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What to Watch on TV This Weekend: Stay Up All Night Watching The Sandman

Plus, two of 2021's buzziest movies are now available to stream

We've spent many sleepless nights waiting for a screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's comic series The Sandman. It was originally supposed to be a movie, and then Netflix decided to make it a TV show, which seems like a better fit for a huge story like this. That's the biggest release of the weekend, but for some counter-programming, two big movies from this past Oscar season have finally made their way to streaming: Licorice Pizza on Prime Video and Belfast on HBO Max.

Our list of editors' picks for the week of Aug. 5–11 is below, but if that's not enough and you're looking for even more hand-picked recommendations, sign up for our free, spam-free Watch This Now newsletter that delivers the best TV show picks straight to your inbox. You can also look at our guide to everything to watch in August, as well as our list of suggestions for what to watch next based on shows you already like.

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THE BEST SHOWS AND MOVIES TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND

Luck

Luck

Apple TV+

Luck 

Now on Apple TV+ 
This family film is Apple's first foray into Pixar-style animated movies, produced by controversial former Pixar filmmaker-executive John Lasseter. It's about a young woman named Sam, the unluckiest person in the world, who bumbles her way into the World of Luck, where magical creatures try to help her turn her luck around. Reviews have been bad, but the trailer has racked up a good number of views on YouTube, so Apple is probably betting on good luck with this one. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

The Outlaws

The Outlaws

Amazon Studios

The Outlaws

Season 2 now on Amazon Prime Video
Just when you think you're out, they pull you back in! Season 2 of Elgin James and Stephen Merchant's British crime comedy The Outlaws sees the misfit group of strangers — including Christopher Walken — performing community service yanked back into the world of organized crime when a drug lord comes looking for his money that they "found." As if wearing those orange vests wasn't enough. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Thira "Aum" Chutikul and Viggo Mortensen, Thirteen Lives

Thira "Aum" Chutikul and Viggo Mortensen, Thirteen Lives

Vince Valitutti / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures

Thirteen Lives

Now on Amazon Prime Video
Ron Howard directs this thriller film about the 2018 Tham Luang Thai cave rescue of a boys soccer team and its coach by an international group of cave divers. It's one of three projects about the rescue, including National Geographic's already released (and excellent) documentary The Rescue, which focused on the divers and the rescue efforts and is on Disney+, and Netflix's upcoming limited series Tham Luang, which focuses on the rescuees. This film covers the whole shebang, with Viggo MortensenColin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton playing the heroes. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza

Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures Inc.

Licorice Pizza

Now on Amazon Prime Video
One of 2021's most cherished films is Paul Thomas Anderson's romance, which was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Set in 1973 in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, it follows a 15-year-old actor (Cooper Hoffman) and his budding relationship with an early-20s photographer's assistant (Alana Haim). -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Caitriona Balfe, Belfast

Caitriona Balfe, Belfast

Rob Youngson / Focus Features

Belfast

Now on HBO Max
Kenneth Branagh won (ahem, stole from Paul Thomas Anderson for Licorice Pizza) the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his well-liked coming-of-age drama set in Northern Ireland, about a young boy growing up during The Troubles in the late '60s. Jamie Dornan and Outlander's Caitríona Balfe star. If you didn't see it during Oscar season, now you can watch it for free. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

The Predator and Amber Midthunder, Prey

The Predator and Amber Midthunder, Prey

David Bukach

Prey

Now on Hulu
This Hulu original sci-fi film sounds like it was conceived at 4:20 in a dorm room at the University of Vermont: What if the Predator from the Predator films came to Earth before the first movie and fought against some Comanche Native Americans in the 1700s? Here you go, guy who knows all the words to Phish's "You Enjoy Myself." -Tim Surette [Trailer] [Review

Gwendoline Christie, The Sandman

Gwendoline Christie, The Sandman

Laurence Cendrowicz/Netflix

The Sandman

Now on Netflix
When I say this blockbuster fantasy series is long-awaited, I mean it. An adaptation of Neil Gaiman's beloved comic series has been in development on and off since 1996. And it's honestly a good thing that it didn't get made into a movie back then, because TV is a much better format for a story this sprawling. It tells the story of Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), who breaks free from a century of human captivity and sets out to restore his place as the ruler of dreamworld. It's a fantasy-superhero epic that features Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar, who is technically the same character as Tom Ellis' Lucifer Morningstar from Lucifer (the shows share source material), just a drastically different interpretation. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]   


More new shows and movies on TV this weekend:

  • They/Them (Friday on Peacock)
  • My Life as a Rolling Stone (Sunday on Epix)

For everything new to watch tonight, head to our listings page and our live sports page. For more recommendations, check out our Ultimate Guide for What to Watch in August.


THE BEST SHOWS AND MOVIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Better Call Saul

Series penultimate episode premieres Monday, Aug. 8 at 9/8c on AMC, AMC+
Only the BEST shows get mentions of their penultimate episodes here, and Better Call Saul is definitely a best show. But this one holds a little extra weight: It's the last episode of the series written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the man who co-created the show and created Breaking Bad. Vince's vision for Breaking Bad has been ever-so-slightly tweaked for Saul, but the trademarks are all still there: putting cameras inside every object you can imagine, a love letter to characters' expertise, a focus on character writing, and TENSION. At this point in Better Call Saul, we don't even have an idea of what time period this episode will take place in. That's how open things are with just two episodes to go. -Tim Surette [Trailer]   

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Detroit Lions

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Detroit Lions

HBO

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Detroit Lions

Series premieres Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 10/9c on HBO, HBO Max
Does the NFL have an image problem? Yeah. Does it matter for viewership? Not really. America's favorite sport, warts and all, is on full display in HBO's excellent sports docuseries. Somehow every year HBO convinces a team (now, two teams, following one during training camp and one during the season) to give it unprecedented access to the players and coaches for a look at what it takes to field a Super Bowl hopeful. Or in the case of the cursed Detroit Lions, this year's Training Camp subject, fielding a team that won't embarrass itself too badly. -Tim Surette [Trailer]   

Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Darby Stanchfield, Locke & Key

Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Darby Stanchfield, Locke & Key

Amanda Matlovich/Netflix

Locke & Key

Season 3 available Wednesday, Aug. 10 on Netflix
The TV drama with the highest concentration of keys per minute is back for its third and final season, and you won't believe what they've unlocked this time. The Locke kids get more than they bargained for when Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) finds a time travel key, which is unfortunately great news for the power-hungry British Redcoat Captain Gideon (Kevin Durand). You know they're really in for it this season because Kinsey (Emilia Jones) says ominous things in the trailer like, "Things are finally kinda normal." Never say that, Kinsey! -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

Alan Tudyk, Resident Alien

Alan Tudyk, Resident Alien

SYFY

Resident Alien

Season 2 returns Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 10/9c on Syfy
One of our favorite aliens on TV (a surprisingly stacked category) is Resident Alien's Harry Vanderspeigle (Alan Tudyk), an extraterrestrial in disguise as a small-town doctor. His mission used to be to kill all humans, but what do you know — now he might be humanity's only hope, even if he still kind of wants to stab everybody with a fork. Season 2 returns after a five-month break. We needed this win. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

Alone: Frozen

Alone: Frozen

The History Channel

Alone: Frozen

Series premiere Thursday, Aug. 11 at 9/8c on History Channel
Alone, a reality competition in which people try to survive out in the wilderness with nothing but their wits and some tools, is a huge hit. Alone: Frozen, a reality competition in which a group of veteran Alone competitors try to last 50 days on the frigid Canadian coast with nothing but their past experience and some tools, will probably be a huge hit too. There's just nothing like a show that you can watch from the comfort of your home while saying, "I could totally do that." -Allison Picurro [Trailer]


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Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

Paramount+

Mike Judge's Beavis and Butt-Head

Series premiere now on Paramount+
The reboot machine will come for us all eventually. Mike Judge returns as the voice of the two titular animated cult icons in this new version of his series that defined a generation of stupid dudes. Paramount+ already gave this a second season before it even premiered. The guys might be in 2022 now, but they're just as dumb as they were in the '90s. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]