The best new streaming shows this week

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It’s hard to keep track of which streaming service is premiering which new show or movie from week to week. Netflix used to be king, but the streaming field is full of alternatives, and they’re all regularly pumping out new content. So, what are the best new streaming shows and where can you watch them?

Every week, we answer that question for you, offering some exciting new and returning titles, including streaming originals, from services like Max, Hulu, Prime Video, Paramount Plus, and, yes, Netflix. We’ll be updating this list every week, so stay tuned for more new streaming shows on every major service.

The best new streaming shows this week

Let’s start with the best new shows debuting between Dec 22 and Dec 28, in order from oldest to newest. This week was a bit slower for TV with the holiday season in full swing, though there were a few new shows to check out. Let’s jump right in!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Dec 20, Disney Plus

In the early 2010s, we saw a ton of fantasy novels adapted into movies, largely due to the success of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and a few others. The famous book character Percy Jackson also was given the movie treatment with two films in 2010 and 2013. Although the movies weren’t bad, they failed to capture the magic of the series and ultimately the series was discontinued. Despite past failures, Percy Jackson is back this time as a new Disney Plus TV series.

With a book series like this it’s much easier to adapt to television than movies, so I’m personally excited to check this one out and see how it compares. Even more intriguing is Walker Scobell’s casting as Percy. I was a big fan of how well he mimicked Ryan Reynolds’ mannerisms in the Adam Project, playing a younger version of Reynold’s character, and am happy to see him in more projects. 

  • Years active: 2023 (Ongoing)
  • Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Cast: Walker Scobell, Leah Jeffries, Lance Reddick

Cindy la Regia: The High School Years – Dec 20, Netflix

Cindy la Regia: The High School Years is a comedy-drama show that follows the earlier adventures of Cindy, the star of a 2020 film set in Mexico. This TV series focuses on her teenage years as she faces the challenges of high school and finding her place in her hometown of San Pedro. If you are a fan of the movie or just looking for something lighter and fun to watch, this could be worth a look.

  • Years active: 2023 (Ongoing)
  • Genre: Comedy/drama
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Cast: Michelle Pellicer, Naheul Escobar, Carola Cuarón

Dr. Death, Season 2 – Dec 21, Peacock

Peacock’s exclusive anthology true crime series is back for a second season, moving the focus to a whole new infamous doctor. This time around the show gives us a dramatized look at the story of Swiss-Italian surgeon and medical researcher Paolo Macchiarini, who was convicted for experimenting on his patients.

  • Years active: 2021 – Ongoing
  • Genre: True crime drama
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Cast:Édgar Ramírez, Mandy Moore, Ashley Madekwe

Marvel’s What If, Season 2 – Dec 22, Disney Plus

Marvel’s What If is back for its second season, dropping its first episode on December 22, with an episode following daily all the way through to December 30. The first episode asks “What if… Nebula joined the Nova Corps?” The nice thing about this series is it doesn’t matter if you’ve seen all the first season, in fact, my family just picked and chose the episodes we thought sounded most interesting. Other upcoming episodes will explore topics like what Iron Man crashed into Grandmaster, or what if the Avengers Assembled way back in 1602? That one in particular has me intrigued. 

  • Years active: 2021 – Ongoing
  • Genre: Superhero/action
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Cast: Cate Blanchett, Laurence Fishburne, Annet Benning

Check out the best new streaming shows from previous weeks

Below are some of the TV shows we recommended in previous weeks. If you’ve watched the newer titles already or want more options, we have a solid mix of new shows on your favorite streaming services. We keep about two months’ worth of backlogged shows below, ensuring that all our recommendations are fairly recent. 

Carol & the End of the World – Dec 15, Netflix

Animated adult series are quite popular these days but while still a comedy at its heart, this one feels a bit more mature and sober than your typical adult cartoon, largely because it has a much heavier-hitting plot. There are only seven months and 13 days left before a mysterious planet hits Earth, which will essentially destroy the Earth. This has caused most people to give up their jobs and pursue their dreams before it’s too late. But what are Carol’s dreams? Even she doesn’t know. With less than a half year left, it’s time for her to finally find herself. 

  • Years active: 2023 (Ongoing)
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Cast: Martha Kelly, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Shelby Young

The Serial Killer’s Wife – Dec 15, Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus’ new four-part mini-series is based on the best-selling novel of the same name. Annabel Scholey stars as Beth Fairchild, a woman who sees her whole life fall apart when her husband is arrested for murder. Initially convinced he is wrongly accused, she soon realizes that there are many dark secrets about her husband she never knew.  This leads her to face harsh realities, such as how well can ever truly know someone. 

  • Years active: 2023
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Cast: Annabel Scholey, Jack Farthing, Luke Treadaway

Reacher – Dec 15, Prime Video

Jack Reacher is a well-known fictional character, thanks to the popular novel series by the same name, as well as the fact there are two movies based on the character starring Tom Cruise. Many felt that the Cruise adaption didn’t quite have the same energy as the books, leading to the creation of a TV series starring Alan Ritchson. And now it has returned for its second season! If you’ve yet to check out this show you can also catch the first season on Prime. 

  • Years active: 2022 – Ongoing
  • Genre: Action
  • Rating: 15+
  • Cast: Alan Ritcson, Malcolm Goodwin, Willa Fitzgerald

The Crown, Season 6 Part 2 – Dec 14, Netflix

The Crown chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s into modern times and has been a pretty big hit for Netflix. The first part of season 6 arrived back in mid-November but now it’s back once more as the second half of Season 6 has landed. Season 6 is the final chapter in the series and focuses on modern events like the death of Princess Diana and beyond. If you’ve yet to watch the show we recommend giving it a try as you can now watch all six seasons on Netflix. Be aware this is a show for older audiences with nudity and other adult themes. 

  • Years active: 2016 – 2023
  • Genre: Historical drama
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Cast: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton

Maestra: Strings of Truth

  • Release date: Dec 9 on Hulu
  • Stars: Lee Yeong-ae, Park Ho-San, Lee Moo-Saeng

Maestra is a new South Korean drama revolving around Cha Se-Eum, a former violiniist who gave up her dream and instead became a well-known conductor. After a twenty-year absence she returns to South Korea to lead the orchestra at the Hankang Philharmonic. The new series follows the character’s struggles both personally and professionally

Great British Baking Show: Holidays, Season 6

  • Release date: Dec 8 on Netflix
  • Hosts: Matt Luca, Noel Fielding
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The Great British Baking Show has a long-running tradition of making Christmas spin-offs that retain the same general premise of the reality cooking series, but with a holiday themed twist. Now it’s back again for its sixth season, which was actually released last year in the UK but always comes late to the US in a special Netflix exclusive agreement. To be honest, it really doesn’t matter if the footage is old as Christmas is pretty timeless and so you wouldn’t even know just by watching. 

Hollywood Houselift with Jeff Lewis, Season 2

  • Release date: Dec 6 on Freevee
  • Host: Jeff Lewis

Interior designer Jeff Lewis is back for a second season bringing his unique renovations to celebrity clients, with guest stars this season including actor Josh Duhamel, fashion designer Sara Foster, former running back Reggie Bush, and many others. If you enjoy the idea of home improvement with a bunch of celebrity guest stars, you’ll like this one. You watch the entire first season on Frevee, with new episodes of season 2 hitting regularly as well. 

Slow Horses, Season 3

  • Release date: Dec 1 on Apple TV Plus 
  • Stars: Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden, Kristin Scott Thomas

After making career-ending mistakes that aren’t quite bad enough to warrant being fired, agents at MI5 often find themselves transferred over to Slough House. This dead-end unit is run by a mentally abusive boss named Jackson Lamb, whose entire mission is to cause his employees to quit out of anger, frustration, and boredom. Those who work here are known as slow horses and are essentially deemed failures with no chance of turn around. And yet somehow, the Slow Horses find themselves dragged into some pretty intense and serious cases. Season 3 is rolling out now, though you can also catch the first two seasons if you have yet to give the show a try. 

The Artful Dodger, Season 1

  • Release date: Nov 29 on Hulu
  • Stars: Thomas Brodie-Sangster, David Thewlis, Maia Mitchell

A spin-off of the Oliver Twist tale, the Artful Dodger is set in the 1850s in Australia. By this point in his life Jack Dawkins has established himself as a respected surgeon after a career in the Navy. His life takes a dramatic turn when Fagin resurfaces, and Jack is soon forced back into a life of crime.

Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays

  • Release date: Nov 30 on Max
  • Headline Talent: Selena Gomez
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Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays is a 4-part special debuting on Nov 23 on the Food Network for TV subscribers, and Max for everyone else. This is essentially a holiday-themed spin-off of Selena Gomez’s successful Selena + Chef series. Four famous chefs will help Selena and her best friend as they up her cooking game for the holidays, focusing on traditional food and desserts common during the holiday season. 

Faraway Downs

  • Release date: Nov 26 on Hulu
  • Stars: Nicole Adams, Hugh Jackman, Shea Adams

Sarah is an English aristocrat whose husband recently died, leaving her in charge of a massive cattle ranch in Australia. Unfortunately running the ranch isn’t easy, especially as a baron plots to take her land. This leads sarah to join forces with a stockman (Jackman) in order to protect her land.

Fargo, Season 5

  • Release date: Nov 21 on Hulu
  • Stars: Juno Temple, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Fargo is an anthology series based on the 1996 film of the same name. Each season tells a different story with a new cast. The latest chapter takes place in 2019. After a supposed kidnapping, a woman escapes and returns home but then starts to claim there was no kidnapping. The first two episodes debuted on November 21st with new episodes dropping weekly every Tuesday through January 16.

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off (2023)

  • Release date: Nov 17 on Netflix
  • Stars: Michael, Cera, Mary Elizabeth, Winstead, Satya Bhabha
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Scott Pilgrim is back, this time in the form of an animated series for adults. The general story remains the same, following the 20-something Scott Pilgrim as he encounters his girlfriend’s evil exes, and also attempts to just survive life in general. Even better, Michael Cera is returning as the voice. For those who don’t know, he also played Scott in the 2010 film. 

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters (2023)

  • Release date: Nov 17 on Apple TV Plus
  • Stars:Wyatt Russell, Kurt Russell, Christopher Heyerdahl
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Based around the iconic Godzilla, Monarch takes place in a world where monsters are real, something that was hidden from the world for the longest time. Although there have been tons of Godzilla movies, this show takes a unique spin on the concept by setting it into two different timelines that focus on the same character at different points in his life — played by Kurt Russell and his son Wyatt Russell.

The Crown, Season 6 (2016 – 2023)

  • Release date: Nov 16 on Netflix
  • Stars: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton
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The Crown chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s all the way into modern times. Now it’s back for its sixth and final season, which will be released in four parts. The first part arrived on November 16, with the second half dropping on December 14.

A Murder at the End of the World (2023)

  • Release date: Nov 14 on Hulu/Disney Plus
  • Stars: Emma Corrin, Brit Marling, Harris Dickinson
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Darby Hart is an amateur detective but she finally gets a chance to flex her skills when she is invited alongside eight other guests to the house of a reclusive billionaire. Soon after a guest is found dead, and Dary must prove it was murder and why. This whole series plays out like a twist on the classic board game (and movie) Clue, not that I consider this a bad thing!

How to Become a Mob Boss (2023)

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  • Release date: Nov 14 on Netflix
  • Headline talent:  Peter Dinklage

How to Become a Mob Boss is a documentary that plays out like a satirical guide on how to rise to power as a dictator by looking back at the rise and fall of history’s most successful bosses including Al Capone, Pablo Escobar, and more. This could be perfect if you’re looking for a fun way to learn about the criminal masterminds of the past in a more fun and engaging way. 

NCIS: Sydney (2023)

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  • Release date: Nov 15 on Paramount Plus
  • Headline talent: Olivia Swann, Todd Lasance, Sean Sagar

It’s hard to believe, but NCIS is adding its fifth spin-off to the mix with NCIS: Sydney. Unlike the others, this is the first to be set internationally in Sydney, Australia. The show follows the same general format, centering on a fictional team of special agents from the NCIS. Interestingly, the closest real-life NCIS field office is actually in Perth, Australia, over 2,040 miles away. Ah well, a little artistic license isn’t surprising and Sydney has more international appeal than Perth so the decision makes sense. 

The Buccaneers

  • Release date: Nov 8 on Apple TV Plus
  • Showrunner: Katherine Jakeways

Set in the 1870s, the Buccaneers is a romance drama about five wealthy American women who travel to London in the hopes of winning over grooms among London’s elite. The series is based on an incomplete novel by Edith Wharton.

The Real Housewives of Potomac, Season 8 

  • Release date: Nov 8 on Peacock
  • Stars: Gizelle Bryant, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon

The Real Housewives series moves to Potomac for Season 8, though the general theme remains the same: it follows wealthy married women as they go about their lives, with tons of drama of course.

The Santa Clauses, Season 2

  • Release date: Nov 8 on Disney Plus
  • Actors: Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Austin Kane
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It had been almost two decades since the last Santa Clause film, and then last year the series returned in the form of a TV show. Now it’s back for yet another season. Once again it centers around the Calvin family as Scott continues to train his son Cal to take his place. While the series is pretty cheesy, it’s a great Christmas show to watch with the whole family. 

Lawmen: Bass Reeves, Season 1

  • Release date: Nov 6 on Paramount Plus
  • Headline talent:  David Oyelowo, June Christopher, Dennis Quaid
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This new American Western TV series is based on the life of Bass Reeves, a former slave who became the first African American Deputy US Marshal west of the Mississippi. The series stars David Oyelowo as Reeves and highlights Reeve’s journey as a lawman, ending in over 3,000 arrests during his career, including some of the most dangerous criminals of the era.

Invincible, Season 2 

  • Release date: Nov 2 on Prime Video
  • Showrunner:  Robert Kirkman
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Invincible is an adult animated superhero show that centers on Mark Grayson, a teenager whose father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. Shortly after his seventeenth birthday, Mark begins to develop powers of his own. He also starts to question everything he thought he knew about his father’s legacy. Now the series is back for a second season, though you can also watch the first on Amazon prime if you missed it.

All the Light We Cannot See

  • Release date: Nov 2 on Netflix
  • Lead actors:   Mark Ruffalo, Louis Hofmann, Aria Mia Loberti
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This mini-series is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The series takes place during World War II and follows the lives of Marie-Laure and Warner Pfenning, two teenagers facing very different realities. Marie is a blind French Girl who fled German-occupied Paris with her father and is on the run. Meanwhile, Werner is a German who finds himself forced to fight for the Nazis. While it does change a few things from the book, this series looks to be an excellent adaption perfect for fans of the book and those who are interested in dramas set during the Second Great War. 

Black Cake, Season 1

  • Release date: Nov 1 on Hulu
  • Showrunner: Marissa Jo Cerar
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Looks like we have another series based on a book. Eleanor Bennett never liked talking much about her past but after her death that all changed. In her will, she leaves behind a flash drive with audio recordings revealing deep secrets in her life that neither her children nor husband ever knew, including the fact she’s not actually named Eleanor. The mystery depends as the series progresses and her family struggles to come to terms with her secret life. 

The Three Detectives

  • Release date: Nov 1 on Disney Plus
  • Showrunner: Purnima GrätzBella, BadingLilith Julie Johna
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Kim, Marie, and Franzi are teenagers, best friends, and detectives all at the same time. Together they solve crimes and explore mysteries. This is yet another show this week based on a book series, though this is a family-friendly affair, perfect for watching with the kiddos.

Love Island Games

  • Release date: Nov 1 on Peacock
  • Showrunner:   
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The dating reality show Love Island is getting a spin-off, featuring contestants that previously appeared on Love Island. This show gives them a second shot at love and adds both team and couple challenges, as well as some of the same general elements as the original show. If you were a fan of the original, or just love reality TV in general, this could be worth the watch.

Life on our Planet (2023)

  • Release date: Oct 25 on Netflix
  • Headline talent:   Morgan Freeman
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Life on our Planet is a new documentary series about how life has changed on our planet over the course of billions of years. Each episode focuses on a different point or stage of life on our planet and is voiced by Morgan Freeman. The first chapter deals with the rules of life regarding evolution, competition, and mass extinction. 

Fellow Travelers (2023)

  • Release date: Oct 29 on Paramount Plus
  • Showrunner:   Ron Nyswaner
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Starting in the 1950s, Fellow Travelers follow the Hawk and Time, two political staffers who fall in love during a time when such relationships were considered taboo by most of society. While it begins in the 50s, the series will follow their decades-long relationship. 

The Gilded Age (2022 – ongoing)

  • Release date: Oct 29 on Max
  • Showrunner:   Julian Fellowes
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After her father’s death, Marian Brook recently moved from rural Pennsylvania to live with her aunts in New York City. Set in the 1880s, Brook is from a wealthy upper-class family that puts an emphasis on high society and maintaining appearances. Of course, she has her own ambitions and plans, ones that run contrary to the wishes of one aunt in particular. 

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It’s hard to keep track of which streaming service is premiering which new show or movie from week to week. Netflix used to be king, but the streaming field is full of alternatives, and they’re all regularly pumping out new content. So, what are the best new streaming shows and where can you watch them?…

It’s hard to keep track of which streaming service is premiering which new show or movie from week to week. Netflix used to be king, but the streaming field is full of alternatives, and they’re all regularly pumping out new content. So, what are the best new streaming shows and where can you watch them?…

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