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Best Movies and TV Shows Streaming in March: ‘Road House,’ ‘Manhunt’ and More

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Every month, streaming services add movies and TV shows to its library. Here are our picks for some of March’s most promising new titles. (Note: Streaming services occasionally change schedules without giving notice. For more recommendations on what to stream, sign up for our Watching newsletter here.)

‘Road House’
Starts streaming: March 21

The original 1989 “Road House” is one of those movies that became a pop culture classic through brute force. The story of a nightclub bouncer fighting small-town corruption is by no means high art; but it’s a solidly crafted, entertaining pulp melodrama, which won fans thanks to its ubiquity on cable television and its winning Patrick Swayze performance. The veteran action film director Doug Liman directs the remake, which moves all the macho bluster and street-fights to Florida from Missouri and casts Jake Gyllenhaal in the Swayze role. An eclectic cast includes the comedian Jessica Williams as a bar owner looking for protection from a cocky crime boss (Billy Magnussen) and his ferocious henchman (played by the U.F.C. champ Conor McGregor).

Also arriving:

March 7
“Ricky Stanicky”

March 12
“Boat Story”

March 14
“Frida”

March 19
“Dinner Party Diaries with José Andrés” Season 1

March 22
“My Undead Yokai Girlfriend” Season 1

March 26
“Tig Notaro: Hello Again”

March 28
“American Rust: Broken Justice” Season 2
“The Baxters” Season 1

‘Parish’
Starts streaming: March 31

Based on the British crime series “The Driver,” “Parish” stars Giancarlo Esposito as Gray Parish, a down-on-his-luck New Orleans limousine service owner. With cash flow low — and with his wife (Paula Malcomson) and daughter (Arica Himmel) worrying that he has become too emotionally distant since his son was murdered — Gray is persuaded by a friend and former criminal associate (Skeet Ulrich) to take a job driving for a gangster known as The Horse (Zackary Momoh). This moody neo-noir is peppered with car chases and local color, though it’s primarily a character study, about a man forced by circumstance to confront the failures of his past.

Also arriving:

March 8
“Satanic Hispanics”

March 14
“True Crime Story: Smugshot” Season 1

March 21
“The Long Shadow”

March 22
“You’ll Never Find Me”

‘Manhunt’
Starts streaming: March 15

Based on James L. Swanson’s nonfiction book “Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer,” this mini-series dramatizes the aftermath of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (Hamish Linklater), recalling the fear and panic that spread during the search for John Wilkes Booth (Anthony Boyle). Tobias Menzies plays Edwin Stanton, the secretary of war who marshaled the resources of the federal government to find Booth and any co-conspirators. “Manhunt” emphasizes the unease of the time, as Americans coming out of a Civil War worried that their government might never be stable again.

‘Palm Royale’ Season 1
Starts streaming: March 20

An all-star cast populates this social satire, set amid the glamour and the squalor of Palm Beach, Fla., circa 1969. Kristen Wiig plays Maxine, a desperate social climber who has carefully studied the habits and hierarchies of the superrich, in hopes of wheedling her way into their company. Though distrusted early and often by the Beach’s elite ladies — played by Allison Janney, Leslie Bibb and Julia Duffy, among others — Maxine uses her deep familiarity with the local gossip and her connections to some of the community’s undesirables to make herself inescapable. Based on Juliet McDaniel’s novel “Mr. & Mrs. American Pie,” “Palm Royale” looks back at a time when circumstances were changing rapidly for women — not all of whom were eager for revolution.

Also arriving:

March 1
“The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin”

March 8
“The Reluctant Traveler With Eugene Levy” Season 2

March 29
“Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock” Season 2

‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version)’
Starts streaming: March 15

One of the most popular concert tours of 2023 has also been turned into the highest-grossing concert film of all time. When the Taylor Swift concert film hit VOD back in December, she added three more songs to the movie; and now that it’s arriving on Disney+ (after a bidding war among streaming services), she is adding five more. To make the streaming premiere more of an event, Swift is keeping the titles of some of those extra songs a secret, which already has her devotees swapping theories online about what they will be.

‘X-Men ’97’ Season 1
Starts streaming: March 20

Long before our movie and TV screens were overrun with live-action superheroes, comics fans looked to animated cartoons for some of the best adaptations of their favorite characters and stories. From 1992 to ’97, the Fox network aired “X-Men: The Animated Series,” which drew from some of the best-known plot arcs in Marvel Comics for a version of the mutant superhero team that was more serious and thoughtful than the average Saturday morning cartoon fare. The sequel series, “X-Men ’97,” sports the look and even a lot of the voice cast of the original. As the title implies, it’s meant to resemble a new season of the old show, with the same feel and same set of heroes and villains.

Also arriving:

March 29
“Madu”
“Renegade Nell”

‘Queens’
Starts streaming: March 5

Each new nature show these days needs a gimmick, and National Geographic’s “Queens” (available on both Hulu and Disney+) has a good one. Every episode takes a closer look at some of the dominant species in different global habitats, with a specific focus on the females. Narrated by Angela Bassett, the series brings viewers eye-to-eye with elephants, lions, hyenas, bees, bonobos, bears, orcas and more. One episode even turns the cameras around to cover the many women on the “Queens” production team, who spent years researching and documenting the ways the natural world’s matriarchs approach challenges differently from their mates.

Also arriving:

March 1
“Dreamin’ Wild”

March 6
“Extraordinary” Season 2

March 19
“Photographer” Season 1

March 21
“Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told”

March 22
“Davey & Jonesie’s Locker” Season 1

March 26
“DC League of Super-Pets”
“Montana Story”

March 28
“Cult Justice” Season 1
“We Were the Lucky Ones”

March 29
“Fright Krewe” Season 2

March 30
“Spermworld”

‘The Regime’
Starts streaming: March 3

Created by Will Tracy — a writer on “Succession” and the co-writer of the movie “The Menu” — this stylish political satire stars Kate Winslet as Elena Vernham, the paranoid, hypochondriac chancellor of an unnamed European country suffering perpetual social unrest. Matthias Schoenaerts plays a scandal-plagued soldier who gets reassigned to a position in the palace monitoring the atmospheric moisture levels, but who soon becomes of Elena’s most trusted advisers and bodyguards, pushing her to wield her power more selfishly and spontaneously. Shot on opulent-looking sets and filled with absurdist touches, “The Regime” is a wry commentary on how authoritarian states tend toward the ridiculous.

Also arriving:

March 5
“A Revolution on Canvas”

March 8
“Wonka”

March 12
“The Lionheart”

March 14
“The Girls on the Bus” Season 1
“Justice, USA”

March 15
“Dream Scenario”

March 29
“Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show”

‘A Gentleman in Moscow’
Starts streaming: March 29

Ewan McGregor stars in this mini-series, set in the post-revolutionary era when old imperial Russia was fitfully evolving into the Soviet Union. Based on an Amor Towles novel — and brought to television by the producer and showrunner Ben Vanstone, best known for his excellent remake of “All Creatures Great and Small” — “A Gentleman in Moscow” is about the Russian count Alexander Rostov, who is confined to a fancy hotel after the Communists seize power. Year by year, stuck in his room, Count Rostov watches through the windows as the world he knew transforms. Mary Elizabeth Winstead co-stars as Anna, a movie actress who has her own perspective on what is happening to their country.

Also arriving:

March 1
“War Pony”

March 6
“Raging Grace”

March 7
“The Thundermans Return”

March 12
“Never Seen Again” Season 5

March 13
“Little Wing”

March 30
“Beyond the Aggressives: 25 Years Later”

‘Apples Never Fall’ Season 1
Starts streaming: March 14

The novelist Liane Moriarty has already had two best-selling books — “Big Little Lies” and “Nine Perfect Strangers” — adapted into star-studded TV dramas. The third Moriarty project to hit the small screen is “Apples Never Fall,” with Sam Neill and Annette Bening playing married tennis coaches whose seemingly peaceful retirement in Palm Beach, Fla., gets disrupted by the arrival at their door of a stranger in crisis (Georgia Flood) and then by a mysterious, possibly criminal disappearance. Jake Lacy, Alison Brie, Essie Randles and Conor Merrigan Turner play the couple’s children, who each have secrets at risk of being exposed as the police investigate their parents. As with other Moriarty adaptations, this one is part mystery and part exposé, keyed to the upper-class anxieties.

Also arriving:

March 1
“Megamind vs. The Doom Syndicate”
“Megamind Rules” Season 1

March 14
“Trolls Band Together”

March 18
“The Nanny” Seasons 1-6
“Stormy”

March 28
“The McBee Dynasty: Real American Cowboys”

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