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The goop Summer TV Preview

While we wouldn’t suggest spending significant time on the couch when you should really be taking advantage of summer’s bounty, sometimes, the siren song of good TV—and let’s be honest, good air conditioning—is just too loud to ignore. Here, 14 excellent reasons to keep it inside.

  • Unreal Season 2Lifetime
    Out Now

    Being that it’s a dark satire on the reality TV industry—The Bachelor-style dating shows, to be exact—Unreal could easily hide behind its guilty-pleasure reputation. Instead, its co-creator, an ex-reality TV producer herself, chooses to tackle the very serious and of-the-moment issues of gender roles, racism, and the very un-real nature of these types of shows. We highly recommend catching up on season one first.

  • Peaky Blinders Season 3Netflix
    Out Now

    We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, Peaky Blinders is inarguably one of the most well done shows in the Netflix repertoire. Those who are caught up will be happy to know season three is available right now in its entirety, and for anyone not yet hip to the wild antics of the lovable Shelby crime family (this year, their adversaries include exiled Russian nobility and a sadistic priest—good stuff), it’s never too late to get on board. As in seasons past, music plays into the moodiness of it all, and this time around a soundtrack of Radiohead, David Bowie, PJ Harvey, and more does not disappoint.

  • The Get DownNetflix
    August 12th

    Baz Luhrmann’s small-screen debut, a deep dive into the birth of hip-hop culture in 1970s NYC—an especially turbulent time in the history of the city—looks to be just as visually arresting and emotionally charged as his films. To get the mood and history right, Luhrmann tapped none other than legend Grandmaster Flash (he’s also the inspiration behind one of the characters) to associate produce the show and asked rapper Nas to write the character and rhymes for the show’s narrator, who’s played by Hamilton alum Daveed Diggs. August can’t come soon enough.

  • RoadiesShowtime
    June 26th

    Following in the steps of Say Anything, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, and just about every Cameron Crowe hit in between, his first-ever TV show approaches its world—the backstage goings on of the crew who make epic rock concerts and tours possible—with heart, hope, and not a shred of cynicism. The fictional band around which all the action unravels is kept purposefully ambiguous to give the behind-the-scenes techs, tour managers, and assistants the spotlight.

  • Mr. Robot Season 2USA
    July 13th

    The first season of Mr. Robot was the surprise hit of 2015, blowing everyone away with its twisted plotline and layered performances from Rami Malek’s hacker genius Elliot and Christian Slater, who plays Mr. Robot, best described as Elliot’s confidant-slash-handler (excuse the vagueness, we don’t want to give anything away to the uninitiated). Season two promises to throw even more curveballs into vigilante hacker group fsociety’s ongoing fight against Evil Corp, as well as unveil more of a backstory to Elliot’s rocky relationship with reality.

  • RootsHistory Channel
    Out Now

    Just as powerful as the 40-year-old original, this epic incarnation of Roots, a miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel of the same name, aims to expose a new generation to a thorough, oftentimes painful depiction of a particularly ugly, yet incredibly important, chunk of American history. Divided into four two-hour installments, the action spans the life of Kunta Kinte, a brave West African warrior sold into slavery and sent to an American plantation, and his family. While the storytelling alone is plenty to keep us enthralled, the cast, which includes Malachi Kirby, Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and T.I., is nothing short of spectacular.

  • OutcastCinemax
    Out Now

    Right out of the gate, the opening scene of this supernatural show from Robert Kirkman, the guy who brought us The Walking Dead, doesn’t hold back on the creepy factor: The disturbingly dark shots of what looks like a little boy possessed by evil spirits set the tone for the entirety of the show. The plot revolves around a young man who somewhat unwillingly becomes a sort of anti-evil crusader while himself struggling with hauntings since childhood and promises to be a hit with the horror-loving crowd—good thing, considering Cinemax has been in a bit of a rut lately.

  • Dr. ThorneAmazon Prime
    Out Now

    While Downton Abbey wasn’t necessarily our thing, we heard from many diehards that this new series, based on Anthony Trollope’s namesake novel, scratches the historical period drama itch now that D.A. has finished its six-season run. Set in gloomy 1850s England, the storyline slowly unravels around a beautiful but financially insecure Mary Thorne, who comes of age under Dr. Thorne’s roof.

  • Odd Mom Out Season 2Bravo
    Out Now

    With the risk of sounding like crazy fan girls, we wholeheartedly believe Jill Kargman is one of the funniest people on television—brilliant, deftly observed witticisms just come naturally to her. Season two sees Jill getting back in the workforce after years of focusing exclusively on raising three kids, opening her up to all sorts of hilarious awkwardness. Oh, and to sweeten the deal, GP’s real-life mom, Blythe Danner, plays Jill’s TV mom.

  • The Night OfHBO
    July 10th

    Here’s what we know about this new murder mystery miniseries, a remake of a British show called Criminal Justice: It’s written by legendary American author Richard Price (Lush Life, Clockers), directed by Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Moneyball), and stars John Turturro as a NYC lawyer tasked with defending a man who at first glance looks to be 100% guilty of murdering a woman he has known for just a few hours, but like any good murder mystery, nothing is as it seems.

  • The Girlfriend ExperienceStarz
    Out Now

    Loosely based on Steven Soderbergh’s film of the same name, The Girlfriend Experience, as the name might suggest, revolves around a high-end NYC call girl, though she keeps her exploits secret while putting herself through law school and a grueling internship. While the show isn’t exactly new to TV, it’s one of the best out there—simply put: our list wouldn’t be complete without it.

  • The PathHulu
    Out Now

    This Hulu original feeds the general public’s curiosity about the inner workings of cults, though if you ask the Meyerists, the members of the fictional Meyerist Movement at the center of the action, they’re not a cult, but rather a “religious movement.” At its core, The Path is a sort of twisted riff on the family drama (makes sense since its’ creators are the people behind the mother of all family dramas, Parenthood), with Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, and Hugh Dancy at its helm struggling to navigate relationships, power struggles, and most importantly, faith.

  • The Night ManagerAMC
    Out Now

    While it’s technically a miniseries rather than a multi-season show, this classic spy thriller based on John le Carré’s namesake spy novel is just as binge-worthy. Starring Tom Hiddleston as the hotel night manager-turned-spy, Hugh Laurie as ruthless arms dealer Richard Roper, Olivia Colman (you know and love her from Broadchurch) as a British intelligence officer hell-bent on taking Roper down, and an incredible supporting cast, the plot is as gripping as it is genuinely fun to watch.

  • Chef’s Table Season 2Netflix
    Out Now

    All of goop HQ has been anxiously waiting for season two of David Gelb’s food-centric series. This batch of mini documentaries offers glimpses into the worlds of Enrique Olvera of Pujol, Gaggan Anand, who totally reimagined traditional Indian food, Brazilian food proponent Alex Atal, and three other world-renowned chefs. Needless to say, it did not disappoint (we devoured all six episodes over the course of two weeknights).

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