The Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream: 'Falcon and Winter Soldier' Finale, 'Mortal Kombat' and More
By ET Staff
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There's always something to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, Paramount+, Peacock and Discovery+, amongst even more streaming services. However, there are so many choices that it can get a little overwhelming. 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 and Hulu in April.
To quote the yelling guy in the franchise's techno theme song: "MORTAL KOMBAT!" The iconic video game is returning to the big screen for an R-rated bloodbath featuring all your favorite fighters: Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade, Kano, Scorpion, Mileena and more. Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin and Hiroyuki Sanada star.
Last we saw Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson (aka the Falcon) and Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier), Sam had inherited Captain America's star-spangled shield. The odd couple is back take on new threats, including Daniel Brühl's villainous Zemo and Wyatt Russell's new Captain America. All 6 episodes are now streaming.
Based on Leigh Bardugo's bestselling Grishaverse novels, the Netflix series has everything you want in your next YA fantasy obsession: A badass heroine (Jessie Mei Li's Alina Starkov), plenty of world-building, magical powers and, of course, a love triangle. The cast includes Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman,, Kit Young and Ben Barnes as General Kirigan.
A space thriller starring Toni Collette, Anna Kendrick and Daniel Dae Kim as the crew of a mission to Mars who must make life-or-death decisions when they discover an unaccounted-for stowaway (Shamier Anderson) aboard the ship. "Those space suits are no joke," Kendrick tells ET of acting in orbit.
The reality show that made quarantine look fun -- before we knew better -- is back for another round of social media, catfishing and maybe some real-life romance. "My only hope now that they're casting for The Circle season 2 is that people really are just their most authentic self," host Michelle Buteau tells ET. "Even if they're going to be catfishing, to be thoughtful with the catfishing and not play at a character." We have a feeling some contestants won't take that note.
Josh or Charles: it's time to make your choice. The seventh and final season of Younger -- which is moving from TV Land to stream on Paramount+ -- will see Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) finally choose between her publisher boyfriend (Peter Hermann), and bad boy with a heart of gold ex (Nico Tororella). Kelsey (Hilary Duff), meanwhile, is dealing with work stuff at Millennial while Maggie (Debi Mazar) gets cancelled. Whatever happens, it's going to be Juicy.
The Disney+ original series stars John Stamos as a hotheaded men's college basketball coach who is ousted from the NCAA for throwing a chair at a referee. So, he takes a job coaching at an all-girls high school, where he be as much student as he is teacher. Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee) plays his assistant coach, with Yvette Nicole Brown as the school's no-nonsense dean.
For the first time since The Jamie Foxx Show went off the air in 2001, Jamie Foxx is returning to the small screen -- all thanks to his daughter, Corinne. Inspired by her own experiences growing up with Jamie as a parent, the sitcom follows a single dad and cosmetics brand owner as he figures out fatherhood when his teen daughter (Kyla-Drew) moves in with him. "Dad Stop Embarrassing me continues to live on every day of my life," Corinne tells ET of working with her dad. "He totally still embarrassed me on set."
Melissa McCarthy has played a spy, a rowdy bridesmaid and now a full-on superhero in Netflix's comic book-inspired comedy. McCarthy and real-life best friend Octavia Spencer play estranged childhood friends forced back together to protect the world from supervillains. Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff and Jason Bateman play the baddies, the latter of whom is half-man, half-crab. Seriously!
Them is, simply put, a show about "terror in America." The anthology series hails from Little Marvin and executive producer Lena Waithe and the first season is set in the 1950s as a Black family moves to an idyllic but all-white neighborhood. Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Ryan Kwanten and Alison Pill star.
Emilio Estevez -- who starred in the 1992 flick about a scrappy peewee hockey team -- returns in this original Disney+ series. But this time around, the Ducks are no underdogs. When a 12-year-old team reject finds himself in need of a new squad, Evan (Brady Noon) and his mom (Lauren Graham) build their own team, with the help of Estevez's Coach Gordon Bombay.
If you need a superhero show to fill a The Boys-sized hole in your life, try this animated but just as bloody and badass series, based on the comic by The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman. Steven Yeun voices a 17-year-old whose dad (J.K. Simmons) is the most powerful super on the planet. And the voice cast is insane: Sandra Oh, Zazie Beetz, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Quinto, Jason Mantzoukas, Mark Hamill, Mahershala Ali, Seth Rogen and more.
Four years after Justice League was released in theaters, original helmed Zack Snyder is unveiling his original vision -- the Snyder Cut -- via a four-hour superhero epic that unites Ben Affleck's Batman, Henry Cavill's Superman, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa's Aquaman, Ray Fisher's Cyborg and Ezra Miller's Flash -- and includes a surprise cameo by Jared Leto's Joker.
Spider-Man is all grown up and robbing banks (!) in the Russo brothers' first post-Avengers: Endgame release. Based on Nico Walker's novel of the same name, the drama stars Tom Holland as an Army veteran grappling with PTSD and an opioid addiction, which he funds by turning to a life of crime.
Jennifer Garner is bringing her own family's "Yes Day" tradition into your home with a comedy about two parents (Garner and Edgar Ramírez) who decide to let their kids call the shots for 24 hours. The only rule? No saying "no." Naturally, hijinks ensue, with appearances from Fortune Feimster, Nat Faxon and Tracie Thoms.
Like Euphoria and We Are Who We Are before it, HBO's Generation takes a deep dive into Gen Z culture that's sure to scandalize certain grown-up viewers. The series hails from father-daughter duo Daniel and Zelda Barnz, with Lena Dunham serving as an executive producer. Justice Smith, Chloe East, Uly Schlesinger and Haley Sanchez front the ensemble cast.
A witch and a synthezoid move to the suburbs, who could have predicted what would happen next? The first of Marvel's big-budget streaming series has seen Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) bopping through the eras of classic sitcoms, having twins, reuniting with long lost brothers and facing evil witches. How will it end? All episodes now streaming.
Akeem is back. Thirty years after the original, Coming 2 America returns us to the kingdom of Zamunda, where Eddie Murphy's Prince Akeem is preparing to take the throne. When he learns that he fathered a son all those years ago, he must travel back to the Queens to meet the next would-be king (Jermaine Fowler).
Disney's latest princess is more lone warrior than classic royal, setting out into dystopian badlands in search of the last magical dragon (Awkwafina's Sisu) that could save her kingdom from an evil plague. Kelly Marie Tran, Gemma Chan, Benedict Wong, Daniel Dae Kim and Sandra Oh round out the all-star voice cast.
Everyone's favorite sponge gets a CGI makeover for the big screen (or whatever size screen you have at home) in an all-new feature film. In Sponge on the Run, SpongeBob and his best friend, Patrick, set out on a rescue mission to save Gary the snail from the Lost City of Atlantic City. Awkwafina joins the Bikini Bottom gang voicing a robot named Otto.
Everyone's favorite cat and mouse frenemies get the Roger Rabbit treatment in their very own animated-live action big screen hybrid. Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Rob Delaney and Colin Jost fill out the human cast, but the real stars are, of course, Tom and Jerry, as they take their rivalry to madcap new levels in the Big Apple.
Andra Day goes from the GRAMMYs to the Golden Globes with her first starring role in a film, for which she's earned a Best Actress nomination. In the Lee Daniels-directed biopic, Day fully transforms to play the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday through legal battles and personal demons. Trevante Rhodes, Garett Hedlund, Natasha Lyonne and Leslie Jordan also star.
The series has been called Gilmore Girls by way of Netflix -- because of its young mother-teenage daughter duo and witty banter -- but it's also got a Little Fires Everywhere-esque mystery that will keep viewers bingeing through season one, all of which is streaming now. Once you've finished the finale, make sure to check out ET's spoiler-filled breakdown.
A silver lining of streaming in the time of corona is that it's easier than ever to keep up with all your required awards season viewing. Put Nomadland on the top of your list, which streams on Hulu in addition to its theatrical release. The film stars Frances McDormand as a woman living on the road as a modern-day nomad, and McDormand, as well as director Chloé Zhao and the picture itself, are already major contenders on the road to the Oscars. If you need any further incentive, Zhao's next movie is Marvel's Eternals.
For all the Rabeheads who have been clamoring for her to be spun off from American Horror Story or The Undoing, have we got a series for you: In Amazon's new psychological thriller, Lily Rabe is front and center as a woman with a past connection to a serial killer. Amy Brenneman co-stars as a grieving mother obsessed with finding her missing daughter and Hamish Linklater as a former predator looking for redemption. Their stories collide over 10 bingeable episodes, with the entire first season streaming now.
Queer TV laureate Russell T. Davies -- creator of such series as Queer as Folk and Banana/Cucumber -- returns with a limited series about three twentysomething men (played by Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas and Callum Scott Howells) living, laughing and loving in 1980s London amid the onset of the growing AIDS crisis. "I've been writing this stuff for a very long time and I think HIV and AIDS as a thread in my work has quietly been working its way through," Davies tells ET. "I would have been very disappointed if I hadn't done this."
The latest TV adaptation of Stephen King’s sprawling 1978 novel, The Stand tells the epic saga of good versus evil among survivors after a viral plague decimates the world’s population. At either end of what executive producer Ben Cavell calls "the forces of light and dark" are 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) and the sinister Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), who have drawn a sprawling, eclectic group of followers played by the likes of James Marsden, Jovan Adepo and Odessa Young.
The complete limited series is now streaming, including an ending that will be new to even fans of the book -- King himself has penned a different coda for the TV adaptation.
While it’s being called Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey, Bridgerton is truly a Shondaland original. The ensemble series about high society kicks off as Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the revered and expansive Bridgerton family, makes her debut in London’s marriage market. And no sooner than she steps out do she and others around her become the subject of the mysterious Lady Whistledown’s scandal sheet, which stirs up drama among friends, families and outsiders alike.
If you haven't caught The Flight Attendant yet, it's time to get on board. Kaley Cuoco returns to TV for her first live-action role since The Big Bang Theory wrapped in 2019 in the eight-episode HBO Max series, playing Cassie, a flight attendant who wakes up after a drunken evening of debauchery and sex with a handsome, mysterious stranger (Michiel Huisman), only to find her lover gruesomely murdered in her hotel bed. Rosie Perez, Zosia Mamet, Michelle Gomez and T.R. Knight also star.
Disco'sthird season picked up after a game-changing cliffhanger, when Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the USS Discovery crew blasted off 930 years into the future, where the Federation has been depleted following a mysterious apocalyptic event called The Burn. Season 3 also welcomed the franchise’s first transgender and non-binary characters, as well as Michael's mysterious ally in the new world, Cleveland "Book" Booker (David Ajala), and his furry companion, a cat named Grudge.
Still taking place at Bayside High, the new series follows a group of privileged teens who must now share the hallways with a more diverse group of kids from working-class families after the California governor (Mark-Paul Gosselaar returning as a grown-up Zack Morris) shuts down lower-income schools. The series also welcomes back originals Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley Lauren) and A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), who serve as faculty members and the voice of reason to the new generation of students.
The highly anticipated fourth season of The Crown marks Olivia Colman’s return and final episodes as Queen Elizabeth II, before she passes the royal scepter to Imelda Staunton. This season, the historical drama about the royal family, created by Peter Morgan, jumps forward in time to the 1980s, a period when two new women -- Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) -- had the most impact on the monarchy.
One of 2020's most hilarious new shows, Ted Lasso stars SNL alum Jason Sudeikis as a good ol' boy college football coach who heads across the pond to lead a beloved English "football" club. The character was born from a series of promos Sudeikis did as the character for NBC Sports' coverage of the English Premier League several years ago, but there's just as much heart as there is silly schtick in the new series.
The beloved (and 11-time Tony-winning) Broadway musical is finally available to watch at home! Hamilton is streaming on Disney+ on July 3, offering fans a composite of several productions of the hip-hop founding father saga recorded at the Richard Rodgers Theatre with the original 2016 cast, which includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Philippa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs and more.
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.
Twenty years after its premiere season, Survivor has continued to outwit, outplay and outlast, delivering some of reality TV's most grueling challenges and compelling personalities. Stream every season of the ultimate competition show on Paramount+ now.