If it feels like we’re living through a low-point in streaming entertainment, you’re not wrong. While COVID-19 has caused delays in movies, and eventually pushed many of them to streaming platforms, the same can’t be said of TV. In fact, it was almost the opposite. While TV shows continued to air last year, product shutdowns meant not much could be filmed for this year. But fear not, dear reader! You can still be entertained. Criminals and familiar characters run wild in this month’s complete guide to streaming.
The Investigation (HBO Max)
It won’t come as a surprise to any of our loyal readers that we here at Nerd It Here First have a soft spot for basically any true-crime series. The Investigation is based on the real-life investigation of the 2017 murder of Kim Wall. Her case was known worldwide as “The Submarine Case.” The HBO series will follow the six-month investigation through all its unforeseen twists and turns. The Investigation is written and directed by Tobias Lindholm (The Hunt, A War, Mindhunter) and premieres on HBO on February 1.
The Equalizer (CBS All Access)
Did I ask for an Equalizer remake starring Queen Latifa? No. Did I even know I wanted one? No. But am I absolutely amped for this new series? Yes, I absolutely am. The Equalizer is this year’s entry in the “show premiering after the Superbowl” slot on February 7. Previous entries to this slot have included the good (Undercover Boss) the bad (24: Legacy) and the ugly (The World’s Best). Here’s hoping that this show lives up to the legacy of its predecessor films.
Clarice (CBS All Access)
I can’t say that I completely understand the purpose of CBS’s new series, Clarice. But CBS clearly believes in it, which premieres on February 11. Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet (The Mummy) are running the show, which takes place after The Silence of the Lambs. Fans of the franchise will remember Thomas Harris’ novel Hannibal in which Clarice travels, and eventually becomes involved, with Hannibal Lecter. But the CBS series takes a different route, tracking Clarice’s life as she tries to return to normal, following the Buffalo Bill case. The team behind the camera will need to find a way to make this show more than a police procedural with a recognizable IP. Otherwise, it will live in the shadow of Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal.
The Muppet Show (Disney+)
This last show might not technically be “new,” but it will be new for a whole new generation. Disney is bringing all five seasons of The Muppet Show to Disney+ on February 19. The variety show within a show is what made The Muppets a brand. The delightful skits, star celebrity guests, and mayhem behind the curtain all hold up as well today as they ever did. Hopefully, the release of The Muppet Show on streaming is a sign that Disney is seeing more value in the oft-forgotten brand, and may even be planning a future Muppets project.