Welcome to Boston.com’s weekly streaming guide. Each week we recommend five must-watch movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max and more.
Many recommendations are for new shows, while others target under-the-radar releases you may have missed or classics that will be leaving a streaming service at the end of the month.
Do you have a new favorite movie or series that you think we should know about? Let us know in the comments or via email [email protected]. Looking for even more great streaming options? Check out previous editions of our must-see list here.
“The Bob’s Burger Movie”
After 12 seasons, Bob’s Burgers was filmed earlier this year, expanding the scope and storytelling ambitions of the long-running Fox animated series. When a burst water main causes a huge hole in front of Bob’s Burgers, the restaurant’s hopes for a successful summer are in jeopardy. While Bob (H. Jon Benjamin from Worcester) and Linda (John Roberts) work to keep the restaurant running, it’s up to the kids – Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman from Lexington) and Louise (Kristen Schaal). ). – to solve a mystery that could help save the restaurant.
How to see: The Bob’s Burgers Movie will stream on Hulu and HBO Max.
“The Bourne Identity”
Ready to feel old? It’s been 20 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) first woke up in The Bourne Identity with two bullets in his back and no memory of who he was or why the CIA was after him. Instead of heading to theaters this weekend to catch Netflix’s Bourne-inspired action film The Gray Man (ahead of its release on the streaming platform on July 22), switch to HBO Max and bask in the sun the warm intimacy of Damon’s fugitive spy.
How to see: The Bourne Identity is streaming on HBO Max.
“The Sea Creature”
While Netflix isn’t exactly known for its original animated films, Netflix has quietly produced some of the best in the genre this year with Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10 1⁄2: A Space Age Childhood and The Sea Beast, a seafaring adventure that debuted last weekend. The Sea Beast is set in a world where humans view sea monsters as their greatest threat and have spent hundreds of years hunting them. Much like How To Train Your Dragon, protagonist Jacob (Karl Urban) soon discovers that the creatures are not the wanton monsters most people think they are. Featuring voice work by Jared Harris (Mad Men) and Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast), The Sea Beast will impress adults with its beautiful blend of hand-drawn and CGI graphics, and will keep kids entertained, too.
How to see: The Sea Beast is streaming on Netflix.
You probably don’t need our recommendation to catch the biggest Netflix original series of the summer, but we’re giving it anyway. Darker and denser than the unforgettable Season 3, the latest offering from the Duffer Brothers breaks into multiple storylines as characters leave the comfort of Hawkins for the first time. Now that the final two episodes of Season 4 have landed on the streaming platform, you’re sure to be enjoying the ’80s horror-fest to your heart’s content – although you’ll likely be pining for the upcoming Season 5, which will be the show’s final.
How to see: Stranger Things is streaming on Netflix.
“What We Do in the Shadows”
What We Do in the Shadows has come a long way since the 2014 mockumentary co-created by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). The core premise — a group of vampire roommates living on Staten Island — has remained the same, but each year has brought new ways for the series’ fanged protagonists to spread their wings. In Season 4, which debuted Tuesday on FX and Hulu, the crew opens a vampire nightclub and takes care of raising the unholy child who burst from the breast of “energy vampire” Colin at the end of Season 3.
How to see: What We Do in the Shadows streams on Hulu, with new episodes airing Tuesdays at 10 ET on FX.
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