Hello, and welcome to our new page where we explore what’s hot and what’s not on the streaming scene this month. Netflix, Amazon, Now TV, we’ve got the bloody lot.

So, let’s get started by welcoming the return of one of the most talked about/ controversial shows on Netflix, 13 Reasons Why. For those that don’t know, season one starred Katherine Langford as Hannah, a teenage girl who takes her own life. Two weeks later, Clay (Dylan Minette), a classmate who had a crush on Hannah receives a box of recordings in which Hannah explains the thirteen reasons that led to her decision to take her own life. Season two promises to be even more controversial, due to graphic scenes of rape, substance abuse, and gun violence amongst the school community still reeling from Hannah’s death, and has earned mixed reviews from critics and mental health advocates, so watch it under advisement.

If you fancy something a bit less “real”, and if you haven’t already seen it, check out Happy, an 8 part series that revolves around an ex-cop-turned- hitman who, following a cardiac arrest, starts to see the animated imaginary friend (a winged unicorn called Happy) of a child called Sarah who has been kidnapped by a deranged Santa. Bizarre and brilliant in equal measure.

Over on Amazon this month, there’s halfway-decent horror in the form of Ritual, a tale of terror about four friends from the UK, ( Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, Arsher Ali, and Sam Troughton) who decide to go hiking in Sweden following the death of a close friend but are unprepared for what

lurks in the woods; crime-comedy- caper Logan Lucky, starring Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, and Adam Driver about a robbery from a major race stadium during one of the busiest races of the year is also worth a watch; as is The Big Sick - Academy Award nominated comedy from Judd Apatow based on the real life relationship between Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gordon, who falls sick with a mystery illness, forcing him into a family culture clash. Let’s not also forget that if you like things a little more episodic, that they also have exclusive shows available, such as Sneaky Pete, Vikings, Mr Robot, and Into the Badlands.

Lastly, Now TV are showing all of the latest hits from Sky TV, and if you’re not watching Westworld, well… you should be. There’s also new episodes each week of Legion (definitely the biggest head-fuck currently to emerge from the Marvel television universe), Deep State, and Billions, but new on the scene is dark comedy Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, as a man from a privileged background struggling with heroin addiction. The series explores both his current life, and his past childhood traumas as it treads a fine line between comedy and drama that isn’t always played for laughs, but is consistently compelling to watch.

Well, that’s all we’ve got space for this time, happy streaming.

Smiley Patrick Melrose 8 / JUNE-JULY 2018 / OUTLINEONLINE.CO.UK Happy Ritual



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