This week we have picked out six new TV shows to stream on the various services. We have another docudrama about the rise and fall of a business, a comedy about porn in the 1970s, and another comedy about trying to get through the 2020s. We also have a spin-off of the hit series Big Mouth, a look at a near-future war, and we get to have fun seeing others make some very different cakes. Let’s look at the best new TV shows to binge-watch this week.
Best new streaming TV shows this week
WeCrashed Season 1 (Apple TV Plus)
This year, we have seen a couple of docuseries about the rise, and sometimes fall, of businesses like Uber (Super Pumped on Showtime) and Theranos (The Dropout on Hulu). Now Apple TV Plus has joined this trend with this new limited series WeCrashed.
It tells the story of Adam Neumann (played by Jared Leto), who came up with the idea for WeWork, a shared office business. With the help of his wife Rebekah (Anne Hathaway), they managed to convince investors that WeWork was actually a tech company, rather than just a fancy network of office buildings for rent. The mini-series shows how WeWork raised billions of dollars and was about to go public before things came crashing down for both the company and the Neumanns.
Apple TV Plus
Apple TV Plus has quickly become a major player in the streaming game since its launch in 2019. Its slate of original programming includes shows like Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, Foundation, and For All Mankind as well as movies like The Banker, Greyhound, and Palmer.
Life & Beth Season 1 (Hulu)
Actor and comedian Amy Schumer returns to making scripted TV for the first time in several years with this new Hulu show. She stars in and wrote the 10 episode series (she also directed four of the episodes). Schumer’s character is Beth, a woman living in Manhattan who, on the surface, seems to be quite successful in her career and personal life.
However, she’s not that happy, and a twist in the first episode (which is foreshadowed by the show’s title) causes Beth to go back to her hometown to reevaluate her life.
Hulu offers not only thousands of movies and TV shows to stream, it also has original shows and films like The Handmaid’s Tale. You can upgrade to Hulu Plus Live TV to get live channels, including your local stations.
DMZ Season 1 (HBO Max)
Based on the DC-Vertigo comic book series of the same name, this HBO Max series takes place in the near future, when a second American Civil War has started. New York City’s Manhattan Island has been declared a demilitarized zone in this conflict.
Rosario Dawson plays a medic who enters this dangerous DMZ to find her lost son. You can watch all four episodes of the series now.
HBO Max is your home for Warner Bros-made movies and TV shows like The Lord of the Rings, the DC Comics superheroes, and more. It’s also the home for new and original movies and shows available nowhere else.
Minx Season 1 (HBO Max)
The 1970s saw the rise of both feminism and porn in mainstream culture. This new HBO Max comedy series takes a fictional look at that era. A young woman wants to start a serious national magazine about feminism but is turned down by all the major publishers. She gets one last shot when a porn publisher agrees to take on her magazine, but also makes her agree to put in male nude centerfolds as well, turning it into the first erotic magazine made for women.
Human Resources Season 1 (Netflix)
Big Mouth is one of the most popular adult animated shows on Netflix, and now that series is getting a spin-off. Big Mouth is all about preteens and teenagers dealing with their “hormone monsters,” and Human Resources shows what these creatures do when they are not spending time on Earth.
This is a workplace comedy where these beings hang out and will likely do some very wild things. The voice cast will include the show’s co-creator Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph, Rosie Perez, Henry Winkler, Helen Mirren, and Hugh Jackman.
Netflix is still the leading premium streaming service, with over 200 million worldwide subscribers. It offers thousands of movies and TV shows to binge watch, including its always growing list of original films and series, including Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton, and many more.
Is It Cake? Season 1 (Netflix)
The popular internet meme of trying to guess whether an object is real or a very realistic-looking cake has been turned into a Netflix competition show. In each episode, bakers try to make cakes that can fool a panel of judges into believing they are actually handbags, bowling balls, hamburgers, and more. Saturday Night Live’s Mikey Day is the host of this fun show.
Check out our last week’s picks
If you missed last week’s column, here’s another look at the best new streaming TV shows that we picked for you to binge-watch.
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Season 1 (Apple TV Plus)
Samuel L. Jackson stars in this Apple TV Plus limited series, based on the acclaimed novel by Walter Mosley. He also adapted his own novel for this series, with Jackson playing the title character. Ptolemy Grey is a 93-year-old man who is suffering from dementia. However, he agrees to take a new drug that will allow him to regain his memory and cognitive abilities. Knowing that his time is limited, Grey uses it to find out why his nephew died. He soon learns more than he expected about his past.
Upload Season 2 (Amazon Prime Video)
Nearly two years after season one ended, Amazon Prime Video has finally launched season two of this sci-fi comedy from Greg Daniels, the co-developer of the US version of The Office. The show focuses again on Nathan (Robbie Amell), who died in the first season, only to have his mind uploaded to a cloud server that, in his mind, looks like a fancy resort, where he can “live” indefinitely (if he has the money).
The end of the first season had Nathan dealing with his former real-world girlfriend voluntarily deciding to upload her mind into the server to be with him. The problem? Nathan has fallen in love with his customer service rep, who has suddenly decided to quit her job to join an anti-tech group. You can watch all seven episodes of season two now.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video offers access to thousands of movies and TV shows to stream. That includes great original shows and movies like The Boys and The Tomorrow War. You can also sign up for other premium services within Amazon Prime Video.
Bust Down Season 1 (Peacock)
Peacock has dropped this new six-episode sitcom about four friends who work in a casino in Gary, Indiana. Sam Jay, Chris Redd, Jak Knight, and Langston Kerman created the show and star as those four friends. Reviews of this show indicate that it is not afraid to take on sensitive topics, including workplace harassment, bad labor practices, and much more, while also being very funny. You can watch all six episodes now.
NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service offers a lot of great movies and TV shows to stream on demand, along with live news and sports. Best of all, you can watch lots of its content for free, or watch all of it with a paid subscription starting at just $4.99 a month.
The Andy Warhol Diaries Season 1 (Netflix)
This Netflix docuseries series takes a deep dive into the life of the late pop artist Andy Warhol. The series features interviews with celebrities, fellow artists, historians, and more, discussing his influence on the modern art scene. The series also takes an unusual step in recreating Warhol’s voice via AI technology, as he “reads” from his diaries published after his death in 1987. You can watch all of the episodes now.
The Last Kingdom Season 5 (Netflix)
This is the fifth and final season for The Last Kingdom, as the Middle Ages drama wraps up on Netflix with ten last episodes. Based on The Saxon Stories series of novels by author Bernard Cornwell, the show centers on the battles in Britain between the Vikings and Anglo-Saxon groups in the 10th century. Fans of the show will be happy to know that there will be at least one sequel movie coming after the series ends. In the meantime, all of the episodes of all five seasons can be binged watched now.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive Season 4 (Netflix)
This fourth season of the Netflix docuseries follows the very intense 2021 Formula 1 racing season, as we see a true battle for the championship between drivers Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. We also see lots of behind-the-scenes drama and spectacle from the drivers, pit teams, and more. You can check out all four seasons of this show now.