New summer shows 2019

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Now that you’ve seen all the best shows of 2019 (so far), your summer content plans can go one of two ways: Rewatch The Office for the fourth time while questioning its streaming mortality, or give something new a try. Here at Vulture dot-com, we’re very much in favor of taking something new out for a spin, and thanks to the season’s bounty of fresh debuts and returning favorites, you’ve got a bunch of options to put in your queue, baby! Below, we’ve listed every confirmed premiere date for shows in the months ahead, as well as highlighted a few notable titles that should be on your radar. Enjoy!

Catch-22 (May 17, Hulu)

Everyone’s favorite 20th-century artful dodger is back, and this time, his buddy George Clooney is right by his side. Adapting Joseph Heller’s novel for the streaming age, here’s what you need to know if you didn’t read it during tenth-grade English class: Catch-22 follows an Army Air Force captain stationed with his crew on a small Italian island during World War II, and he wants nothing more than to go home — but some bizarre bureaucratic rules make that impossible. And if he complains about those bizarre bureaucratic rules or refuses to do his job? Well, that’s the catch.

Fleabag (May 17, Amazon)

Forgive us father, for we have sinned looking at Fleabag’s hot priest. Three years after Phoebe Waller-Bridge gave us one of the best British comedies of all time, the antics of her “greedy, perverted, selfish, apathetic, cynical, depraved, morally bankrupt” character is back — except, hang on, she might just be mature now? Anyway, let’s still follow along as she explores becoming a better person with the help of some hope and faith, and maybe even a holy booty call. Those fourth-wall breaks will also return in all their glory, obviously.

The Hot Zone (May 27, National Geographic)

Time to stock up on all the Purell you’ve been lusting over! The Hot Zone (a miniseries adapted from Richard Preston’s book) finds Julianna Margulies back on television as an Army veterinarian who works with the military to stop a catastrophic Ebola outbreak — less than 15 miles from Washington, D.C. — that was famously brought to the page by Preston’s 1994 nonfiction thriller. Sure, we’re all alive now, but will the characters survive?

Good Omens (May 31, Amazon)

The end times have never looked so attractive. Part buddy comedy, part time-to-question-religion adventure, Good Omens finds the unlikely BFF duo of an angel (Michael Sheen, swoon) and a demon (David Tennant, also swoon) who find themselves trying to prevent Armageddon from coming to Earth and destroying everything as we know it. Turns out, they quite like their cozy existence on our planet after spending thousands of years here, and aren’t thrilled that it might turn into a charred fireball. Amen to that!

Deadwood: The Movie (May 31, HBO)

You got what you wanted, you fucks. After years of praying for HBO and series creator David Milch to give Deadwood closure in any way, shape, or form, Al Swearengen (Ian “Tits and Dragons” McShane) and his merry band of coarse-mouthed pals (Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, and others) are back for one last adventure, which finds them together a decade later to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. We’re also being teased with the promise of “former rivalries,” “new alliances,” and the inevitable concept of modernity. Well, fuck!

Big Little Lies (June 9, HBO)

Another season, another round of big lies, small lies, and maybe even some medium lies for the Monterey Five. Picking up where they left off after the impaled-by-stairs murder of a bad man, our pack of moms find themselves in defense mode as the town (and, gasp, the police) start getting suspicious about what exactly went down on that fateful evening. Add in Meryl Streep, whose character swears to seek justice for her son at whatever cost, and we have … quite an extensive web of lies to keep track of, no? Start counting the Emmy nominations now!

Stranger Things (July 4, Netflix)

With everything these poor Hawkins kids have been through on Stranger Things, it’s about damn time for them to unwind, enjoy some fun in the sun, and have a relaxing summer devoid of any and all extraterrestrial species. Just kidding. The demogorgons don’t care about seasons or your puberty hormones, you fools! They’re ready to descend at any moment — in a pool? in a hazy mall? on a fun fair Ferris wheel? — but we have a feeling it’s nothing these tweens haven’t seen before. Also, there’s some potential political corruption going on. Everyone really is growing up.

The full summer 2019 lineup

Monday, May 13
12 a.m. L.A.’s Finest, Spectrum
8 p.m. The Bachelorette, ABC
9 p.m. Paradise Hotel, Fox

Wednesday, May 15
8 p.m. Southern Charm, Bravo

Friday, May 17
12 a.m. Catch-22, Hulu
12 a.m. Fleabag, Amazon
12 a.m. Rain, Netflix

Monday, May 20
8 p.m. Beat Shazam, Fox

Tuesday, May 21
9 p.m. Blood & Treasure, CBS

Wednesday, May 22
8 p.m. The Amazing Race, CBS

Thursday, May 23
9 p.m. Christina on the Coast, HGTV
10 p.m. Elementary, CBS
10 p.m. Red Nose Day 2019, NBC

Friday, May 24
12 a.m. She’s Gotta Have It, Netflix
12 a.m. What/If, Netflix

Sunday, May 26
8 p.m. Vida, Starz

Monday, May 27
8 p.m. The Hot Zone, National Geographic

Thursday, May 30
9 p.m. Lip Sync Battle, Paramount

Friday, May 31
12 a.m. Good Omens, Amazon
12 a.m. When They See Us, Netflix
9 a.m. Swamp Thing, DC Universe
8 p.m. Deadwood: The Movie, HBO

Tuesday, June 4
10:30 p.m. The Radkes, USA

Wednesday, June 5
12 a.m. Black Mirror, Netflix
12 a.m. The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
8 p.m. grown-ish, Freeform

Friday, June 7
12 a.m. Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, Netflix

Sunday, June 9
8 p.m. The 73rd Annual Tony Awards, CBS
9 p.m. Big Little Lies, HBO
9 p.m. Claws, TNT

Monday, June 10
7 p.m. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, Nickelodeon
9 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance, Fox

Wednesday, June 12
9 p.m. Queen Sugar, OWN
10 p.m. Younger, TV Land

Friday, June 14
12 a.m. Absentia, Amazon

Saturday, June 15
8:30 p.m. All That, Nickelodeon
9 p.m. Frankie Drake Mysteries, Ovation

Sunday, June 16
9 p.m. City on the Hill, Showtime
9 p.m. Endeavour, PBS
9 p.m. Instinct, CBS

Monday, June 17
10 p.m. Grand Hotel, ABC

Tuesday, June 18
8 p.m. Good Trouble, Freeform

Wednesday, June 19
10 p.m. Yellowstone, Paramount

Thursday, June 20
12 a.m. Riviera, Sundance Now
8 p.m. Masterchef, Fox
8 p.m. The Wall, NBC
9 p.m. Spin the Wheel, Fox

Saturday, June 22
7 p.m. Frankie Drake Mysteries, PBS

Monday, June 24
10 p.m. The Hills: New Beginnings, MTV

Tuesday, July 2
9 a.m. Young Justice: Outsiders, DC Universe

Thursday, July 4
12 a.m. Stranger Things, Netflix

Sunday, July 7
8 p.m. Evel Live 2, History

Tuesday, July 9
10 p.m. Bring the Funny, NBC
10 p.m. The Disappearance, WGN

Wednesday, July 10
12 a.m. Harlots, Hulu

Thursday, July 11
8 p.m. Siren, Freeform
9 p.m. Hollywood Game Night, NBC

Sunday, July 14
9 p.m. Grantchester, PBS

Friday, July 19
12 a.m. La Casa De Papel, Netflix

Friday, July 26
12 a.m. Orange Is the New Black, Netflix

Monday, July 29
8 p.m. Bachelor in Paradise, ABC

Wednesday, August 9
9 p.m. BH90210, Fox

Friday, August 30
12 a.m. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Netflix


Midseason TV has come and gone, and now it’s time to tune into broadcast’s summer shows — when you’re not off having fun in the sun, of course.

While the list of premiere dates for new and returning shows that will hit Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC and The CW during the warmer months is still growing, we wanted to prep you for what’s to come now that “This Is Us,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Empire” and all the “Arrow”-verse series have wrapped for the season — and shows like “The Big Bang Theory” have wrapped forever.

This summer, ABC will debut the new Eva Longoria-executive produced soapy drama, “Grand Hotel,” The CW will launch sci-fi action series “Pandora,” CBS will bring back “Big Brother,” and your competitive side will be taken care of with fresh seasons of NBC’s “The Wall” and “Hollywood Game Night,” along with the premiere of Fox’s new Dax Shepard-hosted game show, “Spin the Wheel.”

See the full list of broadcast’s summer premiere dates below, which TheWrap will continue to update as more become available in the coming months.

Also Read: 8 New Summer TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers: From ‘Songland’ to ‘First Responders Live’ (Updating)

Thursday, May 2
8 p.m. “iZombie” (The CW, season premiere)

Thursday, May 9
8 p.m. “Paradise Hotel” (Fox, two-hour series premiere)

Friday, May 10
8 p.m. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC, season premiere)
9 p.m. “What Would You Do?” (ABC, season premiere)

Monday, May 13
8 p.m. “The Bachelorette” (ABC, two-hour season premiere)

Monday, May 20
8 p.m. “Beat Shazam” (Fox, season premiere)

Tuesday, May 21
9 p.m. “Blood & Treasure” (CBS, series premiere)

Also Read: Get Your First Look at New TV Shows for the 2019-20 Season (Photos)

Thursday, May 23
10 p.m. “Elementary” (CBS, season premiere)

Sunday, June 2
8 p.m. “Burden of Truth” (The CW, season premiere)

Monday, June 3
8 p.m. “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox, season premiere)

Friday, June 7
8 p.m. “The Masters of Illusion” (The CW, season premiere)
9 p.m. “The Big Stage” (The CW series premiere)

Also Read: Here’s the Complete Fall 2019 TV Schedule for All 5 Broadcast Networks

Monday, June 10
10 p.m. “Dateline NBC” (NBC, season premiere)

Tuesday, June 11
10 p.m. “Press Your Luck” (ABC, series premiere, special night and time)

Also Read: Fall TV 2019: Watch Trailers for the New Broadcast Shows

Tuesday, June 25
8 p.m. “Big Brother” (CBS, first night of two-night season premiere)

Wednesday, June 26
8 p.m. “Big Brother” (CBS, second night of two-night season premiere)

Sunday, June 30
9 p.m. “Instinct” (CBS, season premiere)
9:30 p.m. “What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage” (Fox, series premiere)

Tuesday, July 9
8 p.m. “Love Island” (CBS, series premiere)
10 p.m. “Bring the Funny” (NBC, series premiere)

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Thursday, July 11
9 pm. “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC, season premiere)
9 p.m. “The Outpost” (The CW, season premiere)

Tuesday, July 16
8 p.m. “Pandora” (The CW, series premiere)

Monday, Aug. 5
8 p.m. “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, season premiere)

Thursday, August 8
8 p.m. “Two Sentence Horror Stories” (The CW, series premiere)

Tuesday, August 13
9 p.m. “Mysteries Decoded” (The CW, series premiere)

Monday, August 19
9:30 p.m. “I Ship It” (The CW, season premiere)

Friday, September 13
9 p.m. “Red Bull Peaking” (The CW, series premiere)

23 New Summer TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers: From ‘BH90210’ to ‘Bring the Funny’ (Photos)

  • Summer is the season for mornings at the beach, afternoons by the grill, and nights spending prime time around the fire pit. Though things have changed a bit in recent years, May-early September is still not the time for TV.

    To date, 23 new summer series have premiered on CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC and The CW — we’ve got each of their starts charted by total viewers below.

    Scroll through our gallery for the full rankings of summer show’s debuts. TheWrap will update this post as more new broadcast series start. Find our Fall TV version of these rankings here and the midseason list here.

    Also Read: Fall TV 2019 Premiere Dates: The Complete List of New and Returning Shows (Updating)


  • Rank: 23 Show: “Peaking” Net: The CW Total Viewers: 250,000

    The CW

  • Rank: 22 Show: “Mysteries Decoded” Net: The CW Total Viewers: 456,000

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    The CW

  • Rank: 21 Show: “ Hypnotize Me” Net: The CW Total Viewers: 564,000

    The CW

  • Rank: 20 Show: “Two Sentence Horror Stories” Net: The CW Total Viewers: 588,000

    The CW

  • Rank: 19 Show: “The Big Stage” Net: The CW Total Viewers: 652,000

    Also Read: 14 Highest-Rated Broadcast TV Shows of the 2018-19 Season (Photos)

    The CW

  • Rank: 18 Show: “Pandora” Net: The CW Total Viewers: 736,000

    Also Read: Ratings: Sci-Fi Series ‘Pandora’ Doesn’t Open Well for The CW

    The CW

  • Rank: 17 Show: “Bulletproof” Net: The CW Total Viewers: 803,000


  • Rank: 16 Show: “What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage” Net: Fox Total Viewers: 809,000

    Also Read: Ratings: No One Watched What Happened on Fred Savage’s ‘What Just Happened??!’ Debut


  • Rank: 15 Show: “Paradise Hotel” Net: Fox Total Viewers: 1.4 million

    Also Read: 11 Highest-Rated Broadcast TV Shows to Go Off the Air During the 2018-19 Season – So Far (Photos)


  • Rank: 14 Show: “First Responders Live” Net: Fox Total Viewers: 2.1 million

    Also Read: 11 Lowest-Rated Broadcast TV Shows of the 2018-19 Season That Have Been Renewed – So Far (Photos)


  • Rank: 13 Show: “Love Island” Net: CBS Total Viewers: 2.7 million

    Also Read: Ratings: NBC’s ‘Bring the Funny’ Debut Brings the Viewers – But Not as Many as Fox’s MLB All-Star Game


  • Rank: 12 Show: “Reef Break” Net: ABC Total Viewers: 2.8 million

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  • Rank: 11 Show: “Family Food Fight” Net: ABC Total Viewers: 2.9 million

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  • Rank: 10 Show: “The InBetween” Net: NBC Total Viewers: 3.1 million

    Also Read: Live TV Musicals Ranked by Ratings, From ‘Rent’ to ‘Grease’ (Photos)


  • Rank: 9 Show: “Spin the Wheel” Net: Fox Total Viewers: 3.4 million

    Also Read: Fall TV: Here Are the Premiere Dates for the New Broadcast Series (Updating)


  • Rank: 8 Show: “Grand Hotel” Net: ABC Total Viewers: 3.7 million

    Also Read: Ratings: Eva Longoria’s ‘Grand Hotel’ Has Less Than Grand Debut


  • Rank: 7 Show: “BH90210” Net: NBC Total Viewers: 3.8 million

    Also Read: Fox’s ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Revival ‘BH90210’ Debuts as Summer’s Highest-Rated New Show


  • Rank: 6 Show: “Card Sharks”* Net: ABC Total Viewers: 4.4 million

    *Revived series

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    ABC/Eric McCandless

  • Rank: 5 Show: “Holey Moley” Net: ABC Total Viewers: 4.8 million

    Also Read: Ratings: ABC’s ‘Holey Moley’ Tees Off, Lands Atop Thursday Leaderboard

    ABC/Eric McCandless

  • Rank: 4 Show: “Press Your Luck”* Net: ABC Total Viewers: 4.9 million**

    *Revived series

    **Time-period premiere. Special post-“Bachelorette” debut earned 3.2 million viewers.

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    ABC/Eric McCandless

  • Rank: 3 Show: “Blood & Treasure” Net: CBS Total Viewers: 5.7 million

    Also Read: Kenny Mayne Leads ESPN’s Pitch for Ad Dollars: ‘Give Us Your Money, And It’s Never F–ing Coming Back’


  • Rank: 2 Show: “Songland” Net: NBC Total Viewers: 5.9 million

    Also Read: ‘The Good Place’ to End After 4 Seasons on NBC

    Trae Patton/NBC

  • Rank: 1 Show: “Bring the Funny” Net: NBC Total Viewers: 6.2 million

    Also Read: Chrissy Teigen Accidentally Posted the First Episode of Her New NBC Show ‘Bring the Funny’


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Nielsen sheets cooled off as the months warmed up

Summer is the season for mornings at the beach, afternoons by the grill, and nights spending prime time around the fire pit. Though things have changed a bit in recent years, May-early September is still not the time for TV.

To date, 23 new summer series have premiered on CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC and The CW — we’ve got each of their starts charted by total viewers below.

Scroll through our gallery for the full rankings of summer show’s debuts. TheWrap will update this post as more new broadcast series start. Find our Fall TV version of these rankings here and the midseason list here.

Also Read: Fall TV 2019 Premiere Dates: The Complete List of New and Returning Shows (Updating)

The 2018-19 TV season is history, so here’s our annual list of summer premiere dates for new series and new seasons of returning shows. It covers hundreds of broadcast, cable and streaming series bowing from mid-May through August in various dayparts. Please send any additions or adjustments to [email protected] We’ll update the post regularly as more dates are revealed.

May 22:
The Amazing Race (CBS, Season 31)
One Spring Night (Netflix, new drama series)
The Wrestlers (Viceland, new docuseries)

May 26:
Vida (Starz, Season 2)

May 27:
Historical Roasts (Netflix, new comedy series)
Paranormal (Netflix, new Egyptian drama series)
The Hot Zone (National Geographic Channel, new drama miniseries)
Dirty Mudder Truckers (Discovery, new docuseries)

May 28:
America’s Got Talent (NBC, Season 14)
Songland (NBC, new songwriting competition series)
Blood & Treasure (CBS, new drama series; time slot premiere)
Animal Kingdom (TNT, Season 4)
Pure (WGN America, Season 2)
Chrisley Knows Best (USA, Season 7)
Guardians of the Glades (Discovery, new docuseries)
Sweet Home Sextuplets (TLC, Season 2)
America Unearthed (Travel Channel, Season 4)

May 30:
Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network, Season 5B)
How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) (Netflix, new German drama series)
The World Series of Poker (CBS All Access, new season of poker tournaments)

May 31:
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction (Netflix, Season 2)
Good Omens (Amazon Prime, new dramedy series)
When They See Us (Netflix, new documentary limited series)
Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation (History, new documentary miniseries)
Swamp Thing (DC Universe, new drama series)

June 2:
Burden of Truth (The CW, Season 2)
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC, Season 5)
NOS4A2 (AMC, new horror drama series)
Axios (HBO, Season 2)
Perpetual Grace, LTD. (Epix, new drama series)
Luther (BBC America, Season 5)
The Weekly (FX, new docuseries; June 3 on Hulu)
Marriage Rescue (Paramount Network, new docuseries)
American Princess (Lifetime, new dramedy series)
Southern Charm: New Orleans (Bravo, Season 2)
Raising Wild (Discovery, new docuseries)
Truth Behind the Moon Landing (Science Channel, new documentary series)
Death Row Stories (HLN, Season 4)
Secrets of the Zoo (Nat Geo Wild, Season 2)
Wedding Cake Championship (Food Network, Season 2)

June 3:
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, Season 16; moved from June 10)
90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way (TLC, new docuseries)
Below Deck Mediterranean (Bravo, Season 4)
Wedding Cake Championship (Food Network, Season 2)
Breaking Homicide (Investigation Discovery, Season 2)
People Magazine Investigates: Cults (Investigation Discovery, Season 2)
Treehouse Masters (Discovery Family, new docuseries)
Returning the Favor (Facebook Watch, Season 4)

June 4:
The Radkes (USA, new comedy series)
The Oslo Killing (Sundance Now, new true-crime series)

June 7:
Masters of Illusion (The CW, Season 6)
The Big Stage (The CW, new talent/variety series)
Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (Netflix, new drama limited series)
Designated Survivor (Netflix, Season 3)
The Chef Show (Netflix, new cooking docuseries)
BattleBots (Discovery, Season 2; Science Channel premiere June 12)

June 9:
The 73rd Annual Tony Awards (CBS, live awards special)
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC, Season 5)
The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC, Season 4)
To Tell the Truth (ABC, Season 5)
Big Little Lies (HBO, Season 2)
Claws (TNT, Season 3)
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (Travel Channel, new series reboot)
The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network, Season 10)
Carnival Eats (Cooking Channel, Season 7)
Legends of the Deep (Science Channel, new docuseries)
sMothered (TLC, new docuseries)
Sugar and Toys (Fuse, new animated late-night series)
Just Add Magic (Universal Kids, new children’s series)

June 10:
American Ninja Warrior (NBC, Season 8; time slot premiere)
Dateline NBC (NBC, Season 27)
Kate Plus Date (TLC, new docuseries)
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Nickelodeon, game show revival)
44 Cats (Nickelodeon, new animated series)
Best Ever Trivia Show (Game Show Network, new game show)
NuffSaid (Fox Nation, new talk show)
Sincerely Kat (Fox Nation, new pop culture series)
Get Tammy Bruce (Fox Nation, new politics series)
Keeping Up with Jones (Fox Nation, new political talk series)
Man on the Street (Fox Nation, new current affairs series)

June 11:
Press Your Luck (ABC, new game show revival sneak preview)
Pose (FX, Season 2; moved from June 9)
Ink Master: Battle of the Sexes (Paramount Network, Season 12)
Outdaughtered (TLC, Season 4)
Most Expensivist (Viceland, Season 3)
Jasper & Errol’s First Time (Viceland, new docuseries)

June 14:
Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Netflix, Season 3; final season)
Trinkets (Netflix, new drama series)
Absentia (Amazon Prime, Season 2)
Too Old to Die Young (Amazon Prime, new drama series)
Leila (Netflix, new Indian drama series)
Los Espookys (HBO, new comedy series)
Jett (Cinemax, new drama series)
Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City (Comedy Central, Season 3)
Bridezillas (WEtv, Season 2)
Love After Lockup: Life After Lockup (WEtv, new docuseries premiere)
Just Roll With It (Disney Channel, new comedy series sneak preview; moves to regular slot June 19)

June 15:
All That (Nickelodeon, sketch-comedy series revival)
Frankie Drake Mysteries (Ovation, new drama series)

June 16:
The Good Fight (CBS, Season 1; network premiere)
City on a Hill (Showtime, new drama series)
Euphoria (HBO, new drama series)
Endeavour (PBS, Season 6)
Apollo’s Moon Shot (Smithsonian Channel, new documentary miniseries)
Atomic Age Declassified (Smithsonian Channel, new documentary miniseries)
Death on the Bayou: The Jennings 8 (Investigation Discovery, new true-crime documentary miniseries)
Giada in Italy (Food Network, Season 3)
Pirata & Capitano (Discovery Family, new docuseries)

June 18:
Good Trouble (Freeform, Season 2)
The Detour (TBS, Season 4)
Ambitions (OWN, new drama series)
Drunk History (Comedy Central, Season 6)
Alternatino with Arturo Castro (Comedy Central, new sketch comedy series)
Sydney to the Max (Disney Channel, Season 1B)
Hurricane Man (Science Channel, new docuseries)

June 19:
Yellowstone (Paramount Network, Season 2)
Just Roll with It (Disney Channel, new comedy series official premiere)

June 21:
Mr. Iglesias (Netflix, new comedy series)
Dark (Netflix, Season 2)
The Bravest Knight (Hulu, new animated kids series)
Andi Mack (Disney Channel, Season 3B; final season)
Ghosts of Morgan City (Travel Channel, new docuseries)

June 22:
Lego City Adventures (Nickelodeon, new animated comedy series)

June 23:
Yellowstone Live (National Geographic Channel, Season 2)
Close Up (SundanceTV, Season 5)

June 24:
Years and Years (HBO, new drama limited series)
Legion (FX, Season 3; final season)
Curfew (Spectrum Originals, U.S. premiere of UK limited series)
The Hills: New Beginnings (MTV, docuseries revival)
The Last Cowboy (Paramount Network, new competition series)

June 25:
Big Brother (CBS, Season 21)

June 27:
O Escolhido (Netflix, new Brazilian drama series)

July 1:
Divorce (HBO, Season 3; final season)
Designated Survivor: 60 Days (Netflix, new Korean drama series)
Cupcake Championship (Food Network, new baking competition series)
Hackerville (HBO Now/HBO Go, U.S. premiere of HBO Europe docuseries)

July 4:
Stranger Things (Netflix, Season 3)

July 5:
Crazy Cakes (Cooking Channel, Season 3)

July 6:
Enchanted Kingdom (BBC America, new nature documentary series)
Supersize My Pool (HGTV, new docuseries)
Pools Off the Deep End (HGTV, new docuseries)
Pool Hunters (HGTV, new docuseries)
Pool Kings (HGTV, new docuseries)

July 7:
The Movies (CNN, new documentary series)
Out There with Jack Randall (Nat Geo Wild, new nature documentary series)
TrunkFest (AXS, Season 2)
A Year in Music (AXS, new documentary series)

July 9:
Love Island (CBS, new dating competition series)
Bring the Funny (NBC, new stand-up comedy competition series)
Pandora (The CW, drama series)
I Love You, Now Die (HBO, new documentary miniseries)
The Disappearance (WGN America, new drama series)
‘Til Death Do Us Part (Investigation Discovery, new true-crime docuseries)
The Next Big Thing (BET, new music competition series)

July 12:
Shangri-La (Showtime, new documentary miniseries)
A House Divided (UMC, new drama series)
Fastest Cars in the Dirty South (Motor Trend app, new docuseries)

July 14:
Sweetbitter (Starz, Season 2)
Grantchester (PBS, Season 4)
Blue Sky Metropolis (KCET, new documentary miniseries)
Carnivorous (Food Network, new docuseries)
The Price of Fame (Reelz, Season 2B)
If We Built It Today (Science Channel, new docuseries)
Impact of Murder (Investigation Discovery, new true-crime docuseries)
Impact of Murder: After the Statement (IDgo, new aftershow series)

July 15:
Punchline (Fox TV Stations; new game show test run)
Aaron Needs a Job (Discovery, new docuseries)
Notorious (Reelz, Season 2)
Wild_Life (Nat Geo, Season 3)
Molly of Danali (PBS, new animated children’s series)
Peyton’s Places (ESPN+, new monthly documentary series)

July 16:
Behind Closed Doors (HBO, new documentary miniseries)
Food Truck Nation (Cooking Channel, Season 2)
T-Pain’s School of Business (Fuse, Season 2)
Human Discoveries (Facebook Watch, new animated comedy series)

July 17:
Suits (USA Network, Season 9; final season)
Pearson (USA Network, new drama series)
Man’s Greatest Food (Cooking Channel, Season 3)
Danny’s House (Viceland, new comedy talk series)

July 19:
Queer Eye (Netflix, Season 4)
Last Chance U (Netflix, Season 4)
La Casa de Papel (Netflix, Season 3)
Veronica Mars (Hulu, Season 4; new network; originally set for July 26)
All or Nothing: The Carolina Panthers (Amazon Prime, Season 4)
Killjoys (Syfy, Season 5; final season)
This Week at the Comedy Cellar (Comedy Central, Season 2)

July 20:
Say Yes to the Dress (TLC, Season 17)
Restaurant: Impossible (Food Network, Season 15)

July 21:
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (National Geographic Channel, new docuseries)

July 22:
Worst Bakers in America (Food Network, Season 2)
Yum and Yummer (Cooking Channel, new docuseries)
Serial Killer: Devil Unchained (Investigation Discovery, new true-crime limited series)
The Family Chantel (TLC, new docuseries)

July 23:
Who Killed Garrett Phillips? (HBO, new documentary miniseries)
The Shocking Truth (Reelz, Season 4)

July 24:
South Side (Comedy Central, new comedy series)

July 28:
Bulletproof (The CW, new British drama series)
Pennyworth (Epix, new drama series)
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of … (Reelz, Season 10B)
American Swamp (CNN, new limited docuseries)

July 29:
Bachelor in Paradise (ABC, Season 6; moved from August 7)
Lights Out with David Spade (Comedy Central, new nightly pop culture series)
America’s Hidden Stories: Mystery at Jamestown (Smithsonian Channel, new documentary series)
It Happened Here (Reelz, Season 2)

July 31:
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hulu, new comedy series)
Sherman’s Showcase (IFC, new variety/sketch series)

August 1:
No One Saw a Thing (SundanceTV, new true-crime docuseries)
BBQ Brawl: Flay vs. Symon (Food Network, new cooking competition series)

August 2:
Dear White People (Netflix, Season 3)
Basketball or Nothing (Netflix, new docuseries)
A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO, new sketch-comedy series)
This Is Football (Amazon Prime, new documentary series)
Crude (NBC Universo, new unscripted series)

August 3:
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team (CMT, Season 14)
Racing Wives (CMT, new unscripted series)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Discovery Family, Season 9B; final season)

August 5:
Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ (Pluto TV, Season 4; new network)
Infinity Train (Cartoon Network, new animated adventure series)
Paranormal Survivor (Travel Channel, new docuseries)
Paranormal Emergency (Travel Channel, new docuseries)
Five Points (Facebook Watch, Season 2)
My Life Is Murder (Acorn, new drama series)

August 6 :
The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo, Season 14)
Growing Up Chrisley (USA, Season 2)
Intervention (A&E, new “special” season)
The Little Couple (TLC, Season 14)
Undercover Billionaire (Discovery, new docuseries)
Code of the Wild (Travel Channel, new docuseries)

August 7:
BH90210 (Fox, new drama limited series)
Castaways (ABC, new reality competition series)
Hypnotize Me (The CW, new game show)
Expedition Unknown (Discovery, Season 7)
Contact (Discovery, new docuseries)
Monster Ships (Science Channel, new documentary series)
Building Giants (Science Channel, Season 2)
American Mystery (Travel Channel, new true-crime docuseries)

August 8:
Two Sentence Horror Stories (The CW, new horror anthology series)
Wu Assassins (Netflix, new drama series)
Gods of Food (Dropout, new mockumentary series)

August 10:
Black Love (OWN, Season 3)

August 11:
Succession (HBO, Season 2)
The Food that Build America (History, new docuseries)
Strange World (Travel Channel, new docuseries)
The Riveras (Universo, Season 4)
Curse of Akakor (Facebook Watch, new documentary series)

August 13:
Mysteries Decoded (The CW, new docuseries)
Adam Ruins Everything (TruTV, Season 3B)
Family Restaurant Rivals (Food Network, new cooking competition series)
Supermarket Stakeout (Food Network, new cooking competition series)
El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca (Univision, U.S. premiere of Mexican drama series)

August 14:
David Makes Man (OWN, new drama series)
Turquoise Fever (INSP, new docuseries)

August 15:
Why Women Kill (CBS All Access, new dark dramedy series)

August 16:
Bundesliga Soccer (Fox, season premiere)
Mindhunter (Netflix, Season 2)
Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests (Travel Channel, new docuseries)

August 17:
Addiction Unplugged (A&E, new docuseries)

August 18:
The Righteous Gemstones (HBO, new comedy series)
Ball in the Family (Facebook Watch, Season 5)

August 19:
I Ship It (The CW, Season 2; broadcast premiere)
Family Restaurant Rivals (Food Network, new cooking competition series)

August 20:
Huda Boss (Facebook Watch, Season 2)

August 22:
Jersey Shore Family Vacation (MTV, Season 3)

August 23:
13 Reasons Why (Netflix, Season 3)
PAcker and Dunham (ACC Network, new sports talk shiow)

August 24:
OWN Spotlight: Black Women Own the Conversation (OWN, new talk/lifestyle series)

August 25:
Ballers (HBO, Seasson 5)
Power (Starz, Season 6; final season)
The Affair (Showtime, Season 5; final season)
On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime, new comedy series)
Killer Motive (Oxygen, new true-crime docuseries)
Kingdom of the White Wolf (National Geographic, new docuseries)
Good Eats: The Return (Food Network, culinary series revival)
The Flay List (Food Network, new docuseries)

August 26:
Pup Academy (Disney Channel, new children’s series)

August 27:
Terror (Viceland, new documentary series)
The Devil You Know (Viceland, new true-crime docuseries)
Stay or Sell (HGTV, new docuseries)

August 28:
The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV, Season 34)
Jay Leno’s Garage (CNBC, Season 5)
Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda (Investigation Discovery, Season 9; final season)
The Murder Tapes (Investigation Discovery, new true-crime docuseries)
Animal Babies: First Year on Earth (PBS, new documentary miniseries)
Budget Battle (Food Network, new cooking competition series)

August 29:
Growing Up Hip Hop: New York (WEtv, new docuseries)

August 30:
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix, new drama series)
Styling Hollywood (Netflix, new docuseries)
Carnival Row (Amazon, new drama series)

August 31:
Saturday Night Football (ABC, season 14 premiere)

August TBA:
Vagabond (Netflix, new Korean drama series)

September 3:
Valley of the Damned (Investigation Discovery, new true-crime docuseries)

September 19:
Five Day Biz Fix (CNBC, new docuseries; working title)
The Deed: Chicago (CNBC, new docuseries)

Summer TBA:
Garage Squad (Motor Trend, Season 6)

Before the age of streaming, summer was a TV dead zone. All your faves were on a break, replaced by occasionally great, usually bizarre shows from networks that didn’t want to risk airing them in spring or fall. But that’s all changed now, since Netflix and Hulu, and premium networks like HBO, have lifted all boats, as the upcoming TV shows of summer 2019 perfectly demonstrate. Already, we’re seeing exciting Spanish-language comedies with SNL pedigrees (Los Espookys), the return of groundbreaking, women-led series (Big Little Lies, G.L.O.W.), and even a surprising follow-up season to one of the most interesting shows I’ve seen in ages (Fleabag).

So, if you’re looking for a reason to sit inside on a sunny day (hey, no judgment here), here are the 2019 summer shows you’re going to want to keep an eye out for. We’ll keep updating as more info becomes available.


Catch-22 (May 17) – Hulu

What Is It?

This Hulu miniseries takes on the classic 1961 novel by Joseph Heller, and stars George Clooney, Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, and Hugh Laurie as soldiers in WWII. While Mike Nichols’ 1970 movie starring Alan Arkin tackled a lot of the absurdism of the original novel, this adaptation seems darker and more visceral about the realities of war that plagued main character Yossarian (played here by Abbott).

Fleabag (May 17) – Amazon

#Fleabag series two returns to BBC Three on March 4th.

— BBC Three (@bbcthree) February 21, 2019

What Is It?

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s genius, painfully funny, and pitch-black comedy-of-sorts returns for a long-awaited second season that was first announced back in 2017. This time around, our unnamed main character (played by Waller-Bridge herself) seems to be getting help for her issues from a therapist (Fiona Shaw), but still can’t help herself from being into a hot priest (Andrew Scott) who shows her attention. Classic.


The Handmaid’s Tale (June 5) – Hulu

What Is It?

If you’ve made it through the first two seasons of Hulu’s disturbingly poignant Margaret Atwood adaptation, then you’ve been waiting to see just when June and the other women are going to take Gilead down. The wait might be over in season three.

Black Mirror (Season 5, June 5) – Netflix

What Is It?

The anthology series about what happens when technology takes over our lives has haunted us for years, and the follow-up to 2018’s interactive Bandersnatch episode will include three new episodes (one of which stars Miley Cyrus). Tune in before someone inevitably spoils the twists for you.

Tales of the City (June 7) – Netflix

What Is It?

Laura Linney returns to this limited series on which she originally starred back in 1993. Set in San Francisco and based on the stories by Armistead Maupin, the story centers around a home filled with every type of relationship imaginable. It was a revolutionary look at queer lives when the book came out in the 1970s, and with Orange is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli as the head writer this time around, it should be thoughtful and modern.

Big Little Lies (Season 2, June 9) – HBO

first sneak peek of Big Little Lies Season 2, THAT’S WHAT WE DESERVE

— best of big little lies (@bllposts) January 7, 2019

What Is It?

The smash-hit HBO series about a group of well-to-do moms and a murder, and based off the bestselling book by Liane Moriarty, returns for a second season, and this time around it won’t be based on a novel’s source material.

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The gang is all back, plus the inclusion of Meryl Streep in a major new role. Could this cast get any more stacked?

Los Espookys (June 14) – HBO

What Is It?

Set in a “dreamy” version of present-day Mexico City, this show—produced by Fred Armisen, Lorne Michaels, and the show’s stars, the comedians Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega—is a Spanish-language comedy about a group of friends who love horror movies and decide to turn their morbid interest into a “peculiar business.” Count us in.

Euphoria (June 16) – HBO

What Is It?

Zendaya stars (and Drake executive produces) this trippy-looking drama about teenagers dealing with typical teenage stuff (sex, drugs) in nontypical ways.

Grand Hotel (June 17) – ABC

What Is It?

Eva Longoria executive-produced this English remake of a mega-popular Spanish show, which follows the sexy scandals of a hotel-owning family on Miami Beach.


Stranger Things (Season 3, July 4) – Netflix

What Is It?

The third season of Stranger Things drops smack-dab in the middle of summer, and though we probably won’t know exactly what it’s about until we watch it, it’s always reliably freaky, funny, and surprising—the perfect thing to binge-watch when it’s too hot to go outside, no?

Sweetbitter (Season 2, July 14) – Starz

What Is It?

This juicy drama about life in the high-end New York City restaurant biz was an addictive watch in its first season, and looks to be equally delectable in its second.


G.L.O.W. (August 3) – Netflix

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What Is It?

The brilliant ensemble Netflix series about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling has spent two seasons observing the wrestlers and their not-that-fearless leader Sam (Marc Maron) struggle to be taken even a little bit seriously. But we last left the gang about to board a bus for a major opportunity in las Vegas, so maybe Season 3 will see them finally get the recognition they deserve? Here’s hoping, anyway.

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Midseason TV has come and gone, and now it’s time to tune into broadcast’s summer shows — when you’re not off having fun in the sun, of course.

While the list of premiere dates for new and returning shows that will hit Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC and The CW during the warmer months is still growing, we wanted to prep you for what’s to come now that “This Is Us,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Empire” and all the “Arrow”-verse series have wrapped for the season — and shows like “The Big Bang Theory” have wrapped forever.

This summer, ABC will debut the new Eva Longoria-executive produced soapy drama, “Grand Hotel,” The CW will launch sci-fi action series “Pandora,” CBS will bring back “Big Brother,” and your competitive side will be taken care of with fresh seasons of NBC’s “The Wall” and “Hollywood Game Night,” along with the premiere of Fox’s new Dax Shepard-hosted game show, “Spin the Wheel.”

See the full list of broadcast’s summer premiere dates below, which TheWrap will continue to update as more become available in the coming months.

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Thursday, May 2
8 p.m. “iZombie” (The CW, season premiere)

Thursday, May 9
8 p.m. “Paradise Hotel” (Fox, two-hour series premiere)

Friday, May 10
8 p.m. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC, season premiere)
9 p.m. “What Would You Do?” (ABC, season premiere)

Monday, May 13
8 p.m. “The Bachelorette” (ABC, two-hour season premiere)

Monday, May 20
8 p.m. “Beat Shazam” (Fox, season premiere)

Tuesday, May 21
9 p.m. “Blood & Treasure” (CBS, series premiere)

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Thursday, May 23
10 p.m. “Elementary” (CBS, season premiere)

Sunday, June 2
8 p.m. “Burden of Truth” (The CW, season premiere)

Monday, June 3
8 p.m. “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox, season premiere)

Friday, June 7
8 p.m. “The Masters of Illusion” (The CW, season premiere)
9 p.m. “The Big Stage” (The CW series premiere)

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Monday, June 10
10 p.m. “Dateline NBC” (NBC, season premiere)

Tuesday, June 11
10 p.m. “Press Your Luck” (ABC, series premiere, special night and time)

Tuesday, June 25
8 p.m. “Big Brother” (CBS, first night of two-night season premiere)

Wednesday, June 26
8 p.m. “Big Brother” (CBS, second night of two-night season premiere)

Sunday, June 30
9 p.m. “Instinct” (CBS, season premiere)
9:30 p.m. “What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage” (Fox, series premiere)

Thursday, July 11
9 pm. “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC, season premiere)
9 p.m. “The Outpost” (The CW, season premiere)

Sunday, July 28
8 p.m. “Bulletproof” (The CW, series premiere)

Monday, Aug. 5
8 p.m. “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, season premiere)

Thursday, August 8
8 p.m. “Two Sentence Horror Stories” (The CW, series premiere)

Tuesday, August 13
8 p.m. “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, time-slot premiere)
9 p.m. “Mysteries Decoded” (The CW, series premiere0

Monday, August 19
9:30 p.m. “I Ship It” (The CW, series premiere)

Friday, September 13
9 p.m. “Red Bull Peaking” (The CW, series premiere)

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Summer isn’t the TV wasteland it used to be.

Once a dumping ground for networks to burn off their dopiest procedurals and low-stakes competitions, it’s increasingly become a go-to season for some of the small screen’s most addicting shows, with Emmy-winning favorites including HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” returning in the coming weeks. It’s also a good time to test the waters for starry new miniseries and high-concept dramas, both of which are premiering in abundance this year.

After sampling much of what’s to come on broadcast, cable and streaming, we picked 10 of the best new series that you should tune into this summer.

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NBC (premieres May 28), Tuesdays, 10 EDT/PDT

Singing competitions are a dime a dozen. NBC’s intriguing new series, which premieres after “America’s Got Talent,” shifts the focus behind the scenes to undiscovered songwriters competing to write the next big hit, in hopes of getting it recorded by an A-list. Contestants are judged by panelists Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean and Shane McAnally, while guest artists appearing throughout the season include the Jonas Brothers, John Legend and Meghan Trainor. – Patrick Ryan

‘Good Omens’

Amazon (all episodes available May 31)

The apocalypse is coming, and it’s far funnier than you might have imagined. Amazon adapts beloved cult novel “Good Omens” (by the late Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman) into this six-episode miniseries. Starring David Tennant as a slick demon and Michael Sheen as an uptight angel, the “Omens” is about an end of days where heaven and hell are more interested in fighting than saving the world, and the antichrist has been misplaced. Irreverently funny with great lead performances, the series, written by Gaiman, captures the unique tone of the book. – Kelly Lawler

‘When They See Us’

Netflix (all episodes available May 31)

Director Ava DuVernay brings the story of the Central Park Five, five black and Hispanic teens who were wrongfully convicted of the 1989 rape of a jogger, to stark, brutal life in this limited series. Intimate, gorgeously acted and hard to look away from, the story focuses on the youths’ treatment by police and rabid media response to the crime. – Lawler

‘Los Espookys’

HBO (June 14), Fridays, 11 EDT/PDT

More kooky than spooky, HBO’s new Spanish-language comedy is a delightfully strange and drolly entertaining half hour, in a similar vein to FX’s stellar vampire show “What We Do in the Shadows.” Produced by “Saturday Night Live” head Lorne Michaels and Fred Armisen (who also appears), the series follows a ragtag group of friends (including “SNL” writer Julio Torres) who start a horror-for-hire business, helping stage a fake exorcism to boost a priest’s profile and creating a haunted mansion for an eccentric millionaire. – Ryan


HBO (June 16), Sundays, 10 EDT/PDT

HBO makes its first foray into edgy teen drama with this American adaptation of a 2012 Israeli series. The show centers on 17-year-old outcast Rue Bennett (Zendaya), a moody, mercurial recovering drug addict who returns to high school after a stint in rehab. Frequently uncomfortable to watch with its graphic nudity and depictions of teen alcohol and substance abuse, the series is anchored by a grounded, wholly captivating performance from Zendaya, a former Disney Channel star taking on her most mature role to date. Eye-popping cinematography and a killer contemporary soundtrack elevate the sometimes hackneyed material, which is at its best when it explores mental health and human connection in the digital age. – Ryan

‘Alternatino with Arturo Castro’

Comedy Central (June 18), Tuesdays, 10:30 ET/PT

For five seasons of “Broad City,” Arturo Castro was a quiet scene-stealer as Ilana’s neurotic gay roommate Jaime. Now, the Guatemalan actor/writer gets a chance to shine in his very own sketch series, which lovingly spoofs the Latin American experience while also sharply tackling topical issues such as the family separation crisis. (In one sketch, Castro plays an ICE agent whose solution is “cage-free children,” aka letting immigrant kids roam free in fields.) Other segments are just plain silly but no less uproarious, including “Broken Home Hunters” (a parody of “House Hunters,” but with a couple that hates each other) and a “Fifty Shades of Grey” parody co-starring Abbi Jacobson where the dirtiest act is giving “tiny little kisses.” – Ryan

‘The Loudest Voice’

Showtime (June 30), Sundays, 10 EDT/PDT

Fox News has a whole new look on this limited series from Showtime. “Voice,” based on the book “The Loudest Voice in the Room” by Gabriel Sherman, chronicles the rise and fall of former Fox News chief Roger Ailes (brought to life by Russell Crowe in heavy prosthetics) at the cable news channel, from its 1990s launch to his death in 2017. The propulsive, witty series has a talented cast including Seth MacFarlane putting his smarmy smiles to good use as former Fox News PR chief Brian Lewis; an unrecognizable Sienna Miller as Ailes’ wife, Elizabeth; and Naomi Watts as former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson. – Lawler

‘The Boys’

Amazon (all episodes available July 26)

Superhero shows are hit or miss, and the ones that work are often not long for this world (RIP, our dearly beloved “The Tick”). Here’s hoping that Amazon’s latest foray into the genre sticks around: “The Boys” grimly satirizes our insatiable superhero obsession, imagining a world where caped crusaders are branded and monetized by a major corporation, while the vigilantes themselves are largely self-absorbed, cynical and sexually deviant. It’s subversive, gritty and often darkly funny, which is to be expected from executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who also oversaw another Garth Ennis comic-book adaptation, AMC’s “Preacher.” – Ryan

‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’

Hulu (July 31), Wednesdays

“Game of Thrones” fans who have been missing Missandei can at least see actress Nathalie Emmanuel in this new Hulu limited anthology series based on the 1994 Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell film. Produced by original “Four Weddings” writer Richard Curtis, “Four Weddings” updates the story for 2019 and follows a group of four American friends who reunite for a glamorous wedding in London where things don’t go exactly as planned. It’s the kind of light, easy-to-watch rom-com that you’d expect from writer and executive producer Mindy Kaling, and has an instantly charming cast that, in addition to Emmanuel, includes “You’re the Worst” breakout Brandon Mychal Smith. – Lawler

‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’

Netflix (all episodes available Aug. 30)

Jim Henson’s breathtaking story of Gelflings, Skeksis and Mystics returns after 37 years. The series is a prequel to Henson’s cult classic 1982 fantasy film “The Dark Crystal.” The series manages to re-create the world of Thra with elaborate puppetry enhanced by limited visual effects, to tell the story of a trio of Gelflings who discover a secret to the Skeksis’ power and ignite a rebellion. The series has an impressive voice cast that includes Mark Hamill, Alicia Vikander, Taron Egerton and Keegan-Michael Key. – Lawler

The broadcast networks picked up new series for the 2019-20 TV season. So what could become your new favorite show? Maybe the return of Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother”) to network TV in “Stumptown” playing a private investigator? Or maybe one of these other new series below. David Bukach, ABC “Bob Hearts Abishola” (CBS): A businessman from Detroit (Billy Gardell, “Mike and Molly”) unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse (Folake Olowofoyeku, “Transparent”), a Nigerian immigrant, after he suffers a heart attack. Sonja Flemming, CBS “Prodigal Son” (Fox): Tom Payne (“The Walking Dead”) plays a criminal psychologist who is good at his job by learning from his father, a notorious serial killer played by Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex”). David Giesbrecht, Fox “All Rise” (CBS): The new drama follows the lives of judges, prosecutors and public defenders, including Wilson Bethel (“Daredevil”) and Simone Missick (“Luke Cage”). Michael Yarish, CBS “Emergence” (ABC): A police chief (Allison Tolman, “Good Girls”) discovers a young girl named Piper (Alexa Swinton, “Billions”) at the scene of an accident with no memory of what happened. But as the police investigate, they find a much larger conspiracy emerge from the case. Virginia Sherwood, ABC Studios “Perfect Harmony” (NBC): Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) is a former music professor who takes on a subpar group of church singers who could use his help in this new comedy. Justin Lubin, NBC “The Unicorn” (CBS): Walton Goggins (“Justified”) is Wade, a widowed father who is pushed by his friends to get back into the dating pool, where he discovers he’s a hot commodity. The series also stars Rob Corddry (“Ballers”), Michaela Watkins (“Trophy Wife”), Omar Benson Miller (“Ballers”) and Maya Lynne Robinson (“The Connors”). Michael Yarish, CBS “Carol’s Second Act” (CBS): Patricia Heaton (“The Middle,” “Everybody Loves Raymond”) is Carol Chambers, a mother and retired teacher who decides to finally pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. The series also stars Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”). Sonja Flemming, CBS “Evil” (CBS): Mike Colter (“Luke Cage”) and Katja Herbers (“Westworld”) star as a believer and a skeptic who investigate the Church’s backlog of supposed miracles, demonic possessions and unexplained phenomena. Elizabeth Fisher, CBS “Bless the Harts” (Fox): This new animated comedy features a group who struggle with status and wealth in the South. The series includes the voice talents of Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live”), Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live”) and Ike Barinholtz (“The Mindy Project”). Fox “Batwoman” (CW): Ruby Rose reprises her role as Kate Kane (aka Batwoman), who first appeared in a “Arrow”/”Supergirl”/”The Flash” crossover event in 2018. CW also picked up “Katy Keene,” starring Lucy Hale (“Pretty Little Liars”) as an aspiring fashion designer, based on the Archie Comics character. Jack Rowand, The CW “Nancy Drew” (CW): Teenage sleuth Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) investigates the murder of a socialite, which is complicated by the fact that Nancy and her friends are the main suspects. Robert Falconer, CW “Broke” (CBS): Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”) returns to CBS, this time in a comedy about a husband and wife who move in with her estranged sister when he gets cut off from his trust fund. The series also stars Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”) and Natasha Leggero (“Another Period”). Sonja Flemming, CBS “The Kenan Show” (NBC): Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson plays a father who is trying to balance raising his two daughters with his job and “helpful” in-laws. The series also stars Dani Lockett (left) and Dannah Lockett (right). Ron Batzdorff, NBC “Tommy” (CBS, premieres Feb. 6): Edie Falco, center left, and Russell G. Gones, center right, star in this new drama about a former LAPD officer who becomes the first woman to be named the city’s chief of police. Cliff Lipson, CBS “Filthy Rich” (Fox): When her husband dies in a plane crash, Margaret Monreaux (Kim Cattrall, “Sex and the City”) has to deal with the fallout, including the discovery that her preacher husband had three illegitimate children. Alan Markfield, Fox “Outmatched” (Fox, premieres Jan. 23): “American Pie” star Jason Biggs (with Oakley Bull and Jack Stanton) is raising a family with his wife, played by Maggie Lawson (“Psych”). But they struggle dealing with three of their children who are geniuses. Michael Becker, Fox “Deputy” (Fox, premieres Jan. 2): Due to an arcane rule, Bill Hollister (Stephen Dorff, “True Detective”) becomes the unlikely Los Angeles County Sheriff after the death of his predecessor. Fox “neXt” (Fox): John Slattery (“Mad Men”) is a Silicon Valley pioneer who has created an artificial intelligence that could destroy the world. In order to stop it, he’ll have to enlist the help of a cybercrime team including Fernanda Andrade (“Here and Now”) and Jason Butler Harner (“Ozark”). Fox “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (NBC, premieres Jan. 7): Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”) stars as Zoey Clarke, who starts to hear people’s thought as songs. NBC “Council of Dads” (NBC): When a father is diagnosed with cancer, he calls on friends to be his back-up fathers if he can’t be there for his kids. His team includes his surgeon Oliver (J. August Richards, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), his oldest friend Anthony (Clive Standen, “Vikings”) and his AA sponsor Larry (Michael O’Neill, “Scandal”). Quantrell Colbert, NBC “Indebted” (NBC, premieres Feb. 6): Stew and Debbie (Steven Weber, “13 Reasons Why,” and Fran Drescher, “The Nanny”), who are in deep debt, are taken in by their son Dave (Adam Pally, “The Mindy Project”) and his wife Rebecca (Abby Elliott, “Saturday Night Live”). Trae Patton, NBC “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” (NBC, Jan. 10): Based on the novel “The Bone Collector,” Russell Hornsby (left, “Fences”) is Lincoln Rhyme, an expert forensics scientist who is asked to help the NYPD find a killer. The series also stars Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) and Arielle Kebbel (right, “Midnight, Texas”). Zach Dilgard, NBC “The Baker and the Beauty” (ABC): Daniel Garcia (Victor Rasuk, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”), who works in his family’s bakery, has his life dragged into the spotlight when he meets international star Noa Hamilton (Nathalie Kelley, “Dynasty”). Guy D’Alema, ABC “FBI: Most Wanted” (CBS, premieres Jan. 7): The drama follows an elite Fugitive Task Force tasked with tracking down notorious criminals. The series stars, from left, Kellan Lutz, Nathaniel Arcand, Roxy Sternberg, and Julian McMahon. Michael Parmelee, CBS “Almost Family” (Fox, canceled): Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana”), Megalyn Echikunwoke (“CSI: Miami”) and Brittany Snow (“Pitch Perfect”) try to form a bond when they discover they share the same father: a pioneering fertility doctor, in this Fox drama from producers Annie Weisman and Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”). Linda Kallerus, Fox “Bluff City Law” (NBC, canceled): Jimmy Smits (center, “How to Get Away With Murder,” “L.A. Law”) plays a father who tries to reconnect with his lawyer daughter (Caitlin McGee, “Grey’s Anatomy”). The series also stars Michael Luwoye (right, “The Gifted”). NBC “Sunnyside” (NBC, canceled): Kal Penn (center, “Designated Survivor”) is Garrett Modi, a disgraced New York City Councilman who hopes to find redemption by helping people try to become American citizens. Colleen Hayes, NBC

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After a long day, there’s no better feeling than plopping on the couch and turning on your favorite TV show. This summer, you might want to spend a little more time indoors when you see the incredible lineup of dramas, comedies, sci-fi, and so many more TV shows that are rolling out. From Eva Longoria’s highly-anticipated new show Grand Hotel to Younger’s sixth season (cue the tears!), we truly cannot wait for the new season. Read on to see what to expect, and then figure out the rest of your summer plans.

All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

*Denotes a series debut

June 2019

Sunday, June 2

Monday, June 3

  • So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, 9 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 4

  • Dance Moms (Lifetime, 8 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 5

  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu, 3:01 a.m.)
  • Black Mirror (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)
  • Grown-ish (Freeform, 8 p.m.)

Thursday, June 6

  • *Ms. T’s Music Factory (Freeform, 10 p.m.)

Friday, June 7

  • *Tales of the City (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)
  • The Masters of Illusion (The CW, 8 p.m.)
  • *The Big Stage (The CW, 9 p.m.)

Sunday, June 9

Monday, June 10

  • Harlots (Hulu, 3:01 a.m.)
  • Dateline NBC (NBC, 10 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 11

  • *Cheerleader Generation (Lifetime, 10 p.m.)
  • Pose (FX, 10 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 12

Sunday, June 16

  • *City On a Hill (Showtime, 9 p.m.)
  • Instinct (CBS, 9 p.m.)

Monday, June 17

  • Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW, 8 p.m.)
  • 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards (MTV, 9 p.m.)
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW, 9 p.m.)
  • *Grand Hotel (ABC, 10 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 18

  • Good Trouble (Freeform, 8 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 19

  • Yellowstone (Paramount, 10 p.m.)

Thursday, June 20

  • MasterChef (Fox, 8 p.m.)
  • *Holey Moley (ABC, 8 p.m.)
  • The Wall (NBC, 8 p.m.)
  • *Spin the Wheel (Fox, 9 p.m.)
  • *Family Food Fight (ABC, 9 p.m.)
  • *Reef Break (ABC, 10 p.m.)

Monday, June 24

  • *The Hills: New Beginnings (MTV, 10 p.m.)
  • Legion (FX, 10 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 25

  • Big Brother (CBS, 8 p.m.)

Sunday, June 30

  • *What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage (Fox, 9:30 p.m.)
  • *The Loudest Voice (Showtime, 10 p.m.)

July 2019

Thursday, July 4

  • Stranger Things (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.)

Tuesday, July 9

  • *Love Island (CBS, 8 p.m.)
  • *Pandora (The CW, 8 p.m.)
  • *Bring the Funny (NBC, 10 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 10

  • The 2019 ESPYs (ABC, 8 p.m.)

Thursday, July 11

  • Hollywood Game Night (NBC, 9 p.m.)
  • The Outpost (The CW, 9 p.m.)

Friday, July 26

  • Veronica Mars (Hulu, 3:01 a.m.)

Sunday, July 28

  • *Bulletproof (The CW, 8 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 31

  • *Four Weddings & A Funeral (Hulu, 3:01 a.m.)

August 2019

Sunday, August 4

  • Preacher (AMC, TBD)

Monday, August 5

  • Bachelor in Paradise (ABC, 8 p.m.)

Wednesday, August 7

  • *BH90210 (Fox, 9 p.m.)
  • *Hypnotize Me (The CW, 9 p.m.)

Thursday, August 8

  • *Two Sentence Horror Stories (The CW, 8 p.m.)

Monday, August 12

  • Lodge 49 (AMC, 10 p.m.)

Tuesday, August 13

  • *Mysteries Decoded (The CW, 9 p.m.)

Monday, August 19

  • *I Ship It (The CW, 9:30 p.m.)

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The 5 best TV shows of July 2019

June might contain the technical start of summer, but it’s July that feels most like the start of TV’s summer season. The shows that debut tend to be fluffier and lighter-weight, and they’re often best watched with a glass of your favorite cold beverage and a personal misting fan.

Summer is also basic cable’s time to shine, because summer is prime “Wait, I’m still paying for a cable package? Time to channel-surf!” season. Four of my favorite new shows of July air on basic cable (i.e., everything that comes with your basic cable package before you start paying for add-ons like HBO or Showtime); three of them are raucously funny comedies.

So if you’ve still got cable, and if you still love to channel-surf, you’re in luck. But even if you don’t, there are plenty of interesting new shows on streaming platforms to check out.

Here are the five best new shows of July 2019, along with assorted other programs of interest.

The Boys is undiluted cynicism you can drink straight from the bottle

The Boys is exactly the kind of show I typically dislike — smugly certain that its cynicism is the proper way to view the world, and stuffed full of sex and violence like supply is running out. It’s a superhero deconstruction arguing that superhero stories are for babies and this is a superhero show for adults.

So it is probably very high praise that I’ve seen three episodes of this show and want to keep going. Chalk that up to co-creator and showrunner Eric Kripke, who’s one of genre TV’s best. (He created Supernatural and the very enjoyable Timeless.) He knows exactly when to release some of the smugness building up within The Boys into the atmosphere and exactly what the show can say about our superhero-infested moment.

The Boys is based on the comic of the same name by writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson. Like all Ennis comics, its premise is that every social institution you might hold dear is lying to you, then filters it through a hefty dose of meta-commentary, snarky humor, and ultraviolence. In The Boys, that means the CIA recruits a team of vigilantes to deal with superhero crime by thumbing their noses at social convention like a 15-year-old boy who has just realized many of our social mores are completely arbitrary.

Kripke (along with fellow producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg) grasps that this could be unbearable if not handled just so, and he’s smart about alleviating the crasser, more distasteful elements with moments of connection among the vigilante team. Will that be enough to power a whole season of TV? I don’t know, but the fact that I’m probably going to find out speaks well of the show thus far.

(Note: As you can probably tell from the title, this show is hyper-masculine. Its ideal audience is teenage boys pretending to be asleep but actually watching this show on their phones. Your mileage may vary as to whether that describes you or some small part of yourself.)

Watch The Boys if you like: the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, The Tick, Angel

Where to watch: The series is streaming on Amazon.

Florida Girls is very funny without falling back on a bunch of jokes about Florida

The sneaky rise of PopTV has been one of the biggest success stories in the cable world over the past few years. The CBS-owned network — formerly known as the TV Guide Network — has turned Schitt’s Creek into a four-time Emmy nominee, and it recently picked up the critically beloved One Day at a Time for a fourth season after Netflix canceled it.

Its summer series Florida Girls extends the network’s hot streak. Unassuming but very funny, Florida Girls manages the tricky task of telling humor rooted in working-class women from Florida without making lots of easy jokes about working-class women or Florida. The show gets why its characters are so ridiculous instead of assuming it’s because of their class or background, something plenty of other TV shows would forget.

Star Laura Chinn (who also created the series and wrote several episodes) plays Shelby, a woman who grows frustrated with her lot in life when her friend receives a GED and moves out of the trailer park where the two live. Inspired by her friend’s success, Shelby decides that she and the other three “Florida girls” of the title should strive for something more.

The more people in their 20s and 30s make comedy, the more their shows center on people for whom the sorts of things few other TV characters (usually rich and college-bound) would strive for — a GED! — become things to aspire to, because whatever form the American dream used to take, it doesn’t look like that anymore. (Indeed, Comedy Central’s South Side, which I’ll discuss in a moment, takes a similar tack.) Florida Girls doesn’t draw too much attention to this aspect of its premise, but that low-grade desperation drives the show.

Florida Girls needs a couple of episodes to truly settle into itself (I’ve seen four), but the bright, poppy colors and slightly hazy feeling of the series make it an easy binge. It’s also a perfect summer show: a little overheated and delirious from too much sun, but ready to slide on a swimsuit and party.

Watch Florida Girls if you like: Cougar Town, The Other Two, Orange Is the New Black

Where to watch: New episodes air Wednesdays at 10 pm Eastern on PopTV, with two episodes debuting every week. Previous episodes are available on PopTV’s website.

Pearson is Good Wife lite, but what a perfect summer show that can be

Here’s a confession for you: I like USA’s oft-mocked-on-Twitter Suits. I haven’t seen every episode, and I haven’t watched it in a few years. But the legal drama, currently in its ninth season, scratched my perpetual itch for smart and entertaining TV I don’t have to pay too much attention to, preferably with quick, quippy dialogue and plotting that’s quite dense if you actually do sit down and focus. Complex TV that just slides by is hard to make. Suits made it look easy.

I’m not sure Pearson is quite there yet, but I’ve seen two episodes and it’s pointed in the right direction thus far. The series spins off one of Suits’ most popular characters — Gina Torres’s Jessica Pearson — and sends her into the cutthroat world of Chicago politics, where she takes a job working for the mayor. This dynamic was set up in an episode of Suits, so Pearson just dives right into the political intrigue.

“Chicago politics and legal shenanigans” might put you in mind of either the CBS classic The Good Wife or its currently airing spinoff The Good Fight, and Pearson doesn’t yet cut as deeply as either of those shows. But it has its own pleasures, with some fun plot twists in each episode and a growing ability to balance Jessica’s day-to-day life in the mayor’s office with the harsher realities of Chicago politics in 2019.

I won’t oversell Pearson’s grittiness. This is still a big, glossy show with a side of soap opera. But I’m going to keep watching to see if it finds another gear. If it does, it will be very good summer TV indeed.

Watch Pearson if you like: The Good Wife, Suits, Grey’s Anatomy

Where to watch: New episodes air Wednesdays at 10 pm Eastern on USA. Previous episodes are available on the network’s website, and the first two are available to watch for free.

Sherman’s Showcase might be worth watching for the concept alone

Some shows I give a chance just because their basic conceit is so utterly up my alley. Sherman’s Showcase, a sketch comedy series that takes the form of a retrospective special on a fictional 43-year-old variety show hosted by fictional superstar Sherman McDaniel (Bashir Salahuddin), is one such show. It is very, very loosely similar to Soul Train — but so much weirder.

Every week, a new celebrity (often producer John Legend) introduces the theme of the episode’s retrospective, and then the show darts through 43 years of pop culture history, with sketches and musical numbers designed to send up both that pop culture and recent black American history. (Sherman is an artistic and social conservative who thinks that culture peaked in the ’70s. Needless to say, he has some issues with modern music, and so on.)

The series premiere nods to Showcase’s surprisingly ambitious sweep, delving into Sherman’s family history to show the generations of entertainers preceding him. There are great jokes here (particularly a very strange bit about a Bobby McFerrin type who’s so good at making sound effects with his mouth that he can make it seem like he’s tap-dancing even if he’s not), but in the early going, I’m most taken with Sherman’s Showcase’s willingness to try damn near anything.

Watch Sherman’s Showcase if you like: Community, Atlanta, Glee

Where to watch: New episodes air Wednesdays at 10 pm Eastern on IFC. The show debuts Wednesday, July 31.

South Side is a wildly funny shaggy dog story that captures a side of Chicago we don’t always see on TV

In some ways, South Side feels like a culmination of this month’s best new TV, even though I’m only writing about it last because it comes last alphabetically. Like Florida Girls, it’s a show about young strivers in a world that often doesn’t care for young strivers. Like Pearson, it’s a show that dissects the complicated world of Chicago. (It doesn’t have any superheroes within the five episodes I’ve seen, but maybe it will find some in order to overlap with The Boys.)

But the most striking overlap the show has is with Sherman’s Showcase. Like that show, South Side is interested in aspects of American black culture not always seen on TV. But the connection goes beyond that: Both shows are created by the same people, former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, who bring their sketch comedy sensibilities to the more straightforward sitcom trappings of South Side.

Unlike in Sherman’s, Riddle and Salahuddin don’t play the central roles (though they both have smaller recurring parts). They are perhaps too old to play the two recent community college graduates at the center of South Side, but one of the main characters is played by Salahuddin’s brother, Sultan Salahuddin. (The other is played by Kareme Young.) But their incisive goofiness cuts through in each and every joke.

There’s not much to this show’s premise — the main characters are trying to get ahead in a world that doesn’t want them to — but it’s got a great, affectionate understanding of Chicago’s South Side. Its use of rent-to-own companies as a central workplace setting in a few episodes also nods to a kind of predatory capitalism that targets the show’s lower-class characters.

Don’t let me make this show sound too serious, however. It is very, very funny and frequently strange, while also quite cutting about sociopolitical topics. It’s the kind of show where the police show up to a workplace and say not to worry, because no one’s getting beaten today, and even the best job interview can be felled by a background check that comes up riddled with problems. And those are just bits from the premiere. The longer South Side runs, the more incisive and humorous its portrayal of the structures built to hold these two young men in place becomes.

Watch South Side if you like: 30 Rock, Broad City, The Wire (okay, maybe not really, but South Side is similarly interested in how cities function almost as organisms)

Where to watch: New episodes air Wednesdays at 10:30 pm Eastern on Comedy Central. Past episodes are available on the network’s website, and the series premiere is available for free on YouTube.

5 other new shows (possibly) worth checking out

July offered a veritable cornucopia of new TV offerings, as summer gets ever hotter and the temptation to just stay inside only grows. Here are five more shows you might enjoy.

  • Okay, I haven’t seen Designated Survivor: 60 Days (streaming on Netflix), but if you, like me, were frustrated that the short-lived Kiefer Sutherland vehicle Designated Survivor (about an unassuming Cabinet secretary who becomes president after a terrorist attack) wasn’t more over-the-top, well, this K-drama remake will hopefully go full camp.
  • Another confession: I don’t get the Love Island (every weeknight at 8 pm Eastern on CBS) thing. Couples being made to hook up for my enjoyment feels a little icky to me. But a lot of people are obsessed with both this show and the original British version (which can be found on Hulu), and who am I to stop them?
  • Now, if you want to know the kind of thing I get into, consider The Movies (CNN, Sundays at 9 pm Eastern), a very standard talking-head documentary that seems primarily designed to get you to say, “Gosh, I love the movies!” But guess what? I sure do love the movies! (Also, every other talking head on this show is a friend of mine. I’m not made of stone.)
  • Pennyworth (Sundays at 9 pm Eastern on Epix) takes Batman origin stories to new, ridiculous lengths with the story of Batman’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth, before Bruce Wayne was even born, but it’s gorgeous to look at and well-paced. It’s a far better version of “the origin of Batman’s butler” than you’d expect … but it’s still that exact show.
  • Who Killed Garrett Phillips? (streaming on HBO) hits a lot of familiar true crime documentary tropes — dead child, man perhaps wrongfully accused of the murder, racial animus in a small town — but it’s fortunate to have the guiding hand of terrific documentarian Liz Garbus at its center.

5 returning shows worth checking out

Everybody loves Robin on Stranger Things. Netflix

Finally, it wasn’t all new TV in July. Here are five returning shows you should check out if you already haven’t.

  • If you haven’t seen the gleeful space opera Killjoys (Syfy, Fridays at 10 pm Eastern), it’s a blast of pure science fiction fun, just entering its final season. (If you want to get caught up, the first three seasons are on something called VRV. They’re also available for digital rental or purchase.)
  • Speaking of final seasons, the last 13 episodes of Orange Is the New Black (streaming on Netflix) were a great reminder of just how good that show can be at its best, bringing one of the best dramas of the decade to a justifiably acclaimed close.
  • Netflix also debuted new episodes of Queer Eye (streaming on Netflix), one of those heartwarming reality shows that seem to go over well with just about everybody.
  • Netflix also debuted the third season of Stranger Things (streaming on Netflix), which you might have forgotten even happened in the month of July, but I assure you it did. Season three is a blast of summertime fun — but it evaporates from the memory almost immediately.
  • Finally, Veronica Mars (streaming on Hulu) came back for its fourth season (the third ended way back in 2007!) of a bright and brassy young woman solving impossible crimes. The fourth season has been … controversial, let’s say, but I found it a strong return to form, even with its hugely divisive ending.

August will be upon us soon, with the return of two of the best new dramas of 2018 for second seasons: HBO’s Succession and AMC’s Lodge 49. Get hype!

Updated: To clarify that Sulahuddin and Riddle play supporting characters in South Side.

15 Best TV Shows of Summer 2019: ‘Succession,’ ‘GLOW,’ Kirsten Dunst & More

In 2019, we’re all about body positivity. So we bellowed the affirmational rebuttal to beach body culture: The summer is going to get whatever body I give it! For this fair-skinned TV critic with more hours of screeners to watch than there are in a day, that “body” is practically a translucent muffin top. It’s been well-earned, too, with this being one of the strongest summers of television since I’ve started doing this job.

Narrowing it down to the 15 best is nearly impossible, but necessary: If we can’t do that for these three months of the year, what prayer do we have for an end-of-year list?

Before you read this, it must be said that, no, I did not get to see everything—though I watched at least a little of a lot of things. No, I’m not sure these are the right 15; in fact, my opinion on this ranking changed three times just while writing it. (Mindhunter, Claws, Younger, David Makes Man, The Handmaid’s Tale, Why Women Kill, Derry Girls, and The Real Housewives of Potomac were all at one point on this list.) And, yes, I did see Euphoria.

Got some extra time this Labor Day weekend? Here are the 15 best TV shows of the summer for you to check out.

15. Big Little Lies (HBO)

In a tough race, Big Little Lies season two makes it in just by the skin of Meryl Streep’s fake teeth. Listen, this season was a mess, and failed to meet the level of that phenomenal, game-changing first go-round. But was it a riot to see these brilliant actresses back in Monterey again? Yes. Was Meryl Streep outstanding? Duh. Preposterous as the circumstances were, was that Streep vs. Kidman courtroom scene spellbinding? Couldn’t look away. Trash Big Little Lies all you want. I can’t hear you over Meryl Streep’s scream.

14. Grand Hotel (ABC)

OK. I know. I know. There are more than a dozen shows that aired this summer that probably deserve a place on this list above this one. But there’s something about the kind of show that Grand Hotel represents, the slight and sexy summer soap opera that gave rise to the term “guilty pleasure,” that I was immediately nostalgic for when watching the ABC series. The show is certainly imperfect and could stand to be more addicting—it’s based on a telenovela, after all—but the unapologetic abs, twists, and scandal transported me in a way that the rise of summer prestige TV simply can’t do.

13. The Boys (Amazon)

Go figure that the best superhero entertainment of the summer wasn’t any of those $500 million movies blanketing the multiplex every weekend, but instead a dark, hyper-violent Amazon series that dissects and comments on the genre and the culture that surrounds it as much as it thrives in and because of those very things. That might sound heady, betraying the fact that the show is, in its own way, also extremely fun.

12. The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance (Netflix)

When you’re writing about, reviewing, taking notes, dissecting, and basically “working” while watching TV—as is my job—it can be hard to dissociate when watching something. So it was a surprise, albeit a welcome one, to find myself unknowingly leaning back in my chair, utterly engrossed in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. I have never seen the movie for which the series is a prequel. But it’s so visually wondrous, with puppet work from the Jim Henson Company that simply astonished me, that I was swept away. That the story itself happens to be so resonant, too. Icing on the cake.

11. Below Deck: Mediterranean (Bravo)

“June, June, Hannah.” Three simple words make, for me, the line of the summer. Sometimes that’s all you need to be entertained, a simple mystery like why spacey yacht steward June would never, not once, no matter how many reprimands, answer her radio when her boss, Hannah, calls. Or you need the utterly basic drama of the season’s early villain, a homophobic Russian chef named Mila who, despite touting five-star culinary training, could not even make edible nachos. Short of boarding Captain Sandy’s luxury yacht itself, the easy pleasures of Bravo’s now delightfully settled-into reality series is the mental vacation any summer needs.

10. Pose (FX)

After earning a flood of headlines about the historic nature of its sheer existence last year, Pose season two wasn’t a victory lap as it much as it was a vigorous sprint further into its mission. The truth about living with the threat of HIV and AIDS at the beginning of the ’90s was told with more heartbreaking grit. The lives of the trans women at the center of the series were given more dignity and perspective. The joy of the family these marginalized people have chosen for themselves more exuberant. And the costumes, honey. The performances. The dancing. The production. The drama. 10, 10, 10…10s across the board.

9. A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)

The first ever sketch show to star a cast featuring all women of color, A Black Lady Sketch Show grappled with the pressures of being a “first” and the spotlight put on its “approach to diversity” in the best way possible: by being really damn funny. Led by creator Robin Thede and featuring a red carpet’s worth of cameos and guest stars—Angela Bassett, Issa Rae, Patti LaBelle, to name a few—the crackling comedy was specific, smart, and ballsy. As she’s proved over and over in her career, give Thede a platform, and watch her blast off from it.

8. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Orange Is the New Black changed TV as we know it. Not only is it the most-watched series on Netflix ever, it is also the one that proved the potential of the streaming service as a game-changer in original content. It threw a grenade at a Hollywood system resistant to diversity in casting and storytelling. How gratifying, then, to see the long-running series stick the landing in its final season with an unflinching look at the treatment of detainees in immigration detention centers and a brutal reminder of the ways in which our criminal justice system fails those it is meant to serve.

7. Stranger Things (Netflix)

The plot of season 3 of Stranger Things was pretty much the same as the plot of every other season of Stranger Things. That repetitiveness, which can be so many other series’ greatest weakness, proved refreshing in this kind of nostalgic, blockbuster series—the kind of familiarity you crave in summer. That’s not to say the third go-round rested on its laurels. The thrills were more exhilarating. The effects were more impressive. The stakes were higher and darker, yet the humor was lighter and more fun. All that, plus Steve in a sailor’s costume.

6. Los Espookys (HBO)

It can’t be overstated how peculiar this show is. Co-created by and starring Julio Torres, the idiosyncratic writer responsible for Saturday Night Live’s best sketches, the series is about a group of friends with a passion for staging haunted houses and fright experiences. But plot is superseded by mood here, which is so profoundly bizarre and yet so comedically sharp that you’ll WTF your way into copious LOLs.

5. GLOW (Netflix)

A lot of people were really into the first two seasons of GLOW. I respected the genius story conceit—a look at the making of an all-female wrestling TV show in the ’80s—and the exceptional acting performances, but felt that it was a series kind of spinning its wheels; everyone teaming up against insurmountable odds to put on a scrappy show… rinse, repeat.

Season three moved the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling to Las Vegas, where the show becomes an established success, and instead focused more deeply on the struggles, contradictions, hopes, dreams, and heartbreaks of the women involved. The result is one of the more poignant seasons of TV this year, and, with Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin, featuring some of the best two-hander acting scenes, encapsulating a fascinating look at female friendship.

4. Are You the One? (MTV)

The biggest surprise of the summer was how a super-trashy MTV dating show in its eighth season somehow transformed itself into a super-trashy MTV dating show that you absolutely had to watch every single second of and then obsess about with everyone you know for days. (Raise your hand if you would literally die for Jenna.)

The gimmick behind this season of the already gimmick-saturated Are You the One?—in which horny alcoholics live in a house together and try to figure out who is their “perfect match”—is that everyone is sexually fluid. That means anyone could match, aka bone, anyone. And they do! In one episode, a trans man has sex with both a cis girl and cis boy in the same night. There is an episode called “There Was a Fivesome?” (There was.) It’s gross! It’s beautiful! It’s PROGRESSIVE! It’s shamelessly addicting and quite possibly brilliant, the utopian ideal of reality-TV sluttiness that we’ve all been waiting for.

3. On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime)

You could come for the Kirsten Dunst powerhouse performance alone and be satisfied watching On Becoming a God in Central Florida, the quirkiest and maybe because of that, the most satisfying new series of the summer. Finally waking up to the underrated talents of the former child star is a hot topic now thanks to the show, and it’s better late than never.

But then there’s the show itself, which stars Dunst as a struggling young mother somewhere outside Orlando in the 1990s (the period details will thrill you and make you cringe), a former pageant queen who faces potential ruin after her husband drowns all the family’s finances in a pyramid scheme. It’s equal parts heartbreaking and rousing to watch a girl who is underestimated draw on her natural gifts to save her family. And, more broadly, it’s a topical depiction of our country’s long tradition of capitalism exploiting hope.

2. Succession (HBO)

After a timid start to its first season (well, frankly, it was a pretty damn boring one, actually), Succession swaggered into season two with its dick swinging. But everything that finally succeeded (hey-oh!) by the end of season one is back, sharper, wittier, and more outrageous: the anxiety-inducing backstabbing of the Roy family; the boorish haplessness undercutting everyone’s boundless egos; and the ridiculous set pieces (season two sees your underground bachelor party in Berlin and raises it a hunting trip in Hungary culminating in a rousing round of “Boar on the Floor.”)

Also more potent than ever: the discomfort you experience while watching. This Murdochian/Trumpian/Redstonian family, as rapacious an example of the top one percent of the top one percent as there’s ever been on TV, embodies everything we’re supposed to condemn and despise at this time in our country. So why do we love watching them so much?

1. Years and Years (HBO)

It’s not exactly your TV equivalent of a frothy, distracting beach read, but hey, these days even when we’re relaxing in the sand it’s hard to distract your mind from what’s happening in the world. Years and Years, then, confronts you with all that stuff head-on. Worse, it terrifies you with what’s to come. Russell Davies’ aching, alarming, and brutally alive depiction of our collective panic about the state of the world is the epitome of “hard to watch,” not because of what it says about us now, but because of what it says about a future in which the repercussions from today will be inescapable. It would be nihilistic if it wasn’t all so… inevitable.

At the center of it all is the Lyons family. Through their eyes we see, in essence, the world burn. There are towering performances here, from Emma Thompson playing an upsettingly believable political zealot, and, as a gay couple desperate to stay together after one is deported, Russell Tovey and Maxim Baldry—coincidentally, the duo responsible for the most viscerally, unshakably upsetting hour of television I’ve seen in ages.