We do our best to open these streaming lists with a witty assessment of the latest TV trend or seasonal theme, but this weekend’s recommendations are particularly eclectic (which is, admittedly, a good thing). .
Leading the way is Hulu’s Normal People successor Conversations With Friends as the arrival should generate the most buzz, but Apple TV’s The Essex Serpent looks like an equally starry Victorian mystery (albeit quite different). different fact). Operation Mincemeat is also coming to Netflix in the US for those in the mood for WWII espionage.
Below, we’ve rounded up the seven biggest new movies and TV shows available to stream on Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max and more this weekend.
Chats with Friends (Hulu, BBC iPlayer)
Sally Rooney fans, rise up. The long-awaited adaptation of the Irish author’s debut novel arrives this Sunday on Hulu in the US and on BBC iPlayer in the UK.
Directed by the same creative team responsible for 2020 Emmy-nominated Normal People, Conversations With Friends follows a pair of college students (Alison Oliver and Sasha Lane) who become entangled with an older married couple (Joe Alwyn and Jemima Kirke) in a modern style. -Dublin day.
The 12-episode series seems to bear all the hallmarks of its internet-breaking predecessor, and while early reviews were decidedly mixed, we bet fans of the steamy romance will still find plenty to enjoy in this one.
Available to stream on Hulu in the US and BBC iPlayer in the UK from Sunday.
Operation Mincemeat (Netflix)
Moody dramas not your thing? Operation Mincemeat, which lands on Netflix in the US this weekend, replaces infidels with sneaky spies.
Directed by Shakespeare in Love filmmaker John Madden, the film tells the remarkable true story of an Allied plot to thwart – using a corpse carrying false secrets – a series of fearsome German defenses on the island of Sicily during the Second World War. It stars Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Mark Gatiss, Jason Isaacs and many more British acting icons.
Operation Mincemeat is still playing in UK cinemas, but those across the pond can enjoy this “pleasantly modest film” on Netflix from Friday.
Now available to stream on Netflix in the US.
The Essex Serpent (Apple TV Plus)
The second of this week’s high-end novel-turned-drama is The Serpent of Essex, an adaptation of author Sarah Perry’s bestselling period thriller of the same name.
This six-episode series follows Claire Danes’ Cora Seaborne, a troubled widow who, after moving to Essex in Victorian times to investigate reports of a mythical serpent, develops a bond with local clergyman Will Ransome ( played by Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston). Saying more risks spoiling the show’s biggest surprises, though viewers should rest assured that there’s a lot more to this unique story than meets the eye – after all, Perry’s novel was sold like hotcakes for a reason.
The first two episodes of The Serpent of Essex are available to stream now on Apple TV Plusthe other four due to arrive weekly every Friday.
Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.
Season 2 hacks (HBO Max)
Nobody saw the success of Hacks coming last year. The Jean Smart-directed comedy series was nominated for 13 Emmys (winning three) and built up a loyal following of fans throughout its 10-episode first run.
So it won’t come as a surprise to learn that the series returns for a second season on HBO Max this week. Smart once again leads the cast as Deborah Vance, an aging comedian with plans to revive her stagnant career, though this time she’s joined in her misadventures by Laurie Metcalf, Susie Essman and Ming-Na Wen of The Book of Boba Fett.
The first two episodes of season 2 hacks are available to watch on HBO’s streamer now, with the remaining six entries arriving in pairs every Thursday through June 2. UK viewers will have to wait for the series to return to Prime Video later this year.
Now available to stream on HBO Max.
Lincoln’s Advocate (Netflix)
Continuing the legal adventures of author Michael Connelly’s maverick defense attorney, Mickey Haller, is the new Netflix series The Lincoln Lawyer, which becomes available to stream this weekend.
Rather than remixing the same plot as the 2011 film starring Matthew McConaughey, this version of the character adapts Connelly’s second novel to Haller, The Brass Verdict, and finds the titular memoir called back to court after the murder of an old acquaintance. .
In Connelly’s novels, Haller works alongside steel detective Harry Bosch, and while we wouldn’t expect this Netflix show to exist in the same universe as Prime Video’s hugely popular series, fans of this latest will likely find plenty of comparable dramas to enjoy here.
Now available to stream Netflix.
The Kids in the Lobby (Prime Video)
Beloved comedy series The Kids in the Hall (one of the most famous TV exports to emerge from Canada) returns for a long-awaited revival on Prime Video.
The kids in question are a Canadian sketch troupe, formed in 1984, made up of comedians Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson, and the show – which aired on CBC in Canada and later aired on HBO in the US – found the quintet portraying a series of mindless characters doing, well, mindless things.
Now, nearly 30 years later, all five actors make their return in Amazon’s eight-episode special, which features a lineup of guest stars including Catherine O’Hara, Fred Armisen, Pete Davidson and Eddie Izzard. If you’re looking for an old-school comedy this weekend, The Kids in the Hall is a sure winner.
Now available to stream on Prime Video.
The Time Traveler’s Wife (HBO Max)
Sherlock and Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat’s version of Audrey Niffenegger’s bestselling novel The Time Traveler’s Wife hits HBO Max this weekend.
If you’re not already familiar with the story – and let’s be honest, the 2009 film adaptation of the book was far from memorable – it follows the fortunes of a married couple, Clare and Henry (played here by Rose Leslie and Theo James), who find themselves separated by the latter’s uncontrollable ability to time travel (think The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button meets About Time).
Directed in its entirety by Game of Thrones’ David Nutter, Moffat’s six-part series hasn’t been well received by critics so far (one outlet described it as a “multiverse of villainy”) ), but The Time Traveler’s Wife nonetheless looks like a harmless way to spend your evenings.
Now available to stream on HBO Max in the US and Sky/Now TV in the UK.