depression — fuel a new set of storylines. The first episode drops this week to give us all a taste, but then we’ll need to wait until New Year’s Day for Episode 2. After that the series drops weekly on Paramount Plus all the way to the February 12 finale.
REWIND: What We Were Watching the Weekend of December 9 to 11
December is well underway and that means you’ve probably at least started your holiday shopping. So don’t you deserve a break? Perhaps one on the sofa with a cozy movie, a good comedy or a new rom-com? Of course you do, and we’re here to help you achieve your streaming service dreams.
If you have big plans with your couch this weekend, it’s a good one to catch all kinds of new content. This weekend we can’t help ourselves, and we’re itching to see what the buzzy Prince Harry, Meghan Markle doc is all about. But we’re also pumped about Atsuko Okatsuka’s stand-up special, the debut of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, and Will Smith’s return to acting post-Oscars-slap with Emancipation.
Need some ideas on what to stream? Read on to see what we’re watching for the weekend of December 9 to 11.
1. Harry & Meghan
If you’re a royal watcher of any kind, then you need to add the debut of this documentary to your watchlist. The first of two parts drops this weekend, pulling back the curtain on Harry and Meghan’s experiences inside the Royal Household and the collective moments that led them to flee it. The couple shares their story for the first time in this take, with plenty of parallels to Princess Diana and accounts of racism, misogyny and outsiders that will probably have everyone rethinking the current royal structure.
2. The Binge 2: It’s a Wonderful Binge
You know about The Purge, in which everyone is free to commit any crime they wish on one particular day of the year. Well, welcome to The Binge, a comedic take on that concept. Like in the first film, drinking and narcotics are prohibited except for one day of the year. And in this film, that day just happens to be Christmas Eve. The rest of the film writes itself. Kaitlin Olson, Danny Trejo, Paul Scheer and Tim Meadows star.
3. Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio
After years in development, the horror filmmaker’s take on the classic puppet-come-to-life is finally here. This movie, which took more than 1,000 days to film and is shot entirely in stop-motion, is a darker take on the story and is not necessarily meant for children. It picks up in fascist Italy and leans towards heavy themes, so maybe don’t go into this one if you’re expecting a light, family flick.
This film was supposed to be Will Smith’s acclaimed follow-up to King Richard. Instead, following the Oscars moment that will never die, much of the press leading up to the period piece has been about Smith’s comeback. Be that as it may, we still think the movie is worth watching, namely for the creative team behind it — including director Antoine Fuqua. The movie stars Smith as an escaped slave in Louisiana trying to reach Lincoln’s army for a real chance at freedom. It’s also based on actual events that deserve this kind of spotlight.
5. Something From Tiffany’s
In the mood for a little holiday romcom that feels slightly more cinematic than many of the current Hallmark-inspired offerings? This one, revolving around two little blue boxes, ought to do it. The movie stars Zoey Deutch, Kendrick Sampson, Ray Nicholson and Shay Mitchell as two couples whose Christmas gift mix-up leads to new romantic entanglements — and maybe a much-needed twist of fate.
6. Atsuko Okatsuka: The Intruder
Need something to tickle your funny bone? Atsuko Okatsuka is here to deliver. This marks the comedian’s first hourlong comedy special. While she talks about growing up with her grandmother as a best friend and how her parents refused to give her an American name, the real gems come when she opens up about her encounter with a home intruder and how her upbringing prepared her for that very moment.
REWIND: What We Were Watching the Weekend of December 2 to 4.
We made it — it’s officially December, and you all know what that means: it’s time to get busy. We’re talking shopping, baking, planning and all the other things that typically go hand-in-hand with the last month of the year. You know, the stuff that leaves you so exhausted by the weekend that you just want to chill with a good movie or TV show on your favorite streaming service.
And that’s where we can help. We, too, value the art of lounging around with a few fictional friends after the party winds down or the groceries are done. So, we’re here with some December recommendations that go beyond another Christmas movie.
Looking for some suggestions on what to stream and watch this weekend? From the debut of Willow to an interesting new documentary about one of the world’s wealthiest men, here’s everything we’re checking out for the weekend of December 2 to 4.
Filmmaker Chris Smith is taking a deep dive into the life and times of Sir Richard Branson and we’d be kidding ourselves if we didn’t admit that we’re slightly intrigued. After all, doesn’t everyone want to see how the rich and famous actually live outside of the office? This four-part doc follows the man over seven decades and includes interviews with those who know him best — including Branson’s wife, Joan.
Looking for an off-kilter new drama to get into? This 10-episode Australian series revolves around a Chicago criminal (Colin Donnell) who goes on the run following a job gone wrong. When he winds up in a small northern Australian town, he finds the ultimate disguise as the local church’s reverend.
The anticipated TV follow-up to Ron Howard’s 1988 fantasy film of the same name is finally here, reuniting Warwick Davis with the title role after nearly three-and-a-half decades away. In this series, he and a cast of new characters embark on a dangerous mission to rescue Princess Kit’s (Ruby Cruz) twin brother, putting themselves in danger every step along the way.
4. Slow Horses (s2)
The second season of this dramatic thriller drops this weekend, continuing the story of a misfit group of MI5 intelligence agents who are trying to prove their salt after career-ending mistakes. At the helm of this gang is Jackson Lamb (Gary Oldman), who leads the team back on the field when ancient Cold War secrets resurface. The show’s first season (which is currently available to stream in full) is based on the first book in Mick Herron’s Slough House series. This season continues with the second book, Dead Lion.
5. Three Pines
Louise Penny’s novels come to life in this Prime Video adaptation, which shot in Quebec’s Eastern Townships and brings the story of Inspector Arnot Gamache (Alfred Molina) to a worldwide audience. Two new episodes drop weekly until the December 23 finale, introducing viewers to the small, fictional French-Canadian town of Three Pines. There’s a weekly whodunnit to solve, along with an overarching mystery that tackles the very real issue of missing Indigenous women… and the police officers who historically refused to treat their disappearances seriously.
Rewind: What We Were Watching and Streaming the Weekend of November 25 to 27
It’s the weekend, and we all know what that means: time to decompress after another long work week with all of our favorite fictional pals. Especially this weekend, now that the Thanksgiving holiday is finally here. Whether you’re looking for something to unwind with after all of that tryptophan or you just want something fun to throw on during your extra day off work, we’ve got you. Take one look across all of your streaming services, and you’ll see tons of great shows and movies to hunker down with this weekend.
We’re checking out the new Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special for sure, but we’re also ready to chuckle with Trevor Noah and his latest standup special. Meanwhile, the wild story of how the world’s most famous male strip club came to be is here with a dramatized take, and Criminal Minds returns to our screens with an updated story and premise nearly three years after its series finale.
Looking for some suggestions? Read on to see what we’re watching and streaming for the weekend of November 25 to 27.
1. Welcome to Chippendales
The wild, real-life story of how the world’s most famous male strip club came to be gets the dramatized treatment in this limited series. Kumail Nanjiani stars as Steve Banerjee, the Indian immigrant who conceptualized and founded the club in pursuit of the American dream. But when someone else tried to snatch it from him, crime and murder followed. Murray Bartlett, Dan Stevens, Annaleigh Ashford, Robin De Jesús, Andrew Rannells and Juliette Lewis also star.
2. Trevor Noah: I Wish You Would
The comedian’s third stand-up special delivers more of that signature observational Noah style, as the personality tackles everything from politics to takeout food. The Toronto-shot show filmed last October when Noah was in town, just days after he revealed he’s stepping down from the Daily Show.
3. Echo 3
Luke Evans and Michiel Huisman team for this thriller about a brilliant young scientist (Jessica Ann Collins) who goes missing near the Colombia-Venezuela border. Her husband and brother team up to find her against all odds, unraveling international intrigue and a secret war in the process. The entire film shot in Colombia last year and hails from the mind of Academy Award winner Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker).
Nowadays, all the basketball greats are getting docuseries about their lives and contributions to the sport, so why not Shaq? This four-part series comes on the heels of projects like The Last Dance and They Call Me Magic and goes in-depth into the life and times of Shaquille O’Neal. The man sits down to tell stories and offer more insights into his life, plus there’s footage and accounts from those who know him best.
5. Criminal Minds: Evolution
The BAU is back, but they’re all a little worse for wear following the pandemic. Two years after CBS cancelled Criminal Minds, it returns in a new, highly serialized format at Paramount Plus, where returning team members take a deep dive into the case of Elias Voit (Zachary Gilford). The mastermind murderer amassed an entire cross-country team of serial killers during stay-in-place orders, and now they’re acting out their deepest, scariest fantasies.
6. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25
Director James Gunn is back to helm this holiday movie for MCU fans everywhere. In it, the Guardians return for a special mission: to find Peter Quill the best present ever. Of course, their definition of the best present is different than most, which is why their main target is Kevin Bacon. The actor plays a heightened version of himself, which only adds to the overall cheer, while Borat star and Oscar nominee Maria Bakalova also joins in on the fun.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of November 18 to 20
Over the next few days, we’re getting into the holiday spirit early with the new Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell comedy, Spirited, which is just the latest take on Scrooge. But we’re also feeling holiday nostalgia with the premiere of the A Christmas Story sequel, the aptly named A Christmas Story Christmas.
Add in the anticipated Enchanted sequel, Disenchanted, which promises to be fun for the whole family, the more adult comedy The People We Hate at the Wedding, and a new Jesse Eisenberg and Claire Danes comedy, and there’s plenty to laugh with this weekend too.
Looking for some suggestions? Read on to see what we’re watching and streaming for the weekend of November 18 to 20.
1. A Christmas Story Christmas
Everyone knows what’s old is new again, and movies are no exception. Enter this continuation of a classic Christmas movie that everyone knows. A Christmas Story Christmas features the return of the original, pole-licking A Christmas Story gang, only now they’re all grown up. Follow Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) as he returns to the house on Cleveland Street to give his own children the kind of Christmas he had growing up.
2. Fleishman Is in Trouble
Divorce is hard… divorce when your ex-wife leaves you with the kids as soon as you’re finally ready to start dating again? Well that’s just next level. It’s also the entry point to this new comedy from Taffy Brodesser-Akner based on her 2019 novel of the same. The project stars Jesse Eisenberg and Claire Danes as the couple in question, with Lizzy Caplan and Adam Brody also starring in supporting roles.
Have you ever wondered what happens after “happily ever after?” Or maybe you just really miss the world of this fairy tale come to life. Either way, the anticipated sequel to the 2007 film is finally here. In it, Amy Adams reprises her role as Giselle, an animated princess who finds herself alive in the real world. The storyline picks up with her and Robert (Patrick Dempsey) in the suburbs with a new baby, where Giselle learns all about mean girls in the form of Maya Rudolph.
Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell in a reimagining of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the gift no one asked for, but it’s here just the same. This singing adaptation goes off the rails almost immediately, and maybe that’s the point. Whether you’re a fan of their comedy, a completist who needs all the Scrooge in your life, or just kind of interested, you can invest two hours and seven minutes of your time in the farce beginning this weekend.
5. The People We Hate At the Wedding
There’s no drama like wedding drama to set off family members, but director Claire Scanlon is ready to use that to full comedic effect with the premiere of this film. Based on the book by Grant Ginder, this one stars Allison Janney, Ben Platt and Kristen Bell as siblings who do their best (and fail miserably) to put aside their tensions in the week leading up to their half-sister’s wedding.
6. Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium
Six-time Grammy winner Elton John is dropping the mic with this weekend’s final North American performance, but just because you didn’t secure a ticket to the shindig doesn’t mean you can’t participate. Disney is streaming the concert in full, live from Dodger Stadium where John first shot to fame in front of a live crowd all those years ago. The three-hour concert also features special guests and memorable moments, which any proper send-off deserves.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of November 11 to 13
This weekend, in between catching up with some of the best war movies in time for Veterans Day, we’re pumped for the debut of Sylvester Stallone’s very first TV role in the new series Tulsa King from the creator of Yellowstone. Speaking of, Yellowstone also returns this weekend with its fifth season, unrolling plenty of high-stakes Dutton drama.
For the brunch lovers out there, Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy is also back to dish out a new culinary competition. At the same time, Emily Blunt heads up a gritty new period western, and David E. Kelley unveils his latest police drama.
Wondering what to watch this weekend? Read on for ideas on what to stream for the weekend of November 11 to 13.
1. The Big Brunch
If you love that meal between breakfast and lunch and want to see how others do it right, Dan Levy’s new series is your (meal) ticket. The competition series features ten chefs going head-to-head to create the best brunches around — but there’s a twist. Not only do these meals need to be delicious, but they must also unify in some way. At stake? A delicious $300,000 prize. Catch the first three episodes this weekend, and don’t forget to pour yourself a mimosa.
2. The Calling
If you’re a fan of David E. Kelley’s dramatic stylings then be sure to add his latest incoming series to your watch list. This eight-episode offering is based on The Missing File by Dror A. Mishani and revolves around a spiritual detective (Jeff Wilbusch). The crime solver’s methods are put to the test, however, when a routine investigation takes an unexpected twist. Karen Robinson and Michael Mosley also star.
3. The English
This six-part co-production with the BBC is violent and gritty, and hey — that may just be your thing. If you need more details, The English is an 1890s-set western starring Emily Blunt as a woman on the hunt for revenge on the man responsible for her son’s death. It all hails from the mind of writer-director Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman).
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11
If you like six-part British series but want something a little lighter than vengeful cowgirls, James Corden has made his way to Prime Video for this dark comedy about marriage and how to maintain it. The late-night host plays a Michelin-starred chef whose marriage begins to crumble when he learns some unsavory truths about his wife. No word on whether she bans him for bad manners.
5. Mythic Quest (s3)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11
F. Murry Abraham is out, but everyone else on the cast is in when this workplace comedy returns for a third season. The show picks up following the Season 2 finale, in which half the videogame developers left to start their own company. Now, we get to see the fallout in all its hilarious glory.
6. Tulsa King
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13
If you ever thought to yourself just how cool it would be to see Sly Stallone play a New York mafia captain, then you probably should have been the one to pitch this new series from Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan. The gritty drama marks Stallone’s first scripted TV-starring role, proving that even in his 80s this guy is up for anything.
7. Yellowstone (s5)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13
The Duttons are back for a fifth season of politicking, and the action picks up right away — with John Dutton being sworn in as Governor of Montana. We have no doubt he’ll settle into his new role quite quickly, making bold moves to squash (and anger) his rivals along the way.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of November 4 to 6
Now that Halloween viewing is over, we’ve entered that weird transitional period between scary viewing and a zillion feel-good Christmas movies. And while we love a good holiday rom-com or small-town story as much as the next person, we’re excited to dig into a few new comedies this weekend to lighten the mood.
At the very top of our list is the anticipated Weird Al Yankovic biopic, which is exactly the hilarious, inaccurate biopic you’d expect from the king of spoof. We screened it at the Toronto International Film Festival, and we’ve been counting the days until we could watch it again.
This weekend also marks the debut of Randall Park’s new workplace comedy Blockbuster, a 10-episode series revolving around the very last Blockbuster store in existence. We also plan to tune into former Saturday Night Live star Chris Redd’s new stand-up special, which airs just days after he was attacked outside of the Comedy Cellar in New York.
Are you in the mood for some more dramatic viewing choices? There’s always John Cena’s political thriller (yes, you read that right), which is now streaming. Jennifer Lawrence also has a new drama about grief and healing to check out, and Harry Styles take over the top role in this weekend’s streaming debut of My Policeman.
Need some suggestions on what to watch and stream this weekend? Read on for our top picks for the weekend of November 4 to 6.
1. The Independent
Jodie Turner-Smith stars as a green journalist who discovers a major conspiracy involving a U.S. Presidential candidate in this political thriller from writer Evan Parter and director Amy Rice. What she does with that information and whom she trusts it with could change the course of the election — and the country. The impressive cast also includes Brian Cox, Luke Kirby, Ann Dowd and John Cena
Randall Park heads up the cast in this new workplace comedy from creator Vanessa Ramos about the last Blockbuster store in existence. Over 10 episodes, his character, Timmy, does everything he can to keep his store and employees afloat, often with comical results. Melissa Fumero stars as Timmy’s high school bestie and unrequited crush, while JB Smoove joins in a special guest-starring role as Timmy’s current best friend and landlord.
3. Chris Redd: Why Am I Like This?
Conan O’Brien executive produces this stand-up special from former SNL star Chris Redd, who takes a deep dive into therapy, mental heath and living his life like a music video to comedically figure out why he is the way he is. It’s the comedian’s first big stand-up special on a streamer, so there’s a bit of pressure for it to do well.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Jennifer Lawrence and Brian Tyree Henry team for this dark drama about grief and healing. Lawrence’s Lynsey character is the entry point as a US soldier who suffers a traumatic brain injury while fighting in Afghanistan. But as she struggles to adjust to her new life at home, it’s Henry’s James character and his own grief that help to bring her through.
5. My Policeman
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
This queer story about three young people living in 1950s England during a time when gay relationships were illegal features Harry Styles in what may be his biggest role yet. He is the “policeman” in question, at any rate, one who develops relationships with an art curator (David Dawson) and his sister’s friend (Emma Corrin). The story flashes from past to present, where the much-older trio is played by Linus Roache, Gina McKee and Rupert Everett. The Michael Grandage film is based on Bethan Roberts’ book of the same name.
6. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Put on your best “Polka Face” and maybe make yourself a “My Bologna” sandwich, because the anticipated Weird Al biopic, starring Daniel Radcliffe in the leading role, is finally here. This film is meant to be a parody of other musical biopics that twist the truth for dramatic effect, and was co-written by Weird Al himself. The premise was inspired by director Eric Appel’s Funny or Die video and co-stars Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna and Rainn Wilson as Al’s mentor, Dr. Demento.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of October 28 to 30
The last weekend before Halloween is here, so you know that in between parties, perfecting our costumes and eating boxes of candy, we’ve got plenty of spooky movies and TV shows lined up to watch. After all, if you can’t indulge in all of your favorite horror movies this weekend, when can you get your fix?
Of course, we’re also adding some new projects to our viewing lists this weekend, like the debut of the British thriller The Devil’s Hour and Zach Cregger’s debut horror film, Barbarian, which is getting all kinds of rave reviews. On a less scary front, we’re also into the second season of White Lotus and a new doc featuring jazz legend Louis Armstrong.
Need some suggestions on what to watch and stream for the weekend of October 28 to 30? Read on for our top picks.
If you’ve been wondering what the fuss over Zach Cregger’s debut horror film is all about, this weekend is your chance to see for yourself. Horror fans have been buzzing about Barbarian for weeks now, noting its jump scares and unexpected plot twists. Critics, meanwhile, have named it one of the best horror movies of the year. Georgina Campbell stars as a woman named Tess who learns the house she’s rented is already occupied by another renter (Bill Skarsgård). Rather than booking it as fast as she can, she stays, only to encounter a terrifying monster within.
2. Tales of the Jedi
Two of the Star Wars universe’s most fascinating side characters, Ahsoka Tano and Count Dooku, take center stage in the franchise’s latest animated entry, which debuted earlier this week. The bite-sized stories (each episode runs anywhere from 15-20 minutes) are all standalone installments, although if you watch them in the order listed, they do make chronological sense.
3. The Devil’s Hour
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
Are creepy British dramas with a haunting twist kind of your thing? You might want to check out this thriller starring former Doctor Who Peter Capaldi and Jessica Raine. The story (by creator Tom Moran) revolves around a woman who awakes at 3:33 a.m. every night with terrifying visions. But when her name appears in connection with a string of brutal murders, the answers to her insomnia begin to emerge.
4. Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
This in-depth doc is a must-see for any jazz lover as it delves deep into the life of Louis Armstrong — one of the founding fathers of jazz. The Sacha Jenkins-directed flick includes the man’s musical inclinations, of course, but it also showcases how he became an important figure during the Civil War and the civil rights movement, inspiring generations in the process.
5. The White Lotus (s2)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30
After a long wait, the second season of Mike White’s award-winning anthology series is back, this time with a (mostly) new cast and a larger body count to keep track of. This year’s social commentary-infused whodunnit (or whodiedinit?) breaks down gender roles and tackles sexuality in brand new ways, all while bringing back the one and only Jennifer Coolidge as her Emmy-winning character, Tanya.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of October 28 to 30
October is chugging along, and now that many of those vibrant leaves have fallen off the trees, it’s time to head inside and chill with some of our favorite fictional friends. We always love classic Halloween movies around this time of year, and this month in particular, we’ve added some underrated horror movies to our lives.
But our beloved streaming services are also pumping out many other TV shows and movies that appeal to all tastes. Do you like spooky documentaries? There’s a new reality experiment on Netflix streaming this weekend for you. Looking for a sketchy laugh? Let’s welcome back Amy Schumer together. Want something a little scarier but serialized? A new season of American Horror Story may be what you need.
If you’re looking for some suggestions on what to watch and stream for the weekend of October 21 to 23, we’ve got you covered.
1. American Horror Story: NYC
Like previous editions of this anthology franchise, the 11th season has been top secret until this week. Sure, we knew the cast — Joe Mantello, Billie Lourd, Zachary Quinto, Sandra Bernhard, Russell Tovey, Leslie Grossman, Charlie Carver, Isaac Powell, Denis O’Hare and Patti LuPone — but that’s about it. Now that the first two episodes are finally available to stream though, that all changes. This year AHS heads back to 1981, begins with the murder of a gay man, and follows a closeted detective tackling the case. In the spirit of Ryan Murphy, that’s all we’ll say about it for now.
2. Inside Amy Schumer
It’s been six years and many headlines since Amy Schumer starred in a season of the show that made her a household name. So for lingering fans, there are some pretty high expectations heading into Season 5. Early critics seem mixed on what Schumer presents this time around, but for fans of the comedian who miss her hot takes on feminism and internet culture, this weekend is looking up.
3. One of Us is Lying (s2)
The murder club is back, and no matter how much the kids at the center of this story think the death toll is capped, it’s just getting started. Based on Karen M. McManus’ New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, this show picks up immediately following the message from Simon Says. This year the stories also promise to get even darker, so if you plan on bingeing all eight episodes this weekend, maybe add a comedy in there for good measure.
4. 28 Days Haunted
If watching other people get scared is in your wheelhouse, we’d like to introduce you to this new reality experiment. The show follows four teams of paranormal investigators who sign up to last 28 days in one of the most haunted locations in America. Judging from the trailer alone, this one is either going to scare the crap out of you or make you pee your pants at the participants… one of whom seems to want to fight a ghost.
5. The Peripheral
If you were a fan of Westworld and appreciate shows based on popular books, consider checking out this sci-fi series from creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, based on William Gibson’s novel. The Peripheral stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Flynne Fisher, a woman with a sick mother and a flailing career. So when she’s given an experimental VR device and the chance to change her life, she takes it. However, when reality and VR begin to collide, Flynne realizes she may have signed up for more than she can handle.
6. Raymond & Ray
Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor bring star power to Apple TV+’s latest film from writer/director Rodrigo García. The pair play half-brothers who reunite following their estranged father’s death. When they discover his final wish for them was to dig his grave, themes of connection, discovery and love kick in.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of October 14 to 16
This weekend we’re obviously watching the new Halloween movie, Halloween Ends. But we’re also checking out the anticipated new Barney documentary, which delves into the dark side of that famous purple dinosaur. Ryan Murphy, meanwhile, has a haunting new series that may finally make us forget about Jeffrey Dahmer for a hot minute, and there’s also the debut of Charlie Hunnam’s new TV series, Shantaram.
Need some suggestions? We’ve got you. Read on to see everything we’re watching and streaming for the weekend of October 14 to 16.
1. I Love You, You Hate Me
For a children’s character that was designed to inspire love, Barney the purple dinosaur sure created a lot of hate. Maybe it was that signature song that’s still stuck in our heads, or perhaps the world really is just a toxic place. Whatever you believe, this headline-generating documentary digs into it all with interviews from those involved at the time.
2. The Watcher
The next project under Ryan Murphy’s overall Netflix deal might not revolve around cannibalistic serial killers, but it looks just as creepy. The Watcher is loosely based on a true story of a family who was terrorized by anonymous letters after they moved into their home. Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale head up the star-studded cast, which also includes Mia Farrow, Jennifer Coolidge and Terry Kinney.
3. Halloween Ends
Laurie Strode is ready to end things with Michael Myers once and for all. Jamie Lee Curtis returns for the final movie in director David Gordon Green’s trilogy, and given how bloody the previous installments have been, we’re expecting more of the same. If you’re a completist or just want to see how this stacks up to the other 12 films in the franchise, definitely check it out.
4. Lord of the Rings: The Power of the Rings
Whether you’ve been watching this prequel on the weekly release schedule or waiting for the entire show to become available, this weekend is monumental because it’s when the first season wraps. Catch up on all eight episodes now and take a deep dive into the origins of those rings of power, then rest assured knowing more epic stories are around the corner now that the show has kicked off production on Season 2.
5. High School
If you’re a Tegan and Sara fan or just so happen to be into angsty coming-of-age stories, add this series from director and writer Clea DuVall to your list. The show is based on the sisters’ high school biography and takes place in Calgary. There, Railey and Seazynn Gilliland play the famous twins and Canadian music icons.
There is no end to the Shakespeare adaptations in the world, but this modern period piece certainly offers up one of the more unique twists. The story revolves around sidelined Romeo and Juliet character Rosaline, played here by Emmy-nominee Kaitlyn Dever. The comedic retelling examines the classic play through her eyes, with plenty of modern references and twists.
Charlie Hunnam is back on a bike, only this time it’s to bring Gregory David Roberts’ semi-autobiographical novel to life. In this series, Hunnam plays Lin, a heroin addict who escapes jail and reinvents himself as a doctor in Bombay before getting involved with the criminal underworld in Afghanistan.
8. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
Emmy-winner Tatiana Maslany wraps her first season as the green female superhero this week, so if you’ve been waiting to catch up on this MCU series, this weekend would be a fine time. All nine episodes, including cameos and Easter eggs, are now available to stream at Disney Plus. Catch up now, then join the conversation as we all await word on a potential Season 2.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of October 7 to 9
This weekend we’re checking the reimagining of a classic horror figure, as well as a new spooky Marvel character to dissect. It’s not all ghosts and ghouls, however. This weekend there are real-life horrors to check out, like another Jeffrey Dahmer project and the dramatized retelling of the Broberg kidnapping.
Looking for ideas on what to watch as the wind picks up and the temperature drops? Here’s what we’re watching and streaming for the weekend of October 7 to 9.
1. A Friend of the Family
This dramatized miniseries captures the harrowing true story of the Broberg family, whose daughter was kidnapped multiple times by a “friend” of the family. The reality behind the story makes it all the more horrifying, but a standout cast, including Anna Paquin, Jake Lacy and McKenna Grace, certainly doesn’t hurt.
2. Catherine Called Birdy
Lena Dunham directs this period piece, based on the award-winning children’s book by Karen Cushman. It revolves around a teen named Lady Catherine, a.k.a. “Birdy” (Bella Ramsay, Game of Thrones), whose family is desperate to marry her off. But when the vilest suitor of all arrives, her relationship with her father (Andrew Scott, Fleabag) is tested. The comedy premiered this past September at the Toronto International Film festival to rave reviews, giving us hope for Dunham as a director yet.
3. Conversations With a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes
If you finished Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (a.k.a. Netflix’s most-watched series of all time) and want to know more about the famous serial killer behind Ryan Murphy’s scripted project, the next season of Conversations With a Killer delivers. In it, we learn more about the actual man who murdered men and ate some of his victims, as told by the killer himself.
The latest take on Pinhead that you didn’t know you needed is here to kick off the month of Halloween in a newly imagined way. Here Jamie Clayton (Sense8) stars as the prickly character, while Goran Visnjic plays a billionaire trying to summon Cenobites and Odessa A’zion plays a young woman struggling with addiction. Naturally, both of the former characters come into Pinhead’s territory, with all the pleasures and pains that go with it.
5. The Problem With Jon Stewart (s2)
The former Daily Show host (no, not Trevor Noah) returns for a second season of his satirical series this weekend. In each in-depth episode, Stewart tackles some of the world’s most tiring problems and tries to unite people to manifest genuine and actual change. He may use his signature humor to do it, but there’s a reason this guy has been on our TV screens for as long as he has: he continues to charm the pants off of us.
6. Werewolf by Night
Marvel’s latest one-off (for now, anyhow) may leave you howling. This Michael Giacchino-directed special revolves around Jack Russell (Gael García Bernal), a werewolf with supernatural abilities. Some believe this special could be the introduction to another Marvel comic, the Midnight Sons, but for now, we’re just calling it appropriate spooky viewing given this month’s Halloween festivities.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of September 30 to October 2
This weekend there are a few Halloween-themed movies and TV shows to check out. Those include the anticipated Hocus Pocus sequel, a new teen horror flick and the debut of an Interview With The Vampire remake. Not into the scares? There’s also a downright glitzy drag variety show to check out starring a ton of notable queens.
Of course, it’s not all tricks and treats. This weekend we’re also watching the buzzy Marilyn Monroe flick Blonde, featuring Ana de Armas as the famous performer. Zac Efron is also on our screens this weekend since we plan on streaming his latest film involving beer and the Vietnam War.
Looking for some ideas on what you can chill out with this weekend? Read on to see everything we’re watching and streaming for the weekend of September 30 to October 2.
Ana de Armas deserves all the flowers anyone is willing to throw at her for this film, which has been a decade in the making. She transforms into the late performer with every scene and will probably earn an Oscar nomination for the role. While we can’t say we were as into the actual story of this movie or the way it was shot, it’s worth checking out for Armas’ performance alone (even if you only pop in and out during the nearly three-hour runtime).
2. The Greatest Beer Run Ever
Zac Efron, Russell Crowe, Bill Murray and Viggo Mortensen are just some of the recognizable names starring in this dramatized film. It’s based on a guy named Chickie (Efron) who leaves New York to track down his buddies in Vietnam with some brews to pick up their spirits. However, once he gets there, he faces war’s very real and not-so-celebratory realities.
3. Hocus Pocus 2
It’s been 29 years, but the Sanderson Sisters are back for this anticipated sequel. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy reunite as the famous, youth-seeking witches. Only this time, we learn a lot more about their origins. This updated take is still about sisterhood, but it also introduces a new one between three best friends, played by Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham and Belissa Escobedo.
4. My Best Friend’s Exorcism
This comedy-horror from director Damon Thomas is based on the book by Grady Hendrix and may be just the thing for families with older kids (or those who like coming-of-age stories) this weekend. It revolves around two best friends who face their biggest friendship challenge yet when a demon takes up residence in one of their bodies.
5. Huluween Dragstravaganza
Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race (or even fans of drag in general) definitely won’t want to miss this extravagant Halloween special featuring Kesha and several of the popular reality show’s most beloved contestants. Follow along as Monét X Change and Ginger Minj enter a haunted alternative reality where they must host a variety special — or else. Joining them for all the fun are drag icons Lady Bunny, Mario Diaz, Selena Luna and Jackie Beat.
6. Interview With the Vampire
Anne Rice’s popular novel (which once inspired an entire movie thirst trap starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt) is back, only this time in TV form. The eight-episode series (which has already been renewed for a second run) stars Sam Reid as Lestat and Jacob Anderson as Louis. According to the young stars, this show digs even deeper into these characters than the books or novel ever did.
“We’re looking at a much broader scale,” Reid told reporters, including SPY during a Television Critics Association panel. “I love what Tom Cruise did as Lestat, and I think he should be loved and remembered for that role. I’m never trying to touch that. It’s a huge honor to take on this extraordinary part created by Anne, but we are doing a different show. We are actually looking at all of her books. So it is a different feeling than what that 1994 film did.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdX2FhxsHIY
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of September 24-26
Okay, okay, so we missed a couple of weekends. We can’t be the only ones trying to get into the September swing of things, though, can we? The good news is we’ve finally got our schedules together and are back with some hot TV and movie recommendations to stream this weekend. If you’re like us and looking to grab some downtime with your favorite streaming service (or considering which streaming services with a free trial to check out next), we’ve got you covered.
This weekend is all about checking out buzzy titles like the new Star Wars TV series Andor or Ryan Murphy’s killer new drama, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. There are also a few comedies on our radar, including a rom-com starring Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson. Add in a Sidney Poitier doc and a coming-of-age story about a 16-year-old female rapper, and there’s more than enough fare to stay inside with all weekend long.
Want to know what you should watch this cool fall weekend? Read on to see what we’re watching and streaming for the weekend of September 24-26.
Tired of all the crappy reboots taking up space on your TV screens? Or maybe you’re just into meta shows that aren’t afraid to make fun of themselves. Whatever your stance on TV’s latest trend, we’re here to tell you this show will improve your weekend. Essentially, it’s a show about a show trying to get back together for a revival, and the characters are just as messed up as you’d think. It hails from Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan and stars an impressive cast. That includes Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville, Paul Reiser, Rachel Bloom, Krista Marie Yu and Calum Worthy. The first two episodes dropped earlier this week, with single weekly installments to follow each Tuesday.
The prequel series no one knew they needed is here to further expand the Star Wars universe over at Disney. The show takes place five years before the events in Rogue One and traces the rise of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) — hence the title. K-2SO fans will be pleased to know Alan Tudyk also returns as the droid. The first three installments of the 12-episode run hit Disney+ on Wednesday, and so far, we’re going to say the franchise did a good thing by pulling back on the Mando and Skywalker of it all to focus on other areas of the universe.
3. Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
Netflix threw a whole bunch of money at Ryan Murphy to produce must-see TV, and that alone is an incentive to see how his latest project stacks up. Dahmer is the dramatized retelling of the notorious killer, which fits right in with the current true-crime trend. It also features recurring Murphy players Evan Peters as Dahmer and Niecy Nash as his neighbor, Glenda Cleveland, which is another reason to stream if you’re a fan. It’s not an easy watch and some episodes are better than others, so if you’re determined to get through all 10 installments, you might want to put on a pot of coffee.
4. Meet Cute
If you loved Groundhog Day, we’re here to tell you this movie doesn’t compete. However, it does feature a similar premise, and as far as rom-coms go, it’s an interesting twist. The main reason to check this flick out though, is its stars: Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson. She plays a woman who continually goes back in time to relive a perfect first date, and he’s the schmuck who doesn’t realize his life is being tampered with.
5. On the Come Up
We highly recommend Sanaa Lathan’s directorial debut if you love coming-of-age stories but want something new. We caught the Love & Basketball star’s film at the Toronto International Film Festival, where everyone raved about newcomer Jamila Gray’s performance as 16-year-old rapper Bri. The film traces her come up following her legendary father’s death, and it’s filled with powerful messages about self-acceptance, family and friendship. It also features a killer soundtrack and epic rap battles, which is half the fun.
If you were wondering why Oprah and Cher were posing for photographs on red carpets together earlier this week, it was for the premiere of this new documentary. The film traces the legendary Sidney Poitier, who died earlier this year. It features a ton of archived footage and interviews with prominent Black actors like Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Spike Lee and Morgan Freeman. Director Reginald Hudlin uses it all to trace Poitier’s life and career while highlighting his accomplishments as an artist and activist who changed what it means to be Black in America.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of September 2-5
This weekend we’re streaming the return of our beloved animated series Rick & Morty and Steve Carell’s latest serious TV gig, The Patient. The highly anticipated Lord of the Rings prequel also makes its debut this weekend, and to be honest, we’re curious what all the buzz is about. On the doc front, we can’t forget about the salacious Armie Hammer documentary that’s been making headlines ahead of its premiere, nor the in-depth investigation about the Boston Marathon bombing that promises to showcase those events in a new light.
Need some suggestions as you plot out your last weekend of summer? Read on to see what we’re watching and streaming for the long weekend of September 2-5.
1. The Patient
Steve Carrell in a serious role? You bet. And if you ask us, it’s a little meatier than his work in The Morning Show. The FX series kicked off earlier this week and is now available to stream on Hulu. In it, Carrell plays a psychotherapist with plenty of problems of his own. However, his biggest hurdle now comes from a patient played by Domhnall Gleeson — a serial killer who decides the best way to bond with his doc is to kidnap him.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpmMxXfBn-Y
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Lord of the Rings fans have been waiting for years for this moment, so it’s surreal that it’s finally here. The first two episodes drop Friday to transport us back to Middle Earth, roughly 3,000 years before the books and films take place. The series is all about the forging of the Rings of Power (hence the title), how they were distributed and why they were ultimately (mostly!) destroyed. There’s a five-season plan in place for this show and a giant budget, so the expectations on how well it should do are… well, let’s just say they’re higher than Mount Doom.
3. Honk For Jesus, Save Your Soul
Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown are the power comedy couple we didn’t know we needed in our lives, so we’re thanking the heavens for this godly film. The mockumentary follows the former leaders of a megachurch in the aftermath of a scandal. As they try to repair the damage and climb back to the top, the cameras capture their every eccentric move, showing us all who they are underneath the gospel and the prayers.
4. House of Hammer
It’s no secret that 2020 was not a stellar year for Armie Hammer. For several months he became the unexpected center of scandalous news stories that included allegations of sexual abuse, cannibalism and more. In the end, he dropped out of projects like Shotgun Wedding with Jennifer Lopez and limited series The Offer. Now, Discovery+ is shedding more light on the story with this three-part doc that includes interviews with victims who claim they have hard evidence. If you’re interested, catch the series this weekend before reading the headlines on Monday.
5. Rick and Morty (s6)
One of our favorite twisted animated adult offerings is back for a sixth season, so naturally, we’re making big plans to stream the first episode this weekend. In the first episode back, the Smiths deal with last season’s fallout and Rick and Morty are stranded in space, floating in the remnants of the citadel.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOkeB4ZTjFM
6. The Murders Before the Marathon
After journalist Susan Zalkind lost a friend in the Boston Marathon bombing, she spent years following paper trails linking bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev to another ghastly murder. This murder (a triple homicide, to be exact) occurred in 2011, and Zalkind wants to know why no one, including main suspect Tsarnaev, was ever charged. Had he been apprehended back then, could the marathon bombing have been prevented? Was there enough evidence to stop him? These are the questions this series attempts to answer.
7. Ted Lasso
In 2020, Ted Lasso made Apple TV+ a streaming service worth having. And although some feel it stumbled a bit creatively in its second season, the comedy still has a whopping 20 nominations heading into this month’s Emmy Awards. That means if you’ve been meaning to watch Jason Sudeikis do his positive Polly thing but haven’t gotten around to it, now is as good a time as any. It’s the perfect binge for the last weekend of summer because it will leave you on a high. Or, at the very least, it will remind you of the power of positivity… and a good pun.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of August 26-28
This weekend we’re itching to watch Sylvester Stallone’s new movie, as well as the third and final season of Jason Momoa’s Apple TV+ series See. Add in a new animated show starring Aubrey Plaza and Danny DeVito, plus the controversial Mike Tyson dramatized doc, and there’s something for everyone.
Need some suggestions? Read on to see what we’re watching and streaming for the weekend of August 26-28.
1. Welcome to Wrexham
Most people bought extra toilet paper or cheesy poofs during the pandemic. Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney bought a struggling Welsh soccer team without meeting each other. Now, we all get to see how that played out. This series tracks the social media friends as they meet in person for the first time and plot to bring their new team some much-needed glory. Will they succeed? Who knows. But whenever Ryan Reynolds is involved, you know it’s going to be a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9hLsktkGfA
2. The End is Nye
If you’ve ever watched any kind of disaster movie, you’ve probably noticed that a good chunk of the time, the really bad stuff happens when those in power ignore the smart scientists. That fact isn’t lost on Bill Nye (yep, “the science guy”), who is here to tackle that issue with his new series. In each episode, he explains in-depth potential global catastrophes (like hurricanes or volcano eruptions) and how we can prevent them… if we pay attention to the science of it all.
3. House of Ho (S2)
The Ho family is back, and from the first look, the Vietnamese family is still living the American Dream in Houston. The second season promises more family drama, a new engagement and some new characters who add their own storylines to the mix. This family may have a ton of cash at its disposal, but if the second-season trailer is any indication, they face many of the same problems regular old Americans do.
4. Little Demon
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Aubrey Plaza and Danny DeVito got together and had a kid? No, of course you haven’t. But now you will with this animated series. In the show DeVito plays Satan (yes, that Satan), who returns after being an absentee father to his teen daughter (voiced by DeVito’s real-life daughter, Lucy DeVito). Of course that doesn’t bode well with the girl’s mother Laura (Plaza), and hilarity — as they say — ensues.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKmY4KsumM0
Is there a sports figure more polarizing than Mike Tyson? That’s probably up for debate, but for now his life story is certainly intriguing enough for creators to devote an entire TV series to it. The eight-episode dramatized take stars Trevante Rhodes as the soft-spoken, ear-munching boxer, with Russell Hornsby on board as Don King and Li Eubanks as Desiree Washington (the beauty queen Tyson assaulted and raped in 1991). Tyson has slammed about the series, claiming Hulu stole his life story. But to be honest, that makes us want to check it out even more.
Need more Sly Sty in your life? Then definitely add his latest action flick to your docket this weekend. Even though Sylvester Stallone is 76 years old, he’s still showing everyone who’s boss as the legendary vigilante Samaritan in this flick. Although he’s in hiding when we first meet him, a city on the brink of chaos and a passionate 13-year-old boy named Sam Cleary (Javon “Wanna” Walton) eventually convince him to come out of retirement. And that’s when the real fun starts.
7. See (S3)
The third and final season of Jason Momoa’s post-apocalyptic series (in which the entire world is blind) hits Apple TV+ this weekend. The second season ended with Momoa’s Baba Voss character winning a battle against his brother, then ditching his wife and kids to wander solo in the woods. He’ll be called back this year when a scientist develops a new sighted weapon that could threaten humanity, because we all know no one protects the tribe like Baba Voss.
If you haven’t yet caught the series, one of the cool things about it is that it employs many blind or low-vision people both onscreen and behind-the-scenes. Interested in catching it from the beginning? The first two seasons are also available to stream now.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of August 19-21
This weekend we’re taking our new obsession with Apple TV Plus to the next level with its latest murder show, but we’re also super curious about Alison Brie’s new film. Add in the oh-so-anticipated premiere of a certain Game of Thrones spinoff series and there are lots of projects to fire up.
Need some suggestions? Read on to see what we’re watching and streaming for the weekend of August 19-21.
1. She-Hulk: Attorney At Law
After months of anticipation, Tatiana Maslany’s turn in the MCU finally hits the streaming service. Hulk’s cousin, lawyer Jennifer Walters, inherits his raging abilities following a life-saving blood transfusion. Now, she’ll need to balance her straight-edged love of the law with her newfound powers, all while adjusting to a world that holds superheroes to a higher standard.
Early reviews are critical of the CGI and the first episode in general, but those who have ventured further into the series following this week’s premiere promise the show gets better as it goes on. It’s also worth noting this series features the return of Charlie Cox as Daredevil, in an updated suit and everything.
2. Bad Sisters
Apple TV Plus’ latest dark comedy has a murderous edge, which is also the main plot that will hook you in this weekend’s premiere. The 10-episode series is from Irish creator-star Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) and revolves around the Garvey sisters — women who promise to always protect one another no matter what. But when one sister marries a monster, their commitment is… tested. Early critics are all-in on the wicked writing and stellar performances, but this one is also worth a watch for the stunning Irish locations. Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette), Eva Birthistle (Brooklyn), Sarah Greene (Dublin Murders) and Eve Hewson (Behind her Eyes) also star.
3. Orphan: First Kill
If you were a fan of the 2009 thriller about a small but chilling killer, then you may have already marked your calendars for this absurd but brilliant prequel film. Why so absurd? Well, Isabelle Fuhrman is no longer a child actor, for one. So when she reprises the role of Esther 13 years later, it’s a little… freaky. You’ll have to tune in to see how it’s all explained; however, this tale hones in on the adopted family that’s mentioned in the first Orphan, and yes — it also includes that fiery demise.
4. Spin Me Round
Pour yourself a Peroni and get ready to be immersed in some breathtaking Italian scenery with this indie flick staring Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza. The rom-com (with a slight thriller twist) revolves around the manager of an American chain restaurant (Brie) who is selected to attend special training in Italy. There she falls for the wealthy owner and lands herself on a much more twisted adventure than she imagined. Brie co-wrote the script with director Jeff Baena and the cast also includes Molly Shannon, Lil Rey Howery, Zach Woods, Fred Armisen, Alessandro Nivola and Ben Sinclair.
5. House of the Dragon
It’s been several years since Game of Thrones wrapped with one of the most controversial series finales of all time. Now we need to decide if we’re ready to invest again in George R.R. Martin’s televised world of Westeros when the first of several planned spinoff series debuts this weekend. House of the Dragon traces the events that went down nearly 200 years before Game of Thrones, and follows the Targaryens at the height of their power.
We’ve got five reasons to watch the House of the Dragon (and three good reasons to skip it). Having seen the premiere, we will say this: It’s got all of the plotting, meetings, fight scenes and hard-to-watch twists popularized by Game of Thrones… and then some.
6. The Rehearsal Finale
Is this Nathan Fielder’s magnum opus, or a failed experiment? Is it both?
The finale of the controversial docu-series airs this weekend, and if you haven’t been watching the internet’s favorite new cringe-watch, then this weekend is the perfect time to binge. We would try to explain what The Rehearsal is about, but let’s not even go there. If you love Nathan Fielder’s unique brand of comedy, then this is a must-watch.
7. Weekend Rewind: Severance on Apple TV
Severance, the Apple TV+ sci-fi workplace drama, won big at the Hollywood Critics Association awards, which means that it’s an early contender for the awards season proper. Starring Adam Scott and Christopher Walken, this show has become one of the most-talked about new series of the year. It’s also something of a sleeper hit, as word-of-mouth has buoyed its viewership long after the season one finale aired.
If you’re not impressed by House of the Dragon and wondering what to watch this weekend, try catching up on this head-spinning series. Apple TV has a 7-day free trial, and you can watch the whole series before your free trial runs out.
What We Were Watching the Weekend of August 12-14
It’s summer and we’re getting outside more than ever, so you’ll have to forgive us for not updating this list as regularly as we should. The good news is we’re back for another round of what to watch this weekend picks, and we’re kind of excited about some of the new stuff coming up on our favorite streaming services. (Who knows, some of these shows and movies may even make the back half of our best streaming releases of the year list in a few months.)
For now, we’re super jazzed about the release of A League of Their Own, the baseball TV show that’s been in development for years but is only now premiering. We’re also cueing up a dramatized take on real-life events that went down in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, taking a bite out of the latest Walking Dead series, and gathering up the family for Owen Wilson’s new superhero flick.
Need some suggestions on what to stream this weekend? We’ve got you covered with the following picks for the weekend of August 12-14.
If none of the titles below speak to you, be sure to check out SPY’s guide to the best new streaming releases of the month. And if something catches your eye on an app you don’t have, check out our guide to the best streaming services with free trials.
1. Five Days at Memorial
Hurricane Katrina devastated many lives in 2005, but the stories detailing what happened during that fateful time are only beginning to surface. Case in point? This limited series from John Ridley and Carlton Cuse. Over eight episodes, it dramatizes the very dramatic events that went down at a New Orleans hospital. There, for five days without any supplies and cut off from the rest of the world, the staff was forced to make unfathomable decisions about the people they were tasked with caring for, changing their lives forever in the process. Vera Farmiga, Robert Pine and Molly Hager star.
2. A League of Their Own
Penny Marshall’s beloved baseball movie that forever taught us why there’s no crying in baseball is getting the TV treatment this weekend with the debut of co-creator and star Abbi Jacobson’s extended take. Jacobson earned Marshall’s blessing before her 2018 death, so there are homages and callbacks to be sure. But this show delves deeper into the themes presented in the 1992 film: like racism, female rights and America’s obsession with a certain national pastime — even during the war.
3. Secret Headquarters
Looking for a super new movie to get into with the kiddos this weekend? Owen Wilson has you covered with his latest flick, in which he plays an unlikely superhero. The movie revolves around the hero’s son, Charlie, after he and his buddies discover Dad’s secret headquarters. Expect lots of action and a few laughs, especially since this project was initially intended for a big-screen release.
4. Day Shift
Jamie Foxx is back, this time with as much action as there is comedy. In the new movie, he plays a blue-collar dad whose day job as a pool cleaner is about as exciting as chlorinating the water. But secretly, he’s a vampire hunter, tasked with unmasking some of the most dangerous bloodsuckers around and then eliminating them. Dave Franco and Meagan Good also star.
5. This Fool
Comedian Chris Estrada is taking his act one step further this weekend with the debut of his autobiographical comedy. In it, he plays a 30-year-old man who still lives at home (more realistic than you’d think in today’s economy). He’s also still dating his high school girlfriend and working at a gang rehabilitation center called Hugs Not Thugs. We’ll let the rest of the show speak for itself.
6. Children of the Underground
If you haven’t heard of Faye Yager, don’t worry; you’ll be intimately familiar with the female rights leader by the end of this five-part documentary series. The entire FX show hits Hulu this weekend to dive into the story of Yager, a woman who fought to help and save women and children from abusive relationships when the courts and legal system failed them. Hailed as a hero by some and a criminal by others, her story reached new heights when she became the target of an FBI investigation and trial.
7. The Princess
We may never know all there is to know about the late Princess of Wales, but that hasn’t stopped endless biographers and historians from trying. If you want to add to your knowledge, check out this Sundance film, which arrives on the complicated streaming service this weekend. Headed by filmmaker Ed Perkins, the doc relies on archival footage to retrace Diana’s life on the 25th anniversary of her death.
8. Power Book III: Raising Kanan (s2)
The third Power spinoff returns for a second season this week, solidifying the franchise even further on Starz. Kanan (Mekai Curtis) is back in Queens, where Raq (Patina Miller) is still trying to put the family back together. As Kanan questions his future in the drug game, Det. Howard (Omar Epps) is back on his feet and more intent than ever.
9. Tales of the Walking Dead
Need more walkers in your life? You’re covered with a subscription to AMC+, which gets you access to the first two episodes of this anthology series when it debuts this weekend. The six-part project is an extension of The Walking Dead world and features six standalone, hour-long episodes revolving around different characters in that universe. Look for some familiar faces and plenty of new ones. Anthony Edwards, Terry Crews, Olivia Munn, Samantha Morton, Poppy Liu, Jessie T. Usher, Parker Posey, Embeth Davidtz and Jillian Bell star.
10. South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert
Whether you need more South Park in your life, you’re a completist and need to see anything and everything from the show, or you just feel like checking in on the animated crew, Paramount Plus has you covered this weekend. Following Saturday night’s airing on Comedy Central, the 25th-anniversary special hits the streaming service on Sunday in all its glory. Check out creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker as they take the stage with renowned musicians for a performance of the theme song and more. There’s also a Rush reunion, a small orchestra, surprise appearances and plenty of renditions of classic South Park songs to look forward to, and it all goes down from the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver.