After the coronavirus pandemic essentially cancelled the summer movie season, streaming services became America’s primary entertainment outlet during the warm weather months. And with COVID-19 cases still flaring up around the country, along with the arrival of flu season, audiences will once again be looking for new movies and TV shows to watch from the comfort of their couch. The entertainment industry has responded to the increased at-home demand with a plethora of bingeable viewing options that offer a little something for everyone.
Star Wars fans can look forward to the return of The Mandalorian (and, more importantly, Baby Yoda) and an all-new, all-animated Holiday Special on Disney+; political junkies can get their fix from Showtime’s The Comey Rule and the real-life Presidential debates; teens can solve crimes alongside Sherlock Holmes’s younger sister, Enola, and get inspired by teen activist Greta Thunberg; horror lovers can tour Monsterland and say farewell to Supernatural; and movie lovers have new films from established auteurs like Sofia Coppola and David Fincher to look forward to. Here’s Yahoo Entertainment’s curated guide to over 100 films and TV shows that you’ll want to stream this fall.
The Duchess (Sept. 11, Netflix)
What if the Gilmore Girls settled in England instead of Connecticut? That’s the jumping-off point for Katherine Ryan’s half-hour comedy about a single mother (Ryan) who moved across the pond to raise her daughter, Olive, in the vicinity of her ex — a former boy band superstar who is a terrible life partner, but a pretty good dad.
Coastal Elites (Sept. 12, HBO and HBO Max)
Bette Midler, Sarah Paulson, Kaitlyn Dever, Dan Levy and Issa Rae deliver Paul Rudnick-penned pandemic monologues in Jay Roach’s remotely-produced comedy. Despite the title, these coastal elites aren’t playing themselves: Instead, each adopts the identity of an ordinary American whose lives are upended in the age of COVID, from a New York City public schoolteacher to a prolific YouTuber.
Enslaved (Sept. 14, EPIX)
Samuel L. Jackson executive produced and appears in this six-part documentary that chronicles the horrific slave trade that forcibly transported millions of Africans to the Americas four centuries ago. In the present day, the veteran actor travels to Africa to meet the descendants of his own ancestral tribe, the Benga people in Gabon.
The Third Day (Sept. 14, HBO)
HBO’s ambitious three-part miniseries — made in conjunction with England’s Sky Studios — stars Jude Law and Naomie Harris as visitors to a strange island where the local citizens are slow to welcome outsiders. Katherine Waterston, Paddy Considine and Emily Watson round out the rest of the cast.
We Are Who We Are (Sept. 14, HBO)
Call Me By Your Name maestro, Luca Guadagnino, orchestrates another tale of young love: Jack Dylan Grazer and Jordan Kristine Seamon play two 14-year-old American military brats who experience the first stirrings of romance on an Italian military base. Somewhere, Armie Hammer is cuing up “Love My Way.”
Wireless (Sept. 14, Quibi)
Sophie Turner survived her time in the Quibi wild — now it’s her X-Men co-star Tye Sheridan’s turn. The actor headlines a bite-sized survival story about a college student who finds himself stuck in the wilds of Colorado with only a rapidly dying phone for company. Steven Soderbergh executive produced the series, and praised the marriage of story and format. “The key here is that it’s not a compromise — it’s the whole point. [Mobile] was the way it was designed to be seen. It was the farthest thing from a passive viewing experience you can imagine.”
Don’t Forget the Driver (Sept. 15, BritBox)
Toby Jones stars in this offbeat British comedy about a small-town bus driver whose routine life is in desperate need of a shake-up. That change arrives in the form of an asylum seeker who unexpectedly hitches a ride on his coach.
Archer (Sept. 16, FXX and FX on Hulu)
Season 11 of the animated favorite picks up with the titular James Bond wanna-be re-adjusting to the spy game after waking up from a three-year coma. Simon Pegg, Jamie Lee Curtis and Pamela Adlon will reportedly contribute vocal cameos to the cartoon shenanigans.
Challenger: The Final Flight (Sept. 16, Netflix)
The tragic story of the Space Shuttle Challenger is re-told in a new four-episode documentary series from J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot production company. Archival footage from NASA and news reports are juxtaposed with new interviews from astronauts, engineers and the families that the doomed crew left behind.
The Devil All the Time (Sept. 16, Netflix)
What do you get when you feature Spider-Man, the Winter Soldier, Edward Cullen and Pennywise in the same movie? A devil of a good time. Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson and Bill Skarsgård all star in Antonio Campos’s period thriller, based on the 2011 bestseller by Donald Ray Pollock.
Departure (Sept. 17, Peacock)
Peacock kicks off its fall season with this star-powered thriller starring The Good Wife Emmy winner Archie Panjabi and veteran character actor, Christopher Plummer. The duo play aerial investigators who explore the mystery of a missing aircraft.
Mo Willems and The Storytime All-Stars Present: Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime! (Sept. 17, HBO Max)
Parents, rejoice! The beloved children’s book author bring his signature characters — including Elephant and Piggie, Knuffle Bunny and, of course, that rascally pigeon — to life in a comedy special that was recorded in front of a live audience at the Kennedy Center. Celebrity guest stars like Anthony Anderson, Tony Hale and Natalie Morales join in the kid-friendly fun.
All In: The Fight for Democracy (Sept. 18, Amazon Prime)
With mere weeks to go until the 2020 Presidential election, Liz Garbus’s new documentary spotlights the many hurdles facing large swaths of voters on their way to the ballot box. Georgia political rock star, Stacy Abrams, is prominently featured in the film, alongside the other men and women working overtime to turn out the vote.
Antebellum (Sept. 18, On Demand)
Superstar singer-turned-actress, Janelle Monáe, has her highest-profile role yet as a present-day author who finds herself in a nightmarish alternate reality. Directing team Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz make their narrative feature debut, which also stars Jena Malone and Gabourey Sidibe.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (Sept. 18, Netflix)
Welcome to a sleepaway camp that’s a little… wild. Unfolding concurrently with the events of the 2015 blockbuster, Jurassic World, this animated series deposits six intrepid kids on Isla Nublar just before the theme park erupts in dinosaur-on-human attacks. Hold onto your butts — camp is in session.
Pen15 (Sept. 18, Hulu)
Season 2 of Hulu’s cult comedy returns viewers to the early aughts for another round of painfully awkward (and totally hilarious) middle school adventures based on the lives of creators/stars Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle. Cue up your Lit mixtapes and get ready for 7th grade!
Ratched (Sept. 18, Netflix)
Sarah Paulson portrays the younger version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’s Nurse Mildred Ratched — played by Louise Fletcher in the 1975 classic — in Ryan Murphy’s prequel series. Set in the 1940s, the show depicts Mildred’s first job at a Northern California asylum and how it molds her into the formidable opponent that R.P. McMurphy meets decades later.
Wilmore (Sept. 18, Peacock)
Peacock is most definitely keeping it 100 by gifting the world with an all-new Larry Wilmore talk show. The former Nightly Show host will once again address the issues of the day, and talk with the movers and shakers from Hollywood, Washington D.C. and beyond.
Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story (Sept. 22, On Demand)
Renowned cinematic bad-ass, Michelle Rodriguez, narrates this action-packed documentary chronicling the unsung history of stuntwomen in the film industry. Spanning the silent era to present day blockbusters like Rodriguez’s own Fast and the Furious franchise, Stuntwomen entertains and educates at the same time.
Console Wars (Sept. 23, CBS All Access)
If you weren’t around for the epic Super Nintendo vs. Sega Genesis battle the first time around, this zippy 16-bit era documentary — based on Blake J. Harris’s bestselling book — will get you up to (Sonic) speed.
Enola Holmes (Sept. 23, Netflix)
Strangers Things superstar Millie Bobby Brown trades the American Midwest for merry old England in the inaugural adventure for Sherlock Holmes’s teen sister. It’s a Holmes vs. Holmes mystery has Enola tries to out-sleuth Sherlock (Henry Cavill) to get to the center of a labyrinthine conspiracy.
The Masked Singer (Sept. 23, Fox)
Strike up the band and put on your masks as Fox’s reality blockbuster returns for Season 4. Host Nick Cannon is returning as well, despite controversial comments he made over the summer.
The Artist’s Wife (Sept. 25, On Demand)
Lena Olin and Bruce Dern headline this intimate drama about a late-in-life married couple facing an uncertain future. While renowned artist Richard (Dern) confronts the onset of dementia, Claire (Olin) tries to preserve his legacy, while also finding her own artistic voice.
Ava (Sept. 25, On Demand)
Jessica Chastain locks and loads for an action-heavy thriller helmed by The Help director, Tate Taylor, and co-starring Geena Davis, Common and Colin Farrell. After a job goes badly, ace assassin Ava (Chastain) has to survive a gauntlet of adversaries and allies-turned-adversaries.
Foster Boy (Sept. 25, On Demand)
Matthew Modine headlines this legal drama as a corporate lawyer who revives his passion for the law when a young man trapped in the foster care system requires his help. Legendary actor Louis Gosset Jr. presides over this particular cinematic courtroom as the judge assigned to the case.
Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Sept. 25, Disney+)
Explore the magic and majesty of Walt Disney World’s beloved animal attractions, Animal Kingdom and EPCOT’s The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Josh Gad narrates the behind-the-scenes docuseries, which features extensive interviews with animal experts and lots of wild wildlife footage.
Misbehaviour (Sept. 25, On Demand)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays pioneering Black beauty queen, Jennifer Hosten — who took home the Miss World crown to her native Grenada in 1970 — in Philippa Lowthrope’s fact-based comedy. The movie also stars Keira Knightley as feminist activist Sally Alexander and Greg Kinnear as Bob Hope, who hosted that year’s ceremony.
Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (Sept. 25, Disney+)
Cross The Princess Diaries with The Avengers and you’ve got Disney+’s latest original movie, which follows a group of second-in-line royal heirs who also happen to have superpowers. Disney Channel star Peyton Elizabeth Lee heads up a diverse cast that includes Skyler Astin, Élodie Yung and Niles Fitch.
Tehran (Sept. 25, Apple TV+)
Prolific Israeli TV scribe, Moseh Zonder, is the creative force behind a new Apple TV+ espionage series set in the Iranian capital where a Mossad agent (Niv Sultan) is embedded on a dangerous undercover mission.
The Comey Rule (Sept. 27, Showtime)
Real life becomes reel life in Showtime’s dramatization of former FBI Director James Comey’s dramatic downfall. Jeff Daniels plays Comey, while Brendan Gleeson portrays President Donald Trump in a performance that’s already attracting Emmy buzz.
Fargo (Sept. 27, FX and FX on Hulu)
Noah Hawley’s celebrated anthology series returns for its fourth season, and hands Chris Rock his most dramatic role to date. The funnyman plays a ‘50s era Kansas City crime boss whose crew has an epic rumble with a local mafia family.
The Simpsons (Sept. 27, Fox)
Springfield’s first family is back for their 32nd season, which features vocal cameos from the likes of David Harbour, Olivia Colman and Michael Palin. But the bigger story is that the show’s main voice cast will also be changing, as producers recently decided that white actors will no longer voice non-white characters in the wake of the summer’s Black Lives Matter protests inspired by the death of George Floyd.
The Expecting (Sept. 28, Quibi)
AnnaSophia Robb headlines this Michael Bay-executive produced Quibi series as a pregnant waitress who discovers she’s part of an elaborate conspiracy. Rory Culkin, Mira Sorvino and Hannah Murray also star.
2020 Presidential Debates (Sept. 29, all networks)
Joe Biden and Donald Trump square off in the first of three presidential debates, with the next two scheduled for Oct. 15 and Oct. 22. (A Vice Presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence will be held Oct. 7.) Sorry Hollywood content creators, but when it comes to dramatic television and social media engagement, nothing is going to match this particular reality show.
Chasing the Present (Sept. 29, Digital; Oct. 6, On Demand)
Mark Waters’s new globetrotting documentary follows an anxiety-ridden man on a globetrotting self-help quest. Along the way, he acquires advice from such thinkers as Sri Prem Baba, Zelda Hall and Russell Brand. Yes, that Russell Brand.
American Murder: The Family Next Door (Sept. 30, Netflix)
Netflix’s latest true crime documentary explores the horrific Watts Family Murders that shocked Colorado — and the world — in 2018. Home movies, text messages and police reports recreate the days leading up to the crime and its aftermath.
The Boys in the Band (Sept. 30, Netflix)
Joe Mantello directs the film version of his Tony-winning Broadway revival of Matt Crowley’s groundbreaking 1968 play, and reunites the entire cast of that production, including Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and Andrew Rannells. Set in the late ‘60s, the story unfolds at a Manhattan birthday party where the festivities are served with a side helping of secrets and lies.
The Glorias (Sept. 30, Amazon Prime)
Four different actresses — including Lulu Wilson, Alicia Vikander and Julianne Moore — play feminist icon, Gloria Steinem, at different points in her life in Julie Taymor’s time-hopping biopic. Debuting to strong reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, the movie also stars Bette Midler, Timothy Hutton and Janelle Monáe.
Gangs of London (Oct. 1, AMC+)
Gareth Evans’s wildly successful British series arrives stateside courtesy of AMC and its new premium subscription bundle, AMC+. Following the death of London’s No. 1 kingpin (Colm Meaney), the city’s various criminal factions square off for a battle over territory and cold hard cash. If you’ve seen Evans’s Raid movies, you can expect the bullets to fly… and the body count to explode.
Scare Me (Oct. 1, Shudder)
The premiere horror streaming service kicks off October with a new Halloween-ready anthology in the (bloody) vein of Creepshow, Tales From the Darkside and Trick ‘r Treat. Josh Ruben (who also wrote and directed the film) and Aya Cash play two strangers who find themselves sharing the same remote cabin during a power outage, and swap scary stories to pass the time. Naturally, it isn’t long before those imaginary ghosts and goblins become real…
2067 (Oct. 2, On Demand)
Welcome to Earth four decades from now, where the air has been replaced by artificial oxygen thanks to climate change, and a mysterious illness is sweeping the globe. Kodi Smit-McPhee — who endured another post-apocalypse in the film version of The Road — plays humanity’s last hope at survival… provided he can stay alive himself.
Dick Johnson Is Dead (Oct. 2, Netflix)
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Kristen Johnson imagines a future without her elderly father — who is still very much alive — in this funny, and moving, non-fiction portrait of how we wrestle with grief and loss.
Emily in Paris (Oct. 2, Netflix)
Sex and the City mastermind, Darren Star, trades New York for Paris in his new Netflix comedy that follows a young marketing executive (Lily Collins) from the Windy City to the City of Lights. Once in Paris, she has to contend with snooty co-workers, a lack of friends and the inability to understand French. But she also discovers the simple pleasures of an authentic pan au chocolat so it’s a win-win.
Monsterland (Oct. 2, Hulu)
Adapted from Nathan Ballingrud’s celebrated North American Lake Monsters short story collection, Hulu’s new horror anthology series features a cast of human actors that includes Nicole Beharie, Mike Colter and Bill Camp meeting a cast of otherworldly monsters that includes mermaids, ex-angels and monsters that go bump in the night.
Saturday Night Live (Oct. 3, NBC)
The Not Ready For Primetime Players are leaving their homes at last. SNL returns to Studio 8H for its 46th season, just in time for the final sprint of the presidential election. And while Alec Baldwin may have retired his Trump impression (we think, anyway), you can bet that Jason Sudeikis and Maya Rudolph will be be stopping by as the Biden/Harris team.
The Comedy Store (Oct. 4, Showtime)
Comedian-turned-director Mike Binder offers the definitive documentary about the legendary L.A. comedy club that launched a thousand superstars. Marc Maron, Bob Saget, Judd Apatow and Martin Lawrence are among the alumni who will share the highlights (and lowlights) of their time at The Comedy Store.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond (Oct. 4, AMC)
The Walking Dead universe gets a little bit bigger with the latest spinoff series, World Beyond. Set a decade after the zombie apocalypse, the show follows two sisters, Hope and Iris (Alexa Mansour and Aliyah Royale), as they leave their safe haven and venture out into the big, bad world. World Beyond will air alongside Season 6 of Fear the Walking Dead, which kicks off on Oct. 11.
Soulmates (Oct. 5, AMC)
Charlie Heaton, Betsy Brandt and Sarah Snook are among the big-name stars of AMC’s new anthology series, which explores the various meanings and implications behind the word “soulmate.” With Black Mirror veteran Will Bridges onboard as one of the co-creators, you can bet these portraits of modern romance will have plenty of twists.
American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rule (Oct. 6, On Demand)
After an 11-year layoff, the American Pie franchise bakes up another installment — this time with a side helping of girl power. Madison Pettis, Piper Curda, Natasha Behnam and Lizze Broadway play a quartet of East Great Falls seniors who make a pact to lose their virginity before graduation. Eugene Levy won’t be returning this time, but you can bet the Stifler clan will still be in the picture.
Siempre, Luis (Oct. 6, HBO)
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s father, Luis Miranda, gets his turn in the media spotlight with a new documentary that chronicles his legacy as an immigrant and activist who most definitely gets the job done.
Welcome to Blumhouse (Oct. 6, Amazon Prime)
Jason Blum’s horror empire assembles a collection of all-new scary movies that will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime. The first wave of titles includes Veena Sud’s The Lie, about a pair of parents who go to bloody lengths to cover up their daughter’s misdeeds; Black Box, starring Phylicia Rashad as a scientist who alters the consciousness of an amnesiac widower; Evil Eye, in which a mother takes it upon herself to protect her daughter from her new boyfriend; and Nocturne about twin musicians with a serious case of sibling rivalry.
Books of Blood (Oct. 7, Hulu)
Three stories from Clive Barker’s celebrated horror anthology come to life courtesy of the unlikely combination of The Orville collaborators, Brannon Braga and Seth MacFarlane. Expect fewer laughs, and more screams.
Devils (Oct. 7, The CW)
McDreamy, no more. Patrick Dempsey returns to TV as a Gordon Gekko-esque corporate tycoon in The CW’s financial world thriller, which also stars Alessandro Borghi, Laia Costa and Lars Mikkelsen.
Hubie Halloween (Oct. 7, Netflix)
Adam Sandler already owns the animated Halloween space with his Hotel Transylvania franchise: Now he’s gunning for live action domination with his latest Netflix vehicle. The Sandman plays Salem, Mass.’s resident goofball, Hubie Dubois, who has to protect his spooky hometown from an actual supernatural menace.
Supernatural (Oct. 8, The CW)
After 15 seasons and a COVID-caused delay, the never-ending CW series finally… ends. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki say farewell to the Winchester boys as the final six episodes finally hit the airwaves. The series finale will air on Nov. 19.
The Forty Year Old Version (Oct. 9, Netflix)
New York playwright Radha Black writes, directs and stars in this hilarious, heartfelt portrait of a Black artist in the midst of a major mid-life crisis. Filmed in crisp black-and-white, the movie follows the fictional Radha as her frustration with the Manhattan theater scene pushes her into an unlikely career as a rapper.
The Haunting of Bly Manor (Oct. 9, Netflix)
Hill House was so 2018. Mike Flanagan’s new horror series transports viewers to England’s Bly Manor, which comes straight out of the pages of Henry James’s hugely influential novel, The Turn of the Screw. The Haunting of Hill House star Victoria Pedretti plays an American au pair who is hired to look after Bly’s two young residents, only to discover that the manor also houses a supernatural population.
Deaf U (Oct. 9, Netflix)
Netflix’s latest reality series follows the lives and loves of a group of students at Gallaudet University, one of the country’s leading higher learning institutions for the deaf and hard of hearing. If you thought that you partied hard in college, just wait until you get a load of these kids.
Eli Roth’s History of Horror (Oct. 10, AMC)
The second season of Eli Roth’s deep dive into all things scary tackles the evolution of special effects technology in horror movies, as well as the many, many creepy kids that have terrified audiences over the decades. Bill Hader, Jack Black, John Landis, Karyn Kusama and Roth’s personal pal Quentin Tarantino are among the filmmakers and film fans he interviews.
The Bachelorette (Oct. 13, ABC)
Not even a pandemic could stop the rose ceremony. The filmed-in-quarantine edition of The Bachelorette hits the airwaves, which means that viewers will soon see the epic mid-season shakeup that had tongues wagging.
The Amazing Race (Oct. 14, CBS)
Filmed in 2018, the 32nd season of CBS’s long-running reality series makes its overdue premiere as the current race is on an extended hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. At press time, the lineup of racers hasn’t been announced, but host Phil Keoghan has promised a “back to basics” approach to the casting and the gameplay.
Star Trek: Discovery (Oct. 15, CBS All Access)
The third season of Discovery transports the crew of the titular ship to the distant future — far past the timeline of any previous Star Trek series. In classic Trek fashion, the show will continue to make (future) history: Producers have revealed that this new season will introduce the franchise’s first transgender and non-binary characters.
The Devil Has a Name (Oct. 16, On Demand)
Veteran actor and director Edward James Olmos steps behind the camera for the first time since 2009 for this eco-conscious story about an oil executive (Kate Bosworth) who unwisely makes an enemy out of a small-time farmer (David Stratharin) by poisoning his land. As you might imagine, that makes him plenty angry — and they won’t like him when he’s angry.
The Opening Act (Oct. 16, On Demand)
Silicon Valley star, Jimmy O. Yang, stars as an aspiring comic who gets a crash course in what stand-up life is like thanks to a cast of actual comedians played by the likes of Alex Moffat, Cedric the Entertainer and Whitney Cummings.
S***house (Oct. 16, On Demand)
The spirit of Richard Linklater is strong in Cooper Raiff’s debut feature, which charts the off-and-on romance between two college students (Raiff and Dylan Gelula) over the course of freshman year. Call it, Before Summer.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Oct. 16, Netflix)
Aaron Sorkin writes and directs this recreation of the protest-ridden 1968 Democratic National Convention, and the high-profile court case starring the so-called Chicago 7 that followed. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Keaton are among the A-list cast.
David Byrne’s American Utopia (October 17, HBO)
Spike Lee directs the filmed version of David Byrne’s acclaimed Broadway concert, based on his 2018 album. But don’t worry Talking Heads fans — you’ll also get to hear some vintage classics in the sound mix.
Rebecca (Oct. 21, Netflix)
Lily James and Armie Hammer star in Ben Wheatley’s highly-anticipated remake of the 1938 novel, previously brought to the screen by Alfred Hitchcock in the 1940 Best Picture winner.
Bad Hair (Oct. 23, Hulu)
Here’s a hair-raising horror movie just in time for Halloween. When ambitious music television executive Anna (Elle Lorraine) gets a new weave to complement her new job, she discovers that her new ‘do has evil intentions.
After We Collided (Oct. 23, On Demand)
The sequel to the hit 2019 film — based on Anna Todd’s book series — continues the tumultuous romance between young lovers Tessa and Hardin (Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin). Cruel Intentions director Roger Kumble is behind the camera, so expect a bittersweet symphony of YA emotions.
On the Rocks (Oct 23., Apple TV+)
Bill Murray and Rashida Jones headline Sofia Coppola’s latest film as a father and daughter who paint the town red over one long New York night. Marlon Wayans, Jenny Slate and Jessica Henwick co-star.
Over the Moon (Oct. 23, Netflix)
Animation legend, Glen Keane, directs an Asian-American led animated musical featuring the vocal talents of such performers as John Cho, Ruthie Ann Mills, Margaret Cho and Sandra Oh. The story follows young Fei Fei (Cathy Ang), who builds her own rocket ship for an out-of-this-world adventure on the Moon.
The Queen’s Gambit (Oct. 23, Netflix)
Anya Taylor-Joy plays a troubled chess prodigy who pursues Grandmaster status in the face of multiple personal tragedies. The miniseries was adopted by celebrated screenwriter Scott Frank from the book my Walter Tevis.
The Mandalorian (Oct. 30, Disney+)
They’re baaaack. Mando and his tiny green sidekick, Baby Yoda, continue to chart their way through that far, far away galaxy, potentially crossing paths with Clone Wars favorite Ahsoka Tano, who is rumored to be making her live-action debut in the form of Rosario Dawson.
Tiny Pretty Things (Oct. 30, Netflix)
Paging Bunheads fans: Michael MacLennan’s new series takes place at a Chicago ballet academy where plenty of drama goes down onstage and off.
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (Oct., Netflix)
The famed naturalist and documentary filmmaker takes center stage in this celebration of his life and career, which also celebrates the beauty of the natural world.
Slugfest (Nov. 9, Quibi)
Joe and Anthony Russo oversee a tour of comic book history, which features recreations of pivotal moments in the halls of Marvel and DC Comics with a cast that includes Ron Perlman, Brandon Routh and Helen Slater. We already love this 3000.
This Is Us (Nov. 10, NBC)
Although the coronavirus pandemic has kept NBC’s hit drama from returning to production, the network is penciling in a Nov. 10 launch date for Season 5. According to creator Dan Fogelman the series will tackle the coronavirus pandemic head on if and when shooting starts.
Eater’s Guide to the World (Nov. 11, Hulu)
Think you’ve seen enough globetrotting shows about eating exotic meals in exotic locations? What if we told you this one is narrated by Maya Rudolph — we have a feeling that would have you saying, “More, please.”
Law & Order: SVU (Nov. 12, NBC)
After a summer dominated by protests over police brutality, Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson returns to a very different world on the 22nd season Dick Wolf’s longest-running Law & Order procedural. Look for the re-appearance of her old partner, Elliot Stabler ahead of Christopher Meloni’s announced spinoff series.
I Am Greta (Nov. 13, Hulu)
Nathan Grossman’s timely documentary follows the world’s youngest — and most controversial — environmental activist on her global mission to combat climate change.
The Crown (Nov. 15, Netflix)
Olivia Colman takes her final bow as Queen Elizabeth II before Imelda Staunton takes the… uh, crown in the hit Netflix show’s final two seasons. The great Gillian Anderson joins in the period fun as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The Reagans (Nov. 15, Showtime)
Celebrated documentary filmmaker, Matt Tyrnauer, helms a four-part look into President Ronald Reagan’s administration, and the outsized influence First Lady Nancy Reagan had over her husband’s presidency.
Honour (Nov. 17, BritBox)
A dogged police officer (Keeley Hawes) puts her career on the line to investigate a suspected “honor killing” in London’s Iraqi community. The two-part series is based on the true story of Banaz Mahmod, a British-Iraqi woman who was killed in 2006.
The Star Wars Holiday Lego Special (Nov. 17, Disney+)
The Star Wars Holiday Special used to be the five scariest words in the far, far away galaxy. But Lego’s animated romp should erase memories of the legendary 1978 disaster. Rey, Finn and Poe reunite for a Life Day adventure sure to delight Wookies and nerf herders alike.
No Man’s Land (Nov. 18, Hulu)
The pain and trauma of the Syrian civil war are dramatized in Hulu’s eight-episode drama, which follows a French man searching for his missing sister and joining a group of Kurdish female soldiers in the process.
Animaniacs (Nov. 20, Hulu)
No baloney (in your slacks) — the Warner siblings Yakko, Wakko and Dot are back for all-new animated antics in the long-awaited revival of the beloved 1990s cartoon. How long until we get fresh episodes of Tiny Toon Adventures, Hulu?
Belushi (Nov. 22, Showtime)
From Animal House to The Blues Brothers, John Belushi lived his short, eventful life like he was on a mission from the comedy gods. R.J. Cutler’s new documentary explores the actor’s life and times with testimonials from the people that knew and loved him.
The Christmas Chronicles 2 (Nov. 25, Netflix)
Kurt Russell once again dons Santa Claus’s red uniform and white beard in the sequel to the 2018 streaming hit. In even better news, Russell’s real-life partner, Goldie Hawn, returns as Mrs. Claus.
Uncle Frank (Nov. 25, Amazon Prime)
Six Feet Under mastermind Alan Ball wrote and directed this ‘70s era road movie about a college student (Sophia Lillis) who hitches a ride back to her Southern hometown with her closeted uncle (Paul Bettany) for a family funeral. Stephen Root, Judy Greer and Margo Martindale round out the supporting cast.
Zappa (Nov. 27, On Demand)
When he’s not headlining new Bill & Ted movies, Alex Winter has a most excellent career as a documentary filmmaker. Made in cooperation with the Zappa family trust, Winter’s new rock doc explores Frank Zappa’s storied career with rare interviews and archival footage.
Love, Wedding and Other Disasters (Dec. 4, On Demand)
Dennis Dugan’s matrimonial comedy features an all-star cast headed up by Diane Keaton and Jeremy Irons. The story follows a wedding worker who goes out of her way to create picture-perfect ceremonies for others, even as her own love life is a bit of a mess.
Tiger (Dec. 13, HBO)
No, this isn’t yet another Tiger King spinoff. Prolific documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney reflects on the turbulent career of golf superstar — and tabloid fixture — Tiger Woods.
The Stand (December 17, CBS All Access)
Think you’ve already seen Stephen King’s massive tome on the small screen? Think again. Josh Boone’s new adaptation of The Stand — which stars James Marsden, Amber Heard, Whoopi Goldberg and Heather Graham — comes with an all-new ending, written by America’s best-loved boogeyman himself.
Bridgerton (Fall, Netflix)
Julie Andrews will almost certainly be practically perfect in every way as the voice of Lady Whistledown in Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’s sure-to-be addictive series set amongst the upper crust of Regency-era London. It’s not the first time Mary Poppins voice has popped up in unexpected places — remember Aquaman?
City So Real (Fall, National Geographic)
With documentaries like Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters to his name, Steve James is the leading cinematic laureate of Chicago. His new five-part series chronicles the Windy City’s turbulent 2018 mayoral election, which saw 21 candidates vying to replace Rahm Emanuel.
Equal (Fall, HBO Max)
Stonewall was a turning point in LGBTQ+ history, but the road to get there was long and perilous. The four-part documentary Equal explores the origins of the gay rights movement, and its impact on the present day.
The Flight Attendant (Fall, HBO Max)
With The Big Bang Theory in her rearview, Kaley Cuoco flies the friendly skies as flight attendant Cassie Bowden in a miniseries based on the bestselling thriller. Unfortunately, Cassie’s career gets grounded when she wakes up in Dubai hotel and discovers a dead body next to her.
Let Them All Talk (Fall, HBO Max)
Steven Soderbergh brings together Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen and Dianne Wiest as a trio of old friends who go on a soul-restorative trip. Needless to say there are some bumps, and more than a few laughs, along the way.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Fall/Winter TBD, Netflix)
Viola Davis stars in George C. Wolfe’s filmed version of August Wilson’s landmark 1982 play as renowned blues singer, Ma Rainey. But all eyes will be on Black Panther icon Chadwick Boseman, making his final film appearance before his untimely death from colon cancer.
Mank (Fall/Winter TBD, Netflix)
David Fincher’s first feature film since 2014’s Gone Girl turns the clock back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, when screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) clashed with Orson Welles (Tom Burke) as they collaborated on what would become the greatest movie of all time, Citizen Kane.
Selena: The Series (Fall, Netflix)
Relive the early years of the late, great Queen of Tejano music (played by The Walking Dead’s Christian Serratos) as she experiences her first brushes with success. Selena’s father, Abraham, is an executive producer behind this authorized account of her life.
Voices of Fire (Fall, Netflix)
Pharrell Williams executive produces and appears in this documentary series about his hometown church’s attempts to assemble a superstar gospel choir. You can bet that he’ll sing a little himself.
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