Cheddar has you covered for your weekend binge-watching needs as we recommend a book adaptation, biopic, anime, reality show, horror, and crime story.
Conversations With Friends - Hulu
Picked by Sr. News Editor Dina Ross
I'm looking forward to the premiere of Conversations with Friends, a drama based on the novel by Sally Rooney. I read the book and thought it fell flat, so you might think I'd pass on this new limited series, but … Normal People. That series, based on another Rooney novel, was a steamy good time. I usually enjoy books better than their screen adaptations, but this was not the case with Normal People. So we'll find out whether TV suits Rooney once again. Conversations With Friends hits Hulu on Sunday, May 15.
Clark - Netflix
Picked by Producer Jack Gallop
Netflix just dropped Clark, a new miniseries about Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson, the bank robber whose exploits introduced the idea of Stockholm Syndrome as he captured the hearts of a nation while committing his crimes. Starring Bill Skarsgård, Clark perfectly blends the genres of heist thrillers, comedy, and drama, though the best — and perhaps the only way — to describe this series is chaotic. It’s driven by a veteran actor in Skarsgård, who turns in an epic performance in his native Swedish, and as a comment under the YouTube trailer noted, the show gives off "Wolf of Wall Street vibes," which is spot-on: wildly inappropriate and full of flair, Clark is simply a super fun ride.
Bubble - Netflix
Picked by Digital Editor Mike Nam
This Netflix anime flick (not to be mistaken for The Bubble) that premiered in April has a lot going on. After a phenomenon of bubbles from nowhere rained down all over the world, the city of Tokyo was singled out for some mysterious reason for the colorful storm to accumulate slowly into a flood. Much of the city was abandoned as it dealt with unusual gravitational shifts, the aforementioned bubbles, and a whole lot of water. Abandoned, except by teenage parkour teams, of course. The best of these urban traversal athletes is your classic emo anime protagonist, who through a near-fatal mishap is rescued by, well, a bubble that transforms into another classic anime trope: the colorful schoolgirl. Anyway, boy meets bubble in this vibrant animated feature film filled with the lavish attention to detail and gorgeous effects work coming out of Japan especially of late.
The Kardashians - Hulu
Picked by Growth Associate Keara O'Driscoll
Everyone's favorite guilty pleasure, the Kardashian family, is back and better on Hulu. If you haven’t had a chance to check out America’s version of the royal family hit the streaming world, tonight is your night! The Kardashians on Hulu is visually stunning. It features drone footage and more of the family than we’ve ever seen before on its predecessor Keeping Up With The Kardashians. If you are a reality TV junkie, a Blink-182 fan, or just looking for something new to watch, this show is sure to satiate that need. New episodes of The Kardashians premiere Thursdays on Hulu.
From - EPIX
Picked by Reporter Alex Vuocolo
I was already impressed with Epix's Chapelwaite, a spin-off of Stephen King's Salem's Lot set in the 19th century starring Adrien Brody. Now I'm convinced it might be the new go-to premium channel for horror TV. Its latest, From, is a startlingly original science fiction/horror mash-up about a town where no one knows how they got there and no one can leave. If that sounds somewhat familiar, Lost alums Jack Bender and Jeff Pinkner executive produced, and the show has a similar puzzle-like quality. Yet From delivers more high-octane nightmare fuel than Lost for reasons you're better off figuring out on your own. I'll leave you with this hint: at night, the town dwellers cannot leave their homes because there's something outside…
Queen of the South - USA/Netflix
Picked by Producer Lawrence Banton
After the amazing series finale of Netflix's Ozark, I felt the urge to rewatch another crime show focused on the Mexican drug trade in the USA Network's Queen of the South. Actress Alice Braga stars in the series as Teresa Mendoza, a ruthless boss who worked her way up the ranks to head her own cartel. What's interesting about a portion of this story is the intersection it shares with Ozark. Without giving too much away, several characters appear in both shows, with the same names and same character traits. It left me asking: was this intentional? Are these series somehow related? In my mind, I'm going to say yes, and that makes watching both that much better. Queen of the South spans five seasons and viewers get to tag along for the ride as we watch Teresa grow from a money-changer in Sinaloa, Mexico, to queenpin — with a conscience — whose drug business stretches into several U.S. states. It's a rollercoaster for sure, so strap in and prepare to binge!