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5 movies and TV shows you can’t miss streaming right now


The best of what’s new streaming on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney Plus and more.

Blake Jenner plays Jake and Temple Baker plays Plummer in “Everybody Wants Some!!” Van Redin/Paramount

Welcome to boston.com weekly broadcast guide. Each week, we recommend five must-watch movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms like netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO MaxPeacock, Paramount+ and more.

Many of the recommendations are for new shows, while others are for under-the-radar releases you might have missed or classics that are set to leave a streaming service at the end of the month.

Got a new favorite movie or show you think we should check out? Let us know in the comments or by email [email protected]. Looking for even more great streaming options? Consult previous editions of our list of essentials here.


“Everyone wants it!!”

We usually only recommend titles available to stream on one of the big seven platforms, but an exception must be made for the exceptional “Everybody Wants Some!!” by Richard Linklater. The 2016 film is a witty sequel to Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” (currently airing on Peacock) – while the latter film captured Texas students on the last night of high school in 1976’s “Everybody Wants Some!!” follows members of the University of Texas baseball team in the days leading up to their first college classes in 1980. The anticipation and expectation are palpable as players roam the campus for women, affirm their identity within the hierarchy of the team and go through a surprising journey. amount of growth and self-discovery in just 48 hours. Much like “Dazed” before it, “Everybody Wants Some!!” features early career performances from real movie stars (Glen Powell, Zoe Deutch) as well as those on the verge of breakthrough (Blake Jenner, Wyatt Russell).

How to watch: “Everyone wants it!!” airs on Hoopla or with ads on Pluto TV, and is also available to rent on various platforms.

“Fast times at Ridgemont High”

Since we’re already talking about coming-of-age movies set in the 1980s, it’s a fun coincidence that Amy Heckerling’s iconic teen comedy, 1982’s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” is making its debuts on Netflix today. Heckerling (“Clueless”) rounded up a terrific group of young talent and let them go wild, giving the first round of stardom to future Oscar nominees and winners like Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Penn, Forest Whitaker and (in the blink of an eye). eye and you -missed cameo) Nicolas Cage. Nothing serious happens in “Fast Times”: the kids have crushes, have sex, fight, get high, and generally worry about their teenage existence. But every line of dialogue, every feathered hairstyle, and every unbuttoned collar shirt is perfect.

How to watch: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is streaming on Netflix.

“Super Evil”

OK, so it didn’t start out as an exclusively coming-of-age streaming list, but it’s all too perfect a coincidence that “Superbad” is also available to stream on Max starting today. The Greg Mottola-directed film is something of a quest, as Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) spend much of the film trying to get hold of booze for an end-of-school party they consider it their last chance to lose. their virginities before college. But it’s mostly antics on top of antics, with endlessly quoted lines from Bill Hader, Seth Rogen and Joe Lo Truglio, among others. Seeing an early-career Emma Stone is a highlight, as is a career-defining performance for Christopher Mintz-Plasse as McLovin.

How to watch: “Superbad” airs on Max.


“Freaks and Geeks”

And here we are back in the 1980s! In what remains one of the most mystifying, frustrating and stupid television executive decisions of this century, Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s absolutely phenomenal “Freaks and Geeks” was canceled by NBC after just one season in 2000. Set in a suburban Detroit high school during the 1980-81 school year, the series delicately explores the angst of the Weir siblings, Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) and Sam (John Francis Daley), who each attempt to adopt a new identity to start the school year. Smart and responsible Lindsay tries to hang out with the “freaks” (James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Busy Phillips) while Sam works overtime to transcend the “geek” label (shared by best friends played by Samm Levine and Martin Starr). Like all of the films listed above, “Freaks and Geeks” had an incredible pre-stardom cast and left you totally invested in every minor setback or triumph of its alluring leads.

How to watch: “Freaks and Geeks” is streaming on Hulu, Prime Video and Paramount+.


Believe it or not, Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen collaborated on not one but two incredible coming-of-age shows that were canceled after one season in the early 2000s. The lesser of the two – but only slightly – was “Undeclared,” which was axed by Fox after 17 episodes in 2002. Centered around a room of college freshmen whose major isn’t the only question mark in their lives, “Undeclared” introduced us to Rogen, Jay Baruchel (“How to Train Your Dragon”) and Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy”), having a rare chance to speak in his native English accent as dreamy exchange student Lloyd. (Bonus: keep an eye out for a young, pre-“Big Bang Theory” Simon Helberg in the show’s opening scene.)

How to watch: “Undeclared” is streaming on Prime Video. (You can also find all 17 episodes on YouTube.)


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