Welcome to Boston.com’s weekly streaming guide. Each week, we recommend five must-watch movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max, and more.
Many of the recommendations are for new shows, while others are for under-the-radar releases you might have missed or classics that are set to leave a streaming service at the end of the month.
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Chris Evans’ turn as iconic Pixar hero Buzz Lightyear hasn’t gone to infinity and beyond in terms of box office numbers, but it’s an entertaining adventure that will satisfy the whole family. . Playing the human Buzz Lightyear the toy is based on, the film follows the space ranger to the distant planet T’Kani Prime, where a year of time on its surface equals a minute on Earth. In the midst of the time-consuming mission, Buzz discovers that his nemesis, Emperor Zurg, has invaded T’Kani Prime, and it’s up to Lightyear to save the planet.
How to watch: “Lightyear” is streaming on Disney Plus.
It’s a shock that 20th Century Studios decided to let this latest installment of the Predator franchise skip theaters and debut straight on Hulu, considering it’s probably the best film in the series since the original. by Arnold Schwarzenegger from 1987. Set in the Comanche nation in 1719, “Prey” follows Naru, a fierce young woman who wants to prove to her tribe that she is a worthy hunter. Soon she realizes that the prey she is stalking is not from this planet, and the hunter becomes the hunted. Bonus bonus for Boston-area viewers: Lexington native Dane DiLiegro, who has spent the last decade as a professional basketball player overseas, is the man in the Predator suit.
How to watch: “Prey” is streaming on Hulu.
Of course, it’s a little weird to recommend a game show that’s aired over 8,000 episodes since its debut in 1964, especially at a time when “Jeopardy!” airs reruns during its summer hiatus. But puzzle lovers now have a new way to watch both “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” 24 hours a day through an exclusive agreement with Pluto TV, owned by Paramount, a free ad-supported streaming provider. Navigating the Pluto TV app is similar to the traditional cable TV experience, with over 250 hardware channels to choose from. It may seem overwhelming, but you can easily search for programs and add favorite channels, including a station that airs Trebek-era seasons 1-33 “Jeopardy!” all day. If you prefer to watch on your laptop or mobile device, you can choose exactly which episode you want to watch on demand. What is nerd trivia heaven, Alex?
How to watch: Seasons 1-33 of “Jeopardy!” are streaming on Pluto TV.
“Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head”
It’s been nearly 30 years since Mike Judge’s wildly silly animated comedy debuted on MTV, giving viewers a (slightly) exaggerated look at teenage male identity through the world’s most unsophisticated cultural critics, Beavis and Butt-Head. Hot on the heels of a standalone film released in June, Judge (“King of the Hill,” “Office Space”) has contemporaryized the show while staying true to its roots, with teens making fun of YouTube videos instead of fodder for MTV music videos. the past. Above all, the series’ humor remains sublimely silly, proof that even in times of great cultural upheaval, teenage humor is still relevant.
How to watch: “Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head” is streaming on Paramount Plus.
Since August 9 is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, it’s probably no coincidence that just days before “Prey” debuts, Hulu released the second season of “Reservation Dogs,” another critically acclaimed project that chronicles a native North American. story and features primarily Indigenous and First Nations talent. The series deepened its focus in Season 2, moving beyond its four protagonists and zooming out to tell stories of the entire community of Indigenous people living in rural Oklahoma. Like many FX shows, “Reservation Dogs” can be hilariously funny, sad, and deeply profound at all times, making viewers care deeply about each cast member and their daily lives.
How to watch: “Reservation Dogs” airs on Hulu, with new episodes added every Wednesday.
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