Summer is the perfect time for some fun in the sun. But who says you can’t waste your time indoors binge-watching on the hottest summer TV shows?
Thanks to technology, enjoying your favorite TV series no longer requires a TV set. You can enjoy TV shows via streaming. In fact, close to 60% of Americans are now streaming. So if you want to spend your summer binge-watching, you need to know the best series to catch.
Continue reading below as we give you a rundown of the hottest TV shows this summer.
Summer TV Shows You Shouldn’t Miss
As we mentioned earlier, you can stream now some of the hottest TV series and movies. This also means you don’t have to wait for reruns to catch the episodes you missed. Streaming means you can watch the shows on demand.
So grab that bag of Cheetos or start popping that popcorn. Open that bottle of beer or soda and turn on that mobile device. Here are 11 must-watch TV shows worth binging over this summer:
Already on its fifth season, Black Mirror continues to give viewers a glimpse of a possible future. The series features stand-alone episodes showcasing how technology takes over people’s lives.
If it’s your first time to watch the series, you can start with the fifth season. The latest season features three episodes.
Though the fifth season drew mixed reactions from critics, it is still worth watching. One episode features Miley Cyrus playing the role of a rock star who wants out of the fakery she is living in.
Another episode stars Anthony Mackie of The Avengers lore. After several years, he meets up with his old college buddy. His best friend gives him a gaming device.
The device changes their relationship forever.
You can also catch Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch. The episode gives fans an interactive experience. You can make key decisions on behalf of the main character.
You can even open up numerous possible endings by re-watching the episode. You can do so by making choices different from the previous ones.
Big Little Lies
Now on its second season, HBO’s Big Little Lies veers off a bit from its source. The brand new season is no longer based on the best-selling novel. But it sure does pick up from the heart-stopping finale of Season 1.
It still features the lives of a group of moms. The show features a solid cast led by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoe Kravitz. Things get more exciting with the inclusion of award-winning actress Meryl Streep.
Expect more lies – both small and big ones – as detectives try to make the stars confess to the mysterious murder.
Season 3 of this Netflix original series will continue to give viewers the feels for the 80s. However, things are very much different now. The kids from Hawkins are bigger, emotional, and hormonal than ever.
Yes, previous seasons took place around Halloween but season 3 now counts as one of the newest summer TV shows with its new setting. The third season now takes place around Independence Day.
With everybody thinking the Demogorgons are gone, everyone’s guards are down. Expect a bit of romance to develop between Mike and Eleven. As for Dustin and Steve, their “bromance” is also something to follow.
As for the extraterrestrials, expect them to come back stronger and bigger than ever. After all, everyone’s growing up fast.
In addition, Stranger Things Season 3 recently broke Netflix’s record for most-viewed series in its first four days of streaming. Around 40 million households streamed the series since July 4.
Streaming on Hulu, Catch-22 is a miniseries adaptation of the 1961 novel by Joseph Keller. The show follows the story of an Army Air Force captain. The setting is World War II.
Stationed in a small Italian island, the captain and his crew look to go home. But the bureaucracy simply won’t let them. And if the team dare complains, the repercussions are dire, to say the least.
Enjoy the show’s dark depiction on the realities of war. Chris Abbott plays the main protagonist John Yossarian. Joining him in Season 2 is George Clooney who plays Lieutenant Scheisskopf.
This British comedy-drama series returns for a second season. Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars Fleabag. She is a young, London-based woman who is most of the time angry and sexually voracious.
Despite the protagonist’s selfish, apathetic, and morally bankrupt persona in Season 1, things may take a different turn in Season 2. She is now more mature. She attempts to tread the road towards becoming a better person.
Moreover, you will still get your fill of fourth-wall breaks that you oh so loved in Season 1.
The Preacher returns for a fourth season complete with its ample dose of wit and bizarre situations. This comic book adaptation follows the life of preacher Jesse Custer. He, however, is not your typical man of the pulpit.
He loves to drink and smoke.
Furthermore, Custer goes through a crisis of faith. This leads him to gain supernatural abilities. With his newfound gift, he attempts to understand the reason he possesses powers.
If you are looking for a show with low-brow humor and an outstanding cast, the Preacher and his gang are a good company this summer.
When They See Us
This American drama miniseries revolves on the lives of five male suspects. The story is a take on four African-American men and one Hispanic male. The court wrongfully accuses the five men of a sexual assault back in 1989.
In 2002, a confession and DNA evidence reveals the identity of the real assailant. The court clears the five men of their charges. However, they already served their time in prison.
The show zooms in on how the case impacted the lives of the five men. It also gives viewers a glimpse of how the events affected the lives of the suspects’ families.
Be ready to wipe your tears as you watch the series. Catch this on Netflix.
Orange Is the New Black (OITNB)
Returning for the seventh season is this American comedy-drama series. OITNB focuses on the life of Piper Chapman. She goes to prison for 15 months for carrying a suitcase full of drug money.
The incident, however, took place 10 years prior to her arrest. This means Chapman was already living a quiet life in New York with her fiancé.
Fast forward to Season 7, Piper is out of jail and Taystee is guilty of the Piscatella murder. Find out what happens to Chapman in this series finale in late July on Netflix.
The Hot Zone
This National Geographic miniseries is an adaptation of the 1994 book of the same title by Richard Preston. Actress Julianna Marguiles plays the role of protagonist Dr. Nancy Jaax.
Jaax is an Army veterinarian who is helping the military prevent an Ebola outbreak. The battleground is only 15 miles from Washington D.C.
Yes, the book and the miniseries is nonfiction. They stopped the outbreak from crippling the nation. But that doesn’t take away the excitement on what happens in the lives of the characters, right?
The series is an adaptation of a 1990 novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It revolves on the unlikely tandem of the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley.
The two live on earth since way back the dawn of creation. The two celestials will soon find themselves working together to stop the Armageddon.
Since the two already love their lives here on Earth, they will do all that they can to prevent the final battle between good and evil from taking place.
The show is a perfect mix of comedy and adventure; an adventure that will make you ask questions on what you truly believe in.
Singer-actress Zendaya leads the cast of the teen drama Euphoria. The story goes around the lives of a group of high schools students.
As teens, the protagonists get their first taste of sex, drugs, and the trauma they bring trauma. It also focuses on social media. It shows how teens handle relationships, friendships, and love.
Even if you are not into teeny stories, seeing the blossoming career of Zendaya after Spider-Man: Far From Home is always refreshing.
Enjoy Summer and Beyond
These are only 11 of the must-watch summer TV shows this year. There are many other shows that are not on the list but are equally worth watching.
If you do not have the luxury of time, you can try a couple of episodes from the titles above. Find out the ones that pique your interest. From there, trim down the list and start binge-watching during the weekends.
We also encourage you to go through our other blog posts. We also feature different shows, as well as other activities you can do this summer and beyond.
Keep in mind that fun is all about striking a balance. Spend some time outdoors then cap off your day watching your favorite TV series.
Last Updated on February 3, 2021.