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The must-see shows to binge-watch this summer

I May Destroy You, written by and starring Michaela Coel

From mesmerizing new writing to buzzy adaptations, KATIE BERRINGTON highlights the TV shows and sequels you’ll want to binge-watch to your heart’s content…

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I May Destroy You

This spellbinding 12-part series created by writer and actor Michaela Coel (who also co-directed, produced and stars in it) quickly earned acclaim as a standout show of the year. Coel plays Arabella, a young woman struggling to piece together the events that took place during a night out with friends, after realizing that she was drugged and assaulted. (Coel’s first series, Chewing Gum, is on Netflix now in case you missed it the first time round.)

Watch I May Destroy You on BBC iPlayer and HBO

Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett-Bell in Lovecraft Country

Lovecraft Country

The new drama by showrunner Misha Green and executive produced by Jordan Peele and J. J. Abrams is based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 fantasy-horror novel of the same name. Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors) is joined by his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his uncle, George, on a road trip to search for Black’s missing father, which takes them across 1950s America during the era of Jim Crow laws.

Watch Lovecraft Country on Sky Atlantic and HBO

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

The latest true-crime show to grip audiences is based on the Golden State Killer and a book by Michelle McNamara, who was obsessed with searching for the truth about the terrible crimes that terrorized California in the 1970s and ’80s. The book was released posthumously, almost two years after McNamara’s death, and just months before an arrest was made in the case.

Watch I’ll Be Gone in the Dark on Sky Atlantic and HBO

From left: Sarah Paulson, Melanie Lynskey, and Kayli Carter in Mrs. America

Mrs. America

With a cast helmed by Cate Blanchett – and featuring Uzo Aduba, Rose Byrne, Sarah Paulson and Elizabeth BanksMrs. America depicts the true story of the 1970s movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Blanchett as conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly leads an unexpected retaliation.

Watch Mrs. America on BBC iPlayer and Hulu

From left (seated): Mia Khalifa and Ramy Youssef in Ramy

Ramy

Back for its second season, Ramy Youssef returns in the title role of his sharp comedy-drama about a Muslim Egyptian-American family living in a politically divided neighborhood in New Jersey. Joining the cast this season is Mahershala Ali as a Sufi sheikh, while the show’s themes of religion, race and the nuances of identity continue to be explored.

Watch Ramy on Amazon Prime and Hulu

The Luminaries

Based on Eleanor Catton’s Booker Prize-winning novel, this adventure-mystery is set amid the 1860s’ gold rush in New Zealand. Starring Eva Green, Eve Hewson and Himish Patel, it is a drama filled with love, revenge and a lust for finding fortune.

Watch The Luminaries on BBC iPlayer

Ju-On: Origins

Not for the faint-hearted, the famous Japanese horror franchise is getting a television release this summer with a Netflix Originals series. When a paranormal researcher is called to investigate the sinister history behind a reportedly cursed house, where a mother’s body was found without a trace of her child, the terrible events surrounding it start to unfold.

Watch Ju-On: Origins on Netflix

Homemade

Including Paolo Sorrentino, Kristen Stewart, Nadine Labaki, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ladj Ly, a line-up of globally celebrated filmmakers share a collection of short films created during isolation.

Watch Homemade on Netflix

Eve Hewson in The Luminaries
From left: Laura Dreyfuss, Ben Platt and Julia Schlaepfer in The Politician

The Politician

Ryan Murphy’s satirical show is back for a second season of politics, betrayal and scandal, with Ben Platt as Payton Hobart, this time campaigning for a position in New York’s state senate. Joining the original cast (including Gwyneth Paltrow, Lucy Boynton and Zoey Deutch) are Bette Midler and Judith Light as Payton’s political challengers.

Watch The Politician on Netflix

Rachel Hilson and Michael Cimino in Love, Victor

Love, Victor

Set in the world of the 2018 movie Love, Simon, this subsequent series follows Victor, a new student arriving at Creekwood High School, as he struggles with his sexual orientation and copes at home, while adjusting to a new school. Finding it hard to navigate his self-discovery, he reaches out to Simon for help.

Watch Love, Victor on Hulu

Legendary

Inspired by the ballroom culture scene, this voguing reality competition follows members from eight ‘Houses’ to compete in nine balls incorporating fashion and dance challenges. The ultimate goal is to win the $100,000 prize and achieve legendary status.

Watch Legendary on HBO Max

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