The Dropout to Killing Eve: The seven best shows to stream this week | Television & radio
Choice of the week
On the back of her health-tech company (Theranos, which sounded rightly naughty), Elizabeth Holmes became America’s youngest self-made billionaire woman. But his so-called innovations were a dangerous scam, and Holmes now faces jail. This tale seems increasingly emblematic of modern American life: Holmes seemed to personify progress, prosperity, and innovation, but his business was built on sand and his story culminated in deceit and humiliation. Starring Amanda Seyfried as a smart, fragile, and terrifyingly ambitious Holmes, this drama feels like a nuanced and sometimes even sympathetic take on a dark fable of late capitalism.
Disney+, from Thursday March 3
Oddly enough, given that it’s billed as a spy thriller, plot isn’t really Killing Eve’s big point. It’s more about the electrifying chemistry between Eve (Sandra Oh) and Villanelle (Jodie Comer) – and the success of this final season hinges on a satisfying resolution to their relationship. Eve is now in private security – albeit with a sideline suggesting her interest in the Twelve hasn’t waned – and Villanelle has, comically, found herself in a religious community. The show has drifted since its surprising first season, but there’s still enough class and charisma to hope for a strong start.
BBC iPlayer, from Monday 28 February
The Guardians of Justice
Ninjas! Laser attacks! Demonic squid! This hyperactive and crazy new animated series from Castlevania’s Adi Shankar is part superhero tale and part love letter to ’90s American pop culture. given – styles include stop-motion, claymation, pixel art and many more – Shankar tells the story of an alien superhero called Marvelous Man, who kept the peace on Earth for several decades, before a dark secret throws the world into chaos and all-out war looms.
Netflix, starting Tuesday, March 1
There’s rags-to-riches/riches-to-rags street-dancing action in this never knowingly underrated Spanish-language drama. Starring Paulina Dávila and Greeicy Rendón, it is set in the contrasting worlds of two Colombian dancers, both seeking to advance in a dangerously competitive world and both with personal demons. It’s ripe, often melodramatic, but the themes – ambition, temptation, class – are universal and there’s tons of sex, infectious music and unlikely dance moves galore.
Netflix, from Wednesday March 2
Joe versus Carol
Are you ready for Tiger King: The Drama? Some people might say that, given that we already have two docu-series on this story, Joe vs. Carole is superfluous. They could also argue that Tiger King was inextricably linked to a moment in time – a visceral escape during the disorientation of the early lockdown. But Exotic v Baskin is not a common thread that TV makers show no sign of wanting to stop pulling. For the purposes of this overheated melodrama, Kate McKinnon plays Carole and John Cameron Mitchell is Joe.
Peacock on Sky/Now, starting Thursday, March 3
Boys Present: Devilish
Another universe of superheroes is spreading its wings: DC’s comic adaptation The Boys is getting an animated spinoff. This eight-part series continues in the tradition of The Animatrix – a short series set in the universe of The Matrix but not directly related to its narrative. Instead, these stories stand on their own – and there are big-name creators involved, with writing from Seth Rogen, Awkwafina, Eliot and Ilana Glazer, and Andy Samberg. Expect a range of styles – from Looney Tunes homage to graphic novel heroism – and an engaging sense of fun.
Amazon Prime Video, starting Friday, March 4
Pieces of her
How well do you know the people you love? This enigmatic drama, based on Karin Slaughter’s 2018 novel, stars Toni Collette as Laura Oliver, a middle-aged woman who might not have told her daughter Andy (Bella Heathcote) everything. on his life. The catalyst is a potential coffee shop shootout that is expertly ended by Laura. But where did she learn these ninja skills? And why did the incident make her insist that Andy leave the house they share? An intriguing tale that reveals its secrets carefully and gradually.
Netflix, starting Friday, March 4