Every new week always brings some new series to get hooked on. Whether you feel like laughing, crying, or yelling, the following are some of the best new series coming to streaming these days.
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The Politician (2019)
Last year, Ben Platt took viewers on a wild ride in the first season of this dark comedy drama about the wealthy high school student Payton, who is convinced that he will one day become President of the United States. He begins his political career by running for president of the student center, and he does it as if he were about to lead the very country of Uncle Sam; His intense ambition and unique ability to navigate the political drama catapult him to bigger places. Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, the same behind mega hits like Glee, American Horror Story and American Crime Story, the series is an almost perfect mix between Riverdale and Scandal. Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler and Judith Light also appear.
The Order (2019)
Check out the second season of this horror-drama series that focuses on Jack Morton (Jake Manley), a college student who joins a secret society focused on teaching and practicing magic. However, the more he gets involved in the mysterious organization, the more secrets he discovers. Also starring Matt Frewer, the series is packed with magic, battles and werewolves and something else.
The Woods (2020)
Adaptation of Harlan Coben’s novel of the same name (The Five, Safe, The Stranger), this Polish series moves between two timelines. The disappearance of a girl in 1994 returns to the present day when her brother Pawel discovers that the victim of recent homicide is nothing less than a boy who disappeared years ago. As Pawel – now a prosecutor – investigates the case a quarter of a century later, he realizes that his sister may still be alive.
This Italian sci-fi thriller / horror series has all the ingredients for a perfect marathon when you’re in the mood for suspense and the scares that make you jump. At the heart of the story is the mysterious disappearance of the mother of teenage twins, as well as the journey to discover the truth about what really happened to her. Although his small town seems innocent, the people and the things that happen there are quite the opposite.
Reality Z (2020)
Based on the British series Dead Set written by the creator of Black mirrorCharlie Brooker, this is yet another series about a zombie apocalypse, but with a unique angle. As the undead reach Rio de Janeiro, a group of people is trapped on the set of a popular reality show called Olimpo where they must accept what is happening and fight to survive. You can watch the Brazilian horror series in Portuguese, dubbed in English or with subtitles. With Brooker’s gnarly and twisted mind behind it, it will be worth checking out.
I Know This Much Is True (2020)
Starring Mark Ruffalo in the double role of two twin brothers, this series is based – in part – on Wally Lamb’s 1998 novel of the same name. Obtaining quite positive reviews since their debut in May, the sixth and final episode will conclude the emotional story of a brother who tries to maintain his own life while caring for his twin, paranoid and schizophrenic. The star-studded cast also includes Melissa Leo, Rosie O’Donnell, and Kathryn Hahn.
Fans of this dramatic comedy will be able to enjoy the end of the fourth season on June 14 and then wait for the fifth season already confirmed. Starring Issa Rae, it is based on Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl and tells the stories of two black women in their 20s: Issa (Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji). The show has been praised for its honest portrayal of the contemporary black experience, overcoming stereotypes, and its exploration of social and racial issues.
Love Life (2020)
The HBO Max streaming service officially launched this week, and with it will come original series like this one starring Academy Award-winning actress Anna Kendrick. Billed as a romantic comedy, the series looks at the story of a new character each season on his journey from first love to last. Naturally, there are many ups and downs in between, and no two relationships are the same.
The Mandalorian (2019)
Star Wars fans fell in love with The Mandalorian, and particularly of the “Baby Yoda” character. The series created by Jon Favreau is the first live-action installment of the iconic franchise. It is established five years after Return of the Jedi and 25 years before The awakening of strength. The main character is Din Djarin, a Mandalorian bounty hunter who is trying to reach the New Republic. The first season contains eight episodes, and if production continues, a second season will premiere in October 2020.
The second season of this psychological thriller directed by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot) presents a whole new story. The first season starred Julia Roberts, Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, and Sissy Spacek. James returns for season 2, as does Hong Chau, and will be joined by Janelle Monae and Chris Cooper. In Season 1, Heidi Bergman (Roberts) was a former social worker at the Homecoming facility, an organization purportedly designed to help soldiers return to civilian life. The season 2 story seems more worthy of Jason Bourne, as Monae’s character wakes up in the middle of nowhere, not knowing who he is. Geist, the parent company of the Homecoming facility, returns as an organization that is far from transparent.
The year is 2033 and near-death humans can “raise” their consciousness to virtual reality hotels that serve as personalized afterlife. When Nathan (Robbie Amell) has a car accident, his girlfriend uploads him to the luxurious Lakeview VR. There, he meets Nora (Andy Allo), a customer service agent who is otherwise very much alive in Brooklyn. But his digital form is there at Lakeview to incorporate Nathan and help him deal with this new (virtual) reality. Unfortunately, Nathan’s new afterlife may be going a little better than Nora’s real life.
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Defending Jacob (2020)
Chris Evans turns to the small screen in this drama in which a crime destroys a family. Based on William Landay’s novel of the same name, Evans plays Andy, a father whose 14-year-old son is accused of murdering a fellow student. He and his wife Laurie (Michelle Dockery) must work to try to clear his name, although the evidence to the contrary increases day by day. The starring cast also includes Cherry Jones and J.K. Simmons.
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This dramatic comedy about a young first-generation American Muslim trying to understand himself will return for its second season. Ramy (Ramy Youssef) is a typical American millennial by most standards, but he must balance his Americanized wishes with his Muslim faith and the expectations of his family that continually test his morale. The series has received praise for the way it describes American Muslims.
Dave, one of the new FX specials on Hulu, is based on the rise to fame of rapper and comedian Dave Burd, better known by the stage name of Lil Dicky. The series follows Dave (yes: he uses his real name) in Los Angeles, all while trying to make his way through the music scene while balancing his relationships, friendships, and huge ego. This is a curious biographical series by someone who rose to fame almost exclusively through the force of his YouTube music videos.
Mrs. America (2020)
This political drama about the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment has a star-studded cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Margo Martindale, and Sarah Paulson. The miniseries lasts only three episodes, but delves into the history of this movement and the views of women in the 1970s, from a conservative who was against ratification to second-wave feminists. After less than a week, the series already has an impressive 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and critics praise Blanchett’s performance as Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative leader who opposes equal rights.
* Updated on June 21, 2020 by Daniel Matus.