New TV Shows: A Guide to All the Latest Releases

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New TV Shows: A Guide to All the Latest Releases

Keeping up with new TV shows can be daunting. Just when we’d thought we’d reached the crest of Peak TV, a half a dozen more streamers came along, making us realize we were still in the foothills. Now, every week feels like Sweeps Week with a host of entertainment megacorporations battling for your precious couch time. We thought it’d be helpful to keep a running list of all the latest TV series worth consideration—primarily scripted shows with a couple notable documentaries included. We’ll keep updating this guide to the latest TV as long as Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Paramount+, Peacock, Starz, Showtime, FX and all the networks keep churning out the content.

1. Resident Evil

resident-evil.jpg Release Date: July 14, 2022
Creator: Andrew Dabb
Stars: Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Lance Reddick, Adeline Rudolph, Paola Núñez
Genre: Sci-fi, Horror
Rating: TV-MA

Watch on Netflix

Inspired by the hit video game series of the same name, Resident Evil has already been adapted into a hexology of live-action films that made more than a billion dollars at the box office over the past two decades. After the 2021 big screen reboot Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City was DOA with critics and barely made a dent at the box office, Netflix’s series aimed to do something a bit more narratively ambitious with the tried-and-true zombie franchise. The aptly titled Resident Evil, a new eight-episode television series that splits its story straight down the middle between a shiny New Raccoon City run by Umbrella Corp in the present day, and an infected-filled future wasteland long after the world has come to an end 14 years in the future. The series follows the life of Jade Wesker (a last name that should be familiar to longtime fans), played as a rebellious teenager by Tamara Smart in the present day and by Ella Balinska in the future, after she’s grown up into a badass scientist adventurer who is also among Umbrella’s most wanted. The series revels in the expansive lore of Resident Evil, remixing ideas, themes, characters, and creatures that fans will almost certainly recognize from across the games, animated films, and live-action lore. Instead of focusing the narrative on soldiers, cops, or soulless Umbrella goons, centering this new story on Jade and her family does help provide a fresh perspective for a franchise that’s been around for decades. We get to go behind the walls of the sterile, weird world of Umbrella’s rebuilt Raccoon City, where Jade and her family are trying to carve out a new life. The present day story has some major The Walking Dead: World Beyond vibes, doing its best to thread the melodrama of high school with the surreal and deadly stakes all around it. The future-set story is more in line with the kind of zombie-filled post-apocalypse fans of the franchise have come to expect, featuring some ambitious set pieces and locations a bit outside the norm from the usual creepy old mansions, underground labs, and overrun Raccoon City fans might expect. We also start peeling back the layers of how this post-apocalypse works, including the key role Umbrella still plays long after the T-virus has decimated the globe. The show isn’t quite as scary as fans of the OG video games might expect, but there are still some nice creature effects, well-timed jump scares, and compelling characters to keep you coming back for more of the mystery. —Trent Moore


2. The Rehearsal

the-rehearsal.jpg Release Date: July 15, 2022
Creator: Nathan Fielder
Stars: Nathan Fielder
Genre: Comedy
Paste Review Rating: 9.0

Watch on HBO Max

Is the character “Nathan Fielder” a sociopath? I ask this question in the kindest way possible. Obviously, the “Nathan Fielder” we see onscreen, in his breakout Comedy Central series Nathan for You and in his new HBO series The Rehearsal, is an act, exaggerating the comedian’s real-life personality for laughs. And there are aspects of this character that are likable: he’s always been trying to help and connect with people, however misguided, manipulative, or ethically dubious his methods are. But said methods are often misguided, manipulative, AND ethically dubious — and also really frickin’ funny. What’s mind-blowing about The Rehearsal is how it makes it clear Fielder’s actions on-screen aren’t so much improvised as they are thoroughly scripted before he even meets the real people he’s messing with. HBO’s generous budget has gone to recreating houses and businesses down to the most minute detail for Fielder to rehearse in… and then for the real people involved to rehearse for their big social situations. This set-up inevitably draws comparisons to Charlie Kaufman’s infamously confusing movie Synecdoche, New York, about a director making a play that simulates an entire city in real time. There are so many different levels of real world interactions, rehearsals for said interactions, rehearsals FOR rehearsals, and generally unnecessarily convoluted planning that much of the laughter comes from how much it will make your head spin. I have no clue if The Rehearsal can sustain itself for more seasons or if this is just one of those shows that’s gonna have to be a miracle one-and-done. Either way, perhaps the best analysis of the experience is given by one of the actors working for Nathan in the show itself: “It’s weird, but fascinating.” —Reuben Baron


3. Everything’s Trash

everythings-trash.jpg Release Date: July 13, 2022
Creators: Phoebe Robinson, Jonathan Groff
Stars: Phoebe Robinson, Jordan Carlos, Toccarra Cash
Genre: Comedy
Paste Review Rating: 8.0

Watch on Hulu

The new Freeform comedy Everything’s Trash leans on the signature style of comedian Phoebe Robinson. For the uninitiated, that means it’s unfiltered, straight to the point, and full of messy, raw details told through Internet slang—and her line delivery has a sing-song quality to it. It makes sense that the series shares DNA with Robinson’s stylings since it was adapted from and inspired by her 2018 comedic collection of the same name that features approachable essays about modern dating, racism, and feminism. Formerly of the comedic duo “2 Dope Queens” with Jessica Williams, Robinson hosts a podcast in real life and is a three-time author, and essentially lifts her public persona for the main character of the series. But the show—which follows a foul-mouthed and envelope-pushing podcaster Phoebe Hill (Robinson) who starts to get her act together when her brother runs for local office—unfortunately thinks it’s saying more than it actually is. It’s clear the series, which is showrun by black-ish’s Jonathan Groff, is still finding its footing through these initial episodes, and the result is a mixed bag. But it does have Robinson’s distinct and direct voice from the jump, which is a win. Here’s hoping the remaining episodes find the direction needed for Phoebe’s transformation, and give the show the boost it needs. —Radhika Menon


4. Boo, Bitch

boo-bitch.jpg Release Date: July 8, 2022
Creators: Tim Schauer, Kuba Soltysiak, Erin Ehrlich, Lauren Iungerich
Stars: Lana Condor, Zoe Colletti, Mason Versaw, Aparna Brielle, Tenzing Norgay Trainor
Genre: Supernatural comedy
Paste Review Rating: 6.0
Rating: TV-14

Watch on Netflix

Netflix’s Boo, Bitch is the latest series aiming to appeal to the ever-elusive adolescent. Erika Vu (Lana Condor) and her best friend Gia (Zoe Colletti) have gone through high school being completely ignored. They’re not on the senior text chain. They haven’t gone to any of the parties. They don’t even know it’s school spirit day. “We’re finally leaving high school and all we have to show for it is our education,” Gia laments. With months left until graduation, the friends decide to start living. They’ll go to prom. They’ll tell their crushes they like them. They’ll stop playing it safe. Unfortunately, life has other plans. After attending a senior class rager, Erika wakes up to discover she’s dead, her lifeless body decaying under a moose. And though she’s dead, everyone around her can still see her and talk to her. Erika and Gia decide Erika is still around because she has “UFB,” or unfinished business. You can almost feel the show trying too hard to be of-the-moment trendy. Often it can feel like when your parents use a slang term that’s passé. Too many of the jokes fall flat, like the recurring one about Alyssa (Alyssa Jirrels) who didn’t know she was pregnant and gave birth in a hot tub… which leads to eight episodes of “hot tub baby” jokes. And so much of the series is derivative. Reminiscent of the iconic movie Heathers, their high school is populated with a number of boys named Jake. And of course, Erika has a long-standing crush on Jake C. (Mason Versaw). We’ve seen the central plot many times before in movies like Mean Girls and Clueless. The bottom line? You may want to ghost Boo, Bitch. —Amy Amatangelo


5. Black Bird

black-bird.jpg Release Date: July 8, 2022
Creators: Dennis Lehane
Stars: Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser, Sepideh Moafi, Greg Kinnear, Ray Liotta
Genre: Crime drama
Paste Review Rating: 9.0

Watch on Apple TV+

A former high-school football star and son of a decorated police officer, Jimmy Keene is sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison for dealing drugs when he’s given an offer he can’t refuse. If he agrees to enter a maximum security prison for the criminally insane and gets vital information from a suspected serial killer, he can have his sentence erased. The influence of series developer Dennis Lehane’s previous work, most notably Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, can clearly be felt in Black Bird, which is also carried by memorable performances from Paul Walter Hauser and Taron Egerton. Hauser is mesmerizingly disturbing while Egerton turns in an equally masterful performance as a drug dealer-turned-hero. —Terry Terrones


6. Moonhaven

moonhaven.jpg Release Date: July 7, 2022
Creators: Peter Ocko
Stars: Emma McDonald, Amara Karan, Dominic Monaghan, Joe Manganiello, Kadeem Hardison
Genre: Sci-fi
Paste Review Rating: 8.1

Watch on AMC+

While Peter Ocko’s Moonhaven, which stars Emma MacDonald (Queens of Mystery) as a swaggering lunar cargo pilot, Dominic Monaghan (Lost) as a guileless, Moon-born police detective, Amara Karan (Hope Street) as the human envoy of a planet-sized AI tasked with saving humanity, and Joe Manganiello (…Joe Manganiello) as her possibly sus, definitely weird heavy, has been heavily marketed as a “suspense thriller,” it would, in point of fact, be much better described as a hippy-dippy sci-fi murder mystery. Set on a utopian lunar colony run by a planet-sized AI some hundred years after humanity has finally destroyed the best the Earth has to offer, Moonhaven asks that age-old utopian/dystopian question, is humanity doomed to evil?, but in the gentlest way possible. With episodes whose rhythms are 98% the roll and bob of a gentle sea and 2% high octane gut-punch, a wardrobe whose colorways are pulled entirely from the table of Hook’s imaginary feast, and dialogue that includes lines like “A sound can be sweet-smile” and “Chill’s words were noggin-swirl and buzz,” it’s fair to say that Moonhaven is one of those shows that you either get on board with immediately, or just never get at all, but here at Paste? We’re wholly on board. —Alexis Gunderson


7. The Terminal List

terminal-list.jpg Release Date: July 1, 2022
Creators: David DiGilio
Stars: Chris Pratt, Constance Wu, Taylor Kitsch, Riley Keough, Arlo Mertz, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Genre: Action thriller
Paste Review Rating: 7.0

Watch on Hulu

The ambitious and exciting, yet at times head scratching, series is executive produced by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter) and based on a novel by former Navy SEAL Jack Carr. Not surprisingly, the lead of this new military drama is an actor many men have come to associate with this quickly growing genre—Chris Pratt. An easy-to-root-for, determined hero is exactly what viewers can expect from Pratt as Lt. Commander James Reece in The Terminal List. The gung-ho drama flowing with military jargon focuses on a Navy SEAL unraveling the mystery of how a subversive tech company murdered his family and killed off his platoon to cover up a complex conspiracy. It’s a bona fide buffet of dad programming. Action forward and loaded with intrigue yet with significant flaws, the series remains enjoyable due to its star. While primarily made for the couch-surfing dad, if you accept this TV series for what it is, The Terminal List is an entertaining, adrenalin-fueled adventure. —Terry Terrones


8. Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area

money-heist-korea.jpg Release Date: June 24, 2022
Creators: Álex Pina, Ryu Yong-jae, Kim Hong-sun
Stars: Yoo Ji-tae, Park Hae-soo, Jeon Jong-seo, Lee Won-jong, Park Myung-hoon
Genre: Crime Drama

Watch on Netflix

Netflix’s Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area, with its plot-packed first season comprising just six episodes averaging 69.5 minutes apiece, somehow manages to both way too long and way too short all at the same time. Based on Álex Pina’s Madrid-set La Casa de Papel (aka Money Heist), the cumbersomely titled series is the first of what are sure to be many international La Casa de Papel remakes. Taking the “heist-as-economic-protest” premise of the original and reimagining it for an explicitly Korean context, Joint Economic Area has several genuinely good things going for it: a compelling cast; an interesting (if far-fetched) cultural twist on the heist; the inclusion of BTS. But while I’d love to focus solely on what these elements add to Pina’s original premise, the dimensions of the vessel they’ve been delivered in are so constrained by the very worst of Netflix’s most creatively demoralizing bad habits that it’s hard to focus on anything else. The format is too unwieldy to maintain any kind of meaningful narrative rhythm—not least in the context of a densely plotted heist story!—each 70(ish)-minute episode of Joint Economic Area stretches the viewer’s patience past the point of breaking. At the same time, a six-episode format is just too limited to effectively build any of the tension or interpersonal relationships that were so key to Casa’s success, instead breathlessly rushing that same viewer through the twists, reveals, and heel/hero turns that La Casa de Papel took its time to unfurl. Whenever Part 2 eventually premieres, I’m sure I’ll be begrudgingly queuing it up with the rest of the world’s Money Heist stans. It is a global phenomenon, after all. —Alexis Gunderson


9. Man vs. Bee

man-vs-bee.jpg Release Date: June 24, 2022
Creator: Rowan Atkinson, William Davies
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Jing Lusi, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Greg McHugh, India Fowler
Genre: Comedy

Watch on Netflix

This series starring Mr. Bean himself, Rowan Atkinson, has a poster that absolutely looks like an in-universe, fictional movie poster you’d see in another television series or movie. A bee is positioned towards the bottom center of the image on a countertop, while Rowan Atkinson peers over looking at the camera, holding a spatula and sporting a perturbed look in his eyes as his kitchen is set aflame behind him. The tagline reads “Prepare For Battle.” Great. The plot synopsis is as follows: “A man finds himself at war with a bee while housesitting a luxurious mansion. Who will win, and what irreparable damage will be done in the process?” Apparently, the reason the series is being made is so that Netflix can “boost their comedy content.” For who? British people over the age of 50? No wonder this is a sinking ship! —Brianna Zigler

10. Loot

loot.jpg Release Date: June 24, 2022
Creators: Alan Yang, Matt Hubbard
Stars: Maya Rudolph, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Joel Kim Booster, Nat Faxon, Ron Funches
Genre: Comedy

Watch on Apple TV+

For their Prime Video series Forever, creators Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard explored the implications of marital vows, but made it comedy. For their new Apple TV+ series, the duo look at corporate greed and redemption. Casting Forever lead Maya Rudolph as a billionaire who spirals publicly when her husband takes everything but the non-profit she forgot she had, the show is both a workplace comedy and a message on what it means to be a “good” person. Michaela Jaé Rodriguez also stars as Sofia Salinas, the head of the non-profit who worries that bad exposure will hurt the cause, while Ron Funches, Nat Faxon, and Joel Kim Booster also appear. —Whitney Friedlander


11. Chloe

chloe.jpg Release Date: June 24, 2022
Creator: Alice Seabright
Stars: Erin Doherty, Poppy Gilbert, Billy Howle, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Jack Farthing, and Brandon Micheal Hall
Genre: Thriller

Watch on Amazon Prime

This six-episode BBC drama premiered in England in February and now makes its way stateside. Becky (Erin Doherty) is obsessed with her childhood friend Chloe’s (Poppy Gilbert) seemingly perfect life—or at least a life that looks perfect according to Chloe’s social media accounts. But when Chloe dies, Becky soon realizes that perhaps things weren’t as perfect as Instagram made them seem. Becky takes on the persona of Sasha to try to discover what really was going on in Chloe’s life and how she ended up dead. What could possibly go wrong with that plan? —Amy Amatangelo


12. The Bear

hulu.jpg Release Date: June 23, 2022
Creators: Christopher Storer
Stars: Jeremy Allen White, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri
Genre: Drama
Paste Review Rating: 9.1

Watch on Hulu

The Bear puts us on the back of Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), an accomplished chef who cut his teeth in the fine dining world who has returned to Chicago to take over his family’s grungy sandwich shop after his brother’s tragic death. He immediately butts heads with his brother’s best friend Richie (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) who detests Carmy’s pretentious attitude, but finds common ground with Sydney (Ayo Edebiri), an accomplished chef in her own right who wants to learn from Carmy. Still, there are a slew of line workers who aren’t interested in wearing matching aprons or following orders from a relative newcomer. The Bear certainly shares some tonality with stereotypical culinary shows like Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen to Kitchen Confidential, but also subtly pokes fun at the idea that every kitchen has to be an aggressive atmosphere. The frenetic energy is a byproduct of Carmy taking this role too seriously and trying to transform the sandwich shop into something much bigger than it’s ever been destined to be, and the clash of the two worlds is fascinating to watch in real time. Shows like The Bear—with its fully formed tone, presentation, and performance—don’t come around often. It’s a chef’s kiss of a show, and definitely worth the binge —Radhika Menon


13. Hotel Portofino

hotel-porto.jpg Release Date: June 19, 2022
Creator: Matt Baker
Stars: Natascha McElhone, Lucy Akhurst, Louisa Binder, Elizabeth Carling
Genre: Historical Drama
Paste Review Rating: 8.5

Watch on PBS

Though not exactly a 1920s White Lotus, Britbox series Hotel Portofino (hitting U.S. shores via PBS Masterpiece) is nevertheless an absorbing tale of wealthy, demanding hotel guests who arrive at a picturesque locale and end up learning a little something about themselves before they leave. There’s no murder here, but there are demanding mothers, marriages in peril, jealous paramours, and low-level celebrities (not to mention a Count). What more could you want? Hotel Portofino, with its gorgeous setting and charming cast, is a suitably soothing watch despite the fact that its 1920s setting also means that vile, violent fascism is on the rise in Italy. Still, these various aspects of Portofino largely work in tandem to create an absorbing drama that is full of familiar beats (everyone has a secret, and money problems, and wants to marry for love), but is nevertheless highly satisfying. It’s the kind of series that invites you to relax and spend some quality time basking in its well-coiffed drama—I simply wish we didn’t have to check out so soon. —Allison Keene


14. The Summer I Turned Pretty

summer-pretty.jpg Release Date: June 17, 2022
Creator: Jenny Han
Stars: Lola Tung, Jackie Chung, Rachel Blanchard, Christopher Briney, Gavin Casalegno
Genre: Romance, Drama
Paste Review Rating: 5.8

Watch on Amazon Prime

Watching The Summer I Turned Pretty gave me a bit of an identity crisis. Have I, the woman who loves Beverly Hills 90210, Dawson’s Creek, and The O.C. outgrown the genre? The seven-episode series about 15-year-old Belly (Lola Tung) and her love for two brothers should have been perfect for me. I positively adore a good TV love triangle. And TV bad boys with a heart of gold (your Dylan McKays, Ryan Atwoods, and Tim Riggins) are my TV kryptonite. I’m usually powerless against them. But dear lord watching the seven episode Prime Video series was tedious. Based on the 2009 book of the same name by Jenny Han, who also serves as showrunner, the series follows Belly, who every summer comes to Cousin’s Beach with her mom Laurel (Jackie Chung) and her older brother Steven (Sean Kaufman). They stay at the gorgeous beach house of her mom’s best friend, Susannah (Rachel Blanchard). Belly has grown up with Susannah’s two sons: the easygoing Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) and the brooding Conrad (Christopher Briney). And she has pined for Conrad ever since she can remember. This summer, as the title of the series suggests, the brothers are starting to see Belly as more than just a little kid. Suffice to say that The Summer I Turned Pretty fails the Bechdel test spectacularly. Belly spends all seven episodes only discussing Jeremiah and Conrad. The crux of the problem is that in the best TV love triangles, viewers ricochet back and forth on who to root for. The Summer I Turned Pretty is a trilogy of books and the series has already been picked up for a second season. How much longer can Belly bounce between the two brothers? Should Belly instead download a dating app? Maybe she’ll meet someone new at the summer job I’m going to find for her. —Amy Amatangelo


15. The Old Man

the-old-man.jpg Release Date: June 16, 2022
Creator: Thomas Perry
Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, Alia Ahawkat
Genre: Thriller
Paste Review Rating: 8.0

Watch on Hulu

Adapted for TV by Jonathan E. Steinberg & Robert Levine from the 2017 novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, FX’s The Old Man stars Oscar winner Jeff Bridges as Dan Chase, a mysterious and dangerous man who fled the CIA decades ago for reasons that aren’t immediately clear, but which begin to unspool over the course of the seven-episode first season. When an assassin tracks him down after years in hiding, Chase goes on the run and is forced to confront his past to preserve his future. At the same time, his one-time compatriot Harold Harper (portrayed by six-time Emmy winner John Lithgow), now the FBI’s Assistant Director for Counterintelligence, is brought in to hunt Chase down. The result is an engaging and sometimes thrilling two-hander made even stronger by excellent performances from co-stars Amy Brenneman and Alia Shawkat. After years of producing so-so dramas, FX appears to have its best new series in a while. —Kaitlin Thomas


16. Players

players.jpg Release Date: June 16, 2022
Creators: Dan Perrault, Tony Yacenda
Stars: Misha Brooks, Da’Jour Jones, Ely Henry, Holly Chou
Genre: Mockumentary
Paste Review Rating: 9.7

Watch on Paramount+

When your premise is “the guys from American Vandal make a mockumentary about a dysfunctional Esports team in a sort of comedic hybrid of Drive to Survive or The Last Dance,” there is almost no conceivable way the final product can be anything but spectacular. Spoiler: Players is spectacular. From the wounded, egotistical brilliance of Misha Brooks as a gamer legend named Creamcheese to the up-and-coming rookie Organizm to the long-suffering coach Braxton to the tertiary characters who embody the sports doc style, everything here works. The key to the show’s success is that the story is every bit as engaging as the comedy, and this is really @$#*ing funny. What felt like a can’t-miss prospect to begin with fulfills the hype; Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda have another winner. —Shane Ryan


17. God’s Favorite Idiot

gods-favorite-idiot.jpg Release Date: June 15, 2022
Creator: Ben Falcone
Stars: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Bibb, Kevin Dunn, Usman Ally, Steve Mallory, Chris Sandiford, Ana Scotney and Yanic Truesdale
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy

Watch on Netflix

Real life couple Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy are collaborating once again to produce and star in this eight-episode series about Clark (Falcone), an unassuming man who spends his days working at a boring tech support job and hanging out with his dad (Kevin Dunn). One day he starts to glow, and Clark soon realizes God thinks he may be capable of more. He then enlists his co-worker Amily (McCarthy) and a ragtag group of friends to defeat Satan (Leslie Bibb, naturally). Fans of Gilmore Girls will be delighted to see McCarthy’s former Stars Hollow co-star Yanic Truesdale as archangel Chamuel. —Amy Amatangelo


18. Dead End: Paranormal Park

dead-end.jpg Release Date: June 16, 2022
Creators: Dan Perrault, Tony Yacenda
Stars: Misha Brooks, Da’Jour Jones, Ely Henry, Holly Chou
Genre: Mockumentary
Paste Review Rating: 7.2

Watch on Netflix

Dead End: Paranormal Park, the new Netflix animated series based on the short film Dead End and the comic series DeadEndia by Hamish Steele, made enemies before it even premiered. The office of senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) cited it as one of the “hypersexualized” children’s shows he and four other U.S. senators are demanding new content warnings for. The reason these censorious senators are so upset about Dead End: Paranormal Park? Because it’s the first American children’s show to center on a trans main character. For those of us who have been frustrated with both Netflix’s gutting of its animation department and its uncomfortable defenses of transphobic comedians, it feels like a minor miracle Dead End: Paranormal Park actually got made at this time. With extreme transphobia spreading across the country and trans youth being particularly vulnerable, an all-ages cartoon showing a gay Jewish teenage trans boy finding love and acceptance while struggling with unaccepting family members feels genuinely important. But beyond issues of importance and representation, is the show good? Yes, though it’s not on the same level as other silly-spooky story-driven cartoons like Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, and The Owl House. Its major weakness is the animation itself, using puppet-style digital rigs where everything is so “on-model” all the time that it’s drained of life. Thankfully, the show’s writing fares better, effectively balancing the story’s serious diversity issues with wacky adventures in a haunted theme park, which the story builds out in compelling directions. Dead End: Paranormal Park is not the best version of itself it could be, but even with my frustrations with the animation, I’m happy the show exists. —Reuben Baron


19. Becoming Elizabeth

becoming-liz.jpg Release Date: June 12, 2022
Creators: Anya Reis
Stars: Romola Garai, Alicia von Rittberg, Oliver Zetterström, Jessica Raine, Tom Cullen, John Heffernan
Genre: Historical Drama
Paste Review Rating: 8.2

Watch on Starz

With Starz as our guide, we have marched through the years among the Wars of the Roses through three compelling historical miniseries, and now the fourth, Becoming Elizabeth, has introduced Tudor Queen Elizabeth I. But while the other shows focused on women found only in footnotes, here is one of the most well-documented monarchs ever. What new perspective is there to see? Becoming Elizabeth creator Anya Reiss has managed to find one by spotlighting an Elizabeth who has not yet started her reign and is still very much finding herself. When we meet her here, her father Henry VIII has just died, leaving an enormous power vacuum in the English court. Like the series that came before it, Becoming Elizabeth has a lot of table setting to do and a lot of ground to cover to explain who everyone is, what their motivations are, and who is trying to backstab who, when, why, and how. Though Wikipedia is often a helpful resource when watching dense historical series, Becoming Elizabeth does an admirable job of eschewing that need by having characters speaking plainly (if in hushed whispers) in a way never feels like rote exposition. The thing about court intrigue is that it is intriguing—there’s a reason why George R.R. Martin took this time in English history and its many political twists as the basis for his Game of Thrones saga. But as Elizabeth begins to fulfill her destiny (while trying to not get to caught in her feelings), we start to see just how the world the Tudors fought to control changes to create one of their most powerful, and final, leaders… who at this point, is still just a teen with dreams of her own. —Allison Keene


20. First Kill

first-kill.jpg Release Date: June 10, 2022
Creators: Felicia D. Henderson, Emma Roberts, Karah Preiss
Stars: Imani Lewis, Sarah Catherine Hook, Elizabeth Mitchell, Will Swenson, Aubin Wise, Jason Robert Moore
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Paste Review Rating: 7.9

Watch on Netflix

Twilight. The Vampire Diaries. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. True Blood. It’s safe to say that vampire romance has been done to death, pun intended. However, we’ve never seen a vampire romance quite like Netflix’s First Kill: A sapphic Romeo and Juliet-inspired story set in a world where fair Verona is Savannah, Georgia, and the Capulets and the Montagues are elite vampires and ruthless hunters. First Kill, based on the short story of the same name written by series creator V. E. Schwab, follows teenage vampire Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) and teenage vampire-hunter Calliope (Imani Lewis) as they navigate a star-crossed romance in the midst of an ages-old feud. From showrunner Felicia D. Henderson and executive producers Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss, First Kill seeks to unravel the powerful Fairmont vampire clan, led by matriarch Margot (Elizabeth Mitchell) and her husband Sebastion (Will Swenson), while simultaneously disrupting prestigious slayers Talia (Aubin Wise) and Jack Burns (Jason Robert Moore). In eight hourlong episodes, vampires, hunters, monsters, and mothers all fight for the right to call Savannah their home. More than anything, First Kill is a whole lot of fun. It’s campy, it’s quippy, and it’s melodramatic; everything you could ever want from a modern, teenage, Shakespearean vampire story. —Anna Govert


21. Queer as Folk

queer-folk.jpg Release Date: June 9, 2022
Creators:
Stars: Devin Way, Fin Argus, Jesse James Keitel, CG, Johnny Sibilly and Ryan O’Connell
Genre: Drama

It’s hard to believe but Queer as Folk (both the British original and the American remake) premiered 23 years ago way back in 1999. “In queer years, that was a millennium ago!” says Russell T. Davies who created the British series. This new eight-episode version, from creator, writer, executive producer and director Stephen Dunn, is set in New Orleans and follows a group of friends: lost soul Brodie (Devin Way), his brother Julian (Ryan O’Connell), high school teacher Ruthie (Jesse James Keitel), her partner Shar (CG), lawyer Noah (Johnny Sibilly), and high school student Mingus (Fin Argus). When tragedy strikes in the premiere of the series, the friends are forced to make some difficult life choices and reassess their relationships. Keep an eye out for Kim Catrall (who we get to see everywhere but And Just Like That) as Brodie and Julian’s mother, and Juliette Lewis as Mingus’ mom. —Amy Amatangelo


22. Dark Winds

dark-winds.jpg Release Date: June 12, 2022
Creator: Graham Roland
Stars: Zahn McClarnon, Kiowa Gordon, Jessica Matten, Deanna Allison, Rainn Wilson
Genre: Crime drama
Paste Review Rating: 8.9

Watch on AMC+

Set within the Navajo Nation, Dark Winds is the story of a bank heist and a double murder viewed through the eyes of Lt. Joe Leaphorn, played by the excellent Zach McClarnon. He and his junior officer Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordon) set about solving both cases while the FBI lingers and their own people look on with suspicion. The supernatural elements are subtle enough to contribute rather than subtract; they fit the atmosphere, and never become so egregious or important that it delegitimizes the actual crime story. In fact, it’s necessary to depict a culture that was almost erased; there is still power here. As the mystery deepens, Leaphorn is the prism through which we see the lingering effects of the conquest that is still resonant for the people who ended up on the wrong side of it; just because a murder takes place in 1971 doesn’t mean it cannot trace its dark lineage back through the painful decades. —Shane Ryan


23. Ms. Marvel

ms-marvel.jpg Release Date: June 8, 2022
Creator: Bisha K. Ali
Stars: Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff
Genre: Superhero
Paste Review Rating: 8.9

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Ms. Marvel is probably going to end up being the best of Marvel’s Disney+ shows so far. Iman Vellani shines as Kamala, and it is without question that she’ll be able to make the jump to the big screen when The Marvels comes out next summer. There is no way to explain how great she is in this other than to say that she embodies the true spirit of Kamala Khan. Vellani’s real-life status as a Marvel superfan truly serves to enhance her performance, because Kamala is the exact same way—but it doesn’t rest on that, either. She excels in hitting every single emotional note with aplomb. While Ms. Marvel would be nothing without Vellani’s glittering show of talent, it would also be lost without the way art is used in the series. While Kamala writes Avengers fanfiction in the comics, her fandom work is expanded into her being an artist as well. Kamala’s drawings are constantly integrated into the visuals of the show, sometimes becoming animated to add a little flair. There is a lot of street art that is seen as well, often supplemented by the same type of animation that we see with Kamala’s art. That, plus all of the lighting work and the needle drops make for a really well-rounded and lighthearted coming-of-age story. Anyone who has a problem with Marvel movies looking like muddy concrete will be greeted with a vibrant show that isn’t afraid to used color to its advantage. — Kathryn Porter


24. Irma Vep

irma-vep.jpg HBO Max Release Date: June 6, 2022
Creator: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Ravi Nandan, Hallie Sekoff, Stuart Manashil
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Paste Review Rating: 8.4

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In the ’90s, director Olivier Assayas made Irma Vep, a movie that was ostensibly about making a movie. Its film crew attempted to remake the 1915 serials known as The Vampires, with Assayas simultaneously offering a critique on the French filmmaking industry. Now, in collaboration with HBO and A24, Assayas is revisiting Irma Vep as a limited series with Alicia Vikander portraying the iconic Irma Vep. In some ways, this new iteration is a sequel to the earlier film, featuring many of the same characters portrayed by new actors. But while the series is very aware of its past, it has new things to say, especially when it comes to the striking personalities that clash during film production. Is it a sequel? Is it a remake? Either way, its unique approach makes Irma Vep a truly fascinating series. —Max Covill


25. Borgen: Power and Glory

borgen-power.jpg Netflix Release Date: June 2, 2022
Creator: Adam Price
Stars: Sidse Babett Knudson, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Özlem Saglanmak, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen
Genre: Drama
Paste Review Rating: 8.9

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Like the three seasons of the Danish political drama Borgen that first captured our attention more than a decade ago, the show’s revival, titled Borgen: Power & Glory, is a satisfying drama, one that has a lot to say about power, about women and how we’re viewed by society, and about what happens after we reach a certain age. The self-contained season follows centrist politician Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen), now the foreign affairs minister under a new female prime minister, and depicts her actions after an oil deposit is discovered in Greenland. The narrative puts the current climate crisis under a microscope in a way that’s impossible to ignore, and it forces Birgitte to reconcile her own principles and the position of the New Democrats with the knowledge of what this discovery could mean for Denmark as both a country and as a political player in international relations. These eight new episodes stand out for the way they place women in positions of power and ask them to engage with and react to a patriarchal society that rarely offers them the support they need or the respect they deserve. While they might not always live up to the 30 episodes that came before, the messages within them and the debates they spark make them worth watching. —Kaitlin Thomas