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What’s Streaming: The Best of 2023 (So Far)

by Nora Jaymes

There are so many new series and movies introduced on streaming services every month, it’s impossible to keep up with them all! We even do a monthly round-up of what’s coming to streaming, and we still miss out on some real gems every time. So, we’ve pulled together a list of can’t-miss movies and shows that have been released so far in 2023 – and just to prove these are the creme de la creme, we’re including their Rotten Tomatoes (RT) rating (as of this writing).

So without further ado – get your watchlists out, and let’s get streaming!

What You Missed In January 2023

The Traitors (Jan. 12 | Peacock) - 95% RT - Hosted by award-winning actor Alan Cumming at an ancient castle in Scotland, a combination of everyday Americans and celebrities have to work together to build a prize worth up to $250,000. But hidden among the contestants are "Traitors" whose goal is to eliminate players and take the prize all for themselves. Featuring celebrities like The Bachelor's Arie Luyendyk Jr., RHOBH's Brandi Glanville, and Below Deck's Kate Chastain.

The Last Of Us (Jan. 15 | Max) - 96% RT - There's a reason that the internet is obsessed with Pedro Pascal, and The Last Of Us is a prime example of why. Based on the video game sensation, a global pandemic has destroyed civilization, and Joel (a hardened survivor) is forced to take charge of Ellie (a 14-year-old girl) - believing that she may be humanity's last hope.

Poker Face (Jan. 26 | Peacock) - 99% RT - Starring Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black) as Charlie Cale, a casino worker on the run from a casino boss after a suspicious death in her workplace. Styled as a character-driven, case-of-the-week mystery series, Cale solves homicides in a variety of settings using her skill to be able to tell when someone is lying.

Shrinking (Jan. 27 | Apple TV+) - 82% RT - What do you get when you mix Harrison Ford, Jason Segal, therapy, and a buddy comedy together? Shrinking! This runaway hit follows Segal, a grieving therapist, as he begins to ignore his training and ethics with his patients and gives them real and sometimes hurtful advice.

What You Missed in February 2023

The Company You Keep (Feb. 19 | Hulu) - 85% RT - After a one-night stand between con man Charlie (Milo Ventimiglia) and undercover CIA officer Emma (Catherine Haena Kim) sparks a passionate affair, the two are unknowingly on a collision course as their professional lives mix with their personal ones.

Party Down S3 (Feb. 24 | Starz) - 95% RT - Streaming 13 years after the second season of the show aired, Party Down is still a cult favorite! Starring Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, New Girl), Jane Lynch, Ken Marino, and more! Who found success as an actor/writer? Who is still taking catering jobs as part of the Party Down team? Watch and find out!

The Consultant (Feb. 24 | Prime Video) - 78% RT - When a new consultant, Regus Patoff (Christoph Waltz), comes to the rescue of mobile gaming company CompWare after the murder of its CEO. Without a clear answer as to who hired him, Patoff beings to run the company and makes some bizarre choices.

What You Missed in March 2023

Unprisoned (Mar. 10 | Hulu) - 92% RT - A scripted comedy starring Kerry Washington that follows a therapist and single mom whose life is turned right-side-up when her dad gets out of prison and moves to her house to live with her and her teenage son.

Boston Strangler (Mar. 17 | Hulu) - 68% RT - Starring Keira Knightley and Carrie Coon, this series is based on the true story of the infamous Boston Strangler murders and the female reporters who connected the dots and broke the story.

WACO: American Apocalypse (Mar. 22 | Netflix) - 81% RT - This immersive three-part docuseries includes never-before-seen material from the infamous 51-day standoff between federal agents and a heavily armed religious group in Waco, Texas, in 1993.

The Big Door Prize (Mar. 29 | Apple TV+) - 92% RT - Described as part small-town hangout comedy, part sci-fi mystery, and part philosophical commentary, this series starring Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids, The IT Crowd) asks life's big questions while delivering big laugh. The small town of Deerfield is changed forever when a mysterious machine appears, promising to reveal everyone’s true potential and causing the town’s residents to question everything they thought they knew.

Unstable (Mar. 30 | Netflix) - 67% RT - In this father-son comedy series created by and starring Rob Lowe and his actual son John Owen Lowe, an introverted son must work for his successful and wildly eccentric father to save his dad – and the company – from disaster.

The Power (Mar. 31 | Prime Video) - 74% RT - Starring Toni Collette, this science fiction series explores what happens when a group of teenage girls mysteriously develop a power that allows them to conduct electricity at will.

What You Missed in April 2023

Schmigadoon! S2 (Apr. 5 | Apple TV+) - 97% RT - After returning to the real world after their adventures in 1940s Schmigadoon, Melissa (Cecily Strong) and Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) are disappointed with their modern lives. They try to return to their lives in Schmigadoon but instead stumble into a 1960s Chicago-esque musical world. It's dark, it's dangerous, and it's not what they signed up for.

Beef (Apr. 6 | Netflix) - 98% RT - A new Netflix series starring Ali Wong and Steven Yeun, when a road rage incident between two strangers – a failing contractor and an unfulfilled entrepreneur – sparks a feud that brings out their darkest impulses.

Jury Duty (Apr. 7 | Freevee) - 74% RT - From the producers of The Office and starring James Marsden, this documentary-style comedy series chronicles the inner workings of an American jury trial. The catch: Everyone involved in the case is an actor…except one juror who is entirely unaware the case is fake.

Transatlantic (Apr. 7 | Netflix) - 95% RT - Starring Gillian Jacobs, Lucas Englander, and Cory Michael Smith, this series follows two Americans and their allies as they form a scrappy rescue operation in 1940 Marseilles to help those trying to flee Europe during WWII.

The Diplomat (Apr. 20 | Netflix) - 84% RT - In this political drama - created by Debora Chan (who also created The West Wing and Homeland) and starring Keri Russell - a career diplomat finds herself in a new high-profile position as an ambassador to the UK..all while dealing with a turbulent marriage to a political superstar.

Dead Ringers (Apr. 21 | Prime Video) - 84% RT - Starring Rachel Weisz (Definitely Maybe, The Mummy) as twin gynecologists, this mini-series takes a gender-swapping new twist on a classic 1988 film. The Mantle twins, identical from head to toe but with very different personalities, are on a mission to change the way women give birth.

What You Missed In May 2023

White House Plumbers (May 1 | Max) - 68% RT - Curious about the story behind the Nixon Watergate scandal? Then this mini-series should be at the top of your watchlist! Follow Nixon's political saboteurs E. Howard Hunt (Woody Harrelson) and G. Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux) as they accidentally topple the presidency they were trying to protect.

Bupkis (May 4 | Peacock) - 77% RT - Comedian Pete Davidson stars in this somewhat autobiographical and exaggerated version of his past. Davidson navigates his struggles to maintain his comedy career, relationships, and mental health in an increasingly surreal and heightened world of his own making. This series has been compared to Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," so it's a particular kind of humor that audiences seem to enjoy!

Silo (May 5 | Apple TV+) - 87% RT - Starring David Oyelowo, Rashida Jones, Common, and more - this series is set in a ruined and toxic future where a community exists in a giant underground silo. Members of this community live in a society full of regulations that they believe are meant to protect them...but are they?

Air (May 12 | Prime Video) - 92% RT - Originally released in theatres, this blockbuster is now available for streaming - and you don't want to miss it! Based on the true events surrounding the introduction of Nike Air Jordans onto the shoe market and with a star-studded cast, including Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, and Viola Davis. In 1984, Nike is on the verge of shutting down its shoe division due to low sales when Sonny Vaccaro was tasked with finding a new spokesperson for Nike basketball shoes. Vaccaro sets his sites on Michael Jordan..and the rest is history.

The Secrets of Hillsong (May 19 | Prime Video) - 100% RT - An investigative docuseries produced by Queer Eye producer Scout Productions and based on Vanity Fair's expose of the controversial megachurch. This four-part series features the first interviews with former pastors of the church and with some of the congregants.

Primo (May 19 | Freevee) - 100% RT - Created by Michael Shur (The Office, Parks and Recreation) and Shea Serrano (The Ringer and Grantland journalist), this comedic series is loosely based on Serrano's life and upbringing. Follows a Hispanic San Antonia teenager balancing college dreams, society's expectations, and his home life (with his single mom and 5 opinionated uncles).

And to think, that’s barely the tip of the iceberg of content that has been released to streaming services so far this year! There are so many quality things to watch – so get ready to binge-watch your weekends away. If your favorite streaming spot could use a television or sound upgrade, we’ve got your back for that too. Just stop in or contact us today!