Most Watched TV Shows and Movies of the Week (July 30) – Mashable | Hot Mobile Press

So, what has everyone been Watch after in this week? hmmm?

Each week, the most streamed TV shows and movies come down to a few things — sheer excitement, a grand finale, smart marketing, star power, critical acclaim, or a word-of-mouth phenomenon that gets uninterested people finally watching it out of spite. Just to get a feel for what everyone is streaming, we used data from streaming aggregator Reelgood, which collects these coveted viewership figures from hundreds of streaming services in the US and UK.

This week’s big expensive blockbuster from Netflix The gray man has dominated your screens, along with the end of Better call Saul, the newest conviction Take, and FX’s runaway hit The bear.

But just because a lot of people see something doesn’t make it… good. Here they are, this week’s 10 most-streamed TV shows and movies, where to watch them, and what Mashable critics thought.

Ana de Armas + Ryan Gosling vs. Chris Evans = sure.
Photo credit: Paul Abell / Netflix

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, it’s Netflix’s latest big, star-studded, big-budget thriller, starring Ryan Gosling as the eponymous Gray Man, CIA super-skilled agent Court Gentry/Sierra Six. He will need the help of agent Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas) to prevent former CIA agent Lloyd Hansen’s (a mustachioed Chris Evans) target from being pulverized Not like Gentry finding out some big agency secrets. Featuring Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Henwick, Dhanush, Wagner Moura and Alfre Woodard. — Shannon Connellan, UK Editor

What we thought: The Gray Man isn’t the kind of film you have to see in the cinema. (The Russians agree.) It’s the kind of movie you can throw on while washing dishes or fiddling with your phone. It’s amusing at times. Overall it’s tiresome, lacking any emotional punch, consistent wit, or the kind of panache that could set even its stolen bits on fire. — Kristy Puchko, Assistant Entertainment Editor

How to see: The gray man(opens in a new tab) now streaming on Netflix.(opens in a new tab)

A woman in a suit leans against a car in the desert.

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Credit: Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

If you missed Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), you’re clearly not alone. That breaking Bad Prequel, now in its sixth and final season, remains one of the most-watched shows of the week. Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks remain excellent, as does the rest of the cast. But be warned: there are some episodes you cannot return from. * – Belen Edwards, entertainment reporter.

What we thought: For several key players, the stakes have never been higher. Reputations, relationships and lives are at stake, and the mounting suspense in just the first two episodes reveals seldom-seen sides to characters we thought we’d all figured out. —Nicole Gallucci, former editor-in-chief

How to see: Better call Saul(opens in a new tab) now streaming on Netflix(opens in a new tab) and on AMC+(opens in a new tab).

3. The old man

A man is standing next to two dogs in a green garden and is talking on the phone.

Damned!
Credit: FX Networks

Based on the Thomas Perry thriller of the same name, Jeff Bridges leads this novel as Dan Chase, a former CIA agent whose off-grid life is cut short by an assassin. To find her, FBI Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Harold Harper (John Lithgow) brings Chase back to the job and works with rising FBI star Angela Adams (Alia Shawkat) and CIA Special Agent Raymond Waters (EJ Bonilla). together. But Special Ops Agent Julian Carson (Gbenga Akinnagbe) is also following Chase. Amy Brenneman also plays Zoe McDonald, who Chase rents a room from while she works the case. – SC

How to see: The old man(opens in a new tab) now streaming on Hulu.(opens in a new tab)

A woman and man dressed in 19th century British clothing are seated together on a couch.

We’re not entirely convinced.
Photo credit: Nick Wall / Netflix

Netflix adaptation of conviction, based on Jane Austen’s 1817 novel, is in many ways faithful to the Georgian era but divergent in others. The film stars Dakota Johnson as heroine Anne Elliot while navigating classic Austen themes of love, society and marriage. Directed by Carrie Cracknell, the film has an impressive cast including Henry Golding, Yolanda Kettle, Ben Bailey Smith and Richard E. Grant. — Meera Navlakha, culture reporter

what we thought: In the novel, Anne is portrayed as smart, rational, and considerate. Her concern for her family’s happiness leads her to babysitting an ailing nephew, coddling her selfish younger sister, and abandoning the poor sailor she adores because her father doesn’t approve of his lack of status. While the film’s Anne is still doing all of those things, her voiceover and Fleabag-esque sideways glance at the viewing audience shifts the emotional weight of those decisions from regret to outright resentment. In the end that conviction is a disappointment because it resembles its ruthlessly redesigned heroine too closely: Undeniably smart, but just a tad too unfriendly. — CP

How to see: conviction now streaming on Netflix.

5. Black bird

Two men in prison uniforms sit across from each other at a table.

Build up trust.
Photo credit: Apple TV+

Taron Egerton directs the Apple TV+ crime thriller Black bird as Jimmy Keene, the son of a cop and a high school soccer champ who is sentenced to 10 years in prison. Instead of serving his time, he has the option to go undercover and befriend possible serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser) in order to get a confession. But it will prove more complicated than Jimmy is ready for. – SC

How to see: Black bird(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Apple TV+.(opens in a new tab)

An animated sea creature wraps around a ship in the ocean.

Brickleback Ahoy!
Photo credit: Netflix

big hero 6 Director Chris Williams is launching a new offering with his animated feature film for Netflix. put inside a world of action Filled with monsters and monster hunters, the film follows hunter Jacob Holland (voiced by Karl Urban) as he seeks out the most terrifying sea monsters around. The Hunter is joined by Captain Crow (voiced by Jared Harris) and his first mate Sarah Sharpe (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) as they embark on a quest through magical waters. — MN

what we thought: [One] of the greatest things about The Sea Creature is how open it is about its message: Just because you were raised to believe something doesn’t mean it’s right. If you are willing to open your mind and listen to others, you could learn something that will change the way you see things for the better. It’s a great morale, and an important one made even better by the fact that it’s fought alongside epic tall ship battles and gorgeous sea views. Trust me when I say this is one adventure you’ll want to see. – BE

How to see: The Sea Creature now streaming on Netflix.

A chef tends pots in a busy canteen kitchen.

Order on.
Credit: FX

Everyone talks about it The bear. Created by Christopher Storer, this new FX series centers on gourmet chef Carmy Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White) returning to her hometown of Chicago after the loss of a close family member. He is tasked with running the family sandwich shop The Original Beef of Chicagoland with sous chef Sydney (Ayo Edebiri) and manager Richie (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). It’s going to be a stressful, rewarding and delicious journey – and we loved it so much it’s our watch of the week. – SC

What we thought: FX’s series about a struggling restaurant and its employees is at once an on-screen pressure cooker, a culinary whirlwind and a rumination on grief. That combination, peppered with great performances and served with a dose of gritty flair, makes for a great sandwich – sorry, I meant a great show. Did I mention you will be very hungry after watching? – Belen Edwards, entertainment reporter

How to see: The bear(opens in a new tab) now streaming on Hulu.(opens in a new tab)

A woman holds the backs of her hands together with her eyes closed.

The horror movie that freaks out TikTok.
Photo credit: Netflix

Kevin Ko’s Chiller is not only the highest-grossing Taiwanese horror film, but it’s also pretty darn scary (according to all reports), which is probably why Netflix decided to pick it up. It was clearly a wise decision too, as the film, which follows a mother’s attempts to protect her daughter from a curse, has quickly become one of the most-streamed movies of the week. Just make sure you prepare by watching the very spooky trailer first. — Sam Haysom, UK deputy editor

What we thought: Summoning might not be particularly scary or exciting. But this lingering doubt – am I cursed now? – enough to send shivers down the spine of even the most seasoned horror movie fan. — Rizwana Zafer, cultural intern

How to see: incantation(opens in a new tab) now streaming on Netflix(opens in a new tab).

A woman in a plaid sweater holds an ax in an art gallery.

Mabel has a lot to deal with.
Photo credit: Hulu

Well, things didn’t work out quite as they intended for our three podcast heroes at the end of Season 1 Only murders in the building and Season 2 immerses her in a whole new mystery in Arconia. Martin Short, Steve Martin and Selena Gomez are back, this time with Cara Delevingne and Amy Schumer. – SC

What we thought: Only Murders in the Building is up to some in its second season, that much is clear. It’s more chaotic and scattered than before. – BE

How to see: Only murders in the building(opens in a new tab) now streaming on Hulu(opens in a new tab) and Disney+(opens in a new tab).

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10 Virgin River

A couple hugs on a porch next to a river.

Season 4 has appeared on Netflix.
Photo credit: Netflix

Virgin River Season 4 has just landed on Netflix, so numbers have skyrocketed for this small-town romance drama series. The series revolves around Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge), a midwife/nurse who moves to Virgin River, California to overcome painful memories. – SC

How to see: Virgin River(opens in a new tab) now streaming on Netflix.(opens in a new tab)

* Asterisks indicate that the description was adapted from another Mashable article.

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