The best TV shows and movies to stream in July

This July, we highly reccommend that you spend your time with a gun-toting Earp, a teenaged private eye, adorable tiny scientists, a dead bride and America’s favorite action hero. 

A new month means new TV shows and movies are becoming available on your favorite streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, which is a great excuse to stay inside and avoid the hot, sticky days of the height of summer. To stop you from mindlessly scrolling on your Roku or Apple TV, we picked out the five best films and TV series newly available this July, whether you want something old, something new, something dead or something with Tom Cruise.

If you love Buffy the Vampire Slayer’: ‘Wynonna Earp’

Melanie Scrofano as Wynonna Earp on 'Wynonna Earp.' (Photo: Michelle Faye, Syfy)

Do you like a female-led supernatural series where a super-powered heroine and her quirky team of allies take down demonic threats to save a small town? I may be describing cult classic “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” but it’s also the plot of Syfy’s “Wynonna Earp,” a drama following a descendent of Wyatt Earp endowed with powers to destroy mystical threats on Earth. “Wynonna” brings a Western theme and setting to the battle between good and evil, and is a delight to watch. 

Stream Seasons 1-2 on Netflix now, stream Season 3 on July 16.

If you believe in the power of fans: ‘Veronica Mars’

Hulu recently announced it is commissioning a new season of "Veronica Mars," the teenage detective show that aired on UPN and CW from 2004 to 2007. It starred then-newcomer Kristen Bell as a southern California high schooler who worked alongside her father (Enrico Colantoni), who opened a private investigation firm after he was voted out as sheriff. (Photo: JUSTIN LUBIN/WARNER BROS.)

“Veronica Mars” is returning to TV with a new season debuting on Hulu on July 26, and the streaming service is making it easy to catch up on the first three seasons of the cult show ahead of time. “Mars” is a fan-favorite series that keeps resurrecting for a reason. Its tongue-in-cheek take on neo-noir is brilliant and,paired with a star-making performance from Kristen Bell, the first three seasons (particularly the first two) are can’t-miss TV for fans of mystery and drama. 

Stream it on Hulu on July 1. New episodes available starting July 26. 

If you like adorable children and science: ‘Mythbusters, Jr.’

Adam Savage, right, talks to the young mythbusters of Science Channel's new spinoff series, 'Mythbusters Jr.' (Photo: Science Channel)

Science Channel lured Adam Savage back to the “Mythbusters” franchise by giving him a group of precocious young scientists to help him test the limits of myths and urban legends. Like many junior versions of popular reality shows, including “Masterchef Junior” and “Project Runway Junior,” the emphasis here is on learning and discovery, which fits right into the “Mythbusters” ethos. It might make you feel a little intimidated by the intelligence of its young cast members, but it can also inspire you to try your own home science project. 

Stream it on Hulu beginning July 15. 

If you love Tim Burton: ‘Corpse Bride’

Many of Amazon’s new movies arrive at the end of the month instead of the beginning, but so don’t forget about this Tim Burton animated classic. Creepy, dark, beautiful and sentimental, “Corpse Bride” hits all the notes of a Burton animated film and is perhaps only bested by “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in his canon. 

Stream it on Amazon starting July 31. 

If you want sci-fi and action: ‘Minority Report’

“Minority Report” is about a future where technology predicts crimes before they happen, but the Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise movie itself has turned out to be pretty prophetic. It debuted in 2002 and took place in 2054, and it showed a future with personalized advertising (check) and voice and motion controlled devices (check and check if you play video games). In addition to being prescient, it’s also a smart, rollicking thriller that has great twists and great performances. 

Stream it on Hulu on July 1.  

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