Summer is upon us, and whether you’re a student with a considerable few weeks off or working full-time, the hotter season normally means you have a bit more free time on your hands. And there’s no better way to waste that time by binging on some of this year’s hottest shows.
With the amount of content on the interwebs these days it can be difficult to separate the great from the average, so here’s a handy little guide on what not to miss/what to catch up on this summer.
This collaboration by HBO and Sky is by no means an easy watch, quite the opposite. Chernobyl is best consumed in small doses. The mini-series debuted in May 2019 and chronicles the tragedy of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion in 1986. Every episode feels heavier than the last, not only because everyone is so acutely aware of these real-life events, but because watching the series leads to realizing that we are still not quite sure of the long-term effects of the catastrophe, especially on the generations to come.
The Bold Type (FREEFORM)
If there ever was a series that captures the current yass-girl-get-it zeitgeist, it’s The Bold Type. Having recently concluded its third season (with a fourth confirmed and likely to premiere summer 2020) the freeform production stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy as three fabulous young ladies working at a global women’s magazine called Scarlet. It is loosely based on the experiences of former Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles, and follows the women through quarter life crises, exploring one’s sexuality and identity and the hardships of working life. The highlight though has to be Melora Hardin as Scarlet’s editor-in-chief.
Killing Eve (BBC AMERICA)
I get it, this show is everywhere, and you probably already know how absolutely brilliant it is. But in case you don’t, here’s why you need to watch it: Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. Oh, as the titular Eve to be killed, is a delight to watch, and especially grows into the character in the recently completed season two. Comer’s cold assassin Villanelle has clearly made an impression, and the dynamic between the two women this season is even more intriguing and entertaining. Watch their fascination with each other grow as they frolic all over Europe in the most dazzling green-with-envy outfits.
Fleabag (BBC THREE)
And from one Phoebe Waller-Bridge series to the next – and this one fully kicked off the writer/producer/actor’s career. The first season was released in 2016, and we had to wait three years for the follow up. Fleabag sees the unnamed lead character (Waller-Bridge) go through sexual escapades, family troubles and friendship woes. The series is brutally honest, funny and #relatable (all while hilariously breaking the fourth wall) and yet it is incredibly gut-wrenching and heart-breaking. Season 2 also features Andrew Scott as “Hot Priest”, and he alone is worth a watch.
Good Omens (AMAZON)
David Tennant plays a demon. Michael Sheen plays an angel. Neil Gaiman wrote it. Do you really need any more information than that to give this show a try? Good Omens tells the story of demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale throughout the many years of their unlikely friendship, as they navigate the looming end of the world. There’s a mix-up with the Antichrist (an 11-year-old boy), dark magic and lots of sass. Good Omens is absolutely bonkers, and exactly that is its charm.
And the category is … FX’s Pose is the latest brainchild of TV genius Ryan Murphy (and possibly the last one before his permanent move to Netflix) and tells the story of the African-American and Latinx ballroom court scene in the 1980s in New York City. But alongside outstanding wigs and fabulous outfits this series ultimately has a lot of heart. It’s all about finding a place to belong, and people you can be yourself with. It also has Billy Porter, so really, it’s not a hard sell. The second season just premiered in June, so it’s about time to catch up on season 1.
If this list of must-see shows isn’t enough to keep you going this summer, have a look at the below series returning to us with new, exciting seasons. Binge away!
Stranger Things (Netflix) – July 4
Suits (USA) – July 17
Orange is the New Black (Netflix) – July 26
Veronica Mars (HULU) – July 26
GLOW (Netflix) – August 4