The next big Disney live-action remake roars into theaters this weekend with Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, but with the 71st Emmy nominations announced earlier this week, it’s time to brush up on some of the most critically acclaimed shows of the last year.
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Here are six streaming recommendations from Inverse’s entertainment team for the weekend. There are newly Emmy-nominated shows, new seasons debuting on Netflix, and the Japanese equivalent of the Power Rangers that’s outrageous, a little bonkers, and a very fun watch.
With several Emmy nominations in the bag and Season 2 on the way, Netflix’s Russian Doll is the dark comedy we didn’t know we needed. The series — co-created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland — stars Lyonne as Nadia, a cynical woman doomed to repeat the day of her death (which just so happens to be the night of her 36th birthday, so it’s a bummer all around).
The series is an intricate take on the classic time loop-gone-wrong scenario, and combines Nadia’s dry humor with the everlasting effects and exploration of her childhood trauma. Things take an interesting turn when Nadia meets Alan (Charlie Barnett), an obsessive compulsive man who’s stuck in the same situation. Russian Doll is so good, it’s sure to secure a couple of Emmys, so there’s no better time to get ahead and binge the eight-episode series. — Mae Abdulbaki
The name “Schitt’s Creek” will be in Emmys conversations in the coming weeks so if you’re looking for something new to watch, start here. Schitt’s Creek is a revelation, a joy, a comedy so good at every level you’ll be kicking yourself that it’s taken you this long to get on board. But it’s time you do get on board because series stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara have earned Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Lead Actress nominations, respectively, for their pitch-perfect performances on this show.
Schitt’s Creek follows the obscenely wealthy Rose family — Johnny (Levy), Moira (O’Hara), David (Dan Levy), and Alexis (Annie Murphy) — as they try to rebuild their lives in the town of Schitt’s Creek after the family accountant steals all of their money. The Rose family gets a rude awakening about how the real world works as they adjust to their new lives but their assimilation out of the luxurious lifestyle they’re used to as one-percenters is far from easy.
Seasons 1 through 4 are currently available to stream on Netflix (Season 5 wrapped in April and should be on the platform soon) but be warned: this show is _extremely binge-inducing. Each episode clocks in at a cool 21 minutes apiece and there are only 13 episodes per season, which makes it the perfect choice for a lazy weekend watch that only requires you to hit the “Next Episode” button on your screen. — Allie Gemmill
Justice for fleabags everywhere! After being snubbed by the Television Academy for its first season, Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge finally gets recognition this year with a whopping 11 nominations for its excellent second season. — Eric Francisco
What’s holding you back from being the best possible version of yourself? Netflix’s beloved makeover series, Queer Eye, is all about personal betterment for each episode’s “hero.” The Fab Five — Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness — each specialize in food, fashion, culture, design, and grooming, respectively. Together they deliver a fabulous and heartwarming makeover for one lucky subject each week that often leave viewers sobbing happy tears.
The show already won three Emmys last year, and just three days after picking up seven more nominations for the 71st Emmy awards, the fourth season hits Netflix on Friday, July 19. That’s enough of a reason for everyone to spend this weekend binging the series, as the Fab Five heads to the barbecue capital of the world, Kansas City. Season 4 will be eight episodes, and Season 5 in Philadelphia is already in the works for 2020 — so don’t get behind! — Corey Plante
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Save for the awkward interview or two (“This is fun” — Zach Galifianakis, Season 10, Episode 1), Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has always been the sort of TV comfort food that’s perfect for sick days, airplanes, and temperatures so extreme you’re forced to stay inside.
The 11th season of this talk show (which ran on Crackle for nine seasons before jumping to Netflix) debuts on Friday, July 19. Jerry Seinfeld’s guests in Season 11 will be Eddie Murphy, Seth Rogen, Ricky Gervais, Matthew Broderick, Jamie Foxx, Sebastian Maniscalco, Martin Short, Mario Joyner, Melissa Villaseñor, Bridget Everett, and Barry Marder. — Nick Lucchesi
Ninpu Sentai Hurricaneger
Here’s something you won’t see at the Emmys: On the free service Tubi.tv, through a partnership with cult home media publisher Shout! Factory, the 2002 Super Sentai series (AKA the Japanese show Power Rangers takes its action scenes and costumes from) Ninpu Sentai Hurricanger has just been made available to stream after its American DVD release earlier this year. The series follows three rebellious teenager who are the last survivors of their secret ninja school, and must become superheroes to rescue their fellow students.
Since 2014, Shout! Factory has released Super Sentai in the U.S., allowing American fans a glimpse of exactly where their childhood nostalgia originates. — Eric Francisco
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