“What should I watch?” It’s a common question nowadays as we power through an entire series in a handful of sittings, sometimes even just one. Luckily, all of the major streaming services offer fresh, new content each week from which to choose, including captivating new series. Here are some of the best new shows you can watch this week, spanning a variety of genres, from crime dramas to horror, comedies, and more.
Blood of Zeus (2020)
In the mood for anime? Check out this series, which is set in Greek mythological times. At the heart of the story is Heron, who grows up believing he’s just a commoner. Until one day, he discovers the truth about his heritage: He is actually the demigod son of Zeus. Now Heron must grapple with the difficult task of saving both Heaven and Earth from a demonic army looking to take over. Formerly known as Gods & Heroes, the first season has received rave reviews thus far. It’s for mature audiences, and with only eight episodes, each under 40 minutes, it’s a quick and entertaining binge.
Wrapping up the story in this Italian crime drama, the third and final season will begin streaming October 30. It serves as a prequel to the 2015 film of the same name, which itself was inspired by the Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini novel. It was the first Italian-language original series for Netflix and has been met with plenty of positive reviews. The story chronicles the real events of the Mafia Capitale investigation that involved organized crime, politicians, and churchmen, and the clashes and corruption among them. Also known as Suburra: Blood on Rome, the series has been referred to as being the “Italian answer to Narcos.” Bottom line: If you liked Narcos, it’s a worthwhile watch.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (2018)
In the first two seasons, veteran talk show host David Letterman took to a new setting to bring back his signature, always captivating, and smooth interview style. Instead of a massive studio audience, he sits, chair to chair, to chat intimately with influential people for a full, uninterrupted hour, with conversations interspersed with visits to various other locations as he delves deeper into what they’re passionate about. From Barack Obama, George Clooney, and Malala Yousafzai to Jay-Z, Tina Fey, and Kanye West, Dave has sat down with the who’s who of every industry. In season three, the veteran talk show host gets personal with Dave Chappelle, Robert Downey Jr., Lizzo, and Kim Kardashian West, bringing engaging yet honest conversations with the guests, who always seem comfortable opening up to him. And yes, the beard is still fully in tow.
Unsolved Mysteries Volume 2 (2020)
Despite missing the personality and air of mystery provided by the long-time host Robert Stack in the original series, which debuted in 1987, this reboot has thus far been well-received. The first half of season 1 premiered in the summer and took viewers on a wild ride into unsolved cases, from a man who mysteriously and suspiciously fell to his death from the rooftop of a building to the people of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, recalling their alleged UFO encounters in 1969. Volume 2 chronicles six more baffling cases, including the death of White House aide Jack Wheeler, reports of spirits that residents of Japan say they encountered during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the death of a Jane Doe in a luxury hotel who still hasn’t been identified. Every episode will spark questions and debates and quench your thirst for morbid curiosity.
This historical drama tells the tale of the famous battle of the Teutoburg Forest, where Germanic warriors fought the Roman Empire in AD 9. The protagonist is a Roman officer who must reconcile his allegiance to the empire that raised him and his actual tribal people. It’s the next series to add to your watch list if you’re into shows like Vikings and The Last Kingdom. With just six episodes, each under an hour, it’s a quick binge.
The Queen’s Gambit (2020)
Based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, this drama miniseries is about a young orphan girl who happens to have a unique knack for the game of chess. As she develops and hones her skills for the strategy game, being dubbed a child prodigy, she becomes obsessed and addicted to the idea of earning the title of Grandmaster in chess. The series contains just seven episodes, and early reviews are already universally positive.
The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)
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.
America’s Funniest Home Videos (1989)
Fans of this long-running reality series have already been able to stream season 30 on Hulu, and now you’ll be able to catch the latest season 31 episodes as they air. Dubbed the original YouTube prior to the internet, the show presents home videos submitted by people from across the U.S. featuring hilarious blunders caught on camera. Getting featured on the show, back in the day, was the equivalent of today’s concept of “going viral.” While the concept is seriously outdated, it doesn’t really matter. Consider the influx of shows now hitting the airwaves highlighting videos that people post on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. AFV, as the series has become known, was well ahead of its time, and it’s still apparently relevant today. After all, who can help laughing at yet another cat on a robot vacuum or guy tripping and falling into the pool? The series remains hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro.
Supermarket Sweep (2020)
In the latest in an influx of old game-show revivals, SNL alum Leslie Jones takes over as host of this show, which originally aired in the ’60s. It pits contestants against one another in a timed race to fill their shopping carts with items that are worth the most money. There’s a question-and-answer segment as well, but the hilarity comes when it’s time to navigate the aisles and “sweep” the competition by grabbing the most expensive meats and organic cereals as they race around the store.
F*ck That’s Delicious (2016)
The name says it all. This series, which is also known by its fully censored name That’s Delicious, takes viewers deep into the world of cooking as rapper and former chef Action Bronson travels the world to awaken his culinary senses. While in a new location, he eats everything from gourmet fare to street food, sometimes accompanied by his friends and fellow rappers Meyhem Lauren, Alchemist, and Big Body Bes. It’s originally a Viceland series, and you can stream all seasons to date, including the just-released fourth season.
The Conners (2018)
Stream new season three episodes of this sitcom spin-off about the same Conner family featured in the ’80s and ’90s sitcom Roseanne. While it’s a comedy at heart, the series tackles serious political and cultural issues head-on, from the presidential election to bullying and sexual identity, financial issues, immigration, and more, all from the perspective of a lower-to-middle-class average American family. Previews indicate that the new season will directly depict the COVID-19 pandemic and how the family deals with its impact. Some might watch and nod their heads in agreement while others shake their heads in disapproval. Nonetheless, it sparks conversation as the series isn’t afraid to delve deep into serious, timely topics to which we can all relate.
Check out the latest episodes of the seventh season of this popular sitcom about the upper-class Black Johnson family navigating their lives and everyday issues. While funny at heart, the series often features racial undertones, from Dre’s entitled, rich white boss who dolls out ignorant and racist comments daily to the family trying to teach the children about Black culture and influential Black figures. But at its heart, Black-ish is just a show about a well-off family and each quirky member of it. What makes it effective is that the important lessons are bookmarked by consistent hilarity, so the message is received loud and clear while you’re still thoroughly entertained.
The Goldbergs (2013)
Anyone who grew up in the ’80s or ’90s will totally appreciate the consistent references to the era in this hilarious period sitcom that is based on creator Adam F. Goldberg’s real life. A budding filmmaker from a young age, Goldberg often filmed his family’s antics. He runs through old footage to build episodes of the series, each of which is based on events that really happened. The end of each episode shows a clip of the actual footage that inspired the series. Narrated by Patton Oswalt as a grown Adam, the series has largely flown under the radar, but its star-studded cast — which includes Wendy McLendon-Covey as Adam’s overly affectionate and overbearing “smother,” Jeff Garlin as his loud, angry dad, and George Segal as his free-spirited “Pops” — along with the relatable family conversations make it universally funny for all ages. There are episodes inspired by everything from The Goonies and Spaceballs to Weird Al Yankovic and Ferris Bueller. It’s a total look down memory lane that will have kids laughing and parents reminiscing. Check out the newest season 8 episodes as they are released.
Superstore’s sixth season brings viewers back into the lives of employees at a local big-box discount store called Cloud 9. The cast has been headed up by America Ferrera and Ben Feldman, both of whom also serve as executive producers. But Ferrera will be departing the series, only appearing in the first few episodes of season 6 to wrap up her character’s storyline. The series went from receiving mixed reviews in its first season to becoming universally praised in each subsequent one to date, so it’s worth watching beyond the presumably lackluster first season to see what all the fuss is about.
One of the latest from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), this series is based on the comic book characters Satana and Daimon Hellstrom, the children of Satan. The Hulu version tells a story outside the MCU, reimagining the children as Daimon and Ana, the children of a powerful serial killer who are on a mission to hunt down the worst people on the planet. Daimon (Tom Austen) is ironically an ethics professor who wants to save his close friends and family from evil demons, while Ana (Sydney Lemmon) runs an auction house, but it’s really a cover for her job of hunting down those who hurt people. Elizabeth Marvel also stars as Victoria Helstrom, the siblings’ mother who has been in an institution for the last two decades. While early reviews leave much to be desired, the show may still be a must-watch for MCU fans.
Check out the eighth and final season of this Emmy-winning spy thriller series centered around bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and her team, who believe that their sniper, who was captured by al-Qaeda, has been “turned” and thus poses a threat to the country and their operations. The story evolves through its eight seasons, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Homeland is of those shows that has managed to acquire universal praise from start to finish, thanks to the writing, story, and cast that also includes Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin.
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. Featured among the cast members are Orange Is the New Black‘s Taylor Schilling and Luke Cage’s Mike Colter.
The Undoing (2020)
Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant star in this psychological thriller miniseries based on Jean Hanff Korelitz’s 2014 novel You Should Have Known. Kidman plays Grace, a woman with a seemingly perfect life who begins to question everything following a series of terrible events, including a violent death, a missing husband, and a public disaster. While early reviews suggest that the star power makes up for what the story itself is lacking, the consensus is that it’s still a “beautifully shot mystery.”
This docuseries takes a look at the forgotten heroes and events of the LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Movement. The cast, which includes Cheyenne Jackson, Anthony Rapp, Shannon Purser, Heather Matarazzo, Jamie Clayton, Isis King, Samira Wiley, and Gale Harold, will play various people who have been recognized for their work in fighting for justice and equality for all. The series features never-before-seen archival footage combined with stylistic depictions that are designed to bring historical events to life. The show has four parts covering the rise of early organizations like The Mattachine Society, the 20th-century trans experience, the 1966 Compton Cafeteria riots in San Francisco, contributions from the Black community, and the beginning of the Pride movement.
Charm City Kings (2020)
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.
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.
Truth Seekers (2020)
Dubbed a comedy horror, Simon Pegg is a co-creator and star of this series that follows a team of paranormal investigators looking into reports and sightings of ghosts throughout the U.K. Everything they film through their journey is shared via an online channel so audiences can tune in. However, these wannabe ghostbusters discover that their experiences are getting increasingly frightening, even deadly. And they may have inadvertently uncovered a conspiracy that threatens humanity. Pegg is no stranger to the concept of combining horror with comedy, something he did brilliantly with Shaun of the Dead. So, if this show measures up, it’s worth checking out. The inaugural season will begin streaming on October 30.
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.
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.
Apple TV+’s reboot of this popular ’90s children’s mystery series has become just as beloved as the original, so it’s no surprise the streaming service is launching a second season. Ghostwriter follows the adventures of a group of young friends working together to solve neighborhood crimes with the help of their trusty ghost friend. The aspiring detectives take clues from a ghostly presence that spells them out using any letters or numbers it can get its hands on. Ghostwriter earned an impressive eight Daytime Emmy Award nominations during the 2020 ceremonies.
Another kid-centric series that has returned for a second season, Helpsters hails from Sesame Workshop and is geared toward kids ages 4 and up. The show combines fun and cute characters with education as the main character Cody works with his other monster friends to solve everyday problems. Kids learn things in a fun and engaging way, from performing magic tricks to how to make their own instruments and even elements of coding. Check out season 2 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.
The Mandalorian (2019)
The wait is finally over. For those who have been anxiously crossing off the days on their calendars, the second season of this Star Wars franchise space Western will commence on October 30, 2020. Not surprisingly, season 3 is also already in the works. The series, which took home an impressive seven Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards and was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, is set five years after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi and follows the story of a bounty hunter who is trying to locate someone known as “The Child.” It also, of course, introduced everyone to the adorable “Baby Yoda.” Episodes will be released weekly, through to December 18, 2020.
The Big Fib (2020)
Now in its second season, Yvette Nicole Brown returns to host this kid’s game show, which is based on the podcast Pants on Fire, alongside her robot sidekick C.L.I.V.E. (Flight of the Conchord‘s Rhys Darby). The concept: two supposed experts in a specific field each answer questions about a particular topic they purport to know a lot about, while the kids have to determine who is telling the truth and who’s lying. The first season debuted in May 2020 with 15 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 premiered its first two episodes on October 9 followed by new episodes weekly thereafter, through to November 20, for a total of eight.
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