There’s plenty of new stuff to watch this weekend, so if you’re in the mood for a good, long frenzy, this lineup of new movies and TV shows has something for everyone. The streaming war continues as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max and other streaming services continue to drop endless entertainment options for viewers.
This weekend brings new seasons or episodes of popular shows including American Horror Story, PEN15, See, Archer, and Supergirl. There are also plenty of debuts in the series, like the comedy-drama Unusual Suspects and the viral video thriller Clickbait. On the movie side, Vacation Friends gets people laughing, He’s All That updates a classic romantic comedy, and The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf expands fan-favorite universe.
And that’s not all: there are a ton of new tv shows and specials available on broadcast and cable. If you cut the cord, just sign up for one of the best cable tv alternatives to access your favorite channels.
Here are our picks for new movies and TV shows to watch this weekend.
American Horror Story: Double Feature (FX)
Season 10 premiere | Episodes 1-2 (TV-MA) | How to watch AHS season 10 online
Ryan Murphy’s anthology series doubles horror in its tenth installment. This season is divided into two parts – “Red Tide” and “Death Valley” – with the respective themes of sea and sand. How they are connected remains to be seen. “Red Tide” began with two episodes that introduced the Gardner family.
Papa Harry (Finn Wittrock) is a writer struggling with a blockage, pregnant mother Doris (Lily Rabe) redecorates their dilapidated cabin in exchange for a free stay, while daughter Alma (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) frantically practices the violin. They move to a seaside town where things quickly get very scary. It’s AHS, after all.
Double Feature is stacked with Murphy’s regulars like Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, and Evan Peters, and adds newcomers like Macaulay Culkin into the mix.
Season 2 special | Episode 8 | Look now
Nobody captures the cringe factor of teenage years like the hilarious PEN15, which features a special animated episode. It’s the result of the pandemic, but ends up being a great vehicle for exploring typical adolescent insecurities. The episode sees anime Maya (Erskine) and Anna (Konkle) on a spring vacation trip to Florida with Anna’s dad. They start out excited about the holidays, but things take a turn for the worse when a walking cartoonist draws them. Suddenly, they are plunged into a spiral of doubt about their body and their appearance. Animation makes their internal critiques visible – Maya’s face becomes rounder and Anna’s nose is longer, for example. It’s smart, while retaining the empathy and heart that characterizes PEN15.
View (Apple TV Plus)
Season 2 premiere | Episode 1 | Look now
The post-apocalyptic drama brings a slew of new cast members into Season 2. The action picks up where it left off: with Baba Voss (Jason Momoa) seeking to reunite his family. He has his stepson Kofun (Archie Madekwe) by his side, but his daughter Haniwa (Nesta Cooper) is captive of Edo Voss (Dave Bautista) – yes, Baba Voss’ brother. The wily Edo Voss is a Trivantian general who hates his brother. Meanwhile, Maghra (Hera Hilmar) has returned to her sister, Queen Kane (Sylvia Hoeks), but war looms between the kingdom of Payan and the Republic of Trivantian.
The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare (Netflix)
Movie | 1h23 (TV-MA) | Look now
The Witcher Universe is growing with its first spin-off. The prequel anime film centers around a witcher named Vesemir (Theo James), who fans of the franchise will recognize as the person who formed Geralt, the leader of the flagship series. He’s a bit of a thug whose motto could just as easily be “show me the money”. A live-action Vesemir will appear in The Witcher season 2, played by Kim Bodnia.
Nightmare of the Wolf follows a thread that Geralt mentioned in Season 1 – an incident that led to widespread hatred of witers. Vesemir makes it his mission to hunt a deadly monster in the woods near the kingdom of Kaedwen. But he makes a crucial decision that the witch Tetra (Lara Pulver) uses to stoke fears about witers.
The other two (HBO Max)
Season 2 premiere | Episodes 1-2 (TV-MA) | Look now
The celebrity comedy was never a huge hit when it aired on Comedy Central, so a lot of people haven’t even heard of it. Now the show has moved on to HBO Max, where I hope it can find more audiences because it’s really funny. To catch up with you, he follows two siblings – aspiring gay actor Cary (Drew Tarver) and former professional dancer Brooke (Heléne Yorke) – after their younger brother, Chase (Case Walker), suddenly becomes a famous singer on YouTube. Season 2 finds mom Pat (Molly Shannon) making a lot of money as a daytime talk show host. Cary works as a video host for various outlets, like Bagel Bites TV, and landed a sexy boyfriend. Meanwhile, Brooke scours TikTok, looking for a rising star she can handle. Are they famous? A little, in a way. Are they happy? It is complicated.
Vacation Friends (Hulu)
Movie | 1 h 44 min (D) | Look now
Sometimes you just wanna watch funny people do funny things and Vacation Friends is just that. Lil Rel Howery plays Marcus, an A-type executive, who plans to propose to Emily (Yvonne Orji) during their getaway to Mexico. Things go haywire from the start, due to a flood in the room above them. It was caused by Ron (John Cena) and Kyla (Meredith Hagner), a couple who can only be described as extremely extra. As an apology, they invite Marcus and Emily to stay with them, kicking off a week. Oh, and the hijinks don’t end when they leave the resort, as Ron and Kyla end up ruining their marriage seven months later.
He’s all that (Netflix)
Movie | 1 h 31 min (TV-14) | Look now
This remake from Mean Girls director Mark Waters takes the premise of the 1999 teen romantic comedy She’s All That, gives it a genre swap, and modernizes it for Gen Z. Padgett (TikTok star Addison Rae) is an influencer of the high school beauty suffering from a humiliating breakup broadcast live, endangering a big makeup sponsorship. Smarting, she makes a bet with an enemy who will also prove her social prowess to the sponsor: she will transform the anti-social loser Cameron (Tanner Buchanan), into the king of the ball. Like in the original film, they fall in love with each other – but the secret that it was all just a gamble lurks in the background.
Click Bait (Netflix)
Series premiere | Episodes 1-8 (TV-MA) | Look now
The dangers of viral videos are also explored in this internet thriller. Adrian Grenier plays a seemingly straight family man named Nick, who is kidnapped and filmed by an unknown character. Nick is forced to wield cards saying he abuses women and if the video reaches 5 million views he will die. Each of the eight episodes focuses on a different person connected to the case, including his frantic sister Pia (Zoe Kazan) and his wife Sophie (Betty Gabriel). They grapple with Nick’s real complicity and frantically search for a way to prevent the video from playing. All the disparate threads come together to form a (not very) shocking conclusion.
Season 12 premiere | Episodes 1-2 (TV-MA) | How to watch Archer season 12 online
Sarcastic spy satire returns for a 12th season that sees Sterling Archer almost back to normal. He’s back to fairly regular spy activities, having saved the world at the end of Season 11. But he and the Agency are going through a little existential crisis, when a pair of millennial marketers hint. that they are (whispers) old and need rebranding and reinvention. The feeling that Archer has become a dinosaur is not helped when he meets his rival Fabian Kingsworth, a younger and more spirited spy.
Supergirl (The CW)
Summer premiere of season 6 | Episode 8 (TV-PG) | Look now
Welcome back, Supergirl! The first part of Season 6 ended in May, and now the DC show will close its final chapter. Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Zor-El (Jason Behr) return to National City, where they hope to put the entire ghost zone nightmare behind them. This turns out to be more difficult than Kara anticipated, as she suffers from some PTSD as a superhero. And his fragile mental state isn’t helped by the fact that Zor-El inadvertently provokes a new threat.
The Unusual Suspects (Hulu)
Series premiere | Episodes 1-4 (TV-MA) | Look now
For this heist, let’s form a team… made up of socialites and nannies? OK, sure, why not. This Australian series premiered overseas in June and is now heading to Hulu. Miranda Otto plays the successful businesswoman Sara, who lives in the affluent Sydney suburb. She relies on nanny Evie (Aina Dumlao), who sends money to the Philippines to support her young daughter. Their lives are turned upside down when they form an unlikely group of women who engage in a heist involving a $ 16 million necklace.
Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal, and Greed (Netflix)
Documentary | 1 h 14 min (TV-14) | Look now
The artist becomes the subject of this documentary about the late star of PBS’s The Joy of Painting. The film begins by chronicling Bob Ross’s rise from the Air Force to teaching art to hosting a public television show. But the final part of the film focuses on the show’s producers, Annette and Walt Kowalski, and their iron control over her legacy, as well as their bitter battle with her son Steve Ross over the icon’s assets.
90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way (TLC)
Season 3 premiere | Airs Sunday, August 29 at 8 p.m. ET
The best 90 Day Fiancé spin-off returns for a new season of relationship drama. While the flagship series features Americans trying to marry their foreign loved ones, this version focuses on Americans moving abroad to be with loved ones (hence The Other Way). Several personalities are back for season 3, including the franchise’s first gay couple, Kenneth and Armando, who are planning their wedding in Mexico. Also back: Jenny and Sumit in India, Ariela and Biniyam in Ethiopia, and Evelin and Corey in Ecuador. There are also new faces: Steven and his Russian girlfriend Alina, as well as Ellie and Victor in Colombia. The first episode airs from the start Discovery Plus.