The best new streaming shows of the week (Jan 8

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Andrew Grush / Android Authority

It’s hard to keep track of which streaming service is premiering which new show or movie from week to week. Netflix used to be king, but the streaming field is full of alternatives, and they’re all regularly pumping out new content. So, what are the best new streaming shows and where can you watch them?

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Every week, we answer that question for you, offering some exciting new and returning titles, including streaming originals, from services like Max, Hulu, Prime Video, Paramount Plus, and, yes, Netflix. We’ll be updating this list every week, so stay tuned for more new streaming shows on every major service.

The best new streaming shows this week

Let’s start with the best new shows debuting between January 15 and 21, in order from oldest to newest. 

The Traitors, Season 2 – Jan 12, Peacock

The Traitors is a unique reality series starring Alan Cumming as host and set in an ancient castle in the Scottish Highlands. Contestants have to work together on a variety of missions that are designed to ultimately identify the “traitors” hidden amongst their group which are working to steal the prize money only for themselves. Now the Peacock Original returns for a second season with new contestants and plenty of other tweaks to the original formula. 

  • Years active: 2023 – Ongoing
  • Genre: Reality
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Creator: Marc Pos
  • Cast: Alan Cumming, Kate Chastain, Cirie Fields

Death and Other Details – Jan 16, Hulu

Teath and Other Details is a new mystery drama set on a luxury cruiseliner. A guest is suddenly murdered which leads the one detective on board to suspect Imogene Scott. One problem, she’s not behind the murder but simply was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now she must partner with the detective, a man who she hates, in order to prove her innocence. 

  • Years active: 2014 (Ongoing)
  • Genre: Drama/Thriller
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Creators: Heidi Cole McAdams, Mike Weiss
  • Cast: Violett Beane, Lauren Patten, Angela Zhou

Kubra – Jan 18, Netflix

Kubra is a Turkish series debuting in America exclusively through Netflix. The story centers on a traumatized former soldier who receives a series of messages out of the blue that seem to predict the future. This leads to a much bigger mystery drama, one that is quickly starting to turn his already complicated life further upside down. 

  • Years active: 2024 (Ongoing)
  • Genre: Drama/Suspense
  • Rating: NR
  • Directors: Taylan Brothers
  • Cast: Massi Pregoni, Zeynep Bostanci, Aslihan Malbora

Hazbin Hotel – Jan 19, Amazon Prime

Lucifer was originally an angel who had big ideas, but he didn’t see eye to eye with the other leaders of heaven. After the first two humans, Adam and Lilith, are created, the woman runs off as she doesn’t wish to be controlled by anyone. Drawn by her independent nature, Lucifer fell in love and eventually had a daughter. Fast forward to today, Charlie is the Princess of Hell and the daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. While that position grants her a lot of power, hell also has a bit of an overpopulation issue. This leads to the creation of Hazbin Hotel, a place where sinners can go and try to lead better lives on the off chance of convincing heaven that some of hell’s denizens are truly redeemable after all.

Despite just arriving on Amazon Prime the show has already managed to gather a pretty large fanbase, likely helped by the fact the entire first episode can be watched on YouTube as well. 

  • Years active: 2024 (Ongoing)
  • Genre: Comedy/drama/animation
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Creator: Vivienne Medrano
  • Cast: Erika Henningsen, Stephanie Beatriz, Blake Roman, Amir Talai

Check out the best new streaming shows from previous weeks

Below are some of the TV shows we recommended in previous weeks. If you’ve watched the newer titles already or want more options, we have a solid mix of new shows on your favorite streaming services. We keep about two months’ worth of backlogged shows below, ensuring that all our recommendations are fairly recent. 

True Detective: Night Country – Jan 14, Max

True Detective is an anthology series that centers on a different story arc every season, with completely different casts and locations. Night Country is the fourth season in the series and stars the very talented Jodie Foster this time around.

While previous stories were centered in warm climates, the latest story is set in an Alaskan town that’s so far north that it experiences a polar night. As the long winter begins eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace, leaving detectives Liz Danvers (Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Rels) with a major mystery on their hands. Along the way, they must confront their own pasts and learn the dark secrets lying under the ice. 

  • Years active: 2014 – Ongoing
  • Genre: Crime anthology series
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Director: Issa López
  • Cast: Jodie Foster, Kali Rels, John Hawkes, Fiona Shaw

Sonic Prime, Chapter 3 – Jan 11, Netflix

My kids are obsessed with Sonic and so we’ve watched a lot of shows based on the hedgehog, including retro shows going back to the 90s. While my kids liked all of these, they would be the first to tell you that Prime is on a whole other level. While most of the older cartoons have short story arcs that only last an episode or two, Prime has a deeper story arc that involves multiple dimensions with a variety of different variants of Sonic’s friends.

Now Sonic Prime is back for its final chapter which pits Sonic and his allies against an unlikely villain, Nines, a variant of Tails. Even more interesting, including several variants of Doctor Robotnik are working to save the world. Needless to say, my kids started watching this one before school on the very morning it came out. 

  • Years active: 2022 – 2024
  • Genre: Family/Kids
  • Rating: TV-Y7
  • Director: Erik Wiese
  • Cast: Deven Christian Mack, Ashleigh Ball, Vincent Tong

Criminal Record – Jan 10, Apple TV Plus

A terrified woman makes a phone call, alleging that her abusive boyfriend is responsible for a cold case murder for which another man is already serving a sentence. Upon discovering the call, Detective Sergeant June Lenker delves deeper into the case, leading to a confrontation with a seasoned detective determined to preserve his legacy, backed by formidable connections.

The show delves into various pressing topics such as institutional failures, race, shifting societal norms, and other significant issues. While I’ve only seen the first episode, I I’m not fully sold on it yet, it’s an interesting premise that I’ll likely revisit in the future.

  • Years active: 2024 (Ongoing)
  • Genre: Crime thriller
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Creator: Paul Rutman
  • Cast: Peter Capaldi, Cush Jumbo, Aysha Kala

Break Point, Season 2 – Jan 10, Netflix

 

The documentary series Break Point debuted in 2023 and gave us a closer look behind the scenes at players participating in the ATP Tour and WTA Tour. The documentary also went further behind the scenes at those two tournaments, beyond just shining the spotlight on the players.

Season 2 continues the same formula, following several players on the ATP Tour, including Nick Kyrgios, Holger Rune, Tommy Paul, and others.

  • Years active: 2023 – Ongoing
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Creator: Martin Webb

Echo – Jan 9, Disney Plus

Set five months after the events of Hawkeye, Maya Lopez returns to her hometown in Oklahoma to hide from Wilson Fisk’s forces after she shot Fisk point blank in the face. After returning home she must learn to reconnect with her Native American roots and come to terms with her past.

Marvel’s latest show is a much darker, more violent affair than most are used to seeing from Marvel and represents the first Marvel series to have a TV-MA rating. This could be a great show if you’re looking for something with a somewhat similar vibe to Hawkeye but a darker, grittier story that connects to Native American culture. 

  • Years active: 2024 (Ongoing)
  • Genre: Action/Super Hero
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Directors: Sydney Freeland, Catriona McKenzie 
  • Cast: Alaqua Cox, Devery Jacobs, Cody Lightning

Money Heist: Berlin – Dec 29, Netflix

The drama Money Heist gets the spin-off treatment once again, this time with a new show centering on Berlin’s earlier years as he attempts one of his most daring heists to date. Though the show doesn’t specifically state how much earlier this show is set, it acts as a prequel to the events from the original show. This is a must-watch if you were a fan of the original, but even if you haven’t, it’s perfect for fans of crime thrillers in general.

  • Years active: 2023 (Ongoing)
  • Genre: Crime Drama
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Director: Pedro Alonso
  • Cast:Álvaro Morte, Itziar Ituño, Úrsula Corberó, Alba Flores

Pokemon Concierge – Dec 28, Netflix

Pokemon Concierge isn’t your typical Pokemon-themed anime series, as this one forgoes the epic gym battles and competitions in favor of a more relaxing premise. Haru has just taken a position working at a Pokemon resort, where her job is to ensure the Pokemon are happy and having fun. Overall this is a great laidback experience for Pokemon fans, though there are only four short episodes of 15 minutes each in this first season. Hopefully, the show gains enough traction that Netflix and Nintendo expand its run with more episodes if and when a season 2 occurs. 

  • Years active: 2023 (Ongoing)
  • Genre: Family/anime
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Cast:Rena Nōnen, Fairouz Ai, Karen Fukhara

Letterkenny, Season 12 – December 26, Hulu

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Letterkenny centers around a small rural community in Canada by the same name. With signature Canadian-style humor and quirky characters, this is a fun show even if I admit I’ve only watched the first few seasons. There’s just too much out there for me to watch it all! Now the show is back once more for its twelfth and final season, though you can catch earlier seasons on Hulu if you’ve yet to watch the show before. 

  • Years active: 2016 – 2023
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Cast: Jared Keeso, Michelle Mylett, Nathan Dales, Jacob Tierney

Marvel’s What If, Season 2 – Dec 22, Disney Plus

Marvel’s What If is back for its second season, dropping its first episode on December 22, with an episode following daily all the way through to December 30. The first episode asks “What if… Nebula joined the Nova Corps?” The nice thing about this series is it doesn’t matter if you’ve seen all the first season, in fact, my family just picked and chose the episodes we thought sounded most interesting. Other upcoming episodes will explore topics like what Iron Man crashed into Grandmaster, or what if the Avengers Assembled way back in 1602? That one in particular has me intrigued. 

  • Years active: 2021 – Ongoing
  • Genre: Superhero/action
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Cast: Cate Blanchett, Laurence Fishburne, Annet Benning

Dr. Death, Season 2 – Dec 21, Peacock

Peacock’s exclusive anthology true crime series is back for a second season, moving the focus to a whole new infamous doctor. This time around the show gives us a dramatized look at the story of Swiss-Italian surgeon and medical researcher Paolo Macchiarini, who was convicted for experimenting on his patients.

  • Years active: 2021 – Ongoing
  • Genre: True crime drama
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Cast:Édgar Ramírez, Mandy Moore, Ashley Madekwe

Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Dec 20, Disney Plus

In the early 2010s, we saw a ton of fantasy novels adapted into movies, largely due to the success of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and a few others. The famous book character Percy Jackson also was given the movie treatment with two films in 2010 and 2013. Although the movies weren’t bad, they failed to capture the magic of the series and ultimately the series was discontinued. Despite past failures, Percy Jackson is back this time as a new Disney Plus TV series.

With a book series like this it’s much easier to adapt to television than movies, so I’m personally excited to check this one out and see how it compares. Even more intriguing is Walker Scobell’s casting as Percy. I was a big fan of how well he mimicked Ryan Reynolds’ mannerisms in the Adam Project, playing a younger version of Reynold’s character, and am happy to see him in more projects. 

  • Years active: 2023 (Ongoing)
  • Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Cast: Walker Scobell, Leah Jeffries, Lance Reddick

Cindy la Regia: The High School Years – Dec 20, Netflix

Cindy la Regia: The High School Years is a comedy-drama show that follows the earlier adventures of Cindy, the star of a 2020 film set in Mexico. This TV series focuses on her teenage years as she faces the challenges of high school and finding her place in her hometown of San Pedro. If you are a fan of the movie or just looking for something lighter and fun to watch, this could be worth a look.

  • Years active: 2023 (Ongoing)
  • Genre: Comedy/drama
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Cast: Michelle Pellicer, Naheul Escobar, Carola Cuarón

Carol & the End of the World – Dec 15, Netflix

Animated adult series are quite popular these days but while still a comedy at its heart, this one feels a bit more mature and sober than your typical adult cartoon, largely because it has a much heavier-hitting plot. There are only seven months and 13 days left before a mysterious planet hits Earth, which will essentially destroy the Earth. This has caused most people to give up their jobs and pursue their dreams before it’s too late. But what are Carol’s dreams? Even she doesn’t know. With less than a half year left, it’s time for her to finally find herself. 

  • Years active: 2023 (Ongoing)
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Cast: Martha Kelly, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Shelby Young

The Serial Killer’s Wife – Dec 15, Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus’ new four-part mini-series is based on the best-selling novel of the same name. Annabel Scholey stars as Beth Fairchild, a woman who sees her whole life fall apart when her husband is arrested for murder. Initially convinced he is wrongly accused, she soon realizes that there are many dark secrets about her husband she never knew.  This leads her to face harsh realities, such as how well can ever truly know someone. 

  • Years active: 2023
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Cast: Annabel Scholey, Jack Farthing, Luke Treadaway

Reacher – Dec 15, Prime Video

Jack Reacher is a well-known fictional character, thanks to the popular novel series by the same name, as well as the fact there are two movies based on the character starring Tom Cruise. Many felt that the Cruise adaption didn’t quite have the same energy as the books, leading to the creation of a TV series starring Alan Ritchson. And now it has returned for its second season! If you’ve yet to check out this show you can also catch the first season on Prime. 

  • Years active: 2022 – Ongoing
  • Genre: Action
  • Rating: 15+
  • Cast: Alan Ritcson, Malcolm Goodwin, Willa Fitzgerald

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