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With so many streaming services at our disposal these days, it can feel almost impossible to settle on something to watch. Sometimes, we find ourselves scrolling and scrolling for so long that ultimately, we just end up turning off the TV and going to bed. But even when sites like Netflix offer us their most-watched titles, it still feels hard to pick among all the trending TV shows and movies (not to mention the fact that just because it's trending, doesn't always mean it's good). Luckily, we've decided to make this process a little easier by rounding up some of the best shows and movies from various streaming services in order to turn that endless scroll into a problem of the past. From new shows like The Bear to recent box-office hits like Elvis, here's what to watch this weekend.
And if you want more tips on what to watch, check out PureWow's brand-new podcast, Stream On, where hosts Phil Mutz and Rachel Gulmi offer the best previews, reviews, hot takes and debates on all things movies, television and more.
1. ‘Only Murders in the Building’
Only Murders in the Building sees the unlikely trio of Selena Gomez, Steve Martin and Martin Short teaming up to solve a series of murders that occur in their posh New York apartment complex. When the show premiered last year, it was a smashing success, and now that season 2 has been released, it's clear the formula is still a winner. In PureWow's rave review of season 2, we said, “The comedic murder mystery has just the right amount of laughs and intrigue to keep us entertained without getting too dark. And with added layers to the story and a new batch of characters, this series only continues to get better.”
Princess Diana would've celebrated her 61st birthday on July 1, so in honor of the late Princess of Wales, why not watch Spencer , the 2021 drama from Jackie director Pablo Larraín. This psychological drama explores a weekend in the life of Lady Di. It is intimate and touching, but it also shows the tortured side of the royal's life. Kristen Stewart received an Academy Award nomination due to her engrossing performance, so this feels like a fitting way to pay tribute to Diana.
3. ‘The Bear’
Shameless's Jeremy Allen White stars in this new FX series (which is also streaming on Hulu) about a chef who comes home to run his family's sandwich shop after a tragic incident shakes their world. On PureWow's entertainment podcast, Stream On, Managing Editor Rachel Gulmi picked it as her favorite new show, saying, “It's a really really good show, it's so well done...it's so fast-paced and [all the characters] are just so intense. I highly recommend it.”
Now that we've seen Freddie Mercury and Elton John transformed on-screen, the latest musical icon to get the biographical drama treatment is Elvis Presley, who is portrayed by Austin Butler in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis . The film, which is told from the perspective of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (played by Tom Hanks), received positive reviews from critics and it recently dethroned Top Gun: Maverick to take the top spot at the box-office.
Watch it in theaters.
5. ‘The Umbrella Academy’
If you've never watched The Umbrella Academy, this superhero show based on the comic book series of the same name follows a group of eclectic adopted siblings who reunite in an effort to solve their father's death, all the while trying to save the world. With a talented cast (including Elliot Page), lots of heart and plenty of mystery, this series has been a favorite among Netflix subscribers. Now that the third season has just premiered, it's time to get streaming.
6. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’
Last month, Netflix uploaded The Amazing Spider-Man to its catalogue. The 2012 film is a reboot of the original Spider-Man film series, and it starred Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. This weekend, the film is celebrating its tenth anniversary, so if you're looking for a celebratory rewatch, or you're simply trying to fill the void after the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home back in December, this superhero flick can't be missed.
If you're looking for a TV comedy in the vein of classic ’90s rom-coms like Runaway Bride and Notting Hill, then Starstruck will become your latest obsession. The basic premise: A woman thinks she's having a regular one-night stand, until she discovers that her hookup is an A-list celebrity, and she'll have to decide if their romance is worth the struggles that come with fame. PureWow's Senior Editor, Rachel Bowie, adored the series, writing, “It’s Notting Hill in reverse, but it’s less saccharine and sweet. Instead, it’s infused with a delicious combo of British quirkiness and whip-smart humor and I just can’t get enough.”
8. ‘God’s Favorite Idiot’
God's Favorite Idiot is a workplace drama with a spin, where a tech employee (Ben Falcone) gets struck by lightning and discovers that he has a strange new connection to God. Also starring Falcone's real-life wife, Melissa McCarthy, this apocalyptic comedy is a hit according to PureWow's VP of News and Entertainment, Phil Mutz, who reported on the Stream On podcast that the series “is really freaking funny” and is reminiscent of the film Bridesmaids, which will surely please comedy fans.
9. ‘Stranger Things’
With ’80s fashion, Dungeons & Dragons, telekinesis and more, Stranger Things has become a major hit for Netflix due to its homages to the past, as well as its impressive sci-fi world-building. After three years of waiting, the first part of season 4 premiered back in May and obliterated Netflix records. Now, the final two episodes have finally dropped, and you can bet everyone will be talking about them.
10. ‘The Bad Guys’
Need something to watch with the whole family? The Bad Guys is a new animated film that takes the heist trope and gives it a kid-friendly twist. When a group of criminal animals get caught and have to pretend to reform themselves as proper citizens, one member finds himself actually wanting to change his ways. Currently, The Bad Guys has a “Certified Fresh” score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, so you can rest assured that this movie will be an entertaining ride for all ages.