So, what has everyone been watching this week? hmm?
To get an idea of what everyone is streaming, we used data from streaming aggregator Reelgood, which collects ratings from hundreds of streaming services in the US and UK. Each week, the most-streamed TV shows and movies come down to a few elements – pure buzz, a grand finale, clever marketing, star power, critical acclaim, or word of mouth that drives disinterested people to finally watch it out of spite.
This week, House of the Dragon. continued to dominate, with new additions including the highly anticipated documentary series about Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney buying a Welsh football team, Welcome to Wrexhamand serial killers by Steve Carrell The patient.(opens in a new tab) Marvel’s She-Hulk: Lawyer remained super popular, as did horror movies like Be: first kill and The black phone.
But just because a lot of people are looking at something doesn’t make it…good. Here they are, the 10 most-streamed TV shows and movies of the week, where to watch them, and what Mashable reviewers thought.
Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best) has a lot to be angry about.
Credit: Ollie Upton/HBO
The power of is simply undeniable Game of Thronesa franchise that roared back into our lives with the release of prequel series House of the Dragon. It takes place almost 200 years before Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen existed, House of the Dragon follows House Targaryen at the height of his power in Westeros. There is only one small problem: King Viserys (Paddy Considine) has no male heir. With the line of succession in question, you can bet on scheming, bloodshed and chaos. Oh, and lots and lots of dragons. Let fire and blood rule! — Belen Edwards, Entertainment Reporter
Who’s Who in ‘House of the Dragon’: The Targaryen Family Tree
What we thought: If you’re worried about House of the Dragon after being burned by the final season of game of thrones, not be. HBO’s epic new series is excellent through and through, juggling memorable characters, high fantasy and intense emotions with practiced ease. You’ll be sucked in faster than you can say “Dracarys.” — TO BE
How to watch: House of the Dragon is now streaming on HBO Max. New episodes premiere Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.
Sylvester Stallone and Javon “Wanna” Walton in “Samaritan.”
Credit: Amazon Studios
Syvlester Stallone plays Mr. Smith, a former Samaritan vigilante who has gone into hiding after being presumed dead 25 years ago. But his 13-year-old neighbor Sam Cleary (Javon “Wanna” Walton) suspects his true identity and tries to convince him from the shadows to fight crime again. — Shannon Connellan, British editor
How to watch: Samaritan(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Prime Video.
Gina McCleary (Michelle Monaghan) gets no further than Sheriff Floss (Karen Robinson).
The classic “twin swap” trope gets a psychological thriller twist in Netflix’s echoes. Michelle Monaghan plays Leni and Gina, two twins who have swapped lives since childhood. When one of them goes missing, their double deed threatens to be fully exposed. There are twists, there are twists, and there are double shenanigans of the most foolish degree. — TO BE
How to watch: echoes is now streaming on Netflix.
Tatiana Maslany as Jen Walters, aka She-Hulk.
Credit: Marvel Studios
The latest hero to burst into the MCU is Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany). She’s a lawyer who happens to be a Hulk, but she’d much rather do good through the legal system than by breaking things. As Jennifer struggles with life, love and pressing questions about Captain America, she teams up with MCU mainstays like her cousin Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Wong (Benedict Wong). It’s a fun time everywhere, and Maslany is as charming as humanly possible in her dual role. — TO BE
What we thought: She-Hulk: Lawyer is unlike any Marvel show we’ve seen before. Yes, it’s the story of a hero—Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany)—who discovers their powers. But this half-hour comedy about a lawyer turned Hulk has just as much in common with… Ally McBeal or legal blonde as it does with WandaVision or Mrs. Marvel. It’s a smaller version of the MCU with an irreverent, self-referential tone, making for a refreshing change of pace from the MCU’s other TV offerings. – TO BE
How to watch: She-Hulk: Lawyer is now streaming on Disney+, with new episodes every Thursday.
5. Time for myself
Kevin Hart is looking for some quality me time.
Kevin Hart leads this Netflix comedy as Sonny, a father who goes on a wild ride when his wife, Maya (Regina Hall), and children leave. His old friend, Huck (Mark Wahlberg), shows up and they attempt a weekend of chaos in “their own Burning Man.” — SC
How to watch: Time for myself(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Netflix.
We love Naru (Amber Midthunder).
Director Dan Trachtenberg’s Predator prequel still has a huge buzz almost a month after hitting Hulu. Set in 1719 in the Comanche Nation, Prey is all about Naru (Amber Midthunder), a skilled warrior and hunter whose community is threatened by a sophisticated alien (yep) predator. So she engages in a great showdown. — SC
What we thought: With spectacular action, compelling characters and a compelling story, Prey definitely deserves the hype that comes with a large audience. It’s a crime not to get a theatrical release, but don’t think for a moment that this is a case of a studio dumping a mediocre movie straight to streaming. – TO BE
How to watch: Prey(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Hulu in the US and Disney+ in the UK.(opens in a new tab)
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney take the field at Wrexham AFC.
In case you missed it, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney had bought a Welsh football club: Wrexham AFC. If you were equally baffled by this seemingly random life decision, you might want to find some answers in Welcome to Wrexham, the documentary that delves into the whole process. But not only that, and perhaps more, the series explores the aspirations of the club’s players and fans, and the community around this now-famous team. — SC
What we thought: If you’re hoping for a celebrity reality show that pulls back the curtain on the lives of two Hollywood actors, you might be disappointed. There’s an element to that, but for the most part LA stays in the background. However, if you’re looking for a documentary that captures the highs and lows of football, and the lives impacted by the sport, you’ll be pleased to hear that Welcome to Wrexham focuses on its namesake. — Sam Haysom, Deputy Editor-in-Chief VK
How to watch: Welcome to Wrexham(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Disney+.
8. The patient
Steve Carell is incarcerated
Credit: Suzanne Tenner/FX
Steve Carrell in a serial killer? What? From Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg of the Americans comes this Hulu psychological thriller about therapist Alan Strauss (Carell), who is held captive by a patient, serial killer Sam Fortner (Domhnall Gleeson), who demands a cure for his homicidal tendencies – his will mean Alan who tries to dig into subjects that Sam is resistant to, and on the verge of complicity. While imprisoned, Alan also digs into his own past as time runs out. — SC
How to watch: The patient(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Hulu.
The mask that started a thousand nightmares.
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Ethan Hawke is startled The black phone, a horror film based on a short story by Joe Hill. Hawke plays the Grabber, a part-time magician who kidnaps boys and locks them in his basement. His latest victim? 13-year-old Finney (Mason Thames), a frightened child whose ordeal brings him face to face with the dead: Finney can communicate with the Grabber’s previous victims via a telephone in the basement. Will this lifeline – or maybe the deathline is more accurate – be enough to save him? — TO BE
What we thought: The black phone feels like a miss almost across the board. Hill has been forging his own kind of horror for years with books and interesting adaptations (horns, NOS4A2, Lock & Key). This is the weakest yet. A story that feels like he was playing in his father’s sandbox to create, trying to formulate something grittier and his own, is blown up with cheap 1970s nostalgia for suburban naivety, old-fashioned technology, and a more casual attitude towards kids who throw curses and swear words. — Kristy Puchko, film editor
How to watch: The black phone is now streaming on Peacock.
She is back!
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There’s something wrong with Esther… again. Isabelle Fuhrman reprises her role from 2009 Orphan in this prequel that takes us deep into Esther’s twisted origin story. Julia Stiles and Rossif Sutherland join Furhman as the couple who adopt Esther, but just as in OrphanTheir lives take a horrific turn pretty quickly. — TO BE
What we thought: This sinister sequel can’t compare to its older sister movie, but it’s not without its own creepy goodies. Fuhrman is wickedly entertaining in her abhorrent retribution. The turnaround of concept and tone is smart, shifting from a renewal of Orphan to a reimagining of his titular terror with a telltale wink and an unabashed thirst for chaos. — KP
How to watch: Be: first kill is now streaming on Paramount+.
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