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Streaming Guide – June 2023

Thursday, June 1, 2023

June’s highlights include the arrival of The Wild Wild West on Prime Video. That’s the original 1960s TV series, not the widely panned 1999 movie adaptation. Until recently, the series was difficult to find on streaming services.

Also: Max, the newly revamped version of HBO Max, will continue streaming Unicorn Warriors: Eternal, the new animated steampunk series from Genndy Tartakovsky.

And if you’re a Star Trek fan, Paramount+ has multiple treats for you: The Season 2 premiere of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and the return of the first 10 Star Trek movies. As a result, Paramount+ is now the home for every movie and TV series in the franchise.

Our monthly streaming guides focus on titles arriving each month on the major streaming services. See “Our Ultimate Streaming Guide” for a more comprehensive look at steampunk-related movies and series on these services.

Unless otherwise noted, these productions debut on June 1. We can only confirm new arrivals in the U.S., but some titles may also be available on these streaming services in other countries.

Disney+

Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Secret Invasion. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.

At the end of June, Disney will release Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny in theaters worldwide, and in celebration, the four earlier movies in the franchise began streaming on May 31. The latest entry is set in 1969 and once again stars Harrison Ford in what will be his last appearance as the adventuring archaeologist.

Meanwhile, many sci-fi fans are anticipating the June 7 streaming release of Avatar: The Way of Water, James Cameron’s sequel to Avatar. The sequel was the highest-grossing film of 2022 and the third highest of all time. It also begins streaming June 7 on Max, the newly revamped version of HBO Max.

Arriving on June 16 is Stan Lee, a documentary about the Marvel Comics icon. And on June 21, Disney+ will begin streaming Secret Invasion, a new six-episode Marvel series in which Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and his allies defend Earth against an alien takeover.

Hulu

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) – This period horror film has been making the rounds on streaming services over the past several years. Benjamin Walker stars as the 16th President, who has a secret life as a vampire hunter. The film received mostly negative reviews.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Titles leaving at the end of the month include The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Max (formerly HBO Max)

Unicorn Warriors Eternal
Unicorn Warriors: Eternal. Image courtesy of Adult Swim.

The biggest new attraction for steampunk fans is an animated series that premiered in May. Genndy Tartakovsky’s Unicorn: Warriors Eternal tells the story of ancient heroes who are transported to 19th century London, where they battle an evil presence with the assistance of a steam-powered robot.

The series has a 100 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on six reviews. The final four episodes will air weekly on the Adult Swim cable channel beginning June 2. Max will stream them the following day.

As noted above, Avatar: The Way of Water arrives June 7 here and on Disney+. In addition, the 1935 film adaptation of David Copperfield arrives June 1.

Netflix

Hook (1991) – Steven Spielberg directed this retelling of Peter Pan, which starred Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook and Robin Williams as a corporate lawyer who has forgotten his earlier life as Peter. The cast also includes Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell, Bob Hoskins as Smee, and Maggie Smith and Gwyneth Paltrow as older and younger versions of Wendy Darling. The film received mixed reviews.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in June: Season 6 of the sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror; Season 3 of the fantasy series The Witcher (June 29); and Nimona (June 30), an animated fantasy comedy film adapted from the acclaimed graphic novel by ND Stevenson.

Paramount+

The Time Machine (2002) – John Logan’s adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel stars Guy Pearce as the time traveler, Samantha Mumba as his Eloi love interest, and Jeremy Irons as leader of the Morlocks. It received mostly negative reviews but scored an Oscar nomination for Best Makeup. The film will also stream this month on Prime Video.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving: June will be a banner month for Star Trek fans as Season 2 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds premieres June 15. It’s the third live-action streaming original in the franchise. But whereas the first two – Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard – featured season-long story arcs, this one marked a return to episodic storytelling. Season 1 was well-received by fans and critics.

The series stars Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, who leads a starship crew with familiar characters like Spock, Nurse Chapel, and Nyota Uhura. Carol Kane will join the cast as the new chief engineer, and Paul Wesley will reprise his guest role as James T. Kirk.

Along with the new series, Paramount+ is bringing back the first 10 Star Trek films, plus the director’s edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The streamer already has the three reboots starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond. And if that’s not enough, all of the earlier Star Trek TV series are also here.

Peacock

Notable arrivals include the first four Jurassic Park movies, all on June 1: Jurassic Park (1993); The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001), and Jurassic World (2015).

Prime Video

The Wild Wild West – This 1960s TV series, widely regarded as a steampunk prototype, was difficult to find on streaming services until recently. Prime Video will stream all four seasons, which originally aired on CBS from 1965 to 1969.

The series, combining elements of spy dramas, Westerns, and science fiction, was set during the Ulysses S. Grant administration following the Civil War. It starred Robert Conrad and Ross Martin as a pair of Secret Service agents who used a variety of retrofuturistic gadgets to foil the outlandish plots of Bond-style villains.

The villains typically had their own bigger and badder gadgets to enable their fiendish schemes. The most memorable villain was the brilliant Dr. Miguelito Quixote Loveless, portrayed by Michael Dunn, who appeared in 10 episodes.

Three episodes were directed by Richard Donner, who would later become known as the director of blockbuster films such as Superman (1978) and the first four Lethal Weapon movies.

As far as we know, this is the first time the series has been available on a major premium service. However, if you don’t mind sitting through commercials, all four seasons can be streamed on demand on Pluto TV, the free ad-supported streaming service from Paramount.

Be forewarned that the series was a product of its time, and some episodes contain offensive cultural depictions and ethnic stereotypes.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Related: The Best Episodes of The Wild Wild West (Episode Ninja)

Best Wild Wild West Episodes (IMDb)

League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) – This loose adaptation of the comic book series starred Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain, a 19th century adventurer who leads a team of superheroes to foil a terrorist plot. The team consists mostly of reimagined fictional characters, including Captain Nemo, Mina Harker, Dorian Gray, Tom Sawyer, and Dr. Henry Jekyll aka Mr. Hyde.

The film was largely panned by critics and drew criticism from Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, creators of the original comic series.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in June: Two adaptations of H.G. Wells tales, The Time Machine (2002) and The War of the Worlds (1953), both hit the streamer on June 1. Other arrivals include Blazing Saddles (1974), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Shaun of the Dead (2004), and Stargate (1994).

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