The third week of January is looking pretty promising for new shows, especially if you love mysteries. HBO and Max are have True Detective: Night Country, which gets a new episode every week, while Hulu has premiered the first two episodes of Death and Other Details, with susbsquent episodes debuting weekly. And if last week’s Echo premiere wasn’t enough for you, Prime Video is bringing back one of the original costumed heroes: Zorro.
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Max, Disney+, Paramount+, Peacock, and Apple TV+ have all gotten off to a hot start in 2024. But we’re still not convinced that was worth raising the prices of their respective services. If you want to save some money, we suggest signing up for the ad-supported tiers. In the meantime, here’s our weekly roundup of the best new shows to stream.
After an extended hiatus, True Detective is back with a fourth season and a new pair of leads: Jodie Foster and Kali Reis. True Detective: Night Country takes place in Alaska, where an eight-man research team has gone missing. And the only clue to their whereabouts is a grim reminder of a previously unsolved crime.
Chief Liz Danvers (Foster) and Trooper Evangeline Navarro (Reis) may not be able to stand each other, but they’ll have to work together to get to the bottom of this mystery. If they can’t function as a team, the consequences could be dire.
Sitcom maven Chuck Lorre’s new show Bookie has landed on Max with its first two episodes. The show follows two bookies, Danny (Sebastian Maniscalco) and Ray (Omar J. Dorsey), who are having a hard time with their chosen vocation because legalized gambling is eating away at their profits and their clients.
All that’s left for the guys is shaking down their regulars for the money they’re owed, and trying to figure out how they can keep up in the modern world of sports betting.
The first two episodes of Death and Other Details have dropped on Hulu. It follows Rufus Coteworth (Mandy Patinkin), the man who was formerly known as “the world’s greatest detective.” The one case that Rufus couldn’t crack was the murder of Imogene Scott’s mother, which is something that Imogene (Violett Beane) has never forgiven him for.
Fate reunites Rufus and Imogene on the luxury cruiser SS Varuna when a murder takes place at sea. And in order to solve this case, Imogene will have to put aside her distaste for Rufus before more bodies start piling up.
You would have to move to Canada to find a more distinctly Canadian comedy than Letterkenny. The long-running series is coming to an end with the newly arrived 12th season on Hulu, which threatens the bond between Wayne (Jared Keeso) and Daryl (Nathan Dales).
After Wayne’s sister, Katy (Michelle Mylett), alienates Daryl, he falls in with the Hicks’ rivals, the Degens. Unfortunately for Daryl, once he’s in deep with the Degens, there may not be any way back to his friends. And Wayne finds that few people in Letterkenny are willing to help him bring Daryl back into the fold.
If it feels like Echo is a callback to Marvel’s Netflix era, you’re not wrong, as it features characters and actors from those shows. This TV-MA series may be a showcase for Alaqua Cox’s Maya Lopez, but Vincent D’Onofrio also has a major role as Maya’s estranged adoptive uncle, Wilson Fisk. The series spins out of Maya’s appearance in Hawkeye, after she left Fisk for dead because she discovered his hand in the death of her father, William Lopez (Zahn McClarnon).
Charlie Cox also makes a guest appearance as Daredevil before Maya decides to take Fisk’s criminal empire for herself. But Maya may reconsider that course of action once she reunites with her family and discovers secrets about herself that she never suspected.
Episodes of Marvel’s What If…? season 2 will be arriving on Disney+ on a daily basis until December 30. This animated series explores alternative outcomes to previous adventures, as well as wildly divergent realities in which Iron Man encountered the Grandmaster in space or Nebula joined the Nova Corps.
Marvel’s anthology show largely stands alone from the previous season, but the missing episode from season 1 with Gamora on Sakaar will finally make its debut alongside a Captain Carter sequel story. This season will also see the return of one of the most powerful beings in the multiverse: The Supreme Strange.
Camp Half-Blood is accepting new members as Percy Jackson and the Olympians gets rebooted as a Disney+ original series. Percy (The Adam Project’s Walker Scobell) thought he was just a normal kid until he finally discovered that his father is Poseidon (Toby Stephens), which makes Percy the nephew of Zeus (Lance Reddick) himself.
However, Zeus isn’t showing Percy any favoritism when he accuses his nephew of stealing his thunderbolt. In the realm of the gods, this means war unless Percy and his friends, Grover Underwood (Aryan Simhadri) and Annabeth Chase (Leah Sava Jeffries), somehow manage to track down the real thief and return it to Zeus.
Seth MacFarlane’s Ted is making a comeback with Peacock’s new prequel series. Once again, MacFarlane provides the voice of Ted, a teddy bear who miraculously came to life so he could be the best friend of John Bennett (Max Burkholder). The show takes place when John is 16, and the world has gotten used to Ted’s existence as an oddity.
At the behest of John’s parents, Matty (Scott Grimes) and Susan Bennett (Alanna Ubach), Ted has to go to high school with John, and that’s just a recipe for trouble. Ted also starts to question his origin in addition to finding the time to help Matty and Susan through a rough patch in their marriage.
In a standard police show, viewers might expect to see Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Hegarty (Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi) and Detective Sergeant June Lenker (Cush Jumbo) as partners working together on a case. Apple TV+’s Criminal Record upends these expectations by putting Hegarty and Lenker at odds with each other, and there’s more at stake than either of their careers.
An anonymous caller has informed the police that her boyfriend is responsible for the murder that has kept Errol Mathis (Tom Moutchi) behind bars for over two decades. But when Lenker attempts to revisit Hegarty’s original case files on Mathis, he throws every possible roadblock in her way. This forces Lenker to wonder what Hegarty is trying to hide, and she won’t back down from this fight.
Don’t let the name of the show fool you. Slow Horses is a spy thriller of the highest order. In the context of the show itself, “slow horses” is the unfortunate nickname of MI5 agents who have been exiled to Slough House, a place for spies who ruined their careers that is run by Jackson Lamb (Gary Oldman)
River Cartwright (Jack Lowden) is one of the few spies at Slough House who doesn’t really belong there. And in the third season, he may get a chance to prove that. Someone has kidnapped River’s colleague, Catherine Standish (Saskia Reeves), and now River is being blackmailed to get her back.
Bruce (Sam Song Li) and Charles (Justin Chien), are the titular bros in The Brothers Sun, and they don’t really know each other that well. That’s because Charles has been living in Taipei and running with the Jade Dragons triad under their father, Big Sun (Johnny Kou). Meanwhile, Bruce has been raised in Los Angeles by their mother, Eileen (Everything Everywhere All at Once‘s Michelle Yeoh), while enjoying a relatively normal life.
Their worlds collide when an attempted hit on their father brings Charles to Los Angeles and exposes the family business to a previously oblivious Bruce. Eileen, of course, has known all along what her husband was into. And she’s much more lethal than Bruce could have ever predicted, especially when it comes to protecting her family from their enemies.
You don’t really need to know anything about Pokémon to enjoy Pokémon Concierge, the new stop-motion animated series on Netfilx. It has no direct connection to any previous Pokémon series, and it has a throwback style that is dazzling to look at.
The Boys’ Karen Fukuhara leads the English voice cast as Haru, a young girl whose life had been in disarray before she landed a laid-back job at the Pokémon Resort. Haru’s primary duty is to make sure that her Pokémon guests are having as much fun as possible. And Haru can do that almost any way that she pleases, assuming that she can stop overthinking herself into corners and take the time to enjoy the job of a lifetime.
If you were hoping to see the further adventures of Berlin (Pedro Alonso) from Money Heist then you probably didn’t watch the second season of that show. Let’s just say that there will be no sequels for Berlin. Fortunately, prequels are very much on the table, and the Berlin spinoff series explores a previously unknown story from Berlin’s past.
This time, Berlin has his own team, including Kella (Michelle Jenner), Damián (Tristán Ulloa), Cameron (Begoña Vargas), Roi (Julio Peña Fernández), and Bruce (Joel Sánchez). And there’s a 44 million Euro score could make all of them rich beyond their wildest dreams…if there are no hitches in the plan.
Taylor Sheridan’s next western TV series Lawmen: Bass Reeves is already a hit on Paramount+. David Oyelowo stars as Bass Reeves, one of the first Black Deputy U.S. Marshals whose legend was built ten years after the Civil War. The real Reeves was recruited in part because he spoke multiple Native languages, and he proved to be one of the best detectives of his era.
Plot details for the series are currently under wraps, but the cast includes Dennis Quaid as Sherrill Lynn, Forrest Goodluck as Billy Crow, Lauren E. Banks as Jennie Reeves, Barry Pepper as Esau Pierce, Grantham Coleman as Edwin Jones, Demi Singleton as Sally Reeves, and Donald Sutherland as Judge Isaac Parker.
Like sweeping historical dramas with charismatic lead actors, a compelling dramatic story, and steamy love scenes? Look no further than Fellow Travelers, the 8-part limited series that is streaming on Paramount+. The series stars Matt Bomer as Hawkins Fuller, an ambitious junior politician who is trying to live lived as a closeted gay man in 1950s Washington. He meets, and quickly falls in love with, earnest Tim Laughlin (Bridgerton‘s Jonathan Bailey), whose optimism and faith both attract and repel Hawkins over the years.
The show, which spans multiple decades from the 1950s to the 1980s, marries the political and the personal, offering a unique perspective of the late 20th century that touches on topics such as sexuality, race, and religion.
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