So, what has everyone been watching this week? Hmmm?
Every week, the most streamed TV shows and movies come down to a few things: real buzz, a grand finale, clever marketing, star power, critical acclaim, or a word-of-mouth phenomenon. which leads uninterested people to finally watch it. out of pure malice. Just to get an idea of what everyone is streaming, we used data from streaming aggregator Reelgood, which gathers these coveted viewership numbers from hundreds of streaming services in the US and UK.
This week Netflix’s big, expensive blockbuster The gray man dominated your screens, with the end of You better call Saul, the last Persuasion take, and the runaway success of FX the bear.
But just because a lot of people are watching something doesn’t mean it’s…good. Here they are, the 10 most-streamed TV shows and movies of the week, where to watch them, and what critics thought.
Ana de Armas + Ryan Gosling vs. Chris Evans = of course.
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It’s Netflix’s latest big, expensive, star-fueled thriller from directors Anthony and Joe Russo, starring Ryan Gosling as Gray Man, super-skilled CIA agent Court Gentry/Sierra Six. He will need the help of agent Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas) to avoid pulverizing the now target of former CIA agent Lloyd Hansen (a mustachioed Chris Evans), who doesn’t like Gentry discovering the secrets of a great agency. Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Henwick, Dhanush, Wagner Moura and Alfre Woodard join the party. — Shannon Connellan, British editor
What we thought: The Gray Man is not the kind of movie you have to see at the cinema. (The Russians agree.) It’s the kind of movie you can play while you’re doing the dishes or playing with your phone. In bursts, it’s fun. Overall, it’s boring, lacking any emotional punch, cohesive wit, or the kind of verve that might even make its stolen bits sting. — Kristy Puchko, Associate Entertainment Editor
How to watch: The gray man(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Netflix.(opens in a new tab)
Kim Wexler 4eva
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If you missed Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), you’re clearly not alone. The breaking Bad prequel, now in its sixth and final season, remains one of the most-watched shows of the week. Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks remain excellent, as does the rest of the cast. But beware: there are certain episodes from which you cannot return. * — Belen Edwards, entertainment reporter.
What we thought: For several key players, the stakes have never been higher. Reputations, relationships, and lives are at stake, and the growing tension in the first two episodes alone exposes seldom-seen aspects of characters we thought we all understood. —Nicole Gallucci, former editor-in-chief
How to watch: You better call Saul(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Netflix(opens in a new tab) and on AMC+(opens in a new tab).
3. The old man
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Based on the thriller novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, Jeff Bridges directs this one as Dan Chase, a former CIA agent whose off-the-grid life is interrupted by an assassin. To track them down, FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Harold Harper (John Lithgow) calls Chase back to work, working with rising FBI star Angela Adams (Alia Shawkat) and CIA Special Agent Raymond Waters. (EJ Bonilla). But special operations agent Julian Carson (Gbenga Akinnagbe) is also pursuing Chase. Amy Brenneman also stars as Zoe McDonald, whom Chase rents a room to during the affair. —SC
How to watch: The old man(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Hulu.(opens in a new tab)
We are not entirely convinced.
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Netflix’s adaptation of Persuasion, based on Jane Austen’s 1817 novel, is faithful to the Georgian era in many ways but diverges in others. The film stars Dakota Johnson as heroine Anne Elliot sailing classic Austen themes of love, society and marriage. Directed by Carrie Cracknell, the film features an impressive cast, including Henry Golding, Yolanda Kettle, Ben Bailey Smith and Richard E. Grant. — Meera Navlakha, cultural journalist
what we thought: In the novel, Anne is portrayed as intelligent, rational, and considerate to the point of fault. Her concern for her family’s happiness leads her to babysit a sickly nephew, pamper her selfish younger sister, and abandon the poor sailor she adores because her father doesn’t approve of his lack of prestige. While the film’s Anne still does all of those things, her voiceover and Fleabag-esque sidelong eye for the viewing audience shifts the emotional weight of those choices from regret to sharp resentment. In the end, this Persuasion is a disappointment because he looks too much like his ruthlessly reshaped heroine: undeniably smart but a bit too mean. — K.P.
How to watch: Persuasion is now streaming on Netflix.
5. Black bird
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Taron Egerton directs Apple TV+ crime thriller Black bird as Jimmy Keene, the son of a cop and a high school football champion, who finds himself sentenced to 10 years in prison. Instead of serving his sentence, he is given the option of going undercover and befriending possible serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser) to extract a confession. But it’s going to be more complicated than what Jimmy is ready for. —SC
How to watch: Black bird(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Apple TV+.(opens in a new tab)
Big Hero 6 director Chris Williams is setting sail on a new offering with his animated feature for Netflix. Situated in a world full of action Full of monsters and monster hunters, the film follows hunter Jacob Holland (voiced by Karl Urban) as he hunts down the most fearsome sea beast. The Hunter is joined by Captain Crow (voiced by Jared Harris) and his first mate Sarah Sharpe (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) as they embark on a quest through magical waters. —MN
what we thought: [One] greatest things about The beast from the sea it’s how candid he treats his message: it’s not because you were brought up to believe something is true. If you’re willing to open your mind and listen to others, you might learn something that will improve your outlook. It’s a big moral, and an important moral, made even better by the fact that it’s fought alongside epic tall ship battles and beautiful ocean views. Trust me when I say this is an adventure you’ll want to watch. – BE
How to watch: The beast from the sea is now streaming on Netflix.
Everyone talks about the bear. Created by Christopher Storer, this new FX series centers on gourmet chef Carmy Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), who returns to his hometown of Chicago after losing a close family member. He is responsible for running the family sandwich shop, The Original Beef of Chicagoland, along with Sous Chef Sydney (Ayo Edebiri) and Manager Richie (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). It’s going to be a stressful, rewarding and delicious journey – and we loved it so much it’s our watch of the week. —SC
What we thought: FX’s series about a struggling restaurant and its employees is equal parts on-screen pressure cooker, culinary whirlwind and heartbreak rumination. This combination, topped with great performance and served with a dose of gritty flair, makes for a great sandwich – sorry, I meant makes a great show. Did I mention you’ll be very hungry after watching? — Belen Edwards, entertainment reporter
How to watch: the bear(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Hulu.(opens in a new tab)
The horror movie that freaks out TikTok.
Kevin Ko’s Chiller is not only the highest-grossing Taiwanese horror film, but it’s also (by all accounts) pretty damn scary, which is probably why Netflix decided to pick it up. It was clearly a wise move, too, as the film – which follows a mother’s attempts to protect her daughter from a curse – quickly became one of the most streamed films of the week. Just make sure to prepare yourself by watching the very scary trailer first. — Sam Haysom, Deputy UK Editor
What we thought: The incantation may not be particularly scary or exciting. But this lingering doubt – am I cursed now? – is enough to send shivers down the spine of even the most seasoned horror movie fan. — Rizwana Zafer, Cultural Intern
How to watch: spell(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Netflix(opens in a new tab).
Mabel has a lot to deal with.
Well things didn’t work out enough as they thought for our three podcast heroes at the end of season 1 of Only murders in the building, and Season 2 immerses them in an all-new mystery at the Arconia. Martin Short, Steve Martin and Selena Gomez are back, with Cara Delevingne and Amy Schumer joining the party this time around. —SC
What we thought: Only murders in the building are up to Something in its second season, that’s for sure. It’s messier and more scattered than before. – BE
How to watch: Only murders in the building(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Hulu(opens in a new tab) and Disney+(opens in a new tab).
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ten. Virgin River
Season 4 has arrived on Netflix.
Virgin River Season 4 just landed on Netflix, so the numbers have skyrocketed for this small-town romantic drama series. The show revolves around Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge), a midwife/nurse who moves to Virgin River, California to escape painful memories. — SC
How to watch: Virgin River(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Netflix.(opens in a new tab)
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