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The best new TV shows to stream this week on Netflix, Disney Plus, and more
This may be one of the biggest weeks we have seen in some time in terms of new streaming shows. We have the long-awaited fourth season of a hugely popular show going up against a brand new continuation of the Star Wars Skywalker saga. We also have a new look at prehistoric Earth, a spin-off of a popular Canadian TV show, a new season of a long-running food-travel series, and a new true-crime documentary. Let’s look at the best new TV shows to stream this week.
Best new streaming TV shows this week
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Season One (Disney Plus)
In this six-part series on Disney Plus, Ewan McGregor returns to the role he played in the Star Wars prequel films, the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. It takes place ten years after the movie Revenge of the Sith, where Obi-Wan is trying to keep an eye out on the young Luke Skywalker on the planet Tatooine, while also trying to stay undercover himself. However, the Empire is actively seeking to hunt down and kill Kenobi via its Inquisitors. We also know that Darth Vader, played by Hayden Christensen, will appear at some point.
You can watch the first two episodes on Friday, May 27, and the other four episodes are released every week.
Stranger Things Season Four Part One (Netflix)
After three years of waiting (thanks mainly to the Covid-19 outbreak), we finally get the fourth season of one of Netflix’s flagship TV series. The fourth season will see the show’s main characters spread out, with Eleven now going to high school in California, some of the other teens still investigating creepy goings-on in Hawkins, Indiana, and poor Sheriff Jim Hopper stuck in a Soviet Union gulag in Siberia.
Based on the trailers, everyone will have to deal with a new threat from the Upside Down this season. Netflix will release the first seven episodes on Friday, with the first six at 75 minutes each, and the seventh at over 90 minutes in length. We will have to wait to watch the final two super-sized episodes of season 4 on July 1.
Prehistoric Planet Season One (Apple TV Plus)
If a new Star Wars show or a new Stranger Things season isn’t to your liking, there’s another big visual effects series you can check out this week on Apple TV Plus. Prehistoric Planet is a five-part series that attempts to use updated science and CGI to accurately show what life on Earth might have been like tens of millions of years ago, during the age of the dinosaurs.
Like many great nature and wildlife documentary series, this one comes from BBC Studios and even has its go-to host, David Attenborough, as narrator.
Shorsey Season One (Hulu)
Hulu debuts a new series this week that’s a spin-off of the popular Canadian comedy show Letterkenny. This spin-off, quite literally, focuses on one of the main shows’s most popular characters, Shoresy (Jared Keeso), who until now has had his face obscured in Letterkenny. The six-episode series will tell the story of Shorsey traveling to the city of Sudbury, where he will become a team member of the city’s Triple-A pro hockey team, the Sudbury Bulldogs.
Somebody Feed Phil Season Five (Netflix)
Phil Rosenthal, the creator behind one of the best TV comedies of all time, Everybody Loves Raymond, continues to star in his own series for Netflix. The 10-episode fifth season of this food-travel show will again see the huge foodie travel to different parts of the world to sample some of their cuisine and culture.
Sins of the Amish Season One (Peacock)
This two-part true-crime documentary series on Peacock tells the tale of several women who lived in different Amish communities in the US. Members of these highly secretive religious sects are accused of numerous sexual and abusive acts by these women in this series. All of them found a way to get out of these communities so they could try to recover from these horrible acts.
Check out last week’s picks
If you missed last week’s column, here’s a look at our previous week’s picks for the best TV shows to stream.
Angelyne Season One (Peacock)
Who is Angelyne? For the citizens of Los Angeles, she’s just a mysterious woman who appears on several billboards in the city. However, the real person behind those billboards is a bit more complicated. Emmy Rossum (Shameless) stars as this real-life woman in this five-part series on Peacock. She plays Angelyne as a woman who wants to be famous and finally achieved that goal, at least in LA, with these billboards in the mid-1980s. But is there more to this woman than meets the eye?
Night Sky Season One (Amazon Prime Video)
Academy Award winners J. K. Simmons and Sissy Spacek star in this Amazon Prime Video original series. They play an older couple in a small town with a secret: in their backyard, there’s a chamber that takes them instantly to another world in another part of the universe. Things get more complicated when the couple discovers a young man that shows up in their chamber. Who or what is he, and what does he want?
Love, Death + Robots Season Three (Netflix)
The Emmy award-winning sci-fi animation anthology series has returned for its third season on Netflix. This time we get nine short subjects that have stories ranging from three robots checking out humanity’s last days to a special forces team that has to resort to a different kind of weapon to defeat a killer cyborg. As with the previous two seasons, the shorts in season three all have different types of art and animation styles, from 2D to full 3D CGI and more.
Conversations with Friends Season One (Hulu)
Hulu has a new limited series from the makers of the streamer’s acclaimed Normal People. Like that series, this one is based on a novel by Sally Rooney. Two female college friends in Dublin, Ireland, get involved with a married older couple. Things get interesting when this foursome get together in rather interesting ways.
Now and Then Season One (Apple TV Plus)
Apple TV Plus continues to offer high-end drama shows with this latest limited series. This Spanish-English thriller series is set in Miami and stars Rosie Perez. Twenty years ago, six college friends had a graduation party that resulted in one of them ending up dead. Now, the surviving members of that party are getting text threats from an unknown person requesting them to attend a meeting. Failure to comply will result in the police getting the tale of what happened on that fateful night.
Troppo Season One (Amazon Freevee)
The free (with ads) streaming service Amazon Freevee debuts yet another original series. Thomas Jane plays an ex-cop who has seen better days and decided to get away from it all with a trip to Queensland, Australia. However, he soon gets involved with a young private eye who wants his help to find a South Korean tech mogul who has gone missing.
Are you looking for more? Check out our list of the best movies to watch this week.