What to Watch This Week | June 27–July 3

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

The Steam Summer Sale is in full swing, so of course I spent the whole weekend playing Fall Guys, a game that is free-to-play year round. It’s a fun time if you have the internet speed for online gaming, and it kept me from doomscrolling on Twitter. But back to TV. . . .

This week’s What to Watch picks include the season 4 finale of Stranger Things, the return of Only Murders in the Building, the first stages of the Tour de France, and brand-new movies Blasted and The Princess. Happy streaming!

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What’s premiering this week

Stranger Things | Netflix | Drama, horror

Season 4 finale, Friday, July 1: Well, gang, it’s all been leading up to this. After the first portion of season 4 aired back in May, we’ve been pretty nervous about the fates of our favorite Hawkins kids. The last two episodes of the season promise a darker tone and longer runtimes, so buckle up and grab your favorite cassette. We’re not saying we’ve started a pool betting on which secondary character will die next, but we’re not not saying that.

Tour de France | Peacock | Cycling

Coverage begins July 1, 6 a.m. ET: If you’ve finished your fifth Stranger Things rewatch and can’t get enough midwestern kids on bikes, might we recommend European adults on bikes? This Grand Tour runs all month, beginning in Copenhagen, Denmark and ending in Paris, France on Sunday, July 24. This year’s competitors include Tadej Pogačar, Jonas Vingegaard, and Daniel Martínez. You can watch every stage live with Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus.

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What to watch on Netflix this week

Blasted | Netflix | Foreign, sci-fi, comedy

Movie premiere, Tuesday, June 28: This sci-fi/comedy hybrid has everything you could possibly want at your wedding: bad puns, laser guns, and alien goo. The movie is apparently based on a real UFO phenomenon that sometimes appears in Hessdalen, Norway, but it’s unclear how much of the goo is also based in reality. Blasted is the latest installment in a trend of Norwegian media making the jump to American Netflix, following the fantasy drama Ragnarok and the comedy Norsemen.

Beauty | Netflix | Drama

Movie premiere, Wednesday, June 29: In this movie from writer Lena Waithe (whose name you might recognize from her appearances in Ready Player One and Westworld), a young black woman pursues a singing career in 1980s New Jersey. The path to fame isn’t easy, though, and Beauty (Gracie Marie Bradley) finds herself torn between her family (Niecy Nash and Giancarlo Esposito), her career, and her girlfriend. For more queer TV, check out our Pride month streaming guide.

What to watch on Hulu this week

Only Murders in the Building | Hulu | Comedy

Season 2 premiere, Tuesday, June 28: The comedy trio of Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez are back after the thrilling events of the first season. This show follows three true-crime podcasters as they find themselves at the center of the very murders they’re trying to solve. Last season had plenty of famous guest stars, and this season is no different, adding to the cast Amy Schumer, Cara Delevingne, and Andrea Martin. (How many Martins can fit in one show?)

The Princess | Hulu | Action, drama, thriller

Movie premiere, Friday, July 1: Joey King stars as the titular princess in this action-packed dark fantasy. Her character has to escape an arranged marriage and save her kingdom, but she’ll look damn cool doing it. The trailer features no shortage of sword fighting and cool stunts set to “Bad Reputation,” all done while the princess is still wearing lacey medieval gowns and corsets. Keep an eye out for a cosplay or two at your local ren faire this summer.

What to watch on Disney+ this week

Baymax! | Disney+ | Animation, family

Series premiere, Wednesday, June 29: Remember when Disney and Marvel’s collaborations still seemed novel? The world of 2014’s Big Hero 6 returns to its three-dimensional glory in a story that will focus on the daily life of the loveable healthcare robot Baymax. But if you’re looking for more superhero-y adventures with the rest of the gang, all three seasons of Big Hero 6: the Series are streaming on Disney+ as well.

Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness | Disney+ | Documentary

Behind-the-scenes special, Friday, July 1: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness finally hit Disney+ last week. Like it’s done for every other Marvel property to premiere since the dawn of Disney+, the media giant is releasing behind-the-scenes footage in the form of an Assembled documentary. Multiverse of Madness went through a lot of reshoots, so it’ll be interesting to see how things went on the other side of the camera (and if they’ll ever acknowledge Wong’s magically length-changing hairstyles).

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W2W wildcard of the week

Wimbledon | ESPN, ESPN2 | Tennis

Coverage begins Monday, June 27: We’ve got a bonus sporting event for you this week. Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, begins today in London, England. You can catch all your favorite players on ESPN and ESPN2.

In case you missed it

Battle of the Sexes | Amazon Prime Video | Biography, comedy, drama

Now streaming free with Freevee: Take a breather between Wimbledon matches to relive the 1973 Battle of the Sexes between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Emma Stone and Steve Carell recreate the historic match from a time (much like today) when women were fighting for their rights. Did you know that Wimbledon refused to give men and women athletes equal prize money until 2007, 34 years after the events of this movie take place?

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