The Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream

Looking for the best things to stream over the long Labor Day weekend? There’s always something to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, Paramount+, Peacock and Discovery+, amongst even more streaming services. However, there are so many choices that it can get a little overwhelming. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best movies and TV shows to stream right now — including new arrivals, old favorites and titles you may have forgotten to check out when they first premiered.

And for even more recommendations, make sure to check out our guide for everything new on Netflix and Hulu in September.

At long last, a Cinderella story featuring the music of Janet Jackson, Ed Sheeran and JLO. Camila Cabello stars as titular princess in this modern retelling/jukebox musical from writer-director Kay Cannon, with Billy Porter as her fairy godmother, Idina Menzel as her wicked stepmother and Nicholas Galitzine as her Prince Charming.

Watch on Prime Video

Who could have predicted Disney+ would be the go-to streamer for your favorite pop star’s new projects? First there was Beyoncé with Black Is King, then Taylor Swift with her intimate Folklore concert film, now it’s Billie Eilish’s turn. Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles sees her performing every song from her latest album — in order — from L.A.’s legendary Hollywood Bowl.

Watch on Disney+

Steve Martin. Martin Short. Selena Gomez. Need we say more? The comedic voices of two different generations (Wizards of Waverly Place was seminal) united for a true crime-inspired comedy about neighbors recording a podcast while attempting to solve a murder in their Upper West Side apartment building. Can they solve the mystery before one of them ends up dead too?

Watch on Hulu

The gang’s not all here, but Task Force X has once again recruited fan faves like Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn for a bloody hilarious and hilariously bloody mission alongside a who’s who of what’s that: Idris Elba’s Bloodsport, John Cena’s Peacemaker and Sylvester Stallone’s King Shark, plus Polka-Dot Man, Ratcatcher II, Weasel, Javelin and so many more. (Leaving HBO Max on Sept. 5.)

Watch on HBO Max

Who was Cruella de Vil before she became the puppy murderer we all know and love? As played by Emma Stone in this origin story, she’s an aspiring fashion designer named Estrella. You’ll have to tune in to find out how Dalmatians factor in, but expect endless over-the-top costumes and appearances by other beloved characters, too. Now available to all Disney+ subscribers.

Watch on Disney+

What happens on vacation doesn’t stay on vacation in this raunchy comedy about a newly engaged couple (Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji) who befriend a pair of partiers (John Cena and Meredith Hagner) in Mexico — but regret it when the tequila-chugging, jet ski-crashing twosome show up at their wedding.

Watch on Hulu

The funniest show on TV makes the jump to HBO Max for its second season, in which struggling actor Cary (Drew Tarver) and wannabe manager Brooke (Heléne Yorke) not only have to deal with their little brother’s overnight fame but their mom’s (Molly Shannon) new daytime talk show!

Watch on HBO Max

Lizzie McGuire may not be getting the grown up reboot of our dreams but iCarly, with Miranda Cosgrove reprising her role as the titular influencer 10 years after the Nickelodeon series ended, successfully pulled it out. Season 1 is now streaming full as Carly navigates dating and other 20-something drama in the social media age.

Watch on Paramount+

Diane Lockhart is back, baby. The fifth season sees Diane (Christine Baranski) partner up with Liz Lawrence (Audra McDonald) to take on new attorneys, a new roster of kooky clients (including Mandy Patinkin’s wanna-be judge) and the juiciest cases yet. Wayne Brady, Wanda Sykes and Jane Lynch are all along for the ride.

Watch on Paramount+

Hugh Jackman’s private investigator exists in a not-so-far-off future, where global warming has submerged the city of Miami and sci-fi tech allows you to escape into better memories from the past. That’s how he becomes entangled with a missing femme fatale (Rebecca Ferguson) in Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy’s feature debut.

Watch on HBO Max

Octavia Spencer is back as true crime podcaster Poppy Parnell and investigating a new case that involves her childhood friend-turned-media mogul. That’s where Kate Hudson comes in, for her first-ever starring TV gig. (If you don’t count the string of guest star appearances she did on Glee.)

Watch on Apple TV+

If Sandra Oh’s on it, we’re watching: Grey’s Anatomy, Killing Eve, and now The Chair, a dramedy in which she plays the first woman to chair her department at the prestigious Pembroke University. Jay Duplass and Holland co-star, with Amanda Peet serving as showrunner on her first series.

Watch on Netflix

The only hearing person in her family, high schooler Ruby (Locke & Key‘s Emilia Jones) comes of age when she discovers a passion for music. (The title is short for “Child of Deaf Adults.”) CODA was the breakout film at Sundance this year and is now streaming, co-starring Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant.

Watch on Apple TV+

If Eugene Cordero was your breakout star of Loki, then you can get a lot more of him aboard the U.S.S. Cerritos, as Ensigns Mariner (Tawny Newsome), Boimler (Jack Quaid), Rutherford (Cordero) and Tendi (Noël Wells) return for a new season of animated hijinks on a journey to live long and prosper.

Watch on Paramount+

From the streamer that brought Ted Lasso into your life comes another winsome comedy starring two comedians who deserve the world: Cecily Strong (an undersung hero of SNL) and Keegan-Michael Key play a couple who find themselves trapped in a musical from the ’40s and unable to escape until they find true love. Season finale now streaming.

Watch on Apple TV+

“That’s hot” takes on a new meaning in the OG princess of reality TV’s return to the form: On Paris Hilton’s very first cooking show, she scalds, burns, undercooks and wings it through a series of recipes with glamorous guests like Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian and the reigning queen of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, her mom Kathy Hilton.

Watch on Netflix

Based on the beloved Disney attraction, the adventure stars Emily Blunt as Dr. Lily Houghton, a turn of the century researcher who travels to the Amazon in search of a legendary tree with the ability to cure all known maladies. There, she hires a hapless riverboat skipper named Frank (Dwayne Johnson), to take her down the river. Punnery ensues. (Available with Premier Access)

Watch on Disney+

Have fun explaining this title to your mom. Hosted by comedian Nikki Glaser, the series drops three single gals onto an island with a cavalcade of guys who are either genuinely looking for love — or are f**kboys, which in this case means they’re just there for the cash (but probably wouldn’t turn down a FBOY With Benefits sitch). The women must figure out who’s who. As for us? We’re already in love with this dumb, dumb program.

Watch on HBO Max

Your favorite East High Wildcats are back for the sophomore season, with new cast members (including Derek Hough and Asher Angel), new drama (Nina and Ricky are going long distance) and a new musical: Beauty and the Beast! “Season 2 blows season 1 out of the water,” Joshua Bassett teased ET.

Watch on Disney+

Everybody’s favorite “football” coach is back for another season of kindness, biscuits and some sports, too. Following a history-making Emmy nominations haul, season 2 will get rom-commyy for Keeley (Juno Temple) and Roy (Brett Goldstein) while Ted (Jason Sudeikis) and AFC Richmond fight to prove themselves on the pitch. New episodes weekly.

Watch on Apple TV+

Scarlett Johansson’s original Avenger finally gets her own solo film: A globetrotting spy thriller that sees Natasha on the run and teaming up her “sister,” Yelena (Florence Pugh), to take on a comic book baddie named Taskmaster. Rachel Weisz co-stars as a fellow Widow-turned-shady scientist with David Harbour as the Russian super soldier, Red Guardian. (Available with Premier Acess)

Watch on Disney+

She’s baaaaaack. Everyone’s favorite digital tattletale has moved on from Serena and Blair to sink her claws into a new clique in this continuation of the iconic series — with a twist. Kristen Bell returns as the voice of Gossip Girl, alongside a sexy new cast of Upper East Siders.

Watch on HBO Max

In Pixar’s newest flick, Luca and his best friend, Alberto, set out to have the best summer ever on the Italian Riviera: Endless gelato, nonstop scooter rides and one big, huge secret: They’re tweenage sea monsters disguised as humans. The voice cast includes Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Maya Rudolph and Jim Gaffigan.

Watch on Disney+

Jean Smart stars as Deborah Vance, a legendary comedian and Queen of Las Vegas who reluctantly begins mentoring a young upstart (Hannah Einbinder) in hopes of salvaging both of their careers. It’s the hilarious, heartwarming show we never knew we needed but couldn’t imagine our lives without.

Watch on HBO Max

It’s the same Rugrats you loved with a kid, just for the 21 century. The iconic ’90s cartoon returns with a CG- makeover, but while it may look different, it will sound the same: Tommy Pickles and his pint-sized friends are all voiced by the same actors from when you were young, ready to embark on new adventures.

Watch on Paramount+

Your favorite Central Perk sextet is streaming on HBO Max, and there’s no better time to binge the entire series than with the debut of the years-in-the-making reunion. Catch up with Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross, check in on Ugly Naked Guy, grab a coffee from Gunther and figure out, once and for all, if they were really “on a break.”

Watch on HBO Max

 

Here’s something to fill the 30 Rock-sized hole in your heart. Tina Fey is one of many executive producers on this comedy about a one-hit wonder girl group-turned-working mom Dawn (Sara Bareilles), wannabe influencer Wickie (Renée Elise Goldsberry), Christian housewife Summer (Busy Philipps) and out and proud Gloria (Paula Pell) who mount their big comeback.

Watch on Peacock

While it’s being liked to Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey, Bridgerton is a true Shondaland original. The ensemble series about high society kicks off as Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the revered and expansive Bridgerton family, makes her debut in London’s marriage market and become the subject of the mysterious Lady Whistledown’s scandal sheet.

Watch on Netflix

If you haven’t caught The Flight Attendant yet, it’s time to get on board. Kaley Cuoco returns to TV for her first live-action role since The Big Bang Theory in this HBO Max mystery, playing Cassie, a flight attendant who wakes up after a night of drunken sex with a handsome stranger (Michiel Huisman), only to find her lover gruesomely murdered in her hotel bed.

Watch on HBO Max

Disco’sthird season picked up after a game-changing cliffhanger, when Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the USS Discovery crew blasted off 930 years into the future. Season 3 also welcomed the franchise’s first transgender and non-binary characters, plus a mysterious ally, Cleveland “Book” Booker (David Ajala), and his furry companion, a cat named Grudge.

Watch on Paramount+

The beloved (and 11-time Tony-winning) Broadway musical is finally available to watch at home, offering fans a composite of several productions of the hip-hop founding father saga recorded at the Richard Rodgers Theatre with the original 2016 cast, which includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Philippa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs and more.

Watch on Disney+

Twenty years after its premiere season, Survivor has continued to outwit, outplay and outlast, delivering some of reality TV’s most grueling challenges and compelling personalities. Stream every season of the ultimate competition show on Paramount+ now.

Watch on Paramount+

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