Too often people talk about a “golden age” these days, but we truly live in a supreme era of television. If you’ve been able to follow even half of the shows aired so far this year – Euphoria, Breakup and moon knight among them – you will know what we are talking about.
And the prestige TV train keeps rolling as we enter May. Leading the way this weekend is the return of Ozark Season 4 to netflixalthough there are several new series that hit the likes of Hulu and Paramount More, also. Moviegoers also get a glimpse of The Survivor’s (admittedly grim) arrival on HBO Max.
Below we’ve rounded up our pick of the seven biggest new movies and TV shows to watch on Netflix, First videoApple TV Plus and more over the next few days.
Ozark season 4 part 2 (Netflix)
At last, Ozark season 4 part 2 has arrived on Netflix to settle the myriad details left behind by the finale’s tense first half.
Seven new episodes will put an end once and for all to the criminal misadventures of the Byrde family, with Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy (Laura Linney) intent on escaping the murderous underworld they have become accustomed to – and which they unfortunately love – through the previous three seasons of the series.
Bateman and Ozark showrunner Chris Mundy promised fans a satisfying ending and true closure, so let’s hope Netflix doesn’t pull a Game of Thrones with this one.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Under the Sky Banner (Hulu)
Back on screens just months after riding the wave of hype for Netflix’s tick, tick… BOOM! and Sony/Marvel Spider-Man: No Coming HomeAndrew Garfield directs FX’s latest moody miniseries, Under the Banner of Heaven.
A seven-part adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction book of the same name (adapted by Oscar-winning writer Dustin Lance Black), this true crime story follows Garfield’s detective’s investigation into the murder of a young woman ( Daisy Edgar-Jones) and her daughter at the hands of Mormon fundamentalists in 1980s Utah.
We’re getting some serious True Detective vibes from Under the Banner of Heaven, which is a promising sign for fans of gritty thrillers. The show’s first two episodes are available to stream now on Hulu in the US, with the other four arriving weekly every Thursday. International audiences will have to wait until later this year for its Disney Plus debut, though.
Now available to stream on Hulu in the US.
The Offer (Paramount Plus)
Legendary film studio Paramount hopes its latest star-studded series, The Offer, will add even more value to rising stock of his embryo streaming serviceParamount Plus.
Airing exclusively on the booming platform, Michael Tolkin’s 10-episode show chronicles the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s legendary gangster flick The Godfather from the perspective of its ambitious producer, Albert S. Ruddy ( played by Miles Teller).
Early reviews for this one haven’t been great – in fact, we recently posted an overview of all the negative reviews thrown – but fans of Coppola’s 1972 masterpiece will probably find enough interesting details here to justify the investment of time. UK viewers can expect to find The Offer streaming on Sky and Now TV later this year.
Now available to stream on Paramount Plus in the US.
Ten Percent (Prime Video, AMC Plus, Sundance Now)
Airing on AMC Plus and Sundance Now in the US (but Prime Video in the UK), Ten Percent is Amazon’s English language remake of the acclaimed French comedy series Call My Agent! (which originally aired on Netflix).
Like the original, the show follows the agents and owners of a talent agency (this time based in Britain) whose clients are real-life actors playing themselves. Pirates of the Caribbean star Jack Davenport leads his cast of fictional characters, while Helena Bonham Carter, Dominic West and Emma Corrin make cameos as disgruntled Hollywood celebrities.
The first two episodes of Ten Percent are available to stream now (regardless of your region), with the other four arriving in weekly installments on AMC Plus, Sundance Now, and Prime Video every Thursday.
Now available to stream on AMC Plus, Sundance Now and Prime Video.
Grace and Frankie season 7 (Netflix)
All good things must come to an end, even Marta Kauffman’s (other) beloved comedy series, Grace and Frankie.
Netflix’s cult show, which follows the misadventures of two unlikely friends (Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) who are reunited after their husbands fall in love, comes to an end this weekend with the second half of 12 episodes of its seventh season.
This final arc finds the couple living under the same roof as their previous partners, Robert and Sol (played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston respectively), which means even more friction on the cards for the titular friends. Incidentally, new episodes also ensure that Grace and Frankie remains the longest-running Netflix original series in history (for those who love their trivia).
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Shiny Girls (Apple TV Plus)
You have to hand it to Apple: for a tech giant with next to no experience in the entertainment industry, its streaming service has come a long way lately.
Arriving on the heels of the critically acclaimed film Breakup and Nicole Kidman with Roar is Shining Girls, an eight-part adaptation of the chilling novel of the same name by Lauren Beukes. The series follows a Chicago reporter (Elisabeth Moss, also co-director) who, after surviving a brutal mugging, discovers that her attacker is actually a time-traveling serial killer (talk about an engaging premise?) .
Shining Girls has been described by critics as “Zodiac on Xanax,” which is more than enough to pique our interest. Three episodes are available to stream on Apple TV Plus today, with the other five arriving weekly every Friday.
Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.
The Survivor (HBO Max)
We’ll preface this one with an apology. Not only is HBO’s The Survivor the only feature on this list, it’s also unquestionably the darkest (that being said, the film’s plot doesn’t seem half inspiring).
Rain’s lead director Barry Levinson directs this gritty story of boxer Harry Haft (Ben Foster), an Auschwitz survivor whose experience fighting at the behest of the Nazis led him to pursue a career in sports after his release. Peter Sarsgaard, John Leguizamo and Danny DeVito also star alongside Foster, who lost 60 pounds competing with Christian Bale for the role.
The Survivor had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2021, but only now is it finally available to stream on HBO Max. There has been no confirmation of the film’s UK release date yet, but we expect it to appear on Sky and Now TV in the near future.
Now available to stream on HBO Max.