The Best New Shows to Stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and More

Great international shows have been gaining attention in the U.S. and two launch new seasons this week, including the popular  crime drama Gomorrah from Italy and the superhero series The Neighbor from Spain. Lots of other interesting new series debut this week as well, including Amazon Prime Video’s Solos, which features a star-studded A-list cast, as well as Apple TV+’s The Me You Can See starring Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry. Looking for adventure? Disney+ has new seasons of some great shows worth checking out, including the sixth season of the popular show Running Wild with Bear Grylls. Bottom line: There’s a lot out this week, from brand new series to new seasons to keep you busy and bingeing.

When you’re done here, check out the best new movies to stream this week as well as the best shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+.

Netflix

Master of None on Netflix

Master of None

Fans have waited four years for the third season of this comedy-drama about Aziz Ansari’s character Dev Shah, a 30-year-old struggling actor living in New York. The first two seasons followed Dev’s everyday life, from his romantic relationships to his friendships, family, and professional experiences, touching on topical issues like race and sexuality in a humorous way. The second season moved production to Italy where Dev and his best friend Arnold (Eric Wareheim) traveled so Dev could pursue his passion for food and cooking. This season promises to be a complete departure from the first two, shifting focus to Lena Waithe’s character Denise and her new marriage and struggles. The five episodes, titled Master of None Presents: Moments in Love, will premiere on Sunday, May 23.

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Special on Netflix
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Special

Ryan O’Connell stars in, wrote, and executive produced this comedy about a young gay man with cerebral palsy who decides to take the bull by the horns and pursue the life he truly wants. Based on O’Connell’s 2015 memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, the uplifting series has been called “honest and genuinely affecting,” and O’Connell has been praised for his “infectious charm.” The series will end after its final second season.

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Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous on Netflix

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous

This animated series inspired by the Jurassic World movie franchise returns for its third season. Six teenagers are selected to participate in an adventure at Camp Cretaceous, but when they arrive, they get more than they bargained for. Dinosaurs have taken over the island, and the kids must work together in order to survive. With Steven Spielberg behind the series, it’s no surprise it has been a hit with kids. Season 3 follows the kids as they uncover more truths about secret research and continue their quest to finally make it off the island.

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The Neighbor on Netflix

The Neighbor

Javier is a miserable, unlucky man who one day gains superpowers. With this newfound purpose, he must focus all of his attention on fighting bad guys and mastering his new abilities while managing to keep his true identity a secret from everyone, including his own girlfriend. The Spanish superhero comedy is based on the Santiago Garcia and Pepo Perez comic series El Vecino, which translates to “the neighbor.” The show premiered in December 2019 and it will end after season two.

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Money, Explained on Netflix

Money, Explained

What is money? What forms does it come in? And how is it both used and abused? This docuseries explores the concept of the almighty buck, looking at everything from credit cards to casinos, scammers, student loans, and how we spend, borrow, and save money. The star-studded cast includes Tiffany Haddish, Bobby Cannavale, Edie Falco, Jane Lynch, and Marcia Gay Harden and topics examine things like people falling for financial schemes, how our brains work against us while gambling, and an exploration of the long lost concept of retirement in one’s golden years. There are five episodes in the inaugural season.

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The Upshaws on Netflix
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The Upshaws

The Facts of Life‘s Kim Fields returns to television in a big way, heading up this sitcom about a working-class Black family living in Indiana alongside Mike Epps and Wanda Sykes, who also created the series. The 10 episodes of the first season are already being lauded for representing “real Black families.” All three leads also executive produce the series and serve as showrunners.

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Castlevania on Netflix
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Castlevania

Based on the Konami video game of the same name, this adult animated series returns for its fourth and final season. Count Dracula is at the center of the story, out for vengeance against the people of Wallachia after they burned his wife at the stake, wrongfully believing her to be involved in witchcraft. The seasons shift focus to Trevor, the last surviving member of the Belmont clan, who tries to fight back against Dracula and save humanity from becoming extinct.

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Hulu

Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. on Netflix

Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.

The latest in a series of upcoming Marvel TV and movie projects, this adult, animated stop-motion series was co-created by Patton Oswalt, who also provides the voice of the lead character, the supervillain M.O.D.O.K. After being forced out of his own company, A.I.M., following a bankruptcy takeover, M.O.D.O.K., who is a floating head, must deal with the fallout and its effect on his relationship with his family, not to mention his own midlife crisis. The story is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz, Melissa Fumero, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Beck Bennett also lend their vocal talents to supporting characters.

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Shrill on Hulu

Shrill

Saturday Night Live‘s Aidy Bryant returns for a third and final season of this comedy based on the Lindy West book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. Annie is an “overweight young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body.” She strives to develop her career passion as a journalist while dealing with her demanding boss as well as other personal challenges, including a series of bad boyfriends and ill parents. It’s a series about overcoming misconceptions: Despite everyone around her believing that Annie’s weight holds her back from being her best, she sets out to prove them wrong.

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The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu

The Handmaid’s Tale

When fans left June in season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale, she had succeeded in her mission to get several children and others out of Gilead but was critically injured and on the brink of death. While it’s obvious she survived, June has clearly reached her breaking point. Season 4 will likely explore June’s continued quest to locate her daughter Hannah. Having given up several opportunities to escape, June won’t leave without her, and chances are, she will go to even greater lengths to push back against the system as she becomes even more desperate and fueled with rage.

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Sasquatch on Hulu

Sasquatch

Sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot, is one of the best-known mysteries and folklores. People all over have, for centuries, tried to find the supposed mythical creature, claimed to have seen it, or been involved with hoaxes involving the ape-like creature. Questions of Sasquatch’s authenticity aside, 25 years ago, there was a triple homicide that Sasquatch was supposedly guilty of committing. This Hulu original docuseries takes viewers deep into the heart of trying to solve this puzzling case with the help of investigative journalist David Holthouse.

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Cruel Summer on Hulu

Cruel Summer

The Jessica Biel-produced Freeform drama thriller follows residents in a small town in Texas dealing with the sudden disappearance of a popular young girl named Kate. After her nerdy classmate Jeanette is accused of having something to do with Kate’s mysterious disappearance, Jeanette becomes the most hated person in the country and must deal with the constant sneers and implications that she knows more than she’s letting on. The story is interestingly told over the course of the same day, June 21, in three different years: 1993, 1994, and 1995.

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Home Economics on Hulu

Home Economics

Topher Grace (That ’70s Show) makes his return to the small screen in this comedy about three adult siblings, each of whom has ended up in a different social class, with lives that have all taken different paths. While the youngest sibling has managed to do well for himself running a private equity firm, the middle child is firmly in the middle class and struggling to get by. Meanwhile, the eldest child, daughter Sarah, can barely pay her bills. Inspired by the real-life story of co-creator Michael Colton, Home Economics centers around how each sibling has their own hardships that involve far more than just superficial money and status. New episodes are released weekly.

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HBO

Apple and Onion on HBO Max

Apple & Onion

As the name suggests, this animated series is about an anthropomorphic apple and onion. They decide to up and move to the big city and must try to integrate into their new — and very different — lives there. While Apple (seemingly a Red Delicious or perhaps a Gala) is hoping to carve out a new life for himself, embracing big city life with open arms, Onion (of the green variety) has more, well, layers to him. He is polite, timid, and, while often open to pursuing Apple’s crazy ideas, helps keep his more free-spirited friend in check. The American-British animated series first aired on Cartoon Network in 2018. Other supporting characters range from the pair’s Egyptian landlord Falafel (Sayed Badreya), aspiring actor Hot Dog (Paul Scheer), and criminal Beef Jerky (Kevin Michael Richardson). You can now catch the first half of the second season.

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This is Life with Lisa Ling on HBO Max

This is Life with Lisa Ling

Originally debuting on CNN back in 2014, this long-running documentary series sees writer, journalist, and former The View co-host Lisa Ling travel across America to investigate a variety of issues, from sugaring to drug abuse within the Mormon community to the gay rodeo scene. Season 7, which sees Ling investigate everything from heroin use to psychedelic healing, prisons, and prep schools, premiered in November and is now available to stream.

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Gomorrah on HBO Max

Gomorrah

Ciro Di Marzio (Marco D’Amore) is a high-ranking member of the Savastano clan. When the clan’s boss gets arrested, however, Ciro finds himself in the middle of a power struggle that sees the “old guard” and “young guard” fighting one another to take over. The story follows Ciro as he navigates the dark criminal underworld and all of the danger, drama, and alliances that come with it. Drawing comparisons to The Sopranos and The Wire, the Italian crime drama has become Italy’s most popular series and has experienced a level of success in several other countries worldwide as well. Season 4, which originally premiered in 2019, will finally be streaming.

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Race for the White House on HBO Max

Race for the White House

Every presidential election campaign has its share of unique stories, and this political series explores the most interesting ones, from John F. Kennedy versus Richard Nixon to George H.W. Bush versus Michael Dukakis, and even the 1860s fight between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. Kevin Spacey narrated season 1, though his narration was rerecorded by Mahershala Ali. Season 2 will delve into the 2008 Barack Obama versus John McCain campaign, 1980’s Ronald Reagan versus Jimmy Carter, and others through its six episodes.

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Hack on HBO Max
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Hacks

When legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah tries to freshen up her act in order to appeal to a younger audience, her agent suggests she work with a 25-year-old named Ava who is tasked with helping Deborah work on her material so that it will hit the right marks. But the tables turn when Deborah ends up being the one to mentor Ava through her burgeoning career. Jean Smart stars as Deborah and newcomer Hannah Einbinder as Ava, with Kaitlin Olson and Christopher McDonald in recurring roles.

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Legendary on HBO Max
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Legendary

Receiving kudos from GLAAD for its inclusion of queer and trans artists from the ballroom scene in New York, this reality series follows LGBT players from eight houses as they compete in nine balls that feature events around dancing, voguing, and walking. The winning house receives the $100,000 prize. Among the judging panel is rapper and singer Megan Thee Stallion.

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Amazon Prime

Solos on Amazon Prime Video

Solos

Have you ever wondered what it actually means to be human? While many movies and television shows have explored the idea of humans being connected to one another in different and unexplainable ways, this sci-fi anthology series takes the idea even deeper. With a star-studded cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren, Uzo Aduba, Anthony Mackie, Constance Wu, Dan Stevens, and Nicole Beharie, it’s set to be a big debut for the streaming service.

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The Underground Railroad on Amazon Prime Video

The Underground Railroad

From the creative team behind Moonlight, including Brad Pitt, and based on the Colson Whitehead novel of the same name, this historical drama explores an alternate timeline where the Underground Railroad is an actual railroad. In reality, of course, the railroad was a series of hidden routes and safe houses that helped enslaved Black people escape to freedom in the 1800s. This series presents it as a physical object with engineers, conductors, tracks, and tunnels. The focus of the story is one enslaved Black woman, Cora, who teams up with Caesar to try to ride the train to freedom.

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Frank of Ireland on Amazon Prime

Frank Of Ireland

In this Amazon original comedy, Frank is a reclusive, recently single 32-year-old struggling musician living in Dublin, Ireland, with his mother. As he tries to make it through everyday life and the messes he has left behind, he gets help from his best friend, Doofus (really). Starring real-life brothers Domhnall and Brian Gleeson, the New York Post calls the series a “live-action Beavis and Butt-Head.” With six half-hour episodes in the first season, the silly humor might be just what you need right now.

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Them on Amazon Prime

Them

The first season of this Amazon Prime Original anthology series will be set in the ’50s and tell the story of a Black family who moves to an all-white neighborhood in Los Angeles. As they try to fit into their new home and surroundings, they continue to encounter malevolent forces that taunt and are seemingly out to harm them.

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Invincible on Amazon Prime

Invincible

Amazon is throwing its hat into the animated superhero series ring, though this one isn’t exactly family-friendly. Invincible is based on works by The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman, which is your first indication that it’s pretty gory and violent. Steven Yuen (who played fan-favorite character Glenn on The Walking Dead) voices Mark Grayson, a teenager whose father Nolan (J.K. Simmons) is secretly Omni-Man, the most powerful superhero in the alternate world. When Mark turns 18, his superhero abilities begin to take shape. As he slowly transforms into Invincible, he must learn how to control his craft while also coming of age as a young man and learning truths about his father.

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Apple TV+

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything on Apple TV+

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything

It was the year that saw some of the biggest musical icons rise to fame, from The Rolling Stones to Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, and more. Featuring archival footage and interviews, this docuseries takes music lovers deep into the depths of a year that had a tremendous impact not only on the music scene but also on culture and politics. Delivered in eight parts, the series explores the ways some of the biggest musicians that pivotal year of a new decade created music that helped inspire hope and change the world around them.

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The Me You Can't See on Apple TV+

The Me You Can’t See

Deep and thought-provoking, this long-anticipated series about mental health from Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry has finally arrived. The pair sit down to have honest discussions with a variety of individuals from around the world, including celebrities, about mental health. With participation from Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, DeMar DeRozan, and others, along with mental health advocate and speaker Zak Williams, it’s a must-watch. Not only does it promise to help educate viewers about emotional well-being, it also aims to encourage anyone who feels like they might be alone that there’s value in reaching out and plenty of ways to do so.

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Mythic Quest on Apple TV+

Mythic Quest

If you’re into video games and video game culture, this series will be right up your alley. Formerly known as Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, the comedy returns for its second season with a shortened name and an equally funny story. In the first season, the studio that created the popular video game Mythic Quest is working furiously to develop and release its sequel, Raven’s Banquet, in hopes of achieving the same level of success. But each member of the team has their own priorities, which causes friction as creative, financial, and coding interests collide.

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The Mosquito Coast on Apple TV+

The Mosquito Coast

Justin Theroux stars in this drama as Allie Fox, a “radical idealist and brilliant inventor” who is fed up with modern civilization, including materialism, waste, and mass consumption, so he decides to pick up with his family and move to Latin America. But his pushback against technology quickly becomes an obsession, leading to paranoia about being watched. Interestingly, the story is based on the 1981 novel of the same name by Theroux’s uncle, author Paul Theroux. Early critic reviews have not been kind, but if you are a fan of the book or either Theroux, it might be worth checking out.

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Disney+

Big City Greens on Disney+

Big City Greens

Sit and relax with the kids to watch the second season of this animated family comedy about the Green family, including Cricket, his older sister Tilly, dad Bill, wild grandmother Alice, and, for season 2, their mom Nancy, who decide to make a move from the country to the big city. In typical fish-out-of-water fashion, they seem out of place but still find ways to make life an adventure. However, some enemies would prefer them gone and try their best to push them out.

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Ice Road Rescue on Disney+

Ice Road Rescue

Each winter season, the mountain passes of Norway feature some of the most dangerous roads in Europe. But thanks to a special group of salvage truck drivers, the many disasters and accidents that inevitably occur there each year are tended to in some of the most fascinating ice road rescues. This National Geographic survival reality docuseries follows a group of those brave workers. The fifth season includes incredible rescues like a drilling rig hanging over a 15-meter cliff and a woman stranded in the mountains following a head-on collision.

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Running Wild with Bear Grylls on Disney+

Running Wild with Bear Grylls

The popular survivalist brings his talents and entertaining personality to another season. In every episode, Bear Grylls heads out on an adventure with a different celebrity guest as they do everything from skydive to climb cliffs. Season 6 kicks off with Anthony Mackie, who joins Grylls for a trek through the Italian Dolomites mountain, and continues with other celebrity guests like Terry Crews in Iceland, Danica Patrick in the Moab desert, Rainn Wilson mountaineering in the La Sal mountains, and Danny Trejo in the canyons of Arches National Park in Utah.

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Special Agent Oso on Disney+

Special Agent Oso

Originally airing from 2009 to 2012, and with a voice cast headed by Sean Astin, Special Agent Oso is always interrupted in the middle of his training by a special alert that a child requires some type of assistance to complete a task. Special Agent Oso takes the case alongside his Paw Pilot, and the pair set out to complete the important assignment. There were 24 episodes in the first season and 36 in season 2, all of which are now available to stream.

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Life Below Zero on Disney+
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Life Below Zero

Imagine living in the depths of Alaska, where the weather is freezing cold, the wind bone-chilling, and the setting puts your survival skills to the test each and every day. That’s the case with the families followed in this docuseries, who all reside in remote areas of Alaska and share the unique circumstances of their daily lives. The multi-Emmy-winning series returned for its 15th season in late 2020, and it’s now available to stream.

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Race to the Center of the Earth on Disney+

Race to the Center of the Earth

Hailing from National Geographic and created by the woman behind The Amazing Race, this reality series is modeled after that long-running and popular reality competition series. Four teams compete to race “to the center of the Earth” using only designated routes in the ocean that take them to the buoy in the middle. With a million-dollar prize at stake, it’s intense competition as the teams kayak, portage, drive, go rafting, and take virtually every other mode of transportation to get from point A to point B and arrive at their final destination. It takes seven riveting episodes until the winning team is crowned.

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