What to Watch This Week | July 25–August 1

CableTV.com’s tip-top viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.

Whoa. Disney+ just added R-rated Marvel movies Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and Logan to its streaming library—what the huh? The previously edited F-bombs have also returned to Hamilton, much to the delight of Lin-Manuel Miranda. Disney+ is getting (relatively) saucy.

This week’s What to Watch recs include a new standup comedy special from Whitney Cummings, the return of Harley Quinn, new comedy-mystery The Resort, time-traveling sci-fi series Paper Girls, and WWE SummerSlam pro-wrestling action. Stop dreaming—start streaming!

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What’s premiering this week

Not Okay | Hulu | Comedy, drama

Movie premiere, Friday, July 29: Writer Danni Sanders (Zoey Deutch) has no friends, no boyfriend, and no social media followers—what else to do but post a fake, Photoshopped trip to Paris on Insta? Coincidentally, a deadly incident takes place in the City of Lights on the same day, and Danni “returns” home as a survivor and hero influencer. But, when the internet learns the truth, her takedown is brutal (internet gonna internet). Not Okay is a cautionary Millennial tale.

FA Community Shield | ESPN+ | Sports, soccer

Coverage begins Saturday, July 30, 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT: The 2022 Football Association Community Shield will be the British league’s 100th annual match, this year featuring Man City facing off against Liverpool at King Power Stadium in Leicester City. The match isn’t happening at its usual London venue Wembley Stadium because the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Final (also on ESPN+) already booked it. So much soccer—sorry, football—action this weekend.

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What to watch on Netflix this week

Whitney Cummings: Jokes | Netflix | Comedy, standup

Special premiere, Tuesday, July 26: Comic Whitney Cummings tells Variety her fifth standup special is “more nostalgic and emotionally cozy” than the previous four, adding “no politics, no lecturing, no self-indulgence.” Well, the simply titled Jokes contains a wee bit of self-indulgence, as Cummings talks about dating younger men and personal sex injuries (presumably related) but doesn’t even mention the Oscar snub for her iconic role in the Foo Fighters’ Studio 666 movie.

Uncoupled | Netflix | Comedy, drama

Series premiere, Friday, July 29: New Yorker Michael’s (Neil Patrick Harris) idyllic life is shattered when his husband of 17 years suddenly leaves him. Once you wrap your head around the idea of anyone dumping the delightful Neil Patrick Harris, know that the comedy of Uncoupled is in the capable hands of show creators Darren Star (Sex and the City, Emily in Paris) and Jeffrey Richman (Frasier, Modern Family). All eight episodes of Uncoupled premiere Friday, July 29.

What to watch on HBO Max this week

Harley Quinn | HBO Max | Animation, comedy

Season 3 premiere, Thursday, July 28: Before she was racking up Emmy nominations for The Flight Attendant, Kaley Cuoco provided the profane voice of the animated Harley Quinn. The former DC Universe series, now an HBO Max Original, picks up where it left off two years ago, with blissful couple Harley and Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) entering high (criminal) society as a power duo while the Joker (Alan Tudyk) runs for mayor of Gotham. Harley Quinn is not for kids.

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin | HBO Max | Drama, thriller

Series premiere, Thursday, July 28: Different town, different characters, different showrunners—Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin doesn’t have much in common with Freeform hit Pretty Little Liars. But it does have teen girls being awful to each other, so the spirit is here. Also here is a mysterious stalker who’s out to punish the daughters of those who committed a gruesome crime 20 years ago. The first three episodes of eight drop Thursday, July 28.

What to watch on Peacock this week

The Resort | Peacock | Comedy, mystery

Series premiere, Thursday, July 28: Happily-ish married couple Emma (Cristin Milioti, Made for Love) and Noah (William Jackson Harper, The Good Place) become caught up in a 15-year-old unsolved mystery while vacationing at a Yucatan resort. Palm Springs and Lodge 49 writer Andy Siara created The Resort, so of course things are going to get weird in paradise. This seems like a one-season story, but then again, so did The White Lotus, and look what happened there.

WWE SummerSlam | Peacock | Sports, wrestling

Coverage begins Saturday, July 30, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT: Live from Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, it’s WWE SummerSlam 2022! Matchups include Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar (Last Man Standing Match), Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch (Raw Women’s Championship), Liv Morgan vs. Ronda Rousey (SmackDown Women’s Championship), The Usos vs. The Street Profits (Tag Team Championship), and The Miz vs. Logan Paul (Insufferable Jabroni Championship).

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W2W wildcards of the week

Paper Girls | Prime Video | Drama, sci-fi

Series premiere, Friday, July 29: Based on Brian K. Vaughan’s graphic novels, Paper Girls follows four newspaper delivery girls (Camryn Jones, Riley Lai Nelet, Sofia Rosinsky, and Fina Strazza) who get caught between warring time travelers in 1988 and then are flung into the future of 2019 (be happy you didn’t land in 2020, kids). Aiding in the fight to return to their own time are their adult selves (including Ali Wong). All eight episodes of Paper Girls drop Friday, July 29.

Surface | Apple TV+ | Drama, thriller

Series premiere, Friday, July 29: While recovering from a traumatic head injury incurred during a suicide attempt she has no memory of, Sophie (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) begins to question the “truth” of her forgotten past life as its being told to her. This Surface is not to be confused with the short-lived 2005 sci-fi series Surface, which starred Lake Bell (Harley Quinn) as a marine biologist chasing sea monsters . . . why has no one rebooted that? Get on it, Hollywood.

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