5 summer TV shows you should watch
Though a long time ago in the days before streaming and cable, summer was the time when television generally sucked but nowadays summer TV is where it is at! Seriously, it seems like they have saved some of the best shows for June, July and August! Here are a few of our new favourites and why you should watch them!
Fan of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette? Well you are going to be seeing it in a very different light after watching this new dark and delicious Lifetime series. Starring Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer this shows you what goes into making a show about “true love” and well, it ain’t pretty. In fact it is dark as hell and audiences are loving it (it’s already been renewed for Season 2). Plus, it features some of the strongest female characters we have seen on TV in a long time. “It’s a mostly female cast, which is incredible, but it’s addressing that reality shows do a lot of women bashing,” Zimmer told Huffpost Live’s Alyona Minkowski. “It’s a lot of bashing of women. And so I think what we’re trying to do is…putting it out there to show people.”
First of all, how can they make a 90s slasher flick into a television series in 2015? With lots of technology, a super pretty cast and some subtle homage to the original film of the same name. Though it is about a serial killer in a small town stalking a bunch of high school students it has managed to update itself smartly and beautifully in this world of 24/7 social media and viral feeds. Plus, who doesn’t like to be a little scared?
Odd Mom Out (Bravo)
For anyone who has ever felt like they don’t belong, this is the show for you. Plus it is absolutely hilarious. Odd Mom Out enters on Jill Weber (Jill Kargman, who created and writes the show is actually Upper East Side royalty) as she tries to navigate the complex and outright odd environment that is parenthood on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. “You might see a crew of blonde Mombots with the $1,500 strollers, and you might feel you’re not doing enough if your kid isn’t learning Mandarin or is slower do to shit,” Kargman told The Daily Beast. “But really, who cares? So I think if you can laugh at it, it takes away the power and takes the air out of the tires of that crew. Takes the air out of the tires of the $1,500 tires.”
Another Period (Comedy Central)
Do you like Downtown Abbey but also like to laugh? Then this is definitely the show for you! Starring the brilliant Natasha Leggier (Burning Love and about a million other things) and Riki Lindome (Garfunkel and Oates) who also created and wrote the show, it focuses on whatever period Downtown takes place in (the 19th century?) but is just a wee bit more inaccurate and a whole lot more hilarious. They play two rich sisters with a couple of dozen kids and even more servants including one names Chair (played by the always great Christina Hendricks). There is social climbing, incest, a Helen Keller cameo and something called ‘lawn boating” which is just when a servant drags them around the lawn in the canoe. Sign us up. This will definitely fill our Amy Schumer void.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
And of course it would be great television without a streaming series we can binge watch from Netflix. If you loved the cult Wet Hot American Summer then you will probably be obsessed with the series based on the film except everyone in the cast who was already too old to pay camp counsellors is now 10 years older and mostly fatter. But the cast is also incredible (Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Jon Hamm) so it is almost guaranteed to be excellent.