Binge Guide

7 TV Shows You Should Binge-Watch This July

This month, catch up on The Umbrella Academy, The Alienist, Psych, Hanna, 30 Rockand more.

by | July 2, 2020 | Comments

In this first full month of summer, you’ll want to catch up with some beloved series of years past to enjoy some of the one-off specials and TV movies hitting in July. Plus, some other small-screen favorites return for their sophomore seasons. Catch up on everything we think you should be watching this month with July 2020’s guide on what’s worth your precious binge.    

Hanna 80% (Amazon Prime Video)

What it is: This long-form television adaptation of Joe Wright’s 2011 feature tells the scintillating story of a young assassin raised in the woods — one who, when tracked down by a CIA agent on the prowl, will do just about anything it takes to learn the truth about who she is.

Why you should watch it: Four-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan left massive shoes to fill for the titular assassin when she originated the role nine years ago, but luckily, 20-year-old up-and-comer Esme Creed-Miles proves equally adept and formidable as the demanding heroine. While season 1 certainly proved a Fresh and satisfying viewing, some complained that it was too much exposition, not enough action. Positive early reviews may hint that Hanna packs more of a punch in season 2, which premieres July 3 on Amazon Prime.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google PlayMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first season)

Psych 89% (TNT)

What it is: As if you haven’t wondered what Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and Gus Guster (Dulé Hill) have been up to? While Psych: The Movie reunited the oddball detective duo in San Francisco (a.k.a. “psychphrancisco”) in 2017, Psych is the gift that keeps on giving. A new sequel, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, brings them back to Santa Barbara to help their old police chief, only to be caught up in a case of the supernatural.

Why you should watch it: No, Shawn is not a real psychic, but he’ll have you rooting for him anyway. The original USA Network series, which premiered back in 2006 and wrapped in 2014, followed Shawn as he utilized his impressive observational skills and memory as a Santa Barbara–based crime consultant to trick people into thinking he’s the real deal. But the series succeeds because it does just the opposite and never tries to be something it’s not. Putting affable goofiness to the forefront is what earned Psych it’s devoted “Psych-O” fan base and is what ensures the laughs are going to be hearty with the July 15 film sequel treatment. Catch up now so you can spot all the Easter eggs and call-back guest stars! Psych 2: Lassie Come Home premieres July 15 on Peacock.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 92 hours (for all eight seasons and Psych: The Movie)

30 Rock 78% (NBC)

What it is: Blatantly inspired by her time at Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey’s 30 Rock (on which she also stars) is a loving ode to the beast that is live television. She plays Liz Lemon, the head writer of sketch comedy show TGS with Tracy Jordan who’s tasked with simultaneously reining in her new boss, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin).

Why you should watch it: Remember when prestige TV was for years through the mid-aughts just the folks behind Mad Men and 30 Rock winning their respective Emmys on an annual basis? If you haven’t watched Fey’s breakout (and best) brainchild, now’s the time to find out just what makes it one-of-the-best-ever comedies of the small screen. The series’ anticipated upfront special airs July 16 on NBC.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, HuluMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 50 hours (for all seven seasons)

The Alienist 74% (TNT)

What it is: Based on the novel of the same name by Caleb Carr and helmed by showrunner Stuart Carolan, The Alienist is set in the final years of the 19th century and dives deep into a series of violent, gruesome murders and the mysterious serial killer behind them. Criminal psychologist (a.k.a. “alienist”) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, newspaper illustrator John Moore, and police department secretary Sara Howard are called in to conduct a secret investigation to bring the killer justice.

Why you should watch it: This series is pitch-perfect period perfection with lurid horror (psychological and otherwise) to spare. Add to the mix a central cast that’s more than up to task, including Luke Evans, Daniel Brühl, and Dakota Fanning in a welcome (and decidedly adult) turn on the small screen, we’re hooked enough to see what this drama has in store for its second round. Season 2, The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, premieres July 18 on TNT.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, MicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 10 hours (for the first season)

Room 104 88% (HBO)

What it is: From the minds of indie film royalty Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, Room 104 is unlike just about anything else on television. The series sets each of its 30-minute installments (36 total across three seasons) in its titular hotel room through which a varied assortment of characters pass, spending a night or two within its walls and experiencing things that are far from typical.

Why you should watch it: Part of the joy of watching Room 104 is bracing yourself for the unexpected. Luckily, the series’ anthology-like narrative means you never quite know what you’re going to get. Genre, tone, time, cast — basically everything but place — changes with each episode. While the diversity allows the viewer to watch it out of sequential order, we still recommend you watch starting with episode 1 if only to appreciate the bigger picture the Duplass brothers are creating. Season 4, its final outing, premieres July 24 on HBO.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, HBO Now, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 18 hours (for the first three seasons)

The Muppets 64% (Disney+)

What it is: The Muppets are back! Given Disney’s streaming treatment with Muppets Now, this “unscripted” series will feature all our favorite characters acting through three different, unscripted and improvised segments of a game show, a cooking show, and a talk show. Watch the trailer above, and it is clear the rest is being held under lock and key.

Why you should watch it: At the risk of sounding hyperbolic: Hollywood wouldn’t be what it is today without the Kermit the Frog and his Muppet crew. Since their inception from the mind of puppeteer Jim Henson in the 1950s, they’ve gone on to entertain the masses with 10 feature films, a smattering of on-again, off-again television series beginning with The Muppet Show in 1976, and over 20 television specials. Plus, they’re frequently credited with influencing the young minds and sensibilities of some of today’s biggest Hollywood stars. Muppets Now, premieres on Disney+ on July 31. To get a feel for it all prior to, ABC’s Emmy-nominated 2015 series from creators Bob Kushell and Bill Prady, The Muppets, is a solid place to start.

Where to watch: AmazonFandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 5.5 hours (for the first and only season)

The Umbrella Academy 82% (Netflix)

What it is: An adaptation of Gerard Way’s Dark Horse Comics series of the same name, The Umbrella Academy follows a “dysfunctional family of superheroes” who, as children, were adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves. Now estranged adults, the family reunites to solve the mystery of Hargreeves’ death.

Why you should watch it: Led by Oscar-nominee Ellen Page and Merlin alumnus Tom Hopper, the ensemble of imperfect superheroes is what makes this series sweet like candy — the looming apocalypse and genuine heart are just the cherries on top. Season 2 premieres July 31 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 10 hours (for the first season)


Tag Cloud

The Academy anthology The Witch VH1 satire directors adventure Bravo Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt BAFTA 2019 Tumblr justice league strong female leads 4/20 name the review zombie Discovery Channel Interview TLC Amazon Prime cooking Rocky biography National Geographic free movies Box Office sag awards 2017 movies richard e. Grant ABC Family Vudu ITV Trophy Talk HBO asian-american Hear Us Out renewed TV shows DC Comics 2016 Apple Britbox Lionsgate elevated horror documentary adaptation war scary movies Ellie Kemper Election Black Mirror Best and Worst award winner screenings TV golden globes BBC America rotten cancelled A24 facebook child's play Set visit WGN historical drama Stephen King Music comedies Funimation spain independent Pixar criterion Captain marvel Superheroes 007 Amazon casting indiana jones emmy awards Lucasfilm social media toy story Disney Plus what to watch jamie lee curtis President south america Pop Musicals slashers romance political drama TNT spy thriller video best versus CBS All Access comic BBC One Columbia Pictures Star Wars diversity The Arrangement IFC Fox Searchlight DC streaming service PlayStation Mudbound medical drama Martial Arts TBS italian Avengers 72 Emmy Awards Extras Showtime Shudder Animation DC Universe Freeform screen actors guild History classics DGA PaleyFest Amazon Prime Video romantic comedy TCA Awards ESPN Hulu Warner Bros. Christmas Logo scorecard The Purge spinoff worst movies SXSW Opinion LGBTQ Teen fast and furious 2018 Reality nfl quibi batman Epix Oscars 21st Century Fox sequels Film Ghostbusters Kids & Family technology blockbuster archives Walt Disney Pictures obituary Lifetime Lifetime Christmas movies USA mutant Holidays reviews Comedy Central festivals Rocketman OneApp politics films game show San Diego Comic-Con harry potter transformers nbcuniversal Disney+ Disney Plus Infographic Valentine's Day MTV Winter TV hist TCM boxoffice series Crunchyroll Fox News travel MSNBC Film Festival Amazon Studios revenge FX Grammys rotten movies we love American Society of Cinematographers 45 Cosplay YouTube Endgame Drama Musical Crackle Disney streaming service GoT space Paramount Cartoon Network Television Critics Association TCA Spring TV Toys X-Men TV renewals christmas movies Netflix television theme song dragons anime CMT Chernobyl green book crossover disaster Mary Poppins Returns Trailer based on movie superhero Pirates 2015 Food Network venice parents 71st Emmy Awards doctor who Winners Schedule Nickelodeon FX on Hulu singing competition cults foreign Anna Paquin cars Character Guide Marvel science fiction MCU NBC Dark Horse Comics Awards Tour comics a nightmare on elm street Holiday IFC Films DirecTV animated joker all-time twilight New York Comic Con concert Mystery kids Black History Month halloween Watching Series sitcom nature See It Skip It OWN YouTube Red mission: impossible SundanceTV dc true crime toronto football sequel FXX CNN miniseries Podcast Hallmark teaser YouTube Premium Binge Guide Premiere Dates critics First Reviews cancelled TV series Marathons Emmy Nominations ratings Reality Competition Comic Book Pet Sematary period drama Adult Swim TruTV 2020 Women's History Month Mary Tyler Moore Comics on TV TCA Winter 2020 GLAAD finale Cannes E3 latino psycho 24 frames Sneak Peek NYCC Creative Arts Emmys Paramount Network crime thriller stand-up comedy crime drama Sundance Now universal monsters Emmys unscripted Shondaland Fall TV Starz police drama binge Video Games sports zombies Marvel Television halloween tv ABC Universal worst APB BBC psychological thriller 20th Century Fox robots The CW cops book USA Network Pop TV Writers Guild of America Sundance TV Western cartoon Quiz AMC french festival Superheroe Television Academy Pride Month Rom-Com documentaries hollywood dogs Polls and Games Countdown BET Awards stop motion Horror Turner canceled VICE aliens cancelled television discovery YA comiccon breaking bad video on demand Super Bowl Star Trek die hard cancelled TV shows streaming cats Tarantino HBO Max Tubi laika Awards TIFF Apple TV Plus Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Spectrum Originals Calendar Spike Ovation VOD TCA 2017 Certified Fresh FOX reboot Netflix Christmas movies Sci-Fi Biopics children's TV Turner Classic Movies spanish Hallmark Christmas movies First Look Song of Ice and Fire El Rey Brie Larson Tomatazos Country PBS Marvel Studios Action Rock supernatural Baby Yoda dceu Year in Review remakes franchise dramedy Syfy movie ghosts serial killer zero dark thirty chucky vampires Fantasy RT21 docudrama Red Carpet Mindy Kaling Trivia cinemax talk show Travel Channel Elton John stoner Masterpiece composers spanish language Disney Mary poppins game of thrones hispanic spider-man SDCC tv talk GIFs WarnerMedia Nominations indie dark canceled TV shows Summer Family E! Arrowverse Thanksgiving witnail Classic Film mockumentary Sundance BET blaxploitation Esquire CW Seed Sony Pictures Academy Awards LGBT Comedy Apple TV+ Acorn TV Disney Channel Heroines crime The Walking Dead natural history CBS Nat Geo Photos news A&E RT History TV Land werewolf HBO Go Peacock thriller