It’s Friday, the weather is looking a bit gloomy – at least here in the UK – so we think there’s no better way to spend the upcoming weekend than curling up on the sofa and catching up on the latest releases from Netflix and co. to watch. If you’re thinking the same thing and are looking for some streaming recommendations, we’ve got you covered below as we list the six most exciting titles to release online in the past few days.
In terms of television, there’s the Star Wars spin-off Andor, which focuses on the Rogue One character of the same name and his rise from thief to rebel spy, or Abbott Elementary Season 2 if you want to fill your shows with more laughs than… prefer with lightsabers. Prime Video subscribers in the UK can tune into John Wick: Chapter 2 for free, while the US platform recently added Zac Efron-led reboot Firestarter. There really is something for everyone, no matter where you are in the world, so what are you waiting for? Keep scrolling and check out our top streaming picks of the week…
Dahmer – Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer – Netflix
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Neither Ryan Murphy nor Evan Peters are strangers when it comes to bringing real-life serial killers to the small screen. In Netflix’s terrifying new ten-part series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, the latter plays the notorious mass murderer, in a story reportedly told largely from the perspective of his victims.
Richard Jenkins plays Jeffrey’s father, Lionel, while Molly Ringwald stars as his stepmother, Shari. Michael Learned and Niecy Nash complete the supporting cast as Catherine Dahmer and Jeffrey’s neighbor Glenda Cleveland.
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The new Star Wars spin-off Andor follows Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), the hapless rebel who helped Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) steal the Death Star plans in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and his journey from spy thief. Also starring are Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Kyle Soller, Denise Gough, Stellan Skarsgård and Forest Whitaker, who reprises his role as Saw Gerrera.
The first three episodes are available to stream now. In our review of Part One, we championed the series’ “gloomy” approach to the franchise, which reminds us of Blade Runner, and noted how exciting it is that Andor feels so different from anything in the series, that we have seen before. although we know how Andor’s story ends.
John Wick: Chapter 2 – Prime Video
Available: United Kingdom
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Yes! We think he’s back… for a sequel that has just uploaded to Prime Video in the UK. Picking up on the events of the first film John Wick: Chapter 2
Back in 2017, Total Film gave the action-packed flick four out of five stars, praising its “breathtaking” choreography and its “super cool” leading role. The review continues, “John Wick: Chapter 2 doesn’t quite reach the heights of the original – partly because the element of surprise is gone in terms of combat work, partly because it lacks the emotional pull of Wick avenging his wife memory. But as far as hard-hitting B-movies go, that really gets the blood pumping.”
Abbott Elementary Season 2 – Hulu/Disney Plus
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Everyone’s favorite teachers are back for more classes and mayhem in Abbott Elementary Season 2. For the uninitiated, the acclaimed mockumentary comedy follows a group of passionate educators (and their slightly deaf principal) who have taken it upon themselves to transform a struggling Philadelphia public school. They may be overworked and underfunded, but they’ll definitely try.
In the new episodes, Janine (played by creator Quinta Brunson) tries to shake off her breakup by throwing herself into her work while the rest of the teachers prepare for the upcoming school year. Meanwhile, Ava (Janelle James) builds a side hustle outside the school parking lot, while Gregory (Tyler James Williams), now a full-time teacher, is overwhelmed with the curriculum.
Quantum Leap – Peacock
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30 years after the 1980s series of the same name in which Dr. Scott Bakula’s Sam Beckett Got Into The Quantum Leap Accelerator And Disappeared, Quantum Leap The Series follows a new team tasked with resuming the project. your order? To shed some light on the mysteries behind the machine and its creator.
Developed by Donald P. Bellisario, show stars Ernie Hudson, Caitlin Bassett, Nanrisa Lee, Raymond Lee and Mason Alexander Park from The Sandman.
Arsonist – Prime Video
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Adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name and later the 1984 film, Firestarter’s Zac Efron plays Andy, a young father who goes to great lengths to keep his daughter’s pyrotechnic powers a secret. But in true sci-fi thriller style, shady government officials soon get wind of their potentially dangerous abilities – and set out on a hunt for the pair. Andy has a few secrets of his own, however, and Charlie the boy certainly won’t go quietly.
We’re not going to sit here and lie to you, readers, Firestarter didn’t get good reviews when it was released. But you never know what you might make of it.
If there’s nothing here that captures your imagination, you might need to start looking into each streaming service’s back catalog, which can be a daunting task considering how many titles they host.
But fear not… if you’re a TV fanatic, we’ve got you covered with our guides to the best Netflix shows, best Disney Plus shows, and best Amazon Prime Video shows. If you are looking for movies, be sure to check out our listings