We’ll align with you: this weekend isn’t particularly good for new things to watch on streaming services. While titles such as The Last of Us, Vikings: Valhalla and The Menu made a great start to January, the following days are definitely less interesting in terms of entertainment.
That’s not to say there aren’t any new movies and TV shows to stream, but when our recommendation list tops That ’90s Show on Netflix and Violent Night on Peacock, it’s hard to get excited about spending a weekend on the couch. Movie trip, anyone?
Anyway, we’ve still gone ahead and rounded up seven of the biggest add-ons for Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max and more to help you find something – anything! – enjoy for the next few days.
That ’90s Show (Netflix)
The long-running Fox sitcom That ’70s Show gets a revival on Netflix this weekend in the form of That ’90s Show.
Unlike the short-lived That ’80s Show, this sequel to the series is set in the same world as the original production – albeit 15 years later – and follows Eric and Donna’s daughter Leia Foreman (Callie Haverda) as she visits her grandparents (in this role again by Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp) for a summer in Wisconsin.
Newcomers to Point Place include Ashley Aufderheide, Mace Coronel, Maxwell Acee Donovan and Reyn Doi – but the likes of Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace and Mila Kunis will also guest star throughout the 10-episode first season of That ’90s Show. Could this one earn a spot on our list of the best Netflix shows? Unlikely, but we’re not ruling it out yet.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Violent Night (Peacock)
If you’ve ever wanted to see Santa go on a killing spree (no, neither have we), then look no further than Violent Night on Peacock.
Starring Stranger thingsDavid Harbour’s gleefully brutal black comedy – which debuted in theaters just before Christmas last year – pits the Big Man himself against a group of mercenaries who attack the estate of an unsuspecting family on Christmas Eve.
Unsurprisingly, reviews of Violent Night were mixed upon its release, with verdicts ranging from “fun shocking heist” to “overly indulgent.” Still, if you’re up for Christmas antics on *check notes* in January, you’ll probably find plenty to do here. UK viewers can find this film still playing in cinemas.
Now available to stream on Peacock.
The Legend of Vox Machina Season 2 (Prime Video)
One of the best Prime Video shows, The Legend of Vox Machinereturns to the Amazon streamer with the long-awaited second season this weekend.
Once again set in the fictional realm of Tal’Dorei Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), new episodes of this animated fantasy series put Vox Machina on the quest to save the world from a sinister group of dragons known as the Chroma Conclave.
The first three episodes of The Legend of Vox Machina season 2 are available to stream now, with the remaining nine coming in three-part batches every Friday through February 10.
Now available to stream on Prime Video.
Netflix continues its commitment to big-budget Korean short stories with new sci-fi movie Jung_E.
Set in a post-apocalyptic 22nd century, the film follows an artificial intelligence lab scientist as he leads an effort to end the civil war by cloning the brain of a heroic soldier – her mother. Written and directed by filmmaker Train to Busan Yeon Sang-ho, it stars Kang Soo-yeon (in her final appearance before her death), Kim Hyun-joo, and Ryu Kyung-soo.
Critics called Jung_ E “beautifully heartbreaking” and “an elegant and sentimental surprise,” so the movie may yet earn a spot on our list best Netflix movies in 2023
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Truth be told season 3 (Apple TV Plus)
Full Disclosure: We forgot Truth Be Told on Apple TV Plus. Not that it’s not worth remembering, but the series hosted by Octavia Spencer has never created such a buzz as Cutoff AND Ted Lassothat top our list of the best Apple TV Plus shows.
Anyway, in new episodes of this slick crime drama, Spencer’s investigative journalist turned crime podcaster Poppy Parnell pursues the trail of a shady human trafficking ring that may be responsible for the disappearances of several young girls.
The first episode of Truth Be Told season 3 is available to stream now, with the remaining nine entries scheduled for every Friday through March 24.
Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.
The Accused (Fox Now)
Sticking to the theme of grim crime dramas, the new anthology series The Accused begins streaming on Fox Now in the US starting Sunday.
Adapted from the 2010 BBC production of the same name, this 15-episode thriller follows various characters as they await a verdict in court and tells the story behind how they were charged. Michael Chiklis, Margo Martindale, Wendell Pierce, Rachel Bilson and Abigail Breslin are among the cast of the series.
The first episode of Accused is available to stream now, with subsequent episodes coming shortly after their terrestrial debuts every Tuesday night. There’s no word yet on when UK viewers will be able to stream the series, but the BBC original is still available on BritBox.
Available to stream on Fox Now starting Sunday.
Game Theory with Bomani Jones Season 2 (HBO Max)
In fact, this week’s selection of documentaries is pretty poor – so we decided to show some HBO Max love by recommending the second season of Game Theory with Bomani Jones.
On this popular talk show, journalist Bomani Jones discusses current issues in the world of sports through in-depth analysis, interviews with special guests and his signature style of commentary. New episodes will be available to stream every Friday.
Now available to stream on HBO Max.