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What to Stream This Weekend

This weekend, it's time to sign on for some Muppets action, travel in time with the members of The Umbrella Academy, and get some painting joy from 30 years of Bob Ross.

The Umbrella Academy (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

The content pile is vast and infinite, and you've got the whole weekend to decide how you want to slice it. We're in the midst of the ever-intensifying streaming wars, and there are too many shows and movies to choose from, spread across too many video-streaming services. So we're making it easier for you. Each week, the PCMag features team takes turns highlighting the streaming content they're excited to watch or think you should binge. Fire up your media-streaming device of choice, and get watching.

Muppets NOW (Disney+)

The Muppets were using Zoom-like communications even before COVID-19 to set up their new show for Disney+. No scripts. Celebrities. Clotted cream. All of that starts this weekend.

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

The second best misfit family of superheroes in the streaming-verse is back, and with an even stronger second season, full of in-fighting, regular fighting, time travel, and hopefully a musical number or two. Just watch the video above, the opening for season two—that's just the first three minutes. (Here's our refresher on season one and what to expect in season two.)

(For the best misfit family of heroes, go see Doom Patrol on HBO Max/DC Universe.)

Sugar Rush (Netflix)

The third season is here, dubbed Extra Sweet, because the prizes are sweeter than ever on this confectionary competition.

The Joy of Painting (Tubi)

Finally, totally free, on the totally free Tubi, we have access to the most important art teacher of the 20th century: Bob Ross. Thirty full seasons of his seminal Joy of Painting instruction show from PBS are streaming (S02 to S31, which all ran between 1983 to 1994). That's almost 400 episodes, so in 400 days you should have close to 400 landscapes in your private, hand-painted collection.

Frayed (HBO Max)

This Australian/British import comes to HBO Max, and follows a formerly rich, widowed housewife who must take her kids from London back to her hometown in Australia in the late 1980s, only to find that everyone there hates her guts. But leaving again isn't easy.

Black is King (Disney+)

Beyonce is back. But rather than a concert film, this is a Disney+ exclusive "visual album" celebrating the Black experience, all inspired by The Lion King: The Gift.

Greyhound (Apple TV+)

We haven't yet recommended Greyhound, the Tom Hanks WWII thriller that ended up streaming rather than in theaters. Bu if you want 90 minutes of nail-biting, hyper-realistic war-time U-boat fighting on the North Atlantic, then this is the film you should be streaming.

The Speed Cubers (Netflix)

Want to see something nice? This is a documentary about the cutthroat world of high-speed solvings of Rubik's Cubes. That's right, it's a real competition. But what's nice is, the two guys who are the best at it in the world are good friends who support each other. I'm a little verklempt.

Bad Ideas with Adam Devine (Quibi)

If you took Dirty Jobs and rolled it up with Jackass, and threw in a touch of some kind of travel/cooking show with celebrity guests (well, Rebel Wilson counts as a celeb at least), you'd have this new short-form series with comedian/actor Adam Devine. Maybe this will be the series that keeps you subscribed to Quibi...but probably not.  

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Eric Griffith
Eric has been writing about tech for 28 years. He was on the founding staff of Windows Sources, FamilyPC, and Access Internet Magazine (all defunct, and it's not his fault). He's the author of two novels, BETA TEST ("an unusually lighthearted apocalyptic tale"--Publishers' Weekly) and KALI: THE GHOSTING OF SEPULCHER BAY. He works from his home in Ithaca, New York. 

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