It’s the weekend and you know what that means: another round of our favorite things to watch and stream on all of your preferred streaming services. Sure, it’s summer and we’re getting outside more than ever. But everyone still needs a few choice things to watch while cooling off from the sweltering sun or during their next outdoor movie night. That’s where SPY’s list comes in handy.
Over the next few days, we’re taking in the finales of some of our latest TV obsessions like The Boys and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, along with the anticipated debut of Netflix’s newest animated feature film, The Sea Beast. Add in a choose-your-own-adventure special with Bear Grylls, the debut of Apple TV’s latest dramatized crime series and a new sci-fi series about life on the moon, and there’s lots to keep us entertained.
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Need some suggestions ahead of your weekend? Here’s what we’re streaming for the weekend of July 8–10.
Despite the sci-fi nature of this six-part series, it rings true in terms of global warming and the renewed interest in visiting space thanks to certain rocket-investing billionaires out there. Moonhaven picks up three generations after settlers left a dying Earth in order to colonize the moon, where A.I. has been working on a solution to Earth’s problems ever since. However, when a lunar smuggler is accused of murder and marooned there, she learns there’s a more sinister conspiracy at play. Emma McDonald, Joe Manganiello, Dominic Monaghan and Amara Karan star.
2. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
If you’ve been holding off on watching the latest entry to the Trek franchise until the full season dropped, now’s your time to boldly go where many positive reviewers have already gone. All 10 episodes of the Captain Pike (Anson Mount) series are now streaming, bringing us several storylines closer to the day Captain Kirk takes over the USS Enterprise in Star Trek: TOS.
3. House of Gucci
If you missed this fashionable romp when it was in theaters last year, you can finally get into all of the questionable accents with the movie’s debut on Prime Video. The big budget offering from director Ridley Scott features Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani (a role that severely challenged her mental health) and Adam Driver as her husband Maurizio Gucci. Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Jared Leto, Jack Huston and Salma Hayek also star in this story of “betrayal, decadence, revenge and ultimately… murder.”
4. Ranveer Vs Wild With Bear Grylls
FRIDAY, JULY 8
We’re still debating our feelings on Netflix’s growing slate of interactive series and specials, but it’s impossible to ignore the latest attempt, featuring renowned Indian actor Ranveer Singh and survival expert Bear Grylls. In it, Singh travels to a rugged Balkan mountain range in Serbia in search of a special flower for his lady love. But first he’ll need to deal with wolves, bears and several other life-threatening obstacles. Luckily he’s got Grylls to help him out as viewers decide how the actor will deal with all of the twists and turns along the way.
5. The Boys
Whether you’ve been waiting for the third-season finale of this anti-superhero series to drop or you’ve been meaning to check it out from the beginning, this weekend is a good time to cue it up and get your Solider Boy on. The show has been building momentum faster than ever in 2022 (overall viewership has spiked more than 234% worldwide), and has already been renewed for Season 4. As of July 8 you can stream all three seasons in full, then wait with the rest of the world to see what chaos happens next.
6. Black Bird
Apple’s latest big-budget production is finally here after weeks of heavy promotion and fanfare. Now, it’s time to see if the actual show lives up to that hype. Early critics seem in favor of the chilling story, which is based on real events. Taron Egerton stars as Jimmy Keene, a former high school sports star and the son of a decorated police officer who was sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison. There, he struck a dangerous and potentially deadly deal with the FBI to elicit a confession from suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser). Greg Kinnear and Ray Liotta — in his final TV role — also star.
7. How to Build a Sex Room
If you’re looking to spice up your love life, you’re sure to get a few ideas from this aptly named reality series. In it, designer Melanie Rose helps couples in a rut design and create the ultimate sex rooms, injecting their spaces with style and luxury alongside your standard whips and chains.
8. The Sea Beast
If you love animated movies or have kids you need to entertain this weekend, The Sea Beast is already being touted as the next big family obsession with critics. Director Chris Williams (Moana, Big Hero 6) co-wrote the screenplay with Nell Benjamin, telling the story of a young girl who stows away on the ship of a legendary sea monster hunter. Karl Urban, Dan Stevens, Jared Harris, Emily O’Brien and Marianne Jean-Baptiste lend their voice talents.
9. Mad Max: Fury Road
SATURDAY, JULY 9
If you’re in the mood for a nostalgic re-watch or just need some Furiosa in your life, this 2015 film from director George Miller starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy hits HBO Max this weekend. Besides, with filming on the director’s anticipated prequel Furiosa starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth finally underway in Australia, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate.
SUNDAY, JULY 10
Need a new medical drama with sky-high stakes? SkyMed has you covered. The Canadian series hits Paramount+ in full this weekend, introducing us to a crew of medical rescue workers who do their jobs at 20,000 feet. The series is set in the remote North, where help and survival are thousands of miles away. Of course this is TV, so there are also plenty of hookups, breakups and personal stories to pepper in along the way.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of July 1-4
Alright, so we skipped a few weekends. Let us live. It’s summer, after all, and we can’t spend all of our time indoors with our favorite fictional friends. But now the long weekend is here and even though we plan on celebrating with some fun in the sun, we also plan to lounge in our underwear and catch up on a bit of boob tube. (Because isn’t that what the holiday weekends are for?)
Wonder what to watch this weekend? July comes in hard and fast with the typical summer heat, and there’s lots of onscreen fire to look forward to from our favorite streaming services as well. There’s an actual fire in the form of the Hellfire Club when Stranger Things finally drops its last two Season 4 episodes this weekend. But there’s also literal fire to look forward to with some new reality picks, in-depth docs and a couple of high-concept dramas including the streaming release of Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho.
Yup, for a long weekend there’s definitely a ton to look forward to, so stock up on your favorite snacks and beverages and read on to see what to watch for the weekend of July 1 to 4.
1. Machine Gun Kelly’s Life in Pink
Shortly before he was smashing champagne bottles on his skull, Machine Gun Kelly was baring his soul in this doc about his rise to the top. The Sam Cahill-directed film looks at all of the dramatic highs and lows of the musician’s life, including fatherhood and meeting his twin flame, Megan Fox. Death, drugs, childhood trauma and a suicide attempt are also among the topics at hand.
2. All-Star Shore
If you miss the days of GTL-ing and still appreciate a good reality show crossover, then this culmination of Jersey Shore, its spinoffs and some other beloved franchises thrown in for good mix will undoubtedly speak to you. The show unrolls in weekly installments as we catch contestants from series like Love is Blind, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Bachelor in Paradise party it up via a string of party-inspired challenges.
3. The Umbrella Academy (s3)
The third season of this Toronto-shot series is back with some notable changes — including the much-talked-about transformation of Vanya to Viktor, which was inspired by actor Elliot Page’s real-life transition back in 2020. “Viktor always resonated so deeply from the get-go,” Page told The Hollywood Reporter.
“I think the arc ultimately, and in retrospect, has been really clear in so many ways. Viktor’s discomfort and the walls that he puts up, I think without realizing, he’s just so folded in on himself… getting to feel more embodied and self-assured, it was really, really quite special to actually reflect on that.”
4. Stranger Things (s4 Part Two)
FRIDAY JULY 1
If you haven’t caught up on the fourth season of Stranger Things yet, please do so immediately. Otherwise, you risk getting spoiled when the final two Season 4 episodes drop this weekend. Actually, these episodes are more like movies, with the first clocking in at just over 80 minutes and the second airing for about two and a half hours. Regardless, with more VFX shots than all of the show’s third season combined, these installments will probably break the internet this weekend.
5. The Terminal List
FRIDAY JULY 1
Are the early critics in love with this new Chris Pratt-starring series based on the novel by Jack Carr? Far from it. In fact, so far the series is being completely panned despite the promising storyline, in which a man returns home after his entire platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed and he discovers dark forces conspiring against him. If you want to make up your own mind though, feel free to check out the show when it makes its eight-episode debut this weekend.
6. Last Night in Soho
FRIDAY JULY 1
If you missed this Toronto International Film Festival selection when it first debuted in theatres, it hits HBO Max this weekend so you can partake in all the edginess from the comfier edge of your couch. The time-traveling story follows an aspiring fashion designer who learns she can transport herself to the 1960s, where she becomes fascinated with a wannabe singer. Edgar Wright directs the horror flick starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Thomasin McKenzie and Diana Rigg in one of her final roles.
7. The Princess
FRIDAY JULY 1
We don’t know if it’s because “Bad Reputation” is blaring over the trailer or because Joey King is just as fierce as Fiona in the fighting department. Either way, we’re getting serious Shrek vibes from this new flick and that’s not a bad thing. The Le-Van Kiet-directed movie is an absolute trope-turning romp about a princess who isn’t taking her kidnapping lightly. So she busts out some serious fighting skills in order to make an escape and hopefully save her kingdom.
8. The Bad Guys
FRIDAY JULY 1
Whether you’ve got kids or are just a big old kid at heart, this animated adventure comedy based on the Aaron Blabey novel series is here to add some good to your weekend. The story follows several reformed and misunderstood animal criminals as they try to stick to their good intentions, despite some pretty bad obstacles coming up along the way. Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson and Anthony Ramos are among the cast lending their voice talents.
9. America the Beautiful
MONDAY JULY 4
What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with this breathtaking new docuseries that brings all of the country’s greatest views alive in your own living room? This six-part offering stars Thao V. Tran and Michael B. Jordan as they guide us through the American landscape and wildness, showing how unique geography forces nature to the extremes and reshapes the land while posing new life challenges.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of June 10-13
It’s the freakin’ weekend, people! We’re back and we’re readier than ever to get watching all-new movies and TV shows across our favorite streaming platforms. Because who really watches live TV anymore?
It’s June which means we’re right at the beginning of summer, which means new streaming releases are everywhere right now. And, although we recently called Netflix the top streaming platform, we really do mean everywhere. Hulu, Disney Plus, Paramount+, you name it.
This weekend we’re celebrating Pride by first and foremost rocking stellar looks from recent pride collections, but also by streaming Fire Island on Hulu, the new queer romantic comedy that tells the story of a group of best friends’ yearly trip to Fire Island Pines. In addition, we’re in no way forgetting about Ms. Marvel on Disney Plus, the next best series for Marvel fans. This story follows a 16-year-old superhero fan who ends up picking up powers of her own.
It’s a serious weekend for some television. That said, peep everything we’re watching this weekend below.
1. Fire Island
It’s Pride, folks. It’s time to get a little LGBTQ+ up in here. Fire Island is the brand-new queer romantic comedy that made its way onto Hulu this past week. It follows a group of friends on their yearly trip to Fire Island Pines when there is a dramatic itinerary change that potentially leads to the group’s last trip to the island. It’s a movie that will make you laugh, cry, swoon and all three all over again. In addition, unlike a lot of queer films in existence, Fire Island has an exceptionally diverse cast, which is a total plus.
2. Ms. Marvel
Let’s hear it for the brand-new coming-of-age Marvel series everyone is about to fall in love with: Ms. Marvel. This action-packed series on Disney+ follows 16-year-old superhero-obsessed, art lover Kamala Khan, a Muslim-American teen working her way through life in Jersey City. Her life is pretty average until one day, she realizes she has powers of her very own. All in all, this series is a family-friendly must-watch made for any Marvel lover of any age.
3. First Kill
Fantasy lovers, wya? First Kill is here just in time for Pride month. This story surrounds two high school-aged girls who are supposed to be enemies of one another. Why? Oh, because one is a vampire and one is a vampire hunter. But, of course, the two end up falling in love with one another. What could go wrong? Guess you’ll just have to find out on Netflix.
Adam Sandler is back, people — and this is one of his greatest films to date. Why? Because it feels totally unexpected. Hustle follows Sandler playing a basketball scout working for the Philadelphia 76ers who finds a potential basketball superstar in Spain. The movie is in no way the kind of classic comedy we’re used to seeing from Sandler and holds more of an inspirational, feel-good kind of vibe. Sure, it’s got bits and pieces of Sandler comedy, but this is a unique approach from the actor we were taken aback by. It’s a definite must-watch this weekend on Netflix.
5. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Hey, Potter fans — we’ve got a treat. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the newest prequel to the world of Harry Potter and it’s now streaming on HBO Max. It follows Professor Albus Dumbledore as he tries to hunt down Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald. In the prequel, Dumbledore forms a team to help him try and defeat him once and for all. If you’ve ever been a Potter nerd, this is an obvious must-watch.
6. Floor Is Lava
Floor Is Lava, the game show based on the classic childhood game, is back again on Netflix for a season 2 you’re not going to want to miss. For those of you unfamiliar, this show takes jumping back and forth on your parents’ furniture pretending that the floor is lava to a whole new level. Teams of three complete multiple challenges while bopping around various pieces of furniture in themed rooms in hopes not to fall in the water. It’s incredibly entertaining and we’re sure you’ll love it.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of May 27-29
Not only is it the weekend, but it’s a long weekend. Yup, the Memorial Day Weekend is finally here, and with it comes the promise of good friends, chill vibes and maybe a bit of sun. This weekend is also the perfect time to grab a few of your favorite canned cocktails and take in a show or two, or maybe finally catch up on that long list of movies you’ve been adding to for the past few weeks.
Or, perhaps you’re ready to get into a new series or streaming release. If you’re wondering what to watch this weekend, we’re here for you. This weekend we’ve got a full list of TV shows and live events we’re excited to dig into, including not one but two annual race car events to snazz up your Sunday afternoon and evening.
This weekend there’s also a new Ricky Gervais stand-up special to either laugh at or hate-watch, the second-season debut of Michael Che’s HBO Max series and the debut of the Letterkenny spinoff, Shoresy. We’re saving the best for last though: this weekend you can also finally stream the fourth season of Stranger Things and the first episode of the new Star Wars series, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Looking for even more ideas on what to stream this weekend? Read on to see what we’re watching for the weekend of May 27-29.
Related: What to Watch in May
1. Ricky Gervais: SuperNature
Need a laugh? Well, the jury’s still out on whether you’ll find all of Ricky Gervais’ controversial jokes funny in his latest Netflix stand-up special. However, for those who are into the Brit’s signature, no-prisoners style, he’s definitely at it again here. The special just dropped, and already Gervais has upset the transgender community. “My target wasn’t trans folk, but trans activist ideology,” he told The Spectator after backlash over some of his jokes surfaced. “I’ve always confronted dogma that oppresses people and limits freedom of expression. It was probably the most current, most talked about, taboo subject of the last couple of years. I deal in taboo subjects and have to confront the elephant in the room.”
2. Somebody Feed Phil (s5)
There are food shows, and then there’s this globe-trotting food series starring Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal, which will leave you laughing, crying and hungry for more. The fifth season of the Emmy-nominated show drops this week, in which Phil travels to Oaxaca, Maine, Helsinki, Portland and Madrid to check out local food cultures. Notably, this year also marks the first season without Phil’s father, Max Rosenthal, who died in June 2021. To honor him, Phil is incorporating a new bit, “A Joke for Max” into each episode. Rather than call his father on Zoom, he’ll now call a different friend or family member and have them tell a joke on Max’s behalf instead.
3. The Flight Attendant (s2 finale)
Whether you’ve been following along with Cassie (Kaley Cuoco) on this wild second-season flight or you’ve been waiting for the second season to drop in full before taking off, this week marks the sophomore run’s finale. That means we’ll get answers to the season-long mystery, to be sure. However, it also means another mystery is upon us: Will HBO Max renew the series for a third season? Unfortunately, at the time of press, we still don’t know.
4. Fight or Flight
If you’re looking for a new documentary to get into, this one will tug on plenty of heartstrings while informing you of the very real issues of domestic violence and human trafficking happening in our own backyards. The series stars Somy Ali, a former Bollywood actor, human rights advocate and abuse survivor. In each episode the cameras follow her daily work as she helps victims become survivors, aiding them to rebuild their lives and mental health after harrowing ordeals.
5. That Damned Michael Che (s2)
If you’re a Michael Che fan and already miss his weekly antics with Colin Jost on SNL’s Weekend Update, be sure to set some time aside this weekend to catch him in the second season of his comedy series. Like the first season, the show features Che in a series of sketches and vignettes as he unleashes his brand of humor on audiences. Watch for special guest stars to join him, including his long-time screen partner Jost.
You don’t have to be a hockey fan to get into this Letterkenny spinoff from creator Jared Keeso, but puck lovers will definitely appreciate all of the nuances that went into the creation of this six-part offering. Follow along as Shoresy — the fan-favorite character played by Keeso himself — vows never to lose another hockey game again. And yes, his face will finally be revealed in the process.
7. Obi-Wan Kenobi
The famous Jedi master is back, and after what happened with his last protégé, Anakin Skywalker, you can bet he has some serious reflecting to do. Ewan McGregor returns as the title character in this six-part series, which picks up 10 years following the events of Revenge of the Sith. Now, Kenobi is watching over a young Luke Skywalker on the desert planet Tatooine, all while hiding from the Empire’s terrifying Jedi hunters and force-quashing mercenaries.
8. Stranger Things (s4A)
It’s been a long wait, but we’re finally returning to Hawkins, the Upside Down and beyond with the Season 4A drop of this Duffer Brothers show. When the Hellfire Club members return, it’s been six months since the tragic Battle of Starcourt, and the friends are coping with being separated for the first time. Add in your regular old high school angst and some new Big Bads that are sure to terrify everyone involved, and it’s safe to say things are far from over for this crew of unexpected heroes. Planning on binge-watching the whole thing? Pace yourself, because Part 2 won’t drop until July 1.
9. Indianapolis 500
Rev those engines because the greatest weekend in Indy racing is back with its 106th running. To celebrate, Grammy-award winner Rick Springfield is rocking the stage, where he’s co-headlining with Kings of Chaos. Of course, you’ll probably tune in for the race itself, which is a big one for Helio Castroneves. Can he make history by becoming the lone driver to win the race five times? He’ll have his work cut out for him. He’s starting in 27th place out of 33 drivers, including Scott Dixon, Alex Palou, Pato O’Ward and Jimmie Johnson.
10. NASCAR Charlotte 600
SUNDAY MAY 28m 6 p.m. ET
Would it really be Memorial Day weekend without the return of this NASCAR staple, live from North Carolina? If you can’t hit the grandstand in person be sure to transform your couch into a makeshift grandstand for the weekend because some of the sport’s biggest stars (Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick, William Byron, etc.) are set to compete for the Bruton Smith Trophy. The 1.5 mile, 400-lap race is the longest race on the schedule, and with the track conditions changing throughout the event, it’s always a doozy to watch. Catch it on Fox or on Hulu + Live TV.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of May 20-22
It’s the weekend, and everyone knows what that means: it’s time to get our chill on, enjoy some nice weather and indulge in a soda pop or two. If you’re like us, you’ll also be spending a bit of time unwinding on the couch with all of your favorite fictional friends. If you plan on watching a bit of TV this weekend but aren’t quite sure what you’re in the mood for, we’re here to tell you there’s plenty of new stuff to stream.
For example, this weekend we’re jazzed about the drop of a new George Carlin doc and the newest season of David Letterman’s long-format talk show. We’re also looking forward to rom-com The Valet, a dramatized retelling of one of Hollywood’s most mysterious socialites, a spy-thriller starring Tom Hollander and the glittery debut of RuPaul’s all-star drag race. And those are just a few of our most recent picks for what to watch this weekend.
Looking for even more ideas on what to stream this weekend? Read on to see what we’re watching for the weekend of May 20-22 and then go stock up on snacks and microwave popcorn because the weekend is here!
In the mid-1980s, a mysterious blonde woman took over billboards around Los Angeles. She was a knockout, but who was she? Years later The Hollywood Reporter revealed Angelyne’s past, and now this limited series starring Emmy Rossum further pulls back the curtain on that tale. Let’s just say that if you thought Kim Kardashian was the first woman to be famous for being famous, this series will give you a whole new perspective.
2. The Ipcress File
Looking for an intense spy-thriller to liven up your weekend? Look no further than the debut of this six-part adaptation of Len Deighton’s novel of the same name. Not to be confused with the 1865 film starring Michael Caine, this one stars Joe Cole, Lucy Boynton and Tom Hollander in the story of a smuggler-turned-spy who embarks on a dangerous undercover mission to find a missing nuclear scientist.
3. George Carlin’s America Dream
Many consider him one of the greatest comedians of all time. Some remain in awe of his contributions to the counterculture. And a small few fondly remember him as the greatest conductor Thomas the Tank Engine ever saw. No matter how you recall George Carlin, go even deeper into his backstory with this two-part doc about his life from directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio.
4. Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks
If you’ve caught up on The Kids in the Hall revival, which dropped last weekend, you may want to tack this documentary onto your watch list too. The Reginald Harkema-directed project tracks the famed Canadian comedy troupe through archival footage and contemporary interviews, with the likes of Fred Armisen, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers and Eddie Izzard weighing in.
5. Night Sky
Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons team for this sci-fi drama in which an ordinary, retired couple just so happen to have an extraordinary portal to another planet buried in their backyard. The entire eight-episode series drops this weekend, so if the weather turns sour at least you know you’ll have something to keep you entertained.
6. The Valet
Sometimes you just need a goofy, feel-good romantic comedy the way you need a warm blanket. If that’s your mood, let us introduce you to this new flick. The Richard Wong-directed offering stars Samara Weaving as a movie star who pretends to date a parking valet (Eugenio Derbez) in order to save her movie and get back at her ex (Max Greenfield). Although it’s got lots of those typical rom-com vibes, it’s Derbez’s earnest performance that totally stands out.
7. Now and Then
There’s lots of buzz for this bilingual drama about a group of friends whose lives were forever changed 20 years ago thanks to a deadly event during a celebratory weekend in Miami. The Spanish-English show flips between the present and the past, unraveling a mystery that two detectives (played by Rosie Perez and Zeljko Ivanek) are intent on solving.
8. Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers
This Disney offering is just as entertaining for you as it is for the kids thanks to the meta storyline, in which the famous duo comes out of retirement in a live-action world. It’s got some serious Who Framed Roger Rabbit vibes (and yes, it even includes a Roger Rabbit cameo), plus John Mulaney and Andy Samberg voice the chipmunks in question.
9. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
David Letterman has spent this next part of his career sitting down with some pretty notable guests, like Dave Chappelle, Lizzo, Kanye West and Barack Obama. This weekend he returns for a fourth season of the series, which includes a bit in which the host goes Go-Kart racing with Billie Eilish.
10. RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars
Gentlemen, start your engines because this may be one of the most fabulous seasons of queens yet. RuPaul welcomes the first-ever all-winners cast, in which past victors return to compete for the title of “Queen of All Queens.” The stakes are the highest yet: in addition to the title, this year’s winner gets double the cash prize. Jaida Essence Hall, Jinkx Monsoon, Monét X Change, Raja, Shea Couleé, Trinity The Tuck, The Vivienne and Yvie Oddly return.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of April 29 to May 1
A quick show of hands: who else is thankful the weekend is finally here? Capping off April has been a busy task these past few days, but now it’s time to settle in with friends and fam, kick our feet up and of course, watch a few of our favorite streaming services. Sometimes that means wrapping up a series or finally finishing the back half of that movie you fell asleep to last week. Or, maybe you’re just wondering what to watch this weekend. If so, we’ve got you covered.
This weekend we have tons we want to stream, from the anticipated drop of director Barry Levinson’s PTSD movie The Survivor (based on real-life Holocaust survivor Harry Haft) to the release of the Godfather prequel series, The Offer. Need a laugh? David Spade drops his first standup special since 2014. Likewise, we’re really digging the new British comedy Ten Percent, which is based on the French series Call My Agent.
For the anime fans, Bubble finally hits Netflix, and for the Andrew Garfield stans, he makes his Under the Banner of Heaven debut this week, too. And then there are the final few episodes of Jason Bateman’s Ozark, which hit Netflix this weekend to wrap up the award-winning story of Marty Bird and his twisted family. Something tells us that will get plenty of traffic this weekend, so be sure to check it out ASAP if you want to avoid spoilers from coworkers next week.
Need some more recommendations? Read on to see what to stream for the weekend of April 29 to May 1.
1. The Survivor
Director Barry Levinson first brought this holocaust survival story of PTSD and hope to the Toronto International Film Festival last year. Earlier this week, it made its HBO debut in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The movie reunites the director and Ben Foster in the role of Harry Haft — a real-life man who was forced to compete in gladiator-style boxing matches in the concentration camps during the second world war. He survived, but once he found freedom he continued boxing in hopes the publicity would reunite him with his lost love. Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Magnussen, John Leguizamo, Danny DeVito and Vicky Krieps also star.
2. David Spade: Nothing Personal
If you’ve been waiting for David Spade to make his Netflix comedy debut, this is your lucky week. The comedian shares his life takes on anything and everything in this special, despite what the title may imply. That includes clickbait, pubic hair and life during the pandemic, among other topics. The set was filmed at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis, marking Spade’s first stand-up special since 2014. In that case, we suppose we can forgive him if he seems a little dusty.
3. The Offer
Whether you’re obsessed with The Godfather movies or you’re just a completist who needs to expand on your original trilogy watch, this weekend’s debut of the prequel drama about the making of the famed franchise is here to entertain. The project follows Oscar-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy (Miles Teller) and his experiences in bringing the films to life. So far it’s been panned by critics, but Paramount is putting so much faith into this limited series (including the launch of a special homepage carousel) that we can’t help but want to check it out for ourselves to see why.
“The Offer is the incredible story of producer Al Ruddy going to the mattresses to get his film made,” executive producer Nikki Toscano revealed during the winter TCA press tour. “It’s told from Ruddy’s POV, and it examines the many challenges he faced. Evading mandates from his corporate bosses at Gulf + Western, to threats from the real Mafia, all the while navigating the nuances of Hollywood to get the job done. This series is about the making of an iconic film.”
In the mood for a new anime? This anticipated entry should scratch your itch. The film kicks off after gravity-defying bubbles rain down and cut off Tokyo from the rest of the world. There, parkour-loving young people compete in team battles while trying to reunite with their loved ones. Just try not to confuse this entry with the Judd Apatow film The Bubble, which also dropped on Netflix earlier in April.
5. Under the Banner of Heaven
Calling all true crime lovers and Andrew Garfield aficionados. Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction book debuts as a seven-part miniseries this week, unraveling the story of a woman and her baby who were murdered in 1984 Utah by a pair of Mormon fundamentalists. Garfield stars as the detective at the center of the case, a man whose own faith is shaken as he unravels the hard-to-accept truth behind the crime.
“I’ve been a fan of this book by Jon Krakauer since it came out,” Garfield told outlets, including SPY, during an FX press day. “I read it kind of so hungrily, and I found it so deeply fascinating, the themes, the story itself, how thrilling the story was, but also how horrifying it was. I thought, well, who is going to make this into a film or a television show, because it has to be made.”
6. Shining Girls
FRIDAY APRIL 29
If time-traveling serial killers are your jam then Elisabeth Moss’ latest gig is right in your wheelhouse. Apple’s latest high-profile project is based on the 2013 novel The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes and revolves around a Chicago reporter (Moss) who discovers her attacker isn’t just a cold-blooded dude — he’s also a time-traveling serial killer. Moss also directs alongside Michelle MacLaren and Daina Reid. The first three episodes drop this week followed by weekly installments thereafter.
7. Ozark (Final Season)
FRIDAY, APRIL 29
We’re never going to look at Jason Bateman the same way again after his Walter White-esque turn in this Netflix drama. In fact, we’re having a hard time accepting the end is even here at all. Yet here we are at the back half of the Emmy-winning series’ fourth and final season. Will Marty (Bateman) and Wendy (Laura Linney) be able to save their family in the end? Or is it too late for them after all of their bloody deeds? And what will happen to Ruth (Julia Garner), especially now that she’s on this path of revenge? So many questions and so few episodes to wrap it all up. Luckily the wait is over since the final installments drop in full this weekend.
8. Ten Percent
FRIDAY APRIL 29
If you’re a fan of The Office and Extras, definitely take some time to check out this anticipated remake of the revered French comedy Call My Agent when the first two episodes drop this week. The series stars Jack Davenport, Lydia Leonard, Maggie Steed and Prasanna Puwanarajah as four agents at the center of a British boutique talent agency with clients like Helena Bonham Carter, Dominic West, Phoebe Dynevor and David Oyelowo. In each episode, they try to retain their top-tier clients (the real-life actors play heightened versions of themselves), all while maintaining their personal and professional relationships.
9. 2022 NFL Draft
SATURDAY, APRIL 30
You’ve stocked up on snacks, ordered your favorite beverages and scoured the scouting reports for weeks. Now all that’s left to do is settle in and catch the coverage as your beloved NFL teams secure the next generation of talent that will hopefully lead them into winning futures. It may not be actual football, but considering the new season is still a few months away, it’s basically the next best thing.
10. Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (Season 2)
SUNDAY MAY 1
We’ve really missed Anthony Bourdain on our TV screens the past few years, and while no one will ever take the chef and food traveler’s place, Stanley Tucci has also secured a place in our hearts. There’s something decadent and palpable about the way he breaks down the food and drink in Italy on this Emmy-winning series, so we’re definitely carving (craving?) some time to see what he’s getting up to in the second-season debut this weekend.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of April 22-24
It’s the weekend and we all know what that means: time to chill the heck out after another frantic week. Whether the week flew by after that event-filled Easter weekend or you had a fairly chill week but now you’re ready to break from it, we find our favorite streaming services always have us covered. After all, who doesn’t love staying up a little later than normal and catching up on all of the great TV and movies out there?
Wondering what to watch this weekend? We’ve got a great list for you. This weekend we’re watching an assortment of new and returning projects. We’ve got our eye on Netflix’s latest iteration of Conversations With a Killer, which tackles the story of John Wayne Gacy. But we’re also lining up some lighter fare, namely our new comedic obsession Ghosts and Snoop Dogg’s incoming clip show, So Dumb It’s Criminal.
Returning TV to check out this weekend includes the second seasons of Russian Doll and The Flight Attendant, while the third season of Bill Hader’s Emmy-winning series Barry finally returns after a three-year hiatus. There’s also the highly anticipated, four-part documentary on Magic Johnson’s life, They Call Me Magic, which we’ve had on our radar for weeks now. Add in the three-part limited series A Very British Scandal on Prime Video and the debut of Vikings creator Michael Hirst’s dramatized take on Billy the Kid, and there’s lots to watch and stream indeed.
Need some ideas on what to stream this weekend? Read on to see our top picks for the weekend of April 22 – 24.
1. Conversations With A Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes
“Nobody else had the guts to pull off what I pulled off. I outsmarted you again.” John Wayne Gacy’s chilling laughter serves as the opening notes in the trailer of this anticipated follow-up to the 2019, Charles Manson doc of the same name. This time around the conversation revolves around the notorious serial killer and sex offender, who assaulted and murdered at least 33 young men and boys. If you weren’t terrified of clowns beforehand, we have a feeling you’ll never be able to look at one the same way again after taking in this killer’s firsthand accounts of his crimes, which culminated in his 1994 execution.
2. Russian Doll (s2)
It’s been three years in real-time since Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) and Alan (Charlie Barnett) were stuck in that deathly time loop. Now, four years since that season wrapped, the show is back to further explore these characters and their existential crisis. The second season dropped in full this week, bringing the story to the past through some colorful locations, including a Cold War-era Germany and Budapest. It’s kind of a confusing, body-swapping ride that tackles big life questions, but if you’re in the mood for something artsy then definitely check it out.
3. So Dumb It’s Criminal
If you’re a fan of watching dumb people do dumb things, or if you just need more Snoop Dogg in your life, Peacock’s latest reality foray will undoubtedly be up your alley. The performer hosts a rotating panel of friends and comedians, including Ron Funches, Loni Love, Deon Cole and Jay Pharoah as they watch dumb criminals get caught for doing the dumbest things. So yes: it’s so dumb, it’s funny.
4. The Flight Attendant (s2)
It’s the trip you’ll never forget. Kaley Cuoco is back for a second season of this mind-bending dramedy, and even though her character, Cassie, has quit drinking and finally put her life together, it’s all about to fall apart. That’s because someone is impersonating and framing the newly minted CIA operative, and it looks as though things may turn deadly. Zosia Mamet, Deniz Akdeniz, Griffin Matthews T.R. Knight and Rosie Perez also return. Meanwhile, Sharon Stone joins in on the fun as Cassie’s mother.
Who says a heartfelt comedy can’t also be deadly? This U.S. series (based on a British series of the same name) has been winning over critics since its debut last fall. The show revolves around a couple who moves into an old fixer upper, where the wife (Rose McIver) discovers it’s filled with ghosts — ghosts that only she can see. The first-season finale drops on CBS this week, which means the entire season is now available to stream on Paramount Plus. Need to further revive your spirits? The show has already been renewed for Season 2. Utkarsh Ambudkar, Danielle Pinnock, Brandon Scott Jones and Richie Moriarty also star.
6. They Call Me Magic
Want to know a little bit more about one of the most iconic players in the history of the NBA? Then this is what you should watch this weekend. This weekend marks the debut of the streaming service’s anticipated docuseries revolving around the one and only Magic Johnson. From his rise as one of the most famous players, to his shocking HIV diagnosis, to his shift into a business titan, this four-part series covers it all through intimate interviews and compelling footage.
7. A Very British Scandal
You may not know who the Duke and Duchess of Argyll were, but after catching this three-part series that dramatizes the most famous bits of their marriage you’ll certainly wonder how you haven’t heard of them before. The series is technically a follow-up to the 2018 award-winning project A Very English Scandal but one has nothing to do with the other. Here, we follow the couple through their whirlwind romance and marriage, which culminated in one of the most reported-on and highly publicized divorces in British history. Claire Foy and Paul Bettany star as the couple in question.
Bill Hader may not be the first person who comes to mind when you think of a deadly assassin going through an existential crisis, but as the third season of his dark comedy hits HBO this weekend, it’s almost hard to picture him in any other role. Yup, the critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning show is finally back after a three-year hiatus, where it picks up on that jaw-dropping cliff-hanger. Co-creator Hader is back of course, alongside Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg and Henry Winkler.
9. Billy the Kid
If you’re looking for a new period piece to get into and you happen to either be a fan of westerns or the writing on a little show called Vikings, then you’ll want to set some time aside to watch the debut of this new series from Vikings creator Michael Hirst this weekend. The show stars Tom Blyth as the famed gunfighter, and traces his immigrant upbringing and rough travels with his family to the wild, American West. The show doesn’t hold back in terms of rough scenes or the beautiful locations, so be prepared when it starts tugging on the old heartstrings as you learn more about the intimate life of this legendary character.
10. The Man Who Fell to Earth
Clearly there’s no David Bowie to look forward to in this TV remake of the classic Walter Tevis novel or the 1976 movie of the same name. But from the sounds of it there sure is a heck of a lot of drama in store. As the title implies, this story revolves around an alien who lands in New Mexico in hopes of saving his dying planet. This time around Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet oversee the action, with a cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor as Faraday and Naomie Harris as Justin Falls.
11. The Baby
They say parenting can be a nightmare, but even the most devilish of babies have nothing on the one at the center of this new British horror-comedy. The limited series stars Michelle de Swarte as Natasha, a woman who adamantly does not want children, despite all of her friends suddenly finding themselves with the parenting bug. But when a baby literally falls into her arms during what was supposed to be a reflective retreat in a house at the bottom of a cliff, she finds the harder she tries to free herself of the kid, the deadlier it becomes.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of April 15-17
With people making plans again and another big family holiday on the calendar (for those who celebrate Easter, at least), you’ve probably got a pretty full slate this weekend. So don’t you deserve some time to yourself, on the couch, remote in hand? We think so. After all, everyone needs a little time to rest and recharge with some of their favorite streaming services.
If you’re wondering what to watch this weekend, we’re here to help. This weekend we’ve got a pretty robust lineup of shows and movies to indulge in, along with a few jellybeans and chocolate, peanut-butter eggs. For the horror aficionados out there, Shudder has the brand new film The Cellar, starring Elisha Cuthbert, to dig into. Or if you’re in the mood for a thriller, David E. Kelley’s highly anticipated Anatomy of a Scandal also bows its entire limited season. Then there’s a new comedy starring Craig Robinson (The Office) and the complete first-season drop of Abbott Elementary for those who could use a laugh.
Speaking of laughs, this is also the weekend Bill Maher’s latest special comes to TV, so fans will want to check that out. This is also the weekend for the anticipated AEW rematch between Adam Page and Adam Cole, aka the Texas Death Match. If it’s informative viewing you seek, Barack Obama’s latest series, Our Great National Parks also drops, or you could also check out Magnolia Network’s latest travel-inspired series, Handcrafted Hotels.
Need some ideas on what to stream this weekend? Read on to see our top picks for the weekend of April 15-17.
1. Our Great National Parks
Is Barack Obama the next David Attenborough? Some early critics would say yes based on his narration skills in this new nature-highlighting series. The show features amazing parks from around the world, along with the animals that reside within them. Think destinations like Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, California’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Indonesia’s Gunung Leuser National Park, and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Obama himself also appears onscreen, and it all comes just in time for Earth Day on April 22. If we’re going honest, most people should end their search for what to watch this weekend right here and now. Nothing beats Obama and national parks.
2. Abbott Elementary
Have you been wishing for a great new mockumentary in your life? Perhaps you’ve heard critics raving about this ABC comedy but haven’t had a chance to check it out just yet. Well, you’re in luck because the entire first season is now available to stream in full on Hulu. The series revolves around a group of passionate and dedicated Philadelphia teachers trying to help their students despite the odds stacked against them … not to mention a tone-deaf principal. The first installment was so popular with viewers and critics alike that the show has already been renewed for Season 2.
3. Killing It
If you’re a Craig Robinson (The Office) fan, you’ll definitely want to check out his latest comedy now that the first season is here in its entirety. The show hails from the same creative team behind Brooklyn Nine-Nine and features Robinson as a prison guard and father in need of a windfall in order to get his own home. So when he hears about a snake hunt with a hefty cash prize at stake, he gets busy learning how to hunt pythons in his spare time.
4. Anatomy of a Scandal
Sometimes you just need to dig into a good thriller, which is where David E. Kelley’s latest foray into television comes in handy. The first season of this potential anthology series is based on the Sarah Vaughn novel of the same name and features a popular British politician who becomes ensnared in a sexual-consent scandal. We’re fans of the timeliness and overall limited story format, but others may want to tune in just to see stars Sienna Miller, Rupert Friend and Michelle Dockery.
5. Outer Range
Is it fair to compare Josh Brolin and Kevin Costner? Probably not. But given the Western vibes we’re getting from this incoming series, it’s impossible not to think of Yellowstone — but with a twist. This supernatural Western features Brolin as the patriarch of a Wyoming ranch. The man is used to protecting his lands from a slew of forces, but when one pops up that seems out-of-this-world, he’ll really have his work cut out for him. Imogen Poots, Lili Taylor, Tamara Podemski, Lewis Pullman, Tom Pelphrey, Noah Reid, Shaun Sipos and Will Patton also star.
6. Bill Maher: #Adulting
If you’re a fan of Bill Maher’s biting comedic stylings, be sure to add this special to your “what to watch this weekend” list. The special was taped in early March in Miami, where Maher graced the crowd with his thoughts on everything from politics and the Trump administration to COVID and cancel culture. The comedian may not be for everyone, but one thing he’s not short of is opinions — and this special is proof.
7. AEW: Texas Death Match
APRIL 15 at 7 p.m. ET
Curious to see how All Elite Wrestling is holding up in its second weekend following former frontman Cody Rhodes’ buzzy return to WWE at Wrestlemania 38? Well, we don’t know about you, but a death match feels like a pretty good time to check in. Join AEW World Champion “Hangman” Adam Page as he defends his title against Adam Cole in a live rematch from Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, TX. Other matchups to air on TNT that night include the Blackpool Combat Club vs. The Gunn Club and Ruby Soho vs. Robyn Renegade.
8. Handcrafted Hotels
Got the travel bug but can’t quite set off on a jaunt just yet? The newest addition to Magnolia Network on Discovery+ has you covered. This series takes a closer look at some of the most unique boutique and small-town hotels out there, along with the owners who are trying to capture the spirit of where they live with incredible and memorable stays.
9. The Cellar
If you’re hopped up on Easter chocolate and ready to delve into the world of horror this weekend, Shudder is here with a brand new offering from writer/director Brendan Muldowney. The film stars Elisha Cuthbert as a mom whose daughter mysteriously vanishes in the cellar of their new house. At first, she thinks it must be some kind of mistake, but soon she discovers there’s a powerful entity in the house that’s particularly interested in obtaining her family’s souls.
10. The First Lady
We hear a lot about the famous dudes who have taken up residency at the White House over the years, but series creator Aaron Cooley felt it was time to learn more about the women who shared that home with them. Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson star as Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt respectively when the dramatized take on their time at the famous address debuts this week. Joining them are O-T Fagbenle, Aaron Eckhart and Kiefer Sutherland as their respective husbands, Barack, Gerald and Franklin D.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of April 8-10
This weekend we’re looking forward to going home, putting on comfy pants and recharging with some of our favorite imaginary friends. (Probably between catching up with our real friends, getting a jump on some spring cleaning and ordering a delicious meal or two). And why not? With April showers officially here to supposedly bring May flowers, staying warm and dry is where it’s at.
So it’s a good thing there are a few notable picks to dig into this weekend, like the return of Hulu’s satirical comedy Woke and the next phase of Netflix’s foray into dating experiments, The Ultimatum. We’re also excited to flex our brains with the new Tony Hawk documentary on HBO and the Elon Musk space race doc on Netflix. Then there’s the anticipated debut of 61st Street and the series finale of Killing Eve over at AMC+.
Are you looking for a good movie instead? We’ve got you covered there, too. This weekend we’re watching the drop of Netflix’s new coming-of-age comedy Metal Lords and the official release of All The Old Knives on Prime Video. There’s also the three-episode debut of Tokyo Vice to look forward to, aka the 10-part thriller that’s so intense it may as well be an extended movie. Last but not least, there’s also another anticipated UFC fight to get into on Saturday night, making this one a TV-filled weekend to remember.
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Need some ideas on what to watch this weekend? Read on to see our top picks for the weekend of April 8-10.
1. Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off
You know the name behind those cool boarding tricks; now it’s time to get to know the most famous skateboarder alive on a more intimate level. This documentary traces Tony Hawk’s career and personal life, pulling back the curtain on his process and personality. It features interviews with the man himself and never-seen-before footage and commentary from some of the industry’s other prominent figures, like Stacy Peralta, Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, and Steve Caballero.
2. The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On
If you’re a sucker for water-cooler-worthy reality shows about love, this one sounds like it may be the internet’s next obsession. The series comes from the same producers as Love Is Blind and features Nick and Vanessa Lachey as hosts. Together they welcome couples who have been dating long enough to consider tying the knot; however, one partner — for whatever reason — is dragging their feet. So the couples split to see if the pasture is greener on the other side before deciding whether to break up for good or walk down that aisle.
3. Tokyo Vice
This week, the anticipated thriller starring Ansel Elgort in his first regular TV gig hits the streaming service in all its glory. The show revolves around a Western journalist working in a Tokyo newsroom. He’s intent on exposing the city’s underbelly, but when he does, he lands in the crosshairs of one of the scariest dudes out there. The first three of 10 episodes drop in the debut, with a weekly rollout to follow. Ken Watanabe, Rachel Keller and Tomohisa Yamashita also star.
4. Return to Space
If you’ve been following all of those celebrity trips to outer space and need to see what all the fuss is about for yourself, you’d better start saving your dollars. But if you want an inside look at the process of what it took for Elon Musk and SpaceX engineers to get America back into space travel, then this two-hour doc is for you. Directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi unravel the threads of how involved parties fought to return NASA astronauts to the International Space Station after a 20-year absence, revolutionizing space travel in the process.
5. All the Old Knives
Director James Metz unrolls a thrilling CIA drama with the help of stars Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton in this anticipated flick, which also stars Laurence Fishburne and Jonathan Pryce. The action picks up when one agent is asked to investigate his former partner (and lover) for her potential involvement in a terrorist plane attack eight years prior. But when these two reconnect, they both find their memories aren’t entirely as accurate as they previously believed.
6. Metal Lords
Director Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) brings all the nostalgic feels with this coming-of-age story, written by D. B. Weiss (Game of Thrones). It revolves around two high school kids who want to start a heavy metal band, but finding a bass player proves to be a lot harder than they anticipated. If you’re in the mood for a funny but feel-good comedy with plenty of heavy metal throwbacks and nods, definitely mark your calendars.
7. Woke (s2)
Whether you enjoyed Lamorne Morris’ comedic stylings in New Girl or you’re just looking for a satirical and relevant comedy to watch this weekend, this Hulu offering is worth checking out as it drops its second season this week. The show follows a Black cartoonist on the verge of mainstream success when one traumatic event ultimately changes his life direction. The show was created by real-life cartoonist Keith Knight, who uses his own experiences to drive the stories. Sasheer Zamata, J.B. Smoove, Blake Anderson and Rose McIver also star.
8. Severance (finale)
If you haven’t checked out this mind-boggling series starring Adam Scott, Dichen Lachman, Patricia Arquette and Christopher Walken yet but have been meaning to, now’s a good time to do so as the season finale drops this week. The sci-fi drama explores an office space where all workers have had their memories surgically divided between their work and personal lives. Still, when an unknown colleague appears, these workers begin uncovering scary, hidden truths.
9. UFC 273: Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie
Max Holloway may have had to exit this weekend’s title card against Alexander Volkanovski due to an injury (from which he’s since recovered), but luckily for fans, featherweight contender Chan Sung Jung, aka The Korean Zombie, was up to the task. This weekend the pay-per-view main event goes down in Jacksonville, FL, with an equally exciting co-main event featuring a rematch for the bantamweight title between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan.
10. 61st Street
If Peter Moffat-written dramas are your thing (Your Honor, The Night Of), set a reminder for the debut of his latest offering. The intense drama tracks the Chicago criminal justice system, including police, prosecutors, politicians and defense attorneys, as they look into a deadly drug bust. At the center of the story is a character named Moses Johnson, a promising high school athlete who becomes lost in that same system. The notable cast includes Aunjanue Ellis and Courtney B. Vance.
11. Killing Eve (series finale)
Whether you’ve been loosely following this intense spy-assassin thriller or heard about it through the buzzy grapevine (the show has been nominated for more than 150 awards, after all), now is the week to get into it. After four seasons, the Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer-starring series comes to an end with this week’s finale, and we suspect there will be plenty of spoilery ink spilled in the hours following the big finish.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of April 1-3
There are also plenty of great movies and films to stream this weekend. An unlikely superhero with dissociative identity disorder? Check. A documentary about the race to create a vaccine for the coronavirus? Check. A ridiculous new comedy from Judd Apatow that looks so bad it’s good? Check, check, check. Yup, this weekend is looking up.
Add in a dramatized retelling of famed chef Julia Child’s life, a live comedy special from Tyler, the Creator, a new British comedy from Stephen Merchant (of The Office fame) and an intense spy-thriller starring Gary Oldman. Once again, there’s something for everyone. Don’t you just love this big, bad, streaming world?
If you’re looking for a few suggestions, read on to see what we’re checking out for the weekend of April 1-3.
1. Moon Knight
Ever since Disney Plus revealed the first look at this incoming MCU series, people have been going wild for it online (it’s been consistently trending on Twitter for months now). Now, it’s time to determine whether all that hype was worth it with the official premiere this week. If you need a quick refresher: Oscar Isaac stars as a gift shop employee named Steven Grant, who discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with a mercenary named Marc Spector. And yes, there are Egyptian moon gods involved.
You know the voice, and you probably know the food. But if you want to learn more about the person behind both, this dramatized retelling of Julia Child’s life comes in handy. The first three episodes dropped this week, with each tantalizing episode named after a French dish. If you’re into cooking and the origins of some of the food we eat today, you’ll probably find this tasty enough, but at the heart of this series is a universal story about a woman following a dream. Sarah Lancashire stars as Julia, while David Hyde Pierce joins her as her husband, Paul.
“Julia Child’s staying power itself is something we attach to,” mused showrunner Chris Keyser during the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour. “There’s something that doesn’t change for us, a symbol of the possibilities in life that, generation after generation, becomes more powerful over time. It’s not coincidental that she’s likely to remain somebody who matters in our cultural conversation, simply because of the fact that every generation seems to have the same reaction to her.”
3. Tyler, the Creator: Call Me If You Get Lost
If you missed out on tickets to Tyler, the Creator’s Call Me If You Get Lost live concert, then Prime Video has your back. The service is making his March 31 concert available live from Los Angeles on its platform for free, beginning that day at 7:50 p.m. PT. Missed it? You can always watch it on-demand later on. Openers Kali Uchis, Vince Staples and Teezo Touchdown will also feature.
4. How to Survive a Pandemic
Whether you’re an info junky or you feel like you’ve finally put enough distance between yourself and the constant Coronavirus news cycle, this incoming documentary is an interesting and timely take on what it actually took to research, develop, regulate and roll out the COVID-19 vaccinations in the ongoing attempt to curb the virus and return everyone to normal.
To tell that story, director David France filmed at the height of the crisis. Plenty of top researchers, government officials, and insiders weigh in on what really happened behind the scenes as this monumental event unfolded.
If you’ve been thinking a lot about Will Smith lately (and we can’t imagine why), why not take the opportunity to see how his latest producorial project turned out? The 10-episode first season wrapped this week, so you can now stream the entire thing if you haven’t yet checked it out. The show stars Jabari Banks as an updated, dramatized Will from the original comedy, with Adrian Holmes, Cassandra Freeman, Olly Sholotan, Coco Jones, Akira Akbar, Jimmy Akingbola, Jordan L. Jones and Simone Joy Jones joining in on all of the action.
Or, if you’ve already watched the drama, you could just re-watch the entire thing in all its glory as you await the previously ordered second season.
6. Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood
Whether you have ever dreamed of going to space or you just find the entire idea of heading there fascinating, this star-gazing flick will speak to you. In it, writer, producer and director Richard Linklater unrolls an animated coming-of-age story about a 10-year-old boy in 1969 suburban Houston. It’s centered around the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, with plenty of recognizable voice talents (Zachary Levi, Jack Black) onboard for the overall mission.
7. The Bubble
It may sound like a gag, especially considering the April Fool’s release date, but this Judd Apatow flick is very, very real. The comedy revolves around a group of actors stuck inside a pandemic bubble at a hotel, where they attempt to complete a CGI-heavy film. To be sure, there are plenty of gags about what it’s like to film during a pandemic. But the movie also showcases the overall insanity that can go down when you’re stuck in the same space as others for an extended period of time with no escape. Add in some dinosaurs, Hollywood satire and Apatow’s signature comedy stylings, and this may be the escape you need this weekend.
Need another reason to watch? The all-star cast includes Karen Gillan, Pedro Pascal, David Duchovny, Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Armisen, Kate McKinnon and Maria Bakalova.
8. The Outlaws
This comedic thriller from Stephen Merchant and Elgin James (Mayans MC) debuted to decent critical success. It earned a second-season renewal across the pond last year, but now it’s getting ready for judgment by an American audience when all six episodes drop this week. The series tells the story of seven strangers from different walks of life forced to perform community service for minor infractions. But when one of them has a brush-in with organized crime, they’re all forced to band together. Merchant also stars alongside Christopher Walken, Clare Perkins, Rhianne Barreto, Gamba Cole, Eleanor Tomlinson and Darren Boyd.
9. Slow Horses
What do you think would happen to James Bond if he were ever seriously (and we mean seriously) reprimanded for some of his infractions? We’d like to think it would look something like this incoming series. The six-episode adaptation of Mike Herron’s novel of the same name revolves around Slough House — a division of MI5 where discarded and discredited agents wind up. They’re led by chief Jackson Lamb (Gary Oldman in his first regular TV role), with Kristin Scott Thomas, Jonathan Pryce, Olivia Cooke, and Jack Lowden rounding out the rest of these lively characters.
10. Trivia Quest
If you’re a trivia buff, there is no doubt you will want to check out Netflix’s latest experiment, which may be your new daily addiction. The streamer debuts its version of a game show on April 1, with its first daily interactive series. There are 24 new multiple-choice trivia questions to answer every day and absolutely zero prizes up for grabs. So if you really want bragging rights, you may want to invite a few buddies over to play with you.
11. 64th Annual Grammy Awards
For those who aren’t standing with The Weeknd or Kanye and still want to see how this (other) controversial awards show plays out, it all goes down this Sunday. If you don’t have cable, you can still stream the action with a Paramount Plus subscription and catch host Trevor Noah as he brings his signature stand-up style to the big event. Billie Eilish, Nas, Olivia Rodrigo, Silk Sonic and a slew of others are scheduled to perform. Take note, though, that Foo Fighters have pulled out following the tragic death of their drummer, Taylor Hawkins, and at the time of press, it’s unclear whether BTS will still make an appearance after Jungkook tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of March 25-27
There is a ton of great stuff to stream this weekend, no matter what mood you happen to be in. We’re particularly jazzed for the debut of incoming wrestling doc WWE Evil, along with the official release of Halo after a nine-year incubation period. There’s also an in-depth doc about the Hillsong church we can’t wait to dig into, and of course, there are the ongoing March Madness games.
As we approach April, spring is in the air, so we’re also feeling lighter fare like the second seasons of Bridgerton and Starstruck. And let’s not forget about watching Sunday night’s Oscars, which is guaranteed to be a celebration of all the movies we know and love, if nothing else.
Are you looking for some streaming suggestions this weekend? Read on to learn more about our Top 10 picks for the weekend of March 25-27.
It’s been almost 10 years in the making, but after being in development since 2013, this TV series based on the beloved game finally makes its big debut. If you’re nervous it won’t live up to expectations, you aren’t the only one.
“Adapting a beloved video game, with 20 years of history and story and character development, is a daunting task. But it’s also really gratifying,” executive producer Kiki Wolfkill recently told reporters, including SPY, at the Winter Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour. “We set out to build a huge, epic sci-fi 26th-century world… At the same time, [we] really try and tell some very personal stories and explore the humanity, or lack thereof, and the complexity of our characters. And in particular, the Master Chief, who, you know, is the very best of us but also has had a lot taken away from him.”
Hands up if you’re excited to see if it’s worth the wait (not to mention the $10 million per episode price tag) as the nine-episode series debuts its first episode this week.
2. Starstruck S2
Suppose you’re into unexpected and quirky romances that don’t follow traditional tropes and cast unexpected leads. In that case, odds are you’ve already heard of this BBC One comedy, which quietly debuted last year. If not, you may be in for a treat. Each of the six-episode seasons (the second of which drops in full this week) revolve around the four seasons and follow the unlikely romance between a movie star named Tom (Nikesh Patel) and the everyday woman he had a drunken one-night stand with, Jessie (New Zealand stand-up comedian Rose Matafeo).
“Sometimes in London, there’ll be really unexpected dudes who are like, [finger guns] STARSTRUCK! Really good!” Matafeo recently told Variety. “It just reveals so much about them that they watched this cute little rom-com. My kind of guys!”
3. Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed
Fascinated with the corruption behind one of the world’s biggest church brands? Discovery+ has you covered with this three-part project that follows the sordid tale. In each episode, the docuseries profiles ex-members of the church and Ranin Karim, aka the woman who had a five-month affair with celebrity pastor Carl Lentz that led to his downfall. Between stories of unbelievable, unethical behavior to stories of trauma, abuse and labor exploitation, this is one for the books. Be sure to stock up on popcorn.
4. Bridgerton S2
If smut were ever a TV show, then Bridgerton would surely be it, but hey — sometimes you just want to be in on the conversation and know what all the uptight corsets are about. The second season of this headline-generating series returns in full this week, and given how much spilled ink there’s been between seasons, it’s safe to say expectations are high. But will fans be as into the story of Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) as they were with the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page, who departed after Season 1)? Guess we’ll have to tune in to find out.
5. WWE Evil
John Cena continues to solidify his post-wrestling acting career with the debut of this docuseries, which he created and hosts. And if you were a fan of Dark Side of the Ring or any historic WWE villain, we think this will be right in your wheelhouse. The eight-part project takes a closer look at notable “heels” or villains from WWE history (including Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sasha Banks and Roman Reigns) through archival footage and interviews. Even if you’re an occasional wrestling fan looking for something nostalgic to put on, it’s a fascinating look at the psyche behind some of these memorable personalities.
6. Nightmare Alley
STREAM IT OR BUY IT NOW
If you have yet to catch Guillermo del Toro’s latest flick before the Oscars this weekend, now’s the time to do it. Not only is it up for four awards at Sunday night’s show (including Best Motion Picture of the Year), but completists who need to have every single one of del Toro’s projects can also buy the movie as of this week. Not in the mood to fork over the price of the film? Not to worry, because it’s also available on HBO Max and Hulu.
For those who aren’t familiar with the premise, Bradley Cooper stars as a carny who swindles the wealthy. But when he meets a psychologist (Cate Blanchett) intent on exposing him, it could all go up in smoke.
7. March Madness
ALL WEEKEND LONG
If you’ve been meaning to check out some of the hottest basketball games of the year (at least at the college level), but you haven’t yet had a chance, carve some time out this weekend because, as of Saturday, we’re down to the Elite Eight. You’ll have to check local listings to see where you can catch which games you’re most interested in, but for now, our handy guide about how to watch March Madness goodness should definitely help you to narrow things down.
8. Atlanta S3
It’s been a four-year hiatus, but the series that graduated Donald Glover from “that guy from Community” to a record-breaking Emmy-nominated creator is finally here with its third season. If you missed the double-episode premiere on FX, it and all subsequent third-season episodes are available to stream the next day on Hulu.
This season the action takes place entirely in Europe, where the guys figure out how to mix business with pleasure (not to mention the price of success) while on their popular tour.
“A lot of this stuff is going to seem like a parody of stuff that happened, but we actually prophesied most of this s— in 2020,” Glover emphasized to reporters at the TCA Winter Press Tour about what we need to know going in. “Like, the world is extremely predictable. We really just knew how a lot of this stuff was going to pan out, so I just want people to know.”
In the mood for something undeniably moving that veers from the traditional performances you’ve seen on streaming services as of late? Enter this Apple TV+ original, based on the epic historical novel by Min Jin Lee. The Korean drama follows the hopes and dreams of four generations of an immigrant family, kicking off with a forbidden romance and sweeping the globe to locations including Japan and America. So far, critics seem pretty enamored by what they’ve seen.
“The eight-episode drama, like its source material, is emotionally epic and tells a gripping yarn, one that is entirely specific to the experience of 20th-century Koreans in their home country and Japan but has traces of countless other immigrant experiences, forced and unforced,” writes The Hollywood Reporter. “Pachinko is a harrowing portrait of suffering balanced against an elating tale of familial resilience and female strength.”
10. 94th Annual Academy Awards
The votes are in, the attendees have their glam squads in place, you’ve caught up on all this year’s nominated films, and Rachel Zegler even has her seat at the show. Now all that’s left to do is give out some trophies. The Oscars go down Sunday night, and for the first time in years, there are actual hosts to helm the ceremonies — three hosts, to be exact. Although we’re expecting some crossovers, Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes will split the three-hour broadcast with an hour installment each. (And maybe even a big opening number.)
Catch the Oscars on ABC.
Rewind: What We Were Watching the Weekend of March 18-20
We’re particularly excited for the official release of some anticipated films, including the Hitchcockian thriller Windfall starring Jesse Plemons, Lilly Collins and Jason Segel, as well as the drop of the Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck thriller Deep Water. This weekend you can also catch a new jaw-dropping crime story about a rich vegan who chased immortality (naturally it’s called Bad Vegan), the latest Cheaper By The Dozen remake and a sexy period piece from producer Paul Feig about an erotic magazine for women.
Add in an Amy Schumer comedy, a new DC Comics project and a dramatized retelling of the rise and fall of a billion-dollar company starring Anne Hathaway and Jared Leto, and there really is something for everyone this week. Looking for some boob tube suggestions? Read on to see what we’re streaming the weekend of March 18-20.
1. Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives.
The title may make Netflix’s newest docuseries seem like another finger-shaking project about the benefits of a plant-based diet, but there’s actually a lot more than the latest food fad to sink your teeth into here. The four-part project introduces us to Sarma Melngailis, the owner of one of the most successful vegan restaurants in New York. But when she married a man who claimed he could make her and her dog immortal, her entire empire fell.
The next chapter in HBO Max’s DC Comics universe unspools with the debut of this dystopian drama from producer/director Ava DuVernay. The action picks up during a second civil war that has left Manhattan destroyed. There, Rosario Dawson stars as a medic looking for her son while Benjamin Bratt is opposite her as the leader of one of the city’s most powerful gangs.
Get ready to laugh about everything cringe-worthy from 1970s Los Angeles, where this incoming Paul Feig-produced comedy is set. The 10-part series features a feminist (Ophelia Lovibond) and a substandard publisher (Jake Johnson), who team to launch the first erotic magazine for women. Sure, the mag is about more than gratuitous photos, but the national conversation that follows is the whole reason to tune into this story. Two episodes drop this week with two subsequent episodes launching weekly for the next five weeks.
4. Cheaper By the Dozen
Whether you have a childhood affinity for the 1950 and 2003 iterations of this film or you’re looking for a weekend family watch, the anticipated Disney remake is finally here. This time around it’s Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff who star as the heads of a blended family with 10 children, who test their exhaustion levels at every single turn. So far critics on social media are lauding the movie for its charm, values and heartfelt moments, not to mention its strong depiction of a biracial family.
In the mood to watch a supernatural horror this weekend? Director Mariama Diallo has you covered. Regina Hall, Amber Gray and Zoe Renee team for this tale of three women — a new dean of students, a lit professor and a freshman student, respectively — at an elite Northeastern university. When the freshman becomes the target of racist attacks, she insists she’s being haunted by the ghosts of the school’s past. Naturally, those accusations bring up all kinds of horrors and social commentary in the process.
6. Deep Water
Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas team for this psychological thriller from director Adrian Lyne, which was originally intended for a theatrical release but hits Hulu this week instead. Affleck stars as an enamored husband who allows his wife (Armas) to have affairs in order to keep their marriage intact. But when one of her lovers disappears, it all backfires and he becomes the prime suspect.
7. As We See It
If writer Jason Katims hit you in the feels with some of his previous TV series (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights), it may be time to check out his latest comedy. The eight-episode series, which debuted in January, features three twenty-something roommates who are on the autism spectrum. In each episode they do the regular things people their age do: find jobs, navigate their families, fall in love. But it’s all told through a unique perspective that we feel, quite frankly, still isn’t told enough on TV today. Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien and Albert Rutecki star.
8. Life & Beth
Interested to see how Amy Schumer is going to hold up as one of the three Oscars hosts at this year’s March 27th show? Us too. In the meantime we’re checking out her latest TV comedy series, which she produces, writes, partially directs and stars in. The arc follows a woman named Beth as she hurtles towards an early existential crisis, and co-stars Michael Rapaport, Kevin Kane and Michael Cera.
“Any show that evokes emotion and thought is worth people’s time and we really wanted to make something special and grounded in reality, but also having fun,” Schumer pitched to reporters, including SPY, at the recent Winter Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour. “Life is major trauma and pain, and then being able to laugh about it and grow from it. [It’s] all we can do. We wanted a show that represented that.”
What do you get when you mix business with pleasure? We’d like to think it looks something like this dramatic retelling of the WeWork story starring Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway. The debut episode drops this week, kicking off the inside story of the rise and fall of a $47 billion company and the couple at the center of it all.
“I was happy to hear they didn’t want to just make a takedown piece that kind of vilifies people,” Leto said at the TCA Winter Press Tour. “[They] really look at this nuanced story and dig in deep to character… we went on this wild journey together.”
Alfred Hitchcock’s influence is all over this crime thriller, which essentially revolves around three characters: a tech billionaire (Jesse Plemons), his wife (Lily Collins) and the man who was in the middle of robbing their vacation home (Jason Segel) when the couple unexpectedly showed up. Director Charlie McDowell definitely invoked the horror master’s penchant for a single setting and tons of tension, but we think it’s also fun to see these renowned actors play against typecasting and tackle unexpected roles.
Rewind: What We Were Watching The Weekend of March 11-13
If you’re in the mood for a movie, HBO Max has finally re-released Dune so you can surf those mean sand oceans from the comfort of your living room. Ryan Reynolds’ anticipated sci-fi action-comedy The Adam Project also drops on Netflix, while the latest family flick from Disney Plus, Turning Red, is cueing up on screens worldwide.
Are you looking for something a little more scandalous? Renée Zellweger stars in the true-crime limited series The Thing About Pam over at Peacock, or Samuel L. Jackson’s pet project, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, bows over at Apple TV+. Need to flex your funny bone? Peacock also debuts the new Lorne Michaels comedy Bust Down, while the second season of Greg Daniels’ Upload hits Prime Video. Meanwhile, Desus & Mero are back for an anticipated fourth season, Ryan Murphy brings Andy Warhol back to life with a cutting-edge docuseries, and the biggest awards show in the UK kicks off.
Read on to see what we’re streaming the weekend of March 11-13.
Rewind: What We Were Watching The Weekend of March 11-13
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1. Bust Down
How about adding a random new comedy to add to your docket? This one hails from Lorne Michaels (yup, the guy who started Saturday Night Live) and stars Jak Knight, Langston Kerman, Sam Jay and Chris Redd as four casino co-workers with dead-end jobs. Translation? They’ve also got “dead-end” lives. All six episodes are available to stream now with a paid Peacock subscription.
2. The Andy Warhol Diaries
Executive producer Ryan Murphy unrolls this six-part docuseries meant to give us all a more complete portrait of one of the most famous men ever to live. The best part? Thanks to cutting-edge technology and posthumously published diary entries, it’s all intimately told from the artist himself: Andy Warhol.
3. Desus & Mero
Raise a glass (and/or light one up) because our favorite late-night duo is finally back for the fourth season of debauchery and debate. Beginning this week, new episodes drop each Thursday, and we couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the season than with Oscar-winner Denzel Washington, who is once again up for an acting trophy at this year’s Academy Awards thanks to his work in The Tragedy of Macbeth.
4. The Thing About Pam
Renée Zellweger is downright unrecognizable in the role of convicted criminal Pam Hupp, whose story was first brought to the masses in a podcast of the same name. Turns out, Zellweger heard that podcast while driving her pup to the vet for surgery, and she couldn’t get it out of her head. Here we are, months later, and new episodes of the limited series are available to stream for paid Peacock subscribers every Wednesday.
If you missed this Oscar-nominated film the first time it came around on HBO Max, now’s your chance to catch it in full when it returns this weekend. Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel is heading into the March 27 Academy Awards with a total of 10 nominations, so if that doesn’t convince you to give it a shot we don’t know what will.
6. The Adam Project
Director Shawn Levy and Ryan Reynolds reteam following last year’s drop of Free Guy for this sci-fi adventure comedy. In it, Reynolds plays a time-traveling pilot who heads to the past to team up with his teenage self (Walker Scobell) and his late father (Mark Ruffalo) to save the world. Jennifer Garner, Zoe Saldaña and Catherine Keener also star.
7. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
Sometimes a story just hits home, and you do whatever you can to invest in it. Enter Samuel L. Jackson and his 12-year journey to making this limited series. Here he plays a 91-year-old man with dementia who regains his memories and uses them to solve the mysterious death of his nephew (Omar Benson Miller). The first two episodes drop this weekend, with subsequent installments unrolling weekly after that.
8. Turning Red
Finally, a new Pixar movie we can all obsess over (here’s looking at you, parents). This family-friendly pick takes place in Toronto, where an ambitious 13-year-old girl named Mei (Rosalie Chiang) suddenly wakes up as a red panda. With the help of her helicopter mom Ming (Sandra Oh), she must learn to control her stress and emotions or risk staying in her furry state.
9. Upload (s2)
Who wouldn’t want to choose their own afterlife after an untimely death? It turns out that option isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. The second season of this Greg Daniels (The Office) comedy starring Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People) debuts this week, continuing the story of a guy who uploads his consciousness into a virtual world where he makes friends with his angel and questions his real-world death.
Looking for a little glitz and glam this weekend? Well, now you can have all of that — plus snacks and stretchy pants — thanks to the streaming of Britain’s biggest awards show. The Rebel Wilson-hosted BAFTAs take place Sunday night across the pond, and BritBox is keeping the cameras rolling for those of us who want to see all of the bad jokes and political speeches go down live.
11. Help! My House is Haunted: Celebrity Edition
If you’re in the mood for a ghost story or two, paranormal investigators Ian Lawman, Barri Ghai and Jayne Harris have you covered. They’re back for a new, celebrity edition of their spirit-chasing series, with some of the UK’s most renowned personalities trying to rid their homes of ghosts and ghoulies once and for all. Frankie Essex, Charlotte Crosby and Alex Best guest-star as some of the famous faces in question.
Rewind: What We Were Watching The Weekend of March 4-6
This weekend we’re already taking bets on one of the most anticipated UFC fights of the year, all while eagerly looking forward to John C. Reilly putting on his LA Lakers best for the debut of Adam McKay’s scripted drama, Winning Time. There’s also a meta-doc from Amy Poehler about Lucille Ball and Hollywood to look forward to, as well as the debut of Jamie Dornan’s new limited-series thriller and a Sundance Film Festival-winning flick starring Colin Farrell. Add in the return of Jon Stewart, a new pirate comedy from Taika Waititi and the finale of one of our favorite new series and well… there’s a lot to catch.
Needless to say, if you’re looking for suggestions on what to watch this weekend, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn more about our Top 11 picks, from Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max, and more.
1. The Dropout
Suppose you’ve been following the surreal story of Elizabeth Holmes, a.k.a. the woman who was found guilty of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud against investors earlier this year. In that case, this dramatized retelling of the story should be right in your wheelhouse. The eight-episode project stars Amanda Seyfried as the Theranos founder in question, with a storyline that traces the rise of her billion-dollar empire and its ultimate fall.
“The timing for me made it a lot more real,” Seyfried revealed to reporters, including SPY, at the winter Television Critics Association press tour. “Sometimes you’re on set and you forget that the things you’re saying actually were said by people, and the things that are being done were actually being done by people and that someone is actually being prosecuted for these things.”
2. The Tourist
This co-production between HBO Max, BBC and Australia’s Stan is finally here, showcasing star Jamie Dornan in a whole new light. The six-part limited drama is from the writers and producers behind The Missing and Fleabag and follows a British dude who finds himself being hunted across Australia’s outback. The real kicker? He has no idea who he is or why people are chasing him.
3. Our Flag Means Death
Pirates of the Caribbean has nothing on this incoming comedy from Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows). The swashbuckling adventure is loosely (and we mean loosely) based on the 18th-century wannabe pirate Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby) and follows along as the character trades in his cush life for that of a pirate ship captain who has garnered little-to-no respect.
4. The Problem With John Stewart
You know exactly what you’re going to get with Jon Stewart — satirical commentary about everything and anything. Except now we’re going to get it all in a supersized format. The series returns for a new season this week, only this time, instead of monthly episodes, Stewart is unrolling weekly episodes each Thursday. It all kicks off with a deep dive into the stock market, including a look at e-brokers, market inequality and potential solutions to the current status quo.
5. The Afterparty (season finale)
If you thought Ted Lasso was the only critically acclaimed comedy on Apple TV+, that’s just because you haven’t heard about this whodunnit comedy offering yet. The Afterparty stars a slew of funny faces you’ll recognize (Tiffany Haddish, Ike Barinholtz, Ben Schwartz, Ilana Glazer, Dave Franco) and revolves around a high school afterparty that ends in death. Naturally, everyone is a suspect, and one determined detective won’t rest until the culprit is found.
6. The Weekend Away
In the mood for a low-commitment thriller? Director Kim Farrant has your back. This streaming service flick starring Leighton Meester revolves around a young mom who takes a weekend getaway to Croatia to visit her best friend. But the rest and relaxation turns into a nightmare when a night out partying results in death. Now, the woman finds herself trapped in a country where she’s wanted for murder.
7. After Yang
This Sundance Film Festival winner (based on the short story Saying Goodbye to Yang) picks up in the near future where a family struggles with big life questions following the unexpected malfunctioning of their artificial intelligence helper.
“After Yang takes place far enough in the future that it doesn’t seem unusual for a family to have acquired a virtual big brother for their adopted Chinese daughter,” writes Variety in its review. “You can’t flush a surrogate sibling the way you might a dead goldfish, but tinkering with it yields profound, thought-provoking results for the family and audiences too, in this subtly crafted sci-fi parable.” Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Justin H. Min and Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja star.
8. Lucy and Desi
Suppose you happened to see the Aaron Sorkin iteration of the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz story, Being the Ricardos, and you still have questions. In that case, this anticipated doc may be the thing you need to watch this weekend. Amy Poehler steps behind the camera to direct the film, which traces Ball’s rise, her relationship with Arnaz and how their joint effort, I Love Lucy, forever changed the Hollywood landscape.
9. UFC –Covington Vs. Masvidal
One of the most anticipated UFC matches of the year finally goes down this weekend. Head into the octagon with former friends and training partners Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal as they face off in what will surely be the talk of the sport for months to come.
10. Shining Vale
Courteney Cox knows a thing or two about haunted houses. After all, she used to live in one. This weekend she’s taking that real-world experience to the small screen with the debut of this haunting comedy about a family that moves into a house with a killer history. Although no one seems to notice that fact except for the matriarch (Cox), who turns out to either be depressed or possessed — you be the judge. Mira Sorvino and Greg Kinnear also star.
11. Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty
Director and producer Adam McKay (Don’t Look Up) is unrolling a different kind of project this week with the debut of this 10-episode miniseries. The setting is 1979 Los Angeles, where a man named Dr. Jerry Buss (John C. Reilly) has big aspirations to take the LA Lakers to that next super-star level. And he’s calling in baller Magic Johnson (Quincy Isaiah) to help him do it.
“What’s so amazing about Magic, we know the smile, we know the incredible creativity, but he was a winner,” McKay told outlets, including SPY, recently at the winter Television Critics Association press tour. “I think that’s what’s so exciting about this story was you really saw this style that previously people would have rolled their eyes at, become the dominant style of the NBA.”
Rewind: What We Were Watching The Weekend of Feb. 25-27
If you are wondering what to watch this weekend, don’t worry — there is a ton. The anticipated Vikings spinoff, Vikings: Vahalla, finally debuts, but that’s not the only killer TV show to catch — the fourth and final season of Killing Eve also debuts this weekend on Sunday night. Meanwhile, Ryan Reynold’s video-game offering Free Guy is now available on Disney+ and HBO Max, Tyler Perry’s Madea makes a mean Homecoming on Netflix, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is here with the dramatized inside-story of Uber founder Travis Kalanick. The question isn’t what to stream this weekend; it’s what to stream first this weekend.
Whether you’re looking for something new to catch while lounging on the couch, or the week has flown by, and you could really use a reminder about what’s coming out or wrapping, we’ve got you covered. Want to know what to watch this weekend? Read on for 10 of our top picks, airing on Netflix, HBO Max, Prime Video, Peacock and more.
1. Free Guy (2021)
Shawn Levy directs this 2021 adventure-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi and Lil Rel Howery. The action revolves around Reynolds’ bank teller character Guy, who actually discovers he’s inside an open-world video game. Of course, he decides to become the hero of his own story while trying to woo the coder who conceptualized him. And yes, hijinks ensue. This new release is available on both Disney+ and HBO Max this month.
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2. Love Is Blind S2 finale
Admit it. Even though the premise of finding your soulmate sight unseen in four short weeks is only possible in a reality TV-driven world, you can’t wait to watch which of the remaining couples from the pods walk down the aisle in this week’s anticipated finale this weekend. Will Shane and Natalie stick together? Can Mallory and Salvador sing their final vows? And does Shake finally let go of his inhibitions for a happily ever after with Deepti? We’ll all have to tune in to find out.
3. Vikings: Valhalla
If you’ve been missing your favorite conquerors and shield maidens, you’ll want to fill up your drinking horns because the anticipated spinoff finally debuts this weekend. This story takes place 100 years following the saga of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons. That means stars Sam Corlett and Frida Gustavsson helm the action this time around as the famed Viking siblings Leif Erikson and Freydis Eriksdotter.
4. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming (2022)
Yup, she’s back. Tyler Perry’s always popular grandmother figure returns for another family adventure in this film, the first stage play adapted into a movie since A Madea Christmas. A Madea Homecoming is the 12th film in the Madea cinematic universe, and this time the action centers around the leading lady’s great-grandson’s college graduation party. Perry stars and directs Cassi Davis-Patton, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Gabrielle Dennis and Brendan O’Carroll co-star.
5. Law & Order
When this ripped-from-the-headlines legal drama went off the air in 2010, creator Dick Wolf was heartbroken that his long-running series wouldn’t break the 20-season tie with Gunsmoke as the longest-running primetime drama. Fast forward to 2022 when everything old is new again, and Wolf is getting his wish. The 21st season debut drops on Peacock this weekend (after making its NBC premiere on Feb. 24), with star Sam Waterson back at the helm.
“As you know, we were abruptly canceled in 2010,” Wolf said in a statement. “For 11 years, it was my dream that one day the show would return… The talks with Universal and NBC, which were ongoing for the past seven years, heated up in 2020. My first call was to Sam, who graciously agreed to return.”
6. The Weeknd x The Dawn FM Experience
If you’re a fan of The Weeknd and his gripping music videos and interactive stage performances, then this weekend’s special theatrical event will be right up your alley. In the special, the artist creates what Prime Video describes as an “unnerving and moody world” meant to take audiences even deeper into the universe of The Weeknd’s fifth studio album, Dawn FM.
7. Killing Eve S4 debut
The ultimate game of cat and mouse is about to wrap for good. The fourth and final season of this Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh and Fiona Shaw-starring drama drops on AMC+ and BBC America Sunday night, bringing the story of a deadly assassin and the MI5 security operative who is obsessed with her to a close. “You never know what you’re going to get, which is amazing,” Comer teased to outlets, including SPY, recently at the winter Television Critics Association press tour. “The show definitely keeps you on your toes, and it’s always so exciting getting to sit down with the script and see where it is that we’re headed.”
8. Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber
If you feel as though you’ve been missing new anthology shows in your life, Super Pumped from Showtime may scratch an itch. The Battle for Uber is the first installment in the new series based on the 2019 novel by journalist Mike Isaac. The series deals with the shocking real events surrounding Uber founder Travis Kalanick (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his rise and fall within the company. Kyle Chandler, Kerry Bishé, Hank Azaria, Elisabeth Shue and Uma Thurman also star.
9. Euphoria S2 finale
This week, the second season of this Zendaya-starring series comes to a close on the heels of a super successful run. Not only has viewership been double that of Season 1, but earlier this month, the show was also renewed for a third season. Does that mean this weekend’s finale will be angsty as heck? Not necessarily. “The ending of the season was going to be very different, and then halfway through, [showrunner] Sam Levinson and I were like, ‘We just can’t leave Rue here. We gotta put some f—ing hope in this show,'” Zendaya recently teased to The Cut.
10. The Righteous Gemstones S2 Finale
We feel that the second season of this televangelist, Danny McBride, Adam Devine and John Goodman-starring series has soared to new creative heights, and we’re sad to see it end this weekend. Luckily, the comedy has already been greenlit for a third season at HBO, which means there are plenty more “gems” in-store.
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