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Stream on Demand: A return to the Forman basement with ‘That ‘90s Show’

By Sean Axmaker For The Spokesman-Review

What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.

Top streams for the week

Hello Wisconsin! Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith are back as Kitty and Red Forman, now empty nesters, and Callie Haverda is their granddaughter Leia, who comes to visit in “That ’90s Show: Season 1” (TV-14). She brings a new group of kids to the cozy basement hang-out in this spin-off set in the summer of 1995. Original series stars Laura Prepon, Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Wilmer Valderrama all make appearances. (Netflix)

The post-apocalyptic survival thriller “The Last of Us: Season 1” (TV-MA) stars Pedro Pascal as a hardened outlaw smuggler and Bella Ramsey as a teenage girl who immunity to the deadly fungal plague may hold the key of humanity’s survival. But first they have to survive the journey through the badlands, filled with both the infected and sometimes dangerous human survivors. It’s based on the popular video game and Emmy-winning writer/producer Craig Mazin collaborates with game designer Neil Druckmann for the adaptation. New episodes on Sundays. (HBO Max)

More streaming TV: The revival of ’80s hit sitcom “Night Court” with Melissa Rauch and John Larroquette is on Peacock and the fourth season of “9-1-1: Lone Star” (TV-14) on Hulu. New episodes on Wednesdays.

Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan play New York Times journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor in “She Said” (2022, R), a real-life drama based on their investigation of decades of sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Maria Schrader takes a deliberate, dispassionate approach to the painstaking investigative process while exposing both Weinstein’s heinous crimes and the system that protected him for decades. (Peacock)

International pick: The limited series “Women at War” (France, TV-MA, with subtitles) follows four French women (Audrey Fleurot, Julie de Bona, Camille Lou, and Sofia Essaïdi) forced to defend themselves when the men leave for the front lines of World War I. (Netflix)

Classic pick: John Wayne and James Stewart star in John Ford’s classic western “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962), recently featured in Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical “The Fabelmans.” (Prime Video)

News: HBO Max raises the price of its ad-free monthly subscription $1 this week, its first increase since launching in 2020.

News: The cable channel turned streamer Epix rebrands itself as MGM+.

Pay-Per-View / Video on Demand

Dwayne Johnson is “Black Adam” (2022, PG-13) in the DCU superhero movie and Joseph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy star in the darkly comic satire “The Menu” (2022, R). Also on HBO Max.

Netflix

From “Train to Busan” director Yeon Sang-ho comes the cyberpunk thriller “JUNG_E” (2023, South Korea, TV-14, with subtitles).

Hulu

International passport: Award-winning director Jacques Audiard adapts the stories of Adrian Tomine in the romantic drama “Paris, 13th District” (France, 2021, R, with subtitles).

Amazon Prime Video

B.J. Novak writes, directs, and stars in the dark comedy “Vengeance” (2022, R) as an aspiring New York podcaster who follows a story to a remote Texas town.

Peacock

“Sick” (2022, TV-MA), written by “Scream” creator Kevin Williamson, reworks slasher horror for the era of COVID quarantining.

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at streamondemandathome.com. © 2023 by Sean Axmaker

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