10 Shows and Movies to Watch This Weekend

With so many streaming services at our disposal, it can feel almost impossible to settle on something to watch. Sometimes, we find ourselves scrolling and scrolling for so long that we just end up turning off the TV and going to bed. But even when sites like Netflix offer us their most-watched titles, it still feels hard to pick among all the trending TV shows and movies (not to mention the fact that just because it's trending, doesn't always mean it's good). Luckily, we've decided to make this process a little easier by rounding up some of the best shows and movies from various streaming services in order to turn that endless scroll into a problem of the past.

From highly-anticipated new shows like Dear Edward to headline-grabbing documentaries like Pamela, A Love Story, here's what to watch this weekend.

1. Dear Edward

Apple TV+'s latest original series, Dear Edward, comes from the head writer and executive producer of Friday Night Lights, and it follows a young boy named Edward (Colin O'Brien), who is the sole survivor of a plane crash that ends up killing both of his parents. So, when he gets taken in by his aunt, Lacey (played by Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling), the two must try to figure out their new life together, while each dealing with their major loss.

2. Pamela, A Love Story

Fresh off the release of her new memoir, Love, Pamela, Pamela Anderson just dropped an intimate new documentary on Netflix, titled Pamela, A Love Story. This portrait that combines personal videos and snippets from the star herself is meant to tell Anderson's story like never before.

3. Knock at the Cabin

The latest thriller from M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) follows a family who head to a cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway, but their relaxing weekend is disrupted when four intruders hold them hostage and insist that the end of the world is coming, and the only way to stop it is for the family to sacrifice one of their own. Knock at the Cabin features such stars as Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Dave Bautista, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Rupert Grint and more.

*Only available to watch in theaters.*

4. The Last of Us

One of the most acclaimed video games of all time just got adapted into a new drama series at HBO Max, and it appears the transition went well, given that the series has a nearly-perfect score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and it's already been renewed for season 2 after airing only three episodes. The show takes place 20 years after a global pandemic, where we follow a smuggler (Pedro Pascal) who has been charged with leading a teenage girl (Bella Ramsey) across a desolate United States.

5. Poker Face

Rian Johnson (aka the mastermind behind Knives Out and Glass Onion) has created a new TV series starring Russian Doll's Natasha Lyonne. Described as a “mystery-of-the-week,” this show is in the same vein as Johnson's murder mystery films, and it follows a casino worker who gets involved in trying to solve a string of murders by simply employing her wit and her pluck.

6. Shotgun Wedding

The director of Pitch Perfect unites rom-com stars Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel for the action-packed Shotgun Wedding, which just dropped last week on Prime Video. Featuring a gorgeous setting, witty one-offs and A-list stars aplenty (including a typically scene-stealing Jennifer Coolidge), this is one date night movie that can't be missed.

7. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

The blockbuster sequel to Black Panther is finally streaming on Disney+, so if you didn't get the chance to watch it in theaters, now is your time. And you won't wanna miss Angela Bassett's performance as the powerful Queen Ramonda, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress—making her the first star to ever get an Oscar nomination for a Marvel movie acting role.

8. Shrinking

This new TV series created by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs), Jason Segel (who also stars) and Brett Goldstein (aka Roy Kent from Ted Lasso), follows a therapist named Jimmy (Segel), who struggles with his grief following the passing of his wife, so he begins to become overly blunt with all of his patients. Shrinking also stars Harrison Ford, Jessica Williams, Michael Urie, Christa Miller and more.

9. You People

You People follows an interracial couple whose relationship quickly becomes serious, but they encounter obstacles when their families meet for the first time. In her 4.5-star review, PureWow's Senior Editor Greta Heggeness wrote, “You People features an ideal mix of humor and entertainment, even though it tackles a heavy topic...[and] the all-star cast also makes You People well worth the watch.” Did we mention it features the likes of Eddie Murphy, Jonah Hill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and more?

10. Laverne & Shirley

This past week, actress Cindy Williams passed away at the age of 75, and to honor the esteemed actress, now is a great time to revisit her classic ’70s sitcom, Laverne & Shirley. As noted by PureWow's Director of Special Projects, Rachel Bowie, this Happy Days spinoff “holds up in modern times.” She says, “But that’s all a credit to Laverne and Shirley, and ultimately Marshall and Williams, whose on-screen friendship and candor and ability to root for each other while laughing at life’s setbacks still manages to feel authentic and real.”

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