What to Watch in October: The 20 Best New Streaming Releases on HBO Max, Disney+ and Netflix
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Fall is officially here and we all know what that means: Halloween is just around the corner. So, as the stores pump out candy and we begin that annual pumpkin spice debate, streaming services everywhere are plotting lineups of their freakiest fare and must-see Halloween movies.
This month there are a ton of new and updated classics to check out, from the reimagined Hellraiser to the anticipated Halloween Ends. (Does it really, though?) There’s also a TV iteration of Christopher Pike’s classic The Midnight Club, the premiere of the new Interview With the Vampire and the blood-curling debut of Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities.
If you’re not a fan of scary stuff, there’s tons for you, too. The Mole is back, for example, as is Inside Amy Schumer after a very extended hiatus. Add in some anticipated movies that premiered at festivals recently, an animated Star Wars series and the return of Emmys darling The White Lotus, and there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained this month.
Need some suggestions on what to watch in October? Read on for our top streaming picks across Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Paramount+, Peacock, HBO Max and AMC+.
1. Interview With the Vampire
Anne Rice’s classic book series is becoming a TV show nearly 30 years after Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt starred in the 1994 big screen adaptation. The eight-episode season kicks off in early October but has already been renewed for Season 2, so if you’re looking for a meaty new drama to sink your teeth into, this one is a good bet. Just don’t go looking for Cruise and Pitt, however. Here Sam Reid takes over the role of Lestat, and Jacob Anderson plays Louis.
2. A Friend of the Family
This dramatized film depicts the real-life story of the Broberg family, and if it doesn’t have you rethinking your inner circle, then we don’t know what will. The story revolves around a family whose daughter was kidnapped not once but twice by an obsessed “friend.” The cast includes Jake Lacy, Anna Paquin, Colin Hanks and Mckenna Grace.
3. Catherine Called Birdy
Lena Dunham steps behind the camera to direct this Toronto International Film Festival entry starring Bella Ramsay, better known as Lady Lyanna Mormont on Game of Thrones. Based on the book by Karen Cushman, the film follows a young girl whose financially destitute father (played by Andrew Scott, a.k.a. the “Hot Priest” from Fleabag) insists on marrying her off to a wealthy suitor. Of course, Birdy has other ideas and antics ensue. Billie Piper and Mr. Taylor Swift, a.k.a. Joe Alwyn, also star.
4. Conversations With a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes
If you’ve finished Ryan Murphy’s highly controversial, dramatized take on the famous serial killer and can’t stop yourself from going further down that rabbit hole, Netflix delivers this month with the Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes. Like others in the Conversations series, this one features actual recorded conversations with the killer. Have a watch, and judge for yourself just how well Evan Peters portrayed in him Murphy’s take last month.
Is it possible to make a good horror reboot? What about one after 10 sequels? The early critics who have caught director David Bruckner’s updated Pinhead flick seem to think so, especially after seeing Jamie Clayton’s take on the Hell Priestess. The action kicks off when a woman struggling with addiction picks up an ancient puzzle box, accidentally summoning the Cenobites and their world where pain and pleasure are the same thing.
6. The Midnight Club
You may instantly recognize this title if you read Christopher Pike when you were younger. The series (which was co-created by Mike Flanagan and Leah Fong), is an adaptation of the 1994 book and revolves around five dying teens in hospice. They each try to scare one another with spooky stories, but then, the spooks become way too real.
7. The Mole
They say the third time is a charm. We suppose we’ll see if that’s true when the third iteration of this reality competition series moves from ABC to Netflix. MSNBC’s Alex Wagner takes over as host as a new group of contestants try to work together to win a large sum of money. The only problem? One member is a mole who is only there to sabotage everyone and win the cash for themselves. Unlike most other Netflix series, this one unrolls over the course of three weeks.
8. Avenue 5 (s2)
If you were a fan of Armando Iannucci’s satirical space comedy when it debuted in 2020, you’ll be pleased to know it’s taking off on a second season this month. When we return, Captain Ryan (Hugh Laurie) is on the fence about telling the passengers they’re stuck and running out of food. Meanwhile, customer relations exec Matt (Zach Woods) is trying his best to quell the rising panic, and billionaire Herman Judd (Josh Gad) continues to be the clueless billionaire he is.
9. The Watcher
Ryan Murphy is back with another mini-series this month. This time, he’s leaning away from serial killers and honing in on the weird-but-true story of a couple who were terrorized by an anonymous letter-writer in their suburban New Jersey neighborhood. The story must be mesmerizing; six studios competed to grab the rights to develop it. Here to tell it onscreen is a stellar cast that includes Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Coolidge, Mia Farrow and Margo Martindale.
10. Halloween Ends
Don’t feel like hitting the theatre to catch the final installment of the newest Halloween trilogy? Well good news — it’s also streaming on Peacock the same day. The movie is being touted as the very final chapter in the saga of Michael Myers (Nick Castle) and Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), but if we’ve learned anything when it comes to horror, it’s that “final chapter” is kind of a loose term.
Charlie Hunnam is back on a bike for this Apple TV+ series, although it’s definitely a different model than the ride he had on Sons of Anarchy. Shantaram is based on the memoir by Gregory David Roberts, a former heroin addict and robber who escaped jail and fled to India. There, he became involved with a mob boss battling Russian criminals, so you know this TV series will be intense.
12. The Vow Part Two
Ready to dive even deeper into the world of NXIVM, its founder Keith Raniere and those the leader counted among his closest inner circle? Of course you are. The first part, which aired in 2020, shared many shocking details about the cult and its rituals. When the series returns, we’ll get a closer look at the federal trial of The United States versus Raniere, and how it affected those at the top.
13. Inside Amy Schumer
It’s been six years since the last season of Inside Amy Schumer, but the Oscars co-host is finally ready to bring her brainchild back. “The last season was 2016. And that’s not a coincidence,” she recently told Jimmy Kimmel. “I was incredibly depressed since then. I just really didn’t feel like I had anything to say, and I was really too bummed about the election — I don’t know if you guys read about it? It was just all of it. But I felt ready to do it again, and we had the best time.”
14. The Peripheral
William Gibson’s sci-fi mystery novel (which is part of a trilogy) is getting the TV treatment when it debuts on Prime Video this month. Westworld creatives Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan helm the story of Flynne Fisher (Chloë Grace Moretz), a woman with a struggling career and a sick mother in rural America. When she is offered an opportunity to escape with an experimental virtual reality device, she jumps at the chance, but the lines between reality and fiction quickly blur. New episodes drop weekly.
15. Raymond & Ray
If you’ve ever confused Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke then it might amuse you to learn they play half-brothers in this new Apple TV+ comedy. The movie, by writer-director Rodrigo Garcia, follows the brothers from their father’s funeral to the pair digging his grave together. (Did we mention it’s a dark comedy?)
16. Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities
If you’ve ever been curious about what an episodic horror series from mastermind Guillermo Del Toro looks like, you’ll get some answers this month. These eight episodes are a mixed bag of inspirations and stories: Del Toro developed two, some are adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s works, and others are original takes. It’s worth noting Del Toro doesn’t direct any of these episodes, but there’s a whack of stars attached, including Andrew Lincoln, Peter Weller, Rupert Grint and Crispin Glover. You can’t stream them all immediately, either: Two new episodes unroll each day through the show’s premiere week.
17. The Good Nurse
Another TIFF selection, this film got plenty of buzz when it debuted at the festival in September. The biographical crime drama is the story of a caregiver who was implicated in the deaths of more than 300 hospital patients over his 16-year career, making him one of the biggest serial killers in history. Eddie Redmayne, Jessica Chastain and Noah Emmerich star.
18. Tales of The Jedi
This series of animated shorts from the Star Wars universe hails from creator Dave Filoni. The first six-episode season (which reportedly clocks in at about an hour-and-a-half total) hones in on the origins of Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, as well as the story of Count Dooku — the Jedi who eventually falls to the Dark Side.
19. The White Lotus: Blossom Circle
Jennifer Coolidge had so much fun in the first quirky season of this Emmy-winning series that she figured she’d return for another run. The White Lotus: Blossom Circle moves from Hawaii to Italy, where a new group of vacationers (and Coolidge’s Tanya character) mingle with the locals. While the show has been keeping many of the details close to the vest, we do know there will be characters played by Theo James (Divergent), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) and Meghann Fahy (The Bold Type).
20. All Quiet on the Western Front
Many are familiar with the classic 1930 war movie, but this reimagining (also based on the 1929 tome by German novelist Erich Maria Remarque) turns the table. That’s because it’s the first German feature film adaptation of the story, telling the tale from the other side of the line. Daniel Brühl and Felix Kammerer star.
Rewind: The Best New Streaming Releases from September 2022
After a busy summer, we’re finally getting back to routines and schedules. The days are busier, the nights are longer and tons of new TV shows and movies are premiering to help us chill out. It’s one of the many reasons we love September, especially with so many new streaming services offering premium content at a reasonable price. This month’s new streaming releases include highly anticipated new Star Wars series on Disney+ as well as Netflix’s Marilyn Monroe biopic.
Whether you’re a cord-cutter or someone looking to take advantage of streaming services with free trials this September, there are plenty of exciting projects to watch. The anticipated Lord of the Rings prequel series finally makes its debut after years of development. But that’s not all to look forward to.
This month we’re streaming unique TV shows like Wedding Season and Reboot, not to mention sporty docs and the return of a few favorites. Regarding movies to watch in September, we’re curious about the new live-action version of Pinocchio and excited to check out the Toronto International Film Festival offering The Greatest Beer Run Ever when it hits Apple TV+.
Of course, the end of September also ushers in a wave of Halloween-themed programming. This year that includes another project we’ve wanted for years: the Hocus Pocus sequel featuring all three original Sanderson Sisters.
Looking for ideas on what to stream and watch this September? We’ve got you covered. Keep reading to see the best new streaming releases of September 2022, and keep scrolling to see what we were binge-watching in August and July.
AMC’s first animated series drops this weekend to make us all think twice about the concept of artificial intelligence. The show revolves around a young woman who receives messages from an unknown number claiming to be her dead dad. But when she pursues the truth, a more sinister story emerges. Paul Dano, William Hurt, Taylor Schilling, Lara Pulver and Maude Apatow voice the series.
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
It’s been a long time coming, but the prequel series that delves into the story of how those coveted rings were forged, distributed and ultimately destroyed hits Prime Video this month. Sure, there’s no Gandalf or Gollum to invest in when we return to Middle Earth, but at least we’ll see a few familiar elven faces as the episodes unroll.
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3. Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul
You don’t need to be a believer to enjoy this official Sundance selection when it debuts on Peacock this month, but there are also plenty of inside jokes for anyone who has ever wondered about those who guide their faith. Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall star as the couple who once served as heads of a thriving congregation until scandal fell. Now, their every move is captured by a documentary team as they try to rebuild from the ground up.
One of tennis’ biggest legends (and most notorious hot heads) is the subject at the center of Showtime Documentary Film’s latest project. The film touts itself as the story of a legend as told by the legend himself, but it also includes interviews with the likes of Patty Smyth, Keith Richards, Billie Jean King and Bjorn Borg.
5. The Murders Before the Marathon
Could the Boston Marathon bombing have been prevented? That’s the question Boston journalist Susan Zalkind seeks to answer in this new Hulu doc. Zalkind, whose friend died that day, explores bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s connections to a 2011 triple homicide in which no one was ever officially charged, posing the question: What if he had been apprehended back then?
6. Last Light
What did it take to bring Matthew Fox out of retirement following Lost? That would be this limited series about a global oil catastrophe. Fox plays petro-chemist Andy Yeats, a man who realizes the world’s oil supply is in jeopardy right before he’s separated from his family. Joanne Froggat and Alyth Ross also star.
It’s the story of your childhood, only this time it’s told through the
creepiness magic of CGI. Benjamin Evan Ainsworth voices the popular puppet-turned boy, Tom Hanks plays his affable old man Geppetto, and an all-star cast including Cynthia Erivo, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key and Lorraine Bracco round out the rest of the cast.
8. Wedding Season
Think of every wedding rom-com you’ve ever seen and then forget about them all. This anti-trope comedy thriller TV series revolves around two people who fall for each other and begin an affair, even though she already has a fiancé. But the real fun doesn’t start until she goes ahead with the wedding, and everyone but her winds up dead.
9. Cobra Kai (s5)
It’s a new chapter for the famed dojo when the fifth season of this Karate Kid continuation drops this month. With the unexpected outcome at last season’s All Valley Tournament, the characters are at a significant crossroads when we return. However, given Johnny Lawrence’s (William Zabka) newfound career as an Uber driver, the creative decision seems to be paying off in a big way.
Whether you’re looking for a bit of inspiration for yourself or a female in your life, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are hoping to deliver with their new TV series. The Apple TV+ show follows the women as they travel the globe to speak with “gutsy” women everywhere — famous and not — to get their hot takes on how anyone can make a difference.
11. American Gigolo
If you were a fan of the iconic 1980 film, you’ll want to check out this month’s debut of the eight-episode reimagining starring Jon Bernthal. The project follows a male escort wrongfully convicted of murder who spends 15 years in jail before exoneration. As he then reconciles the man he was with the man he’s become, he’ll also discover the horrifying truth behind who sent him to prison. Gretchen Mol and Rosie O’Donnell also star.
12. The 74th Annual Emmy Awards
Excited to see whether your favorite TV shows will win big at this year’s annual awards show? Looking for ideas on what to watch and stream next? You’ll get all that and more as the Emmys go down this month, with host Keenan Thompson taking the stage to helm the star-studded festivities.
13. The Handmaid’s Tale (s5)
The Emmy-winning show that put Hulu on the map is finally back for a fifth season, and from the early looks of things, it’s going to get grim. Elisabeth Moss returns as June/Offred for her darkest round yet, as she goes head-to-head with her former tormentor, Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski).
14. Atlanta (S4)
It’s only been a few months since the third season of Donald Glover’s brainchild series wrapped, but the fourth and final season is already here. If the last season was polarizing for fans, this season can best be described as a nostalgic goodbye. That’s because the action shifts from Europe back to Atlanta for what director Hiro Murai told The Hollywood Reporter is a proper goodbye to the city and the show.
15. Goodnight Mommy
Director Matt Sobel tackles this 2014 Australian horror film remake, in which twin boys arrive at their mother’s house only to discover her entire face is bandaged. But as they spend more time with her and creepy things begin happening, they realize something isn’t right — maybe the woman behind the face wrap isn’t their mom. Naomi Watts, Cameron Crovetti, Nicholas Crovetti and Peter Hermann star.
16. Los Espookys
It’s been four years since HBO graced us with this original fantasy horror comedy from the minds of Fred Armisen, Ana Fabrega and Julio Torres. But now it’s back for a second season, and so far, critics are saying it’s been worth the wait. The show follows a group of horror-loving friends who start a business that offers otherworldly experiences to clients. If you have yet to watch the first season, stream it on HBO Max before the new season kicks off.
17. Best in Dough
Given how delicious this new series sounds, we bet you’ll be ordering multiple times from your favorite pizza place while binging it. Wells Adams (aka the bartender from Bachelor in Paradise) hosts the competition series. In each episode, specific groups (nonnas, college students, etc.) face off for a cash prize and the ultimate bragging rights. It’s pizza, on pizza, on pizza, and we’re hungry just thinking about it.
18. Dancing With the Stars (S31)
There are plenty of changes in store when the 31st season of this celebrity dancing competition kicks off, including the big one: It now streams on Disney Plus rather than airing on ABC. While further surprises are being kept under wraps for now, we’re also getting a new co-host to mark the occasion. Yup, Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) joins Tyra Banks for all the smizing and Carlton-dancing you can possibly handle.
We’re suckers for meta Hollywood projects, and this comedy is as meta as it gets. Reboot revolves around a dysfunctional cast that’s forced back together to reboot (okay, technically revive) their comedy years after it originally aired. Of course, none of them have grown since their time in the limelight — they’ve backtracked, and now they need to learn to get along. Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville, Paul Reiser and Rachel Bloom star.
Okay, so we know we included this Rogue One, Star Wars prequel series in our what to watch in August roundup, but hey — premiere dates change. In case you missed our original write-up, this series revolves around the insurrectionist character who fought against the Galactic Republic in the Outer Rim Territories. Diego Luna reprises his 2016 role, and according to the actor, the show features many new characters and places we never even knew existed within the galaxy. Genevieve O’Reilly, Fiona Shaw and Alex Ferns also star.
21. Meet Cute
Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson team for this rom-com with a sci-fi twist. The story is all about love at first sight, except it isn’t first sight at all. That’s because Sheila (Cuoco) has access to a time machine, and she uses it to go back and fall in love with Gary (Davidson) over and over again… each time she does, she tries to craft him into the perfect man.
Nothing is what it seems. Or so promises narrator Benedict Cumberbatch in the trailer for this new nature-exploring series from executive producer James Cameron. With the help of scientific innovations and new tech, this series showcases things that happen in nature outside of the naked human eye.
23. The Kardashians
Do we know more about the Kardashians than we’d care to admit? We sure do. Still, there’s something addictive about watching this family, so we’re glad they’re already back with the second season of their “new” Hulu show. This season we get to see the fallout of Kim’s famous Variety interview, Khloe’s separation, Kourtney’s marriage and Kris’ surgery — among other storylines.
24. Thai Cave Rescue
Following last month’s release of the Ron Howard-directed film Thirteen Lives comes this six-part dramatized take of the 2018 Thai cave rescue. The real-life events, in which 12 boys and their soccer coach were miraculously saved from flooded caves, captured the attention of a nation. The projects, however, couldn’t be more different. While Howard’s film follows the divers at the center of the rescue, this Thai series goes deeper into the other characters involved.
25. On the Come Up
Sanaa Lathan makes her feature film directorial debut with this month’s release of On the Come Up, which is based on the book of the same name by Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give.) It’s about a 16-year-old aspiring rapper named Bri who goes viral for all the wrong reasons and must ultimately decide who she wants to be.
26. Pokémon: The Arceus Chronicles
Whether you want to evoke childhood nostalgia, continue a current obsession or get the younger generation into the world of Pokémon, the franchise delivers yet again with this latest installment. The race to save Sinnoh is on as Ash, Goh, Dawn and Brock take on Team Galactic.
27. The Munsters
The wait is over, Rob Zombie fans. After plenty of speculation, the performer/director’s take on the classic 1960s series finally debuts this month. This iteration focuses on the early romance between Herman (Jeff Daniel Philips) and Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie), despite disappointment from Grandpa/The Count (Dan Roebuck).
Ready to be offended by Marilyn Monroe? Director and writer Andrew Dominik hopes you are when he debuts this take on the famed performer. In what fans already consider a haunting take, Ana de Armas stars as the woman in question. The creatives behind this flick (including Brad Pitt) waited 10 years to find the perfect lead, so we’re expecting a stellar performance.
29. The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (s2)
Emilio Estevez is out and Josh Duhamel is in when the second season of this hockey-obsessed series returns. It’s summer for the famed quack-attack team, which means the players are now attending a prestigious hockey school. That’s where they’ll meet former NHL player Colin Cole (Duhamel), a charming but hardcore coach.
30. The Greatest Beer Run Ever
If you thought you knew Zac Efron, he’s about to change your mind in director Peter Farrelly’s TIFF-selected flick. Based on a real-life story, the movie follows a young man named Chickie (Efron) who decides to travel to the frontlines in Vietnam. Why? To bring the soldiers their favorite American beer and to show them their country remains supportive.
31. Hocus Pocus 2
The sequel to one of the most beloved Halloween movies ever made is finally here, continuing the story of the Sanderson Sisters. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy all reprise their roles for the anticipated film. In it, the trio returns to wreak havoc on Salem, and it’s up to three high school kids to stop them.
Rewind: The Best New Streaming Releases We Watched in August 2022
As we entered the back half of 2022, we saw some of the best streaming releases to date. If you’re wondering what we watcedh in August or are looking for streaming releases you missed, we’ve got you covered.
Last month we cued up some of the best streaming services for anticipated prequel projects like House of the Dragon, Andor and Prey. We checked out the Beavis and Butt-Head revival, braced ourselves for Ron Howard’s early Oscars contender Thirteen Lives and finally watched the Netflix iteration of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Somewhere in there was the debut of She-Hulk, the second season of breakout comedy Reservation Dogs and Jamie Foxx’s Day Shift, among others.
1. Arsenal: All or Nothing
The first three episodes of this sports docu-series are out now on Prime Video. If you’re a fan of European football or love a good underdog story (and what sports fan doesn’t?), then you’ll want to put this at the top of your watch list. Arsenal: All or Nothing follows the legendary English football club as it fights for a spot in the elite Champions League. Go onto the field and into the locker room to see how the players and coach cope with the pressure.
2. Industry (Season 2)
You don’t need to be an investment banker to follow the high-stakes drama presented in this series. In it, the young and hungry Pierpoint & Co employees return to trade for another day, with lots of sex, drugs and backstabbing in between. The action picks up with Harper (Myha’la Herrold) returning to her desk post-COVID and atoning for her actions at the end of Season 1. As she chases a fancy new client (played by Jay Duplass), things at her desk are also in jeopardy with the arrival of a young hot shot, played by Alex Alomar Akpobome.
3. Reservation Dogs (Season 2)
This comedy about four Indigenous teens in rural Oklahoma was a sleeper hit when it debuted last August. When it returns for a second season this month, it’s with a two-episode debut, followed by two episodes weekly. Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Paulina Alexis and Lane Factor all return to their Season 1 roles. The action picks up where we left off, with the criminal gang disbanded and on the outs.
4. Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head
You may not have needed more Beavis and Butt-Head in your life but let’s be honest: They were a formative part of your youth, right? Even if they weren’t, the animated duo return with a brand new and updated series, in which they endlessly mock TikTok videos and go on wild adventures, including one with an actual, talking dumpster fire.
Whether you loved the Predator films or you’re just a completist who needs to see it all, the prequel film comes to the streaming world this month to unravel even more history and backstory to the classic creatures. An origin story, it takes place in the early 18th century in Comanche Nation, with Amber Midthunder playing a female warrior who fights to protect her tribe against one of the first Predators to land on Earth. Dane DiLiegro, Harlan Blayne Kytwayhat and Dakota Beavers also star.
6. The Sandman
Neil Gaiman’s popular work is finally getting the dramatized treatment after years in development for a feature film. This week the creator unrolls a TV show depicting the story of Morpheus (played by Tom Sturridge) as he attempts to restore his rule. This one is set in the present day and also features Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, with the likes of Vivienne Acheampong, Patton Oswalt, Mark Hamill and Joely Richardson also stopping by to get in on the action.
Kevin Bacon heads up the cast on this horror, which puts a whole new spin on the real-life terror that is conversion camps. The Blumhouse flick tells the story of Whistler Camp, where a fresh group of campers are promised “a new sense of freedom” by leader Owen Whistler (Bacon). But when the psychological tactics prove to be too much and a murderer shows up, it’s clear the real horror is just beginning.
8. Thirteen Lives
Ron Howard’s latest big-screen project is already receiving all kinds of Oscars buzz, and this month you can finally see why for yourself. The dramatized retelling of the real-life rescue of a soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand in 2018 is based on the headlines. However, it quickly goes even deeper, peeling back the layers of this historic rescue one tension-filled twist at a time. The all-star cast includes Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton and Viggo Mortensen.
9. Day Shift
Jamie Foxx is trading in his comedic chops for drama in this action-filled romp, in which a blue-collar dad works hard to provide a good life for his daughter. However, it turns out this pops is only in the pool cleaning business as a front: His real gig is hunting and killing deadly vampires. Dave Franco, Snoop Dogg, Karla Souza and Meagan Good also star.
10. Five Days at Memorial
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, it left plenty of destruction in its wake. This dramatized retelling of real-life events hones in on one particular place that was devastated by the damage: Memorial Medical Center. The hospital was severely damaged at the time, trapping workers and patients without resources for five days. But if you thought that was the worst of it, learning what happened within those walls during that time may have you thinking differently.
11. A League of Their Own
There’s still no crying in baseball when this anticipated TV series follow-up to Penny Marshall’s beloved 1992 film debuts this month. The Prime Video series is said to take a deeper dive into the All American Women’s Baseball League while exploring themes of racism, gender and misogyny. Naturally, there’s also going to be a lot of baseball. Co-creator and star Abbi Jacobson received Marshall’s blessing for this take before the director’s death in 2018, and original star Rosie O’Donnell appears as a local bar owner named Vi. Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden and Nick Offerman also star.
12. Tales of the Walking Dead
If you’re still into this long-standing franchise but are more interested in the origin stories behind the fall of civilization as we know it, the latest Walking Dead take is here to entertain you this month. This episodic anthology spinoff features six different stories that take place as the Walkers begin their rise, with characters new and old entering the mix. Terry Crews, Anthony Edwards, Parker Posey and Poppy Liu star.
13. Legacy: The True Story of the L.A. Lakers
If you were into the dramatized version of the rise of the L.A. Lakers, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, when it bowed earlier this year on HBO, this doc may be for you. The 10-part miniseries hails from director Antoine Fuqua, as it tracks the basketball team’s rise to glory in the 1980s. Only in this take, there’s no John C. Reilly in a questionable hair piece.
14. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
The MCU’s next anticipated TV series is here, this time with Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters, the cousin to Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) who inherits some of his green powers after receiving a blood transfusion from him. In this series, she’s coupling her new powers with her skills as an attorney to bring down the bad guys. Charlie Cox returns as Daredevil and Tim Roth is back as Abomination.
15. House of the Dragon
Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, this series takes the “historical” book and goes deeper to showcase what really happened nearly 300 years before Daenerys Targaryen hatched her way into the hearts of Game of Thrones lovers. Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint and Eve Best star.
If you count yourself a Ramy fan then you’ll definitely want to mark your calendar for the debut of comedian Mo Amer’s series this month. The actor, who appeared in Ramy and co-created this project with Ramy Youssef, stars as a Palestinian refugee now living in Houston. There, he attempts to co-exist with his mom and two siblings.
17. The End Is Nye
Bill Nye (the science guy) is just as concerned about the state of the planet as you are. That’s why he’s unrolling this new six-part series dedicated to covering all of the potential natural disasters that could possibly wipe us out. Think viruses, volcanos, asteroids and chemical warfare, among other catastrophic topics to explore.
Sylvester Stallone may be 76, but Sly is still in top form as an aging superhero in Prime Video’s latest action thriller. Here he plays the mythical character Samaritan, who was thought to have disappeared more than two decades ago after an epic battle. But when a boy discovers the legend is still around and kicking, Samaritan’s cover is blown. Martin Starr, Javon Walton, Dascha Polanco and Pilou Asbæk also star.
19. The Patient
There have been plenty of TV series about therapy over the years, but none have ever quite been like this. From the creators of The Americans comes this intense drama starring Steve Carell as a psychotherapist who recently lost his wife and is trying to get a grip on his own issues. But those issues only intensify when a serial killer (played by Domhnall Gleeson) kidnaps him and holds him captive in a bid to curb his own homicidal urges. If you’re getting Misery vibes, you’re not alone.
The Cassian Andor Star Wars series you didn’t know you needed is here to fill the void while you wait for next year’s return of The Mandalorian. As the title implies, this series revolves around the insurrectionist character who fought against the Galactic Republic in the Outer Rim Territories. It’s a prequel series to Rogue One and features Diego Luna reprising his 2016 role. According to the actor, it features many new characters and places that we never even knew existed within the galaxy. Genevieve O’Reilly, Fiona Shaw and Alex Ferns also star.
Rewind: The Best New Streaming Releases We Watched in July 2022
Summer arrived, and despite getting food with friends and living our best outdoors lives, we still made time to hang out with our favorite fictional friends inside. There were plenty of buzzy shows and movies to watch and stream in July, which keep us plenty busy during the heat waves.
There were the final two Season 4 episodes of Stranger Things, of course, as well as Ray Liotta’s final TV project, Black Bird. But there was also the anticipated Derek Jeter doc, new seasons of spicy reality shows, a $200 million film starring Ryan Gosling and an animated movie from the Moana director. Truly something for everyone on all of our favorite streaming services.
Read on to see what we watched in July.
1. Stranger Things (S4 P2)
The final two episodes (or mini movies, given the 85- and 139-minute runtimes) are finally here. After a month-long hiatus the fourth season of this beloved period drama wraps in full, bringing us even closer to the final season. For now, star Joseph Quinn promises the Season 4 finale will be “carnage,” so if you’re holding out hope for all of your favorite characters to make it out alive, now is a fine time to start adjusting those expectations.
2. The Terminal List
Think you can handle eight episodes of action star Chris Pratt? Then be sure to catch him in this adaptation of Jack Carr’s best-selling novel of the same name when it drops in full July 1. The series revolves around a SEAL agent who survives an ambush only to return home and realize dark forces are still conspiring against him. Antoine Fuqua directs and Taylor Kitsch, Constance Wu, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Riley Keough and Jai Courtney also star.
Dominic Monaghan, Joe Manganiello and Emma McDonald are the trio aboard this flight when it shuttles off to begin its six-episode first season, setting the stage for a futuristic utopia on a lunar colony. But when a lunar cargo pilot and smuggler is accused of a crime and marooned on the site, it opens her eyes to the true and more sinister happenings around her.
4. Black Bird
There are several reasons to tune into this based-on-real-life miniseries, such as the compelling story and the short format. However, it’s worth noting this is also Ray Liotta’s final TV role before his death in May 2022. The show tells the story of a high school football hero and the son of a decorated policeman who was sentenced to 10 years for his involvement with drugs. However shortly after he was locked up, he was given the dangerous but rare opportunity to go undercover and expose a serial killer in exchange for his freedom.
5. The Sea Beast
Chris Williams, no stranger to animated family films thanks to his previous work on Moana and Big Hero 6, directs this anticipated film that already has parents everywhere giddy. It revolves around a sea monster hunter and the young stowaway who unexpectedly joins him, and features a notable voice cast that includes Karl Urban, Jared Harris, Zaris-Angel Hator and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
6. How to Build a Sex Room
Hey, you don’t know what you don’t know. All these couples know is they need to add more spice to their lives, so they ask luxury interior designer Melanie Rose to enter their personal space and create a stylish but functional sex room. In each episode, she’s joined by general contractor Mike, whose responsibilities may or may not include ensuring certain pieces of furniture are tightly enough installed.
7. Sky Med
This Canadian acquisition drops in full this month, charting out the story of an air ambulance service in remote Northern Canada, where high-stakes medical rescues, heartbreaks and personal trials and tribulations are a part of the everyday grind. Natasha Calis, Morgan Holmstrom, Praneet Akilla, Aason Nadjiwan and Mercedes Morris star.
8. Better Call Saul (S6 P2)
It’s… here. One of the most critically acclaimed and nominated shows currently on-air is wrapping a monumental run with the back half of its sixth and final season. There are just six episodes to go and anticipated cameos from Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Carol Burnett to look forward to, so don’t miss any of the weekly action if you don’t want to be spoiled.
9. The Bob’s Burger Movie
The first feature film revolving around the Sunday night staple hits two streaming services at once this month after a short theatrical run. In the big-screen story, a sinkhole opens right in front of Bob’s Burgers, blocking the entrance and ruining the family’s big plans for the best summer ever.
10. How to Change Your Mind
Michael Pollan’s non-fiction book examining psychedelics and drug-assisted therapies has become a handbook of sorts for those advocating for advances in the community itself. Now he’s examining the history and future behind these mind-altering substances (LSD, MDMA, mescaline, and psilocybin) with an eye-opening, four-part series.
11. What We Do in the Shadows (S4)
If you have yet to sink your teeth into this brilliant comedy and its quirky vampire ways, know that it’s so beloved it has already been renewed for two additional seasons. For those who are in the know, the fourth season picks up on a cliffhanger and features the vampires returning to Staten Island, where their mansion is on the verge of collapse. In other words, vamps doing home renos may be your next favorite show premise.
12. Resident Evil
If you’ve already burned through the seven live-action movies and the animated series based on this popular video game, perhaps it’s time to give the franchise’s first-ever live-action series a shot. In this dual timeline, we follow the characters in the present day as well as 14 years after a virus caused an apocalypse. Ella Balinska and Lance Reddick star.
13. Don’t Make Me Go
John Cho plays a father in this tear-inducing film about a man who learns he has a terminal illness, so he uses the time he has left to bond with his teen daughter (Mia Isaac) during a cross-country road trip that’s also meant to help her reconnect with her mother.
14. The Rehearsal
Nathan Fielder (Nathan for You, How to With John Wilson) is back and ready to bring us more episodic TV that may very well sit with you long-term. In this six-episode offering, he uses a construction crew, actors and unlimited resources to allow ordinary people to rehearse for life’s biggest moments via simulations. It’s all in the name of reducing risk and uncertainty, but at what cost?
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15. The Captain
Learn everything you ever needed to know about former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and then some when this new seven-part docuseries drops. The project includes unseen footage and in-depth interviews with the five-time World Series champ. Along the way expect chats with those who know him best, as well as plenty of inside baseball peeps (pun intended).
16. The Gray Man
Everyone may be busy talking about Ryan Gosling’s upcoming turn as Ken in the 2023 Barbie movie, but for now, fans can catch him in this spy thriller that’s co-written and directed by the Russo brothers. Adapted from Mark Greaney’s book of the same name, the story revolves around a CIA agent who becomes a wanted target following signs of a conspiracy. Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Wagner Moura, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard and Regé-Jean Page also star in the $200 million production.
17. Love Island
In need of some steamy content to match your steamy summer? The Islanders have got you. This American iteration of the popular U.K. series returns for its fourth season this month with a new home: Peacock. Pretty much everything else about the show remains the same but when these new men and women come aboard for their chance at love and money, expect raunchier content to make it to air given the new streaming service home.
18. The Last Movie Stars
If old Hollywood is your thing, you and Ethan Hawke may have more in common than you realized. The actor steps behind the camera to direct this six-part docuseries, which goes in-depth on the relationship between legendary Hollywood couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.
19. Rap Sh!t
Issa Rae (Insecure) brings her comedic stylings to this latest series, although for now, she’s hanging out behind the scenes. This series revolves around two former high school friends (played by Aida Osman and KaMillion) who reunite to form a hip-hop group. A two-episode drop kicks it all off, with weekly installments to follow.
20. Anything’s Possible
Billy Porter makes his directorial debut with this trans-coming-of-age story that adds some much-needed representation to the space. Writer Ximena García Lecuona unfolds a high school story revolving around a trans girl named Kelsa (Eva Reign) as she navigates her senior year. But when her classmate Khal (Abubakr Ali) forms a crush, he musters up the courage to ask her out even though he knows it can cause all kinds of drama.
21. The Resort
If you’re looking for something with serious White Lotus vibes, this dramedy revolves around an unhappily married couple on an anniversary trip to the Yucatan. There, they become embroiled in a mystery from 15 years earlier. William Jackson Harper, Cristin Milioti, Nick Offerman and Skyler Gisondo star.
22. Harley Quinn (S3)
The popular DC Comics character returns for a third season of animated mayhem. Kaley Cuoco returns to voice Harley Quinn and is joined by the likes of Lake Bell, Ron Funches, Alan Tudyk, Tony Hale, Jason Alexander and Christopher Meloni.
23. Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin
The spinoff no one knew they needed is here after a lengthy development process, introducing us to a new group of Little Liars (played by Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney, Zaria, Malia Pyles and Maia Reficco). Thanks to some secret deeds committed by their parents two decades ago, these teens are now being punished by an unknown and potentially deadly force. The series hails from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale) and in our experience, that means we should expect anything and everything to happen in the upcoming storylines.
Neil Patrick Harris returns to TV for this comedy about starting over from Darren Star, aka the creator of Sex and the City and Emily in Paris. In it, Harris plays a 40-something New Yorker whose idealistic life screeches to a halt when his husband of 17 years suddenly leaves him.
25. Paper Girls
This 1988-set adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s comics revolves around four newspaper delivery girls (played by Camryn Jones, Riley Lai Nelet, Sofia Rosinsky and Fina Strazza). All is well until one fall morning when the quartet heads out on their routes, only to come into contact with time travelers who throw them into the future. Now, they must figure out where they are and how to get back, hopefully saving the world in the process.
This eight-part psychological drama delivers all the twisty turns you’d want from a big-budget show. Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as Sophie, a woman who is dealing with memory loss and head trauma reportedly caused by a suicide attempt she can’t remember. However, as she begins to put her life back together more questions arise than answers, leading her down a dark rabbit hole. Stephan James, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ari Graynor, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Millie Brady also star.
Rewind: The Best New Streaming Releases We Watched in June 2022
Summer arrived, and with it enough cool new releases to watch in June to make skipping a pool day worth it.
From anticipated follow-up seasons for shows like The Orville, Westworld and The Boys, to Sundance film selections, to anticipated stand-up comedy specials, June had something for everyone on all of our favorite streaming services.
Looking for an action-comedy? There was the debut of The Man From Toronto, for one. Felt more like an intense drama? We pointed you to the final season of Peaky Blinders’ and the debut of the limited identity drama Chloe. A J-Lo documentary, a hot new MCU series and two awards shows rounded out our June picks.
Want to know what debuted in June 2022? We’ve rounded up all of the best new streaming releases of the month below. Whether you subscribe to Hulu, Netflix, Paramount Plus or all of the above, we’ve got some great streaming options for you. Keep scrolling for all of our favorite premieres, finales and streaming events.
1. The Orville: New Horizons
It’s been three years, but Seth MacFarlane’s space spoof is back on a new streaming service this month. The former Fox series makes its Hulu debut, where it continues to tell the stories of the Orville crew under the leadership of Captain Ed Mercer (MacFarlane). There are plenty of visual effects, zippy one-liners and pop culture references to look forward to as most of the cast returns, including late actor Norm Macdonald, who finished his voice work as Yaphit before his death last September.
2. The Boys (s3)
Get ready for blood, explosions and more politics than ever when the third season of this satirical superhero drama returns. And, after a two-year wait, we’d expect nothing less from our favorite vigilantes. When we return, Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and his team continue trying to take down Vought International and superhero team the Seven, led by a very disturbed Homelander (Antony Starr). But when Billy receives a formula that allows him to have his own superpowers for 24 hours, it sparks a moral conflict among the Boys that threatens their very existence.
3. Fire Island
Pride and Prejudice, but make it modern and queer. This rom-com film, written by Joel Kim Booster, follows two best friends (Booster and Bowen Yang) who plan a week’s vacation in the iconic Fire Island Pines. There, they encounter lots of cheap booze and hang out with eclectic friends, as one of them even finds his own version of Mr. Darcy (Conrad Ricamora).
4. P-Valley (s2)
Lockdown was tough on everyone, including the characters from this fictional town and strip club. When the second season picks up this month, things are finally starting to lift but there are plenty of consequences to explore. In addition to the moral consequences from the first-season finale, there are also political shifts afoot at the Pynk, as Uncle Clifford (Nicco Annan), Mercedes (Brandee Evans), and Autumn Night (Elarica Johnson) figure out their business.
5. MTV Movie & TV Awards
There are a few reasons to tune into this yearly celebration of TV and film, including host Vanessa Hudgens. Jack Black is also expected to be in attendance as he’s receiving the Comedic Genius Award, but keep your eyes peeled for a variety of celebrities who are up across a plethora of categories, including two new categories: Best Song and Here for the Hookup.
6. That’s My Time With David Letterman
David Letterman has made a home at Netflix interviewing famous personalities, but he’s still a comedian at heart. At least that’s the sense we get from his latest project, which filmed recently during the Netflix is a Joke comedy festival. Join Letterman and special comedic guest stars as they perform a quick stand-up set and then sit down with the former late-night host for a deeper dive into their craft.
At this point, Adam Sandler and Netflix originals may be as co-dependant as peanut butter and jelly. But with this release — the actor’s ninth on the streaming service — he’s ready to pull on our heartstrings with his lesser-known dramatic skills. In his new streaming release, Hustle, Sandler stars as a rule-breaking basketball scout who puts everything on the line for a Spanish basketball player named Bo Cruz (played by real-life NBA player Juancho Hernangómez). Queen Latifah, Robert Duvall, Ben Foster, Jordan Hull, Ainhoa Pillet and Maria Botto also star.
8. The Janes
These ordinary women were trying to save other women’s lives, and that made them criminals. That’s our entry point to this timely doc about the Jane Collective, an underground group in Chicago that helped more than 11,000 women with abortions prior to Roe v. Wade. The film debuted earlier this year at Sundance to positive reviews but makes its streaming service debut this month.
9. Ms. Marvel
There’s plenty of anticipation for the MCU’s next TV series offering, especially since it stars Marvel’s very first Muslim superhero. Meet Kamala Khan (newcomer Iman Vellani), who feels like a nerdy outsider thanks to her love for gaming and Captain Marvel. But when she suddenly experiences her own superpowers her entire life changes. Following these six episodes (which unroll on a weekly basis), watch for the character to make her big-screen debut in 2023 with The Marvels.
10. Queer As Folk
If you were a fan of the original Queer As Folk from creator Russell T. Davies, mark your calendars for the debut of this reimagining (that has nothing to do with the previous American remake on Showtime). This iteration, which counts Davies as an executive producer, follows a group of friends in the aftermath of a tragedy in New Orleans. Devin Way, Fin Argus, Ryan O’Connell, Johnny Sibilly and Jesse James Keitel star.
11. For All Mankind (s3)
If you haven’t gotten into this critically acclaimed streaming release yet, now is your chance with the third-season debut this month. The show hails from creator Ronald D. Moore and explores what would have happened had the Soviet Union beat the United States to the moon back in 1969. In this third installment, the timeline jumps to the 1990s, as the space race progresses from the Moon to Mars. Joel Kinnaman, Shantel VanSanten, Jodi Balfour, Wrenn Schmidt, Krys Marshall and Sonya Walger star.
12. Peaky Blinders (s6)
The end is here for fans who have been following this British drama from the beginning, and if the first five seasons are any indication it’s going to be a wild ride. The season picks up following the Irish-Romani gang’s plans to expand under boss Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy), and following the real-life death of star Helen McCrory, who played Aunt Polly. The actor died in April 2021 from breast cancer at the age of 52 and wasn’t able to film the last season or the upcoming planned movie that will cap this whole story.
13. The Tony Awards
Warm up your vocal cords and try to remember what live theater is like because those who live, breathe and sleep Broadway are coming together this month to celebrate the best of the best. Ariana DeBose hosts the show, which airs live and nationwide for the first time in its history.
14. Pete Davidson Presents: The Best Friends
There’s no denying Pete Davidson is one of the most fascinating dudes out there, so we’re super curious to tune into this new streaming release, which he filmed last April during the Netflix is a Joke festival. There, the comedian welcomed some of his besties to help him perform, including Carly Aquilino, Giulio Gallarotti, Joey Gay, Jordan Rock, Dave Sirus, Big Wet and Neko White. He and his BFF Machine Gun Kelly also teamed up for a small performance and cameras captured it all.
It’s been two years since Jennifer Lopez took the stage at Hard Rock Stadium for the Super Bowl LIV halftime show, but if you’re still curious about what it took to get her there, this doc is for you. The film also covers her amazing work ethic, jaw-dropping preparations and even her relationship with Ben Affleck, making it a must-see for any and all J-Lo fans.
16. God’s Favorite Idiot
Good things typically happen when Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone team up. So naturally, fans are hoping that’s the case here when their new comedy series drops. The new streaming release puts the duo into a workplace sitcom environment, where a mid-level tech support employee (Falcone) suddenly finds himself as God’s new messenger. One who glows, by the way. Kevin Dunn, Ana Scotney and Leslie Bibb also star.
17. Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend
If you’ve missed the decades-long culinary competition featuring some of the world’s greatest chefs going head-to-head in Kitchen Stadium, it’s finally back. And this time it’s got the budget of a streaming service behind it. Alton Brown hosts alongside Kristen Kish and Mark Dacascos.
18. Father of the Bride
If you’re in the mood for a new(ish) rom-com this month, look no further than the reimagining of this classic film from 1950 and 1991. This time around Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan star as the parents of a young woman (Adria Arjona) who unexpectedly comes home and announces she’s getting married to her boyfriend (Diego Boneta).
Buy: Watch on HBO Max $9.99 a month
19. Mad God
Horror fans have some high expectations heading into this month’s release of Mad God, a.k.a. the film from Oscar-winning special effects legend Phil Tippett that’s 30 years in the making. This movie is his directorial debut, and it features experimental multi-media that’s had people on the festival circuit chatting. This month it makes its streaming service debut, unraveling the story of The Assasin as he makes his way through a world of tortured souls and monsters.
20. The Old Man
Jeff Bridges returns to TV for the first time in decades to helm the role of Dan Chase, a man first popularized in Thomas Perry’s novel of the same name. This seven-part project revolves around the former CIA agent who has escaped his former life and is living off the grid. But when he’s the target of a failed assassination attempt, the beast reawakens. Bill Heck, John Lithgow, Alia Shawkat, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Amy Brenneman and E.J. Bonilla also star. The first two episodes air back-to-back with weekly installments to follow.
E-sports, but make it a mockumentary. That’s the premise of this incoming comedy about a fictional League of Legends team led by a vet named Creamcheese (Misha Brooks). “Documentary filmmakers” follow along as the team puts everything on the line to win their first championship in years, including hiring a 17-year-old rookie prodigy named Organizm.
22. Cha Cha Real Smooth
You’ll probably have a few feels after taking in this Sundance Audience Award winner starring writer and director Cooper Raif. Here he plays a college grad and party starter who falls for a mom (Dakota Johnson) and her autistic teen daughter (Vanessa Burghardt). Brad Garrett, Leslie Mann and Raúl Castillo also star.
23. Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
At 55-years-old, widowed schoolteacher Nancy Stokes (Emma Thomspon) is craving adventure and human connection. Lots and lots of human connection. So she hires an escort named Leo (Daryl McCormack) to help her achieve a sexual bucket list, but the pair end up making an unexpected connection in the process.
24. Jerry and Marge Go Large
Many of us dream of winning the lottery. But how many of us have ever taken advantage of the system by figuring out how to beat the odds? In the early 2000s, Jerry and Marge Selbee did. Now, this biographical comedy starring Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening is about to show us all how. Director David Frankel pulls back the curtain on the jaw-dropping story, in which the retired couple pocketed an impressive $8 million before taxes by snatching up a record number of tickets. Michael McKean, Anna Camp, Rainn Wilson and Larry Wilmore also star.
In the mood for a futuristic crime drama starring some familiar faces? Look no further than the drop of this new streaming release from director Joseph Kosinski. The movie is based on the George Saunders story, Escape From Spiderhead, and stars Chris Hemsworth as a visionary who uses mind-altering drugs to experiment on convicts hoping to shorten their sentences. Miles Teller, Charles Parnell and Jurnee Smollett also star.
26. The Umbrella Academy (s3)
After an extended hiatus, this family of former child heroes returns to face yet another potential apocalypse, only this time they’ll have to team up with the residents of the Sparrow Academy in order to do it. Also of note in Season 3 is the transformation of Vanya Hargreeves into Viktor Hargreeves, which was inspired by portrayer Elliot Page’s own transformation in 2020.
27. The Bear
Hungry for some feel-good content? This incoming series about a young chef who returns to Chicago to run his family’s sandwich shop might do it. Jeremy Allen White (Shameless) stars as the chef in question. Following an unexpected family death, he returns to his former stomping grounds and tries to turn the small business into a successful eatery, making connections with his family along the way.
People’s lives always look so much shinier on social media, which is plenty of inspiration for this story. The limited series follows a woman named Becky (Erin Doherty) who has been creeping the charmed life of her childhood friend, Chloe (Poppy Gilbert). But when Chloe suddenly dies, Becky assumes a false identity to infiltrate her world and find out what really happened. There, she realizes her former friend’s life was far from the perfect one she showed online.
Maya Rudolph stars in this workplace comedy about a woman whose husband betrays her, leaving her with nothing but $87 billion. So she turns to the charity foundation that was being run in her name and discovers new meaning in the process. The first three episodes of the Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard brainchild drop at once, with weekly installments to follow. MJ Rodriguez, Ron Funches and Joel Kim Booster also star in this new streaming release.
30. The Man From Toronto
Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson team for this Toronto-shot action flick that was originally supposed to debut on the big screen, but is now being sent to the streamer instead. The Patrick Hughes-directed action comedy is one part mistaken identity, one part action and all parts Kevin Hart doing his thing. Kaley Cuoco also stars.
If heartfelt sports stories are your jam, be sure to watch this movie (inspired by real-life events) when it drops on Disney+ this month. The movie traces the story of Nigerian brothers Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas Antetokounmpo, who emigrated from Nigeria to Greece, to America, and eventually, to the NBA.
32. Westworld (s4)
The world’s creepiest amusement park is back for another ride when the fourth season of this Michael Crichton creation finally debuts after a two-year hiatus. This time around we can expect more time-traveling, top-secret twists and a new cast member in the form of Oscar-winner Ariana DeBose (West Side Story). The first of eight new episodes debuts this month.
Buy: Watch on HBO Max $9.99 a month
33. Only Murders in the Building
Selena Gomez, Martin Short and Steve Martin made for an unlikely trio when the first season of this caper comedy dropped on Hulu last year, but since then they’ve proved to be a trio worth watching indeed. Follow along as they return for the second season of their SAG-nominated series, with Cara Delevingne, Shirley MacLaine and Amy Schumer joining in on the satirical, true-crime fun.
Rewind: The Best New Streaming Releases We Watched in May 2022
It was hard not to love the new streaming releases back in May. Not only did it bring the promise of summer and fun with friends and outdoor activities, but it also brought one of the best months in the TV calendar. Once upon a time, networks used to save all of their big finales or must-see episodes for something called May Sweeps. That’s when Nielsen, which tracks ratings, would pay closer attention to the shows people were watching. Higher ratings could potentially translate into advertising dollars, so you always knew something good would be on.
With so many great streaming services to choose from, May continued to be a heavy hitter because anything that was going to be considered for this year’s Emmys needed to debut by May 31. That meant there were tons of new streaming releases to watch in May 2022.
From the return of shows like Stranger Things, which was back after a three-year hiatus, to the final few episodes of Ozark. Not to mention the debut of the anticipated Jessica Biel drama Candy over at Hulu, and the Letterkenny spinoff, Shoresy. We also caught the second season of Jean Smart’s Hacks, as well as a World War II drama starring Colin Firth.
Add in the Obi-Wan Kenobe series over at Disney+, an adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter over at Peacock, the Bosch: Legacy premiere on the newly launched Freevee portion of Prime Video and a new season of Kids in the Hall, and it became clear that May was a stellar month for new streaming releases.
Want to know what debuted in May 2022? We’ve rounded up all of the best new streaming releases of the month below. Whether you subscribe to Hulu, Netflix, Paramount Plus or all of the above, we’ve got some great streaming options for you. Keep scrolling for all of our favorite premieres, finales and streaming events.
1. Moon Knight
There have been many (many) twists over this six-part limited series starring Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke, but the MCU brought it all home with one of this month’s most highly anticipated finales. Moon Knight was one of the best new streaming releases when it debuted back in March, and it stayed that way through the finale in May.
2. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
The series was a prequel to the original series and follows the USS Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike — played here by Anson Mount. Rebecca Romjin and Ethan Peck also star. If you’re a sci-fi lover, then this series is one of the best streaming releases of the month.
3. The Pentaverate
If you’ve missed Mike Myers in your life and just aren’t feeling another Austin Powers or Wayne’s World re-watch, Netflix has you covered with another film from the comedian’s questionable brain. Here he plays an unlikely Canadian journalist who wants to uncover the truth about a mysterious order — and save the world in the process. However, he’s also playing seven other characters for the fans out there who just want to see Mike do his thing. Jeremy Irons, Ken Jeong and Keegan-Michael Key also star.
4. The Staircase
Colin Firth is in demand. On top of starring in the Netflix release of Operation Mincemeat, he also plays crime novelist Michael Peterson in this dramatized retelling of the famous murder on HBO Max. Peterson was convicted of killing his second wife, Kathleen (Toni Collette) back in 2003 after she was found dead at the bottom of their staircase. But eight years later he was granted a new trial for misleading testimony, resulting in a 16-year ordeal that’s thoroughly explored in this limited series. Sophie Turner and Rosemarie DeWitt also star.
5. Bosch: Legacy
When we last left Bosch (Titus Welliver) he was done with the LAPD and the red tape that stopped him at every turn. Now, when he returns for this spinoff (which is really more like a continuation), he’s working as a private investigator intent on uncovering some hard truths. His newly minted LAPD rookie daughter Maddie (Madison Lintz) and former enemy Honey (Mimi Rogers) join him for all of the fun.
6. Tehran (Season 2)
If you haven’t caught this Israeli spy thriller yet, now’s the time to do so. The story of a Mossad agent (Niv Sultan) who unsuccessfully tried to hack Tehran in a mission to destroy Iran’s nuclear reactor is certainly intense. But this season, Glenn Close joins the action as a British woman living in Tehran to up the ante even further.
If you thought Friday the 13th was just a superstition, this limited series may have you thinking otherwise. Jessica Biel stars as Candy Montgomery, a housewife in the 1980s who murdered her friend Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey) with an axe on the day in question. “Swinging an axe 41 times, that can’t be easy,” the trailer previews. Catch the complicated story as the show unrolls new episodes daily.
8. Operation Mincemeat
The title may make this World War II-set film sound like a comedy, but director John Madden definitely sets a dramatic tone in this story about two intelligence officers who use a corpse to try and outwit Hitler. For those who aren’t familiar, the operation was in fact a real-life mission, one that to this day is considered one of the most successful deceptions ever achieved during the war. Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald and Rufus Wright star.
9. Hacks (Season 2)
Jean Smart is back for a second helping of her Emmy-winning role following a critically beloved first-season run. When we return, Deborah Vance hits the road with her sarcastic 25-year-old writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder) to reclaim her voice (and funny bone) following that bomb of a set in the first-season finale.
10. The Wilds (Season 2)
When we return for the second season of this survival drama, the stranded girls are now aware of two things: the plane crash was staged, and they aren’t alone. This season they’ll meet the boys who have also been playing out their own version of Lord of the Flies on an adjacent island, spicing up the overall drama.
11. The Time Traveler’s Wife
It’s okay to lose yourself in the romance of it all as Rose Leslie and Theo James team for this adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s novel of the same name. Not to be confused with the 2006 big-screen iteration, this six-part take is adapted by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and follows the “intricate and magical love story between Claire and Henry.”
12. The Lincoln Lawyer
You saw the big-screen flick starring Matthew McConaughey and you’ve read the books by Michael Connelly on which the character is based. Now see how Manuel Garcia-Rulfo does as Mick Haller when he tackles the role for this series. The first season is based on Connelly’s The Brass Verdict in particular, with Neve Campbell and Christopher Gorham rounding out the cast.
Zac Efron is all grown up in this very adult adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, which revolves around a young girl (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) who tries to understand why she can suddenly set things aflame with her mind. Gloria Reuben and Kurtwood Smith also star.
14. The Essex Serpent
This adaptation of Sarah Perry’s 1893-set novel of the same name brings Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston together on the small screen. The story revolves around a widow named Cora who moves to Essex to investigate a mythical snake. But when tragedy strikes, the locals quickly turn on her and her seemingly witchy ways.
15. The Kids in the Hall
Canada’s most famous sketch troupe is back. Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson team up once again for a new season of offbeat characters and old favorites, continuing a successful shtick they first popularized all the way back in 1989. Guest stars include Paul Bellini, Pete Davidson, Catherine O’Hara, Kenan Thompson, Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Will Forte, Catherine Reitman, Samantha Bee, Fred Armisen, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jay Baruchel, Eddie Izzard, Tracee Ellis Ross, Mark Hamill and Colin Mochrie.
16. Conversations with Friends
If you were into Normal People, mark your calendars for this show from the same creative team. It’s based on the 2017 novel by Sally Rooney and stars Joe Alwyn and Alison Oliver as two college students in Dublin who make an unexpected (and kind of weird) connection with a married couple.
If you didn’t know about Los Angeles’ mysterious billboard icon before, Emmy Rossum (Shameless) is here to educate you. She stars as the title character in this series, which is based on a Hollywood Reporter investigative article about the mysterious character.
18. Love, Death + Robots (Volume 3)
The beloved animated shorts came back to break more tropes and deliver unique viewing experiences with a third volume in May. All eight episodes dropped at once, and at least two stories from the first season have been confirmed. “Some characters are coming back,” creator Tim Miller teased during a live Reddit AMA. “Three of them, three characters. Three robots are actually returning for a sequel.”
19. Night Sky
Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons team for this dramatic fantasy, in which a couple discovers a chamber buried in their backyard that leads them to a strange and deserted new planet.
20. Jackass 4.5
Need more ridiculous stunts in your life? Of course, you do. That’s why the streaming service is dropping this follow-up to Jackass Forever so quickly. Okay, so technically this isn’t a new movie, but considering it’s full of leftover footage that just didn’t make it into the last film, we’ll take what we can get.
21. RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars
Can it be considered a true all-star season if you aren’t only recruiting previous winners? Not in this drag race. When the season kicks off, follow eight queens and previous champs as they fight it out for a double crowning and the ultimate bragging rights, not to mention a coveted cash prize.
22. Stranger Things
Of all the new streaming releases that came May 2022, this was the one we were most looking forward to.
The Upside Down players are finally back for the first half of the show’s anticipated fourth season, three long years since the last season wrapped. The action picks up six months following the Battle of Starcourt, as new supernatural threats surface. In other words, grab some Eggos and fuel up, because it’s going to be an intense season. The first half dropped in May, with the final four episodes coming in hot on July 1.
23. Obi-Wan Kenobi
Ewan McGregor reprised the title role for this spinoff series revolving around the Jedi Master, but when we picked up, he was definitely a little worse for wear. The series follows Obi-Wan during his exile on Tatooine. There, he avoids the wrath of Jedi hunters and the famed Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen, who reprises his role), all while watching over a young Luke Skywalker. Joel Edgerton, Rupert Friend, Kumail Nanjiani and Maya Erskine also star.
First Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney graced us with Letterkenny, the delightful Canadian series about hicks, skids and hockey players. And in May, they teamed up for this spinoff series revolving around one of our favorite puck brawlers, Shoresy. No word on how much time Keeso will spend upside down and naked in this hockey-centric take, but if the original show is any indication there will be plenty of chirps in store. You may want to warn your mother in advance.
If you’ve ever considered yourself a Sex Pistols fan then you’ll definitely want to go back and watch this dramatized mini-series revolving around guitarist Steve Jones. Here he’s played by Toby Wallace, with a supporting cast that includes Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) and Louis Partridge (Enola Holmes).
Rewind: The Best New Streaming Releases of April 2022
If you’re all caught up on the best new streaming releases of May 2022, then it’s not too late to catch up on the best new series, movies and streaming events from April. Last month was full of more can’t-miss movies and bingeable TV shows. All of the best streaming services had big debuts in April 2022, including the debut of an in-depth Tony Hawk documentary]. We were also jazzed about the debut of A Very British Scandal, given how much noise its predecessor, A Very English Scandal, made at the 2019 Emmys.
The sixth and final season of Better Call Saul also kicked off last month, as did the third season of Bill Hader’s Barry after a three-year wait. Then there was the buzzy new Kardashians series at Hulu, the second seasons of The Flight Attendant and Russian Doll, and the Ansel Elgort-starring series Tokyo Vice.
What else were we streaming in April? These were the best new streaming releases in April 2022:
- Moon Knight on Disney Plus
- The Bubble on Netflix
- The Outlaws on Prime Video
- Slow Horses on Apple TV
- Tony Hawk: Until The Wheels Fall Off on HBO Max
- All the Old Knives on Prime Video
- Our Great National Parks on Netflix
- Outer Range on Prime Video
- Better Caul Saul (Season 6) on AMC+
- Barry on HBO Max
Rewind: Best New Streaming Releases from March 2022
Spring is right around the corner — seriously, it’s so, so close — but that doesn’t mean we’re quite ready to decrease our TV and movie intake over here. In fact, there are tons of new shows and films that debuted in March 2022. In fact, there were so many that you probably didn’t have time to watch them all. So if you’ve run out of new streaming releases and still need something to watch, check out these can’t-miss streaming releases from last month.
In March, all of the best streaming services brought their A games with plenty of new offerings to keep us entertained. There were more than a few dramatized retellings of big water-cooler events, such as the story of killer Pam Hupp, Theranos leader Elizabeth Holmes and the personalities behind WeWork. The LA Lakers also got a dramatic retelling last month, but that wasn’t the only sports offering in store: March Madness officially arrived, as did one of the most anticipated UFC tickets of the year.
Last month we also added the Oscars to our list, as well as the long-awaited heroics of Moon Knight on Disney+ and an animated The Boys spinoff on Prime Video. Add in a quirky horror-comedy starring Courteney Cox and the return of Admiral Jean-Luc Picard, and there’s something for everyone to stream.
- West Side Story on Disney+ and HBO Max
- Star Trek: Picard on Paramount+
- The Boys: Diabolical on Prime Video
- Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty on HBO Max
- Turning Red on Disney+
- Deep Water on Hulu
- Atlanta on Hulu
- Halo the TV series on Paramount+