Despite last week’s decidedly lukewarm lineup of new movies and TV shows, January has seen fit to pull back with a much more promising mix of titles that are grabbing attention.
In fact, there are so many great new things to watch this weekend that it’s hard for us to reasonably summarize the selection here. Instead, we’ll just say that Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Plus, and Apple TV Plus subscribers have a lot to offer over the next few days, with only HBO Max missing from the “just added” section.
Below, we’ve rounded up seven of the biggest new movies and TV shows to watch on streaming services this weekend. Happy eating, folks!
Shrinkage (Apple TV Plus)
Apple will hope to continue its recent streak of prestige TV successes with Shrinking, which begins streaming on Apple TV Plus this weekend.
Not to be confused with Apple TV Plus’ other psychiatric drama The Shrink Next Door, this 10-episode series – by Jason Segel and Ted Lasso from creators Bill Lawrence and Brett Goldstein, Segel plays Jimmy, a therapist who begins to project his personal struggles into the problems of his patients. Fresh from its television debut in 1923 Paramount PlusHarrison Ford also stars here as Jimmy’s practice partner, Paul.
The first two episodes of Shrinking are available to stream now, and the remaining eight will air weekly every Friday until March 24. Let’s hope it earns a spot on our list best Apple TV Plus shows.
Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.
Lockwood & Co. (Netflix)
As noted by our entertainment reporter Tom Power, w his reaction to the first trailer, the new Netflix series Lockwood & Co. looks like a winning mix of Sherlock Holmes, Ghostbusters and Doctor Who.
Directed by Attack the Block filmmaker Joe Cornish (and produced by his longtime friend Edgar Wright), this eight-episode supernatural adventure – based on Jonathan Stroud’s series of novels of the same name – follows a group of talented teenagers as they battle countless London ghosts and ghouls.
Netflix will hope Lockwood and Co. will be a success comparable to Wednesday, its megahit The Addams Family series has been renewed for a second seasoninstead Irregularsanother Sherlock-inspired Gen Z series that is streamer canceled after only one season in May 2021.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Shotgun Wedding (Best Movie)
Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore returns to the big (or small?) screen this weekend with Shotgun Wedding on Prime Video.
This funny-sounding romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel tells the story of a bride and groom whose wedding is crashed by armed criminals. Naturally, the couple takes matters into their own hands to save their special day, and things get accordingly hot (read: brutal).
We don’t necessarily expect Shotgun Wedding to make it onto our list the best Prime Videos coming soon, but if you’re looking for an easy watch this weekend, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Now available to stream on Prime Video.
You People (Netflix)
The first of many stars new Netflix movies heading to the platform in 2023, You People is now available for streaming.
Starring Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and co-producer Jonah Hill, this culture-clash comedy from black creator Kenya Barris follows a young couple’s struggles to sort out their new family relationships in light of stark generational differences.
Critics have called you folks “incredibly hilarious, accurate, and incredibly intelligent,” so there’s every chance you’ll be on our list best Netflix movies in 2023
Now available to stream on Netflix.
If you’re up for a superhero adventure that isn’t your typical superhero adventure, Hulu’s new show Extraordinary might be for you.
This eight-episode series from the producers of the BBC megahit Killing Eve follows Jen (Máiréad Tyers), a 25-year-old woman who struggles to make her way in a world where everyone over the age of 18 has developed superpowers – except for her.
Hulu’s latest drama has been described by critics as “raucous” and “surreal” – with Tyers’ “magnetic performance” garnering plenty of praise – so we can’t wait to get stuck into it. UK viewers will find Extraordinary Streams on Disney Plus.
Now available to stream on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus in the UK.
Poker Face (Peacock)
Knives Out director Rian Johnson moves to the small screen this weekend with the new procedural series Poker Face on Peacock.
Hosted by Russian Doll star Natasha Lyonne, this Columbo-inspired mystery show of the week follows Charlie, a casino employee whose innate ability to detect when someone is lying makes her the perfect detective. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nick Nolte, Adrien Brody, Chloe Sevigny, Rhea Perlman and Tim Blake Nelson are among the large cast of the series.
Sam Johnson is directing much of Poker Face’s 10-episode debut season, so fans of Glass Onion should be in for a treat. The first four installments in the series are available to stream now, with the remaining six arriving weekly every Thursday.
Now available to stream on Peacock.
Project 1619 (Hulu)
This week’s documentary pick is The 1619 Project on Hulu.
Based on the groundbreaking New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning series of the same name and directed by original writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, this six-part production re-examines American history through the lens of slavery.
The first two episodes of the docuseries are available to watch today, with the remaining four episodes scheduled to arrive in pairs over the next two Thursdays. UK viewers will likely find this stream on Disney Plus, although a release date has yet to be announced.
Now available to stream on Hulu.