The summer is here. It’s time for road trips, the beach, and drinks with decorative umbrellas in them. Well, for some of us it is. For others, the summer means cranking up the air conditioning, kicking back, and sampling the season’s slate of television programming. If that sounds like you, here are 10 TV shows for your summer vacation. Don’t worry, you can still have an umbrella in your drink.
Following the prior hit series from Marvel Studios – “Wandavision” and “The Falcon & Winter Soldier – comes a third entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Disney+. Whether you’ve caught the Marvel bug or not, “Loki” stands on its own with a strong performance from star Tom Hiddleston and a strong, self-contained story. Over six episodes, the saga crosses genres from sci-fi time-travel epic to dark crime procedural. It might even leave you drooling for Marvel’s next big-budget superhero film!
2. Kevin Can F… Himself
The title’s implied profanity might tip you off to this show’s dark and irreverent sense of humor. Creator Valerie Armstrong takes aim at America’s favorite sitcom trope: an oaf husband terrorizing his doting wife. While the titular Kevin is on-screen, the show is framed as a multi-camera sitcom. It even features a laugh track. In an innovative twist, when showing the wreckage he’s caused for his wife, Alison, the show transforms into a single-camera drama. She is trying to murder him, after all.
3. Golden: The Journey of USA’s Elite Gymnasts
With the Summer Olympics in Tokyo quickly approaching, why not get yourself hyped with “Golden”? Streaming on Peacock, this docu-series from executive producers LeBron James and Dominique Dawes follows the lives of a handful of U.S. women’s gymnastic hopefuls on the road to the Olympics. You’ll learn all about the tremendous sacrifice these women and their families had to endure to get to this point. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get to root for some of them in Tokyo.
4. McCartney 3,2,1
Everyone loves The Beatles, right? Well, even if you don’t, “McCartney 3,2,1” is an undeniable document of pop-culture history. This Hulu documentary breaks down 15 hours of interviews between McCartney and legendary record producer Rick Rubin into six densely packed episodes covering Sir Paul’s legendary career.
5. Sweet Tooth
Streaming on Netflix, “Sweet Tooth” takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where a portion of the population has become half-human and half-animal. Ordinary humans have begun to fear and hunt these hybrid creatures. Gus, a 10-year-old boy with antlers, attempts to find his mother in Colorado with the help of a reluctant human protector. The show has received glowing reviews and is based on Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed 2009 comic book series of the same name.
This summer, “Dave,” a fictionalized account of rapper/comedian Lil Dicky’s life, returns for a second season. While some critics disparage the show for its raw sense of humor, fans appreciate its flawed protagonist’s deceptively honest and authentic portrayal. On top of all that, the show boasts an impressive roster of cameos ranging from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Justin Bieber.
7. Big Brother
“Big Brother” returns to CBS this year for its 23rd season. As always, a new cast will move into an isolated house, quarrel and vote one another out until only the winner is left standing. It’s the summer; we’re all trying to take it easy. We all deserve a little bit of old-fashioned reality TV comfort food, and Big Brother still knows how to serve it up.
8. Rick and Morty
The wait is over. Season five of “Rick and Morty” has arrived. Our animated protagonists, genius Rick Sanchez and his dimwitted-but-big-hearted grandson Morty, are back. With them comes another ten episodes of the interdimensional hijinx and carefully established in-jokes that fans have come to love and revere.
9. Card Sharks
We don’t have to get invested in season-long story arcs every time we plop down in front of the TV. Remember when the whole family would sit down and watch a game show together? Well, ABC’s revival of the classic “Card Sharks” returns as part of their summer lineup, hosted by comedian Joel McHale. Pull up a chair!
New episodes will air this summer, but what’s the difference? Reruns of MTV’s clip show featuring the internet’s most absurd content seem to air in perpetuity on the network. Just flick on MTV and chances are good you’ll be cackling along with charming skateboard mogul and host Rob Dyrdek.