What to Watch on TV Tonight: Industry Season 2 Is So Money

If we were to make a “best shows you’re probably not watching” list, we would put Industry right at the top. HBO’s cult favorite drama about young investment bankers in London is sexy, clever, and stylish, with a talented young cast you’re going to start seeing in a lot more things (Marisa Abela, who plays one of the bankers, is closing in on starring in an Amy Winehouse biopic). Season 1 came out in late 2020, and it feels like a show that could ascend to must-watch status as it returns for Season 2. We’re also looking forward to Season 2 of Reservation Dogswhich returns on Wednesday.

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Marisa Abela and Myha’la Herrold, Industry

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Season 2 premiere Monday, Aug. 1 at 9/8c on HBO and HBO Max
Industrywhich can best be described as the exact midpoint between “Succession for Instagram influencers” and “Euphoria for business majors,” is great. The perfectly dramatic finance world series is going into its second season, and this time they’re tackling COVID, which is relevant because Pierpoint & Co. is forcing employees to return to the office or else. The market is in shambles! Alliances are shifting! Jay Duplass is there! I can’t wait. –Allison Picurro [Trailer]

More new shows and movies tonight:

  • Allegoria (streaming on Shudder)
  • Snake in the Grass (Monda at 10/9c on USA)

For everything new to watch tonight, head to our listings page and our live sports page. For more recommendations, check out our Ultimate Guide for What to Watch in July.


The Hillside Strangler: The Devil in Disguise

The Hillside Strangler: Devil in Disguise


The Hillside Strangler: Devil in Disguise

Miniseries premiere Tuesday, Aug. 2 on Peacock
Peacock is still working out the kinks before it becomes a must-have streaming service, but one thing it has done decently is true crime. The Hillside Strangler: Devil in Disguise is, I guess, the follow-up to 2001’s pretty good John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise, and attempts to shed new light on the 1970s serial killer The Hillside Strangler, who was actually two people, cousins ​​Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono Jr. The four-part series takes a deeper look at Bianchi’s state of mind, and how it affected the way the case shook out. –Tim Surette [Trailer]

Paulina Alexis, Lane Factor, D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, and Devery Jacobs, Reservation Dogs

Paulina Alexis, Lane Factor, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, and Devery Jacobs, Reservation Dogs

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Reservation Dogs

Season 2 premieres Wednesday, Aug. 3 on Hulu
The (reservation) dog days of summer are about to be fun again. Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi’s chill FX comedy is back with a new season that finds the Rez Dogs on uneasy ground after Elora Danan (Devery Jacobs) splits town with Jackie (Elva Guerra) on a disastrous California road trip. Back home, Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis) worries the gang has been cursed, and Bear (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai) gets a job. The teen angst in Reservation Dogs just hits different, as the teens say. Megan Mullally and Marc Maron guest star. –Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe


Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head

Series premiere Thursday, Aug. 4 on Paramount+
The reboot machine will come for us all eventually. Mike Judge returns as the voice of the two titular animated cult icons in this new version of his series that defined a generation of stupid dudes. Paramount+ already gave this a second season before it even premiered. The guys might be in 2022 now, but they’re just as dumb as they were in the ’90s. –Allison Picurro [Trailer]



Apple TV+


Friday, Aug. 5 on Apple TV+
This family film is Apple’s first foray into Pixar-style animated movies, produced by controversial former Pixar filmmaker-executive John Lasseter. It’s about a young woman named Sam, the unluckiest person in the world, who bumbles her way into the World of Luck, where magical creatures try to help her turn her luck around. The trailer has racked up 11 million views on YouTube in three weeks, which is a lot for this kind of straight-to-streaming family movie, so Apple probably thinks they’re going to have good luck with this one. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

The Outlaws

The Outlaws

Amazon Studios

The Outlaws

Season 2 premieres Friday, Aug. 5 on Amazon Prime Video
Just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in! Season 2 of Elgin James and Stephen Merchant’s British crime comedy The Outlaws sees the misfit group of strangers — including Christopher Walken — performing community service yanked back into the world of organized crime when a drug lord comes looking for his money that they “found.” As if wearing those orange vests wasn’t enough. -Tim Surette [Trailer]


Thira “Aum” Chutikul and Viggo Mortensen, Thirteen Lives

Vince Valitutti / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures

Thirteen Lives

Friday, Aug. 5 on Amazon Prime Video
Ron Howard directs this thriller film about the 2018 Tham Luang Thai cave rescue of a boys soccer team and his coach by an international group of cave divers. It’s one of three projects about the rescue, including National Geographic’s already released (and excellent) documentary The Rescuewhich focused on the divers and the rescue efforts and is on Disney+, and Netflix’s upcoming limited series Tham Luang, which focuses on the rescuees. This film covers the whole shebang, with Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton playing the heroes. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza

Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza

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Licorice Pizza

Friday, Aug. 5 on Amazon Prime Video
One of 2021’s most cherished films is Paul Thomas Anderson’s teen romance, which was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Set in 1973 in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, it follows a 15-year-old actor (Cooper Hoffman) and his budding relationship with an early-20s photographer’s assistant (Alana Haim). -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Caitriona Balfe, Belfast

Caitriona Balfe, Belfast

Rob Youngson / Focus Features


Friday, Aug. 5 on HBO Max
Kenneth Branagh won (ahem, stole from Paul Thomas Anderson for Licorice Pizza) the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his well-liked coming-of-age drama set in Northern Ireland, about a young boy growing up during The Troubles in the late ’60s. Jamie Dornan and Outlander‘s Caitríona Balfe star. If you didn’t see it during Oscar season, now you can watch it for free. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

The Predator and Amber Midthunder, Prey

The Predator and Amber Midthunder, Prey

David Bukach


Friday, Aug. 5 on Hulu
This Hulu original sci-fi film sounds like it was conceived at 4:20 in a dorm room at the University of Vermont: What if the Predator from the Predator films came to Earth before the first movie and fought against some Comanche Native Americans in the 1700s? Here you go, guy who knows all the words to Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself.” -Tim Surette [Trailer]

Gwendoline Christie, The Sandman

Gwendoline Christie, The Sandman

Laurence Cendrowicz/Netflix

The Sandman

Series premieres Friday, Aug. 5 on Netflix
When I say this blockbuster fantasy series is long-awaited, I mean it. An adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved comic series has been in development on and off since 1996. And it’s honestly a good thing that it didn’t get made into a movie back then, because TV is a much better format for a story this sprawling. It tells the story of Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), who breaks free from a century of human captivity and sets out to restore his place as the ruler of dreamworld. It’s a fantasy-superhero epic that features Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar, who is technically the same character as Tom Ellis’ Lucifer Morningstar from Lucifer (the shows share source material), just a drastically different interpretation. [Trailer]


Zoey Deutch, Not Okay

Zoey Dutch, Not Okay

Nicole Rivelli/Searchlight Pictures

Not Okay

Now on Hulu
Zoey Deutch stars in this satirical dark comedy as an aspiring influencer who rises to prominence as a survivor of a tragic, terrifying event. Problem is, she wasn’t actually there, and as she gains more and more social clout, the stakes of her secret get higher and higher. Social media is very unhealthy! -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

Paper Girls

Paper Girls

Prime Video

Paper Girls

Now on Amazon Prime Video
If Stranger Things has you hankering for shows about ’80s kids riding their bikes into trouble, check out Paper Girls. Based on Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s comic book series, which ran from 2015 to 2019, the show follows four newspaper delivery girls who got caught in a conflict between rival factions in a time war (awesome) and travel through time, where they meet their future selves. It’s a safe bet that if you get in on the ground floor of this one, your future self will thank you. –Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

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