Summer of 2021 has been called many things. Some call it hot girl summer, others – hot vax summer, and one specific man tries to make it into white boy summer. The pressure is on to make it the summer when you get back all the wasted opportunities of reckless drinking and intense partying we’ve all missed out on in 2020. That could not be me. And not only because the pandemic is not over despite what your Instagram feed wants you to believe.
So here are 12 shows in June to help me, and maybe you, escape from the very worrisome state of the world. Thankfully, we’ve got a couple of returning reality TV shows here.
Paramount +, June 3
The shiny anthology from the creators of Desperate Housewives is back for season 2 with another 10 episodes. The new season is set in 1949 and stars Lana Parrilla, B.K. Cannon, Matthew Daddario, and Veronica Falcón.
Netflix, June 4
New adventure series based on DC comics tells the story of the world with half-human, half-animal species. It follows Gus, a hybrid deer boy, and Jepperd on their quest for answers and home.
ABC, June 7
What does not kill The Bachelor franchise makes it expand The Bachelorette spin-off into a double season this year. The first part of the show this year features 30-year-old Katie Thurston, a.k.a. the vibrator girl from Matt James’ season, and Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe as its hosts while Chris Harrison still waits out the storm after saying that antebellum-style parties were normal for 2018.
Disney+, June 9
Following WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is Marvel’s third TV series focusing on its arguably best cinematic antihero. Tom Hiddleston reprises his breakout role as Loki who did die in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) but who also got away and made his own separate timeline for himself in Avengers Endgame (2019). Now, Loki goes off on a series of crime thriller-style adventures no longer bound to Thor’s plotline and pompous stakes of the MCU.
Hulu, June 11
Inspired by Love, Simon (2018), Hulu’s series about a high school student named Victor navigating his sexuality and social life comes back for the second season. This season will continue following Victor and his friends, as well as add new faces to the storyline, including Anthony Keyvan who plays a new (and queer) student at Creekwood.
AMC+, June 13
Starring Schitt’s Creek‘s very own Annie Murphy, Kevin Can F**k Himself debuts as a subversive dark comedy about Allison, a classic sitcom wife who has had about enough of being neglected by her annoyingly clueless husband, Kevin himself.
Apple TV+, June 18
Speaking of dutiful housewives, Apple TV+ new drama follows Sheila Rubin, played by Ms. Rose Byrne, who also has an annoying and uncaring husband. Inspired by the workout craze of the 1980s, Sheila resorts to aerobics as her solace and source of empowerment.
Adult Swim, June 13
After its controversial cancelation by Netflix, Tuca & Bertie are back for a second season at Adult Swim. Voiced by Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong, Tuca and Bertie embark on new adventures going through dating, therapy, and all that adult nonsense.
Netflix, June 18
Netflix’s hit Spanish series is back for its fourth season. With major plotlines tied up at the end of last season and the majority of the original cast gone, this season offers a new start for the few characters we know that are still left on the show, including Guzman and Samuel. Although, they all will probably get entangled in yet another murder mystery with their new classmates anyway.
Adult Swim, June 20
Yet another hit coming back for its newest season. This is season 5 for Rick and Morty and it will offer 10 more episodes about the crazy scientist grandpa Rick and his perpetually oblivious grandson Morty. It all looks promising. Although I am keeping all the women whose boyfriends mansplain to them every episode of this animated series in my thoughts and prayers.
We do not know the date yet but HBO’s show about girl skaters living it up in New York is back for its second season this June! It has got all the ingredients of a great skating show except that Betty finally shines a light on female skaters who are also obsessed with skating but constantly have to prove themselves in the male-dominated culture of the street sport.
The first season of Netflix’s reality show about adults trying to not have sex with each other to win some money was very timely, as it was released during season one of the pandemic. We (I) will have to see whether it still holds up its entertaining value now, during the hot vax summer.
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