The Best Movies and TV Shows to Stay In and Stream

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Michael B. Jordan’s 'Just Mercy' Available for Free Rental in Hopes of Educating Others
Just Mercy

Everything is closed and we all are self-quarantining due to the coronavirus pandemic, but one thing's for sure: You can still stream. 

Washing your hands, practicing social distancing and avoiding large-scale events are important ways to protect yourself and others from coronavirus, and luckily, once you've stocked up on the essentials for a weekend inside, there's plenty to watch and keep yourself entertained on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO MaxCBS All Access and more streaming services. In fact, there are so many choices that it can get a little overwhelming deciding what to sit down and turn on. To help you out, we've rounded up the best movies and TV shows to stream right now -- including new arrivals, old favorites and titles you may have forgotten to check out when they first premiered.

And for even more recommendations, make sure to check out our guide for everything new on Netflix in June.

When They See Us

A limited series based on the story of the Exonerated Five, written and produced by Ava DuVernay, When They See Us details the mistreatment of Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Antron McCray by the justice system after they were falsely accused and then prosecuted in the infamous 1989 Central Park jogger case.

Stream When They See Us on Netflix. 

 

Just Mercy

The 2019 film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton is based on a real-life story, starring Jamie Foxx as wrongfully convicted death row inmate Walter McMillian and Michael B. Jordan as defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, in a fight for justice against an unbalanced system.

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. announced that the film would be available to rent for free throughout the month of June, tweeting, “We believe in the power of story. #JustMercy is one resource we can offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society. For the month of June, #JustMercy will be available to rent for free on digital platforms in the US.”

Stream Just Mercy for free on digital throughout the month of June.

 

13th

Named for the 13th Amendment -- which abolished slavery in the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime -- this documentary from director Ava DuVernay combines archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars in an examination of the U.S. prison system -- taking a close look at how America's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration.

Stream 13th on Netflix and for free on YouTube.

 

Queer Eye

The Fab 5 are headed to the City of Brotherly Love for their fifth season and Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown and Tan France are more than ready to make over some Philadelphia heroes! “We’re here to figure out how to make [our heroes] better versions of themselves,” Porowski previously told ET about the main goal of the series. And while the food expert never thought it would go beyond one season, Queer Eye has since become a global phenomenon, making stars of all the hosts and most importantly, has radically changed the lives of the people on screen and those watching at home. 

Stream Queer Eye on Netflix.

 

Legendary

Following the success of FX’s scripted series, Pose, comes this reality competition series about the underground ballroom scene, where houses compete in weekly battles in order to proclaim domain over the community and collect the grand prize. The series is hosted by emcee Dashaun Wesley and deejayed by MikeQ with Law Roach, Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado and Megan Thee Stallion serving on the judges' panel. “It is like the world’s greatest talent show,” Roach says, that gives “a lot of super talented people that have not had the chance to be introduced or represented in the mainstream” an opportunity to be seen.

Stream Legendary on HBO Max.

 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Last year's underappreciated Marielle Heller film (it's becoming a theme) is far from the twee, feel-good Mister Rogers' movie the marketing made it seem. Yes, beloved actor Tom Hanks plays beloved television host Fred Rogers, but it's the friction and tension between him and Matthew Rhys' jaded journalist that makes for such a compelling story. Of course, if it's the heartwarming happy ending you're after, that's there too.

Stream A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood on Hulu.

 

Love Life

Anna Kendrick leads the first season of this HBO Max anthology series created by Sam Boyd about one’s journey from first love to lasting love. The Oscar nominee plays Darby, who is seen navigating the ups and downs of love and life in New York City during her twenties. The actress says the show will resonate with audiences of all kinds because it “captures exactly how it feels when you have your first love and your first breakup.”

Stream Love Life on HBO Max.

 

Space Force

Greg Daniels and Steve Carell reunite for the first time since The Office for this new Netflix comedy, which follows Carell's General Mark R. Naird in his efforts to establish the newest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces: The Space Force. With a supporting cast that includes Lisa Kudrow, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers, Jane Lynch and more -- as well as the last TV appearance by the late Fred Willard -- the series is a literally out-of-this-world must-watch.

Stream Space Force on Netflix.

 

Central Park 

From the minds behind Bob’s Burgers and star Josh Gad comes a new animated, musical comedy about the Tillerman family (voiced by Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Kathryn Hahn and Leslie Odom Jr.), as they try to stop hotel heiress Bitsy Brandenham (Stanley Tucci) from turning the iconic park into condos. Rounding out the A-list cast is Gad as Birdie, the show’s narrator, and Daveed Diggs as Bitsy’s assistant, Helen. 

Stream Central Park on Apple TV+.

 

Ramy

Golden Globe winner Ramy Youssef returns for the second season of his semi-autobiographical comedy about a millennial first-generation American Muslim grappling with family, faith and his future on Hulu on May 29. While the sophomore season features a supporting performance from Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, fair warning: Lindsay Lohan will not be appearing.

Stream Ramy on Hulu.

 

Homecoming

The second season of the Amazon Prime series begins with Janelle Monáe's Jackie waking up in the middle of a lake, unable to recall her name, birthday or address. Her search for answers about her identity will lead her "into the heart of the Geist Group, the unconventional wellness company behind the Homecoming Initiative." 

Stream Homecoming on Amazon Prime Video.

 

The Good Fight 

The fourth season of The Good Wife follow-up series was cut-off prematurely by the coronavirus pandemic, but ends on a doozy nonetheless. Creators Robert and Michelle King fashioned together a makeshift season 4 finale that became "The Gang Discovers Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein," which focused on the ripped-from-the-headlines scandal. (Yeah, they really went there. Just look to the final NSFW shot of the episode.)

Stream The Good Fight on CBS All Access.

 

Friends

Your favorite Central Perk sextet is back on streaming on HBO Max! Catch up with Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, and Ross, check in on Ugly Naked Guy, grab a coffee from Gunther and figure out, once and for all, if they were really "on a break" as you enjoy all 10 seasons of the iconic sitcom.

Stream Friends on HBO Max.

 

The Lovebirds

The Kumail Nanjiani-Issa Rae romantic thriller -- about a couple who become unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery -- was among the first wave of films to postpone their theatrical releases at the start of the pandemic. Now, it has officially made the move to Netflix.

Stream The Lovebirds on Netflix.

 

Ready or Not 

This blood-soaked horror flick follows a young woman named Grace (Samara Weaving) who marries into a wealthy gaming family. As family tradition dictates, the entire family must play a game to welcome the new member, and the game they end up picking at random is Hide and Seek. However, the stakes are high for this game of Hide and Seek, as it's played with crossbows and battle axes, and the penalty for being caught is death. 

Stream Ready or Not on HBO Go and HBO Now, starting May 23.

 

Scandal

Get your red wine and popcorn ready, Gladiators, Scandal is now streaming on Hulu! Follow Kerry Washington and her team of fierce fixers as they mastermind the White House and other hush-hush D.C. institutions through all seven seasons of thriller drama, swoonworthy romance, and, dare we say it, downright scandal.

Stream Scandal on Hulu.

 

Uncut Gems 

Check out one of awards season's most tense and terrific performances. Adam Sandler plays charismatic jeweler Howard Ratner in the Safdie Brothers's fast-talking thriller, with scene-stealing supporting turns from Julia Fox and NBA star Kevin Garnett, which comes to Netflix on May 25. 

Stream Uncut Gems on Netflix, starting May 25.

 

The Great

From The Favourite screenwriter Tony McNamara comes the story of the rise of Catherine the Great, from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia's history. The Hulu original series describes itself as “an occasionally true story,” but the series’ stars, Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning, are consistently fun to watch.

Stream The Great on Hulu.

 

Alias

Jennifer Garner's portrayal of double agent Sydney Bristow, in this J.J. Abrams-produced ABC thriller, was an iconic breakout role that made her a household name. Relive all five seasons now on Amazon Prime Video.

Stream Alias on Amazon Prime Video.

 

Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker 

The final film in the Skywalker Saga is now available to stream. Revisit Rey's epic journey as she finds her place within the universe and the Jedi Order, or take the weekend to binge all nine films in the epic saga!

Stream The Rise of Skywalker on Disney+.

 

Survivor 

Twenty years after its premiere season, Survivor is delivering what fans are calling its best cycle yet. Survivor: Winners at War pits the best of the best against each other, with epic blindsides and jaw-dropping gameplay we could only get from an all-winners season. The show airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS, and you can catch up on CBS All Access now.

Stream Survivor on CBS All Access.

 

Crazy, Stupid, Love

A new classic of the rom-com genre, Crazy, Stupid, Love is great on its own, but iconic as the first on-screen pairing of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, whose chemistry alone makes it worth a rewatch.

Stream Crazy, Stupid, Love on Hulu.

 

Star Trek: Picard 

Looking for a serious escape? Go beyond. Star Trek: Picard is a hit with diehard and new Trek fans alike. With CBS All Access, you can also watch the five original Star Trek TV series and Star Trek: Discovery.

Stream Star Trek: Picard on CBS All Access.

 

The Princess Bride 

"As you wish!" is a Top 10 movie line, Inigo Montoya is a legendary character, and the love story between Robin Wright's Buttercup and Cary Elwes' Wesley has become a cult classic for a reason, even if baby Fred Savage rolls his eyes the whole time. Have fun storming the castle!

Stream The Princess Bride on Disney+.

 

Perry Mason 

Before HBO's reimagining of the classic '50s show comes to light, immerse yourself in the original world of attorney Perry Mason. 

Stream Perry Mason on CBS All Access.

Happy streaming!

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