Ozark returns for the first part of its final season on Netflix, Shudder reveals a new original horror and more in this week’s guide
‘Ozark (Season 4 – Part 1)’ (Netflix)
The Byrdes and their teenage kids, Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner), are, for all intents and purposes, an ordinary family with ordinary lives. Except for the job of Marty (Jason Bateman), a Chicago financial advisor who also serves as the top money launderer for the second largest drug cartel in Mexico. When things go awry, Marty must uproot his wife Wendy (Laura Linney) and their kids from the skyscrapers of Chicago and relocate to the lazy lake region of the Missouri Ozarks. The series has become one of Netflix’s most acclaimed crime dramas of the past couple of years, and its fourth and final season is sure to be a thrilling and deadly conclusion.
‘The Last Thing Mary Saw’ (Shudder)
Set in the unforgiving winter of 1843, The Last Thing Mary Saw follows the tragic and horrifying tale of two young women, Mary (Stefanie Scott) and her family’s maid, Eleanor (Isabelle Fuhrman). The pair are desperately in love, but the suppressive, overtly religious household sees the women’s bond as blasphemy. They’re repeatedly punished for what the family considers sin, and the tortures cooked up by the Matriarch (Judith Roberts) are so wicked that they’re downright supernatural.
‘How I Met Your Father’ (Hulu)
An obvious spin-off / gender-swapped take on the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother, How I Met Your Mother is a new series streaming exclusively on Hulu. In the near future, Sophie (Hilary Duff) is telling her son the story of how she met his father: a story that catapults us back to the year 2022 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.
‘The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman’ (Netflix)
A jaw-dropping story of one of the world’s most audacious conmen, Robert Hendy-Freegard. This chilling series explores the story of the man who, over the course of two decades, controlled, conned and fleeced at least seven women and one man out of almost one million pounds, with his devious charm. In this harrowing docuseries, the cruel conman masquerades as a British spy manipulates and steals from his victims, leaving ruined families in his wake.
‘Servant (Season 3)’ (AppleTV+)
From M. Night Shyamalan, Servant follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home. Season 3 is now streaming, and it’s the darkest the series has gotten yet.
‘Munich – The Edge of War’ (Netflix)
Based on the international bestseller by Robert Harris. It is Autumn 1938 and Europe stands on the brink of war. Adolf Hitler is preparing to invade Czechoslovakia and Neville Chamberlain’s government desperately seeks a peaceful solution. With the pressure building, Hugh Legat (George MacKay), British civil servant, and Paul von Hartmann (Jannis Niewohner), German diplomat, travel to Munich for the emergency Conference. As negotiations begin, the two old friends find themselves at the center of a web of political subterfuge and very real danger. With the whole world watching, can war be averted and, if so, at what cost?
‘Bad Rap’ (Hulu)
Bad Rap follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders. Sharing dynamic live performance footage and revealing interviews, these artists make the most skeptical critics into believers.
‘Fringe’ (HBO Max)
All five seasons of the underrated sci-fi series Fringe are now available on HBO Max. FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is assigned to the bureau’s Fringe Division, in which she investigates unusual crimes and occurrences. Assisting Olivia in her investigations are once-institutionalised scientist Dr Walter Bishop (John Noble), his jack-of-all-trades son, Peter (Joshua Jackson), and FBI Junior Agent Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole). As the team investigates cases of science gone awry, they discover connections to their own past and to a parallel universe. As the team explores life and solves cases in these interconnected worlds, new discoveries and complications continue to arise.
‘Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock’ (AppleTV+)
Fraggle Rock is officially back! Jim Henson’s fun-loving and musical Fraggles — Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, Uncle Travelling Matt — alongside new Fraggles and Doozers voiced by special guests stars Patti LaBelle, Cynthia Erivo, Daveed Diggs, Ed Helms, Kenan Thompson, as well as an appearance by Foo Fighters, kick off the new year by embarking on epic, hilarious adventures about the magic that happens when we celebrate and care for our interconnected world.
‘Phantom Thread’ (Netflix)
One of Paul Thomas Anderson’s greatest films. Set in the glamour of the 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of the British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by the scariest curse of all…love.
CONTINUED WEEKLY EPISODES:
‘The Book of Boba Fett’ (Disney+)
With Boba Fett officially back in Star Wars thanks to The Mandalorian, the legendary bounty hunter (with Temuera Morrison reprising the role) has now received his own spin-off series. Along with mercenary Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), The Book of Boba Fett has the two navigating the galaxy’s underworld when they return to the sands of Tatooine to stake their claim on the territory once ruled by Jabba the Hutt and his crime syndicate. Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Robert Rodriguez, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson are the executive producers. Karen Gilchrist and Carrie Beck serve as co-executive producers, with John Bartnicki producing and John Hampian as co-producer. The first four episodes are now streaming.
‘Peacemaker’ (HBO Max)
A spin-off for John Cena’s popular jingoist character from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad last year, Peacemaker puts Cena front and center. The series goes into the origins of Christopher Smith AKA Peacemaker, a hero and villain dedicated to achieving peace at any cost. Gunn wrote all eight episodes and directed five of them, so his signature sense of humor is all over it. It’s wacky, shocking, and a ton of fun. The first four episodes are now streaming.
‘Euphoria (Season 2)’ (HBO Max)
This HBO teen drama about love, violence, identity, sex, and drugs returns for a second season to continue the misadventures of Rue (Zendaya), Jules (Hunter Schafer), Cassie (Sydney Sweeney), Nate (Jacob Elordi), and others. The first two episodes of season 2 are now streaming.
‘The Righteous Gemstones (Season 2)’ (HBO Max)
This impeccable and hilarious HBO comedy from Danny McBride follows a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work. It stars McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson, Adam DeVine, and more. The family seeks to expand their empire of mega churches, no matter who gets crushed along the way. The first three episodes of season 2 are now streaming.
Also streaming now:
Netflix – ‘Aileen Wuoros: American Boogeywoman’, ‘Amandla’, ‘Definition Please’, ‘My Father’s Violin’
Hulu – ‘Main Street’, ‘Marjorie Prime’, ‘Rewind’, ‘Serious Moonlight’, ‘Sprinter’, ‘Woman Art Thou Loosed’, ‘Zero Days’, ‘Georgetown’, ‘The Estate’, ‘Single Drunk Female’
HBO Max – ‘Injustice’, ‘The Murder of Fred Hampton’, ‘Looney Tunes Cartoons (Season 4)’
COMING NEXT WEEK:
Netflix – ‘Neymar: The Perfect Chaos’, ‘Chosen’, ‘All of Us Are Dead’, ‘Feria: The Darkest Light’, ‘Home Team’, ‘In From the Cold’, ‘The Orbital Children’, ‘The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window’
Shudder – ‘Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster’, ‘The Last Matinee’, ‘Dachra’
HBO Max – ‘Pennyworth’, ‘Malignant’, ‘The Hangover Part III’
Disney+ – ‘The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild’
AppleTV+ – ‘The Afterparty’