The beauty of streaming means that we often power through an entire season of a show — sometimes even an entire series — more quickly than ever before. With each new week comes a new opportunity to check out a fresh series. Whether you’re in the mood to laugh, cry, be mesmerized, or be intrigued, here are some of the best new shows to stream this week.
Starring Yvonne Strahovski, Cate Blanchett, and Dominic West, among others, this Australian drama was released in March and will launch globally through Netflix on July 8. The series is partially inspired by the true story of Cornelia Rau, a German citizen who was unlawfully detained by the mandatory detention program in Australia even though she was a permanent resident. Set in an immigration detention center in the Australian desert, the series focuses on four strangers who meet while being held there: An Afghan refugee, a young father trying to escape his dead-end job, an airline hostess trying to escape from a cult, and a bureaucrat involved in a national scandal. Despite being from very different backgrounds, they band together to support one another.
The Twelve (2019)
When a woman is accused of killing her own best friend and her daughter, the town prepares for a controversial and headline-grabbing trial. This courtroom drama focuses on the 12 jurors who are tasked with determining the fate of the accused and listening to the sordid stories and interpretations from both sides about what supposedly happened. Meanwhile, the 12 jurors have their own struggles to face. The Belgian drama is set to begin streaming July 10.
The Baby-Sitters Club (2020)
Nineties kids rejoice, as Netflix has adapted the popular Baby-Sitters Club books and turned them into a modern series. The books, written by Ann M. Martin, were staples of tween/teen girls back in the ’80s and ’90s, with stories centered around a group of girlfriends who run a babysitting business in their hometown. Ideal viewing to watch with the kids, it stars a talented cast of kids alongside Alicia Silverstone, while Martin is named among the producers. Set in Stoneybrook, Connecticut, the series will be true to the books and focus on five middle school friends who start their own babysitting business.
Unsolved Mysteries (2020)
The original series told of actual mysteries that remained unsolved, including both cold cases and paranormal happenings, and aired on and off from 1987 through to 2010, getting canceled and rebooted multiple times in between. The latest reboot stays true to the original, exploring mysterious disappearances, shocking murders, and frightening paranormal encounters. Cases covered in season one include the puzzling death of 32-year-old Rey Rivera, whose body was found having fallen through the roof of a hotel, the unsettling massacre of the Dupont de Ligonnes family in France, and the Berkshire UFO sightings in 1969.
This Finnish crime drama, dubbed a Nordic noir, will return for its second season, continuing the story of a recently widowed female homicide detective who returns to work and must balance her challenging career with raising her two children alone. Her first case: The murder of a young woman. Compared to The Killing, season one got rave reviews and might be an interesting option if you’re looking to explore some foreign series.
Warrior Nun (2020)
This fantasy drama is based on the Ben Dunn comic book character Warrior Nun Areala, a 19-year-old woman who awakens in the morgue to discover that she has a divine artifact embedded in her back and has been brought into an ancient order. Her task? To fight demons on Earth and the forces of both heaven and hell that are trying to control her. There are 10 episodes in the inaugural season.
Back for its third season, this sci-fi thriller was the first German-language Netflix original series. Children in the fictional town keep going missing, and secret connections between four families, along with a conspiracy involving time travel that dates back for generations, reveal that there’s more going on than meets the eye. It has been compared to Stranger Things, thanks to key plot points like the discovery of a wormhole under a nuclear power plant. The series is set in present day, though characters travel back to other periods in time, including the ’80s and ’50s.
The Politician (2019)
Last year, Ben Platt took viewers on a wild ride in the first season of this dark comedy-drama about wealthy high school student Payton who’s convinced he will become president of the United States one day. He begins his political career by running for student body president as if he were about to run the country, but his intense ambition and unique ability to navigate political drama catapult him to bigger places. Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan — the men behind such mega-hits like Glee, American Horror Story, and American Crime Story — the series is like Riverdale meets Scandal. It also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler, and Judith Light.
The Order (2019)
Check out the second season of this horror drama series that centers around Jack Morton (Jake Manley), a college student who joins a secret society that focuses on teaching and practicing magic. The more involved he gets in the mysterious organization, however, the more secrets he uncovers. Also starring Matt Frewer, known best for his iconic role as Max Headroom, the series is chock-full of magic, battles, and werewolves, oh my.
This Italian sci-fi thriller/horror series has all of the ingredients for a perfect binge when you’re in the mood for suspense and jump-out-of-your-seat scares. At the heart of the story is the mysterious disappearance of the mother of twin teenagers and their journey to uncover the truth about what really happened to her. While their small village appears innocent, the people and things that happen there are anything but. Watch in Italian with subtitles or dubbing.
Reality Z (2020)
Based on the British series Dead Set written by Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker, this is yet another series about a zombie apocalypse, but with a unique angle. As the walking dead overtake Rio de Janeiro, a group of people are stuck on the set of a popular reality show called Olimpo where they must come to terms with what is happening and fight to survive. The Brazilian horror series is dubbed in English, or you can watch with subtitles. With the warped and brilliant mind of Brooker behind it, it’ll be worth checking out.
Season one of this troubling docuseries chronicles the story of Greg Kelley, a high school football star who was arrested and eventually convicted and sent to jail for the sexual assault of a 4-year-old boy. The five-part series focuses on his supporters as they search for the truth and justice that eventually leads to Kelley’s exoneration and a spotlight shed on the mishandling of the case. It’s an emotional journey, and the series has already been receiving positive feedback for its look at the controversial case. It’s mandatory viewing for anyone who’s in love with the true-crime genre.
The Chi (2018)
Created by a rising star for screenwriting and acting, Lena Waithe (Master of None, Ready Player One, Westworld), this show is set on the South Side of Chicago where the lives of several men are connected and impacted following a “fateful turn of events.” The series has been praised for its portrayal of complex life in the rough area of Chicago, as well as its compelling characters. Season three will, however, see a shake-up in the cast, as a leading cast member, Jason Mitchell, will not be returning due to “misconduct allegations.”
Love, Victor (2020)
Inspired by the 2018 movie Love, Simon, this teen drama is produced and narrated by Nick Robinson, who starred in the aforementioned film. Victor has just started going to a new high school, and as he tries to discover more about himself, he faces challenges both at home and in dealing with his sexuality. A modern-day coming-of-age story, Simon becomes his guide when he finds it all too difficult. Sophia Bush and Ali Wong appear as recurring and guest stars.
Close Enough (2020)
This adult animated sitcom, set to premiere July 9, centers around a Millennial couple and their 5-year-old daughter who live in a Los Angeles duplex with their divorced friends. Featuring a cast of talented voice actors that includes Orange Is the New Black‘s Danielle Brooks, the series has been in the works for some time, first announced way back in 2017. After several delays and a switch from TBS to HBO Max, each episode will be just 11 minutes long.
Expecting Amy (2020)
If you’re a fan of comedian Amy Schumer, this documentary miniseries will be a must-watch as she takes viewers on a journey with her through her pregnancy, career, and personal life. Set to debut July 9, 2020, it’s bound to be hilarious, emotional, and completely intimate given Schumer’s propensity to never really hold back in terms of her personal life and opinions. Schumer serves as an executive producer alongside her husband Chris Fischer.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (2020)
Focused on the Golden State Killer, this six-part true-crime documentary series follows the story of Michelle McNamara (late wife of comedian Patton Oswalt) as she writes about and investigates the mysterious killer and a series of brutal murders. Also known as the East Area Rapist, the Golden State Killer, finally identified to be Joseph James DeAngelo based on forensic genetic genealogy, was believed to have been responsible for multiple crime sprees throughout California in the ’70s and ’80s, including murders, rapes, and burglaries. McNamara’s book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, is central to the series, which also features interviews with detectives, survivors, family members, and others involved with the case.
South Park (1997)
Airing for more than 20 years now, this dark, profane, satirical adult animated sitcom isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but fans appreciate its warped, politically incorrect humor. Now, all 23 seasons to date are moving to HBO Max from Hulu for streaming. At the heart of the series are four young friends, Stan, Kyle, Eric, and Kenny, who are always up to something in their Colorado neighborhood. Designed for mature audiences, the series has satirized controversial topics and features questionable characters. For fans of the genre and the series itself, it’ll be a fun binge as you work your way through each 22-minute episode. HBO Max is banking on the series being a hit, having reportedly spent a half a billion dollars for the streaming rights.
I May Destroy You (2020)
Stream this powerful series that has been described as an emotional roller coaster, haunting, and provocative. Examining the timely and critical topic of sexual politics, a young woman is unable to remember the several hours that followed a party. As she pieces things together, she realizes she was drugged and sexually assaulted. The series looks at how people frame their opinions on sexual assault and the conversations that typically revolve around situations like this one, not just in relation to gender but also race, class, and professional rank.
Perry Mason (2020)
Whether you watched the original ’50s series that starred Raymond Burr as the title character or not, this miniseries might be worth checking out. The character originated from stories written by Erle Stanley Gardner, and the original series, which was the first-ever one-hour weekly series on television, aired for nine seasons. Matthew Rhys reinvents the character in this period drama that takes you back to 1932 and the Great Depression, when investigator Perry Mason finds himself embroiled in a case involving a child kidnapping. With Robert Downey Jr. among the executive producers and a cast that also includes Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and John Lithgow, a lot of eyes will be on this miniseries.
If you have been anxiously awaiting the ninth and final season of this legal drama, grab the popcorn as it is finally streaming. Originally airing on USA Network in 2019, the final season wraps up the story of a high-end New York law firm and its partners as they navigate the dirty and manipulative world of corporate law. The story began about a brilliant college dropout named Mike (Patrick J. Adams) who got hired as a lawyer even though he secretly never graduated law school. But it developed into a larger story about corporate greed, excessive wealth, and how far one will go to win a case. Meghan Markle stars in the first eight seasons, but she doesn’t appear in this season, nor does Adams. But it’s a must-see to close off the story and a great show to binge from the beginning if you haven’t gotten on board yet.
Check out season two of this action drama, which is based on the 2011 film of the same name. It’s about a 15-year-old girl named Hanna (Esme Creed-Miles) who lives in a remote forest in Poland with a man Erik (Joel Kinnaman), who she calls her father. Working for the CIA, he recruited her mother to help create super soldiers. But when they fell in love, he took Hanna and fled the project. Season one, consisting of eight episodes, was released in March 2019 and has decent reviews, with critics calling it a “gritty reimagining of the 2011 film.” Now that Hanna realizes her true skills and elite training, and knows there are other teenagers out there like her, there’s lots more action to come in season two.
Little Voice (2020)
Bess King (Brittany O’Grady) is a talented performer who is simply trying to make it as a singer. Through her journey, she encounters both rejection and love, and must balance her troubled family life with trying to fulfill her dreams. With original music by Grammy- and Tony Award-nominated artist Sara Bareilles, who is also co-creator of the series, the story has been described by Apple as a “love letter” to the diverse New York music scene. It’s about finding one’s voice and using it to tell a real message. It premieres with its first few episodes on July 10. J.J. Abrams signing on as executive producer suggests there might just be something to this musically inclined series.
Greatness Code (2020)
If you’re into sports, this short-form unscripted docuseries will be a must-watch as it tells the untold stories of some of the greatest athletes in the world. The first mini-episode in season one feature massive sports icons like LeBron James, Tom Brady, Shaun White, and Usain Bolt, all of whom discuss pivotal moments that defined their careers. Co-produced by companies co-founded by both Brady (alongside Michael Strahan) and James, it gives fans an inside look into events that framed the athletes who have become true inspirations. The entire first season of seven mini-episodes will be available starting July 10.
Rather than sit down for an interview to chat about their work, this docuseries takes a different approach to the typical biography and celebrity interview. Celebrities read letters fans have written to them about how their work has changed and impacted their lives and react to the touching stories. The first season features iconic figures like Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Stevie Wonder, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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