This week we talked about six shows and streamed for the new weekend. We have a new show in the real world of Japanese organized crime and a documentary about one of the most feared criminals in the UK. We have the fifth season of a Spanish-language teen drama, and a new season for a family-friendly sitcom, a teen crime drama, and a comedy about a man who usually “chats” with inanimate objects. Let’s take a look at the best new TV shows to watch this week.
This week’s best new streaming TV show
Tokyo Vice Season One (HBO Max)
Tokyo Vice is one of the long awaited HBO Max original series. Set in the late 1990’s, the series is based on the book of the same name by journalist Jack Adelstein. Ansel plays the character of Algert Adelstein, who travels to Japan to learn more about the country in general and the Japanese yakuza crime cycle in particular. Ken Watanabe plays a detective in Tokyo with whom Adelstein befriends. The first episode was directed by Michael Mann, who also directed the pilot episode for the crime TV show Classic, Miami Vice. The other installments of the first season of the eight-episode series were directed by Destin Daniel Craton, who also directed Shang-chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings.
HBO Max is your home for movies and TV shows made by Warner Bros., such as The Lord of the Rings, DC Comics Superhero, and more. It is also home to new and original movies and shows available elsewhere.
Elite Season Five (Netflix)
Elite is one of the most popular shows on Netflix internationally and the fifth season of the service is starting this week. The show is set in a high-end private school in Spain and tells many stories to the students of the school. In many seasons of this show you can expect drama, fights, and even murder. In fact, it is so popular that Netflix has already launched the sixth season of the series.
Netflix is still the leading premium streaming service, with over 200 million subscribers worldwide. It offers to watch thousands of movies and TV shows, including the ever-growing list of original movies and series, including Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgeton and more.
Jimmy Seville: A British Horror Story Season One (Netflix)
Jimmy Seville was one of the most well-known British TV personalities in history. He has hosted several popular shows, including the children’s series Jim Fix It. He died in 2011, but soon after, reports of his much darker side were finally published. Throughout his career, Seville used his reputation to sexually abuse hundreds of people, including children. These Netflix documentaries show how Seville was able to get rid of these heinous crimes for decades.
iCarly Season Two (Paramount Plus)
One of the biggest hits in the first year of Paramount Plus was the iCarly revival, the hit kid-themed Nickelodeon sitcom. Renaissance shows that Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) has all grown up but still wants to be an internet-based star. In the second season, Carly will continue to expand her internet-influenced empire with the help of her older brother and her friends.
Paramount Plus includes thousands of movies and TV shows from CBS, Showtime and Paramount Pictures. It also includes new and original movies like The Good Fight, Infinite and many more.
Wake Up Season Two (Hulu)
Lamorne Morris (New Girl) returns as a star in the second season of this Hulu comedy series. He plays Kiev, a cartoonist who expresses the activist theme in his artwork. The second season shows how his work is making him increasingly famous, but has to pay a price for his superior visibility. Oh, and he sometimes chats with inanimate objects like wine bottles and trash cans.
Hulu doesn’t offer thousands of movies and TV shows to stream, but it does include original shows and movies like The Handmade’s Tale. You can upgrade to Hulu Plus Live TV to get live channels with your local station.
Hardy Boys Season Two (Hulu)
The latest TV incarnation of the popular teenage boy mystery book series has returned with its second season in Hulu. Brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are solving the case again, and in the second season, they are trying to find out what happened to a local teenager who went missing in their small town. The boys have to deal with a new mysterious corporation that has moved to the city.
Check out our last week’s picks
If you missed last week’s column, here’s another look at some of the best new streaming TV shows we’ve picked out for you.
Moon Night Season One (Disney Plus)
After a break of a few months, Disney Plus debuted in the first episode of its latest Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series last week. This is the first true MCU show centered on a Marvel Comics character that has never been seen before in a live-action series. Oscar plays Isaac Steven Grant, an employee of a humble gift shop in London. What he doesn’t know is that he is Mark Specter, a ruthless mercenary, and also Moon Knight, an entity whose powers are based on the Egyptian moon god. He will have to face Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke), a religious leader who is probably not good. Each episode of the six-episode series will drop weekly.
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Julia Season One (HBO Max)
Julia Child became the first true celebrity chef, and this HBO Max mini-series shows how this middle-aged woman has become one of the most unlikely TV stars of all time. British actress Sarah Lancashire played Julia Child and the series began in the early 1960’s when her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking was first published. The series shows how the book’s popularity forced a Boston PBS TV station to hire a child to host its own cooking show, The French Chef. It became a nationwide hit and made him a household name.
Slow Horses Season One (Apple TV Plus)
Apple TV Plus debuted its latest live-action series last week, based on a novel by Mick Heron and starring Gary Oldman. His character leads Slough House, a division of the UK MI5 spy agency where agents with some problems are sent as punishment. They should be forgotten because they do annoying statistical work. However, the series shows that there is a crisis in England that may require the use of the Misfit Slough House team. Work on the second season is already underway.
Apple TV Plus
Apple TV Plus has become a major player in streaming games since its launch in 2019. Its main programming slate includes shows like Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, Foundation, and For All Mankind, as well as The Banker, Greyhound, and Palmer.
The Girl from Plainville Season One (Hulu)
Eli Fanning, who is as funny as Katherine the Great in the Hulu comedy series The Great, has become more serious in this latest Hulu limited series. Michelle Carter from Plainville, Massachusetts has starred in this true-crime docudrama. In 2015, when she was 18, Carter was arrested and charged in 2014 with involuntary manslaughter for the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy. He committed suicide, but a text message sent by Carter showed that he was encouraging her to take his own life.
The Outlaws Season One (Amazon Prime Video)
The UK series debuted in the United States via Amazon Prime Video. Stephen Merchant, who co-produced the original UK version of The Office, also co-produced the series and starred in it. It looks at seven people who are trying to stop petty violations with some community services, such as cleaning up an abandoned building. Things get even more interesting when they find a bag full of money. Will they try to claim it for themselves, and if they do, what will happen when the real owners try to find it? Christopher Walken has also starred in this comedy series.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime offers access to thousands of movies and TV shows to stream videos. It includes great original shows and movies like The Boys and The Tomorrow War. You can also sign up for other premium services in Amazon Prime Video.
Last Bus Season One (Netflix)
Here’s another UK import, this time on Netflix. A group of young students from England are taken to a tech complex where they and others are to test a new type of robot. Instead, these robots begin to make everyone disappear at the event. These young men manage to get on and off their buses, but they soon realize that these robots have done the same thing worldwide. Can they avoid this threat and try to find out who or what is behind it and stop it once and for all?