The Best TV and Movies to Stream in September
What to look out for and add to your list—from legendary sharks to a classic TV series.
After a summer of reruns, reality TV and binging on old favorites, this is the week when television shows start returning and debuting. And while we'll continue to see season and series premieres through November, we've rounded up a few recommendations you don't want to skip out on—as well as one over-hyped reboot not worth your time.
The multi-talented Donald Glover is writer/creator and star of this melancholy masterpiece which debuted to widespread praise from fans, critics and the hip hop community alike. As "Earnest 'Earn' Marks," Glover is a college dropout trying to make a name for himself in the rap world while tackling family, sex and police brutality amidst the pursuit of a new American dream. The cast is stellar and there's still plenty of honest, authentic humor as well.
Tuesdays at 10 pm ET/PT on FX
(debuted Sept. 6)
After a decade protecting the president on 24, Kiefer Sutherland finally has his own secret service detail. Here, he plays a low-ranking cabinet member who's thrust into the American presidency when Congress is wiped out by an attack during a State of the Union address. There's plenty of action and no shortage of stories here, sure, but Sutherland isn't torturing anyone or running around in a leather jacket this time.
Wednesdays at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC
(debuted Sept. 21)
Fans of Archer and BoJack Horseman will likely dig this outlandish combination of live-action and animation. Jason Sudeikis plays Zorn: A He-Man like warrior from a faraway land called Zephyria (that's just different enough from He-Man's Eternia to avoid getting sued). As Sudeikis explains it, the show is "an old-school, classic sitcom with a demented, alpha male, obnoxious He-Man character as the dad."
Sundays at 8:30 pm ET/PT on Fox
(debuted Sept. 25)
A spin-off from Marvel's award-winning Jessica Jones, Luke Cage isn't your typical superhero. A wrongfully imprisoned ex-convict with bulletproof skin, he isn't out to save the universe, and he doesn't wear a flashy costume. He does, rather cleverly, wear a hoodie. Despite his superhuman strength, Cage keeps a low profile until he's caught between a trigger-happy crime lord and an intrepid police officer. As the show's tagline states: "He wasn't looking for a fight, but the people need a hero." And this is the superhero show America needs.
(available Sept. 30)
Based on Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name, this show reframes the classic monsters-run-amok plot line. Westworld is a futuristic theme park populated with androids, played by the likes of Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood, who are so remarkably human, even they forget they're machines. People come to this Old West environment to enjoy safe, guilt-free shoot-outs, saloon nights and dalliances with prostitutes. But the audience watches as the robots become more human while the humans become less so.
Sundays at 9 pm ET/PT on HBO
(debuting Oct. 2)
Michelle Dockery's new role is a long way from the heiress Lady Mary on Downton Abbey. She plays a con artist and a thief, fresh out of prison, who overhears a hitman (played by Juan Diego Botto) being contracted to murder a man's wife. She intervenes and the two become embroiled in a complicated sexual and professional relationship. If you're tuning into the 10-episode series, based on novellas by Blake Crouch, to see the dainty lady be bad, you won't be disappointed.
Tuesdays at 9 pm ET/PT on TNT
(debuting Nov. 15)
As kids growing up, we loved MacGyver. The series ran for seven seasons and its iconic ingenuity has been burned into the American culture. 25 years later, CBS is attempting to pass the Swiss Army knife with its annoying, uninspired and overly simplified prequel. Apparently the pilot was so bad, the network scrapped it entirely and reshot. While that kind of tinkering is worthy of MacGyver's legacy, this bad quasi-spy show just isn't.