17 TV Shows to Watch This Summer
Whether you were happy with its conclusion or not, Game of Thrones is over, folks. If you’re stuck looking for ways to fill that empty, throne-shaped void in your heart, you’re in luck, because there is quite a lot of good programming heading to your TVs and streaming networks real soon.
Here’s a list of some of the top new shows set to air this summer, as well as some hit shows that are returning for another season, so start binging and catch up!
Historical Roasts (Netflix – May 25)
It’s like all those roasts you see of celebrities on Comedy Central, only the people getting roasted are dead historical figures. Hosted by “Roastmaster General” Jeff Ross and a wide array of celebrities and comedians in the roles of your favorite (and least favorite) historical figures, what could possibly go wrong?
Good Omens (Amazon – May 31)
Based on the book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, this new 6-episode mini-series takes us through the birth of the Antichrist – and the angel and demon who manage to lose him. Starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant, with appearances by Frances McDormand as the voice of God, Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Satan, and Jon Hamm as the Archangel Gabriel. What better group to mess up Armageddon?
Black Mirror (Netflix – June 5)
The critically-acclaimed sci-fi Twilight Zone for our time is back with a 5th season. New episodes include appearances by Miley Cyrus, Anthony Mackie, Andrew Scott and Topher Grace.
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu – June 5)
The Golden Globe and Emmy-winning, dystopian tale returns for a third season of gut-wrenching drama and disturbing sexism, set in a world that unfortunately feels not so far in the future. Starring Elizabeth Moss.
Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (Netflix – June 7)
Mary Ann Singleton returns to San Francisco and reunites with a community of characters. Featuring all the quirkiness to be expected out of ‘Frisco. Staring Laura Linney and Ellen Page.
Pose (FX – June 11)
The groundbreaking show that explores the world of ball culture in 1980’s New York returns for its second season. And with the looks star Billy Porter has been serving on this year’s real life red carpets and runways, you can be sure this season is going to dazzle.
Big Little Lies (HBO – June 14)
What was supposed to be a one-season mini-series is BACK. Just when you thought the drama couldn’t get more intense, and the cast more perfect? Enter: Meryl freaking Streep. Streep, Witherspoon, Kidman, Woodley, Kravitz, Dern, what more of a reason do you need to watch this show?
Los Espookys (HBO – June 14)
Set in a fantastical dreamworld version of modern-day Mexico City, this new show follows a group of friends who are obsessed with horror films and monster makeup. Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live and Portlandia fame stars.
All That (Nickelodeon – June 15)
Alright, is this a kid’s show? Absolutely. But for those of you who grew up in the ‘90s, this is a gut punch right in the nostalgia. The sketch show that brought you the likes of Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon and Kenan Thompson returns with a fresh group of funny faces.
Euphoria (HBO – June 16)
A look at the life of a group of high school students as they deal with the issues of drugs, sex and violence. Starring Zendaya in one of her most adult roles to date.
The Hills: New Beginnings (MTV – June 24)
The Hills is back!! The classic reality show, spun off from its predecessor Laguna Hills: The Real Orange County, has returned, with many of its original cast members coming along with it, including Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.
What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage (FOX – June 30)
It’s a real aftershow (like Talking Dead) about a fake TV show, hosted by Fred Savage, who plays himself. How exactly is all of this going to work? No one is really sure yet, but whatever happens is probably going to be a good time.
Stranger Things (Netflix – July 4)
Season three of Netflix’s ’80’s monster epic returns for what is expected to be something just as riveting as the first two. Featuring the return of all your favorite world-saving kiddos.
The Boys (Amazon – July 26)
It’s another superhero show, but it’s totally different. A group of vigilantes team up to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their powers and, based on the trailer, are just a bunch of straight-up jerks.
Veronica Mars (Hulu – July 26)
Yet another classic TV show returning for a new season. America’s sweetheart Kristin Bell returns to her role as the titular super sleuth, as she returns to her hometown of Neptune, California, to save the city and her ex-boyfriend, Logan.
Pennyworth (Epix – July 28)
Fans of Gotham sad to see the show go may be consoled by the arrival of this new prequal show, focused on the backstory of Batman’s infamous butler Alfred Pennyworth, and his newfound employment with Thomas Wayne.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hulu – July 31)
Who better to make a television version of the classic romantic comedy than self-proclaimed rom-com fanatic Mindy Kaling herself? This new limited series version is set to feature a much more diverse cast, and it is sure to be a fun reinterpretation.