11 new movies and shows to watch this weekend on Netflix, HBO, Prime Video and more
If you’re looking for what to watch this weekend, we’ve got some great news. There are plenty of shows and movies to watch on Netflix, Apple TV Plus, Amazon Prime, and more, including the return of a fan favorite series.
The lineup for this weekend is led by the premiere of Yellowstone season 4 on Paramount Network, which brings back Western drama to solve a massive cliffhanger involving Kevin Costner’s patriarch John Dutton. It’s not the only western in the saddle this weekend – The Harder They Fall features an all-black cast in a revenge tale with a modern soundtrack.
It’s definitely a weekend of fun for dads, with Tom Hanks in the post-apocalyptic Finch adventure and Michael C. Hall reprising his role in the revival. Dexter: new blood. For lighter fare, don’t miss the final season of Dickinson and a new episode of Big Mouth.
Here’s our guide to what to watch this weekend.
Yellowstone season 4 (Paramount Network)
Kevin Costner’s Western drama ended Season 3 with a literal bang – in fact, multiple bangs in the form of an explosion and gunfire. The fates of Costner’s John Dutton, his daughter Beth, and his son Kayce are at stake. Let’s face it, John is totally safe; there’s no way the show will kill its lead. Her children will also certainly survive, although they may be a little less resistant to wear and tear.
So, the Season 4 arc won’t be about heartbreak or tragedy, but about retaliation. The Duttons have faced many enemies over the years, so they’ve honed their revenge abilities. Their pursuit of their attackers will not be the only scenario, however. Piper Perabo joins the cast as an environmental activist who joins the fight against a new airport. She is a very different type of enemy to the Duttons and one who will not be easily fired.
Broadcast Sunday on Paramount Network via Sling Where Fubo
The more they fall (Netflix)
This western got me at Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors, but add Regina King, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield and Delroy Lindo? Take all my money, Netflix (well, my monthly subscription fee). Director Jeymes Samuel’s film takes inspiration from real cowboys, outlaws and lawyers to create memorable characters who are all black.
Majors is Nat Love, the leader of a band of bandits whose specialty is stealing from other thieves and thugs. He is angry with Rufus Buck (Elbe) and when the latter is released from prison, leads his merry merry murderers in a quest for revenge. The action scenes and elegant action scenes are set to an anachronistic soundtrack populated by Jay-Z and Kid Cudi, among others.
Streaming now on Netflix
Chaffinch (Apple TV Plus)
Tom Hanks is the Last Man on Earth – no, not the one on the canceled FX show on Hulu. This is a different post-apocalyptic setting and Hanks might not even be the only man left, it seems he is. He plays Finch, a robotics engineer who somehow survives a cataclysmic solar event that turns the world into a wasteland. For 10 years, he shared an underground bunker with his dog, Goodyear, and the robot he created (voiced by Caleb Landry Jones).
They leave the bunker to embark on a dangerous journey to the American West, where Finch attempts to show his robot, named Jeff, what it means to be alive. As they navigate the desolate landscape, Finch also tries to encourage Goodyear and Jeff to get along, as they’ll need each other when he’s gone.
Streaming Friday on Apple TV Plus
Dexter: New Blood (Showtime)
Dexter’s series finale is widely regarded as one of the worst times (alongside Seinfeld and How I Met Your Mother). With this revival of New Blood, the Showtime drama has a chance to right this terrible wrong. The original series ended with the serial killer faking his death and becoming a lumberjack. Fans walked away with no solution to Dexter’s many deadly misdeeds and suffered a whiplash after the brutal death of his sister Deb.
Now the revival is gathering pace a decade after Dexter disappeared from the woods. He now lives as Jim Lindsay in Iron Lake New York, where he works at Fred’s Fish and Game. He is dating the police chief (!) And seems very popular with other members of the community. But his thirst for blood hasn’t completely subsided and soon Dexter will find himself killing himself again.
Broadcast Sunday on Showtime via via Sling Where Fubo (as a premium add-on)
The Electric Life of Louis Wain (Amazon Prime Video)
Benedict Cumberbatch is already getting an awards season notice for The Power of the Dog, but it’s the only movie he’s in this fall. In this biopic, Cumberbatch plays eccentric artist Louis Wain, whose trippy, anthropomorphized paintings of cats have helped transform the public perception of felines. His work is widely recognized as the beginning of the widespread adoption of cats as pets.
The film follows Wain from the late 1800s to the 1930s as he seeks to unravel the “electric” mysteries of the world. His ruminations lead his art to become more stylized and psychedelic, but also gives him a better insight into the love he shares with his wife Emily (Claire Foy).
Broadcast Friday on Amazon Prime Video
Dickinson season 3 (Apple TV Plus)
The third season of Dickinson is his last, and we will mourn as we recite the poet’s famous work “Because I Couldn’t Stop to Die.” The last chapter is strongly affected by the civil war. Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) frequently corresponds with Thomas Wentworth Higginson (Gabriel Ebert), a Union commander and – historic spoiler alert – the future publisher of her poems. And Henry (Chinaza Uche) ends up in the South, where he teaches black soldiers to read and write.
On the home front, Emily faces divisions within her own family. Her father is grappling with his legacy, her mother has something of a feminist revival and her sister, her sister uses performance art to deal with grief and her brother Austin (Adrien Blake Enscoe) is in a dark place. . Meanwhile, Sue (Ella Hunt) is happier than she has ever been, now that she and Emily have acknowledged their relationship.
Broadcast Friday on Apple TV Plus
Narcos: Mexico season 3 (Netflix)
The drug cartel drama is also coming to an explosive end after three seasons. The story tells of the unification of the Guadalajara, Tijuana, Sinaloa and Juárez cartels under a single pillar, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo. But now that the leader is in prison, a new boss emerges – Amado Carrillo Fuentes (José Mariá Yazpik), aka The Lord of Heaven.
Heavy is the head that wears the crown, however. Fuentes finds himself embroiled in a war that will ultimately change Mexico and the drug trade forever. He not only has independent gangs threatening to break free and DEA agent Walt Breslin (Scoot McNairy) after him, but a journalist (Luisa Rubino) who wants to expose the corruption that is invading his country.
Broadcast Friday on Netflix
Big Mouth season 5 (Netflix)
The traps of puberty are explored in excruciating and frightening ways in adult animated comedy. Season 5 is no different as it picks up all the adolescent feelings that merge around “love and hate”. The concepts are illustrated as love bugs and hate worms, and they can transform from one to another in the blink of an eye.
For example, Nick’s love bug encourages her to act on his crush on Jessi, but when she rejects him, his hate worm leads him to a dark place. Meanwhile, Jessi has her own love virus that pushes her towards Ali, but their budding relationship soon runs into complications from Missy’s hate worm. New voices this season include Brandon Kyle Goodman, Keke Palmer and Pamela Adlon.
Broadcast Friday on Netflix
Santa is back (Netflix)
Netflix kicks off its bountiful season of Christmas movies with this British comedy starring John Cleese, Elizabeth Hurley, Kelsey Grammer and Nathalie Cox. At the center of the film is a family with the surname Christmas (really). The four sisters reunite, hoping for the perfect vacation to make up for the fact that their father abandoned them many years ago on December 25.
When dear old daddy shows up unexpectedly on Christmas Eve with a new girlfriend, the gathering erupts into utter chaos. Then one of the sisters discovers a long-buried family secret that could save Christmas.
Broadcast on Sunday Netflix
Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi season 2 (Hulu)
In Season 1 of her food and travel series, Top Chef host / judge Padma Lakshmi took viewers on a journey across America to explore the vibrant food cultures of immigrant communities. This holiday-themed four-part edition highlights different traditions, such as Korean New Year in Los Angeles and Cuban Christmas in Miami.
The episode “Happy Challah Days” takes Lakshmi to the Lower East Side of New York City, while “Truth and the Turkey Tale” visits the Wampanoag Nation on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard to challenge Thanksgiving myths.
Streaming now on Hulu
Strong Love (Netflix)
This holiday romantic comedy stars Nina Dobrev as Natalie Bauer, a woman from Los Angeles who falls for a man on a dating app. But when she travels to her town on the east coast to surprise him for Christmas, she discovers that she has been trapped by a certain Josh Lin (Jimmy O. Yang).
Her crush, Tag, actually lives in the town she’s visiting, so Josh offers to settle her down with him if she claims to be his girlfriend for the holidays. Natalie gives Josh a week to keep her promise, but somehow we have a feeling she won’t end with Tag. Come on, Tag’s name alone is a major puzzle!
Streaming now on Netflix