Want to know what to watch this weekend? If you’re planning a Spring Break binge, you’re in luck because a basket full of new movies and shows are available to watch on netflixHulu, First video, HBO Max and other streaming services.
This weekend’s slate is led by The Kardashians, the new reality TV series from America’s most famous celebrity family. It’s pretty much the same show that aired on E!, but it’s just on Hulu now. For a different drama, the supernatural western Outdoor beach looks like Yellowstone but is as mysterious as Lost.
Women’s stories are at the forefront of Roar and The First Lady, which feature some of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actresses. To scratch a comedy itch, check out Craig Robinson in Killing It, from the team behind Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Here’s our guide to what to watch this weekend.
The Kardashians (Hulu)
New Kardashians channel, new Kardashians time, same Kardashians and Jenners we know and love (or love to hate). The reality TV reigning family have upped their sticks and moved out of their longtime home to E! to Hulu’s cooler waters.
The new series still follows the various members of the family. Kim nervously prepares to host Saturday Night Live, while agonizing over the release of never-before-seen footage from her old sex tape (and the possibility of her kids finding out). A happy Kourtney is in the throes of a new relationship with Travis Barker, while younger sister Kylie plays coy about the gender of her soon-to-be baby. Of course, if you follow celebrity gossip, you know how these three scenarios play out. But the point of a Kardashians show isn’t the plot (LOL); it gives a behind-the-scenes look at their very public lives. And maybe see more of the drama that led Kanye to quit Coachella 2022.
Stream now on Hulu
Outdoor Beach (Prime Video)
Amazon’s new Western feels like someone pitched it as “Yellowstone is getting LOST”. Considering the success of these two shows, it’s not a bad idea. Josh Brolin plays Wyoming rancher Royal Abbott, whose family grapples with the disappearance of his stepdaughter. On top of that, his neighbor claims some of the Abbott land.
Next, Royal discovers a mysterious, intermittent, swirling black hole in his western pasture. Why it is there, what it does, and what happens if someone enters it are all unknown. Things get even more complicated with the arrival of an enigmatic hippie (Imogen Poots), who develops a connection with the void. As with any puzzle box show worth its salt, Outer Range invites a lot of theorizing and decoding clues. Even as it provides answers, it poses new questions – kind of like an unfathomable hole.
Stream now on First video
Roar (Apple TV Plus)
The darkly comic feminist fable anthology is based on a short story book by Cecelia Ahern and comes from Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, the creators of GLOW (Netflix’s cancellation still drives us crazy). It features a slew of talented, award-winning actresses: Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever, Issa Rae, Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Meera Syal, and Kara Hayward.
The episodes mix several genres, from satire to psychological horror and magical realism. The stories explore the lives of ordinary women living in extraordinary situations. Kidman eats photographs for a kind of memory rush, while Gilpin’s husband (Daniel Dae Kim) builds a platform worthy of a trophy wife. Erivo and Rae find themselves in terrible trouble. In this twilight zone, the mere fact of being a woman is scary.
Stream now on Apple TV Plus
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The First Lady (Showtime)
Behind every great president is a great first lady. The Showtime drama centers on three such women: Michelle Obama (Viola Davis), Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Eleanor Roosevelt (Gillian Anderson). The show weaves their stories together, each following their journey from childhood to marriage to the East Wing of the White House.
The episodes go back and forth in time to key moments in their lives, including meeting their husbands (in the present: OT Fagbenle as Barack Obama, Aaron Eckhart as Gerald Ford, and Kiefer Sutherland as Franklin D. Roosevelt). We get a glimpse of their personal struggles, like Michelle struggling with racism in academia and Betty struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
Kill him (peacock)
Eat the rich and kill the snakes. Craig Robinson stars in this new comedy that tackles capitalism, class and corporate culture. It comes from Brooklyn Nine-Nine veterans Dan Goor and Luke Del Tredici, so the authentic ones are there.
Craig is a struggling security guard and a divorced father whose ex plans to move their daughter out of state. Desperate and unlucky, he enters a mysterious childhood games tournament – wait, bad show. Craig meets a carpool driver (Claudia O’Doherty) who tells him about a snake-slaying contest with a $20,000 prize. It’s life-changing money and he probably won’t even have to face a giant killer doll.
Stream now on Peacock
Anatomy of a Scandal (Netflix)
If the anthology drama’s first season looks a bit like The Undoing, it’s for good reason — they both bear the fingerprints of writer/producer David E. Kelley. In The Undoing, Nicole Kidman wondered whether or not her doctor husband had committed a crime. In Anatomy of a Scandal, Sienna Miller bears the burden of suspecting her politician husband (Rupert Friend).
Sophie Whitehouse’s life is turned upside down when James confesses to an affair. “It was just sex,” he pleads, but is later accused by his employee (Naomi Scott) of raping her in the office elevator after they broke off their illicit relationship. Sophie initially stands by James, until the prosecuting attorney (Michelle Dockery) starts tearing him up at trial. This is yet another case of a wife realizing her husband is not who she thought he was.
Stream now on netflix
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The Garcias (HBO Max)
When The Brothers Garcia debuted on Nickelodeon in 2000, it was billed as the first English-language sitcom to have an all-Latin cast and creative team. Two decades later, the series is getting a reboot and a new home on HBO Max.
The original followed three teenage brothers and their sister growing up in San Antonio. Now Larry, George, Carlos and Lorena have all grown up with their own children. The whole clan gathers for a vacation at a luxurious beach house in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. It’s like any other family reunion – filled with bickering, joking, and lots of love.
Stream now on HBO Max
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Choose or Die (Netflix)
Take Jumanji, add a touch of Tron and some Black Mirror: Bandersnatch vibes and you have Choose or Die. Young coder Kayla (Iola Evans) stumbles upon an old survival computer game from the 1980s and decides to try and beat it for the unclaimed prize of $125,000. For even better odds, she teams up with her best friend Isaac (Asa Butterfield).
Soon, Kayla realizes that CURS>R isn’t just a game – it’s cursed, as the name suggests. The first time she plays, she’s forced to make horrific choices that impact the real world around her. And now that she and Isaac have started, they must finish the game or die trying.
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Our Great National Parks (Netflix)
Former President Barack Obama follows in the vocal footsteps of Sir David Attenborough to narrate this five-part documentary series about national parks around the world. Like many nature documentaries, it features stunning high-definition footage of landscapes, plants, and wildlife.
The first episode is an overview of national parks in the United States, including the very first in Yellowstone. Of the, Our major national parks overseas travel to Tsavo National Park in Kenya, Gunung Leuser National Park in Indonesia, Chilean Patagonia and other places. Obama’s dignified and soothing storytelling plays off gorgeous imagery. Be sure to watch in 4K UHD.
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