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 77% (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 83% (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

what to watch award winner golden globes Brie Larson cancelled TV shows Winners werewolf Podcast Avengers Discovery Channel remakes Nickelodeon period drama Marvel Studios The Purge Disney Plus joker Emmy Nominations Rocketman live action fast and furious Black History Month justice league scene in color 2015 21st Century Fox marvel cinematic universe Action Marvel children's TV romance Musicals new york nature book adaptation San Diego Comic-Con Sony Pictures cancelled transformers spain razzies Sundance Now Exclusive Video streaming movies tv talk Baby Yoda game of thrones sequels classics RT History elevated horror comiccon strong female leads BBC Travel Channel crime worst History finale 2020 Esquire Country cinemax chucky target Writers Guild of America japanese batman PlayStation Tumblr Pop 24 frames VICE 2018 docudrama Summer YouTube Premium quibi 99% USA Network CW Seed anthology Set visit Watching Series YouTube Certified Fresh ratings reviews crossover crime drama festival travel NBC social media best Family international Crackle foreign christmas movies science fiction blockbusters 2017 Britbox adaptation golden globe awards high school trailers President BAFTA Calendar nfl disaster critics Alien toronto child's play Arrowverse Disney streaming service Star Wars south america Spring TV ghosts Image Comics GIFs DGA SDCC stop motion rotten movies we love GLAAD true crime Christmas heist movie Adult Swim new zealand cancelled TV series Peacock Emmys Toys Nominations cartoon 007 films Ovation MCU Netflix Christmas movies MTV casting Star Trek french NYCC Ghostbusters political drama MSNBC IFC CNN Mary Tyler Moore FXX BBC America Film Festival comedies Biopics Marvel Television Trailer Dark Horse Comics TBS Mystery vampires supernatural Marathons Premiere Dates discovery Oscars pirates of the caribbean Song of Ice and Fire Winter TV Tubi Legendary canceled dark sitcom Amazon Studios 2016 YouTube Red 2021 ID TCA 2017 APB BBC One Crunchyroll See It Skip It IFC Films Rocky Apple TV+ dragons Red Carpet cars deadpool Photos 71st Emmy Awards toy story Sundance TV new star wars movies comics stand-up comedy DC streaming service Walt Disney Pictures green book Tarantino Kids & Family slashers Lifetime Hallmark aliens police drama Captain marvel franchise VOD scorecard A24 Pop TV LGBT streaming Turner Countdown movie Reality Competition Mary Poppins Returns historical drama Columbia Pictures Holiday Western Music ViacomCBS TruTV mutant Pixar Academy Awards mission: impossible First Look Interview biography cops Freeform reboot Teen animated worst movies Funimation die hard CBS Schedule CBS All Access rotten directors miniseries based on movie VH1 book Vudu 20th Century Fox Holidays mockumentary X-Men Acorn TV Hulu boxoffice GoT ABC Fantasy Trivia ESPN The CW Ellie Kemper Cosplay universal monsters latino name the review Disney Channel Nat Geo Sci-Fi dceu Rom-Com laika Syfy Black Mirror ITV Martial Arts spinoff 4/20 cults know your critic Lifetime Christmas movies Super Bowl doctor who australia Superheroes superman Hallmark Christmas movies Anna Paquin Drama festivals all-time serial killer cancelled television anime Shudder monster movies Election Mary poppins dogs The Academy TNT Amazon Prime Video sag awards Masterpiece TIFF spider-man Musical singing competition Awards Tour saw zombies football psychological thriller diversity First Reviews The Walking Dead FX on Hulu TV Land fresh canceled TV shows italian romantic comedy Mindy Kaling war BET indie Endgame thriller Logo Best and Worst USA james bond emmy awards Film Comedy Central TV One Television Critics Association TCA OneApp RT21 Thanksgiving YA Creative Arts Emmys Pacific Islander Comedy Lucasfilm comic unscripted Character Guide Broadway revenge game show richard e. Grant sequel Superheroe E3 Tomatazos versus FX hist screenings Hear Us Out Apple TV Plus Television Academy rt archives Starz National Geographic A&E space independent spanish language LGBTQ witnail 72 Emmy Awards Fox News Fall TV HBO video Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Reality documentaries The Walt Disney Company Warner Bros. 93rd Oscars TV renewals 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards documentary Apple movies Awards docuseries king kong El Rey news halloween Spectrum Originals zombie Horror Mudbound HBO Go hispanic DC Universe politics telelvision Bravo Amazon Prime composers talk show television boxing teaser Trophy Talk rom-coms jurassic park Spike Video Games asian-american Paramount Network harry potter spy thriller Grammys FOX The Witch Elton John facebook sports women Cannes Pet Sematary Pirates Comic Book indiana jones godzilla concert cooking The Arrangement HBO Max TCA Winter 2020 dramedy BET Awards cats PBS archives spanish Disney+ Disney Plus crime thriller Quiz superhero breaking bad series Epix black Netflix jamie lee curtis Comics on TV robots satire psycho ABC Family Paramount Plus American Society of Cinematographers medical drama Animation Infographic SundanceTV popular AMC Lionsgate Women's History Month obituary natural history kaiju Chernobyl Sundance TLC Turner Classic Movies PaleyFest DirecTV Amazon Disney kong Binge Guide scary movies New York Comic Con a nightmare on elm street aapi ABC Signature kids blockbuster video on demand Heroines adventure Year in Review twilight nbcuniversal 2019 DC Comics Extras WarnerMedia Food Network theme song renewed TV shows TV zero dark thirty TCM E! prank stoner hollywood free movies Paramount TV movies Stephen King Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt venice CMT Universal 45 hidden camera WGN screen actors guild halloween tv Shondaland Rock Pride Month comic books Polls and Games Classic Film SXSW technology TCA Awards Fox Searchlight binge blaxploitation Showtime parents Valentine's Day dc OWN Cartoon Network criterion Sneak Peek Box Office lord of the rings Opinion