The Best in Streaming This Week: Killer Sharks, Tropical Storms, and ‘The Walking Dead’
The best in streaming this week include a grown-up Joey Lawrence as a dad struggling to save his family from a killer shark in a Tubi Original thriller; real-life adventure that takes the form of not one, but two tropical storms threatening interests along the Gulf Coast states; and finally, the return of The Walking Dead for its 11th and final season.
All that and more awaits viewers this week.
Whatever You Do, Don’t Go Downstairs
Swim tells the story of a family trapped in a storm-flooded vacation rental. Joey Lawrence (Blossom) and his family are forced to keep moving to higher floors in the home, as they try to escape a hungry shark that’s made its way into the house. The flick is from director Jared Cohn (Shark Season) and the producers of Sharknado. Swim is part of Tubi’s inaugural Shark Month: Bitefest, home to the biggest streaming library of free shark movies, including all four installments of the iconic Jaws franchise.
Swim is available to stream on Tubi now.
Tubi is a free video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 45,000+ movies and television shows - more than any other streaming service. Its ad breaks are shorter and less frequent than most free services. Fox executives have called their service “TV on steroids.”
The service includes 55+ live news channels affiliated with NBC, FOX, Cox Media Group, Hearst, and Scripps. Local affiliates provide coverage in most major media markets.
Tubi’s programming includes films and television series from Fox Entertainment, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., NBCUniversal, Disney, and more.
Watching Tropical Storm Fred, Tropical Storm Grace, and Saturday’s Deadly Haiti Earthquake
Tropical Storm Fred is swirling in the Gulf of Mexico, moving toward an expected landfall along the Florida Panhandle on Monday evening. And as if that wasn’t enough, Tropical Storm Grace is not far behind — trolling along through the Caribbean with its sights set on the Gulf. The timing for landfall on Grace is not as clear. The second storm is expected to move into the middle of the Gulf of Mexico by late in the week. The Weather Channel, WeatherNation, and CNN along with local news apps like NewsOn, VUit, Haystack News, and others are keeping a close eye on the storms and providing live streams of local news content from the region. In addition, CNN, NBC News Now, CBSN, and other news services are streaming constant updates on the two tropical storms as well as ongoing details related to Saturday morning’s deadly earthquake that devastated parts of Haiti.
Keeping Tabs On The Most Wanted
Victims’ rights advocate John Walsh began his televised crusade on Fox in 1988 with the premiere of America’s Most Wanted. That series became a Saturday night mainstay of the then-fledgling network, where it stayed for the next 24 years. Walsh initially became involved in victims’ rights following the 1981 kidnapping and murder of his son Adam. After Fox canceled the show, Walsh moved to CNN in 2014, with The Hunt with John Walsh, before joining Investigation Discovery for his current show — In Pursuit with John Walsh. According to Walsh, out of the 24 episodes of In Pursuit that have already aired, 26 fugitives have been captured and seven missing children have been recovered.
Season 3 of In Pursuit with John Walsh premieres on Investigation Discovery on Wednesday, August 18 at 10 pm ET and streams on Discovery+ the following day.
discovery+ is a video streaming service that offers more than 70,000 episodes of 2,500+ current and classic shows from several popular TV brands including Discovery, Investigation Discovery, HGTV, TLC, Food Network, A&E, Lifetime, and History.
The service primarily focuses on non-fiction programming or “reality” TV shows.
discovery+ is available with limited ads for $4.99 / month or ad-free for $6.99 / month.
Health And Wellness Are Not What It May Seem On The Surface
Based on The New York Times bestselling book by author Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers takes place at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation as nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this 10-day retreat is the resort’s director, Masha (Nicole Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. However, these nine “perfect” strangers have no idea what is about to hit them.
The first three episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers will stream on Hulu on Wednesday, August 18, with the remaining episodes on following Wednesdays.
Living the Sweet Life in Los Angeles
From Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae (Insecure), Sweet Life: Los Angeles gives a unique look at what it means to be young, Black, ambitious, and in constant pursuit of one’s dreams. Exploring themes of loyalty, legacy, and love, this coming-of-age series follows a group of long-time friends in South Los Angeles as they navigate the relatable, chaotic, mid-20s moments at the quarter-life mark and propel each other into adulthood success.
The first three episodes of the nine-episode reality series debut on Thursday, August 19 on HBO Max, followed by three additional episodes on August 26, leading up to the final three episodes on September 2. A reunion special will launch on September 9.
HBO Max is a subscription video streaming service that gives access to the full HBO library, along with exclusive Max Originals. Subscribers will have access to hit HBO series like “The Last of Us,” “House of the Dragon,” “Succession,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and more.
HBO Max has two tiers, an ad-supported plan for $9.99 and ad-free plan for $15.99. HBO Max without ads also includes features like the ability to download offline and 4K streaming.
All HBO Max subscribers will get the full libraries of shows like “Friends”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “South Park”, “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, “The West Wing”, and more.
You can choose to add HBO Max as a subscription through Amazon Prime Video.
Coming Back To The Bedrooms For Another Chance
During season one of Five Bedrooms, the five singles meet at, of all places, the singles’ table at a wedding. After several bottles of champagne, they decide to pitch in and buy a house together. Five singles buy a house together – what could go right? After losing their first communal home at an auction, season two finds this one-of-a-kind family house hunting once again, believing they have prevailed as a unique collective. Although this was not what they had imagined for their lives, these five continue to endure the challenges of a new home, a DIY renovation, an injury, two pregnancies, an ex-husband, a workplace bullying complaint, and an unexpected tragedy where love will be lost and found.
All episodes from season 2 of the Australian drama Five Bedrooms stream on Peacock on Thursday, August 19.
It’s the PAW Patrol To The Rescue
When the PAW Patrol’s biggest rival, Mayor Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and everyone’s favorite heroic pups kick into high gear to face the challenge head-on. While one of the pups must face his past in Adventure City, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty. Together, armed with exciting new gadgets and gear, the PAW Patrol fights to save the citizens of Adventure City and stop Mayor Humdinger from destroying the bustling metropolis.
In their first big-screen adventure, it’s PAW Patrol: The Movie — premiering in theaters and on Paramount+ on the same day, this Friday.
Paramount+ is a subscription video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 40,000+ TV show episodes from BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and more. The lineup includes “1883,” “Tulsa King,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and MTV’s “Laguna Beach.” From well-loved franchises to compelling originals, Paramount+ offers a great library worth streaming. Live NFL games are included. The service also offers the option to watch your live CBS affiliate.
Subscribers can choose between the Essentials Plan (which includes ads) for $4.99/month, or go commercial-free with the Premium Plan for $9.99/month. Subscribers can add Showtime to either plan for an additional fee.
With their Premium Plan, in addition to not having ads, you will also get access to your local CBS affiliate to stream your local news, prime-time lineup, and late-night. You will also be able to download offline and watch select shows in 4K.
With the lower cost “Essential” plan, you will still be able to watch live NFL games, Champions League, and national news – but you will no longer get your local CBS affiliate.
With their new app, enjoy advanced recommendations, curated homepages, and new content categories while still being able to stream major live sports like NFL, College Football, College Basketball. Sports fans will also appreciate the service’s inclusion of NFL on CBS, PGA Tour, along with every match of UEFA Champions League and Serie A.
The service was previously called CBS All Access.
The Countdown To The End Has Begun
After 10 seasons, The Walking Dead is finally counting the episodes until the end. The long-running post-apocalyptic zombie series based on the Robert Kirkland comic book starts its 11th and final season on AMC on Sunday, August 22. It’s not the complete end for the Walking Dead Universe — with two spin-offs already on the air: Fear The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond — and a third set to go as soon as the flagship ends its run, stories about this universe will be on the air for a number of years to come. But speaking of the flagship story, there are still plenty of twists and turns before the final marker has been crossed.
The 11th and final season of The Walking Dead premieres Sunday night at 9 pm ET on AMC