A guilty pleasure rom-com, Cookie Monster and a cartoon reboot: Here’s what’s streaming on Netflix, Crave and more

J.K. Simmons and Sissy Spacek star in “Night Sky” streaming this Friday on Prime Video.

With so many different streaming platforms and cable offerings to navigate, choosing what to watch has never been harder. To make things easier, here are our best tune-in tips for the week ahead.

MONDAY

Conversations With Friends

Based on a bestselling book by Sally Rooney, the series can be a little cumbersome to appropriately detail. While Frances (played by Alison Oliver) and her ex-girlfriend-turned-best-friend Bobbi (Sasha Lane) broke up three years ago, they still remain inseparable. When the pair connect with a married couple, they end up flirting with their new friends. The result is a confrontation of monogamy and a unique coming-of-age story.

Prime Video

WEDNESDAY

The Masked Singer

The winners from the last three rounds compete head to head as the seventh season of the ridiculous show draws to a close. It will be interesting to see if any references to Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, are made. Earlier this season, judge Ken Jeong walked off the set when the former New York City mayor was revealed as the celebrity behind the “Jack in the Box” character.

CTV & CTV.ca, 8 p.m. EST

Who Killed Sara?

This series is a little niche and a bit of a guilty pleasure, but there is something about it that just draws you in. The Mexican mystery-thriller stars Manolo Cardona as Alex Guzman, a man convicted of the murder of his sister (a crime he didn’t commit). It’s surprising that a show with such a simple premise has been stretched to a third season, but it continues to deliver, with an exciting payoff for fans. Those unfamiliar with the show can binge it before the final season premieres.

Netflix

THURSDAY

A Perfect Pairing

If you are looking for a quick movie to watch, this one is about a wine company executive (Victoria Justice) who travels to an Australian sheep station where she sparks a relationship with a handsome local. Kitschy? Yes. Rom-com? Yes. Good way to kill some time? Most definitely.

Netflix

The G Word With Adam Conover

It’s hard to describe something as a comedy and documentary hybrid, but that’s exactly what this is. The series attempts to show the ways the U.S. government continues to impact the everyday lives of its citizens. Based on book “The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy,” it explores what works and doesn’t work in Washington. It’s real criticism with a touch of satire.

Netflix

FRIDAY

Night Sky

The pick of the week goes to Prime Video, as this Amazon original sci-fi series features a star-studded cast and a fascinating concept. Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons play Irene and Franklin York who, years ago, uncovered a hidden chamber buried in their backyard. Whoever enters it is taken to a strange new planet. After guarding their secret for years, the arrival of a young man shakes up the couple’s lives, with them not realizing the full scope of their discovery.

Prime Video

Now and Then

This bilingual series is set in Miami and told in both Spanish and English. The thriller follows a group of college best friends whose lives change forever after one dies after a long weekend of partying. Twenty years later, the remaining five are reunited with their secret at risk of being revealed. Sounds a lot like “I Know What You Did Last Summer” right?

Apple TV Plus

Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck

Cookie Monster has always been my favourite muppet. I am not sure if this was because I was could identify with his insatiable appetite or the fact that he was so unapologetic about it, not caring about the protocols of good behaviour. In any event, Cookie Monster’s new show is a series of five-minute episodes in which he teams up with his pal Gonger to teach kids about where their favourite foods come from.

Crave

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

Another cooking debut this week is this fascinating documentary about the uncommon life and career of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. The film attempts to shed light on the mystery surrounding his suicide in 2018 and received a lot of attention at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Crave

The Valet

A world-famous movie star faces a PR disaster when paparazzi get a photo of her with her married lover. The twist? A valet who also appears in the photo is then hired to pose as the star’s boyfriend to cover up the indiscretion. The series stars Samara Weaving as Olivia and Max Greenfield as the married lover. Eugenio Derbez assumes the role of the valet.

Disney Plus

Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers

If “90210,” “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Magnum, P.I.” can all be remade, why not “Chip ’n Dale”? A comeback 30 years in the making, this hybrid live-action animated comedy reunites our favourite Rescue Rangers. Voiced by John Mulaney and Andy Samberg, the characters must fix their fractured friendship to find a former friend.

Disney Plus

RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars

RuPaul’s award-winning series returns and, for the first time ever, will feature an entire cast of former winners. The incentive? A chance at claiming the title of the “Queen of All Queens” along with a $200,000 cash prize. The competitors include Jaida Essence Hall, Monét X Change and Jinkx Monsoon. New episodes drop every Friday.

Crave

Murtz Jaffer is a Toronto-based entertainment writer and a freelance contributor for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @murtzjaffer

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