Arts & Culture

Shows to Binge This Summer

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With Summer just around the corner, many may be looking for something to keep them occupied. On the subject, many individuals in the United States are subscribed to at least one streaming service, like Netflix or HBO Max. Thankfully, the best shows to watch this summer are just a “click” away — and there are a lot to choose from. Furthermore, research was conducted to find some of the most popular and “binge-worthy” shows, according to review aggregators and trending topics. 

Euphoria (2019)

Euphoria is a teen drama based on the Israel series of the same name. In more recent years, the series has been met with positive reviews and a large fanbase of viewers, and is currently one of HBO Max’s most-watched television series. The show follows protagonist Rue Bennett who tries to find her place while recovering from her former life of drug addiction. 

The show currently holds an 88% average on Rotten Tomatoes, and is available on HBO Max.

House of the Dragon (2022)

House of the Dragon is the prequel series to the “critically acclaimed” Game of Thrones (2011-2019), which is set approximately 200 years before the show’s primary events. It is a brand-new experience for those looking to revisit Game of Thrones, or the fantasy genre as a whole. The show follows a noble family known as the Targaryens and their rise to power. 

The show will not be released until late summer, but promises five upcoming seasons currently in-development. House of the Dragon is set to debut on August 21, 2022, on HBO Max.

American Horror Story (2011)

American Horror Story is a horror anthology series that premiered in 2011, and currently consists of 10 seasons. Each season presents a different sub-genre of horror, and each season presents a different theme, including one taking place in an asylum, and another within a haunted house. The show stars Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, and various other actors taking on multiple roles per season. 

The series holds a 77% on Rotten Tomatoes, and is available to stream on Hulu and Disney Plus.

The Good Place (2016)

The Good Place is a 2016 sitcom and comedy that originally premiered on NBC. The series has garnered multiple awards and nominations, including praise towards the starring cast. The show follows a woman named Eleanor Shellstrop who mistakenly ends up in a heaven-like utopia called “The Good Place” shortly after her death. The series primarily focuses on the themes of morality, life and death, and the idea of a perfect world. 

The Good Place currently holds a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, and is available to watch on Netflix and Apple TV. 

Breaking Bad (2008)

Breaking Bad is an American crime drama, about a man with a terminal illness who enters the drug business to support his family after his death. However, protagonist and anti-hero Walter White comes in contact with deadly individuals and organizations and has to overcome these obstacles through means he formerly went against. 

The show has been described as one of the best television series to date, holding a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. It is available to watch on Netflix and Apple TV. Breaking Bad also has its own prequel series focused on one of the characters, titled Better Call Saul (2016), which also holds high ratings, available on AMC Plus and Netflix.

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