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Clockwise: And Just Like That, The Perfect Find, I’m a Virgo, Secret Invasion.
Clockwise: And Just Like That, The Perfect Find, I’m a Virgo, Secret Invasion.

Pop CultureJune 19, 2023

New to streaming: What to watch on Netflix NZ, Neon and more this week

Clockwise: And Just Like That, The Perfect Find, I’m a Virgo, Secret Invasion.
Clockwise: And Just Like That, The Perfect Find, I’m a Virgo, Secret Invasion.

What are you going to be watching this week? We round up everything coming to streaming services this week, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV+, Neon and TVNZ+.

The biggies

And Just Like That… (season two on Neon weekly from June 23)

Doesn’t the first season of And Just Like That feel like a total fever dream? Remember when Mr Big died on a Peloton, then Peloton stocks plummeted, then Mr Big actor Chris Noth fronted a Peloton ad, then the ad was pulled due to a raft of sexual assault allegations against Noth? And then there was the kitchen scene, Charlotte getting her period and the whole Che Diaz discourse. But all of this mess will soon be eclipsed in season two thanks to three powerful words: Samantha is back. Sure, it will be a single scene where Samantha is talking on the phone but, for just one moment, the SATC universe will be whole again. I can’t wait. /Alex Casey

Secret Invasion (limited series on Disney+ from June 21)

It’s been at least a few months since we’ve had a Marvel show, so I guess we’re overdue for one. Secret Invasion is a loose follow-up to the post-credits scene of Captain Marvel (yeah, I know), where Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) uncovers a conspiracy by a group of renegade Skrulls to gain control of Earth through some body-snatcher style magic. Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman, from the Black Panther films, somehow), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders, from several Avengers) and Talos (Ben Mendehlson, from Captain Marvel) support. Somehow, somehow, Olivia Colman and Emilia Clarke are also in this thing. Sure, why not. /Sam Brooks

The Righteous Gemstones (season three on Neon from June 20)

I know Succession ended several weeks ago, and I assume hardcore fans of the only show on TV to apparently have good dialogue have found their fix, but if you haven’t, I can recommend no show more highly and more enthusiastically than The Righteous Gemstones. The show follows a family of televangelists, who have achieved a massive amount of wealth and power within their sphere. Patriarch Eli mourns the loss of his wife while his three children, Jesse, Judy and Kelvin fight for control of his empire. It’s funny, it’s compelling, and it’s just what you need to scratch that certain itch. /SB

The notables

I’m a Virgo (on Prime Video from June 23)

OK, this show sounds absolutely wild. From Sorry to Bother You’s Boots Riley, I’m a Virgo follows Cootie (Jharrel Jerome), a 13-foot-tall 19-year-old black man, who is shielded from the outside world until being accidentally discovered by a group of teenage political activists. He forms friendships, finds love, navigates situations and encounters his idol, The Hero (Walton Goggins). Just watch the trailer, it’s a time. /SB

Class of ’09 (on Disney+ from June 21)

Worried about the rise of AI? Well, this show probably won’t help you. Class of ’09 follows the lives and careers of a team of FBI recruits, while also following on the transformation of the US criminal justice system. The twist? It takes place across three time periods: The Past (2009, feel old?), The Present (2023 and 2024, feel… present?) and The Future (2034). Bryan Tyree Henry and Kate Mara star. /SB

Carpool Karaoke: The Series (on AppleTV+ from June 23)

All you need to know is that this season of Carpool Karaoke, the spinoff of the viral Late Late Show With James Cordon segment, features Brian Cox singing the Spice Girls. “What are we doing in this car Brian?” Alan Cumming asks Cox in the trailer. “I have no fucking idea”, replies the Succession star. He must have some idea, because within moments he is belting a weird Scottish ballad about shoving yer granny off a bus, before transitioning into the most compelling rendition of ‘Wannabe’ ever committed to the silver screen. Logan Roy found revived and saying “zig-a-zig-ah”. Also features Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette and our own Rose McIver. /AC

The films

The Perfect Find (on Netflix from June 23)

Honestly, this entire premise delights me: 40-year-old Jenna Jones (Gabrielle Union, looking the same as when she filmed Bring it On in 2000), decides to pivot her career into the glamourous world of beauty journalism. Alas! She runs into chaos when she realises that her old frenemy Darcy (Gina Torres, underused always) is her boss, and even more alas, she starts a relationship with Darcy’s son Eric (Keith Powers), the company’s videographer. This could be just another Netflix rom-com, but damn if that cast and premise doesn’t entice me. /SB

Sharp Stick (on Neon from June 21)

Controversial take: Lena Dunham is good, actually. Sharp Stick is one of her two films from 2022, the other being the absolutely excellent Catherine Called Birdy. While that film was absolutely a children’s film, this one most certainly is not: Sarah Jo (newcomer Kristine Forseth) lives on the fringe of Hollywood as she begins an affair with her older employer Josh (Jon Bernthal). Things go awry, and hijinks, as they say, ensue. /SB

The Defenders (on Prime Video from June 23)

The Defenders is a bit more than your average sports doco. It follows the story of Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini footballer turned political refugee, who stepped off a plane in Thailand to begin his honeymoon, but found himself arrested by Interpol and accused of terrorist activity. A social media campaign ensued to free him, and quote: “save the very soul of football itself”. / SB

Netflix

June 19

Take Care of Maya

Not Quite Narwhal

June 20

85 South Ghetto Legends

June 21

Break Point: Part 2

June 22

Glamorous

Let’s Get Divorced

Skull Island

Sleeping Dog

Peter Rabbit 2

June 23

Number Number: Jozi Gold

Make Me Believe

The Perfect Find

Through My Window: Across the Sea

Catching Killers: Season 3

King of Clones

Dear Evan Hansen

Last Night in Soho

June 25

Titans: Season 4

Neon

June 19

Days of Our Lives: Season 59

June 20

The Righteous Gemstones: Season 3

June 21

Joyride

Sharp Stick

June 22

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Season 10

Riding Shotgun

June 23

And Just Like That: Season 2

June 24

Masterminds

June 25

Smash: Seasons 1-2

TVNZ+

June 20

Episodes: Season 1-5

Disney+

June 21

Secret Invasion

Class of ’09

Special Force: Anarchy

Home in the Wild: Season 1

Raven’s Home: Season 6

World’s Best

Revenant: Season 1

June 25

The Protectors; Season 1-2

Prime Video

June 23

I’m a Virgo

The Defenders

Apple TV+

June 23

Carpool Karaoke

Swagger: Season 2

Acorn

N/A

Shudder

June 23

Quicksand

AMC+

N/A

Keep going!