Most Watched TV Shows and Movies of the Week (August 5) – 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 still dominates your screens, but at the end of the top 10, it’s all about that ❤️‍🔥ROMANCE❤️‍🔥. Seriously, once you get the action at the top of this list, it’s romantic comedy after romantic comedy.

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.
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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 the target of former CIA agent Lloyd Hansen (a mustachioed Chris Evans), who was recruited to find and destroy Gentry after he found out some big agency secrets is now being pulverized. Featuring Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Henwick, Dhanush, Wagner Moura and Alfre Woodard (but not enough of her). — 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)


Netflix’s The Gray Man needs more Alfre Woodard

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

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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. Black bird

Two prisoners 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)

4. Not okay

A woman in a red beret and blue dress takes a selfie on her phone with ring lights.

Prepare the stage.
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Zoey Deutch directs this Hulu Original Movie as Danni Sanders, an aspiring author and influencer hopeful, who fakes a trip to Paris on Instagram to gain followers. Unfortunately, a serious incident occurs in the city, making her trip carry more weight (and a bigger lie) than she bargained for. Amidst the facade, Danni meets Rowan (Mia Isaac), an activist who survived a school shooting, and her instant crush, Colin (Dylan O’Brien). But how long can she keep up the ruse? Unfortunately, the internet loves a public disgrace, and Danni could lose it all. – SC

How to see: Not okay(opens in a new tab) now streaming on Hulu.(opens in a new tab)

Four teenagers look out of a window.

Extra, extra.
Photo credit: Amazon Studios

Everyone loves a time travel show right now, ex The Umbrella Academy to Loki to Dark and beyond. The same goes for shows set in the 80s – let’s see: stranger things, GLOW, The Haunting of Bly Manor. Throw them together and you have paper girl, a time-traveling mystery series that we’re totally into. We loved it so much upon release that it was our watch of the week last week.

Based on the comics by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, the series follows newspaper delivery men KJ (Fina Strazza), Erin (Riley Lai Nelet), Mac (Sofia Rosinsky), and Tiffany (Camryn Jones). It’s 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio, the day after Halloween, and the friends are accidentally beamed to 2019 — which is also where their adult selves are (including Ali Wong as adult Erin). They must save the world, of course, but they must escape from the militant faction of time travelers known as the Old Guard, who have outlawed time travel. – SC

What we thought: This is a show with a huge heart and a beautiful setting to explore the tension that settles in that moment when childhood is over and puberty hasn’t quite begun. – Caitlin Welsh, Editor for Australia.

How to see: paper girl(opens in a new tab) is now streaming on Prime Video.(opens in a new tab)

6. purple hearts

A man in uniform leans in to kiss a woman in a tank top.

Big drama time.
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Based on Tess Wakefield’s Netflix romance drama of the same name purple hearts might have you wallowing in one big, messy sob (or not, who knows what might get you over the edge?). In the film, Sofia Carson plays debt-ridden singer-songwriter Cassie, who agrees to marry Marine Luke (Nicholas Galitzine), who will soon be deployed to mutual military advantage. But is it really just a marriage of convenience? The impending tragedy could change minds. – SC

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

7. Virgin River

Two people hug 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 show revolves around Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge), a midwife/nurse who moves to Virgin River, California to escape painful memories and find…yes, it’s love, you saw it coming. – SC

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

8th. honor society

Two teenagers giggling stand in an outdoor corridor.

Credit: Paramount+

Mare by Easttown‘s Angourie Rice and stranger things‘ Gaten Matarazzo teams up in new Paramount+ rom-com honor society, about an aspiring high school grad who has her sights set on the Ivy League. Rice plays Honor, who must eliminate her competition to get that sweet, sweet recommendation from her careers advisor. But unfortunately she develops feelings for Michael (Matarazzo), her biggest academic rival. – SC

How to see: honor society(opens in a new tab) now streaming on Paramount+.(opens in a new tab)

9. The old man

A man in a suit is sitting in a restaurant.

The guy stays.
Photo credit: Hulu

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 Deputy Counterintelligence Director Harold Harper (John Lithgow) calls Chase back and teams with rising FBI star Angela Adams (Alia Shawkat) and CIA Special Agent Raymond Waters (EJ Bonilla). 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 huge animated sea monster destroys a ship.

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. — Meera Navlakha, culture reporter

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.

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