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The best new TV shows to stream this week on Netflix, HBO Max, and more
We have four all-new streaming TV shows to watch this week. We also have the third and final season of an acclaimed horror series to watch, as well as the first part of the fourth and final season of one of the best shows on Netflix.
The best new streaming TV shows this week
Ozark Season 4 Part One (Netflix)
It’s the beginning of the end for this popular and acclaimed Netflix original series. The crime drama starts its fourth and final season with seven episodes, with an additional seven to drop on the service sometime later in 2022.
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Based on the trailer, it looks like the money laundering Byrde family is getting in deep with both the FBI and the Mexican drug cartel, in a perhaps vain effort to walk away from their life of crime, free of all their obligations. At the same time, they also have to deal with their former employee Ruth and her family and friends, who want to create their own drug empire.
How I Met Your Father Season 1 (Hulu)
One of the most acclaimed sitcoms of the past 20 years, How I Met Your Mother, finally has its follow-up series as a Hulu exclusive. Like the original, this series is bookended sometime in the near future, as an older version of the main character explains to her son how she met his father. The rest of the show has that younger version, played by Hillary Duff, living in 2022, where she can’t seem to find any man that’s good enough for her. She gets some support from her group of friends in New York City.
The big question? How does this series link up to the original? We will find out (hopefully) soon.
As We See It Season 1 (Amazon Prime Video)
This Amazon Prime Video original series comes from Jason Katims, the acclaimed creator of numerous TV series like Roswell, Friday Night Lights, and Parenthood. His latest show stars three newcomer actors who identify as living on the autism spectrum. They play fictional characters also on the autism spectrum who are allowed to live together in a New York City apartment. With the help of family members, aids, and each other, this trio navigates through their jobs, their love life, and more as they make roads towards acceptance.
Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock Season 1 (Apple TV Plus)
Jim Henson’s acclaimed Muppet-based children’s series is back for a season of all-new episodes, exclusively on Apple TV Plus. As with the original series, this new season tells stories about the Fraggles, small creatures who normally live in a series of caves. The original Fraggles, including Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, and Uncle Travelling Matt, will be joined by new Fraggles and other creatures.
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You can watch all 13 episodes at once when the season drops.
Servant Season 3 (Apple TV Plus)
This supernatural thriller series’ third and final season will drop all ten episodes on Apple TV Plus this week. If you haven’t watched the first two seasons of this series, we would suggest binge-watching this very strange and creepy look at young parents raising their baby in New York City with the “help” of their nanny.
Based on the trailer for the final season, it looks like the nanny’s past is finally coming back to take her, along with the parents and the child in her care. The series has M. Night Shyamalan as its executive producer, who directs some of its episodes.
True Story With Ed and Randall Season 1 (Peacock)
Ed Helms (The Office) and Randall Park (WandaVision) host this new comedy series, a Peacock exclusive. They listen to some wild and comedic true stories from the real people involved. As these folks tell their stories to Ed and Randall, we see some comedic reenactments of these events, starring many famous actors and comedians.
Check out last week’s picks
In case you missed last week’s column, here’s another look at the new streaming TV shows that we picked for you to binge-watch.
Peacemaker Season 1 (HBO Max)
HBO Max is finally debuting the first episodes of this DC Comics-based superhero series, a spinoff of last summer’s movie The Suicide Squad. John Cena reprises his role as Peacemaker, a skilled assassin who thinks he loves peace and thinks he has to kill anyone he believes is a threat to peace. After the events of The Suicide Squad, he gets recruited by yet another black ops group to go on some new missions.
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James Gunn, who wrote and directed The Suicide Squad, wrote all eight episodes of Peacemaker and directed five of them. The first three episodes debuted last week, with the others appearing on HBO Max every week.
Wolf Like Me Season 1 (Peacock)
Josh Gad and Ilsa Fisher star in this six-episode romantic comedy series, all of which will be available to stream immediately on Peacock. Gad plays a divorced dad taking care of his daughter. However, one day while driving, they get hit by Fisher’s character. Instead of being mad, Gad starts to fall for Fisher, but she also seems to run away if he attempts to get closer.
This series reportedly has lots of surprises and secrets, and based on both the title and the trailer, we suspect Fisher’s character is not what she first appears.
After Life Season 3 (Netflix)
Ricky Gervais returns as the creator and star of this UK-based Netflix series. He once again plays Tony, who is still grieving over the unexpected death of his wife. While the two previous seasons showed him trying to move on, the third season begins with him now having to deal with his father’s passing. This is reportedly the final season for this acclaimed series.
Archive 81 Season 1 (Netflix)
This horror-themed Netflix exclusive show has two parallel storylines based loosely on the acclaimed podcast series. One takes place 25 years ago, as a video documentarian is making a project about her apartment building, which may also be the home for a demonic cult.
In the present day, a video archivist has found her raw tapes, and now he has to go through them to find out what happened to her and the subjects of her project.
Cheer Season 2 (Netflix)
The first season of Cheer won three Emmy awards, including Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. Now, over two years later, Cheer comes back for a second season of nine episodes. Like season one, the show tells the stories about the team members and staff of the Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team of Corsicana, Texas. The second season will deal, in part, with the fame that came to the cheerleading team after the first season, and all the good and bad things that fame caused.
Among the issues the team has to deal with in the second season is the Covid-19 pandemic as they train for the national championship. An even bigger problem is that one of the show’s most well-known cast members from that first season, cheerleader Jerry Harris, is arrested and charged on several counts of sexual misconduct with minors.
The Golden Palace Season 1 (Hulu)
This series isn’t a new show, but a one-season series that’s finally available to stream for the first time via Hulu. It’s The Golden Palace, a continuation of the classic 1980’s sitcom The Golden Girls. This series stars three of the regulars from that earlier show: Betty White (Rose), Rue McClanahan (Blanche), and Estelle Getty (Sophia). The three ladies decide to move out of their Miami home and, for some reason, purchase an old hotel on Miami Beach.
Unfortunately for them, most of the hotel’s staff is long gone, except for two people. One is the hotel’s chef, played by Cheech Marin, and the other is the manager, played by Don Cheadle in one of his earliest major roles. The new owners are now forced to also work at their hotel. Bea Arthur, the other “Golden Girl,” does show up for a two-episode storyline as Dorothy.
Are you looking for more ideas? Check out our list of the best movies to watch this week as well.