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Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘Bojack Horseman,’ ‘The Dragon Prince’

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Streaming entertainment is bigger than ever, and with so many streaming services adding new shows and movies every week, it can be nearly impossible to sort through the good and the bad. If you need something to watch and don’t want to wade through the digital muck that washes up on the internet’s shores, follow our picks below for the best new shows and movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon, and other services.

On the list this week: A couple of animated series, the return of a beloved mockumentary, and more.

‘The Dragon Prince’ season 1

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Aaron Ehasz, writer of Avatar: the Last Airbender, has teamed up with Justin Richmond (Uncharted 3) to create The Dragon Prince, a new animated series about a trio of young heroes who form an unlikely alliance to save their two worlds. The show begins in the magical land of Xadia, a world where beings can draw on magic from the natural world. After humans developed “dark magic,” the other creatures of the world quarantined them in their own kingdom. After the humans kill the dragon who guards the barrier between realms, a band of elves plot revenge on the human royal family. When one of the elvish assassins, Rayla (Paula Burrows), meets the human princes Callum (Jack De Sena) and Ezran (Sasha Rojen), they reveal the existence of the dragon king’s last egg. As their elders march to war, the three youths set out to stop the conflict. Aside from some choppy animation, The Dragon Prince is a lovely looking series, and an exciting prospect for fantasy fans.

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‘American Vandal’ season 2

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Netflix is the home of true crime documentaries these days, so it was a fitting place for American Vandal, a mockumentary series that skewered the style of shows like Making a Murderer. It follows teenage filmmakers Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck) as they investigate the case of a fellow student accused of drawing genitals on the faculty’s cars. Season 2 follows the intrepid documentarians as they investigate a new, more sinister case: A Catholic school was thrown into chaos after a mastermind known only as the Turd Burglar poisoned the cafeteria lemonade with laxatives, which resulted in mass defecation. It’s up to Peter and Sam to solve the crime before the Turd Burglar strikes again.

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‘The First’ season 1

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Beau Willimon, creator of the American version of House of Cards, returns with a new series about five astronauts preparing to embark on mankind’s first mission to Mars. The First follows the various members of the mission as they juggle their personal issues with the requirements of their impending journey, but the focus is on Tom Hagerty (Sean Penn), a veteran astronaut who reluctantly comes out of retirement. He hung up his spacesuit to spend time with his daughter, Denise (Anna Jacoby-Heron), following the death of his wife. Although the mission to Mars looms in the background, The First is primarily a show about Tom and Denise’s fraught relationship.

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‘The Deuce’ season 2

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David Simon’s The Deuce was an unsurprising hit — coming from the creator of The Wire, after all — a dramatic, sharply written journey into the origins of the porn industry in 1970s New York City. Although it had a sprawling cast, the show focused in particular on a core cast of characters: Vincent and Frankie Martino (both James Franco), twin brothers working for the mob, and Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a self-employed prostitute with dreams of something bigger. Season 2 moves the story ahead a few years, to a time when NYC is at the height of decadence, and the porn business is awfully lucrative. The Deuce captures the glitz of the era, but it is never seduced by that glamour, diving headlong into the grim realities of the people involved.

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‘Bojack Horseman’ season 5

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One of the best portrayals of depression and self-destructive tendencies on television, Bojack Horseman is back for a fifth season, with all the heartrending drama and zany humor the show is known for. The show follows one Bojack Horseman (Will Arnett), an actor with a bumpy career arc who struggles to rebuild his reputation and relationships, a task that he makes more difficult by sabotaging himself at every opportunity. Season 5 opens with Bojack on a bit of an upswing, having worked through some childhood trauma, reconciled with his long-lost half-sister, and taken a new role in a television show. It’s an uncharacteristically optimistic setup, but given Bojack’s history, he’s bound to screw a few things up along the way. For those who have yet to watch Bojack Horseman, it’s a tremendous work, with complex, well-written characters and a surreal artistic style.

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