What to Stream This Weekend: ‘Pam & Tommy,’ ‘Tinder Swindler,’ ‘Reacher’

The best TV shows and movies debuting this week
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February is a busy month across all the major streaming services, with Netflix, HBO Max, Apple TV+ and more debuting a slew of buzzy new shows and movies. Below, you’ll find some of the new must-watch titles to check out for the week ending February 5, 2022.

Pam & Tommy (Limited Series)

 

Hulu’s new 8-episode limited series about the 90s-era celebrity couple so infamously tied to a leaked sex tape takes us back to a time of old-school debauchery. When people still ogled physical copies of Playboy magazine, when a sex tape was still an actual, tangible, VHS tape, and when Baywatch babes like Pamela Anderson had men lusting after red swimsuit-wearing bleached blondes with big boobs. Pam & Tommy — which started with a batch of three episodes available all at once on February 2, followed by new episodes released once a week thereafter —  brings to life the story of Anderson (Lily James) and husband Tommy Lee’s (Sebastian Stan) sex tape, stolen by a disgruntled contractor (played by Seth Rogen) that exploded onto the still-nascent Web in 1997.

Credit to the makeup crew here: James and Stan look eerily similar to the famous couple, which makes this series all the easier to get caught up in. Plus, the fact that it’s bigger than the tape itself. In our own Los Angeles magazine review of the show, Tracy Moore writes: “Over the course of the eight-part series, we see the toll the theft and ensuing media circus took on the couple, and how it eventually lead to the unraveling of their marriage. But most of all, we see that Pamela Anderson was the real victim here, shown through the ensuing media frenzy of glib, cheap shots at Pam’s double Ds and oral skills and Lee’s monster hog, in lieu of anything like a serious examination of its ramifications on her privacy or personal life, much less her career.”
Now streaming on Hulu, new episodes weekly

The Tinder Swindler

 

When Cecilie matched online with a handsome billionaire playboy she found on Tinder, it seemed like a fairy tale dream come true. In reality, a dream is all it was. As recounted in this riveting true-crime documentary from Netflix, the man Cecilie believed to be the son of an Israeli diamond merchant known as “The King of Diamonds” was little more than a heart-stealing conman who — behind the facade of what looked like a jet-set lifestyle filled with fast cars and swanky hotels — stole exorbitant sums from one woman after another. The twist? This documentary (from the producers of The Imposter and Don’t F**k with Cats) eventually switches gears, from a crime story to a revenge thriller, once the women band together to take down the Tinder Swindler once and for all.
Now streaming on Netflix

Olympics Opening Ceremony

 

NBC will carry a live TV broadcast of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics opening ceremonies on Friday, February 4 — but you can also catch a stream of the opening festivities on NBC’s Peacock streaming service, as well. Because of the 13-hour time difference (for viewers on the East Coast) live coverage will get under way at 6:30 a.m. ET on both NBC and Peacock. And the opening ceremony will take place, once again, at the National Stadium (also known as “The Bird’s Nest”) in Beijing, which previously hosted the ceremonies associated with the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Airing Friday on Peacock and NBC

Raised by Wolves (Season 2)

 

This sci-fi series from creator Aaron Guzikowski and executive producer Ridley Scott tells the story of Androids charged with raising humans on another planet. Even in science fiction, though, humans are still separated by religious differences — and the Androids find it an exceedingly hard, delicate and dangerous challenge to keep the humans with their strange and all-consuming convictions in line. Above all else, this show is a breathtaking piece of art to look at. As one Washington Post reviewer noted, the show definitely gets that part right: A whole new world should look like — a whole new world.
First two episodes available Feb. 3 on HBO Max

Suspicion (Season 1)

 

The still small but growing Apple TV+ first-party library has been light on thrillers, with Tehran being one of the few standouts available on the service. But the iPhone maker’s streamer is adding another title along those same lines this Friday: An eight-episode cat-and-mouse thriller called Suspicion, starring Uma Thurman as a prominent American businesswoman whose son is kidnapped from a New York hotel. Suspicion quickly lands on four British citizens who share a couple of things in common. They were all present at the hotel when the crime happened. And they all look, at least to outsiders, to be perfectly ordinary.

“As they find themselves in a trans-Atlantic cat-and-mouse race to evade the combined forces of the National Crime Agency and the FBI to prove their innocence,” Apple teases, “it becomes apparent that not everyone can be trusted. Who is really behind the mysterious abduction, and who is only guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time?”

Similar to Tehran, which is an Israeli spy series available to binge on Apple TV+, Suspicion is based on the Israeli series False Flag. And the ensemble cast, in addition to Thurman, includes Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Noah Emmerich (The Americans), Georgina Campbell (Black Mirror), Elyes Gabel (Scorpion), and Elizabeth Henstridge (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
First two episodes available Feb. 4 on Apple TV+, with weekly releases thereafter

Raising Dion (Season 2)

 

This Netflix series is a refreshing take on a genre that Marvel has parlayed into big-budget, big-screen gold. In Raising Dion, we follow a mother and her young son (the titular Dion), who manifests superhero-like powers. The single mother actually makes this discovery about her son after the death of his father.

After defeating the inaugural season’s “big bad” — the so-called Crooked Man — Dion in the new batch of episodes works on honing his powers more, befriending other special kids like him, while also racing to save the city of Atlanta from yet another danger. Now streaming on Netflix

Reacher (Season 1)

 

Finally. That’s what fans of novelist Lee Child’s addictive potboilers will be saying to themselves, once this new Amazon Prime series about the fictional Jack Reacher — a hulking, Lone Ranger-style roaming do-gooder, as adept with snappy one-liners as he is with beating up bad guys and solving crimes — is available to binge on Friday.

Two movies set in the Reacher-verse, starring Tom Cruise, attempted to bring these books’ stories (and there are a hell of a lot of Reacher novels) to the big screen. But other than being a famous actor, there was almost nothing about the way Cruise looks or acts that Reacher fans recognized. This time, the title role is in the more than capable hands of a towering, chiseled Alan Ritchson, who brings Reacher to life as a former military police investigator-turned-civilian once again. He basically travels the US, sans phone, helping out people he encounters — while also cracking skulls and enjoying a bit of romance, before moving on somewhere else to do it all again. “You’re going to kill a whole bunch of people, aren’t you?” Reacher gets asked at one point in the series, while casually munching on some food. “Already started,” he quips back.
Available to stream on Amazon Prime starting February 4


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