Streaming Must-Sees (and Must-Skips) in July 2022

'Beavis and Butt-Head,' Nathan Fielder's 'The Rehearsal' and 'The Man from Toronto' lead this month's Tune In or Turn Off

BY Alex HudsonPublished Jul 22, 2022

First thing's first: The O.C. is finally streaming, with all four seasons having dropped on Prime Video in late June. If you haven't revisited the first season lately, please do that before watching any of the below titles.

Once you're all caught up on Ryan, Seth, Marissa, Summer and the rest of the gang, here are the best new releases to check out in July 2022.

Tune In: Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

The filthy-minded degenerates are back for a new film, and it's frankly a miracle how funny it is. Do the Universe accomplishes the seemingly impossible: recaptures the sense of humour that made Beavis and Butt-Head so beloved in the '90s, and updates it with a parody of white privilege that's hilarious without being insensitive. Get ready for hilarious cracks about sex, fire and nachos. (Heh heh heh, I said cracks.)

Turn Off: Boo, Bitch

This is what happens when a bunch of adults try to write a Gen Z high school show: an unfunny, overbearing sensory overload full of kids speaking in acronyms and calling things "epic." This show deserves a "boo," and not in that ghost way.

Turn Off: The Lake
(Prime Video)

The Lake's concept of the show evokes Schitt's Creek, as a dysfunctional family reconnects in backwater Ontario. The characters have chemistry and the coming-of-age story offers moments of sweetness, but the clumsy dialogue means that most of the jokes awkwardly bellyflop. It's got potential, but it's not quite there yet.

Turn Off: The Man from Toronto

Woody Harrelson and Kevin Hart apologized for their decidedly non-local pronunciation of "Toronto" — but that wouldn't have mattered if The Man from Toronto were more entertaining. As a brainless comedy it's kind of charming — Hart, in particular, is pretty funny — but as an action movie, it's not memorable enough to provide thrills. You'd better be really bored to consider watching this.

Turn Off: Persuasion

This unbelievably bad Jane Austen adaptation from Netflix keeps the clothes but abandons the language, adding unfunny modern jokes and forcing Dakota Johnson to continually mug for the camera in an awkward collision of Fleabag and Jim from The Office. Stick with the 2007 version by Adrian Shergold.

Tune In: Only Murders in the Building, Season 2

Season 2 of the comedic whodunnit brings more of the same, with Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez playing a trio of podcasting crime-solvers who must get to the bottom of a mysterious death in their ritzy NYC apartment building. With laughs, surprisingly emotional moments, and a mystery that's genuinely compelling, it's a must-see for anyone who enjoyed Season 1.

Tune In: The Rehearsal

Nathan Fielder has upped his production values since Nathan for You. He's still giving people hilariously weird advice, but now with a bigger budget, which he wastes in the most glorious ways possible: dozens of extras, elaborate sets, and stunts that are hysterical precisely because they're so pointless.

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