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Best Movies & TV Shows on Disney+ & Paramount+ for October 8-9, 2022

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Paramount+ added a variety of classic films to its library this week, including the entire IndianaJones franchise and the first three Scream movies. In addition, Disney+ brings back Zorro to encourage viewers’ excitement about the new series, and Marvel’s Werewolf By Night finally premieres. Paramount+ also added a new horror film and a new firefighter drama series to its catalog.

Paramount+ Adds All Indiana Jones Movies on Oct. 3

October is a big month for Paramount+, as it’s added various new and old content to its library. All-four IndianaJones movies are available for streaming on the platform. For those who have never seen the series, now is their chance to dive into the story, starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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The franchise follows a fictional professor of archeology who travels across the globe to extract dangerous artifacts. Harrison Ford has played Indiana Jones throughout the series, providing audiences with updates on the character over the decades. This weekend could be a great time to re-watch and enjoy the on-screen magic for those who have already seen the series.

Mean Girls Join Paramount+ on Oct. 3

Mean Girls is an iconic teen comedy from the early 2000s that showcased the complicated dynamics between high schoolers and their peers. The film was received well by critics and also became a cult classic, influencing teen movies that came after the film. The star-studded cast included Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert and more.

Although times have changed, Mean Girls is still incredibly relevant to the current high school experience. While there might be a few cultural shifts in how teens oppress one another, the movie still reflects that dynamic appropriately. The film was challenging to find on streaming for some time, but now people can relive the comedy and quote all their favorite parts on Paramount+ this weekend.

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Paramount+ Adds Scream 1-3 on Oct. 3

Tea Scream franchise contains five films, including the most recent installment of the same name, released on Jan. 14, 2022. In addition, Paramount+ has added the first three films of the series, which were all developed in the late 1990s. Sidney Prescott serves as the unfortunate protagonist of each film as a different version of Ghostface targets her. The movie also provided commentary on the media’s effect on society and horror films.

For those looking to watch something scary this weekend, the Scream franchise would provide hours of entertainment. Sidney is not the type of victim anyone would want to mess with, as she continuously fights her own battles and wins. Audiences can root for Sidney and her friends as she goes through these repetitive traumatic events.

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The Simpsons Season 33 Comes to Disney+ on Oct. 5

The Simpsons Season 34 premiered on Sept. 25, 2022, on Fox. Although Disney+ doesn’t include the series’ most recent episodes, the platform uploads the most recent season. For those who didn’t watch the show serially on Fox or Hulu, the series’ entire Season 33 is now available on Disney+. The Simpsons often includes social commentary based on current events during the drafting of each season, providing audiences with an opportunity to laugh about genuine and severe issues in the world.

Zorro Seasons 1 and 2 Join Disney+ on Oct. 5

Disney+ recently announced the return of Zorro, with Wilmer Valderrama as the protagonist. Valderrama also serves as an executive producer on the series, as he’s claimed to have a solid connection to Don Diego de la Vega since childhood. In preparation for the new show, Disney+ added the original television series from 1957. The show stars Guy Williams (Diego) as a former university student from Madrid. Diego must take on an alter ego to utilize his sword-fighting skills against the injustice he faces alongside his father, Don Alejandro de la Vega.

Seasons 1 and 2 contain 39 episodes each that aired in the late 1950s. The franchise added an extremely popular film in 1998 titled The Mask of Zorro, which starred Antonio Banderas as Diego. A comic book series was also developed based on the character, which eventually prompted the re-release of the show’s original episodes and the development of a new television series.

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Marvel’s Werewolf by Night Premieres on Disney+ on Oct. 7

Marvel’s Werewolf by Night is inspired by horror films of the 1930s and 1940s, creating a spooky story about a group of monster hunters who enter into a deadly competition for a powerful relic after the death of their leader. At Bloodstone Manor, their bravery is put to the test when they encounter a dangerous monster. The series takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and serves to target a different audience than previous installments to the universe.

The Peanuts Movie Is Added to Disney+ on Oct. 7

The Peanuts Movie was released in 2015 and connected younger audiences to the beloved Peanuts franchise. This film is the fourth movie installment of the franchise, and it follows the characters through their usual antics using computer animation. Charlie Brown attempts to win the affection of a girl in his class known as the Little Red-Haired Girl, and Snoopy goes on another one of his imaginary adventures, taking to the sky as a pilot in World War I.

The Peanuts Movie holds 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus that it offered an excellent gateway to classic characters for audiences to share with their families. The film served as a nostalgic treat for adults while providing quality entertainment to younger audiences and creating the next generation of Peanuts fans. The Peanuts Movie could be an excellent film to share with the family this weekend.

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Significant Other Premieres on Paramount+ on Oct. 7

Significant Other features a young couple on a remote backpacking trip who endures dark events as they travel through the Pacific Northwest. The couple soon realize they’re not alone, although they can’t pinpoint what is happening to them. The film is a Paramount+ original and features Jake Lacy (White Lotus) as Harry and scream queen Maika Monroe (ItFollows) as Ruth.

The trailer hints at the possibility that the woods might infiltrate Ruth’s mind, causing her to behave viciously and violently toward Harry. She experiences visions and confusion, acting in ways that have them both terrified and unsure of what she might do next. The thrill will be discovering what exactly happens on that backpacking trip and what’s influencing their hysteria.

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Fire Country Premieres on Paramount+ on Oct. 7

Fire Country is an upcoming firefighter drama that stars Max Thieriot as Bode Donovan, a young convict with a chance to redeem his horrible past. After being sentenced to prison, he only has one way to make it out sooner: join a prison-release firefighting program in Northern California. Back in his hometown, Bode must navigate the complicated relationships he left behind while forming new bonds with those who have his back out on the field. For those who love emergency team dramas, Fire Country could serve to scratch that itch.

NCIS: Los Angeles S14 Premieres on Paramount+ on Oct. 9

NCIS: Los Angeles is the first spin-off of the successful series NCIS, and it follows a group of investigators with military and police backgrounds. The show initially began with members of the original series as the main cast, but they’ve eventually moved on to other projects as Los Angeles continue to release new seasons. This team specializes in undercover assignments and puts characters in tense situations, holding audiences captive until each episode’s end. For viewers who enjoy the NCIS franchise, this new season could add to the other spin-off series release dates this fall.