What to stream: ‘Foundation’ on Apple TV+, ‘Midnight Mass’ on Netflix, the new network TV seasons on Hulu and Peacock

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, video-on-demand, and other streaming services …  

“Change is frightening. Especially to those in power.” Apple TV+ launches its most ambitious production to date with the science fiction epic Foundation (2021, not rated). Jared Harris stars as the revolutionary scientists who predicts the collapse of the galaxy-spanning empire and Lee Pace is the emperor clone whose command is threatened by the end of civilization. Lou Llobell and Leah Harvey costar and David S. Goyer produces and adapts the landmark trilogy written by Isaac Asimov. Three episodes available, new episodes on Fridays. (Apple TV+)

Neil Armstrong offers some background on the show, and the novels that inspired it, in an article for BBC.

A struggling fishing town experiences miracles when a mysterious new priest (Hamish Linklater) takes over the congregation in Midnight Mass (TV-MA), a limited series with a horror twist from Mike Flanagan, creator of “The Haunting of Hill House.” Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, and Henry Thomas costar. (Netflix)

Five new network shows debuting this week are available to stream on Hulu a day after their respective broadcast debuts: the revival of the family sitcom The Wonder Years (TV-PG), narrated by Don Cheadle and set in an African-American family in late 1960s Alabama (Hulu);

  • Ordinary Joe (TV-14), a drama that follows one man (James Wolk) through three possible futures (Hulu and Peacock);
  • The Big Leap (TV-14), a comic drama about the contestants in a competition reality series (Hulu)
  • Our Kind of People (TV-14), a melodrama set in wealthy African-American community in Martha’s Vineyard (Hulu);
  • Alter Ego (TV-PG), a new singing competition series where the contestants appear as animated avatars (Hulu).

F9: The Fast Saga (2021, PG-13) pits Dominic (Vin Diesel) and the crew of the long-running action franchise against a new villain (John Cena), sends a car into orbit, and puts Helen Mirren in the driver’s seat of a getaway car. It’s big, silly, fast-paced, over-the-top, and a lot of fun, and it was one of the first big screen hits since Covid closed down theaters in 2020. On Cable on Demand and VOD, also on DVD and at Redbox.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

Emma Stone is young fashionista Cruella de Vil in Cruella (2021, PG-13), the live-action prequel costarring Emma Thompson. Also on DVD and at Redbox, and still streaming on Disney+.

Tom Skerritt stars inEast of the Mountains (2021, not rated), the screen version of David Guterson’s novel.

Netflix

The Starling (2021, PG-13), a mix of tragedy and comedy, stars Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd as a married couple grieving the loss of a child. Kevin Kline, Timothy Olyphant, and Daveed Diggs costar in the film directed by Theodore Melfi.

Freida Pinto and Logan Marshall-Green star in the home invasion thriller Intrusion (2021, TV-14).

True crime: the limited series Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan (TV-14) investigates an accused serial rapist who claimed to have multiple personalities. Also new: Vendetta: Truth, Lies and The Mafia (Italy, TV-MA, with subtitles) and Crime Stories: India Detectives: Season 1 (India, TV-MA, with subtitles).

International passport: the survivor of a terrorist bombing inadvertently becomes drawn to the group responsible in the thriller Je Suis Karl (2021, Germany, TV-MA, with subtitles).

International TV: a Holocaust survivor hunts Nazis hiding in 1960s Spain in Jaguar: Season 1 (Spain, TV-MA, with subtitles). Pair it with the documentary Europe’s Most Dangerous Man: Otto Skorzeny in Spain (Spain, 2021, TV-MA, with subtitles), about the Hitler ally who escaped to Spain.

Kid stuff: My Little Pony: A New Generation (2021, PG) is a new animated feature in the long-running series.

Amazon Prime Video

Goliath: Season 4 (TV-MA), the final season of the legal drama created by David E. Kelly, pits its underdog heroes (Billy Bob Thornton and Nina Arianda) against the opioid industry. Bruce Dern, Jena Malone, and J.K. Simmons costar this season.

Four women find renewal when they rent an Italian villa for the summer in the 1920s in the lush Enchanted April (1992, PG).

Hulu

You can stream the new seasons of the dramas 9-1-1 (TV-14), The Resident (TV-14), and A Million Little Things (TV-14), the sitcoms The Conners (TV-PG), The Goldbergs (TV-PG), and Home Economics (TV-PG), and the reality shows The Masked Singer (TV-PG) and Dancing with the Stars (TV-PG). All available a day after their respective network debuts.

Hulu / Peacock

The animated comedy “The Croods: Family Tree: Season 1” (TV-G) continues the story of the prehistoric family from the movies (Hulu and Peacock).

You can also stream the new seasons of “Chicago Fire” (TV-14) (Hulu and Peacock), “Chicago P.D.” (TV-14) (Hulu and Peacock), “Chicago Med” (TV-14) (Hulu and Peacock), and “New Amsterdam” (TV-14) (Hulu and Peacock), and reality series “The Voice” (TV-PG) (Hulu and Peacock). All available a day after their respective network debuts.

Peacock

The true crime documentary The Toolbox Killer (not rated) looks into serial killer Lawrence Bittaker.

HBO Max

The strangest superhero team on TV returns in Doom Patrol: Season 3 (TV-MA).

True stories: the four-part documentary The People v. The Klan (TV-MA) looks at the work of civil rights activists to dismantle the Ku Klux Klan in the 20th century.

Kid stuff: Total Dramarama: Season 1 (TV-Y7) is an animated show set in a daycare center.

Disney+

Star Wars: Visions (TV-PG) presents a collection of animated short films produced by Japanese anime studios.

Apple TV+

Wolfboy and the Everything Factory: Season 1 (TV-Y7) is an animated adventure to the center of the earth. 

AMC+

Before becoming Mrs. Maisel, Rachel Brosnahan starred in Manhattan: Complete Series (2014-2015, TV-14), a drama set on the Los Alamos military base where the atomic bomb was developed in World War II.

AMC+ / Shudder

New episodes of the anthology horror series “Creepshow: Season 3” (TV-MA) arrive on Thursdays. (Shudder and AMC+)

The Criterion Channel

Starring Deborah Kerr” collects 17 features with the British star, from a supporting role in Major Barbara (1941) to the haunting classic The Innocents (1961). Also new:

  • “Aki Kaurismäki’s Finland Trilogy” from Drifting Clouds (1996) to Lights in the Dusk (2006) (all Finland, not rated, with subtitles);
  • Crimson Gold (Iran, 2003, not rated, with subtitles) from director Jafar Panahi and screenwriter Abba Kiarostami;
  • landmark adventure documentary Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life (1925, silent with score) from the future “King Kong” filmmakers.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at RogerEbert.com, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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