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The best new shows to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Max (HBO), and more

The cast of Cobra Kai.
Netflix

After getting off to a slow start, July is kicking into a higher gear with the first part of the sixth and final season of Cobra Kai arriving on Netflix. That’s the kind of show that can make viewers for get about other options, but Peacock wouldn’t allow itself to be outdone. The Comcast-owned streamer has debuted every episode of its new gladiator-themed drama Those About To Die. And for superhero and comedy fans, Max has premiered Kite Man: Hell Yeah! — another fun and twisted look at the funnier side of Batman’s rogue’s gallery.

The Boys also had its fourth season finale this week, and House of the Dragon season 2 is winding down on Max. The good news is that there are more new series on the way this month. So keep checking back every week as we update our list of the best new shows to stream.

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Max, Disney+, Paramount+, Peacock, and Apple TV+ all have one thing in common: They’re more expensive than they used to be! We can live with higher rates as long as new shows keep coming, but it’s always a good idea to consider signing up for the ad-supported tiers, which are worth it if you can sit through a few commercials. 

When you’re done here, check out the best new movies to stream this week, as well as the best shows on Netflix, best shows on Hulu, best shows on Amazon Prime Video, and best shows on Disney+.

New TV shows to watch at a glance

Netflix

Cobra Kai (2018)

Cobra Kai
71%
8.5/10
tv-14
6 Seasons
Genre
Action & Adventure, Drama, Comedy, Family
Stars
Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler
Created by
Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Josh Heald
Watch on Netflix

Peace has come to the valley as Cobra Kai season 6 kicks off, but old rivalries dating back to The Karate Kid die hard. Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) may have defeated Cobra Kai and combined their dojos, but they’re far from being on the same page. And Johnny feels like Daniel is trying to dominate their partnership.

Even the students of their dojo still have some very significant personal issues with each other. But the world championships of karate are coming up fast, and only the very best students will make the final cut.

Exploding Kittens (2024)

Exploding Kittens
6.2/10
tv-ma
1 Season
Genre
Animation, Comedy
Stars
Tom Ellis, Ally Maki, Mark Proksch
Created by
Matthew Inman, Shane Kosakowski
Watch on Netflix

If you’ve ever owned a cat, you may have noticed that some of them act as if they are divine beings who are above you. In Exploding Kittens, Godcat (Tom Ellis) really is above everyone else because he is the Almighty who has manifested on Earth in the form of a fat cat. Similarly, the Devil has taken on the form of a Devilcat (Sasheer Zamata), and she’s always down to make trouble for Godcat … or just to hang around.

Godcat adopts his own dysfunctional family of humans, the Higgins, while Devilcat moves next door. Just because Godcat and Devilcat are felines now, it doesn’t mean they don’t play some games with the humans in their lives. And getting those people to do what they want is a real challenge in their current forms.

Supacell (2024)

Supacell
71%
5.5/10
tv-ma
1 Season
Genre
Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Stars
Tosin Cole, Nadine Mills, Eric Kofi Abrefa
Created by
Rapman
Watch on Netflix

There are plenty of superhero stories about ordinary people who are given extraordinary powers… even if they have no intention of being heroes. Supacell doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does flip the script by making all five of its main characters Black men and women who live in South London.

On the surface, Michael (Tosin Cole), Sabrina (Nadine Mills), Andre (Eric Kofi Abrefa), Andre (Eric Kofi Abrefa), and Tazer (Josh Tedeku) practically exist in different worlds despite their close proximity to each other. Yet it’s on Michael to bring this disparate souls together for the common good, because the life of his fiancée, Dionne (Adelayo Adedayo), depends on it. And Michael is quickly running out of time to change a dark future.

Peacock

Those About to Die (2024)

Those About to Die
49%
6.5/10
tv-ma
1 Season
Genre
Drama
Stars
Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hughes, Sara Martins
Watch on Peacock

Why wait to see Gladiator 2 in theaters when you’ve got Those About To Die at home? Peacock’s new original series will probably remind Spartacus fans of the bloody gladiatorial show that came before it. Anthony Hopkins leads the cast as Emperor Vespasian, and there’s certainly madness in his eyes as he unleashes the proverbial bread and circuses for the masses.

There’s a very large group of cast members to keep track of, but all of their stories revolve around the arena in some way. A few characters see the gladiatorial contests as their ticket to glory, while for others, it’s a question of life or death.

Max (formerly HBO and HBO Max)

Kite Man: Hell Yeah! (2024)

Kite Man: Hell Yeah!
71%
7.5/10
tv-ma
1 Season
Genre
Animation, Comedy
Stars
Matt Oberg, Stephanie Hsu, James Adomian
Created by
Dean Lorey, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker
Watch on max

Among Batman villains, Kite Man (Matt Oberg) is about as far from the A-list as it gets. But he’s a loveable loser from the Harley Quinn animated series who lost the love of his life, Poison Ivy (Lake Bell), to Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) herself. Now, Kite Man: Hell Yeah! is giving this beleaguered semi-villain a fresh start with a new girlfriend, Golden Glider (The Fall Guy‘s Stephanie Hsu).

Since Kite Man’s not particularly good at villany, he and Golden Glider have taken over the local dive bar for Gotham City’s bad guys. James Adomian’s hilarious version of Bane carries over to this series, which has the same black comedy style that made Harley Quinn so much fun to watch.

Hard Knocks: Offseason with the New York Giants (2024)

Hard Knocks: Offseason with the New York Giants
8.3/10
tv-ma
1 Season
Watch on max

For the first time, HBO’s NFL docuseries Hard Knocks is chronicling the offseason of one the league’s teams. Hard Knocks: Offseason with the New York Giants finds the storied franchise heading into their historic 100th season. But after a dismal 6-11 finish in 2023, the team’s success is far from assured.

One of the storylines in this five-part series is whether quarterback Daniel Jones can fully recover from his ACL injury that prematurely ended his season in 2023. Liev Schrieber will provide the narration as the series offers football fans a behind-the-scenes look at the Giants’ decisions at the NFL Scouting Combine, the free agency rush, and the NFL draft before heading into the team’s annual minicamp.

Amazon Prime Video

Sausage Party: Foodtopia (2024)

Sausage Party: Foodtopia
53%
6.1/10
tv-ma
1 Season
Genre
Animation, Comedy, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Stars
Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton
Created by
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Ariel Shaffir, Kyle Hunter
Watch on Amazon

In the 2016 R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party, Seth Rogen voiced Frank, an anthropomorphized hot dog, who learned that he and the rest of the food were meant to be eaten. Sausage Party: Foodtopia picks up after the movie as the food has won the war against humanity. Now meat products, breads, fruits, and other foods shall inherit the Earth.

But in their efforts to create a Foodtopia for all food, Fred, Brenda Bunson (Kristen Wiig), Barry (Michael Cera), and Sammy Bagel Jr. (Edward Norton) aren’t necessarily up to the task. They’re going to need help rebuilding their world. And much to their surprise, not all of the humans are gone.

My Lady Jane (2024)

My Lady Jane
70%
6.0/10
tv-14
1 Season
Genre
Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Stars
Emily Bader, Edward Bluemel, Anna Chancellor
Created by
Gemma Burgess
Watch on Amazon

If you’ve never heard of Lady Jane Grey, the former queen of England in the 16th century, it’s probably because she only sat on the throne for nine days before she was eventually unjustly executed for treason. Don’t worry about spoilers, because My Lady Jane quickly divorces itself from the actual history by making Lady Jane (Emily Bader) an assertive young woman who won’t go down without a fight.

Although Jane is forced to wed Lord Guildford Dudley (Edward Bluemel), the two share an attraction that may lead to some genuine romantic feelings. Guildford is also hiding a secret that shakes this series out of the historical realm and shifts it into something more like a fantasy. Jane may like her new husband, but if she wants to avoid a date with the executioner, then she’ll have to save herself.

Hulu

The Toys That Built America (2021)

The Toys That Built America
7.8/10
tv-g
3 Seasons
Genre
Documentary
Stars
Ian Karr
Watch on Hulu
Although The Toys That Built America is a History original series, Hulu has now added the entire third season to stream. Season 3 is a deep dive into 1980s and ’90s toys, with a look back at Nintendo’s biggest video game franchises, the Transformers, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more. There are also episodes that reach back even further in time to look at early board games and some of the most valuable toys and collectibles that you’ve ever seen.

The Bear (2022)

The Bear
81%
8.6/10
tv-ma
3 Seasons
Genre
Drama, Comedy
Stars
Jeremy Allen White, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri
Created by
Christopher Storer
Watch on Hulu

The Bear is one of the best shows on TV, but we have no idea why FX doesn’t run it on cable and why Hulu insists on dropping entire seasons on the same day. Regardless, this is a half-hour drama more than a comedy, and it’s riveting. Season 3 picks up as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (The Iron Claw‘s Jeremy Allen White), and his employees, Sydney Adamu (Ayo Edebiri), Richard “Richie” Jerimovich (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), Marcus Brooks (Lionel Boyce), and Tina Marrero (Liza Colón-Zayas), as they finally reopen The Bear as an upscale restaurant.

Unfortunately for Carmy, he’s leveraged the entire future of The Bear just for this chance to completely reinvent it. The rest of the crew followed Carmy’s vision, but there’s anything but smooth sailing ahead. The Bear’s kitchen can be very dysfunctional even at the best times. And even this group may crack under the pressure.

Apple TV+

Presumed Innocent (2024)

Presumed Innocent
65%
7.6/10
tv-ma
1 Season
Genre
Mystery, Drama, Crime
Stars
Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Negga, Bill Camp
Created by
David E. Kelley
Watch on Apple TV+

It’s been 34 years since Harrison Ford starred in the previous adaptation of Scott Turow’s legal thriller Presumed Innocent, so it was probably overdue for a remake. Road House‘s Jake Gyllenhaal steps into Ford’s former role as Rusty Sabich, a prosecutor who gets romantically involved with one of his colleagues, Carolyn Polhemus (Renate Reinsve).

When Carolyn is found murdered, Rusty is considered a prime suspect and arrested. Even worse, the news about his affair with Carolyn threatens Rusty’s marriage and family. There’s more to Carolyn’s death than just a sordid affair. But who else had the motive to kill her and frame Rusty for the crime?

Trying (2020)

Trying
69%
8.0/10
tv-14
4 Seasons
Genre
Comedy
Stars
Rafe Spall, Esther Smith, Ophelia Lovibond
Created by
Andy Wolton
Watch on Apple TV+

There must be a rule among streamers that each outlet needs a certain allotment of British TV series. Trying is one Apple TV+’s imports from the U.K., and it revolves around Jason Ross (Rafe Spall) and Nikki Newman (Esther Smith), a couple who desperately wanted to have a baby together. And when that didn’t work out, they decided to adopt.

During the third season, Jason and Nikki fought to adopt a pair of siblings, Princess (Scarlett Rayner) and Tyler (Cooper Turner). They won that battle, but there are more challenges ahead in the newly released fourth season that may fray the fragile bonds between the kids and their adoptive parents.

Disney+

The Acolyte (2024)

The Acolyte
67%
4.5/10
tv-14
1 Season
Genre
Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Stars
Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Charlie Barnett
Created by
Leslye Headland
Watch on Disney+

Over a century before the Star Wars prequels, someone is going around killing Jedi in The Acolyte. Suspicion immediately falls on Osha Aniseya (Amandla Stenberg), the former apprentice of Jedi Master Sol (Squid Game season 2‘s Lee Jung-jae). In an instant, it’s as if the universe has turned on Osha as even her friends believe she’s a murderer.

The reality is more disturbing. A Sith is orchestrating the murders for his Acolyte to perform, and now there are only two names left on their hit list — including Sol himself.

Paramount+

Criminal Minds: Evolution (2005)

Criminal Minds: Evolution
64%
8.1/10
tv-ma
17 Seasons
Genre
Crime, Drama, Mystery
Stars
Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Kirsten Vangsness
Created by
Jeff Davis
Watch on Paramount+

Unlike the current season of Doctor Who, Criminal Minds: Evolution fully embraces that it is the 17th season of a police procedural drama that goes back to 2005. Last season, David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Jennifer “JJ” Jareau (AJ Cook), and the rest of the Behavioral Analysis Unit team uncovered a network of serial killers that was formed in the wake of the pandemic.

While the BAU identified and captured Elias Voit (Zach Gilford), the man behind the serial killer network, he still finds ways to be a thorn in their side in the new season. There’s also a new mystery on the horizon that may push the BAU team to their limits.

Mayor of Kingstown (2021)

Mayor of Kingstown
53%
8.2/10
tv-ma
3 Seasons
Genre
Drama, Crime
Stars
Jeremy Renner, Hugh Dillon, Tobi Bamtefa
Created by
Hugh Dillon, Taylor Sheridan
Watch on Paramount+

The “mayor” is back in Mayor of Kingstown season 3, but if Mike McLusky (Jeremy Renner) thought things were going to get easier, then he’s in for a rude awakening. Russian criminals are muscling their way into Kingstown, and they don’t care who they have to hurt or kill to claim power.

It might take some unlikely alliances to keep the Russians from taking the criminal underworld out from under them. And this is a battle where Mike has a lot to lose if he backs down.

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