Always Be Streaming - May 22, 2020

Your weekly guide to pressing play on your Netflix box.

Here’s what you need to know for your viewing this weekend:

  • The Great is a costumed period comedy. And if that sounds like the sort of thing that might put you to sleep, still give this one a look. I think you’ll be surprised at how laugh out-loud funny it is. The Great is tremendously dirty and wild. I loved it.

  • A lot of you will probably check out The Lovebirds on Netflix this weekend. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s apparently a predictable, by the numbers comedy. Maybe it’s the comfort TV you need this week. I sure do.

  • There’s a quarantine special episode of Mythic Quest on Apple TV+ debuting today. I’m curious, but my tolerance for quarantine-themed TV peaked weeks ago. I do like this show, though.

  • Homecoming is back for season 2 on Amazon Prime Video. The first season of the show was stellar. Really incredible TV. The creative team have largely moved on, so don’t expect it to be more of the same. But… maybe they’ll surprise us?


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returning: 

Homecoming (s2), The 100 (s7), Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet (s1.5)

new: 

The Great - Hulu | Stan

StarsElle FanningNicholas HoultPhoebe Fox

A royal woman living in rural Prussia during the 18th century is forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia, when she marries an Emperor.

The Lovebirds Netflix (movie)

StarsIssa RaeKumail NanjianiPaul Sparks

A couple (Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani) experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery.

Sweet Magnolias Netflix

StarsJoAnna Garcia SwisherBrooke ElliottHeather Headley

Centers on three South Carolina women, best friends since high school, as they shepherd each other through the complexities of romance, career, and family.

Control Z Netflix

StarsXabiani Ponce de LeónAriana SaavedraLidia San José

When a hacker begins releasing students' secrets to the entire high school, the socially isolated but observant Sofía works to uncover his/her identity.

Blood & Water Netflix

StarsAma QamataKhosi NgemaGail Mabalane

A local teen uncovers her family's secret past and navigates the complicated world of a South African high school.

Hightown - Starz | Stan

StarsJames Badge Dale, Monica RaymundRiley VoelkelShane Harper

Set in the world of beautiful but bleak Cape Cod, one woman's journey to sobriety is overshadowed by a murder investigation dragging her into its fold.

Stargirl - The CW

StarsBrec BassingerYvette MonrealAnjelika Washington

Teenager Courtney Whitmore joins the Justice Society of America. Based on the character from DC Comics.

Snowpiercer TNT

StarsJennifer ConnellyDaveed DiggsMickey Sumner

Set over seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe.

Dead Still - Acorn TV

StarsMichael SmileyJimmy SmallhorneEileen O'Higgins

Set in 1880s Ireland in the Victorian era heyday of 'postmortem photography' the six-episode period drama follows a renowned memorial photographer who is drawn into a series of apparent murders which appear to be linked to his work.