7 TV Shows You Need To Binge Watch This Summer

Somehow, nearly half of this clusterf**k of a year is already over, and summer is creeping up on us quickly. Sure, you might be stressing about finding a last minute summer internship or job, copping an affordable bathing suit that actually fits your boobs properly, investing in a regular summertime hookup, creating a sleeping-all-day schedule…you know, the usual summer activities for the balmy months to come. But as busy as you might be, you’ll hopefully take a minute to just chill and do…nothing. That nothing could include creating some quality sleeping-literally-all-day time, but you should probably take some time to catch up with some TV shows you’ve been neglecting for a while.

I don’t know about you, but as much as I love watching TV, I’m trash at keeping up with my shows. There’s always something else to do, people to see, deadlines to meet, drama in the group chat that I get wrapped up in…before I know it, that show I’ve been looking forward to watch gets the shaft. The show I watched a couple of episodes of and loved somehow gets pushed to the wayside. The program that every single one of my friends have been yelling at me to watch is, well, unwatched…and the only bits of the show I’m familiar with are in GIF form. If this sounds familiar, summertime is the perfect excuse to take a minute to just chill and watch a show you’ve been meaning to watch for ages. Need some suggestions? Check out these seven TV shows you need to binge watch this summer. You won’t regret it, I promise.

Big Little Lies

A coworker described this show as a mix of Gossip Girl, Empire, and Scandal...which is enough to make you go, "Um, what? Tell me...more? This show, based on a book of the same name, follows the lives of rich mothers, their children, and their incredibly dramatic lives. It touches on everything from the angst of relationships between kids and their parents, to class, to rape, and more. Oh, and there's a murder thrown in too, if you need more intrigue. The cast includes Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman, with some Zoe Kravitz thrown in, so you know the acting is killer. Plus, it's a miniseries, so if you just want to watch a show that is all wrapped up instead of a show that is five or six seasons in, this is the one to watch.

You can watch it on HBO.

Chewing Gum

There aren't enough shows about young black women anywhere, and Chewing Gum definitely helps fill that void a little bit. It's about a young British woman who grew up super religious and super prudish, but is finally ready to explore her sexuality. It's hilarious and touching AF. Plus, the star--Michaela Coel--also wrote the series! That's pretty cool, right? Right. Definitely make some time to watch its first two seasons before the third drops!

You can watch it on Netflix.

The Handmaid's Tale

Want to watch a show that's entertaining, terrifying, and will make you think? Then you need to watch The Handmaid's Tale. Based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, The Handmaid's Tale takes place in a too-close-for-comfort dystopia in which America has been taken over by a right-wing extremists and women are subservient. Handmaids are women who are fertile--a precious resource in this universe--who become forced surrogates for powerful political families. The story follows Offred, a handmaid who yearns to escape her hellish new life and reunite with her family.

You can watch it on Hulu.


Issa Rae went from posting episodes of her webseries, Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl, on YouTube...to having her own show on HBO. What kind of goals? Anyway, Insecure is about the careers, relationships, and interpersonal drama of two young black women, Issa and Molly. This dramady received a ton of acclaim and was quickly renewed for a second season. But why not catch up on the first so you can be ready when the second season finally drops? Oh, and Solange served as the music consultant for the show, so you know the soundtrack is dope.

You can watch it on HBO.


Fleabag is slowly, but surely, getting the attention it deserves! It's a British comedy about a snarky young women dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a young, depressed, and horny. And by horny I mean masturbates-to-Barack-Obama-speeches horny. If that doesn't make you intrigued, I don't know what will.

You can watch it on Amazon Prime.


Oh, Riverdale. The show in which some of the most beloved characters of the Archie Comics universe are hot teens who, you know, end up dealing with a murder mystery. This is the ultimate melodramatic teen show at the moment, and you've probably been meaning to watch it for a while...but kept putting it off. Er, guilty! Well, now's the time.

You can watch it on The CW.

The Americans

Set in the '80s, The Americans is about two Russian spies who gather information (and kick some ass) for the KGB. But obviously, that's a tough job, made even harder by the fact that they have two teen kids, born and raised in America, who have no idea what their parents really do. To them, they're just boring travel agents, not trained assassins. This show is deep AF and is full of so much suspense that you can't help but scream at your screen whenever you watch an episode. The Americans has been touted as the best show on television that nobody watches. Okay, people watch it (like me), but it's not racking in millions of viewers every episode. But that doesn't mean anything; this show really is one of the best shows on television right now, and summer is the best time to catch up on the six seasons it has to offer.

You can watch it on Amazon Prime and FX Now.

What other shows should be on this list? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Jessica Knapp

    Watch “Class” on BBC America! It’s really good but totally underrated. It has a lot of representation, that is to say, it actually resembles real life better than most TV shows. There’s a boy whose family is Sikh, a Nigerian, extremely smart girl, a girl who has been the victim of trauma, a gay couple who aren’t just a token gay couple, a disabled woman. The show has tons of ethical/moral connundrums and it’s very entertaining. It is technically a spin-off of Doctor Who, but you don’t need to see Doctor Who to get it. It’s only 8 episodes so it won’t take for ever to binge.Please its second season is in Jeopardy, and it’s too good of a show to get cancelled.
    Trigger Warnings for the show:Blood/Gore, violence, guns, knives, suicide (mentioned), suicidal intentions, death, throwing up (only first episode)