"Change is frightening. Especially to those in power." Apple TV+ launches its most ambitious production to date with the science fiction epic "Foundation" (2021, not rated). Jared Harris stars as the revolutionary scientist who predicts the collapse of the galaxy-spanning empire and Lee Pace is the emperor clone whose command is threatened by the end of civilization. Lou Llobell and Leah Harvey costar and David S. Goyer produces and adapts the landmark trilogy written by Isaac Asimov. Three episodes available, new episodes on Fridays. (Apple TV+)

A struggling fishing town experiences miracles when a mysterious new priest (Hamish Linklater) takes over the congregation in "Midnight Mass" (TV-MA), a limited series with a horror twist from Mike Flanagan, creator of "The Haunting of Hill House." Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, and Henry Thomas costar. (Netflix)

Five new network shows debuting this week are available to stream a day after their respective broadcast debuts: the revival of the family sitcom "The Wonder Years" (TV-PG), narrated by Don Cheadle and set in an African-American family in late 1960s Alabama;

  • "Ordinary Joe" (TV-14), a drama that follows one man (James Wolk) through three possible futures (Hulu and Peacock);

  • "The Big Leap" (TV-14), a comic drama about the contestants in a competition reality series (Hulu)

  • "Our Kind of People" (TV-14), a melodrama set in wealthy African-American community in Martha's Vineyard (Hulu);

  • "Alter Ego" (TV-PG), a new singing competition series where the contestants appear as animated avatars (Hulu).

"F9: The Fast Saga" (2021, PG-13) pits Dominic (Vin Diesel) and the crew of the long-running action franchise against a new villain (John Cena), sends a car into orbit, and lets Helen Mirren drive a getaway car. On Cable on Demand and VOD, also on DVD and at Redbox.

Pay-Per-View / Video on Demand

Emma Stone is young fashionista Cruella de Vil in the live-action prequel "Cruella" (2021, PG-13). Also on DVD and at Redbox.

Tom Skerritt stars in "East of the Mountains" (2021, not rated), the screen version of David Guterson's novel.


"The Starling" (2021, PG-13), a mix of tragedy and comedy, stars Melissa McCarthy and Chris O'Dowd as a married couple grieving the loss of a child. Kevin Kline, Timothy Olyphant, and Daveed Diggs costar in the film directed by Theodore Melfi.

Freida Pinto and Logan Marshall-Green star in the home invasion thriller "Intrusion" (2021, TV-14).

True crime: the limited series "Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan" (TV-14) investigates an accused serial rapist who claimed to have multiple personalities. Also new: "Vendetta: Truth, Lies and The Mafia" (Italy, TV-MA, with subtitles) and "Crime Stories: India Detectives: Season 1" (India, TV-MA, with subtitles).

International passport: the survivor of a terrorist bombing inadvertently becomes drawn to the group responsible in the thriller "Je Suis Karl" (2021, Germany, TV-MA, with subtitles).

International TV: a Holocaust survivor hunts Nazis hiding in 1960s Spain in "Jaguar: Season 1 (Spain, TV-MA, with subtitles). Pair it with the documentary "Europe's Most Dangerous Man: Otto Skorzeny in Spain" (Spain, 2021, TV-MA, with subtitles), about the Hitler ally who escaped to Spain.

Kid stuff: "My Little Pony: A New Generation" (2021, PG) is a new animated feature in the long-running series.

Amazon Prime Video

"Goliath: Season 4" (TV-MA), the final season of the legal drama created by David E. Kelly, pits its underdog hero (Billy Bob Thornton) against the opioid industry. Bruce Dern, Jena Malone, and J.K. Simmons costar this season.

Four women find renewal when they rent an Italian villa for the summer in the 1920s in the lush "Enchanted April" (1992, PG).


You can stream the new seasons of the dramas "9-1-1" (TV-14), "The Resident" (TV-14), and "A Million Little Things" (TV-14), the sitcoms "The Conners" (TV-PG), "The Goldbergs" (TV-PG), and "Home Economics" (TV-PG), and the reality shows "The Masked Singer" (TV-PG) and "Dancing with the Stars" (TV-PG).

Hulu / Peacock

The animated comedy "The Croods: Family Tree: Season 1" (TV-G) continues the story of the prehistoric family from the movies (Hulu and Peacock).

You can also stream the new seasons of "Chicago Fire" (TV-14) (Hulu and Peacock), "Chicago P.D." (TV-14) (Hulu and Peacock), "Chicago Med" (TV-14) (Hulu and Peacock), and "New Amsterdam" (TV-14) (Hulu and Peacock), and reality series "The Voice" (TV-PG) (Hulu and Peacock)


The true crime documentary "The Toolbox Killer" (not rated) looks into serial killer Lawrence Bittaker.


The strangest superhero team on TV returns in "Doom Patrol: Season 3" (TV-MA).

True stories: the four-part documentary "The People v. The Klan" (TV-MA) looks at the work of civil rights activists to dismantle the Ku Klux Klan in the 20th century.

Kid stuff: "Total Dramarama: Season 1" (TV-Y7) is an animated show set in a daycare center.

Other streams

"Wolfboy and the Everything Factory: Season 1" (TV-Y7) is an animated adventure to the center of the earth. (Apple TV+)

"Star Wars: Visions" (TV-PG) presents a collection of animated short films produced by Japanese anime studios. (Disney+)

New episodes of the anthology horror series "Creepshow: Season 3" (TV-MA) arrive on Thursdays. (Shudder and AMC+)

Before becoming Mrs. Maisel, Rachel Brosnahan starred in "Manhattan: Complete Series" (2014-2015, TV-14), a drama set on the Los Alamos military base where the atomic bomb was developed in World War II. (AMC+)

"Starring Deborah Kerr" collects 17 features with the British star, from a supporting role in "Major Barbara" (1941) to the haunting classic "The Innocents" (1961). (Criterion Channel)

New on disc and at Redbox: "F9: The Fast Saga," "Cruella," "Lady of the Manor"

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at https://streamondemandathome.com.

Comments (9)

Add a comment

Add a Comment
  • "The Addams Family"

    @ Old Lewiston High School Auditorium

    Sat., Oct. 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sun., Oct. 24, 2-4 p.m., Thu., Oct. 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 30, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 31, 2-4 p.m.