The last weekend of February has arrived, and, of course, there are many new TV shows to stream to wrap up the month. We have a spin-off/continuation of an acclaimed historical drama and a reboot of a popular family-themed animated series. We have an interactive adult animated show from the creator of Black Mirror. We also have two docuseries to check out; one about a NASCAR race driver and the other about how we handle all of our waste. Finally, there’s a docudrama about the formation of one of the biggest and most controversial companies of all time.
Let’s look at the best new TV shows to binge-watch this week.
Best new streaming TV shows this week
Vikings: Valhalla Season 1 (Netflix)
This series is a spin-off/sequel to the popular History Channel drama Vikings, but the show is now a Netflix exclusive. Set a hundred years after the end of the original series, Vikings: Valhalla will show the end of the Viking era in Europe’s history, as they battle forces in Britain during the 11th century. It will also show how a group of Vikings, led by Leif Erikson, sailed beyond Europe and established a settlement in what is now Newfoundland, Canada, several hundred years before Christopher Columbus’s historic journey to the Americas.
Netflix is still the leading premium streaming service, with over 200 million worldwide subscribers. It offers thousands of movies and TV shows to binge watch, including its always growing list of original films and series, including Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton, and many more.
Cat Burglar Season 1 (Netflix)
Charlie Booker, the creator of the acclaimed sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror, is going back to making an interactive series, similar to his work on Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. However, this time, the series is an animated show that looks like an old-fashioned kids cartoon similar to Tom and Jerry. Rowdy is both a cat and cat burglar trying to steal artwork from the local museum. His enemy is a guard dog named Peanut, and when the two characters get together, that’s where the viewer comes in.
They must use their remote to correctly answer trivia questions that, when answered correctly, will let Rowdy continue on his mission. However, incorrect answers mean Rowdy might suffer from some very bad consequences. The trailer claims you can play through this series a hundred times and never see the same episode twice.
Race: Bubba Wallace Season 1 (Netflix)
This docuseries focuses on Bubba Wallace, the only black NASCAR race driver. The series will follow him through the 2021 racing season and showcase his professional and personal life. It will also show how he dealt with the attention and controversy after speaking out publicly against racism in society.
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Season 1 (Disney Plus)
The Proud Family was a big hit several years ago on the Disney Channel, and now Disney Plus is reviving this animated series about an African-American family with much of the original voice cast. The premise of the show hasn’t changed. It centers on the Proud family and their interactions with each other and with people outside their circle. The show focuses much of its attention on Penny Proud, a young girl who is growing up, much to the chagrin of her overly protective father, Oscar.
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Super Pumped: The Battle For Uber Season 1 (Showtime)
This anthology docudrama series comes from the creators behind another Showtime series, Billions. The first season will tell the tale of the rise of Uber. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Uber’s co-founder and CEO, Travis Kalanick. His company changed the way people interacted with transportation and employment with his ride-share business model. However, he also dealt with many fights on multiple fronts, and Kalanick was ultimately forced out of his own company.
The series also stars Kyle Chandler, Hank Azaria, Elisabeth Shue, and Uma Thurman as Arianna Huffington. The series is narrated by none other than Quentin Tarantino.
Showtime offers up great movies and some of the best and most innovative original TV shows, and you can get all of that for a low monthly price.
Wasteland Season 1 (Paramount Plus)
Paramount Plus and CBS Reports team up for this four-part documentary series. It focuses on America’s growing issue with what to do with all the waste generated by people and businesses. It looks into how many people and families are already facing poorly maintained sewer systems in their homes, along with water sources being contaminated by waste. The series shows how bad the situation is, how much worse it could get, and possible solutions to this growing issue.
Paramount Plus includes thousands of movies and TV shows from CBS, Showtime, and Paramount Pictures. It also includes new and original movies like The Good Fight, Infinite, and more.
Check out our last week’s picks
In case you missed last week’s column, here’s another look at the best new streaming TV shows that we picked for you to binge-watch.
Severance Season 1 (Apple TV Plus)
We all have our personal lives and our work lives, but it’s nearly impossible to keep them from intersecting at times. This series, directed by Ben Stiller, imagines a world where that situation no longer applies to some people.
Adam Scott plays an employee of a company that has developed a way to enter a person’s mind and separate the memories of his work life from his personal life. He voluntarily submits to this program, and once it’s done, he goes to work and doesn’t remember anything that happens outside of it. When he goes home, he doesn’t remember anything at work.
But what if this attempt to perfect the work-life balance is something more than it first seems? In addition to Scott, the cast of this Apple TV Plus series includes Patricia Arquette, John Turturro, and Christopher Walken.
Apple TV Plus
Apple TV Plus has quickly become a major player in the streaming game since its launch in 2019. Its slate of original programming includes shows like Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, Foundation, and For All Mankind as well as movies like The Banker, Greyhound, and Palmer.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 (Amazon Prime Video)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein
Fans of this period dramedy have been waiting over two years for the fourth season to debut on Amazon Prime Video. Finally, the Emmy-award-winning series has returned. At the end of season three, we saw up-and-coming comedian Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) get unceremoniously kicked off a major USO tour for going a bit too far in her act about its musical star. Season four starts a bit later in 1960 and shows Midge trying to find a way to present her stand-up comedy act the way she wants it, with no restrictions.
Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, the series creators, will be bringing in two actors, Kelly Bishop and Milo Ventimiglia, to play roles in season four. Both previously starred in their classic show Gilmore Girls, which should be very interesting.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video offers access to thousands of movies and TV shows to stream. That includes great original shows and movies like The Boys and The Tomorrow War. You can also sign up for other premium services within Amazon Prime Video.
Space Force Season 2 (Netflix)
Many folks were excited that Steve Carell, the lead of the US version of The Office, returned to series TV in 2020 with Space Force on Netflix. While the show, with Carell starring as the general and leader of the US government’s newest military division, got lots of people watching, the reviews were a bit mixed. Season two promises to be something of a soft reboot for the show.
The trailer for the second season seems to show Carell and his team back at work in Space Force headquarters. However, it doesn’t answer any questions about the huge cliffhangers in season one. If you remember, the Space Force team members went to the moon and found a Chinese lander at their spot. The President ordered Carell to tell the Space Force team to attack the Chinese expedition, but he refused. As he departed Space Force headquarters via helicopter, he saw his wife (Lisa Kudrow) had escaped from prison (no, we still don’t know what she did to be put there).
So how will all of this be explained? We will have to watch the show to find out.
The Cuphead Show Season 1 (Netflix)
Netflix has successfully launched animated series based on video games, like Castlevania, Dota: Dragons Blood, and most recently, Arcane (based on League of Legends). Now, this new show hopes to join in that trend.
It’s based on Cuphead, the run-and-gun boss battles-themed game from developer Studio MDHR. The game uses hand-drawn animation highly inspired by the art style of 1930’s movie cartoon shorts, particularly from Fleischer Studios, and The Cuphead Show has the same surrealistic art style. The show features Cuphead (literally a man with a cup for a head) and his brother Mugman (same deal) getting into wild adventures and fighting some strange villains and creatures.
Young Wallander Season 2 (Netflix)
There’s a new case to be solved by Swedish police inspector Kurt Wallander in this second season, based on a younger version of the same character created by writer Henning Mankell. The season, subtitled Killer’s Shadow, starts with Wallander personally witnessing a strange murder in his neighborhood, and he naturally gets recruited to help figure out who did the crime.
Big Nate Season 1 (Paramount Plus)
Here’s a new show for the kids in your house. Based on the popular comic strip and book series, this Paramount Plus animated show follows Nate Wright, a young kid just trying to get through middle school as best he can, with the help of his father and his friends.