Celebrate the American Independence by freely choosing from this big list of streaming recommendations from the return of the "Only Murders in the Building" crew to the throwback action classic "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol."
Only Murders In The Building: Season 2 - Hulu
Picked by Growth Associate Keara O’Driscoll
No longer strangers, the unexpected trio of neighbors that we know and love are back to investigate for the second season of Only Murders In The Building. The crime-loving, podcast-hosting, modern-day Hardy Boys are back again to tackle the mystery around the death of the former tenant's board president Bunny Folger. So far so good. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the season!
The Bear - Hulu
Picked by Producer Jack Gallop
A blistering restaurant drama, The Bear has kitchen workers — current and former — reliving everything they love and/or hate about working back of the house. The Hulu dramedy showcases a story about a renowned chef who comes home to Chicago to run his recently-passed brother’s beef sandwich deli. The show makes sure to include every type of character you meet in a restaurant kitchen — from the most down-to-earth to the most out-of-this-world. The Bear, like a kitchen, is incredibly fast-paced and immediately makes you feel like part of “The Original Beef of Chicagoland” family. Warning: This is not a show to watch if you want to check your phone throughout an episode.
Queen (Królowa) - Netflix
Picked by Sr. News Editor Dina Ross
A Parisian tailor (by day)/drag queen (by night) is all ready to jet off to retirement in the South of France when a letter arrives from a granddaughter he never knew he had. Her mother, his daughter, needs a kidney right away. Now he has to decide whether to go back to Poland to help her or carry on with his move. I think you know which way he ultimately goes. This Polish miniseries is sweet and explores the idea of family and aging in a number of ways. Subtitles and dubs are available for those who don't speak Polish.
Menudo: Forever Young - HBO Max
Picked by Digital Editor Mike Nam
If you grew up in the '80s, chances are you came across the prototype for the modern boy band, Menudo. Maybe you knew nothing about them, but the interchangeable teenagers (Ricky Martin was once a member) who sang in Spanish became international superstars — but were often exploited and endangered throughout the heyday of their fame. HBO Max brings to light the highs and lows of that era in this four-part docuseries.
Dead End: Paranormal Park - Netflix
Picked by Digital Editor Mike Nam
As Pride Month comes to a close, binge the first season of this colorful, funny, and creepy animated series based on the graphic novels by Hamish Steele, featuring a young trans hero named Barney alongside his security guard partner Norma and his talking pug pup named Pugsley. The trio works at a Dollywood-esque theme park full of supernatural mysteries, and the show draws some strong parallels to the recent classic Disney series Gravity Falls, complete with almost-David Lynchian vibes pervading the colorful fun.
Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story - Netflix
Picked by Reporter Lawrence Banton
Whether you know him as Sean Combs, Diddy, Puff Daddy, or Brother Love, one title we can all agree on is hitmaker! After watching the 2022 BET Awards last weekend, where he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, I was reminded of just how many classic hits the famed producer/artist has been a part of. Netflix's Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story covers Diddy's days at Howard University — a time when he was known for throwing parties — and captures his Bad Boy roster, along with their slew of hits, as they prepared for the 20-year Bad Boy Family reunion tour. From gritty legendary rappers like the Notorious B.I.G. to the soulful sounds of Mary J. Blige, the documentary showcases not only Puffy's range, it also highlights his ear for quality music over more than two decades.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - Netflix
Picked by Reporter Alex Vuocolo
Tom Cruise has always been a physical actor, but his reputation as a daredevil stuntman was made with the Mission Impossible series. In particular, the last three entries have set the gold standard for subjecting the aging movie star to increasingly ambitious stunts (like strapping him to the outside of an airplane during take-off). Arguably, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol from 2011 was the beginning of what feels like a series of escalating movie dares. The film features Cruise, as super-spy Ethan Hunt, scaling the side of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. And Cruise actually did it, as this famous behind-the-scenes photo shows. With the seventh film coming in 2023, and Cruise on top of the world due to Top Gun: Maverick, now is a great time to check one of the crowning achievements of the actor's middle period.