It’s been a while since the last big thriller. Sure, Sir Kenneth Branagh has given us some star-studded Agatha Christie adaptations in recent years (the latest being Death on the Nile) and Rian Johnson’s Knives Out took us all by surprise in 2019, but the really gripping mysteries of the little screen were few. and far between.
Thank goodness, then, for HBO’s new crime series The Staircase, which joins Paramount’s Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Amazon’s Bosch: Legacy among this week’s eclectic list of new streaming service additions.
Below, we’ve rounded up our pick of the seven biggest new movies and TV shows available to watch on Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max and more this weekend.
The Staircase (HBO Max)
If you’re looking to sink your teeth into a healthy helping of true crime drama over the next few days, The Staircase may be the answer to your prayers.
A star-studded adaptation of the 2004 French-produced docuseries of the same name (which made their way to Netflix in 2018 with three new episodes), HBO’s latest follows the trial of crime novelist Michael Peterson (Colin Firth), a family man accused of murdering his wife (Toni Collette) by supposedly pushing her down a flight of stairs. Saying more risks spoiling the plot of the show’s hard-to-believe story, but critics have hailed this latest adaptation as a “fascinating look at guilt, innocence, and image.”
The first three episodes of The Staircase are available to watch today on HBO Max, with the other five arriving weekly every Thursday. UK viewers can stream the series at the same time on Sky Atlantic and Now TV.
Now available to stream on HBO Max in the US and Sky Atlantic and Now TV in the UK.
Bosch: Legacy (Amazon Freevee)
Amazon’s hit Bosch series gets the spin-off treatment with Bosch: Legacy, which begins streaming on Freevee (as opposed to Prime Video) this weekend.
Formerly known as IMDb Television (which itself was renamed from IMDb Apnea in 2019), Freevee is Amazon’s free, ad-supported video channel, available to Amazon account holders in the US and UK through the First video website or app. Bosch: Legacy sees Titus Welliver reprise his role as the titular detective, who now finds himself working for former nemesis Honey Chandler.
The series is Freevee’s highest-profile property to date (despite being soon to be joined by several new shows) is definitely one to grab for fans of Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels. The first four episodes of Legacy are available to stream now, with the remaining eight arriving in pairs every Friday through May 27.
Now available to stream on Amazon Freevee.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paramount Plus)
Paramount is doubling down on franchise content lately. Coming on the heels of his Halo tv show and much maligned godfather series is Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the latest sci-fi series available to stream on Paramount More.
A prequel story (and Discovery spin-off) set aboard the USS Enterprise, Strange New Worlds traces the adventures of the iconic ship a decade before the arrival of Captain Kirk. According to the show’s creators, the tone and format is much closer to the original Star Trek series, which bodes well for longtime Trekkies troubled by the recent Paramount spinoff.
The first episode of Strange New Worlds is available to stream now, with the remaining nine entries set to arrive at Paramount Plus every Thursday. UK viewers will have to wait until June 22 to see this one, when the service launches across the pond.
Now available to stream on Paramount Plus in the US.
The Pentaverate (Netflix)
It’s no secret that Netflix needs to mix up its content offering if he hopes to regain the attention of lost subscribers in 2022, but the downright weirdness of his latest comedy series, The Pentaverate, at least proves the streamer remains willing to take a risk.
Written, produced and hosted by legendary funny man Mike Myers, this six-episode show follows the misadventures of a journalist (played by Myers) who believes he has uncovered a secret society of men who control the world. The Austin Powers actor also stars as seven other characters on the show, which features comedians like Keegan-Michael Key, Ken Jeong and Jennifer Saunders.
Myers hasn’t appeared in any new screen projects in a while, so The Pentaverate seems worth checking out for that reason alone.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Disney Gallery: The Book of Boba Fett (Disney Plus)
Continuing Disney’s tradition of releasing documentaries that go behind the scenes of its new shows, Disney Gallery: Boba Fett’s Book put the latest from the streamer star wars microscopic series.
As you’d expect, this special feature features various interviews with the filmmakers, cast, and crew responsible for creating Boba Fett’s book, as well as never-before-seen footage and insight into the technology used to bring the show to life. life.
We would generally be inclined to ignore documentaries of this type, although any deep dive into showrunner Jon Favreau’s use of giant LED screens worth a visit, in our opinion.
Now available to stream Disney Plus.
The Wilds season 2 (Prime Video)
Fans of yellow vests, listen up. The second season of Amazon’s equally brutal (but far less popular) take on Lord of the Flies, The Wilds, has finally landed on Prime Video.
The first outing of the survival drama followed a group of teenage girls who, after becoming stranded on a desert island following a plane crash, discover their ordeal is a social experiment. sadistic. Season 2, however, ups the ante by adding a whole new threat to the mix – a rival island full of teenagers.
Think of The Wilds like Robinson Crusoe meets The Hunger Games. The first season of the show was acclaimed by all, so we have high hopes for its new episodes, all of which are available to stream in one go right now.
Now available to stream on Prime Video.
Wild Babies (Netflix)
This week’s second documentary pick is a Netflix series that literally spends eight hours following the world’s cutest baby animals. It’s also narrated by none other than Helena Bonham Carter, which we think is enough description to get you watching (seriously, look at those baby elephants…).
Now available to stream on Netflix.