I know my weekend streaming guide doesn’t usually include sports, but I’m including Super Bowl LVIII this weekend because it is the chief sporting event of the year and also the most-watched live TV of the year. It’s such a big event that it shifts regularly scheduled programming to different days of the week (which we’ll get to more of below). And this year you can stream it if you don’t have cable TV.
There’s other new stuff also, but the Super Bowl is the belle of the ball. Even I plan to sort of half watch it while hanging out with family and hoping that we get some funny commercials and not too many duds. The worst Super Bowl ads are the preachy ones, though the unfunny attempts at humor are a close second. I feel like it’s been a long time since we had really genuinely great Super Bowl commercials, which is weird given how much funny stuff the internet pumps out every day. And Super Bowl ads cost a small fortune to air: $7 million per!
Recent Streaming Guides:
For all the stuff you may have missed in January, here are links to all my recent streaming guides:
Okay, on to the new stuff!
Super Bowl LVIII (Sunday)
You have a couple options on how to watch the 58th Super Bowl which features two perennial favorites: The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers have already won the big game 5 times and the Chiefs have emerged victorious 3 times. The Chiefs won last year’s game and beat the 49ers back in 2020, so this is in many ways an even more high-stakes match than usual. Two of the Chiefs’ wins have taken place in the last five years (the first was way back in 1970) but the 49ers haven’t won since 1995. Who will take home the victory this year? The game kicks off at 6:30pm ET on CBS and is streamable on Paramount+ ($5.99 or $11.99 with Showtime. There is a 7-day free trial available as well).
New Shows & Movies
Tokyo Vice (HBO / Max — Feb. 8th)
The hit HBO series about a Western journalist taking on a powerful Tokyo crime boss returns to HBO and Max this weekend. It’s a reminder to me to watch the first season, which I heard great things about but never got around to. I watch so much television but there’s still so much I haven’t seen. How does anyone ever keep up?
One Day (Netflix — Feb. 9th)
A new limited romance series, One Day is based on the book by David Nicholls and spans a two-decade romance between Emma (Ambika Mod) and Dex (Leo Woodall). I’ve only seen Woodall in The White Lotus. I suspect his role in this will be very different.
The Silent Service (Amazon Prime Video — Feb 8th)
Based on the manga, the Japanese-language series The Silent Service looks like a pretty exciting story of nuclear submarine action and espionage. Fans of other submarine classics like The Hunt For Red October might like this one. Sounds very twisty-turny with some naval battles and political clashing between the US and Japan.
Upgraded (Amazon Prime Video — Feb 9th)
A rom-com Amazon original film starring Camila Mendes, Archie Renaux, and Marisa Tomei about harmless lies and hopeless romance. I guess it makes sense that this is the second romantic offering this weekend given Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
The Marvels (Disney+ — Feb 7th)
It bombed at the box office and didn’t exactly win over critics, but if you’re already a Disney+ subscriber you might as well watch The Marvels. I didn’t catch this one in theaters, but I think it’s time to watch it this weekend. If nothing else, it sounds like light, fun entertainment. Audiences definitely liked this one more than critics (82% vs 62% on Rotten Tomatoes).
The following shows are airing weekly on various streamers.
True Detective: Night Country is moving its penultimate episode to Friday (today!) because of the Super Bowl so look for my review here on this blog later this evening and on my YouTube channel. I’m obviously not a fan of this season at all, but I’m still enjoying writing about it and discussing it with viewers.
Other ongoing shows include:
- Masters Of The Air (Apple TV) is the story of bomber pilots and airmen during World War II. It’s from the creators of Band Of Brothers and The Pacific.
- The Woman In The Wall (Showtime) is a very creepy sounding mystery/thriller set in Ireland that is on my list as well. Haven’t gotten to it because, well, see above.
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) is back with its (probably) final season.
- Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Amazon Prime) is a spy comedy-drama based on the old Brad Pitt / Angelina Jolie movie of the same name.
Be sure to check out my list of the biggest shows releasing in the first half of 2024 as well.
Did I miss anything? Also, what are you watching this weekend? Let me know on Twitter and Facebook.