Welcome to the spin-off series of 4 New Movies Streaming. We’ve previously given you our top picks of the new features releasing on streamers each month, but the stacked slate of new shows premiering in February called for its own coverage. Keep reading for four upcoming series that you won’t want to miss, as well as the performances to watch in each.
Pam & Tommy
Hulu calls its new limited series “a love story, crime caper, and cautionary tale rolled into one.” Pam & Tommy tells the story of when Pamela Anderson (Lily James) and Tommy Lee (Sebastian Stan) had their sex tape stolen and released on the internet in 1997. The series’ trailer hints at a retelling of events that focuses on the disparity between what Anderson and Lee faced in the fallout. “One of them was slut-shamed and virtually drummed out of the business and turned into an unserious person,” the series’ co-showrunner Robert Siegel told Variety. “The other was given a new act and turned into this sex god. And the only difference between these two people [was] their gender.” Besides anticipating how Pam & Tommy handles its subject matter, you can also look forward to seeing the performances from James and Stan as the real people they portray, including some impressive physical transformations. Also keep an eye out for Seth Rogen, Nick Offerman, and Taylor Schilling when the limited series premieres on Hulu on February 2.
Fans of the whodunit genre may want to take note that the new limited series from Apple TV+, Suspicion, will premiere globally on the streamer on February 4. Uma Thurman brings some A-list power to the thriller, playing a high-profile American businesswoman whose son is kidnapped from a hotel in New York. Four British citizens who were there at the time become suspects in the case, forcing them into a race against time to try and clear their names. The Apple TV+ summary gets the intrigue started by asking, “will anyone believe them — and are they telling the truth?” The Suspicion trailer shows off its ensemble cast, which includes names like Kunal Nayyar, Noah Emmerich, Georgina Campbell, Elizabeth Henstridge, Tom Rhys-Harries, Elyes Gabel, and Angel Coulby.
Come February 4, there’ll be a new Jack Reacher in town. Tom Cruise played the titular character from Lee Child’s novel series in Paramount’s 2012 and 2016 feature adaptations, but Alan Ritchson will be taking up the mantle for the upcoming Prime Video show. The first season of Reacher is based on Child’s inaugural Jack Reacher novel, Killing Floor, and follows the ex-military police officer as he’s arrested for homicide after arriving in the small town of Margrave, Georgia. Reacher discovers a deep-seated conspiracy while working to prove his innocence, and as Prime Video teases, “They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.” The series’ trailer shows off the brute strength of its titular character and displays other performances you can anticipate in the upcoming series from actors like Malcolm Goodwin and Willa Fitzgerald.
Will Smith is one of the names behind the reimagining of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He executive produced the new Peacock series, a one-hour drama that follows the journey of its main character, Will, from the streets of West Philadelphia to one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. But unlike the ’90s sitcom that put Smith’s name on the map, Bel-Air is set in present-day America. Newcomer Jabari Banks takes on the role of Will, and the series’ co-showrunner T.J. Brady told Entertainment Weekly that the up-and-coming actor was clearly the right casting choice. “His charisma and his spark just radiated off of him,” Brady asserted. “Upon viewing the first cut of the pilot, every single person has said, ‘You guys found a star.'” The series regular cast also includes names like Cassandra Freeman, Adrian Holmes, Coco Jones, Olly Sholotan, Akira Akbar, Jimmy Akingbola, Jordan L. Jones, and Simone Joy Jones. You can keep an eye out for all these performances and more when Bel-Air premieres on Peacock come February 13.
From James and Stan transforming into Anderson and Lee to Banks taking a dramatic turn in the role that kickstarted Smith’s career, February’s slew of new series comes with a number of must-see performances to watch.