Gaga: Five Foot Two
Director Chris Moukarbel’s vérité-style Netflix doc paints an intimate portrait of the pop icon’s struggles with celebrity, chronic pain, and her evolution as an artist while recording the most personal album of her career, 2016’s Joanne.
Sourdough by Robin Sloan
The author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore turns his eye to food in this quirky novel about a lonely programmer named Lois who gets swept up in the local culinary culture — and a club of women all also named Lois — after friends give her some sourdough starter.
Concrete and Gold, Foo Fighters
The alt-rockers may be one of the world’s most popular bands, but they’re still experimenting. Their ninth album, Concrete and Gold — under the stewardship of superproducer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Carly Rae Jepsen) — stands as one of their most ambitious statements yet.
Louie breakout Pamela Adlon returns for another season of adventures in single motherhood. Hilarious as always and more poignant than ever, the new episodes follow Adlon’s character, Sam Fox, as she explores a relationship with a new love interest (Henry Thomas). It’s very real and real funny. (Airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX,)
"Dusk Till Dawn," Zayn
The former One Direction heartthrob’s explosive new Sia duet is basically “Chandelier” part 2, and it comes with an epic music video directed by Marc Webb and starring Girls‘ Jemima Kirke. You’re going to need some new light fixtures.
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
In perhaps the most aptly titled political memoir out there, the 2016 presidential hopeful shares her unfiltered perspective on the election that rocked the country. So what should you expect? Writes Clinton in the introduction: “I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public… Now I’m letting my guard down.”
Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello
Over the course of 11 months, Kit Cowan, the husband of TVLine.com founder (and EW alum) Michael Ausiello, was diagnosed with and died from a rare and brutal form of cancer. In this heartbreaking memoir, Ausiello recounts Kit’s experience — and how it brought them closer.
Metroid: Samus Returns
Nintendo’s bounty-hunting badass is back, exploring labyrinths while chasing down aliens in this remake of Metroid II. Though it’s based on a 1991 game, Samus Returns completely reimagines the original, with updated graphics and mechanics.
Golden-voiced writers Dave Holmes and Matt McConkey celebrate the joys of LGBTQ culture on this thoughtful, charming podcast, which features the best rising gay voices in comedy (like Cameron Esposito and Eliot Glazer) as guests who share the entertainment they love (baseball and The Golden Girls) — and recommend things that you should be loving too.
La La Land
With all the Oscar hype, backlash, backlash to the backlash, and accountant errors in the rearview mirror, take some time to revisit this happy-sad musical, EW’s favorite movie of 2016. (begins streaming Sept. 16 on HBO Go)