July Previews: Netflix and Amazon

Stranger Things Season 3 (Netflix)

The third season of the Duffer Brothers’ hugely-popular nostalgia-blast returns like a welcome summer breeze. Now set in 1985, the kids from the Indiana town of Hawkins are a little older (though probably no more wiser) as hormones rage almost as much as the spooky monsters that lie in the shadows in this glorious blend of sci-fi and teen angst. With this season skewed sunnier, all the favourites return, including Britain’s Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, whilst The Princess Bride’s Cary Elwes joins the cast as Mayor Larry Kline.

Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein (Netflix)

For those who can’t get enough of David Harbour from Stranger Things, here comes a bizarre mockumentary described as “A Netflix Playhouse Featurette”. Playing himself, Harbour sets out to uncover his father’s televised stage play, Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein. Featuring the likes of Alfred Molina and Kate Berlant in supporting roles – other special guests are promised too – it has the same vibe as the brilliant Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Harbour himself claims there are “more twists than Stranger Things”. All inside a bite-sized 28 minutes.

Pennyworth (Amazon Prime)

After the success of TV show Gotham, the DC Comics universe gets another serial outing in Pennyworth. Crafted by Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon (the British director who made the notorious Judge Dredd with Sylvester Stallone), it tells of Batman’s butler Alfred Pennyworth and his backstory before he came to work for the Wayne family. Played by Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game), it follows his life after being a soldier in the SAS and forming a security company. Among the co-stars? Singer Paloma Faith plays nemesis Bet Sykes, a “spirited, sadistic and sharp-tongued villain”.

The Boys (Amazon Prime)

This one goes out to all the viewers looking for an alternative to the do-gooder comic-book stories out there right now. Set in a world where god-like superheroes are revered as celebrities, The Boys is an offbeat take on a genre currently swamping the market. “People love superheroes…but if you knew half the shit they get up to,” says Karl Urban’s character Billy Butcher in the trailer. With Elisabeth Shue, Jennifer Esposito and Chace Crawford co-starring, expected a bloody, stylized and irreverent take on people in spandex.

All shows available from July 2019 onwards.

James Mottram

1. Still from
Stranger Things, Season 3.