I’ve spent much of my time at home this summer watching the new TV shows released and catching up on some older ones. I will only address here the shows I watched in full.
Throughout June, July, and August, I discovered some great shows, especially with the beginnings of new streaming sites HBO Max and Peacock.
Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV)
I loved my rewatch of this series, which quickly became a favorite of mine when I started watching it the first time. I revisited so many of my favorite moments from the show, and saw some that I had forgotten. If all goes well, the show will clean up at the Emmys in September. Keep a look out for my final predictions coming in the next few weeks.
Love, Victor (Hulu)
Such a cute show! The successor to the film Love, Simon served its purpose in its spirit of acceptance and figuring out the best time to tell the world of your love. I’m very excited to see where these characters go next.
The Politician (Netflix)
An enjoyable binge, but I didn’t hold much weight to it in the end. Judith Light and Bette Midler are serving their best political fantasies, though! Wonderful performances from both of them might lead them into some awards conversations next year, especially given Midler’s nomination in Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for season 1.
Legendary (HBO Max)
I need season 2 immediately. They really handled the pandemic well with their finale, which forced them to forego an audience and have the teams perform only for the judges. This show showcased so much LGTBQ+ talent, and I hope it gets the recognition it deserves. Leiomy Maldonado is a true queen!
The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
SO CUTE! I didn’t expect to love a show directed at this age group so much. Hopefully Netflix keeps it on the air for many years.
Little Voice (Apple TV+)
This was one of the most delightful entries to the TV schedule this summer. Based on Sara Bareilles’ music and utilizing the directing and writing talents of Jessie Nelson after their collaboration on the musical Waitress, the show delivered uplifting performances and great songs week after week. It also brought Luke Kirby, Sakina Jaffrey, and Katrina Lenk to my TV!
The Alienist: Angel of Darkness (TNT)
They returned with a vengeance! Dakota Fanning truly did some of her best work on the sequel series to The Alienist. I hope the awards give her some attention.
Perry Mason (HBO)
Matthew Rhys is back on my TV. That’s what matters to me. So excited that it’s returning for a second season! Loved the title cards for this one, too. Gayle Rankin gives one of the best performances I’ve seen this year, too, as does Tatiana Maslany. Every actor is doing some of their best work here.
Queer Eye (Netflix)
The new season didn’t hold back in the heartfelt stories they bring us every time. I wish they would dive more into some social and political issues, though. I feel like the show still works under the guise of tolerance rather than acceptance for the most part, and I believe the world is past that moment.
Can’t wait to see what else the year has in store!
Other shows I’ve been watching lately:
NEW – P-Valley (Starz), Brave New World (Peacock), Canada’s Drag Race (WOW Presents Plus), United We Fall (ABC), David Makes Man (HBO), Muppets Now (Disney+), Lovecraft Country (HBO)
FIRST WATCH – Six Feet Under (HBO), Damages (FX/DirecTV), Hannibal (NBC), Raising Hope (Fox), Avatar: The Last Airbender (Nickelodeon)
REWATCH – The Golden Girls (ABC), Designing Women (CBS)