The 10 Movies and TV Shows You Must Watch on Streaming Services this July

July is shaping up to be a huge month for streaming services. Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Apple TV+ and HBO Max have a brilliant list of new movies and TV shows to get excited about.

The likes of Black Widow, the Space Jam sequel and the Gossip Girl reboot have been years in the making, so July 2021 should be known as the month the wait is finally over.

Here's a list of the top five movies and the top five TV shows to get excited about this month.


Monster at Work—Disney+, July 7

Mike and Scully in Monsters at Work
Mike and Scully are back for the sequel series "Monsters at Work." Episode 1 is called "Welcome to Monsters, Incorporated" and it's coming to Disney+ on July 7, 2021. Disney

Mike and Scully are back for a new TV series based on the classic Pixar film Monsters Inc. called Monsters at Work.

John Goodman and Billy Crystal are back to lend their voices with newcomers including Ben Feldman (Superstore), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) and Henry Winkler (Barry). The show picks up following the events of the original movie, as the company makes the transition from being fueled by screams to laughter.

The first two episodes are available to watch on Wednesday, July 7, with each episode airing weekly afterwards.

Gossip Girl—HBO Max, July 8

Cast of Gossip Girl reboot
The new cast of "Gossip Girl" on the set of the HBO Max sequel, coming July 8, 2021 Karolina Wojtasik/HBO Max

The much-awaited Gossip Girl sequel series arrives on HBO Max in July, with a new cast of high schoolers living under the watchful eye of the omniscient blogger known as "Gossip Girl."

Kristen Bell returns to narrate as the voice of the eponymous Gossip Girl, and original creators and showrunners are back for the new season.

The first episode drops on July 8, with the following episodes airing weekly every Thursday.

Love Island UK—Hulu, July 12

Love Island logo
"Love Island UK" returns to US screens this month on Hulu. Episodes drop on the streaming service on July 12. ITV

Another summer of love arrives on Hulu on Monday, July 12. The British reality show Love Island UK returns with a new cast of sexy singletons trying to find love in a Spanish villa.

While episodes are airing nightly in the U.K., U.S. viewers will get a collection of episodes two weeks later giving fans the opportunity to binge-watch.

Sexy Beasts—Netflix, July 21

Dolphin contestant on Netflix' Sexy Beasts
One of the contestants dressed as a dolphin on the new Netflix series Sexy Beasts, coming on Wednesday July 21, 2021. Netflix

Sexy Beasts is an eye-catching dating series taking looks out of the equation completely by hiding the contestants under layers of fantastical, cutting edge prosthetics.

How will a date go when a dolphin comes face-to-face with a bull? Find out on Wednesday, July 21, when all six episode of Season 1 are released on Netflix.

Ted Lasso—Apple TV+, July 23

Ted Lasso coaches
Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and Nick Mohammed) and his team return for season 2 on Apple TV+ on Friday July 23. Apple TV+

Eternal optimist Ted Lasso returns for a second season of soccer...we mean football, on Apple TV+. Richmond F.C. were heartbreakingly relegated at the end of last season, so Ted and his players have their work cut out in their quest to get promoted back to the top league.

Season 1 of the sitcom swept up at awards season, gaining Jason Sudeikis multiple prizes for his role as coach Ted Lasso.

Season 2 kicks off on Friday, July 23, with episodes airing weekly afterwards.


The Tomorrow War—Amazon Prime Video, July 2

Chris Pratt in The Tomorrow War
Chris Pratt travels to the future to save the present in Amazon Prime Video's "The Tomorrow War." Courtesy of Amazon Prime Video

Chris Pratt leads this sci-fi action movie coming exclusively to Amazon Prime Video on Friday, July 2.

In The Tomorrow War he stars alongside Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons and Betty Gilpin as they travel to the future to join the fight against a deadly alien species.

Black Widow—Disney+, July 9

Black Widow cast
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Alexei (David Harbour) and Yelena (Florence Pugh) star in Marvel's Black Widow. Finally out on July 9, 2021. Marvel Studios

Fans have waited long enough to see Scarlett Johansson lead her own Marvel movie. Coming to cinemas and to Disney+ on Friday, July 9, Black Widow is on the run after the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016) and reunites with people from her past as she comes up against the villain, Taskmaster.

Disney+ viewers will have to pay for Premier Access to view the movie, which in the past has cost an additional $29.99.

Space Jam: A New Legacy—HBO Max, July 16

LeBron James and the Tune Squad
LeBron James gives the Tune Squad a pep talk in the upcoming sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy, out on HBO Max on July 16, 2021 Warner Bros. Pictures

Michael Jordan hands the mantle over to LeBron James in this part-animated comedy sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy.

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Lola Bunny, Porky Pig and the rest of the Looney Tunes characters return with an enhanced three-dimensional design.

The movie will be simultaneously released in theaters and on HBO Max on Friday, July 16. HBO Max subscribers can watch the film for free for one month after release.

Jolt—Amazon Prime Video, July 23

Jolt movie poster
Kate Beckinsale stars in the upcoming action movie "Jolt" on Amazon Prime Video Amazon Studios

Kate Beckinsale revisits her dangerous side in the upcoming Amazon Original movie, Jolt. She plays a bouncer with slightly murderous anger-management problems that she tries to control with an electro-lined shock vest.

Beckinsale stars alongside Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Bobby Cannavale, and Laverne Cox in this R-rated action movie.

It's available to watch on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, July 23.

Jungle Cruise—Disney+, July 30

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt Jungle Cruise
Dwayne Johnson (Frank) and Emily Blunt (Lily) star in the upcoming Disney adventure film Jungle Cruise. It's out on July 30, 2021. Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson teams up with Emily Blunt in this adventure movie based on the Disney theme park attraction.

Johnson plays a riverboat captain who takes a British scientist (Blunt) through the jungle to try and find the Tree of Life. Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti also feature.

As well as launching in theaters, Jungle Cruise will release on Disney+ with Premier Access, which will cost an extra $29.99 to watch on the streaming service.