WE’RE heading into indoor cosy season folks, so it’s time to get up to speed on what to watch while all snug in your homes.
As always, The Sun’s TV Mag has the latest news on all the shows you should be streaming this week.
Here’s what to check out over the next seven days.
You – Netflix
On the face of it, there’s no way a show about a serial-killing stalker should be so enjoyable, but the first two series of You were a total guilty pleasure.
The focus is on obsessive former bookstore manager Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), a man prepared to go to any lengths to get close to the object of his attention. When we were last with him, the tables had been turned on Joe by his latest obsession, intense chef Love (Victoria Pedretti), who was revealed – and this will be a spoiler if you’ve not seen season two – to be a manipulative murderer herself.
Season three opens with Joe, Love and their new baby son Henry settling into a bland but snobby Californian suburb, filled with smug mummy bloggers and their rich hubbies. Joe hates it – and is more than a little scared of Love – but is determined to make it work, for Henry’s sake.
“We have everything, so he has everything,” Joe says, early in the season opener. “The perfect family: me, a boy and his mum, who is usually great but occasionally murders people with her bare hands. What could go wrong?”
Quite a lot, as it turns out. Before too long, Joe’s back to his old weird ways, developing an unhealthy interest in their flirtatious neighbour, Natalie. Love, meanwhile, can’t quite shake her terrifying violent impulses.
Inevitably, at times it feels very over-the-top and trashy, and there’s not one character you can really warm to, but the show’s self-knowing black humour helps ensure that You is still worth getting obsessed about.
Available from Friday.
I Know What You Did Last Summer – Amazon Prime
Say the words I Know What You Did Last Summer and an entire generation instantly see Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr and Ryan Phillippe being tormented by a terrible shared secret – and a violent killer with a rather nasty looking meat hook.
Twenty-four years – and some rather dodgy sequels – later, I Know What You Did Last Summer is back once again. But this is no Nineties nostalgia fest, instead it’s a bang-up-to-date TV reboot of the slasher horror classic, which moves the action into the present day and tells its horrifying story over eight episodes.
In this version, we meet Lennon (Madison Iseman), who returns to her family home in Hawaii, one year after she and her friends hit and killed someone in a road accident the night of their drug-fuelled high-school graduation bash – and then decided to cover it up.
Unfortunately for them, however, it seems someone very unpleasant has learned their awful secret, and is intent on bloody revenge.
Whether this show can have the same impact as the classic 1997 movie remains to be seen but judged on its own merits, the first episode is tense, exciting and packed with enough scares to keep you hooked.
Reservation Dogs – Disney+
Co-created by irreverent director Taika Waititi , it comes as little surprise that this smart new series about four indigenous teenagers in Oklahoma is hilarious, groundbreaking stuff.
From their homes on a Native American reservation, the teens – Elora (Devery Jacobs), Bear (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), Cheese (Lane Factor) and Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis) – try to raise money so they can to escape to California, getting up to all sorts of unlikely yet still oddly relatable adventures in the process. In the opening episode, that includes stealing a delivery truck filled with crisps and being attacked by a carful of teens brandishing paintball guns.
It is, of course, a scandal that this is the very first American series to boast an all-indigenous writing and directing team, but that shouldn’t distract from the fact that it’s also a fantastic and original comedy series.
Episodes available every Wednesday
Karma’s World – Netflix
Little Karma has a big dream: to be a rapper and to change the world with her music. Smart, talented and kind, she’s certainly not going to let the fact that she’s just 10 years old get in her way, or that pesky boys keep telling her girls can’t be rappers.
Fun, funny and filled with important messages and ideas, this vibrant new animated series – produced by American rap artist Ludacris and featuring the voices of Tiffany Haddish and Orange is the New Black’s Danielle Brooks, amongst others – is guaranteed to keep your pre-teens dancing, laughing and thinking about the world. Empowering and joyous.
Available from Friday.
Just Beyond – Disney+
Parallel universes, ghost actors, alien parents, reluctant witches… Prepare for some mind-bending, hair-raising pre-Halloween fun with this spectacular new eight-part anthology series set in a supernatural world where nothing is quite what it seems.
Inspired by the cult stories of horror writer R.L. Stine, each episode is its own self-contained story and comes armed with a fresh cast – including, in episode two, and star Henry Thomas.
Tackling issues that include bullying, peer pressure and anxiety along the way, it’s aimed squarely at teen and young adult audiences – but anyone with a love of , and the recent will find plenty to enjoy.
Available from Wednesday.
Finding Andrea – Discovery+
Two years ago, 37-year-old mother of two Andrea Knabel went missing from near her home in Louisville, Kentucky, and hasn’t been seen since.
The case quickly made headlines, not least because Andrea, with tragic irony, was a volunteer member of a group that helps find missing people, called Missing In America.
This four-part docuseries examines Andrea’s disappearance, digging deep into the investigation to find her and debunking some of the wilder theories along the way. It’s a powerful watch, not least because it highlights the terrible toll her disappearance has taken on her heartbroken family.
Available from Friday.
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Ted Lasso – Apple TV+
Much like the show’s hero, you don’t need to understand a thing about football to enjoy this warm-hearted series about Ted (Jason Sudeikis), an American who manages an English team,despite having zero knowledge about the sport. Charming, cheerful and lots of fun.
Parks And Recreation – Netflix
Following the adventures of a group of local government employees in Indiana, this is a celebration of the power of optimism, teamwork and friendship. Every one of its 125 episodes makes you feel like you’re spending time with a bunch of your best mates – and how many other shows can claim to do that?
Schitt’s Creek – Netflix
Playful, tender and dripping with wonderful one-liners, Dan and Eugene Levy’s sitcom about a snobbish family – the Roses – who move to eccentric backwater town Schitt’s Creek after losing their fortune, is an utter delight. There’s a reason why its six seasons won so many awards: it’s fab.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Netflix
Andy Samberg leads a splendid ensemble cast in this consistently hilarious show which revolves around a mismatched team of New York detectives. More concerned with the relationships between the cops than the crime-fighting they get up to, it’s smart, witty and unexpectedly joyous.
Squid Game – Netflix
If you thought The Hunger Games was brutal, you ain’t seen nothing yet. This South Korean horror series – which you can watch dubbed or subtitled – follows gambling addict Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), who accepts a bizarre invitation to compete in a tournament of children’s games in order to win a life-changing cash prize.
However, the stakes are dangerously high as the contestants are literally playing for their lives. Red Light, Green Light will never feel like wholesome fun again after – spoiler alert! – seeing dozens of blood-splattered bodies scattered on the ground in the first of nine tense, action-packed episodes.
The whole world is currently addicted, putting it on course to become one of Netflix’s most popular ever dramas.
Ru Paul’s Drag Race – BBC iPlayer
Mama Ru is searching for another Drag Race Superstar to be whisked off to Hollywood to star in their very own digital TV series and the competition for series three is tough.
Twelve queens started the competition but week by week one is sent back to obscurity (if indeed there is such a thing for drag queens) and the wigs are off.
With more glitz and glitter than any episode of Strictly, the contestants battle it out in a series of bizarre challenges – Dirty Charades, anyone? – in the hope of living to drag up another day…
Muppets Haunted Mansion – Disney+
The much-anticipated spooky musical special from our favourite furry friends sees The Great Gonzo and his best pal Pepé the King Prawn spend Halloween night in the ‘scariest place on Earth’ – The Haunted Mansion (anyone who’s been to any of the Disney parks will confirm this to be true!).
Kermit, Miss Piggy and co make an appearance as the ghosts primed to scare the wits out of the pair and are joined by celebrity guests including This Is Us star Chrissy Metz and The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’s Alfonso Ribeiro.
Hip Hop Uncovered – Disney+
“The best music is made when there is a struggle, when there is some sort of story that you can identify with that is a rags to riches story,” says Snoop Dogg in this deep dive into the birth of hip hop.
The six-part docuseries details how the genre was originally an expression of survival and defiance, and hears from hip-hop legends Snoop, Dr. Dre and Ice T as well as telling the stories of the rappers that paved the way such as Big U, a former gang leader turned ‘the Godfather of Rap’.
Angeliena – Netflix
If your wanderlust has shifted up a few gears since the pandemic hit, be prepared for it to reach full-throttle after watching this uplifting film. Angeliena (Euodia Samson) is a loveable, vibrant, no-nonsense parking attendant in South Africa.
Her dream has always been to travel the world – over the years she’s collected trinkets that represent her seemingly out-of-reach plans – who is told she has a terminal illness and decides to spend the time she has living life to the fullest.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be on the internet searching for flights as soon as the credits roll.
ACAPULCO – Disney+
Sometimes all you want is a sweet-but-smart sitcom, featuring characters you can root for, in a setting that seems a million miles from dank, autumnal Britain. Acapulco fits that bill.
This new 10-part comedy transports viewers to the Mexican tourist hotspot of Acapulco in 1984, where Maximo (Enrique Arrizon), a poor but ambitious local lad with big dreams, longs to work at the hottest holiday resort in town, the Las Colinas. One passionate speech to an influential employee later and this hardworking Lee Mead-lookalike has bagged himself a job as a hotel pool boy.
Joined by his loveable best buddy Memo, who’s found employment in the hotel’s laundry, wide-eyed Maximo wanders the vibrant, pink-walled resort, catering to the guests’ bizarre whims and getting to know his new colleagues, who include brash resort manager Chad (Glee’s Chord Overstreet), and developing an instant crush on receptionist Julia, who just happens to be Chad’s girlfriend.
Warm, light-hearted and generously sprinkled with enjoyable 80s references, the show never takes itself too seriously. And while there are more than a few stereotypes knocking about, everyone is a target of the jokes, no matter what their nationality or social status.
So, if you fancy getting away from it all, Acapulco is definitely worth a visit. In both English and Spanish, with subtitles.
Episodes available Fridays.
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