It’s so easy to start watching a new show only to look down at your watch and realize that several hours have gone by and you’ve powered through an entire season. Thankfully, with each new week comes a new opportunity to check out a fresh series. Whether you’re in the mood to laugh, cry, be horrified, or be intrigued, here are some of the best new shows to stream this week.
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. He returns for season three on October 21 where he’ll get personal with Dave Chappelle, Robert Downey Jr., Lizzo, and Kim Kardashian West. He’s sure to bring engaging yet honest conversations with his 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. Scheduled to debut on October 23, it’s the next series to add to your watch list if you’re into shows like Vikings and The Last Kingdom. It will presumably contain just six episodes, making it 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 will have just six episodes, all set for release on October 23. Early reviews are already universally positive.
Deaf U (2020)
This eight-episode docuseries follows a group of deaf and hard-of-hearing college students at Gallaudet University in Washington, giving viewers insight into their lives and unique situations, as well as relatable college experiences. The show was created by Nyle DiMarco, who won America’s Top Model and Dancing with the Stars, and, as a deaf man, also attended Gallaudet. He was inspired when talking to friends about how a reality show might be able to shed some light on the experiences of deaf people trying to navigate the challenges of post-secondary schooling. It’s a real look into a group of actual students who bravely let the cameras into their private lives in an effort to demonstrate their strong cultural deaf identities.
Social Distance (2020)
One of many new projects filmed during quarantine, this anthology series by Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black) features eight parts chronicling the lives of various families, friends, and couples dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders. It’s a series designed to inspire hope and show “the power of the human spirit in the face of uncertainty and isolation.” The series, which includes appearances from Danielle Brooks (OITNB), Oscar Nunez (The Office), and Mike Colter (Luke Cage), also highlights how technology has helped people remain connected during these trying times.
Good Morning, Veronica (2020)
Who’s Veronica? In this Brazilian web series based on the novel of the same name, Veronica Torres (Brazil’s Tainá Müller) is a police secretary who works in the homicide division in Sao Paulo. Her seemingly normal life with a job, husband, and two children, however, gets upended when she witnesses the suicide of a young woman and, in the same week, receives an anonymous call from a frantic woman asking for help. Haunted by the investigations, Veronica gets deeper into the crime world than she ever would have imagined.
Emily in Paris (2020)
From Darren Star, the creator of Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, Sex and the City, and Younger, this comedy-drama follows the story of the title character (Lily Collins), a young woman who moves to Paris to pursue a job opportunity. But her American cultural habits and traditions don’t quite jive with Parisian culture, and she finds herself navigating work, love, and life in completely unfamiliar territory. It’s a cliched rom-com at its core, but if you’re in the mood for quirky and corny, along with a spectacular virtual visit to Paris, it might be the charming new show worth checking out.
Schitt’s Creek (2015)
What was all the fuss about? This adorable Canadian sitcom took the Emmy Awards by storm, sweeping the entire comedy category. Created by comedian Eugene Levy and his son Dan, the series aired quietly north of the border until Netflix picked up the first few seasons and the fanbase grew exponentially. It’s all about the Roses, a wealthy family who abruptly lose everything except for one asset that is deemed worthless: a small town they once bought as a joke called Schitt’s Creek. With nowhere to go and no money to their names, they try to assimilate into a life completely contrary to their old one. For those who are looking to binge the entire series, the sixth season has been added; and if you’ve been waiting anxiously for the final season, it’s finally streaming.
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)
On October 22, stream the first episode of the third season 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 debut episode of the seventh season of this popular sitcom about the upper-class Black Johnson family navigating their lives and everyday issues starting October 21. 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. Season 8 episodes will begin streaming as of October 22.
Superstore’s sixth season will begin streaming on October 29, bringing 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 sticking through season 1 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 premise of this series sounds all too familiar: an artificial intelligence (AI) goes rogue and begins to improve itself over time, getting smarter and smarter. The idea of the robot takeover has been played out in films and television shows dating back decades. But this series, which follows a team of homeland cybersecurity teams trying to counter the AI, is perhaps the most modern interpretation. For example, in the first episode, a bullied young boy talks to his virtual assistant Iliza through a smart speaker, who dangerously gives him the combination to a gun safe in his home. Starring Mad Men‘s John Slattery as a former tech CEO who suspects and wants to fight back against the AI’s rogue status, the series has been receiving mixed reviews thus far after airing its first two episodes, but it has promise.
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. Streaming starting October 22, 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.
Detention Adventure (2019)
The premise sounds almost like a modern-day reimagining of The Goonies. At the heart of the plot are three geeky school kids and their bully who try to get sent to detention on purpose. Why? They want to find the entrance to a labyrinth of tunnels that will take them to Alexander Graham Bell’s hidden lab. Does it really exist? There are two seasons of this family series, with 10 episodes each that see the kids embarking on various adventures. You can now stream season 1.
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.
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.
Mr. Robot (2015)
Fans who have been anxiously waiting for the fourth and final season of this drama thriller to start streaming can finally binge all 13 episodes that conclude the story. Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) is a reclusive, depressed, and socially anxious hacker who likes to use his skills for good, taking down people who have done deplorable things. When an anarchist named Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) recruits him, however, to try and take down the biggest business conglomerate, the temptation to help is too much to resist as his anger and resentment toward “Evil Corp” heats up. Every season brings shocking new twists and turns that keep you at the edge of your seat the whole way through.
Check out the first season of this drama that was adapted from a 2013 British original. Utopia is a comic book about a conspiracy for the end of the world. When a group of fans discovers that its contents are actually true, they head out on an adventure to try and save humanity. The series counts Rainn Wilson and John Cusack among its cast. It was originally supposed to launch on HBO but switched to Amazon Prime Video in 2018. Creator Gillian Flynn has promised that the series won’t be as violent as the British original, which aired on Channel 4 from 2013 to 2014 and has since developed a cult following.
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 Big Fib (2020)
Returning for a second season on October 23, Yvette Nicole Brown hosts 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.
This compelling docuseries from LeBron James and Maverick Carter pulls back the curtains on the backstories of various actors, musicians, and athletes. Each episode focuses on a different celebrity, with some of the first including Adam Devine, Nick Kroll, Ashley Tisdale, Rob Gronkowski, and Stranger Things‘ Caleb McLaughlin. How did they get started in the business? Who inspired them when they were younger? In addition to interviews with the stars themselves, the series also features chats with people who were close to them before they realized their Hollywood dreams, from family members to teachers and non-celebrity friends.
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