What to stream: ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ on HBO Max, ‘The Guilty’ and ‘Maid’ on Netflix, Jon Stewart on Apple TV+

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 …  

The Many Saints of Newark (2021, R), a prequel to the award-winning series “The Sopranos,” dramatizes the formative years of young Anthony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) in the crime culture of 1960s New Jersey. Creator David Chase writes and produces and Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Corey Stoll, and Alessandro Nivola costar. Available to stream same day as theaters, available for 31 days only. (HBO Max)

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a cop demoted to the 911 call desk who gets a call from a woman in danger in The Guilty (2021, R) and must confront the situation with only a phone. Antoine Fuqua directs this remake of the acclaimed 2018 Danish thriller that takes place almost entirely in a single room. (Netflix)

You can stream the original Danish The Guilty on Hulu.

Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste are the Queenpins (2021, R) of this based-on-a-true-story comedy about a multi-million dollar counterfeit coupon caper. Paul Walter Hauser, Joel McHale, and Vince Vaughn costar. Streaming three weeks after theaters. (Paramount+)

The limited series Maid (TV-MA), inspired by the best-selling memoir by Stephanie Land, explores the challenges faced by low wage workers through the story of a single mother (Margaret Qualley) trying to support her daughter. Billy Burke, Andie MacDowell, and Nick Robinson costar in the ten-episode drama. (Netflix)

Jon Stewart returns to the issue-oriented talk show with The Problem with Jon Stewart: Season 1 (not rated). New episodes on Fridays. (Apple TV+)

The documentaries Britney vs. Spears (2021, TV-MA) (Netflix) and Controlling Britney Spears (2021, TV-MA) (Hulu) dig into the fight by the pop star to take back control of her life from her father.

News: Hulu is raising the prices next week on both ad-supported and ad-free plans by $1/month. The Disney bundle and Hulu’s live TV service prices are unaffected.

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

The Forever Purge (2021, R), the latest film in the horror franchise, and the crime comedy Small Engine Repair (2021, R) with Jon Bernthal and Shea Whigham are available on Cable On Demand, VOD, and DVD, and at Redbox.


Diana: The Musical (2021, PG-13), a filmed version of the musical drama starring Jeanna de Waal as Princess Diana, streams as the show prepares for its Broadway opening.

Seinfeld: Complete Series (TV-PG) now streams exclusively on Netflix.

The animated anthology Oats Studios: Season 1 (TV-MA) presents experimental shorts that envision post-apocalyptic worlds and nightmarish scenarios.

Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson star in the limited series The Comey Rule (2020, TV-MA), based on the non-fiction book by James Comey.

The Nordic Noir mystery The Chestnut Man: Season 1 (Denmark, TV-MA, with subtitles) begins with a murder in a Copenhagen playground.

Kid stuff: twelve-year-old girls take on neighborhood witches in the live action fantasy Scaredy Cats: Season 1 (TV-Y) while the animated Ada Twist, Scientist: Season 1 (TV-Y) brings science to young kids.

Amazon Prime Video

The documentary My Name is Pauli Murray (2021, PG-13) explores the life of the gender nonconforming attorney and activist whose fight for social justice began in the 1940s and contributed to landmark Supreme Court cases. From the directors of “RBG.”

Teenagers take on vampires in New Orleans in Black as Night (2021, TV-MA) and a senior citizen takes on an evil force in Bingo Hell (2021, TV-MA), two original horror films from Blumhouse. Two more debut next week. (Amazon Prime)

An American ballerina attends a cutthroat dance academy in Paris in Birds of Paradise (2021, R).

All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs: Season 1 (TV-14) brings the sports documentary series to the NHL.

Savage X Fenty Show: Volume 3 (2021, TV-MA) from Rihanna features performances by Nas, Daddy Yankee, BIA, Jazmine Sullivan, Ricky Martin, and others.


The nonfiction series Wild Crime: Season 1 (TV-MA) looks at a murder in Rocky Mountain National Park investigated by National Park Service special agents and rangers.

A section of Los Angeles falls into primeval world under the surface in the NBC series La Brea: Season 1 (TV-14). New episodes stream a day after their TV debut on Hulu and Peacock.

You can also stream new seasons of Grey’s Anatomy (TV-14) and its first responder spin-off Station 19 (TV-14), plus The Rookie (TV-14), The Good Doctor (TV-14), Big Sky (TV-14), and animated sitcoms The Simpsons (TV-PG), Bob’s Burgers (TV-14), Family Guy (TV-14), and The Great North (TV-14). Episodes stream a days after their respective network debuts.


The limited series documentary Nuclear Family (TV-MA) revisits a paternity suit between a sperm donor and the same sex couple in the 1990s from a personal perspective: it’s directed by Ry Russo-Young, who was the child at the center of the suit. New episodes on Sundays.

Carey Mulligan is the Promising Young Woman (2020, R) of this mix of revenge thriller, dark comedy, and social commentary.

The action thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021, R) stars Angelina Jolie as a smoke jumper in Montana who protects a kid on the run from assassins.

More true stories: The Way Down (TV-MA) examines the controversial Remnant Fellowship Church and its founder, the late Gwen Shamblin Lara. Three episodes available, the final episodes due in 2022.


LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales (TV-Y7) is an animated anthology for the Halloween season.


The four-part limited series Unidentified with Demi Lovato (TV-14) delves into the UFO phenomenon.


CSI: NY: Complete Series (2004-2013, TV-14) joins the rest of the “CSI” shows on Paramount+.

Acorn TV

Midsomer Murders: Season 22, Part 2 (TV-14) launches a new round of episodes of the British mystery. New episodes on Mondays.


Episodes of The Walking Dead – World Beyond: Season 2 (TV-MA) debut a weeks before they show on cable.

The Criterion Channel

The Perfect Candidate (Saudi Arabia, 2019, not rated, with subtitles) from filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour looks at patriarchy in Saudi Arabia through the drama of a female political candidate. Also new:

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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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