Best new shows and movies to stream in October 2022

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It’s the spookiest month of the year, and yet somehow by the time it’s over we’ll be well on our way to Christmas (Hallmark Channel begins its annual “Countdown to Christmas” on October 21!). Along the way, we can look forward to horror-filled anthology series from masters like Guillermo del Toro and Mike Flanagan; sequels to horror movie staples Hellraiser and Halloween; new seasons of reality faves Bling Empire and Love Is Blind; the return of big Emmy winner The White Lotus; and much more.

Read on for all the best new shows and movies to stream in October 2022…

New movies to stream in October 2022

New limited series and TV shows streaming in October

Upcoming sports events to stream

What’s streaming in November 2022?

New movies streaming in October 2022

Nothing Compares

Release date: October 2
Where: Showtime

Ever wondered what happened to Sinead O’Connor? This documentary takes a closer look at her early, successful career in the late 80s and early 90s and tries to better contextualize the controversial acts of protest that seemed to derail her thereafter.

Catherine Called Birdy

Release date: October 7
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Who knew you could make a girl power film about life in the (checks notes) 1300s? Of course star Bella Ramsey (Lyanna Mormont on Game of Thrones) has already blazed that trail; add in the wry writing and direction of Lena Dunham and co-stars Andrew Scott and Billie Piper (as a lord and lady and the parents of said rebellious tween) and we are enthused. The film is also currently rated 86% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Hellraiser

Release date: October 7
Where: Hulu

This “super violent” reboot to the 80s horror classic (and the eleventh installment in the franchise overall) has drawn raves for its aesthetic similarities to the original (and the source material novel). Actress Jamie Clayton takes over as the iconic “Hell Priestess” Pinhead, and has earned plaudits for her performance.

Werewolf By Night

Release date: October 7
Where: Disney Plus

This one-off “TV special” stars Gael Garcia Bernal as the eponymous Marvel Comics character, also known as Jack Russell, who is a monster hunter cursed with turning into a werewolf under the full moon. The decidedly grown-up special will follow other monster hunters in a spooky competition for a powerful relic.

Halloween Ends

Release date: October 14
Where: Peacock

Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as the sister of psychotic serial killer Michael Myers (last seen four years earlier in Halloween Kills) when a violent murder forces her into a final confrontation with the evil she can’t control. This is the third and final film in the most recent Halloween reboot trilogy.

The School for Good and Evil

Release date: October 19
Where: Netflix

This adaptation of a “modern fairy tale” directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters) seems part Harry Potter, part Wicked, and part teen drama. The adult cast is entirely stellar, however, with Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh, Cate Blanchett, and Ben Kingsley playing the teachers at a school that trains the heroes and villains of real fairy tales.

Raymond and Ray

Release date: October 21
Where: Apple TV+

This dark comedy stars Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor as half-brothers who reunite at their unlikable father’s funeral. Just how dark is it? Apparently there’s grave digging…

The Good Nurse

Release date: October 26
Where: Netflix

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne stars in this chilling drama based on the true story of an ICU nurse who was implicated in the deaths of more than 300 patients over the course of his career. Jessica Chastain plays the co-worker who finally caught on to his heinous crimes.

All Quiet on the Western Front

Release date: October 28
Where: Netflix

This is the first German-language remake of the 1930 Oscar-winner for Best Picture (itself based on Erich Maria Remarque’s powerful novel about life in the trenches during World War I). Daniel Brühl and Felix Kammerer star as the story’s German soldiers.

A Cozy Christmas Inn

Release date: October 28
Where: Hallmark Channel

This is just one of 40 new titles rolled out this year in Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” (which officially kicks off on October 21). Take a shot of eggnog every time every time one of the classic tropes—city girl stranded in a small town, Christmas cookies, handsome widower, Santa in disguise, etc.—pops up, and check out the full slate of 2022 films here.

New limited series and TV shows

Huluween Dragstravaganza

Release date: October 1
Where: Hulu

This Halloween-themed variety special features popular stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race including Ginger Minj, Manila Luzon, and Monét X Change, along with an alum of the reality horror competition show Dragula and musical guest Kesha.

Saturday Night Live

Release date: October 1
Where: Peacock

The sketch comedy institution returns for its 48th season with its largest cast turnover in years; gone are Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Chris Redd, Melissa Villaseñor and three others, while Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker join the cast. Miles Teller will host alongside musical guest Kendrick Lamar.

Interview with the Vampire

Release date: October 2
Where: AMC+

We are highly intrigued by this new series based on Anne Rice’s popular novels (and the gothic 90s film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt). Set 50 years after the events of the film, the regretful vampire Louis (played here by Jacob Anderson, nee Grey Worm on Game of Thrones) reconnects with now-jaded reporter Daniel Molloy (Eric Bogosian). His story is still told in flashback, but reframed events more explicitly portray his complicated relationship with the vampire Lestat (Sam Reid) than the film ever dared. In the words of The New York Times, “There’s gay and bisexual sex, grisly threesomes, lots of flesh. It’s very sweaty.” Eight episodes will air weekly.

Bling Empire Season 3

Release date: October 5
Where: Netflix

Netflix’s uber-popular, real-life version of Crazy Rich Asians (albeit set in Los Angeles) returns with more drama, more fabulous fashion and jet-setting, and a crossover with another Netflix “reality” star, Chrishell Stause of Selling Sunset. Devon Diep also joins the cast. Word is that this season’s eight episodes will roll out on a weekly basis in a new approach for Netflix.

The Real Love Boat

Release date: October 5
Where: CBS/Paramount+

Part reboot of the charming 70s anthology series, part dating competition show, The Real Love Boat sets sail on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea with co-hosts Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell. The somewhat odd tie-in to the original show? The captain and cruise director will apparently help “guide” the potential love matches.

Pennyworth: The Origins of Batman’s Butler

Release date: October 6
Where: HBO Max

This is actually the third season of this show that formally aired on Epix (it’s also been renamed). Now set in the 1970s, the series will continue to follow the origin story of Alfred (Jack Bannon) in the exciting days before he became Bruce Wayne’s bespectacled butler and was instead an SAS agent fighting evil.

Derry Girls Season 3

Release date: October 7
Where: Netflix

Get ready for the third and final season of this hilarious, irreverent, and yet somehow still slightly poignant series about teen girls growing up in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles.” Nicola Coughlan has shot to worldwide stardom due to her role on Bridgerton, but will still be part of the core ensemble here. The 7-episode final season (which has already finished airing on Channel 4 in the UK) will also feature a cameo from Liam Neeson and romantic sparks between two of the main characters.

The Midnight Club

Release date: October 7
Where: Netflix

This 10-episode horror series comes from The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan, and adapts Christopher Pike’s YA novel about dying teenagers in a hospice trying to out-spook each other with chilling tales.

The Winchesters

Release date: October 11
Where: The CW

The CW’s Supernatural concluded in 2020 after 15 seasons, but fans will be delighted to know that Jensen Eckles is reprising his role as Dean Winchester when he returns to narrate this spinoff prequel about his character’s parents, John and Mary. The dark drama will portray how they met and fell in love while fighting monsters in the 1970s. The Winchesters will air weekly on Tuesdays, and can be streamed live or on-demand on platforms including Hulu+Live TV, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Stream.

The Playlist

Release date: October 12
Where: Netflix

Did you think the trend in startup docu-dramas was over? This six-episode Swedish import takes a serious (but admittedly “fictionalized”) look at the rise of Spotify. Real-life founder Daniel Ek is here portrayed by Vikings actor Edvin Endre.

High School

Release date: October 14
Where: Amazon Freevee

This new Canadian series set in the 90s is based on the memoir by rock star twin sisters Tegan and Sara (here played by TikTok stars Railey and Seazynn Gilliland). The first four episodes have already dropped, with the next four airing weekly on Fridays on the [free] platform Freevee. Cobie Smulders and Nate Corddry also star as their parents. We are majorly digging the grunge and alt-rock soundtrack.

Shantaram

Release date: October 14
Where: Apple TV+

Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) returns to series TV in Apple’s highly-anticipated adaptation of the best-selling novel by Gregory David Roberts about an Australian fugitive in 1980s Bombay. As is par for the course with Apple, the series looks to be gorgeously shot. The first three episodes will drop on October 14, with nine more streaming weekly on Fridays.

Love Is Blind Season 3

Release date: October 19
Where: Netflix

Nick and Vanessa Lachey return to host this odd (and oddly compelling) “social experiment”/reality dating series where contestants go on literal blind dates in sealed off pods and sometimes even get married. (You may be shocked to learn that both of Season 2’s married couples have subsequently called it quits.) Season 3, which was shot in Dallas, will have 12 episodes to binge.

The Peripheral

Release date: October 21
Where: Amazon Prime Video

If you like Westworld, chances are you’ll be keen on this dystopian sci-fi series exec-produced by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy that’s based on William Gibson’s 2014 book of the same name. Chloe Grace Moretz stars as a woman “in a forgotten corner of tomorrow’s America” who discovers a dazzling but dangerous future in what seems to be an online game. The series will comprise eight weekly episodes.

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Release date: October 25
Where: Netflix

Consider us officially creeped out by this eight-episode horror anthology series from director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water), which is based on his own short stories. Look for stars like Andrew Lincoln, Rupert Grint, Crispin Glover, Charlyne Yi, and Eric André.

Tales of the Jedi

Release date: October 26
Where: Disney Plus

Get ready for your monthly dose of Star Wars content (on top of the newest hit series, Andor): Tales of the Jedi offers up six animated shorts chronicling the adventures of Jedi characters from the prequel trilogy era. Liam Neeson returns to voice Qui-Gon Jinn and Matt Lanter voices a young Anakin Skywalker.

White Lotus Season 2

Release date: October 30
Where: HBO Max

Not too much is known yet about the follow-up to HBO’s quirky series (which shifted from a miniseries to an anthology), other than that it’s set at a sister White Lotus property in Italy. Jennifer Coolidge will reprise her Emmy-winning turn, while new cast members include Michael Imperioli, Aubrey Plaza, and F. Murray Abraham.

Sports events to stream in October

October is a big month for rugby, starting with the NRL Grand Final on October 2 and concluding with the start of Autumn Internationals on October 29. The Major League Baseball Playoffs start with a new Wild Card format on October 7 and will finish with the World Series on October 28. Cricket’s T20 World Cup gets rolling Down Under on October 16. And both the NHL and NBA start their seasons on October 7 and 18, respectively.

What’s streaming in November 2022?

We are pretty stoked for the meta-comedy potential of Blockbuster, a new series about the world’s last Blockbuster Video story that will stream on…Netflix (IYKYK). The hotly anticipated Weird Al: The Yankovic Story (starring Daniel Radcliffe) premieres on the free Roku Channel. The Crown Season 5 premieres with all eyes watching closely in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death. And a spate of fun-looking Christmas content (including The Santa Clauses, A Christmas Story Christmas, and A Royal Corgi Christmas) will drop on Disney Plus, HBO Max, and Hallmark Channel, respectively.

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