Content is busting out all over
After last month’s somewhat lackluster release schedule, June is bursting with content as streamers offer a full slate of original programming for viewers—and the lion’s share of it is serialized for sustained viewership and maximum binge-ability. Apple TV+ is debuting Loot, a brand-new comedy series starring Maya Rudolph, and Disney+ features Rise, a show about four immigrant brothers who became NBA basketball stars. Adam Sandler is landing on Netflix in his new sports dramedy Hustle, along with the next chapter of business for the boys of the Peaky Blinders.
Subscribers to Amazon Prime are looking forward to more super-misbehavior with the return of The Boys, and Westworld fans can catch season 4 of the groundbreaking science fiction series on HBO Max. Hulu is releasing a brand-new action-packed Jeff Bridges series, and music fans can also tune in to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Check out these titles and all the rest of the steaming-fresh content out now on your favorite streaming service: (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD)
Hustle (June 8) – Adam Sandler’s love of sports has grown past fistfighting Bob Barker on a golf course: he’s tackling another serious role in the new sports drama Netflix calls a “love letter to basketball.” Sander is Stanley Sugerman, a washed-up Philadelphia basketball scout who discovers street-ball prodigy Bo Cruz in Spain (real-life NBA star Juancho Hernangómez) and sees him as his golden ticket back to the top. They have one shot to surmount Cruz’s rocky past and the team’s doubts to prove they both have what it takes to succeed in the NBA. Produced by Sandler and LeBron James, the film also stars Ben Foster, Robert Duvall, and Queen Latifah as Stanley’s wife Teresa.
Peaky Blinders Season 6 (June 10) – The British gangsters are back for one last hurrah in the final season of the BAFTA-winning period crime drama. Family boss Tommy Shelby’s (Cillian Murphy) troubles come to a head as he grapples with Boston gangsters, family feuds, evil politicians– and the question of his own redemption. Following last year’s passing of Helen McCrory, the actress who played steely family matriarch Polly Gray, the script was adapted so that Polly was assassinated by the IRA – and her death will become a key plot driver. The 8-episode season also stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Paul Anderson, and Tom Hardy will return as Alfie Solomons. Series creator Steven Knight confirmed that Peaky Blinders will be topped off with a film adaptation, set to begin production in 2023.
Halftime (June 14) – A new documentary takes an intense backstage look at the discipline and art behind the incredible 30-year career of Jennifer Lopez as she prepares for the 2020 Super Bowl LIV halftime show with Shakira (who is given one lightning-quick shot in the trailer). The doc frames Lopez as a driven performer, innovator and mentor who’s weathered media bullying and misogyny to become an entertainment star, entrepreneur and public figure. Emotional music swells over her career highlights, personal low points, and six separate shots of her twirling around a pole. L’chaim!
The Umbrella Academy Season 3 (June 22) – The team create a time paradox by defeating The Handler and averting apocalypse and return home to find a new reality–where the season 3 trailer shows the Umbrellas going head to head with a parallel superhero Academy called the Sparrows. But with another dark entity causing chaos in the universe, they must team up with their doppelgangers to stop yet another doomsday—and go home for real. Fans can expect lots of Easter eggs in this season of Gerard Way’s comic-turned-TV-smash.
Dirty Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute (June 10)
God’s Favorite Idiot (June 15)
Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend (June 15)
Spiderhead (June 17)
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The Old Man (June 17) – Jeff Bridges is breath-holdingly good as an ex-CIA hermit flushed out of hiding and called to account for his bloody past when an assassin comes knocking. Now on the run with his two beloved Rottweilers, he’s forced to return to the world of espionage and reckon with old demons to protect his daughter (Alia Shawkat) and the new woman in his life (Amy Brenneman). The seven-episode first season is based on the Thomas Perry novel and also stars Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Deuce), Bill Heck (Locke & Key) and John Lithgow as an FBI director hunting Bridges.
The Orville: New Horizons Season 3 (June 2) – After drifting through the streaming universe over two touch-and-go seasons thanks to its own identity issues, and three years after starting production on a third (thanks Covid), Seth MacFarlane’s space-mockera-turned-drama is back. After finding its footing in addressing more serious issues with old-school Trek writing (TNG writer Brannon Braga is Executive Producer), season 3 is expected to grapple with emotional topics like mental health and ethnocentrism with tips of the hat to films like Star Wars and Galaxy Quest. Gene Roddenberry would be proud.
Only Murders in the Building Season 2 (June 28) – Selena Gomez, Martin Short and Steve Martin return as the side-splitting crime-solving trio in a new mystery, but this time they’ve become the suspects in another gruesome murder. The show skewers gossipy New York insularity, true crime fandoms, and the sillier corners of the podcasting genre; creator John Hoffman (Grace & Frankie) promises bigger stories and meaningful connections in the second installment. Tina Fey returns as podcaster Cinda Canning, and Cara Delevigne joins the cast as a season regular; Shirley MacLaine and Amy Schumer will also reportedly appear.
WarHunt (June 11) – The ice caps are melting and society is in shambles, but there’s a schlocky comfort in the fact that Mickey Rourke is still insisting on making action films. When a U.S. military plane crashes in Germany’s Black Forest during World War II, Major Johnson (yep) sends his super squad to retrieve its top-secret cargo. Little do they know the forest carries its own dark secrets, and they’re about to fall prey to a horror beyond the reach of their bullets. 69-year old Rourke mostly seethes and mumbles from the comfort of headquarters, hanging his badass cred on hammy character props like a cane, a Fonz-popped black leather jacket and a gold eyepatch. Jackson Rathbone (The Twilight Saga) and Robert Knepper (iZombie) also star in the film I call “Predator with witches.”
Glee – complete series (June 1)
Fire Island (June 3)
The Ledge (June 18)
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The Boys Season 3 (June 3) – After a literally mind-blowing season 2 finale, the eponymous Boys have broken up and Billy Butcher is working with Hughie to enforce a temporary peace. But he’s also looking to get revenge on Homelander et al. for his wife’s death – and this season, he’s getting powers of his own. With enemies and moles still rampant after a temporary peace, rumors of an anti-supes weapon are about to launch an all-out war with the Seven, joined by several new faces. Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) is joining the cast as Soldier Boy, Katia Winter (Sleepy Hollow) appears as Russian mobster Little Nina, Sean Patrick Flanery (Dexter) is Gunpowder, and Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead) is all dressed up to portray the Crimson Countess.
Hollywood Houselift with Jeff Lewis Season 1 (June 10) – The Flipping Out star is taking cameras behind the scenes on luxurious celebrity home remodels after taking a break to embrace fatherhood. Lewis delivers high-dollar, high-stakes renovations for star clients like Fortune Feimster, Wilmer Valderrama and Mira Sorvino— with plenty of drywall drama and masonry meltdowns before the glamorous reveals. The first three episodes premiere June 10, with new episodes released every Friday.
Fairfax Season 2 (June 10) – The adult animated comedy series is returning to screens for a second season, which finds our fearless middle-school foursome navigating classic dilemmas like school popularity and newer territory like AI romance. The show has already built a solid fanbase on parsing identity and success in a viral digital world while preserving nostalgia and innocence. The eight-episode run also features guests such as Billy Porter, Camilla Mendes, Zoey Deutch, Rob Delaney, Yvette Nicole Brown, Annie Murphy, John Leguizamo, and Ben Schwartz.
The Lake (June 17) – Justin (Jordan Gavaris) returns from living abroad after a breakup with his long-term partner, with the hope of reconnecting with his biological daughter (Madison Shamoun) after giving her up for adoption in his teens. But his plans for an ideal reunion are thwarted by the discovery that his parents left the family home to his prissy, problematic step-sister (Julia Stiles). Filmed in northern Ontario’s cottage country, it’s the first scripted Canadian series for Amazon Prime.
Top Gun (June 1)
The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 1 (June 17)
Chloe Season 1 (June 24)
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Irma Vep (June 6) – French director Olivier Assayas eats his own tale in the auto-remake of his own 1996 film, in which Mira (Alicia Vikander) becomes disillusioned with Hollywood and travels to France to star as slinky crook Irma Vep in a remake of the French silent film classic “Les Vampires.” Meanwhile, the shoot becomes a mess for the washed-up director: Mira fails to learn French, is stalked by a crew member, and starts to emulate her cat-burglar character. The eight-episode season offers a multi-layered look at creativity, art and personality – and how to balance it all sanely.
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (June 9) – Now’s your chance to catch the emotionally raw 2021 documentary on the Lou Reed of cuisine, punk chef Anthony Bourdain. The film from Emmy-winning documentarian Morgan Neville made spicy headlines last year for its controversial use of AI technology to replicate Bourdain’s voice— but Collider’s Matt Goldberg criticized it instead for attempting to “answer” Bourdain’s suicide, interpreting the effort as “an attempt from production company CNN Films to salvage a successful CNN show from a narrative it couldn’t handle.”
Birdgirl Season 2 (June 20) – The Harvey Birdman sequel series is back as Judy Ken Sebben continues to steer her father’s company away from disaster…disastrously. The first season found Judy and the Birdteam attempting to undo the business’s socially irresponsible products and practices, and containing the chaos of their own world-saving solutions gone wrong. Adult Swim says season 2 will continue to “navigate the troubles of modern corporations, tackling everything from ethics in new tech, to cancel culture and rejuvenating skin sack health fads. Will they fail? Spectacularly! But sometimes it’s not about the solutions we come up with, it’s about the new problems they make along the way.”
Westworld Season 4 (June 26) – In the fourth installment of the cross-genre sci-fi epic, humanity is drifting closer to chaos as Caleb (Aaron Paul) continues the revolution, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) mysteriously connects with the Sublime, and Maeve (Thandiwe Newton) searches for her daughter. Showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan are more omerta than open about new developments beyond the main story threads, but we do know Ed Harris and Tessa Thompson are reprising their roles and Aurora Perrineau (Prodigal Son) is signing on for at least five episodes, though her role remains murky.
Amsterdam Season 1 (June 9)
Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes (June 22)
Menudo: Forever Young (June 23)
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Hollywood Stargirl (June 3) – Stargirl (Grace Vanderwaal) is a twee lil’ gypsy pixie pursuing her musical dreams in Los Angeles, skipping around in adorable dresses and changing lives with her sweetness and exuberance. It’s a frothy, ecstatic romp about dreams for dreams’ sake, but Vanderwaal brings a shy confidence to the sequel as Stargirl grows up and moves to California: she’s working on a career, falling in love, and finding her own creative voice. In one clip she channels Jean Seberg in the iconic white turtleneck from Breathless, adapting the graphic from the New York Herald Tribune to the Los Angeles Times. She sings Brian Wilson’s “Love and Mercy” in a moody club. It’s a bittersweet transition to adulthood, but Stargirl keeps it mostly sweet.
Ms. Marvel (June 8) – The original MCU series follows Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), a teen gamer and superhero fan who struggles to fit in and dreams of having her own superpowers. She gets her wish when she gains the ability to harness energy and create forms with a magic bangle – a nod to her Pakistani heritage – but she also gets much more than she bargained for. Show co-creator and co-executive producer Sana Amanat mixes the vibrance of Jersey City with Kamala’s cinematic imagination as she grows up in a wild new super-reality.
Incredible Dr. Pol (June 8) – The reality series follows hardy Michigan vet Jan Pol as he conquers NatGeo Wild ratings, one heartwarming goat birth at a time. He’s using his skill to keep the large farm animals of the world healthy and happy, from kangaroo dental work to emergency farm calls, and his bedside manner landed the show at #1. Last year Dr. Pol was honored by his community for 50 years of animal care – eat your heart out, James Herriot.
Rise (June 24) – The astonishing true story of one family who gave the world the first trio of brothers to become NBA champions in the history of the league. The biopic follows Milwaukee Bucks star player Giannis Antetokounmpo and his three brothers, who emigrated from Nigeria to Greece and struggled under constant threat of deportation while developing their ball skills. Giannis rode a long-shot prospect draft to the Bucks in 2013, and with his brother Thanasis helped drive the team to its first championship ring in 50 years. The film stars Dayo Okeniyi, Yetide Badaki, Manish Dayal, Taylor Nichols and Uche and Ral Agada.
The Wonder Years (June 15)
Life Below Zero: Next Generation – Season 3 (June 15)
Obi-Wan Kenobi finale (June 22)
Trevor: The Musical (June 24)
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Physical Season 2 (June 3) – Success brings a new set of problems in the second season of Physical, the sharpish dark comedy starring Rose Byrne as aspiring fitness guru Sheila. As Sheila debuts her first successful workout video, she finds her marriage tested by a dangerous new attraction and faces fierce industry competition in her quest to build a fitness empire. She finds a powerful professional ally and stifles her own dark secrets to mold a picture-perfect lifestyle brand – but in season 2, Sheila is stopping at nothing to stick it to her enemies and claw her way to the top, tooth and frosted nail.
For All Mankind Season 3 (June 10) – In an alternate world, the Soviet Union landed the first man on the moon and the space race never ended. Thus is born the parallel universe from the thrilling brain of Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica), who fleshes out a dramatic world where the NASA space program forges the cutting edge of human development. Season 3 leaps a decade into the 90’s, where Mars has become the new frontier of galactic growth – but with progress comes conflict, and when a private citizen enters the space race with his own ambitions, the high-stakes game jumps into hyperdrive.
Home Season 2 (June 17) – The Emmy-nominated design series showcases the groundbreaking ideas and inspiring stories behind the world’s most innovative houses. Travel the world to meet the creators who are reimagining ways of dwelling, and exploring the possibilities of combining land, materials and people to create a better world one home at a time. “If you can build castles out of grass, what else can you do?” asks one visionary. Season 2 focuses on the human connection with nature and family, highlighting landscape-hugging architecture and jaw-dropping multi-generational homes.
Loot Series Premiere (June 24) – The ten-episode workplace comedy centers around Molly Novak (Maya Rudolph), a billionaire living the good life until her husband of 20 years betrays her and leads to a downward spiral. Wanting to get more out of life and put her riches to good use, she reengages with her charitable foundation run by the buttoned-down Sofia (Michaela Jaé Rodriguez). With the help of her accountant (Nat Faxon), assistant Nicholas (Joel Kim Booster) and cousin Howard (Ron Funches), Molly discovers herself through giving back. Written by the minds behind 30 Rock and Master of None, the series is co-exec produced by Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll). The first three episodes drop June 24, with episodes following every Friday.
Lovely Little Farm (June 10)
Cha Cha Real Smooth (June 17)
Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show (June 24)
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South Park: The Streaming Wars (June 1) – If you thought there were only so many iterations of construction paper cutout children popping off in schoolyard allegories that skewer religion, politics, and general human absurdity, you thought wrong. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone signed a $900 million dollar deal with ViacomCBS to make 14 TV movies and 6 new seasons of the irreverent cartoon. The Streaming Wars is the third movie after two Covid specials; it features Cartman in a classic tiff with his mom – and discovering to his dismay that she’s cancelled all her streaming services as punishment. An official summary adds that the gang will also face an “epic conflict unfolding that threatens South Park’s very existence.” Not with eleven movies and six more seasons to make, fellas.
I Am Richard Pryor (June 8) – Jesse James Miller’s biodoc offers an even gaze upon the life of legendary comic performer Richard Pryor, whose raw social commentary crossed racial and social boundaries to make him one of the most unforgettable entertainers in modern history. Nobody connected pain, truth and vulnerability with comedy like Richard. The film shows how his dazzling range was informed by his troubled past, and offers insights into his complex life by historians, activists and artists, including interviews with Pryor’s wife Jennifer and commentary by Tiffany Haddish, Mike Epps, Howie Mandel, Lily Tomlin, and Sandra Bernhard.
Players (June 16) – The e-sports mockumentary is a brilliant parody of the cutthroat world of competitive gaming, with high-dollar contracts and screaming arenas full of adoring fans at stake. Creamcheese is top dog on his League of Legends team, but they can never quite win the big title. When his star begins to fade, new-school prodigy Organizm joins the team to boost their chances – but his growing popularity is threatening careers and egos. Can they pull together to win the ultimate prize for digital domination? The heartache and drama will play out over ten pulse-pounding episodes starting June 16.
Jerry & Marge Go Large premiere (June 17) – Fargo meets Breaking Bad in the new series that explores what would have happened if Walter White had taught math instead of chemistry. Affable boomer Jerry (Bryan Cranston) finds a mathematical glitch in his state’s lottery and wins millions of dollars with his wife (Annette Bening). Jerry brings his small town in on the good fortune and the scheme grows – until the lottery commission catches wind of the windfall. The couple must also face down a group of college kids who stumble on the same loophole and want to edge them out of the game. Also stars Rainn Wilson as a scruffy convenience store clerk, Larry Wilmore as Jerry’s accountant and Michael McKean (Spinal Tap, Better Call Saul).
Yellowjackets (June 8)
The 49th Daytime Emmy Awards (June 24)
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