It's a new month, which means a host of new series, films and documentaries are set to hit streaming services in the UAE in the coming days.
As the days get hotter and more time is spent indoors, entertaining content from the likes of Apple TV+, Starzplay, Amazon Prime, OSN Streaming and Netflix is more helpful than ever.
And June certainly doesn't disappoint. With offerings spanning a variety of genres, including true crime, drama, horror, comedy and animation, and in different languages, with features in English, Turkish, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese all set to be released, there is something for almost everyone.
Plus, there is plenty of star power to look out for, with the likes of Anthony Mackie, Rose Byrne, Julianne Moore, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman all making appearances.
Here we round up new series, films and documentaries coming to streamers in the UAE this June...
‘Carnaval’, June 2, Netflix
Starring: Giovana Cordeiro, Gkay, Bruna Inocencio, Samya Pascotto, Flavia Pavanelli
Brazilian musical comedy Carnaval tells the story of digital influencer Nina (Cordeiro), who is left humiliated when a video of her boyfriend's betrayal starts going viral. To get over the break-up, she gathers her friends to travel to Salvador for carnival.
‘Lisey's Story’, June 4, Apple TV+
Starring: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Lisey's Story is an eight-part series based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, which has been adapted by the author himself.
The thriller follows Lisey Landon (Moore) two years after the death of her husband, famous novelist Scott Landon (Owen). A series of unsettling events causes Lisey to face memories of her marriage to Scott that she has deliberately blocked out of her mind.
‘Sweet Tooth’, June 4, Netflix
Starring: Christian Convery, Nono Anozie, Adeel Akhtar, Aliza Vellani
Sweet Tooth tells the tale of how The Great Crumble wreaked havoc on the world 10 years ago and led to the mysterious emergence of hybrids – babies born as part human, part animal. Unsure if hybrids are the cause or result of the virus, many humans fear and hunt them.
After a decade of living safely in his secluded forest home, a sheltered hybrid deer-boy named Gus (Convery) unexpectedly befriends a wandering loner named Jepperd (Anozie). Together they set out on an extraordinary adventure across what’s left of America in search of answers.
‘Home Before Dark’, June 11, Apple TV+
Starring: Louis Herthum, Jim Sturgess, Brooklynn Prince
The second season of this mystery series is hitting Apple TV+ this month. When a strange explosion hits a local farm, young reporter Hilde Lisko (Prince) begins an investigation that will lead her to fight a powerful and influential corporation – with the health of her family and town, Erie Harbor, in the balance.
Season one is available to stream now.
'Loki', June 11, OSN Streaming
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson
The "god of mischief" Loki (Hiddleston) is finally gets his own TV spin-off. The six-episode series on Disney+ is set to begin after events in the 2019 blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, in which Loki was last seen using the Tesseract – a cosmic cube that gives immense power to whoever wields it – to escape custody.
The show centres on how Loki is brought to the headquarters of the Time Variance Authority, who tell him he needs to fix “reality” after he broke it when he used the Tesseract.
‘Lupin’, June 11, Netflix
Starring: Omar Sy, Vincent Londez, Ludivine Sagnier, Herve Pierre
The second season of the popular French heist show returns and picks up from the cliffhanger season one finale that saw Assane Diop (Sy) scrambling to find his son, Raoul (Etan Simon), while also coming face to face with a police officer who suspects him of being the mastermind behind a jewellery heist.
The first season is available to stream now.
‘Blindspotting’, weekly from June 14, Starzplay
Starring: Helen Hunt, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Atticus Woodward, Rafael Casal
The first season of comedy drama Blindspotting (written by Hamilton star Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal) is coming to Starzplay.
The series follows Ashley (Cephas Jones) as her partner of 12 years and father of their son, Miles (Casal), is suddenly incarcerated, leaving her to navigate the world without him. Ashley and her son Sean (Woodward) are forced to move in with Miles’ mother (Hunt), and struggle to adjust to their new life.
The events in the series take place six months after the timeline of the 2018 film of the same name, starring Diggs and Casal.
‘Hospital Playlist’, June 17, Netflix
Starring: Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Kim Dae-myung, Jeon Mi-do
The second season of Korean medical drama Hospital Playlist lands this month, following on from the first season, which was the most viewed Netflix show in South Korea in 2020.
The show tells the story of five doctors who have been friends since they started medical school together in 1999.
The first season is available to stream now.
‘The Gift’, June 17, Netflix
Starring: Beren Saat, Mehmet Gunsur, Melisa Senolsun
The third season of Turkish mystery drama The Gift arrives this month. The show follows the life of Atiye (Saat), a young painter who seems to have the perfect life in Istanbul. She has a loving family, a wealthy boyfriend and is about to open her first solo exhibition.
However, her life is about to change with a discovery made in the most ancient temple on Earth, Gobekli Tepe. An archaeologist named Erhan (Gunsur) discovers a symbol in the ruins, one that connects Atiye to Gobekli Tepe in a very mysterious way.
The first and second seasons are available to stream now.
‘Physical’, June 18, Apple TV+
Starring: Rose Byrne, Rory Scovel, Dierdre Friel
Set in 1980s San Diego, Physical is a dark comedy following Sheila Rubin (Byrne), a quietly tortured, seemingly dutiful housewife supporting her smart but controversial husband's bid for state assembly. But behind closed doors, Sheila has her own darkly funny take on life she rarely lets the world see, until she finds release through the unlikeliest source: the world of aerobics.
The series tracks her journey from a stifled, overlooked enabler to a powerful, confident economic force, as Sheila transforms into someone we take for granted today (but was entirely radical at the time) – the female lifestyle guru.
'Elite', June 18, Netflix
Starring: Itzan Escamilla, Miguel Bernardeau, Aron Piper, Omar Ayuso
This Spanish-language teen thriller, set in the fictional elite school of Las Encinas, became an instant global hit when it premiered in 2018. It has murder, intrigue and all the drama you can expect from a story set in a high school.
Starting with a murder in season one – and the show has since claimed more lives over season two and three as secrets are exposed and loyalties tested – season four promises to bring even more twists as the last instalment ended with a major cover-up.
The first three seasons are available to stream now.
'Rick and Morty', June 20, Netflix
Starring: Justin Roiland, Maurice LaMarche, Charis Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke
Another season, another new adventure, as the Emmy-winning animated show Rick and Morty returns. The critically acclaimed series follows the hijinks of scientist Rick and grandson Morty, although the new season looks to have an increased focus on supporting characters such as Summer (Morty's sister).
The season four finale, which came out in May 2020, took a closer look at Rick's strained relationship with his daughter Beth (Morty's mum) and also caught up with a load of plot threads from seasons two and three. We won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t watched the show yet, though.
Seasons one through four are available to stream now.
‘Murder on the Coast’, June 23, Netflix
This is primed to be the next true crime documentary all of your friends will talk about. In 1999, Dutch-Spanish teen Rocio Wanninkhof was murdered near Malaga, in the south of Spain. Her mother's ex-partner, Dolores Vazquez, was suspected and jailed for her arrest. But did she do it?
‘Central Park’, June 25, Apple TV+
Starring: Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn
In the second season of the animated musical comedy, the Tillerman family continues to navigate living in and caring for the world's most famous park.
Molly (Bell) experiences the trials and tribulations of adolescence, Cole (Burgess) is challenged by a truly embarrassing moment at school, Paige (Hahn) continues to chase down the mayor's corruption story and Owen (Odom) juggles managing the park, his staff and his family, all with a smile on his face.
The first season is available to stream now.
‘Solos’, June 25, Amazon Prime
Starring: Uzo Aduba, Nicole Beharie, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Anthony Mackie, Helen Mirren, Dan Stevens, Constance Wu
Solos is a seven-part anthology series that explores the complex truths of what it means to be human. With a cast of eight high-profile names, the series spans humanity's present and future, and grapples with time travel, AI bots, solo trips to the farthest reaches of the universe, scheming smart homes, a mysterious waiting room, near-future fertility treatments and illegal memory transplants, all to illuminate the deeper meaning of human connection.