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Best TV Shows You Can Now Stream This Week

Using streaming services to watch TV is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. with more than one in four adults using streaming as their primary method of watching TV. According to one recent study, the average American has been streaming eight hours of content each day since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

This same survey, conducted by research company OnePoll on behalf of Tubi, revealed that 56% of Americans were likely to re-watch a show rather than begin something new.

One reason for this may be that viewers feel that they’ve exhausted their viewing options after so many weeks spent watching television at home. Fortunately, streaming platforms are releasing new, as well as previously unavailable older content, every week to answer the high demand, although much of it is undoubtedly released with many subscribers being unaware.

To help viewers navigate the many new options available, 24/7 Tempo has identified the 25 best TV shows to stream this week. Each of these series — in some cases lone seasons — is new to the most popular streaming platforms as of the past two weeks and is highly ranked based on audience ratings from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).

Many of the best shows to stream this week are brand new releases from companies such as Netflix and Hulu. In addition, older, more well-known series such as “Friends” and “The Simpsons,” which will surely interest many, are now also available to stream.

For those with less time on their hands for binge-watching series, here are the best movies you can stream at home this week.

Click here to see the best TV shows you can now stream this week.

To determine the best TV shows to stream this week, 24/7 Tempo identified all of the shows newly released to streaming platforms Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, Hulu, Amazon Video, HBO Now, and Apple TV Plus from April 20 through May 4, based on data from streaming data site JustWatch. We then ranked the series based on their Internet Movie Database average user ratings.

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25. Velvet (2013-2016)
> Starring: Paula Echevarría, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
> Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
> Age rating: TV-MA
> Recently added to: Amazon Video on April 29, 2020

All four seasons of this light-hearted Spanish series about a fashion heir who seduces a seamstress in the 1950s are available for streaming on Netflix. Episodes can also be purchased from Amazon Video for those without access to Netflix.

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24. Upload (2020-)
> Starring: Robbie Amell, Andy Allo, Zainab Johnson
> Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
> Age rating: TV-MA
> Recently added to: Amazon Prime Video on April 30, 2020

This Amazon Original series tells the story of a man who is uploaded to a virtual reality world at the time of his death. The show just recently debuted, and only one season exists thus far. That season has been generally well received by viewers and critics alike thanks to its deft blend of dystopian sci-fi and comedy.

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23. The Amazing World of Gumball (2011-2019)
> Starring: Dan Russell, Teresa Gallagher, Kyla Rae Kowalewski
> Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
> Age rating: TV-Y7
> Recently added to: Hulu on May 1, 2020

The animated series that ran from 2011 to 2019 has 240 episodes in total. It follows the life of a 12-year-old cat named Gumball who lives in a city inhabited by talking animals and other unexpected characters. The program has won several BAFTA awards and holds an 8.2 rating of 10 among IMDb users. It can be streamed on Hulu.

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22. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2020)
> Starring: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
> Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
> Age rating: TV-PG
> Recently added to: Disney Plus on April 26, 2020

This animated Star Wars series portrays what happened between the events of “Episode II – Attack of the Clones” (2002) and “Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” (2005) in the franchise’s universe. All seven seasons of the show are now available for streaming on Disney Plus.

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21. Dave (2020-)
> Starring: Dave Burd, Taylor Misiak, Gata
> Genre: Comedy
> Age rating: TV-MA
> Recently added to: Hulu on April 23, 2020

Dave Burd created and stars in the new series about a millennial suburban man who’s convinced himself that he can be a great rapper. Hulu and Amazon Prime Video have shown 10 episodes as of April 29, and the show has a rating of 8.3 out of 10 among users on IMDb.

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20. When Calls the Heart (2014-)
> Starring: Erin Krakow, Martin Cummins, Pascale Hutton
> Genre: Drama, Romance
> Age rating: TV-G
> Recently added to: Amazon Video on April 30, 2020

“When Calls the Heart” tells the story of a well-to-do woman who travels to a Canadian mining town to work as a teacher in the early 20th century. It originally aired on the Hallmark Channel and now the first five seasons (of seven total) are available on Netflix, and the entire series is available on Amazon Video.

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19. The Midnight Gospel (2020-)
> Starring: Phil Hendrie, Duncan Trussell, Joey Diaz
> Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
> Age rating: TV-MA
> Recently added to: Netflix on April 21, 2020

“The Midnight Gospel” is an animated series in its first season intended for an adult audience. It can be viewed on Netflix. The series is about a space caster who interviews creatures in doomed worlds, raising existential questions about life and death. The show has a rating of 8.4 out of 10 among IMDb users.

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18. Lost (2004-2010)
> Starring: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim
> Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
> Age rating: TV-14
> Recently added to: Hulu on April 23, 2020

Emmy Award-winning series “Lost” was a smash success upon its release, and its influence can still be seen on numerous television shows released today. The entirety of the series — about a group of people stranded on a mysterious island following a plane crash — can now be streamed on Hulu.

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17. The Last Kingdom (2015-)
> Starring: Alexander Dreymon, Eliza Butterworth, Arnas Fedaravicius
> Genre: Action, Drama, History
> Age rating: TV-MA
> Recently added to: Netflix on April 26, 2020

“The Last Kingdom,” a dramatization of the origin of England in the ninth century, is in its fourth season. The well-received series now on Netflix has become a favorite among critics, with its third season receiving a 100% Freshness score on Rotten Tomatoes. The current season has a 91% Freshness score among critics, and 96% of audiences enjoyed the series. IMDb users gave it an 8.4 rating of 10.

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16. Fringe (2008-2013)
> Starring: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble
> Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
> Age rating: TV-14
> Recently added to: Amazon Video on May 2, 2020

“Fringe” revolves around an FBI agent who works with a once-institutionalized scientist and his son to investigate a string of bizarre crimes. The series — which holds a rating of 8.4 out of 10 on IMDb — ran for five seasons before ending. All the seasons are available to watch on Amazon Video.

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15. After Life (2019-)
> Starring: Ricky Gervais, Tom Basden, Tony Way
> Genre: Comedy, Drama
> Age rating: TV-MA
> Recently added to: Netflix on April 24, 2020

The second season of British comedian Ricky Gervais’ Netflix series “After Life” is now available on the platform. The show, which depicts the changing personality of a miserable widower following the death of his wife, has been praised as unexpectedly moving by many critics.

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14. My Brilliant Friend (2018-)
> Starring: Margherita Mazzucco, Gaia Girace, Annarita Vitolo
> Genre: Drama, Romance
> Age rating: TV-MA
> Recently added to: HBO Now on April 21, 2020

“My Brilliant Friend” is a two-season HBO series that explores the complexity of relationships as experienced by two women in Italy over a lifetime. The series is based on bestselling stories from author Elena Ferrante. The Italian import enjoys a 96% Freshness rating among critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes, and a rating of 8.5 out of 10 among users on IMDb.

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13. RuPaul’s Drag Race (2009-)
> Starring: RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice
> Genre: Game-Show, Reality-TV
> Age rating: TV-14
> Recently added to: Amazon Video on April 23, 2020

This reality game-show is helmed by RuPaul, America’s most popular cross-dresser. In the show, which is now available on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, drag queens compete in weekly contests hosted by RuPaul, and there are celebrity judges. The program, now in its 12th season, has won 13 Emmys. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” holds an 83% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and 86% of audiences like the show.

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12. The Knick (2014-2015)
> Starring: Clive Owen, André Holland, Jeremy Bobb
> Genre: Drama, History
> Age rating: TV-MA
> Recently added to: Amazon Video on April 24, 2020

Despite running for only two seasons, Cinemax’s series “The Knick” was a favorite of both audiences and critics. The period drama set at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital during the early 1900s is now available via Amazon Video.

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11. Anne with an E (2017-2019)
> Starring: Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson
> Genre: Drama
> Age rating: TV-G
> Recently added to: Amazon Video on April 30, 2020

The three-season series from Canada originally shown on Netflix is now available on Amazon Video. The show tells the experiences of a strong-willed orphan girl living on Prince Edward Island in the late 19th-century, based on the “Anne of Green Gables” novel from L.M. Montgomery. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the program a Freshness score of 60%, but audiences were more receptive to the series, with 89% saying they liked it. Among IMDb users, it has a rating of 8.6 out of 10.

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10. Defending Jacob (2020-)
> Starring: Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell
> Genre: Mystery, Thriller
> Age rating: TV-MA
> Recently added to: Apple TV Plus on April 24, 2020

This crime thriller, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, is about an assistant district attorney whose world is upturned when his son is charged with murder. The eight-episode series, which started airing on Apple TV Plus on April 24, stars Chris Evans (“Avengers: Endgame”) and Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”). Though not a favorite among critics on Rotten Tomatoes with a 60% rating, 94% of audiences liked the series.

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9. One Piece (1999-)
> Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin
> Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
> Age rating: TV-PG
> Recently added to: Amazon Video on April 28, 2020

About half of this comedic anime series about pirates can now be watched via Amazon Video. Eleven seasons are also currently available on Hulu. Netflix has announced plans for a live-action adaptation of “One Piece” — which was originally a manga — currently scheduled to debut later this year.

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8. WWII in HD (2009)
> Starring: Gary Sinise, Charles Scheffel, Justin Bartha
> Genre: Documentary, History, War
> Age rating: TV-PG
> Recently added to: Netflix on May 2, 2020

Actor Gary Sinise (“Forrest Gump”) narrated this documentary about WWII that tells the story of the horrific conflict through the experiences of soldiers who fought in the war. The 10-episode series, shown in HD color, first aired on the History Channel in 2009 and has an 8.7 rating out of 10 among IMDb users.

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7. Top Gear (2002-)
> Starring: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May
> Genre: Talk-Show
> Age rating: TV-PG
> Recently added to: Amazon Video on April 23, 2020

“Top Gear,” which recently concluded its 28th season, is a relaunched British show that first aired in 1977. The show focuses on cars and has been presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, among others. It can be viewed on Amazon Video. The program received a rating of 8.7 of 10 from among more than 105,000 IMDb users. “Top Gear” has an audience score of 71% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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6. Westworld (2016-)
> Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris
> Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
> Age rating: TV-MA
> Recently added to: HBO Now on April 27, 2020

HBO’s “Westworld” portrays a dystopian world based around robot-filled theme parks where guests can indulge in their wildest fantasies. The entire series to date — including the season-three finale that premiered on May 3 — is now available to stream on HBO Now.

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5. The Simpsons (1989-)
> Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer
> Genre: Animation, Comedy
> Age rating: TV-PG
> Recently added to: Hulu on April 27, 2020

“The Simpsons,” Matt Groening’s irreverent animated take on a dysfunctional American suburban family, is television’s longest-running comedy, winning 34 Emmys, among the most of any television show ever. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave “The Simpsons” a Freshness score of 85%, and 77% of audiences liked the show. The program holds a rating of 8.7 out of 10 among more than 350,000 users on IMDb. The show can be seen on Hulu and Disney Plus.

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4. Black Mirror (2011-)
> Starring: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel
> Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
> Age rating: TV-MA
> Recently added to: Amazon Video on April 27, 2020

The six-time Emmy winning anthology series that often takes a dystopian view of our technologically advanced present and future has long been available on Netflix. The fifth and most recent season can now be streamed via Amazon Video as well.

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3. Shadows (2014-)
> Starring: Serban Pavlu, Maria Obretin, Andreea Vasile
> Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
> Age rating: TV-MA
> Recently added to: HBO Now on April 20, 2020

“Shadows” is the English name for the Romanian comedy-drama series titled “Umbre” about a taxi driver who keeps his other life as a mob enforcer secret from his family. The three-season series, which can be streamed on HBO Now and Amazon Prime, holds a rating of 8.8 out of 10 among IMDb users.

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2. Friends (1994-2004)
> Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
> Genre: Comedy, Romance
> Age rating: TV-14
> Recently added to: Amazon Video on April 23, 2020

Fans lamented the long-running sitcom’s disappearance from Netflix at the beginning of this year. The show has an overall rating of 8.9 out of 10 on IMDb. Episodes spanning the entire series can now be purchased from Amazon Video, however, for those missing the company of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey.

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1. Seven Worlds, One Planet (2019-)
> Starring: David Attenborough, Peter Drost
> Genre: Documentary
> Age rating: TV-PG
> Recently added to: Amazon Video on April 20, 2020

“Seven Worlds, One Planet” is the latest BBC nature documentary series. Combining dazzling cinematography with the narration of Sir David Attenborough — who has also lent his voice to such shows as “Planet Earth” and “Blue Planet” — the series explores the natural state of each of the seven continents. Fans of this type of nature documentary will know what to expect, as “Seven Worlds, One Planet” presents the beautiful and sometimes heart-wrenching footage of the natural world — as we’ve come to expect from Attenborough and the BBC. The series currently has an exceptional rating of 9.4 out of 10 on IMDb.

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