By EW Staff
September 01, 2017 at 02:30 PM EDT

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

Not sure what to binge this weekend? We’re here to help: Each Friday, the EW staff reveals which TV shows and movies, new and old, they’ll be streaming once work’s over. Below, check out our picks for the weekend ahead.

Serena (Hulu, Amazon Prime, and EPIX)

She doesn’t know it, but I typically spend every Labor Day weekend with Serena Williams. Or, rather, I spend it watching her crush opponent after opponent at the US Open. And while I’ll be spending most of my time at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center again this year (cheering Venus on, to be sure), I will still miss seeing Serena as she takes this season off to have a baby. Thankfully, I’ll be able to get my fix watching last year’s well-received documentary directed by Ryan White. —Breanne L. Heldman (@BreanneNYC)

Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker (HBO Go)

I’m using the upcoming 25th anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series — the seminal interpretation of the Dark Knight — to revisit this compellingly bleak feature film, which spun out from BTAS‘ weird, cyber-punk-influenced sequel series Batman Beyond (1999). Set in the future, Batman Beyond follows Terry McGinnis (Will Friedle), a high school student who takes over the Batman mantle from an elderly and very bitter Bruce Wayne (still voiced by the legendary Kevin Conroy), and in this movie, Terry comes face to face with Bruce’s nemesis, the Joker (Mark Hamill), who died 40 years earlier. Written by veteran DC Animated Universe writer Paul Dini, the ensuing story is more disturbing, twisted, and tragic than your average kids’ movie. It scarred me when I watched it for the first time in 2000, but now it’s one of my favorite Batman stories. If you’re looking for a dark and mature take on Batman that’s actually good, check it out. —Chancellor Agard (@chancelloragard)

The Good Place (Netflix and Hulu)

An NBC comedy with great reviews? Post-Parks and Rec? Unheard of! Not quite, according to the first season of The Good Place, which EW critic Jeff Jensen called a “heady yet big-laughs comedy about the folly of phoniness, judgment, and perfection.” The show stars Kristen Bell as a woman who accidentally gets let into a special section of the afterlife, and journeys to prove she is “good” and truly belongs there. Season 2 premieres Sept. 20, so catch up before then — or rewatch and try to see if you can spot any clues leading up to the big season 1 finale twist. —Eric King (@erickingdavid)

Paterson (Amazon)

Sure, Adam Driver was great as the dark-and-twisty villain Kylo Ren in blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but slice-of-life indies are where the uniquely expressive actor shines the most — like Paterson, an understated and lovely drama directed and written by Jim Jarmusch (Stranger Than Paradise, Only Lovers Left Alive) that dropped on Amazon at the end of 2016. Here, Driver stars as the title character, a gentle bus driver with a love for poetry who goes home to his supportive wife (Golshifteh Farahani), an aspiring country singer, and his adorable dog each day. After watching Driver’s kinetic mania in Girls or youthful confidence in While We’re Young, Paterson is a wonderful taste of his ability to inhabit quieter roles with just as much power. —Ariana Bacle (@iambacle)

What Happened to Monday (Netflix)

The barrage of noteworthy Netflix movies continues with this dystopian thriller, starring Noomi Rapace in seven — count ’em — roles as septuplets who all assume one identity in an extremely overpopulated, strict one-child policy world. Once you get over how surprisingly violent the movie is, the subtle messages resound, and the final act gets a boost from strong performances from Marwan Kenzari (the actor recently cast as Jafar in Disney’s live-action Aladdin) and the always dependable Glenn Close (the scene of her undoing at the end rivals her brilliant and historic downfall at the end of Dangerous Liaisons). —Dan Heching (@moodyHeching)

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

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