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.
Teenage Bounty Hunters (2020)
Netflix’s latest foray into the teen genre is about two sisters, Sterling and Blair, who appear to be your average high schoolers but live a secret double life as bounty hunters. Counting Jenji Kohan, creator of Orange Is the New Black and Weeds, among its executive producers, the show has a good chance of becoming the next teen sensation. Season 1 will be released on August 14.
The second season of this crime drama will finally be released after a long three-year wait. Starring Bae Doona (Sense8) and Cho Seung-woo (Inside Men), it’s about a prosecutor who, after undergoing surgery, loses his sense of empathy and all social skills. As he investigates a case of murder and political corruption, he eventually teams up with a female detective. Hailing from South Korea, the series was nominated for numerous awards in its home country. Season 2 will start streaming as of August 15.
Know someone who swears by natural health and healing products and strategies? This docuseries takes a deeper look into everything from essential oils and tantric sex to the concept of fasting, Ayahuasca, and more. Do these things really work for their alleged purposes, or are people simply being duped? Regardless of your beliefs, it’s sure to spark conversation. Considering that the global wellness industry is valued at somewhere around $4.5 trillion dollars, chances are this docuseries will be on many a watch list this week, if for no other reason than sheer curiosity.
Season 4 of this Brazilian dystopian thriller will debut on August 14, continuing the story of a future where 20-year-olds living in poverty can finally complete a “Process” to determine if they’re lucky enough to advance to the affluent society called the Offshore. But only a small percentage, 3% to be exact, actually make it. The others? They’re eliminated. This season will be the last of the series as the story comes to an end. The series has been lauded for its focus on complicated backstories and unique personalities of the characters, with the Rotten Tomatoes approval rating for season 1 at a solid 85%.
Mystery Lab (2020)
Host Felipe Castanhari and his lab friends take viewers on an enthralling journey into science, history, and other mysteries to discover interesting facts about the world around us. The first season, which includes eight episodes all under half an hour each, kicks off with a look at the mysteries behind the Bermuda Triangle, then delves into other timely topics, like the origin of the quarantine, time travel, zombies, and artificial superintelligence. It’s a show that will delight science nerds and, rated PG, will be suitable and educational for older kids, too.
Tiny Creatures (2020)
Animal lovers, rejoice, as it doesn’t get much cuter than this adorable science and nature docuseries with the soothing voice of Mike Colter, best known for playing the title character in Luke Cage, as the series narrator. With director Jonathan Jones having a cinematography Emmy under his belt for Planet Earth II, you can expect beautiful imagery and tantalizing scenery in this series that looks at little animals across the U.S., including their explorations, travels, and how they survive on Earth.
Immigration Nation (2020)
American immigration is a controversial and timely topic, and Netflix is tackling it head-on with this docuseries that provides an inside look into ICE operations, immigrant journeys to the U.S., and the state of immigration in the nation. Created by the Oscar-winning producer of Icarus, season 1 of the limited series has six episodes with titles like Instilling Fear, Power of the Vote, and The New Normal that are sure to spark heated debates and passionate, emotional responses.
While you anxiously await the upcoming 11th and final season of this award-winning comedy-drama, check out season 10, which originally aired on Showtime in November 2019. Featuring an ensemble cast led by Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy, it follows the lives of a dysfunctional family that includes an alcoholic single father (Macy) and his six children, the eldest played by Rossum, who is often tasked with trying to hold the family together. While Rossum does not appear in season 10, she is set to return as a special guest star in season 11.
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons (2016)
Originally premiering on Channel 5 in the U.K., Netflix commissioned the second and third seasons of this riveting docuseries. In its later seasons, the series is hosted by U.K. journalist Raphael Rowe, who served 12 years in prison for a crime he was later acquitted of. Like seasons 1 to 3, the new season 4 will take viewers deep into what life is like in 12 of the toughest prisons around the world, from both the perspectives of the prison guards and the inmates themselves.
Get Even (2020)
This British teen thriller will fill the hole left by series like Riverdale, which concluded its latest season earlier this year, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which was recently canceled by Netflix. And while Get Even doesn’t take place in the Archie Comics universe, it is adapted from the popular Gretchen McNeil book series Don’t Get Mad about a group of school-aged girls who have made it their mission to expose school bullies. Things turn upside down, however, when one of their targets is murdered, and a note is found in their hand that reads “DMG,” the acronym for the girls’ group. The show originally premiered on BBC iPlayer in February 2020.
This Norwegian series about Vikings living in a village in the year 790 takes a comedic look at how they handle day-to-day life and conflicts. With different characters taking the lead at different times, they must deal with disputes with other villages and the annoyances of Rufus, a Roman slave who wants to help modernize the culture. Season 3 will serve as a prequel of sorts, looking at the story that led up to the events that occurred in season 1. Considered among the best international series available via the streaming service, season 1 garnered more than a million viewers in Norway — 1/5 of the population — when it premiered there in 2016.
Hard Knocks ’20: Los Angeles (2001)
This sports docuseries from HBO has been airing since 2001, with each series following a specific NFL team into an upcoming season, which includes training and prep work, as well as taking an intimate look at the personal lives of players, coaches, and other staff. One rookie usually gets the spotlight each season, looking at their tough journey and adjustment to professional football life. The latest season focuses its attention on Los Angeles-based NFL teams, including the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams. The series kicked off almost 20 years ago with the Baltimore Ravens, and while this will be the second time the Rams are featured, it marks the first time the Chargers will be highlighted.
The Dog House (2020)
A hit show for Channel 4 in the U.K., this docuseries will be streaming on HBO and is set at the Wood Green animal charity in the small town of Godmanchester, England. There, the staff works tirelessly to help match homeless dogs with owners who will love and care for them. Any dog lover will appreciate eight-part season 1, which takes you through a range of emotions from the moment an unwanted pet comes into the facility after being abandoned to the introductions between pet and prospective owners trying to find the perfect new member for their family.
This Australian and British comedy-drama was created, written by, and stars Australian comedian Sarah Kendall. Set in the late ’80s, Sammy Cooper (Kendall) is a wealthy London housewife who is forced to return to her hometown in Australia with her kids, following the death of her husband. There, she is confronted by her past and the reasons she decided to leave as a teenager in the first place. Desperate to get back home to London, Sammy faces the harsh (and often hilarious) reality that no one likes her, but she finds herself having to reconcile with those she crossed.
Bungo Stray Dogs (2012)
If you’re into Japanese manga, you might be excited that the first three seasons of this action/mystery/supernatural series are streaming. While it’s anime, make no mistake that this one isn’t for kids. Atsushi Nakajima was kicked out of his orphanage, and after unintentionally preventing the suicide of Osamu Dazai, a detective from a clandestine agency, he finds someone willing to accept him for his supernatural ability to transform into a berserker white tiger in the moonlight. Rather than be turned away and mocked for his gifts, which happened at the orphanage, Dazai welcomes Nakajima as part of his Armed Detective Agency, which includes others who possess special abilities and helps fight crimes the military and police don’t handle.
Tig n’ Seek (2020)
This animated series centers around an 8-year-old named Tiggy and his cat Gweeseek, who has a talent for building gadgets. The pair travel through Wee Gee City trying to locate items for the Department of Lost and Found. Tiggy’s joyful attitude, combined with Gweeseek’s ability to invent things, translates to lots of laughs. The series was created by Myke Chilian, who was a designer for the show Rick and Morty.
The House of Ho (2020)
Inspired by the film Crazy Rich Asians, this comedy docuseries follows the lives of a wealthy Vietnamese-American family living in Houston, Texas, made up of its two immigrant parents who have built an empire and their two adult children who are constantly trying to live up to their parents’ high expectations of them. It promises plenty of laughs and cultural traditions, along with a diverse cast of supporting characters, including an eccentric aunt and a flighty cousin.
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 was finally identified using forensic genetic genealogy to be Joseph James DeAngelo, who 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.
It’s David Duchovny at his best, aside from The X-Files, of course. He stars in this Showtime comedy-drama as the aptly-named Hank Moody, a womanizing, chain-smoking, excessively-drinking novelist who finds every distraction imaginable to keep him from writing his next novel. While he clearly pines for his ex, Karen (Natascha McElhone), and she loves him dearly, they both play a perpetual game of romantic tag. Despite his affections, he is unable to stick to typical relationship conventions, and trouble seemingly follows him everywhere.
Meanwhile, Karen can only put up with so much and knows she deserves better despite constantly being drawn back to him. Their young daughter adds another confusing element to the situation. The star-studded cast also includes Evan Handler as Charlie, Hank’s best friend and agent, and Pamela Adlon as Charlie’s wife Marcy and Karen’s close friend. If you’re into sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, this is the perfect series to binge. Only season 1 of the seven seasons is available, but it will have you cringing and laughing at every turn as you simultaneously root for Hank and want to slap the Moody out of him.
Season 3 of this thriller-drama continues the story of FBI agent Emily Byrne (Stana Katic), who, after going missing while hunting a serial killer, is deemed dead in absentia. But when she is miraculously found in a remote cabin in the woods six years later, she has no recollection of the time she lost. She discovers not only that life has moved on without her, but that she has been implicated in a series of murders. Interestingly, the series has received polarizing reviews, criticized for being predictable. But if you’re into the mystery genre and you’re OK with predictability, it might be the perfect easy binge to pass the time.
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 by focusing on a brilliant college dropout named Mike (Patrick J. Adams), who was 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. However, it’s still 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.
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 a cocreator 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. J.J. Abrams signed on as executive producer, which 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 1 features massive sports icons like LeBron James, Tom Brady, Shaun White, and Usain Bolt, all of whom discuss pivotal moments that defined their careers. Coproduced by companies co-founded by both Brady (alongside Michael Strahan) and James, it gives fans an inside look into events that framed the athletes who have become true inspirations. Season 1 includes seven mini-episodes.
Weird But True (2017)
Did you know that ladybugs aren’t actually bugs? Or that sharks have seven senses? This National Geographic series for kids explores various topics, from animals to nature, to uncover facts that are, as the title implies, weird but true. Charlie and Kirby Engelman, a brother and sister team, look at how the world works while engaging in arts, crafts, and adventures that viewers can join in on. Disney+ has picked up the show for its third season, which will begin streaming starting August 14.
Muppets Now (2020)
Episodes feature celebrities like Linda Cardellini and RuPaul, and in episode 3, titled Getting Testy, Cardellini will star once again, along with Taye Diggs and Roy Choi. Each episode features improvised situation comedy in three segments: A game show, a cooking show, and a talk show and includes all of your favorite Muppets characters, including Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Animal, Gonzo, Beaker, and more. Other celebrities set to appear include Aubrey Plaza, Seth Rogen, and Danny Trejo. It’s a much-watch for kids and nostalgic adults, with six episodes in total set to launch weekly for the first season.
Rogue Trip (2020)
Bob Woodruff, a correspondent for ABC News, and his son Mack travel to six regions known for conflict — Colombia, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Ukraine — in this National Geographic series. While it is a travel show at its core, the series also highlights the bond between father and son, as well as the theme of resilience. After suffering severe injuries in a roadside bombing attack in Iraq where he was working as a road correspondent in the early 2000s, Woodruff decided to continue to face fear and adventure head-on and instilled the same values in his children. It’s an education series as well, aimed to shed light on the areas they visit, including their history and culture.
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