Watchlist: 10 must-see shows on Netflix, Viu, and Apple TV+ in Oct 2021

  • It’s finally October and summer is officially over! The beginning of Fall heralds in plenty of thrilling and spooky titles on your favourite TV streaming services, Netflix, Viu and Disney+.
  • Grab a cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte as you huddle on the couch with your loved ones or just sink into some comfy cushions and check out TheHomeGround Asia’s recommendations for the month.
My Name starring Han So-Hee and seasoned actor Park Hee-Soon, and Ah Bo-Hyun. (Photo source: Netflix)
My Name starring Han So-Hee and seasoned actor Park Hee-Soon, and Ah Bo-Hyun. (Photo source: Netflix)

It’s thrills and mystery galore on your favourite TV streaming services Netflix, Viu and Disney+ this October. From a musical dance drama on second chances to a new slasher film that pays homage to the likes of those in the heydays of the eighties, we are certain to have you hooked.

The Guilty

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke and Riley Keough, The Guilty is a remake of the 2018 Danish film of the same name. It tells the tale of a 911 dispatcher Joe Baylor (played by Gyllenhaal) who receives a distress call from a kidnapped woman. Based on the trailer, it is evident that Gyllenhaal will get plenty of screen time as his character slowly unravels the mysteries and meets disturbing twists within the tense thriller. 

Interestingly, a bulk of the show was directed virtually. Due to the pandemic, production of The Guilty relied largely on Zoom, FaceTime and even walkie-talkies. The film’s director Antoine Fuqua, who had been in close contact with a Covid-19 patient, was directing remotely from a van parked a block away. 

The Guilty is now streaming on Netflix. 

Only Murders in the Building

Singer-songwriter and actress Selena Gomez teams up with actors Steve Martin (from Cheaper by the Dozen series and The Pink Panther series) and Martin Short (from The Spiderwick Chronicles and Madagascar 3) in Only Murders in the Building, a 10-episode American mystery-comedy television series. The trio, whose characters share a strange obsession with a true-crime podcast, attempts on their own to solve the murder mystery that took place within their building.  

Only Murders in the Building is now streaming on Disney+. 

Diana: The Musical

Centred on the personal life of the late Princess of Wales, Diana: The Musical will premiere on Netflix in October, two months ahead of its Broadway run. Starring actress Jeanna de Waal (who is making her Broadway debut) as Princess Diana, two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth, and Roe Hartrampf (from Emily in Paris as Emily’s unsupportive ex-boyfriend) as Prince Charles, the musical will feature the infamous love triangle between Princess Diana, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles, played by Erin Davie

Diana: The Musical is now streaming on Netflix. 

There’s Someone Inside Your House

In the late nineties and early 2000s, slasher movies like Scream, Friday the 13th, Chucky and Killjoy were classics. It’s quite possible that you might relive those cliches with Netflix’s upcoming There’s Someone Inside Your House. The latest Netflix horror offering sees a masked serial killer, whose masks closely resemble his victims, going on a revenge spree, and well, literally taking cancel culture into his own hands. 

There’s Someone Inside Your House will be streaming on Netflix from 6 October 2021.

Mountain Village Playlist

In the new spin-off collaboration between popular South Korean drama The Hospital Playlist and variety show Three Meals A Day, The Hospital Playlist’s cast members, Jo Jung-Sik, Jeon Mi-Do, Jung Kyung-Ho, Yoo Yeon-Seok and Kim Dae-Myung, head to a mountain village where they cook their meals using what they can gather from nature. Aptly titled Mountain Village Playlist, the cast can be seen attempting to fix their tap for water while struggling to cook in the rain in the trailer. 

According to Nielson Korea, the first episode from the second season of The Hospital Playlist set the record for the highest premiere ratings in network history back in June 2021. 

Mountain Village Playlist will be streaming on Viu from 9 October 2021. 

The Big Leap

Set to release on Disney+ in mid-October, the up-and-coming American musical comedy-drama The Big Leap is all about second chances and it is certain to appeal to fans of Glee, High School Musical and Smash. From a bored housewife to an out-of-work NFL player, the series details the lives of a crew of underdogs auditioning and competing against one another in a reality TV programme ‘The Big Leap’. Scott Foley (from Felicity, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy) plays a director who is producing the reality TV programme and making a last-ditch attempt to salvage his career. Piper Perabo (from Coyote Ugly) plays a corporate executive while Teri Polo (from Meet the Parents) plays the bored housewife. 

The Big Leap will be streaming on Disney+ from 13 October 2021. 

My Name

Starring Han So-Hee, seasoned actor Park Hee-Soon, and Ah Bo-Hyun (from Itaewon Class and Descendant of the Sun), the highly anticipated South Korean drama My Name follows Yoo Ji-Woo (played by Han) who desperately seeks revenge on the person responsible for her father’s death. As someone who works in a drug cartel and has associations with the mafia, she confides in her boss Choi Min-Jin (played by Park) who lends a helping hand. Prior to My Name, Han starred in the romance drama Nevertheless (with South Korean heartthrob Song Kang) and award-winning K-drama The World of the Married where she played the mistress in an adulterous affair. 

My Name will be streaming on Netflix from 15 October 2021. 

Invasion

Thanks to pop culture, we are all familiar with how alien invasions look like —think crop circles, ominous crows circling barren farmland, power outages, and pesky extraterrestrials that are immune to firepower. In Apple TV+’s newest sci-fi series ‘Invasion’, humanity is at stake following the discoveries of unexplained (or alien) occurrences. Starring Jurassic Park star Sam Neill and Netflix’s Stowaway star Shamier Anderson, the 10-episode drama holds much promise, especially since it also involves different perspectives from around the world. 

Invasion will be streaming on Apple TV+ from 22 October 2021. 

Locke & Key: Season 2

Adapted from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez’s comic series, the next installment of Locke & Key returns to Netflix this October. In season one of the supernatural mystery series sees the Locke siblings (played by Connor Jessie, Emilia Jones, and Jackson Robert Scott) getting acquainted with the keys that unlock doors in magical ways as well as knowing the presence of a demonic entity who wants to use the keys for evil. In the second season, the trio learns what it takes to be the keeper of keys. According to Variety, the third season of Locke & Key has received the green light and will be in production soon. 

Locke & Key: Season 2 will be streaming on Netflix from 22 October 2021.

Chimera

If you have binged on Squid Game, you may perhaps have scorned one of its main antagonists Cho Sang-Woo (played by Park Hae-Soon). Turns out, Park will be starring in a new Korean thriller drama Chimera albeit as a detective. In Chimera, a trio attempts to track down the criminal, who set off a series of explosions and murders in the present that closely resembled the ones that took place in 1984. The highly anticipated series from Viu also stars Claudia Kim (who has had roles in Fantastic Beasts and The Avengers). Park will be starring in the South Korean remake of Money Heist in the coming years. 

Chimera will be available on Viu from 31 October 2021.

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