- INSIDER picked the best of this year’s summer TV shows, both new and returning.
- We’re most for “When They See Us,” “Good Omens,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Big Little Lies,” “Pose,” “Dark,” “Stranger Things 3,” “Veronica Mars,” and “Mindhunter.”
Following the series finale of “Game of Thrones” at the end of May, it will be time to turn our attention to the run of TV shows, both new and returning, premiering this summer.
We’ve selected the nine shows you should have on your radar starting this Memorial Day weekend.
Keep reading to see the best shows airing this summer.
“When They See Us” (Netflix)
Premiere date: May 31
What it’s about: “Based on a true story that gripped the country, ‘When They See Us’ will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit.”
Why you should watch: This Netflix original miniseries was created by Ava DuVernay (“13th,” “A Wrinkle in Time”), who cowrote and directed all four episodes. The powerhouse cast of Emmy winners and nominees is a promising ensemble that includes Christopher Jackson (“Moana,” “Hamilton”), Jharrel Jerome (“Moonlight”), Joshua Jackson (“Dawson’s Creek”), and Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”).
Watch the trailer for “When They See Us” here.
“Good Omens” (Amazon)
Premiere date: May 31
What it’s about: “The End of the World is coming, which means a fussy Angel and a loose-living Demon who’ve become overly fond of life on Earth are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon.”
Why you should watch: Based on the acclaimed 1990 novel of the same name by authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, “Good Omens” is a unique Biblical story told with a surprising blend of fantasy and comedy. The six-part miniseries stars David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) and Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex”).
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Premiere date: June 5
What it’s about: “A woman forced into sexual servitude struggles to survive in a terrifying, totalitarian society.”
Why you should watch: With its coming third season, Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s original novel has gone well past the source material and is breaking new dystopian ground. While its brutal story lines of violence, oppression, and abuse make it a tough-watch, the season three trailer promises new optimism for the uprising.
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