Here we are at the end of another week — we hope it was a good one. If you’re not sure what the next few days entail, we can give you some pointers: Stay home. Stay safe. Watch some quality television. And it just so happens we have three brand new shows and movies dropping on streaming services to help.
What: Deaf U is a new reality series following the lives of young early-twenties university students. Like similar shows before it — think Jersey Shore, Vanderpump Rules and The Hills — these kids have cameras following their complicated lives, showing us every high, low and hook-up.
But this reality series has a twist. Produced by deaf advocate and actor Nyle DiMarco, this series follows a group of students attending Gallaudet University, a private US college catering to the deaf and hard of hearing. DiMarco was previously a student at the university before becoming the first deaf winner on America’s Next Top Model in 2015.
What makes Deaf U fascinating to watch is its engaging cast. The series follows seven hearing-imparied students, Cheyenna, Rodney, Tessa, Alexa, Renate, Daequan and Dalton. Each of them are on a journey of self-discovery as they come to terms with their disability, identity, sexuality and college homework.
When: Season 1 drops on Friday.
What: Joey King is a rising young star in Hollywood. Known these days for her roles in The Kissing Booth and The Act, one of King’s earliest roles was in the 2018 horror film The Lie, which is finally premiering on Amazon Prime Video this weekend.
Based on the true story of the murder of Meredith Kercher, widely known as the Amanda Knox case, the film follows father and daughter Jay (Peter Sarsgaard) and Kayla (King), who are on their way to dance camp when they spot Kayla’s best friend Britney (Devery Jacobs) on the side of the road. Offering the girl a ride, their good intentions soon result in Britney’s mysterious death. When Kayla confesses to impulsively killing her best friend, two desperate parents attempt to cover up the horrific crime, leading them into a complicated web of lies and deception.
It’s an intense drama that is completely captivating, disturbing and terrifying.
When: From Friday.
Where: Only on Amazon Prime Video.
What: Also based on a true story, For Life is a new American legal drama series that has just dropped on 9Now (for free).
The series centres on Aaron Wallace (Nicholas Pinnock), who has been sentenced to life in prison for a crime he did not commit. While incarcerated, Wallace becomes a lawyer and works as a defence attorney for others while striving to get his own sentence overturned.
The series features incredible, emotional stories of redemption unlike anything we’ve seen before. The cast is strong and the stories are compelling. The series was recently renewed for a second season, so there’s plenty more stories to come. And if that’s not enough, there’s an accompanying podcast series hosted by Isaac Wright, Jr., the man Aaron Wallace is based on.
If you love Law and Order, The Blacklist or any true (or not) crime series, this one should have your name all over it.
When: Every episode of Season 1 is now streaming.