The beauty of streaming means that we often power through an entire season of a show — sometimes even an entire series — more quickly than ever. With each new week comes a new opportunity to check out a fresh series. Whether you’re in the mood to laugh, cry, be mesmerized, or be intrigued, here are some of the best new shows to stream this week.
Good Morning, Veronica (2020)
Who’s Veronica? In this Brazilian web series based on the novel of the same name, Veronica Torres (Brazil’s Tainá Müller) is a police secretary who works in the homicide division in Sao Paulo. Her seemingly normal life with a job, husband, and two children, however, gets upended when she witnesses the suicide of a young woman and, in the same week, receives an anonymous call from a frantic woman asking for help. Haunted by the investigations, Veronica gets deeper into the crime world than she ever would have imagined.
Emily in Paris (2020)
From Darren Star, the creator of Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, Sex and the City, and Younger, this comedy-drama follows the story of the title character (Lily Collins), a young woman who moves to Paris to pursue a job opportunity. But her American cultural habits and traditions don’t quite jive with Parisian culture, and she finds herself navigating work, love, and life in completely unfamiliar territory. It’s a cliched rom-com at its core, but if you’re in the mood for quirky and corny, along with a spectacular virtual visit to Paris, it might be the charming new show worth checking out.
Schitt’s Creek (2015)
What was all the fuss about? This adorable Canadian sitcom took the Emmy Awards by storm, sweeping the entire comedy category. Created by comedian Eugene Levy and his son Dan, the series aired quietly north of the border until Netflix picked up the first few seasons and the fanbase grew exponentially. It’s all about the Roses, a wealthy family who abruptly lose everything except for one asset that is deemed worthless: a small town they once bought as a joke called Schitt’s Creek. With nowhere to go and no money to their names, they try to assimilate into a life completely contrary to their old one. For those who are looking to binge the entire series, the sixth season has been added; and if you’ve been waiting anxiously for the final season, it’s finally streaming.
The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)
Scheduled to premiere October 9, this supernatural horror drama is a loose adaptation of the 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James and a follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House. It sees the return of many of the cast members from the aforementioned series though it follows a completely different narrative. Now, a young governess is hired to look after two children in a country house. But when she arrives, she begins to see apparitions and realizes the place is haunted.
Sarah Paulson stars in this Ryan Murphy psychological thriller based on Nurse Mildred Ratched, the character of the same name from the 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (which was also made into the Academy Award-winning 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson). Serving as a prequel to the story, the series takes place in 1947 when Nurse Ratched starts working at a psychiatric hospital. While she pretends to be the perfect caregiver, she is anything but. Deep down, her internal monster is beginning to grow as she delves further into infiltrating the mental healthcare system and satisfying her own dark desires. The series also stars Finn Wittrock, Cynthia Nixon, and Sharon Stone. The show had already received a two-season order.
This comedy is about a former sneakerhead who grows up and becomes a stay-at-home dad. But when he gets caught in a crazy scheme with an old friend, he gets pulled back into the game. The premise? They’re on the hunt for the most difficult-to-find sneakers that have become a sort of mythical obsession for fellow sneakerheads. There are just six episodes in the first season, which stars Allen Maldonado (The Last O.G., Black-ish) as the main character.
The Good Place (2016)
Those now binging the multi-Emmy-nominated series will be pleased to know that you can stream the fourth and final season along with seasons 1 to 3. The fantasy comedy is about Eleanor (Kristen Bell), a not-so-nice woman who accidentally gets sent to a Heaven-like utopia after she dies instead of The Bad Place, where she should have ended up. Once she realizes she was sent there by mistake, however, she makes it a point to try and become a better person to justify her stay. The series also stars Ted Danson, who was nominated for an Emmy this year for his role. The show was also nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Pawn Stars (2009)
For more than a decade, viewers have been captivated by this reality TV series that chronicles the inside dealings of a popular pawn shop, including how they acquire items, price them, and confirm their authenticity (or that they’re fakes). The Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is a family business that has been operating for more than 30 years in Las Vegas. Open 24 hours a day, the shop has become famous around the world and attracts an interesting and diverse selection of customers, artifacts, and hagglers. But what fans really love to see is the in-fighting among family and friends. Netflix has been offering season 1 to date, but now you can stream season 2 as well.
The American Barbecue Showdown (2020)
Carnivorous mouths will be watering just thinking about this new reality food competition series that takes the cooking outdoors as eight of the best backyard smokers and pitmasters from across the U.S. battle it out to be named champion. The delicious meats and smoked treats are judged by Melissa Cookston and Kevin Bludso, barbecue masters in their own right, and Lyric Lewis and Rutledge Wood serve as hosts.
In the mood for a scare involving everything from Gothic beasts to fallen angels and werewolves combined with existential dread? Check out this drama anthology horror series based on the short story collection North American Lake Monsters: Stories, written by Nathan Ballingrud. The captivating series includes eight episodes, each looking at a different person. As each individual, suffering from their own guilt, loneliness, and other human “monsters,” tries to fix what’s wrong in their lives, they sometimes resort to desperate measures. Heading up the cast is Orange Is the New Black‘s Taylor Schilling.
The premise of this series sounds all too familiar: an artificial intelligence (AI) goes rogue and begins to improve itself over time, getting smarter and smarter. The idea of the robot takeover has been played out in films and television shows dating back decades. But this series, which follows a team of homeland cybersecurity teams trying to counter the AI, is perhaps the most modern interpretation. For example, in the first episode, a bullied young boy talks to his virtual assistant Iliza through a smart speaker, who dangerously gives him the combination to a gun safe in his home. Starring Mad Men‘s John Slattery as a former tech CEO who suspects and wants to fight back against the AI’s rogue status, the series has been receiving mixed reviews thus far after airing its first episode, but it has promise.
Filthy Rich (2020)
Kim Cattrall is back in this steamy, serialized satirical drama about a rich Southern family that made their money from owning and running a Christian television network. But queue the irony when the patriarch and founder is killed in a plane crash, and three new mysterious family members emerge with rights to the empire due to multiple affairs he had over the years. The show, based on a series of the same name from New Zealand, has guilty pleasure soap opera written all over it. Episodes are released weekly on Fox and streaming on Hulu.
Through FX on Hulu, fans can catch the new 11th-season episodes of this animated sitcom. At the heart of the story is a dysfunctional intelligence agency that includes its leader, Sterling Archer, and his seven eclectic colleagues, as they focus on various cases. Each season includes a self-contained story arc. Garnering solid reviews through its entire run, season 11 will include eight episodes released weekly starting September 16.
Keef Knight, a Black cartoonist, is getting ready to hit it big with his comic strip, Toast and Butter. But when he is traumatized by being racially profiled by a police officer, he begins to see and hear inanimate objects speaking to him. While he initially avoided being too controversial in his cartoons, he is now a “woke” Black man and must balance his greater awareness of microaggressions and sensitivity to racism with his burgeoning career aspirations. The comedy is a live-action show with some elements of animation and stars Lamorne Morris (New Girl) as the title character.
Charm City Kings (2020)
Debuting October 8, this adaptation of the documentary 12 O’Clock Boys by Lofty Nathan has a producing team that includes Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Lauded for a cast that includes tons of fresh, new talent, the coming-of-age drama is about a 14-year-old boy who yearns to join a dirt bike riders group, particularly to live up to his now-deceased older brother who was once a top rider. The series follows his journey trying to stay on the right path, as encouraged by his parents, while simultaneously being lured down a darker path by the Midnight Clique’s leader (Meek Mill), one that might not yield as promising a future.
Detention Adventure (2019)
The premise sounds almost like a modern-day reimagining of The Goonies. At the heart of the plot are three geeky school kids and their bully who try to get sent to detention on purpose. Why? They want to find the entrance to a labyrinth of tunnels that will take them to Alexander Graham Bell’s hidden lab. Does it really exist? There are two seasons of this family series, with 10 episodes each that see the kids embarking on various adventures. You can now stream season 1.
Doctor Who (2005)
Fans of this long-running BBC sci-fi series will be pleased to know that they can stream the 12th season. Whether you’re watching it for the first time or re-watching for a second, the series offers a compelling look at the life of The Doctor, who navigates the world in a time-traveling spaceship to help people. As an extraterrestrial being, The Doctor takes on many forms, but they always look human. This version of the relaunched program debuted in 2005 and stars Jodie Whittaker as the 13th incarnation of The Doctor and the first woman to take on the role.
Raised by Wolves (2020)
This new sci-fi drama is set after the destruction of Earth. Two androids are raising human children on a new planet, but religious differences threaten to tear apart the colony. The androids must try and find a way to get everyone on the same page. Executive produced by Ridley Scott, the cast is headed up by Travis Fimmel, known for his lead role in the History Channel series Vikings.
Get Shorty (2017)
Based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard, and the second adaptation of the story alongside the 1995 film, the series follows the basic premise of gangsters trying to make their own film. But it does not use the same plot of characters from the novel. Dubbed a comedy-drama, it stars Chris O’Dowd, Ray Romano, and Sean Bridgers. All three seasons are available for streaming.
The Great British Baking Show (2010)
Travel back to the very beginning and watch (or re-watch) the very first season of this long-running cooking competition series. Also referred to as The Great British Bake Off, the show takes you into the world of amateur baking as home bakers compete to make scrumptious baked goods, from basic pies and layer cakes to more complex and technical pastries. Original judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are joined by hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, who guide the bakers along their journey, tasting and critiquing their creations. It’s an inspiring series for aspiring bakers and one that will have anyone with a sweet tooth salivating through every episode.
Thou Shalt Not Kill (2020)
An Italian crime drama, known in its home country as Non uccidere, this 12-episode season originally aired on PBS in the U.S. Valeria Ferro is a detective who focuses on solving crimes that are motivated by jealousy, vendettas, and repressed anger. She chooses these as a way to cope with her own troubled past, which comes back to haunt her when her mother is released from jail after 17 years. It’s presented in Italian with English subtitles.
Mr. Robot (2015)
Fans who have been anxiously waiting for the fourth and final season of this drama thriller to start streaming can finally binge all 13 episodes that conclude the story. Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) is a reclusive, depressed, and socially anxious hacker who likes to use his skills for good, taking down people who have done deplorable things. When an anarchist named Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) recruits him, however, to try and take down the biggest business conglomerate, the temptation to help is too much to resist as his anger and resentment toward “Evil Corp” heats up. Every season brings shocking new twists and turns that keep you at the edge of your seat the whole way through.
Check out the first season of this drama that was adapted from a 2013 British original. Utopia is a comic book about a conspiracy for the end of the world. When a group of fans discovers that its contents are actually true, they head out on an adventure to try and save humanity. The series counts Rainn Wilson and John Cusack among its cast. It was originally supposed to launch on HBO but switched to Amazon Prime Video in 2018. Creator Gillian Flynn has promised that the series won’t be as violent as the British original, which aired on Channel 4 from 2013 to 2014 and has since developed a cult following.
The Jack Benny Show (1932)
Also known as The Jack Benny Program, this radio-TV comedy series aired for more than 30 years from the 1930s through to the 1950s, and you can now stream the first season. The format was a show-within-a-show with the characters playing versions of themselves, interacting with the audience, commenting on the programming, and breaking the fourth wall. It’s a beautiful example of the simplicity of comedy from way back in the day that will bring back memories for some and educate the younger generations about the roots of televised comedic entertainment.
The Boys (2019)
A team of vigilantes set out to fight a group of superheroes known as The Seven, who are egotistical, corrupt, and using their powers for evil. Based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, it stars Jack Quaid, Chace Crawford, and Elisabeth Shue and is executive produced by Seth Rogen, among others. The first season premiered in 2019 and received rave reviews, followed by season 2, both of which are streaming now.
Long Way Up (2020)
Those who love motorcycles will appreciate this docu-series that follows actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as they head out on the open road from Ushuaia, the southernmost city in Argentina, through South and Central America, finally ending the journey in Los Angeles. As a follow-up to Long Way Round, which saw the pair ride from London to New York in 2004, and 2007’s Long Way Down, where they traveled from Scotland and through 18 countries across Europe and Africa, it’s the perfect way to get away and see the world without having to leave the house. The first three episodes of the series, filmed in 2019, were made available to stream starting September 18, with new episodes weekly thereafter.
Greatness Code (2020)
If you’re into sports, this short-form, unscripted docuseries will be a must-watch, as it tells the untold stories of some of the greatest athletes in the world. The first mini-episode in season 1 features massive sports icons like LeBron James, Tom Brady, Shaun White, and Usain Bolt, all of whom discuss pivotal moments that defined their careers. Coproduced by companies co-founded by both Brady (alongside Michael Strahan) and James, it gives fans an inside look into events that framed the athletes who have become true inspirations. Season 1 includes seven mini-episodes.
The Right Stuff (2020)
The original Mercury Seven astronauts embark on a dangerous competition. The series, based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Tom Wolfe, as well as the 1983 film, follows the group as they travel from the Mojave Desert to the edges of space. In future seasons of the series, the travels will continue through to the moon landing. Executive produced by a team that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, and starring Patrick J. Adams (Suits), Jake McDorman (Limitless), and Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon a Time), it has been called “gritty” and “anti-nostalgic.” Season one will premiere its first two episodes on October 9 followed by new episodes weekly thereafter, through to November 20, for a total of eight.
This compelling docuseries from LeBron James and Maverick Carter pulls back the curtains on the backstories of various actors, musicians, and athletes. Each episode focuses on a different celebrity, with some of the first including Adam Devine, Nick Kroll, Ashley Tisdale, Rob Gronkowski, and Stranger Things‘ Caleb McLaughlin. How did they get started in the business? Who inspired them when they were younger? In addition to interviews with the stars themselves, the series also features chats with people who were close to them before they realized their Hollywood dreams, from family members to teachers and non-celebrity friends.
Once Upon a Time (2011)
All seven seasons of this fantasy adventure drama are available to stream on Disney+. The series, which aired on ABC (a network owned by Disney), swaps between two settings: A fantasy world where fairy tales are real and the real world in a town where a show called Storybrooke was invented. It’s a wonderful show full of marvel, beauty, and elaborate costumes that will appeal to kids and adults alike. Though keep in mind that it is rated PG.
Earth to Ned (2020)
Produced by The Jim Henson Company and Marwar Junction Productions, this series is a talk show hosted by aliens. While they were sent to invade Earth, they develop an obsession with popular culture and decide to stick around and learn more instead. Every half-hour episode will see the two alien hosts, Ned and his lieutenant Cornelius, interviewing real celebrity guests, including Joel McHale, Billy Dee Williams, Rachel Bloom, Andy Richter, and others. The first season has 10 episodes.
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