While summer normally sees us hopping around to sunny shores and socializing throughout bright and balmy nights, this season may look a little different. Still, just because our perimeters may not be as wide as we are used to, doesn’t mean that we can’t remain entertained. We have rounded up our fill of fabulous shows to keep us distracted, hooked, and happy until later in the fall…
A TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s book that goes by the same name, Normal People tells the tale of two Irish young adults, Connell and Marianne and the all-encompassing spark of a first love that can follow you throughout your life. It’s incredibly raw, incredibly tender, and the performances are absolutely stellar.
I May Destroy You
Arabella, a young London writer struggling to pen her next book struggles to recall a night out in which she was sexually assaulted. Touted as one of the most groundbreaking binges of the summer, this BBC series manages to be funny and dazzling even when dealing with heavy topics.
A drama series following the fight for women’s equal rights in the USA during the 1970s, Miss America stars Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, John Slattery and other big names in a fascinating plotline and reels you in immediately. For those who are familiar with The Handmaids Tale, Cate Blanchett plays Phyllis Schlafly who was a staunch anti-feminist activist who is rumored to be the real-life person who inspired the character of Serena Joy.
If you are looking for a little fantasy lift, Cursed could be just the show you are looking for. A re-telling of the tale of the Lady of the Lake, Cursed takes on the Arthurian myth and spins it into a binge-worthy show. While it has received some criticism for being a little too sprawling and muddy at times (there are red paladins, wolves, and a whole host of characters), but for those who are craving a little medieval escapism, it's well worth a watch.
Little Fires Everywhere
An amazing adaptation of the book by Celeste NG, Little Fires Everywhere is the TV show making everyone talk this summer. Set in the Ohio town of Shaker Heights, the series follows the picture-perfect Richardson family and what happens when a mother and daughter duo arrive in the town. Dealing with privilege, race, motherhood, class, and micro-aggressions, Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are exceptional.
An American teen comedy about a female skateboard crew in New York, Betty is brilliant fun. Not only do you get the inside scoop on what it’s like to be a gang of female skaters shredding up the usual male-dominated world, but some of these gals are actually real-life members of the legendary Skate Kitchen sisterhood. It pops with energy and vibrancy and may just inspire you to pick up a skateboard and hit the streets yourself.
A spin-off from the 2018 queer coming of age tale Love, Simon – Love, Victor takes the story a step deeper when it comes to exploring diversity in queerness. While the original film serves up Simon as a middle-class white guy, this new spin off takes a more nuanced blue-collar approach and offers a more diverse representation that feels most welcome.
Which TV shows are making your binge list this season? Share with us in the comments and let’s get our stay at home summers sorted.