The Best New Shows to Stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and More

The beauty of streaming means that we often power through an entire season of a show — sometimes even an entire series — more quickly than ever before. With each new week comes a new opportunity to check out a fresh series. Whether you’re in the mood to laugh, cry, be mesmerized, or be intrigued, here are some of the best new shows to stream this week.

When you’re done here, check out the best new movies to stream this week, as well as the best shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Disney+.


Emily’s Wonder Lab (2020)

This kids show includes short 11- to 14-minute episodes featuring scientist and former MIT engineer Emily Calandrelli and her kid helpers conducting various science experiments and other activities. The live-action series takes kids on a STEAM journey as they learn how to do everything from creating a tornado in a bottle to making a solar-powered oven, building balloon-powered cars, and making random items explode. The emphasis is on demonstrating how science is not only educational but also fun. Aimed at kids ages 5-7, there are 10 short episodes in the first season.

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Cobra Kai on Netflix

Cobra Kai (2018)

More than three decades after their original rivalry in The Karate Kid, Johnny “Sweep the Leg” Lawrence (William Zabka) decides to reopen the Cobra Kai karate dojo, dredging up his old rivalry with Daniel “the Karate Kid” LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), who defeated him in that iconic karate tournament back in 1984. Both Zabka and Macchio return to reprise their roles as Johnny and Daniel, grown men now in their 50s, who have seemingly moved on in life, Johnny working in construction and Daniel a successful car dealership owner. But all it takes is a new group of kids passionate to learn karate and a long-time grudge to open up old wounds. The first two seasons of the series, which originally launched on YouTube Red (now Premium), are coming to Netflix on August 28, with the third season scheduled for 2021. Prepare to get misty-eyed as a new generation of kids learns the art of “wax on, wax off.”

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I Am A Killer: Released on Netflix

I Am a Killer: Released (2020)

A spin-off of the popular British crime docuseries I Am a Killer about murderers awaiting the death sentence, this one follows the story of Dale Wayne Sigler, a convict who was granted parole after being locked up for 30 years and sentenced to death. Following his release, however, he makes a confession that shocks everyone involved. Scheduled to start streaming on August 28, 2020, it’s a quick binge of three episodes shot over the span of three years.

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High Score on Netflix

High Score (2020)

This docuseries will bring you back to the early, much simpler days of video games. Creator France Costrel takes you on a walk down gaming memory lane, dodging asteroids at every turn, to examine the history of the video game industry. The series includes interviews with the developers and creators of some of the first video games of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, including Pac-Man and Space Invaders. It examines some of the first gaming consoles, such as Atari, and looks at the industry from the growth of arcade games to the launch of home gaming. Along with animated segments, the series is also narrated by Charles Martinet, who provides the voice for the popular video game character Mario. It’s a quick binge of just six episodes but is a nostalgic look back for those who grew up in the 20th century.

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Biohackers on Netflix
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Biohackers (2020)

Mia Akerlund (German newcomer Luna Wedler) meets Jasper and Niklas while studying medicine at a university and somehow gets caught up in biohacking technology and illegal genetic experimentation. But she finds herself at a crossroads when the discovery of breakthrough research ends up in the wrong hands and she has to decide between protecting her friends or finding out who killed her brother. Originally offered in German, the series was planned to launch in April but it was reportedly postponed to prevent viewers from mistakenly believing that some scenes directly reference the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Teenage Bounty Hunters on Netflix
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Teenage Bounty Hunters (2020)

Netflix’s latest foray into the teen genre is about two sisters, Sterling and Blair, who appear to be your average high schoolers but live a secret double life as bounty hunters. Counting Jenji Kohan, creator of Orange Is the New Black and Weeds, among its executive producers, the show has a good chance of becoming the next teen sensation. Already, it’s getting pretty decent reviews from critics and audience members, alike.

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Stranger TV Series on Netflix

Stranger (2017)

The second season of this crime drama has finally been released after a long three-year wait. Starring Bae Doona (Sense8) and Cho Seung-woo (Inside Men), it’s about a prosecutor who, after undergoing surgery, loses his sense of empathy and all social skills. As he investigates a case of murder and political corruption, he eventually teams up with a female detective. Hailing from South Korea, the series was nominated for numerous awards in its home country.

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(Un)Well docuseries on Netflix

(Un)Well (2020)

Know someone who swears by natural health and healing products and strategies? This docuseries takes a deeper look into everything from essential oils and tantric sex to the concept of fasting, Ayahuasca, and more. Do these things really work for their alleged purposes, or are people simply being duped? Regardless of your beliefs, it’s sure to spark conversation. Considering that the global wellness industry is valued at somewhere around $4.5 trillion dollars, chances are this docuseries will be on many a watch list this week, if for no other reason than sheer curiosity.

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3% series on Netflix

3% (2016)

Season 4 of this Brazilian dystopian thriller continues the story of a future where 20-year-olds living in poverty can finally complete a “Process” to determine if they’re lucky enough to advance to the affluent society called the Offshore. But only a small percentage, 3% to be exact, actually make it. The others? They’re eliminated. This season will be the last of the series as the story comes to an end. The series has been lauded for its focus on complicated backstories and unique personalities of the characters, with the Rotten Tomatoes approval rating for season 1 at a solid 85%.

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Mystery Lab on Netflix

Mystery Lab (2020)

Host Felipe Castanhari and his lab friends take viewers on an enthralling journey into science, history, and other mysteries to discover interesting facts about the world around us. The first season, which includes eight episodes all under half an hour each, kicks off with a look at the mysteries behind the Bermuda Triangle, then delves into other timely topics, like the origin of the quarantine, time travel, zombies, and artificial superintelligence. It’s a show that will delight science nerds and, rated PG, will be suitable and educational for older kids, too.

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Tiny Creatures on Netflix

Tiny Creatures (2020)

Animal lovers, rejoice, as it doesn’t get much cuter than this adorable science and nature docuseries with the soothing voice of Mike Colter, best known for playing the title character in Luke Cage, as the series narrator. With director Jonathan Jones having a cinematography Emmy under his belt for Planet Earth II, you can expect beautiful imagery and tantalizing scenery in this series that looks at little animals across the U.S., including their explorations, travels, and how they survive on Earth.

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Immigration Nation on Netflix

Immigration Nation (2020)

American immigration is a controversial and timely topic, and Netflix is tackling it head-on with this docuseries that provides an inside look into ICE operations, immigrant journeys to the U.S., and the state of immigration in the nation. Created by the Oscar-winning producer of Icarus, season 1 of the limited series has six episodes with titles like Instilling Fear, Power of the Vote, and The New Normal that are sure to spark heated debates and passionate, emotional responses.

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Get Even on Netflix

Get Even (2020)

This British teen thriller will fill the hole left by series like Riverdale, which concluded its latest season earlier this year, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which was recently canceled by Netflix. And while Get Even doesn’t take place in the Archie Comics universe, it is adapted from the popular Gretchen McNeil book series Don’t Get Mad about a group of school-aged girls who have made it their mission to expose school bullies. Things turn upside down, however, when one of their targets is murdered, and a note is found in their hand that reads “DMG,” the acronym for the girls’ group. The show originally premiered on BBC iPlayer in February 2020.

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Love in the Time of Corona on Hulu

Love in the Time of Corona (2020)

An obvious play on the 1985 Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel Love in the Time of Cholera, this romantic comedy miniseries takes a more modern look at how people are dealing with love, sex, and human connections during the COVID-19 pandemic and requirements for social distancing. The four episodes, developed for Freeform, were uniquely shot virtually using remote technologies. Early reviews are mixed, but given the show’s timely nature, it might be worth checking out to quench curiosity, if nothing else.

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Mom on Hulu

Mom (2013)

Stream the latest seventh season of this multi-Emmy-winning sitcom that airs on CBS and has already been renewed for an eighth season. Allison Janney and Anna Faris star as the dysfunctional mother and daughter, both battling addiction and trying to turn over new leaves in their lives, ironically with the help of, and in spite of, one another. While a comedy at its core, Mom deals with tough issues like alcoholism, drug addiction, cancer, death, homelessness, rape, domestic violence — the list goes on. But the dark issues are presented in a light-hearted way that raises awareness about their seriousness while also being entertaining.

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Blindspot on Hulu
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Blindspot (2015)

NBC crime drama Blindspot ended its run in July 2020, and now the final season is available for streaming. The story begins with a woman (Jaimie Alexander) emerging from a duffle bag in the middle of Times Square. Naked with her entire body covered in tattoos, this Jane Doe has no recollection of who she is and how she got there. The FBI captures the woman and a twisted tale involving terrorist groups, mysterious clues hidden within the tattoos, hacking, and drama ensues. While the episodes are fairly formulaic, each one brings intrigue and suspense. So, even though you might roll your eyes at a scene or two, it’s total escapist entertainment worth watching.

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Find Me in Paris on Hulu

Find Me in Paris (2018)

The teen dramedy from France and Germany (offered in the English language) returns for its third season, which is confirmed to be its last. Set in different time periods, Find Me in Paris tells the story of Lena (Jessica Lord), a seemingly normal Russian princess in 1905, who is successfully training to be a ballerina at the Paris Ballet School. But Lena has a secret: Her family can travel through time. Through a series of events, Lena accidentally gets trapped in the year 2018 where she continues to attend the ballet school while — with the help of her boyfriend — desperately trying to get home. And did we mention the Time Collectors chasing her? Each of the first two seasons had 26 episodes, so chances are so will season three.

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Hard Knocks '20: Los Angeles on Hulu

Hard Knocks ’20: Los Angeles (2001)

This sports docuseries from HBO has been airing since 2001, with each series following a specific NFL team into an upcoming season, which includes training and prep work, as well as taking an intimate look at the personal lives of players, coaches, and other staff. One rookie usually gets the spotlight each season, looking at their tough journey and adjustment to professional football life. The latest season focuses its attention on Los Angeles-based NFL teams, including the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams. The series kicked off almost 20 years ago with the Baltimore Ravens, and while this will be the second time the Rams are featured, it marks the first time the Chargers will be highlighted.

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Mia's Magic Playground on HBO Max

Mia’s Magic Playground (2020)

Mia goes on a series of adventures with her two best friends, Oskar and Tilde, to discover creative solutions to everyday problems, and learn some life lessons, too. Season 1’s 24 seven-minute episodes are geared toward kids ages 4 to 6 years old. Created by global entertainment company Moonbug, the series is designed to entertain young kids and spark their imagination and creativity. Mia’s Magic Playground originally premiered in Scandinavia in February 2020.

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Ravi Patel's Pursuit of Happiness on HBO Max

Ravi Patel’s Pursuit of Happiness (2020)

This four-part CNN original series will debut on August 27 and follows Ravi Patel, an actor, documentarian, and philanthropist, as he travels the world to discover answers to some of life’s most pressing questions. Dubbed a buddy comedy docuseries, Patel is joined by a different friend or family in each episode. He travels to Mexico with his parents to learn about retirement and aging, Japan with his wife to better understand the concept of parenting and traditional (and non-traditional) gender roles, Korea with his friend and entrepreneur to examine the idea of having a healthy work/life balance, and Denmark with his Muslim friend to discuss immigration issues. It’s thought-provoking and entertaining as Patel not only examines every issue as it pertains to others but also as it relates to his own personal life.

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Lovecraft Country on HBO
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Lovecraft Country (2020)

With an executive producing team that includes Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams, and a cast that includes Jurnee Smollett, Courtney B. Vance, and Tony Goldwyn, this drama-horror series is a must-watch this week. The inaugural season is being released the old-fashioned way, with one episode per week. The story follows a young Black man (Jonathan Majors) as he travels across the 1950s-era U.S. when segregation was rampant, trying to locate his missing father. But throughout his journey, he uncovers dark secrets in the town that, coincidentally, famous horror author H.P. Lovecraft featured in many of his supposedly fictional stories.

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The Dog House on HBO Max

The Dog House (2020)

A hit show for Channel 4 in the U.K., this docuseries will be streaming on HBO and is set at the Wood Green animal charity in the small town of Godmanchester, England. There, the staff works tirelessly to help match homeless dogs with owners who will love and care for them. Any dog lover will appreciate eight-part season 1, which takes you through a range of emotions from the moment an unwanted pet comes into the facility after being abandoned to the introductions between pet and prospective owners trying to find the perfect new member for their family.

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Frayed on HBO

Frayed (2019)

This Australian and British comedy-drama was created, written by, and stars Australian comedian Sarah Kendall. Set in the late ’80s, Sammy Cooper (Kendall) is a wealthy London housewife who is forced to return to her hometown in Australia with her kids, following the death of her husband. There, she is confronted by her past and the reasons she decided to leave as a teenager in the first place. Desperate to get back home to London, Sammy faces the harsh (and often hilarious) reality that no one likes her, but she finds herself having to reconcile with those she crossed.

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Amazon Prime

Californication on Amazon Prime

Californication (2007)

It’s David Duchovny at his best, aside from The X-Files, of course. He stars in this Showtime comedy-drama as the aptly-named Hank Moody, a womanizing, chain-smoking, excessively-drinking novelist who finds every distraction imaginable to keep him from writing his next novel. While he clearly pines for his ex, Karen (Natascha McElhone), and she loves him dearly, they both play a perpetual game of romantic tag. Despite his affections, he is unable to stick to typical relationship conventions, and trouble seemingly follows him everywhere.

Meanwhile, Karen can only put up with so much and knows she deserves better despite constantly being drawn back to him. Their young daughter adds another confusing element to the situation. The star-studded cast also includes Evan Handler as Charlie, Hank’s best friend and agent, and Pamela Adlon as Charlie’s wife Marcy and Karen’s close friend. If you’re into sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, this is the perfect series to binge. Only season 1 of the seven seasons is available, but it will have you cringing and laughing at every turn as you simultaneously root for Hank and want to slap the Moody out of him.

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Apple TV+

Lebron James in Greatness Code on Apple TV+

Greatness Code (2020)

If you’re into sports, this short-form, unscripted docuseries will be a must-watch, as it tells the untold stories of some of the greatest athletes in the world. The first mini-episode in season 1 features massive sports icons like LeBron James, Tom Brady, Shaun White, and Usain Bolt, all of whom discuss pivotal moments that defined their careers. Coproduced by companies co-founded by both Brady (alongside Michael Strahan) and James, it gives fans an inside look into events that framed the athletes who have become true inspirations. Season 1 includes seven mini-episodes.

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Weird But True on Disney+

Weird But True! (2017)

Did you know that ladybugs aren’t actually bugs? Or that sharks have seven senses? This National Geographic series for kids explores various topics, from animals to nature, to uncover facts that are, as the title implies, weird but true. Charlie and Kirby Engelman, a brother and sister team, look at how the world works while engaging in arts, crafts, and adventures that viewers can join in on. Disney+ has picked up the show for its third season, with new episodes released weekly. Catch up while you wait by checking out the first two seasons, which are also available for streaming.

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Muppets Now on Disney+

Muppets Now (2020)

Each episode features improvised situation comedy in three segments — a game show, a cooking show, and a talk show — and includes all of your favorite Muppets characters, including Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Animal, Gonzo, Beaker, and more, along with different celebrity guests each week. In episode 5, titled The I.T. Factor, Chip the I.T. guy runs an update on Scooter’s computer right when he’s about to upload the new episode. Featured segments include Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker doing a hydraulic press experiment and Linda Cardellini and Taye Diggs returning to help Miss Piggy on her lifestyle show. It’s a much-watch for kids and nostalgic adults, with six episodes in total in the first season.

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Rogue Trip on Disney+

Rogue Trip (2020)

Bob Woodruff, a correspondent for ABC News, and his son Mack travel to six regions known for conflict — Colombia, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Ukraine — in this National Geographic series. While it is a travel show at its core, the series also highlights the bond between father and son, as well as the theme of resilience. After suffering severe injuries in a roadside bombing attack in Iraq where he was working as a road correspondent in the early 2000s, Woodruff decided to continue to face fear and adventure head-on and instilled the same values in his children. It’s an education series as well, aimed to shed light on the areas they visit, including their history and culture.

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