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April 12, 2021  |  Electronics

New in July 2020: The best shows and movies on Hulu and Disney+

With each new month comes the promise of new releases and old favorites to all the popular streaming services. On Disney+ and its sister service Hulu, July offers a wide range of upcoming series and films that will excite viewers. 

There’s drama, terror, laughs, and plenty of content to cater to every interest. The month kicks off with one of the most anticipated stories to hit the screen, and there’s much more coming after that.

Here’s what you can look forward to on Disney+ and Hulu this July.

New on Disney+ in july

Hamilton, July 3

Just in time for Independence Day comes one of the most popular and inspiring musicals of recent memory. Recorded on Broadway with the original cast, including creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton” is a whirlwind of a show — a funny, stirring, heartbreaking story of the founding of and fight for America. 

It’s a timely tale that gives the microphone to those who aren’t often given the chance. For any who missed the regularly sold-out show in New York and as it traveled the world, now’s your chance to experience the talked-about and revelatory musical.

Solo: A Star Wars Story, July 10

Disney continues to reclaim some of its original productions that were lent to other streaming services prior to the arrival of their own, and in July they welcome back “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” For better, and sometimes worse, “Solo” is the perfect encapsulation of “Star Wars” films, showcasing a diverse cast of characters (human and otherwise), some incredible set pieces, and a struggle by those in power to push the envelope while also appeasing longtime fans. 

Stellar performances by Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (as a droid) — as well as a surprise appearance at the end — make this a fun, world-building story set before the rise of the Empire.

Rogue Trip, July 24

This original Disney+ series is a father-son road trip story, as journalist Bob Woodruff and his son take to traveling around the world to lesser-known locales. Venturing to parts (mostly) unknown, this story hopes to show that we shouldn’t be fearful of uncertainty and that a curious and open mind is what’s needed to explore the literal and figurative world around us. 

This National Geographic production offers some stunning visuals, and the father-son dynamic will surely provide some laughs and maybe a few tears. All six episodes will be available at once.

Incredibles 2, July 31

It took almost 15 years, but a sequel to the beloved and entertaining animated superhero film “The Incredibles” was finally released, and now it’s making its way to Disney+. This second film finds the Parr family — each of whom possesses a unique superpower — disliked and distrusted by the society they’ve tried to help and protect. As with the best Disney films, though, “Incredibles 2” offers some subtle twists on conventional, familiar tropes, sending the matriarch of the family out on an adventure while the husband takes to parenting at home. Funny, charming, and progressive, “Incredibles 2” is a family film worth revisiting.

Muppets Now, July 31

The muppets are back! The cast of beloved characters returns to Disney+ with a six-episode series featuring a variety of sketches and skits and quite a few celebrity guests. While the recent films told lengthy, globe-trotting stories, the series will embrace the small-screen format with a variety of short segments meant to be improvised. In all, it’ll be about three hours of content, with one episode dropping every Friday starting on July 31. It seems as good a time as any for some shambolic, chaotic fun.

New on Hulu in July

The Trip Trilogy, July 1

While there is one more film coming to make this collection in fact a quadrilogy, you can visit — or revisit — the first three installments of “The Trip” as they bow all together on Hulu. From Michael Winterbottom, each film follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing versions of themselves as they take to England, Italy, and Spain for culinary and cultural exploration. 

It’s packed with impressions, impersonations, movie quotes, and other pop culture references as the two talk age, women, and professional success — mocking each other along the way. If you're not able to get away now, let these two be your guides on a European vacation.

Fred Williard/Christopher Guest Collection, July 1

Four hysterically funny and rewatchable films come to Hulu, all of which are directed by Christopher Guest and star the late Fred Williard, among many other talented, charming actors like Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara. The mockumentaries “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind,” and “For Your Consideration” sweetly and goofily send up local thespians, dog owners, folk musicians, and film actors with Guest’s signature style and wit. It’s mostly the same cast throughout, and they’re all riotous films.

I Am Not Your Negro, July 3

This timely documentary was released in 2016 and worth a first or second watch now as it explores systemic racism in America through the correspondences and recollections of the late writer and activist James Baldwin. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, this Academy Award-nominated film is captivating, stirring, and indeed sobering as it exposes racial tensions and inequalities during the Civil Rights Era. The film uses words written by Baldwin as part of an unfinished story, which is fitting as the fight for equality continues today.

Palm Springs, July 10

Lauded on the film festival circuit early this year, the much-anticipated comedy “Palm Springs” makes its way to our homes as a Hulu Original for what may be repeated viewings. It stars Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti as a pair of wedding guests in Southern California who stumble onto something paranormal and get stuck in a time loop, as one does. 

They relive the wedding day over again, as the movie oscillates among the silly, strange, absurd, and terrifying. Based on early reviews and the talent of the cast and crew — as well as a recent trailer — this is one you don’t want to miss.

Into the Dark: The Current Occupant, July 17

The Hulu horror anthology series continues in July with another episode set around Independence Day. It tells the story of a man without memory stuck in a psychiatric institution who believes he is in fact the President of the United States of America. The episode just finished filming prior to the entertainment shut down, and editing was done remotely to bring us a decidedly less fun and festive vision of the Fourth of July.

A Teacher, July 17

An FX on Hulu production, “A Teacher” stars Kate Mara as an educator who develops an illicit relationship with a student. Based on the indie film of 2013 of the same name, it explores the tension, chaos, and fallout of the affair between a female Texas teacher and her male student. Hannah Fidell, who wrote and directed the movie, is involved with this production as well; the 10-episode miniseries will air weekly.

More shows to watch on Disney+ in July

July 3

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

  • Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

  • Ice Age: Collision Course

  • Ice Road Rescue: Seasons 1-4

  • Animal ER: Seasons 1-2

  • The Big Green

  • The Mighty Ducks

July 10

  • Critter Fixers: Country Vets: Season 1 

  • Gigantosaurus 

  • Secrets Of The Zoo: Season 3

July 17

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul 

  • Lost City of Machu Picchu

  • The Mousketeers at Walt Disney World

  • A Pre-Opening Report From Disneyland

  • Disney Junior Music Lullabies

  • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!: Seasons 1-2

  • Wilde Chile: Season 1

July 24

  • Rogue Trip: Series Premiere

July 31

  • Cradle of the Gods

  • India’s Wild Leopards

  • Lost Temple of the Inca

  • Surviving the Mount St. Helens Disaster

  • Alaska Animal Rescue: Season 1

  • Animal Showdown: Season 1

  • Best Job Ever: Season 1

  • Big Cat Games

  • Destination World: Season 1

  • Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet: Season 8

  • Fearless Adventures With Jack Randall: Season 1

  • Hidden Kingdoms of China

  • Hunt for the Abominable Snowman

  • Jungle Animal Rescue: Season 1

  • King Fishers: Season 1

  • Marvel Funko: Seasons 1-2

  • Weirdest, Bestest, Truest: Season 1

  • What Sam Sees: Season 1

  • Wild Congo: Season 1

  • Wild Sri Lanka: Season 1

More shows to watch on Hulu in July

July 1

  • 1000-lb Sisters: Season 1

  • 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days: Season 3

  • 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way: Season 1

  • BBQ Rig Race: Season 1

  • Beyond the Headlines: The College Admissions Scandal with Gretchen Carlson

  • Biography: Chris Farley – Anything for a Laugh

  • Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction

  • Buddy vs. Duff: Season 1

  • Burgers, Brew & ‘Que: Seasons 1-3, 5 

  • Deadly Women: Season 13

  • Eat, Sleep, BBQ: Season 1

  • Family By the Ton: Season 2

  • Ghost Hunters: Season 1

  • Homicide Hunter: Season 9

  • House Hunters: Season 154 – 159

  • Intervention: Season 20 

  • Jamie and Doug Plus One: Season 1 

  • Kids BBQ Championship: Season 1-2

  • Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: Season 3

  • Man vs. Master: Chef Battle: Season 1

  • Married at First Sight: Seasons 1-3

  • Psychic Kids: Season 1

  • Say Yes to the Nest: Season 1

  • Seven Year Switch: Seasons 1-2

  • Sex Sent Me to the ER: Season 3

  • Shark Week 2018 & 2019

  • The American Farm: Season 1

  • The Day I Picked My Parents: Season 1

  • The Grill Dads: Season 1

  • The Strongest Man In History: Season 1

  • The Toe Bro: Season 1

  • The UnXplained with William Shatner: Season 1

  • Twisted Sisters: Season 2

  • UFOs: Secret Alien Technology

  • UFOs: Secret Missions Exposed

  • Ultimate Summer Cook-Off: Season 1

  • Unexpected: Season 3

  • Unpolished: Season 1

  • Welcome to Plathville: Season 1

  • 12 and Holding

  • 2001 Maniacs

  • 52 Pick-Up

  • A Bridge Too Far

  • A History of My Sexual Failures

  • A Kid Like Jake

  • A Mighty Wind

  • A Storks Journey

  • An Eye for a Eye

  • The Axe Murders of Villisca

  • The Bellbo

  • Beloved

  • Best In Show

  • Between Us

  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

  • Birdwatchers

  • Boogie Woogie

  • The Bounty

  • Brokedown Palace

  • Buffy, the Vampire Slayer

  • Bug

  • Buried

  • Cadaver

  • California Dreamin'

  • Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter

  • Catcher Was A Spy

  • The Catechism Cataclysm

  • Change of Plans

  • Cheech & Chong's Still Smokin'

  • Cinderfella

  • Citizen Soldier

  • The Client

  • Cold War

  • The Color Purple

  • Cortex

  • The Cured

  • Danger Close

  • Dark Touch

  • Day Night Day Night

  • The Devil's Candy

  • The Devil's Rejects

  • Dheepan

  • Downhill Racer

  • The Edukators

  • Eloise's Lover

  • Exorcismus

  • The Eye

  • The Eye 2

  • Father of My Children

  • Filth & Wisdom

  • Flashback

  • The Flat

  • Footloose

  • For Your Consideration

  • The Forbidden Kingdom

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall

  • The Forgiveness of Blood

  • Freddy Vs Jason

  • Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

  • Furlough

  • Girls! Girls! Girls!

  • Grizzly Man

  • Hateship, Loveship

  • Hornet's Nest

  • Hot Rod

  • House of 1000 Corpses

  • The House That Jack Built

  • The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

  • Iron Eagle IV: On the Attack

  • Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

  • Kung Pow: Enter the Fist

  • The Last Mistress

  • Len and Company

  • Liar, Liar

  • Live Free or Die Hard

  • Love Songs

  • The Man from London

  • The Man Who Could Cheat Death

  • March of the Penguins

  • Mary Shelley

  • Match

  • Moonstruck

  • My Cousin Vinny

  • The Necessities of Life

  • Nick Nolte: No Exit

  • Nights and Weekends

  • The Ninth Gate

  • Norma Rae

  • The Patsy

  • Phase IV

  • Polisse

  • Poseidon

  • Post Grad


  • Rabbit Hole

  • Rebel in the Rye

  • Right at Your Door

  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

  • Room of Death

  • Search for General Tso Chicken

  • The Shock Doctrine

  • The Shrine

  • Sliver

  • Speed 2: Cruise Control

  • Spider-Man 3

  • Spiderhole

  • Spring Forward

  • Starting Out in the Evening

  • Sugar Hill

  • Sunset Strip

  • Tales From the Golden Age

  • Tank 432

  • The Tenant

  • Tetsuo III: The Bullet Man

  • Things to Come

  • This Christmas

  • Three Blind Mice

  • Three Musketeers

  • Trapped Model

  • The Trip

  • The Trip to Italy

  • The Trip to Spain

  • Trishna

  • Trivial

  • The Truth About Cats & Dogs

  • Waiting for Guffman

  • Waiting Room

  • We Are What We Are

  • We Have Pope

  • The Weather Man

  • The Wedding Planner

  • West Side Story

  • When A Man Comes Home

July 2

  • The Whistlers

July 3

  • I Am Not Your Negro

  • To The Stars

July 5

  • Outcry: Season 1

July 8

  • BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense: Season 1, Episodes 1-8

July 9

  • Toilet-bound Hanako-kun: Season 1, Episodes 1-8

July 10

  • Palm Springs (Hulu Original)

  • Cake: Season 3 Premiere

  • CMA: Best of Fest

  • Smile Down the Runway: Season 1, Episodes 1-8

July 11

  • China: The Panda Adventure

  • Horses

  • The Secret of Life on Earth

July 13

  • My Scientology Movie

  • The Rest Of Us

July 15

  • Diary of a Prosecutor: Season 1

  • Plunderer: Season 1, Episodes 1-12

  • Promised Neverland: Season 1

  • Search: WWW: Season 1

  • The Weekend

July 17

  • Into the Dark: The Current Occupant: New Episode (Hulu Original)

July 19

  • Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

July 20

  • The Assistant

July 21

  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Season 1, Episodes 1-9

  • The Last Full Measure

July 22

  • Bolt

July 26

  • 2099: The Soldier Protocol

July 27

  • Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On: Season 1

  • Good Deeds

July 28

  • Maxxx: Season 1

July 29

  • Infinite Dendrogram: Season 1, Episodes 1-8

  • Ladhood: Season 1

July 30

  • In My Skin: Season 1

  • Bull

  • The Flood

July 31

  • Brassic: Season 1

  • A Certain Scientific Railgun T: Season 3, Episodes 1-11


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