February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s not short on must-see film and TV premieres.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK VS. The World and the highly anticipated Pam and Tommy series about the world’s most infamous sex tape kicks off the packed month, which also includes the return of fan favourite shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver plus the premiere of newbies like Murderville and Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber.
Crave is also celebrating Black History Month with programming that highlights Black creators and talent, including several collections and the debut of documentaries AILEY and Frederick Douglass.
The Queens are here to slay a new series and they are going international. Nine Drag Race queens, including Canada’s Jimbo and Lemon, are ready to werk the runway and compete to become Queen of the World. Pack your passport, it’s time to serve in several time zones at once.
Watch on Tuesday, February 1 on Crave.
Everyone knows about the infamous sex tape between Pamela Anderson and then-husband Tommy Lee, but few know the true story of how the tape went from the privacy of the couple’s home to the world wide web. Lily James and Sebastian Stan star as Anderson and Lee in the new series that pulls back the curtain on one of the biggest, and most illegal, moments in pop culture.
Watch on Wednesday, February 2 on Disney+ Canada.
If Murder Mystery parties were turned into a police-centric TV show, it would look like Will Arnett’s Murderville. Arnett plays detective Terry Seattle, who partners with a different celebrity each week to solve a murder. The murder is fake, but the celebs, including Conan O’Brien, Kumail Nanjiani, Sharon Stone, Ken Jeong, Annie Murphy and Marshawn Lynch, are very real.
Watch on Thursday, February 3 on Netflix.
When the son of a media mogul (Uma Thurman) is kidnapped, five strangers find themselves under arrest and fighting to clear their names. Adapted from the hit Israeli series False Flag, Suspicion packs intrigue, drama, and a whole lot of tense moments that will keep viewers coming back each week.
Watch on Friday, February 4 on Apple TV.
In Book of Love, Sam Claflin plays novelist Henry Cooper, who finds that his latest book has become a hit in Mexico. Unfortunately for Henry, its success is due to a massive secret rewrite by his translator Maria, played by Verónica Echegui. Two beautiful people forced into unlikely scenarios? Oh rom coms, we will never tire of you.
Watch on Friday, February 4 on Amazon Prime.
Power fans, rejoice! Another spinoff has arrived and this time around it’s starring Joseph Sikora in a return to his role as Tommy Egan. In the new spinoff, Tommy decides to leave New York behind for a fresh start but finds himself engrossed in his own messy family history. Pulled back into the Chicago drug game, Tommy aims to become the most successful dealer in the Chi.
This is still in the Power universe, so viewers can expect high drama and higher stakes.
Watch on Sunday, February 6 on Crave.
Songs like “Magic Power” and “Lay It On The Line” made rockers Triumph one of the biggest bands in North America in the late 1970s and early 1980s. A Canadian band dominating rock radio south of the border was rare at the time, which made the group’s sudden split at the height of their popularity even more shocking.
In the new Crave original documentary, the true story behind the group’s meteoric rise and fall and their highly anticipated reunion is told for the first time by the people who were there from the first note.
Watch on Monday, February 7 on Crave.
Zoë Kravitz stars in the new psychological thriller from Steven Soderbergh as a woman who intercepts a voice recording that sounds like a murder. When those around her try to cover up the crime, Kravitz’s character takes the case into her own hands and makes herself the next potential victim. Kimi is exciting, dramatic, and proof that Kravitz looks cool with any hairstyle.
Watch on Thursday, February 10 on Crave.
If something is too good to be true, it typically comes with a catch. That’s the case with the new series based on JP Delany’s The Girl Before. Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Jane, a woman who is excited to move into a stunning home designed by a charismatic architect (David Oyelowo). Jane quickly realizes that the house rules are more than simply remembering to use a coaster. Ugh, moving is the worst, amirite?
Watch on Thursday, February 10 on Crave.
What can make the self-doubt of being young, single, and unsure of your future even more difficult? A pandemic. Kat Dennings, Brenda Song, Esther Povitsky and Canada’s own Shay Mitchell are back for Season 2 of Dollface and are still trying to figure their stuff out, now with the added fun of a post-pandemic world. Lilly Singh joins the hilarious and heartfelt series that is known for its many surprising cameos (yes, that was Dave Coulier, Este Haim, Joey Lawrence, series producer Margot Robbie and Song’s real life partner Macaulay Culkin all in Season 1 -- which you can stream now on Crave).
Watch Friday, February 11 on Crave.
In I Want You Back, losing the love of your life is handled by finding someone else equally heartbroken and conspiring with them to get your exes back. That’s the premise of the new rom com featuring Jenny Slate, Charlie Day, Scott Eastwood, Gina Rodriguez and Manny Jacinto, which arrives just in time for us to cry-laugh our way through Valentine’s Day.
Watch on Friday, February 11 on Amazon Prime.
Is a movie really a teen romance without a little grief, an elaborately decorated bedroom, and a lot of heart? In the upcoming adaptation of Jandy Nelson’s YA novel The Sky Is Everywhere, Grace Kaufman stars as Lennie, a high schooler dealing with the loss of her best friend and sister while also navigating her first love. Jason Segel and Cherry Jones also star in the film that will definitely make us cry.
Watch on Friday, February 11 on Apple TV.
The story of Anna Delvey would sound too farfetched to be believed as a mini-series…if it wasn’t completely true. Ozark’s Julia Garner takes on the role of the cunning pseudo-socialite who scammed those around her out of millions and almost got away with it. Sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction.
Watch on Friday, February 11 on Netflix.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, cable TV host Clarence ‘Coodie’ Simmons was interviewing the best rap musicians in Chicago when he met up-and-coming producer Kanye West. Seeing a star quality in the aspiring rapper, Coodie quit his job on Channel Zero and spent the next two decades following West around. A lot happened. Watch the incredible rise of Ye in a documentary that shows all sides of one of the greatest rappers of all time. Yup, all time.
Watch on Wednesday, February 16 on Netflix.
Director Ben Stiller asks the question: what would happen if your work memories and personal memories were completely severed from each other? It sounds like a good way to cut down on stress in your free time, but in the new Apple TV series Severance, this model is instead used to get employees to do work that shouldn’t be remembered after 5 p.m.
Adam Scott, Patricia Arquette, John Turturro and Christopher Walken star in the psychological thriller that will make you appreciate the stale coffee at work.
Watch on Friday, February 18 on Apple TV.
One of the best parts of shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway and Saturday Night Live is seeing hilarious people break, which is why we can’t wait for LOL: Last One Laughing Canada. Actor and director Jay Baruchel hosts the series, which puts iconic comedians Tom Green, Caroline Rhea, Colin Mochrie, K. Trevor Wilson, Debra DiGiovanni, Dave Foley, Jon Lajoie, Mae Martin, Brandon Ash-Mohammed and Andrew Phung in a room together with one goal – be the last person to not laugh and go home with $100,000 for charity. Lol and awwwww.
Watch on Friday, February 18 on Amazon Prime.
After outing Shy Baldwin and getting kicked off his tour in Season 3, Midge and Susie (Emmy winners Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein) are back and ready to take on the comedy world on their own terms. Of course, that’s easier said than done in the 1960s. The jokes are fast, the dialogue is faster, and the costumes are divine. Oh Midge, we’ve missed you. Boobs up (IYKYK).
Watch on Friday, February 18 on Amazon Prime.
The comedy that hits a little too close to home is back for another season of trying and mostly failing to make living on the moon happen. The all-star cast led by Steve Carell (including John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Jane Lynch, Tawny Newsome, Jimmy O Yang, Lisa Kudrow and Diana Silvers) returns for more space-themed laughs in Season 2.
Watch on Friday, February 18 on Netflix.
Manners still maketh the man in the prequel to 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service and 2017's Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Starring Ralph, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Daniel Brühl, and Djimon Hounsou, the origin story goes back to World War I for the creation of the secret society known as the Kingsman.
Watch on Friday, February 18 on Disney+ Canada.
Welcome, welcome, welcome to another season of comedian John Oliver helping us laugh our way through the pain. The Emmy-winning series is back to educate, entertain, raise money for causes and make a lot of Republicans PO’d. Marlon Bundo would approve.
Watch on Sunday, February 20 on Crave.
Told by those closest to him and featuring his own narration, Ailey tells the incredible story of dancer Alvin Ailey, who persevered to become one of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century. Born in Jim Crow Texas, Ailey’s incredible career and impact on the dance world meant future generations finally got to see dancers who looked like them on stage.
Clint Eastwood continues to lean into his propensity for cowboy hats in his latest film Cry Macho. The Hollywood veteran plays a retired rodeo rider who agrees to bring the son of his ex-boss to the US from Mexico. The young man and weathered rider grapple with what it means to be macho in this adaptation of N. Richard Nash’s book, which is also directed by Eastwood.
Watch on Saturday, February 26 on Crave.
When it comes to big business, the rise to the top is rarely pretty. It seems the faster the ascension, the messier – and more entertaining – the story. In Super Pumped, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, a controversial figure who was eventually removed from the company he helped grow. The first season also stars Kyle Chandler as tech investment-whisperer Bill Gurley and Uma Thurman as businesswoman Arianna Huffington.
Watch on Sunday, February 27 on Crave.
For two seasons, Jon Lovitz lent his theatrical and delightfully devilish voice to the character Jay Sherman, a New York film critic. The hilarious cartoon for grownups was created by former The Simpsons writers Al Jean and Mike Reiss and featured frequent voice appearances from Nancy Cartwright aka Bart Simpson. A favourite among film buffs, the series poked fun at big screen hits and created musical parodies.
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