Here Are The Summer 2017 TV Shows We Can't Wait To Watch
Sure, the free air conditioning you can get while watching CGI-filled, franchise-starting blockbusters or more thoughtful adult films at movie theaters is pretty sweet—but if you're already paying for air conditioning at home, why not take advantage of it by planting yourself on your couch for a summer filled with ladies who wrestle, therapists with boundary-issues, and the funniest difficult people you've ever met?
Spring TV programming was exceptional this year, with the likes of Better Call Saul and The Leftovers airing their best seasons yet, and newcomers like American Gods and The Handmaid's Tale turning in unforgettable freshman seasons. Most of June is taken up by a lot of those aforementioned greats shows ending their current seasons (The Americans, Veep, Silicon Valley, The Handmaid's Tale, American Gods, The Leftovers, Better Call Saul) and a few others just getting underway (Orange Is The New Black, Twin Peaks).
Below, you'll find the 14 new and returning shows that will get you through the months of June, July and August without having to leave the comforts of your couch.
GLOW (Netflix, June 23rd) An out-of-work actress played by the very employable Alison Brie dons spandex and embraces her theatrical side in this new series, which focuses on a 1980s women's professional wrestling circuit, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (aka GLOW). Marc Maron co-stars as the cocaine-addled show mastermind. "It's a Cinderella story with body slams," said Carly Mensch, who co-created the series alongside fellow Orange Is the New Black scribe Liz Flahive.
PREACHER (AMC, June 25th) Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's television adaptation of the bloody comic series basically spent its first season making a (pretty enjoyable) prequel to the real show. But in season two, Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy finally get out of Texas for the epic road trip we've all been waiting for (with The Saint Of Killers, and various other entities, in pursuit).
GYPSY (Netflix, June 30th) This new show, which has Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) behind the camera for its premiere, follows a therapist who gets obsessed with the people in her patients' lives, until the patient/therapist boundaries start to blur...very erotically. The premise seems like it could be the stuff of Cinemax After Dark, but it has one very big thing going for it: star and executive producer Naomi Watts, who remains one of the best actors in the world.
SNOWFALL (FX, July 5th) John Singleton explores the origins of the crack epidemic in this new series, which flashes back to South Central in the summer of 1983 following multiple characters (a young entrepreneur, a Mexican wrestler, a CIA agent and the daughter of a crime family) and storylines that converge over crack cocaine.
GAME OF THRONES (HBO, July 16th) There are only seven new episodes coming in this penultimate season (and even fewer for 2018's final season), but they are expected to be bigger than ever (both in terms of set pieces and episode length). Everything seems to be consolidating toward a huge battle between Dany's forces and Cersei's at King's Landing, with every available family seemingly taking a side in the war. And there is still the matter of those pesky White Walkers at the gates of The Wall. Of course you're going to watch it— how else are you going to find out whether Gendry is going to row back into the story?
INSECURE (HBO, July 23rd) Issa Rae's breakout comedy about social anxiety, sexual awkwardness, and "regular black people being basic" returns for its sophomore season (along with Ballers). Not much is known about the plotlines for the new season, but undoubtedly they'll touch on Issa being dumped by longterm boyfriend Lawrence and whether they'll get back together.
ROOM 104 (HBO, July 28th) The Duplass Brothers are headed to HBO for an anthology comedy series set in a single room of an American motel that dives into "the funny, weird, sad, scary, absurd things going down in that corporate chain hotel near the airport." Like Netflix's Easy, every episode features different characters, with the likes of Philip Baker Hall, Jay Duplass, Orlando Jones, Amy Landecker, James Van Der Beek, Mae Whitman, Nat Wolff and a whole lot more actors appearing.
RICK AND MORTY (Adult Swim, July) Fans have been waiting a long time for season three of the most manic, over-caffeinated, and hilarious sci-fi cartoon in history. After taking all of 2016 off, the third season premiere was played on a loop on Adult Swim on April Fool's Day. Since then, we've been told the rest of the 14-episode season would be coming any minute now (if you stare at Mr. Poopy Butthole long enough, you can see the future apparently). An exact date is still unknown, but the show's creators mentioned it would air this summer, and signs seem to be pointing toward July.
DIFFICULT PEOPLE (Hulu, Aug. 8th) Billy Eichner and Jules Klausner became one of the best comedy teams on TV over the first two seasons of this gem of a show, and they're now adding John Cho (as Billy's new boyfriend) and Lucy Liu (as an alpha book editor) into the mix in season three. Among the new stories: Julie embarks on a season long quest for happiness, Billy stars to sour on NYC, Andrea works on a book and Arthur has to commute to Florida for his PBS job.
GET SHORTY (Epix, Aug. 13th) Does anyone need a new version of Elmore Leonard's classic? Didn't the John Travolta/Danny DeVito/Gene Hackman/Rene Russo movie hit the nail on the head the first time? Didn't everyone hate Be Cool? But you could make some of those same points about Fargo, and look how amazing that show turned out to be. It's all about execution, and this show already has a great trinity of criminally-underrated actors leading it: Chris O'Dowd, Ray Romano and Sean Bridges. If they can take the core of the Get Shorty story/world and then expand it similarly, this could be one of the gems of the summer.
THE DEFENDERS (Netflix, Aug. 18th) Iron Fist may have been the first failure for the Netflix/Marvel universe, but that hasn't dimmed our excitement for the years-in-the-making team-up between Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand, aka Your Most Embarrassing College Hookup. Throw in tons of major supporting characters from each of the shows, a mysterious villain played by Sigourney Weaver, and a whole lot of ninja battles in Hell's Kitchen, and we're sold. Let's just hope Rosario Dawson isn't the sacrificial lamb who dies to bring the team together.
SOUTH PARK (Comedy Central, Aug. 23rd) Let's be blunt: season 20 of South Park started out strong (Member Berries!) before collapsing under the weight of a continuity-heavy election plot that was completely derailed by Trump's election. But creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are very aware of what went wrong last season, and plan on laying off the Trump stuff this year and getting back to what makes South Park one of the best long-running comedies of all time. Parker explained to Deadline about the problem with parodying Trump: "If you have like a little monkey and it’s running himself into the wall over and over and you’re like, 'That’s funny, but how am I gonna make fun of the monkey running himself into the wall?' I can discuss the monkey running himself into the wall, I can copy the monkey running into the wall, but nothing’s funnier than the monkey just running himself into the wall."
BROAD CITY (Comedy Central, Aug. 23rd) Season three wasn't quite as strong as the two before, but we still got fantastic episodes in which we visited Abbi's childhood home and enjoyed an episode-long Mrs. Doubtfire homage. Season four stories will include Abbi and Ilana getting new jobs, celebrating their "friendiversary," receiving a visit from Abbi's mom, tripping on mushrooms, discovering their witchdom and traveling to Florida. RuPaul, Steve Buscemi and Fran Drescher will also guest star.
BOJACK HORSEMAN (Netflix, August?) Although the exact release date hasn't been announced yet, it's a safe bet that the newest season of the most depressing show on TV about a talking horse will be back sometime later this summer (previous seasons premiered in August and July). Season three was an nihilistic bender that climaxed with the devastating "That's Too Much, Man!" in which a drug-fueled blackout binge ended in blunt tragedy. The newest season will continue to revolve around "the burdens of being comfortable," but was mostly written before Trump was elected (so don't expect any of that to trickle into the story...until season five).