Screen Crusades: Weekly Streaming Guide 5.17.24

Screen Crusades: Weekly Streaming Guide 5.17.24

- By Nicolas Delgadillo

Season 2 of Adult Swim's already iconic Smiling Friends series launches on Max this week, as well as some powerful new documentaries and movies you may have missed across streaming.


‘Smiling Friends (Season 2)’ (Max)

If you know you know. The second season of Adult Swim's latest cult sensation has officially kicked off with the batch of episodes now streaming exclusively on Max.

‘Power’ (Netflix)

Driven to contain threats to social order, American policing has exploded in scope and scale over hundreds of years. Now, it can be described by one word: power.

 ‘Outer Range (Season 2)’ (Prime Video)

Josh Brolin stars in this sci-fi series about a rancher fighting for his land and family who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming's wilderness. The entirety of season 2 is now streaming.

‘Pillowcase Murders’ (Paramount+)

The new P+ Original true crime docuseries exposes one of the most prolific serial killers you’ve never heard of, Billy Chemirmir, who operated undetected for nearly two years by exploiting a culture that ignores, exploits, and dismisses our aging population.

‘Birth/Rebirth’ (Hulu)

A single mother and a childless morgue technician are bound together by their relationship to a little girl they have reanimated from the dead.

‘American Fiction’ (Prime Video)

Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who’s fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.

‘The Book of Clarence’ (Netflix)

Streetwise but struggling, Clarence (LaKeith Stanfield) is trying to find a better life for himself and his family, make himself worthy to the woman he loves, and prove that he’s not a nobody. Captivated by the power and glory of the rising Messiah and His apostles, he risks everything to carve his own path to a divine life, a journey through which he finds redemption and faith, power and knowledge. The film also features new music by Jeymes Samuel, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi and more.

‘He Went That Way’ (Hulu)

He Went That Way is a taut thriller centered on the true story of a celebrity animal trainer who picks up a hitchhiker, only to discover his passenger is a young, cunning serial killer.

‘Pearl’ (Prime Video)

Trapped on an isolated farm, Pearl must tend to her ailing father under the watch of her mother. Lusting for the glamorous life she's seen in movies, Pearl's temptations and repressions collide.

‘Landlocked’ (Shudder)

At his soon-to-be-demolished childhood home, Mason finds a VHS camera that can see into the past, invoking a deadly obsession with nostalgia.


‘Abbot Elementary (Season 3)’ (Hulu)

A group of dedicated teachers are brought together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed. The touching and hilarious sitcom is back for a third season, with the first eleven episodes now streaming.

‘X-Men ‘97’ (Disney+)

In this reimagining of the classic cartoon, a band of mutants use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them; they're challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future. All episodes are now streaming.

 A Gentleman in Moscow’ (Paramount+)

A Gentleman in Moscow follows Count Alexander Rostov (Ewan McGregor), who, in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, finds that his gilded past has placed him on the wrong side of history. Spared immediate execution, he is banished by a Soviet tribunal to an attic room in a grand Moscow hotel and threatened with death if he ever sets foot outside again. As the years pass and some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold outside the hotel’s doors, Rostov’s reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. All episodes are now streaming.

 ‘Sugar’ (Apple TV+)

Colin Farrell stars as John Sugar, an American private investigator on the heels of the mysterious disappearance of Olivia Siegel, the beloved granddaughter of legendary Hollywood producer Jonathan Siegel. As Sugar tries to determine what happened to Olivia, he will also unearth Siegel family secrets; some very recent, others long-buried. All episodes are now streaming.

 ‘Star Trek: Discovery (Season 5)’ (Paramount+)

The fifth and final season will find Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery uncovering a mystery that will send them on an epic adventure across the galaxy to find an ancient power whose very existence has been deliberately hidden for centuries. But there are others on the hunt as well… dangerous foes who are desperate to claim the prize for themselves and will stop at nothing to get it. The first eight episodes are now streaming.

 ‘Loot (Season 2)’ (Apple TV+)

Loot returns a year after Molly Wells (Maya Rudolph) settles her very public divorce from tech billionaire John Novak (Adam Scott), and we find her thriving in her role as the head of her philanthropic organization, the Wells Foundation. Focused mainly on her charity work, Molly has sworn off any new relationships with men. The first eight episodes are now streaming.

‘Franklin’ (Apple TV+)

Based on Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff’s book, “A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America,” Franklin explores the thrilling story of the greatest gamble of Benjamin Franklin’s career. In December 1776, Franklin is world famous for his electrical experiments, but his passion and power are put to the test when — as the fate of American independence hangs in the balance — he embarks on a secret mission to France. All episodes are now streaming.

 ‘The Sympathizer’ (Max)

Near the end of the Vietnam War, a spy who was embedded in the South Vietnam army flees to the United States and takes up residence in a refugee community, where he continues to gather intelligence and report back to the Viet Cong. The first five episodes are now streaming.

 ‘Under the Bridge’ (Hulu)

Under the Bridge is based on acclaimed author Rebecca Godfrey’s book about the 1997 true story of fourteen-year old Reena Virk (Vritika Gupta) who went to join friends at a party and never returned home. Through the eyes of Godfrey (Riley Keough) and a local police officer (Lily Gladstone), the series takes us into the hidden world of the young girls accused of the murder — revealing startling truths about the unlikely killer. The first six episodes are now streaming.

‘The Big Door Prize (Season 2)’ (Apple TV+)

Based on M.O. Walsh’s novel, The Big Door Prize season two follows the residents of Deerfield as the Morpho machine readies them for the mysterious “next stage.” As everyone’s potentials are exchanged for visions, new relationships form and new questions are asked. The first six episodes are now streaming.

 ‘The Veil’ (Hulu)

Starring Elisabeth Moss, FX’s The Veil is a spy thriller that explores the surprising and fraught relationship between two women who play a deadly game of truth and lies on the road from Istanbul to Paris and London. One woman has a secret, the other a mission to reveal it before thousands of lives are lost. In the shadows, the CIA and French DGSE must work together to avert potential disaster. The first four episodes are now streaming.

 ‘Hacks (Season 3)’ (Max)

A dark mentorship forms between Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas comic, and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old comedy writer. The first six episodes are now streaming.

 ‘Acapulco (Season 3)’ (Apple TV+)

In season three of Acapulco, it’s time to reconcile past mistakes and exciting new beginnings. In the present story, older Maximo (Eugenio Derbez) finds himself returning to a Las Colinas he no longer recognizes. While in 1985, younger Maximo (Enrique Arrizon) continues his climb up the ladder of success while potentially jeopardizing all the relationships he’s worked so hard to build. The first four episodes are now streaming.

 'Dark Matter' (Apple TV+)

Joel Edgerton plays Jason Dessen, a physicist, professor and family man who — one night while walking home on the streets of Chicago — is abducted into an alternate version of his life. Wonder quickly turns to nightmare when he tries to return to his reality amid the mind-bending landscape of lives he could have lived. In this labyrinth of realities, he embarks on a harrowing journey to get back to his true family and save them from the most terrifying, unbeatable foe imaginable: himself. The first three episodes are now streaming.


Also streaming now:

Netflix - ‘Archer’, ‘Adagio’, ‘Madame Web’, ‘The Clovehitch Killer’, ‘Bridgerton (Season 3 - Volume 1)’, ‘Dumb and Dumber To’, ‘Monster’, ‘Upgrade’, ‘Open Heart’, ‘The 8 Show’

Hulu - ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’, ‘Tanked’, ‘Living Smaller’, ‘Paddington’, ‘Women on Death Row’, ‘The Sweet East’

Shudder - ‘Fatal Games’, ‘Combat Shock’

Max - ‘Home Sweet Rome!’, ‘Sleepless’

Prime Video - ‘BlacKkKlansman’, ‘Muppets from Space’, ‘Creed’, ‘99’


Netflix - ‘A Simple Favor’, ‘4 Kings II’, ‘Wildfire’, ‘Toughest Forces on Earth’, ‘Garouden: The Way of the Lone Wolf’, ‘Illusions for Sale: The Rise and Fall of Generation Zoe’, ‘Tires’, ‘Atlas’, ‘Butterfly in the Sky: The Story of Reading Rainbow’, ‘Jurassic World: Chaos Theory’, ‘Mulligan (Part 2)’

Hulu - ‘Chief Detective 1958’, ‘The Ape Star’, ‘The Seeding’, ‘Ferrari’, ‘Sentinel’

Shudder - ‘Down’, ‘The Lift’, ‘The Strangler’, ‘Deathdream’

Max - ‘STAX: Soulsville, USA’, ‘Hell on Earth; The Verónica Case’

Prime Video - ‘The Blue Angels’, ‘The 1% Club’, ‘Dom (Season 3)’

Paramount+ - ‘Supernova’, ‘Lolla: The Story of Lollapalooza’, ‘Aerial Adventures’, ‘Evil (Season 4)’

Disney+ - ‘The Beach Boys’

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