This summer has been packed with cinematic masterpieces, however, they don’t appear to be gracing the box office. Instead, fire up your laptop or smart TV and head to your favorite streaming site where you can easily find a “certified fresh” show to binge watch. From the creepy to the heartwarming, there’s something for everyone on this eclectic list.
- Sharp Objects (HBO) – A new series based upon a book of the same title by Gillian Flynn. Amy Adams has brought Flynn’s main character to life with chilling realism. The story follows Adams, a reporter, back to her hometown to write on the recent murder and kidnapping of two young girls. On the surface, life in this town seems slow and bucolic – but quickly things begin to take a sinister turn.
- The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu Original) – Season two has finally been released after a year of slow anticipation. This season goes off the rails, continuing the story on past Margaret Atwood’s original ending – however still rings true to the overall themes and characterization of the book. Keep up with Offred’s tale in this heart-racing, gut-wrenching, action-packed season.
- Marvelous Mrs. Maizel (Amazon Original) – Due for season two in the coming months, now is the perfect time to become acquainted with the Marvelous Midge Maizel. From the very opening of this show, Rachel Brosnahan shines as Midge, a 1950’s housewife and aspiring comedienne. Take a step back in time with every episode of this show, the producers took great care to ensure that they were being historically accurate. Up for 14 Emmy’s and already in possession of a Golden Globe, this show is a must-see for all.
- Castle Rock (Hulu Original)- If the strange and scary entice you, try out Castle Rock. This series is set in Stephen King’s disturbing world, intertwining several of his books to create a bone chilling masterpiece. Castle Rock is bolstered by a phenomenal cast – Andre Holland from Moonlight, Bill Skarsgård portrayed Pennywise in the It remake – making it even more enrapturing. There are only a few episodes available right now to sink your teeth into, but each one will have you on the edge of your seat, waiting for next week to arrive.
- Orange is the New Black (Netflix) – Ok. Six seasons may seem like a lot. However, this season is one definitely worth watching. This is set in a different prison, with different power dynamics, and new people. This season does not rely on the use of violence and shocking events as much as past seasons, and really plays the characters off of each other to build depth. As always, Uzo Aduba does a phenomenal job of playing Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren. Natasha Lyonne shines again as Nicky Nichols, balancing the pain of her past with the reality of her present. Don’t give up on this series just yet!
- Harlots (Hulu) – An unexpectedly entertaining show produced by Hulu follows the lives of prostitutes in London in the 18th Crass and quirky, this show doesn’t shy away from the dark dealings of brothel owners and aristocrats. The second season is being released on Hulu and is gaining traction quickly. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 95%, check out Harlot’s even if it doesn’t seem like your usual cup of tea.
- Evil Genius (Netflix) – This true crime docuseries is disturbing. It follows the investigation of a bank robbery gone wrong in 2003, which claimed the life of Brian Wells. The director, Trey Borzillieri, offers a unique perspective by actually contacting one of the suspects, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, and maintaining frequent correspondence with her. Each episode is dotted with letters, audio, and video clips from Diehl-Armstrong, each quote as unnerving as the last. The story unravels with new findings and surprising twists, keeping you wholly engrossed in this ominous tale.
- Queer Eye (Netflix) – One of the most “feel-good” show’s you’ll see all year, the Queer Eye reboot is all about embracing who you are and putting your best foot forward. Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, and Antoni Porowski form the powerhouse that is the modern Fab 5. Now onto filming their second season, Queer Eye has gained a massive following on social media from people of all ages. Requests are pouring in for the Fab 5 to makeover someone’s relative or friend – even Post Malone can’t escape it with fans calling for the Fab 5 to show him some style tips.
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