What to stream this weekend

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Now that Yellowjackets is over and you’ve rewatched too many Seinfeld episodes, are you scouring the tabs for something to stream?

The ABC Everyday team have been glued to streaming over the summer (for better or worse for our collective bank balances) – to bring you recommendations for the weekend ahead.

From a heartwarming favorite to a gripping teen drama that will make your high school years look like Play School in comparison, here are four things to stream right now.

Research Group (Stan)

Search Party’s genre is hard to define, and that’s its whole MO: intentionally changing genres in each of its five seasons.

Beginning as a Nancy-Drew inspired mystery, it builds through courtroom drama to Hitchcockian suspense and ultimately cult apocalyptic thriller. Somehow, through it all, it remains a hilarious satire of millennial law.

The show is set in the same universe of privileged but lost young Brooklynites depicted on shows like Girls and Broad City. But instead, it questions what might happen if you take these characters’ desperate search for meaning and validation in their empty lives to its (rather extreme) conclusion.

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It all starts when 20+ Dory, played by Alia Shawkat (of Arrested Development fame) notices a missing persons poster for Chantal, an acquaintance from college. With no other real sense of purpose in her life, she embarks on her ineffectual boyfriend Drew and his narcissistic wealthy friends on her quest to find Chantal, encountering stalkers, weird cults (and celebrity cameos) along the way.

The fifth and final season just dropped so you can binge on it all – which is good because if you’re anything like me, you’ll be on the edge of your seat the whole way through and can’t stop.

– Genevieve Dwyer

Archive 81 (Netflix)

Paranoia grows for Dan (Mamoudou Athie) with each tape he restores.(Provided: Netflix)

Archive 81 looks like it was created in a lab to satisfy horror fans.

It’s a checklist of everything you’d expect from the genre: creepy jumps, demonic cults, dark conspiracies, archaic religious references, prophetic dreams, and a brave university student who investigates it all while recording it all for us on her camera .

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The eight-episode series based on a podcast of the same name follows Dan (Mamoudou Athie), a restorer, as he attempts to restore the damaged video archive of a missing filmmaker (Dina Shahabi). Through found footage, flashbacks, and Dan’s growing paranoia, Archive 81 takes us on some pretty wild storylines, with something even more sinister always around the corner.

It all doesn’t make sense, but if you don’t think about it too much, you’re in for a very fun ride.

– Christian Harimanow

Euphoria (Binge)

Jules (played by Hunter Schafer) and Rue (played by Zendaya) in an image from Euphoria.
Best friends Jules (played by Hunter Schafer) and Rue (played by Zendaya) have a complicated relationship.(Provided: HBO)

If there’s one show that makes me feel like my teenage years were extremely wholesome, it’s Euphoria.

In a nutshell, the series — now in its second season — is a coming-of-age story about a group of American high school kids.

I don’t know about you, but when I was 17 I was raising a Tamagotchi (RIP) and wondering which Vengaboys song I liked the most.

In Euphoria, teens face drug addiction (and drug dealing), blackmail, camgirling, backstabbing, and bullying on social media.

Dark and beautiful, each episode is like an hour-long music video.

Saturated colors, stylistic editing, A+ outfits, and a whole cast of the most talented and beautiful people I’ve ever seen (including Zendaya, who plays Rue, one of the show’s main characters and narrator).

Euphoria is also the feeling I get after each episode ends.

It’s a tense viewing. My hands are either tight around the armrests or on my face. In short, it’s a pretty hearty meal.

I would recommend washing it down with a comedy glass.

– Luke Tribe

Paddington (ABC iview)

A Paddington still.
What’s not to love about the adorable marmalade-addicted bear?(Provided)

Important Public Service Announcement: Paddington, everyone’s favorite film about a young bear’s misadventures in London, is on iview.

If you haven’t seen this gem of a film, it is of course based on the Michael Bond book series.

It’s so wholesome and really funny.

Paddington arrives in London from Darkest Peru in search of a home, where he is taken in by the dysfunctional Brown family.

He is looking for the explorer who first met his Aunt Lucy and Uncle Pastuzo many years ago, and named them after his late mother and an exotic boxer he met a once in a bar.

The film has a calypso band, Nicole Kidman as an evil taxidermist, and plenty of marmalade sandwiches.

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It will appeal to young and old alike, and is the perfect antidote to those stressful times.

-Rachel Rasker

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