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10 Shows to Watch During 4th of July Weekend 2020

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There’s no getting around the glaring truth — this 4th of July is not like the others.

While many states are re-opening following COVID-19 lockdown, the fact of the matter is, the pandemic is still very real. If you’re trying to avoid catching that second-wave, you’re likely spending the long weekend cooped up inside on the couch where the AC is blasting and the mosquitoes aren’t bothering. 

Others may be venturing out for the first time in months to hit up some pool parties, barbecues, and even a fireworks show (if it hasn’t been cancelled. If it has, you can check out our list of where to stream fireworks here1), but when all is said and done, you’ll likely still want to settle in and unwind with a good TV show to keep you company. 

Don’t waste time looking for something to watch — we’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of recommendations that are perfect for the 4th.  

Seriously, there’s something for everyone. 

So, kick back your shoes, grab the popcorn, hot dogs, and drinks, and get ready to binge-watch your way through the patriotic long weekend! 

 

For Superhero Fans

Black Lightning – 3 seasons 

Truth, justice, and the American way is what this CW show is all about. A retired superhero is forced to leap into action and suit up once again when his daughter, a justice-seeker herself, is recruited by a street gang. The DC Comics series doesn’t reinvent the superhero wheel, but it infuses the genre with new life and invigorating plots while providing commentary timely social issues.  

Watch on Netflix now.

 

Doom Patrol – 2 seasons

Hailed as one of the best DC Comics shows, the series doesn’t frown upon oddities and differences but embraces them as superpowers. Doom Patrol is described as “part support group, part superhero team” as its made up of people who underwent horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities fighting for a world that would quickly turn its back on them. HBO Max dropped the second season on June 25! 

Watch Doom Patrol on HBO Max

 
 

For the Horror Fans

American Horror Story – 9 seasons

The anthology horror created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk is hailed as groundbreaking because, well, you haven’t seen anything quite like it. July isn’t synonymous with watching horror shows, but there’s something so American about willingly going out of your way to get scared. And as each season embraces a different period and theme that all draw, to some degree, from American roots. Some of the favorites being Hotel (a grimy LA hotel run by Lady Gaga’s countess), Cult (set in a Murderous Michigan town), Coven (a school of witches in New Orleans), and Asylum (the show’s version of an LGBTQ conversion therapy camp). 

Watch it on Netflix now.

 

 

For History Buffs

Hamilton (debuting on Disney+ on July 3)

Hamilton isn’t a TV show, per se, but it deserves a spot on the list because it’s Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s successful Broadway musical detailing the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The recorded version was set to debut in theaters later this year, but due to COVID, it opted for a streaming release right into our living rooms on a very fitting long weekend. If you watch anything this Independence Day, make it Hamilton. Miranda made sure it features a pre-show announcement, intermission, and post-show announcement, so you’ll feel like you truly shelled out upwards of $200 a ticket! 

 

 

Timeless – 2 seasons

Did you ever wish you could hop into your time machine and experience some of the biggest moments in history? Well, Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus get to do just that, but it’s not all fun and games since they’re on a mission to stop Rittenhouse, a nefarious government organization, from changing the world as we know it. The series takes you on an adventure to meet some of the most prolific icons in history including Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Hemingway, and Harry Houdini. And, since you are traveling through a history book, you’ll have a few brush ins with the villains too. 

Watch on Hulu now! 

 

For Those Looking for a Teen Thrill

Outer Banks – 1 Season

Netflix’s teen adventure drama finds four friends from the “wrong side of the road” going on a treasure hunt for $400 million dollars that leads them to answers about the mysterious death of John B’s father. While the series is a fun escape and embraces the carefree, surf culture, it tries to be too many things at once, so it’s easy to get lost in the muddled storytelling. John B may need a map to find the treasure, but you might need a map to keep up with all that’s happening.That being said, don’t give up — if you make it to episode 6, the action really picks up from there! 

Watch it on Netflix now!

 

Stranger Things – 3 Seasons

You can never go wrong with binge-watching Netflix’s mainstay sci-fi thriller set in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana. Maybe it’s because season 3 of Netflix premiered on July 4, 2019, but despite the spooky-factor, the series always gives me Fourth of July vibes. I’m convinced that if it wasn’t for the coronavirus pandemic, we would have gotten the 4th season sometime this summer, but until then, we can just keep rewatching the first 3 seasons. 

Watch it on Netflix now! 

 

For Sports Fans

All American – 2 seasons

If the CW series sounds like it might be based on a true story, that’s because it is. It navigates the journey of one promising African-American football player from an inner city high school who is recruited by a team in Beverly Hills. The message is ambitious, but the show does a good job of delivering it, and Daniel Ezra gives a performance worthy of a standing ovation. If you want to be an all American, you’ve got to watch this show now. 

Watch it on Netflix now.

 

Glow – 3 seasons

Is there anything America loves more than professional wrestling? Especially nostalgic wrestling of the 80s. In the series, an out-of-work actress turns to the world of spandex to find her way. Honestly, the only thing more American than wrestling and sports is rooting for the underdog and finding a way to make something out of nothing. 

Watch it on Netflix now.

 

For a Dose of Nostalgia

The Baby-Sitters Club – premieres July 3

If you remember going to the school library and renting these books out then this Netflix reboot is for you. The modern-day coming-of-age series is rooted in friendship with your colleagues while touching upon crushes, growing pains, and hustling at your start-up.

You can watch the series on Netflix starting July 3!

 


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How to Watch ‘Hamilton’ on Disney+ this Fourth of July

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Hamilton the Musical Coming to Disney+

This July, you’re getting the best seat in the house for Hamilton and you aren’t paying hundreds of dollars for it! 

On July 3, Disney+ will begin streaming the Lin-Manuel Miranda smash Broadway musical, which follows the life of Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers. 

The version of the original production was filmed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016.

While you’ll be able to enjoy it from your living room, Miranda has gone out of his way to give you full Broadway experience. He tweeted the screen-adaptation will feature “whole show, every note & scene, & a 1-minute countdown clock during intermission.”

Here’s everything you need to know about streaming Hamilton on Disney+ 

How to Watch?

Hamilton will be available to Disney+ subscribers. You can stream it on online or on your streaming devices. 

 

How Much Does Disney+ Cost?

You can snag a subscription with on-demand access annually for $69.99 per year or monthly for $6.99. The annual membership saves you about $14 yearly. This gives you access to all of Disney and Marvel content! 

You can also get the bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu for an additional $12.99 a month. Bundling the three gives you a 25% savings or roughly $5 bundled rather than subscribing to each service separately.

 

What’s Hamilton Rated?

Miranda recently revealed the screen adaptation will be exactly the same as the stage performance sans two swear words. In order to qualify for the “PG-13” rating, the film must not have more than one swear word. The rating warns of “language and some suggestive material.”

 

Is It Worth My Money?

Disney has an extensive catalog and much like other streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, it adds new content monthly from classic films, shows and cartoons, animated films, and brand new originals. 

For those who like Hamilton, Disney+ also offers the stage-to-screen film adaptation of Newsies. And if you’re looking for more of Miranda’s work, Disney+ is streaming the reboot of Mary Poppins and Moana.

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‘Fuller House’ Season 6: Is the Door Open For Another Reboot?

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Fuller House review season 5 episode 13

Fuller House came to an end after five seasons earlier this month, but the cliffhanger felt as if the series intentionally left the door open for another reboot. 

Even DJ emphasized: the door is always open. 

But was that intentional? While it doesn’t seem like Netflix has any interest in keeping the show around, the cast and showrunner are remaining optimistic. 

In the final moments of the series, Kimmy and Steph said their goodbyes before moving families out of the Fuller-Tanner house for good. 

Following their exit, DJ becomes emotional as the usually full, loud, and alive house falls eerily quiet. Someone knocks on the door and it turns out to be her sister and childhood bestie informing her that they don’t want to leave.

Stephanie then drops another surprise that could carry the show for a few more seasons — she’s pregnant. (Read our reviews/recaps of the final season of Fuller House here)

For an audience who grew up with these characters, it’s hard to say goodbye and come to terms with the idea of not being there for their next steps. 

But while it’s one thing for the audience to want to continue the series, it’s another when the actors are fully on-board. 

Both Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler) and Candace Cameron Bure (DJ Fuller) told TV Insider that they are keeping their fingers crossed for another reboot in the future. 

“We talk about that all the time and put it out there so much. Who knows what will happen in 10 or 15 years. Never say never,” Bure said. “If there is another opportunity, I know all of us would reprise these characters again.”

Barber added that wrapping up season 5 did not feel final. “I really want to play this character and see where she is and see her grow,” Barber said. “We’ve seen Kimmy, DJ, and Stephanie since they were 5 and 10. Let’s continue it into our 60s. Let’s see them as the Golden Girls of the new generation. I’m ready.”

In fact, Cameron-Bure told E! News that she would play DJ forever if she could. 

 “I would play DJ Tanner for the rest of my life,” she said in 2018. “If the audience wanted it and the networks wanted it, I would do it forever.”

So, yeah, there’s a huge chance the cult-sitcom could see a reboot somewhere down the line that would find the She-Wolf pack dealing with grandchildren.

Not many shows get the luxury of catching up with their fans every so often, but in this case, even with declining ratings, there’s a ton of love for the 90s sitcom. 

Of course, by that point, we hope Stephanie and Kimmy and their families actually moved out of DJ’s home. 

The San Francisco house is big, but it’s not that big. 

Would you want the show to return in the next decade? Or is Fuller House milking it?


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7 Reasons Why We Love Fallon Carrington on ‘Dynasty’

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Fallon Carrington is one-of-a-kind. 

Fans were initially drawn to The CW’s Dynasty because of the scandalous drama but we’ve stayed because of Liz Gillies, who does an incredible job bringing the female protagonist and lead heroine to life. 

Gillies’ Fallon is a diva (in the best possible way), a businesswoman, a fashion icon, and more often than not, the show’s saving grace. She’s always ready for a good scheme, just as long as she comes out on top. But underneath that pristine exterior, she’s just a girl who loves and wants to be loved. 

Fallon is the queen of Carrington Manor, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! 

Here are some of the reasons we love Fallon Carrington on Dynasty

 

She’s Bold, Ambitious, and Confident

Fallon is the girl boss in her personal, professional, and romantic life. She won’t let anything stand in her way, and she’s not afraid to speak her mind or roll up her sleeves and do the work or get a little dirty. Even when she’s out of her league or element, Fallon will dive in headfirst because she’s confident and aware of her own capabilities. 

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Dynasty — “You See Most Things in Terms of Black & White” — Image Number: DYN313b_0061rbw.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon and Robert Christopher Riley as Culhane — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Her Closet Is the Dream

Staple pieces, shoes, handbags, oversized hats, Fallon has it all! Everyone’s fashion on Dynasty is superb, but Fallon’s is unbeatable. It’s a huge part of her character and reflects her personality. She’s able to pull anything off including business chic, preppy casual, or evening bombshell. Her closet is so impressive that even Kirby borrows some staple pieces (we wouldn’t mind getting some hand-me-downs either)! 

 

She’s Business Oriented

Fallon has money on her mind. In the early days, she’s driven to follow in her father’s footsteps and become the new CEO of Carrington Atlantic. When that falls through, she proves that she’s determined to pave her own way as an entrepreneur. Throughout the seasons, she’s found many ways to reinvent herself and reinvest her time while making business-savvy decisions. 

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Dynasty — “A Wound That May Never Heal” — Image Number: DYN311b_0462b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon and Rafael De La Fuente as Sammy Jo — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Her Love for Family

The Carringtons are one of the most dysfunctional families on television and the family tree is rather complex. But what remains clear is the love that they have for each other. Despite the constant arguing and betrayal, they always have each other’s backs.

Fallon is a daddy’s girl through-and-through, and while their relationship might not always be perfect, all she wants is for him to love her back and recognize her potential. Her care and appreciation also extends to friends like Culhane and Monica who she treats like family. 

 

She’ll Fight For What she Wants

When Fallon sets her mind on something, nothing will get in her way of achieving that goal. When she wanted to win back Liam, she went out of her way to eliminate the competition and prove that she was the best. Her determination is to be admired because it’s what helps her back up anytime she gets knocked down. We can all learn a thing or two about being resilient from Fallon. 

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Dynasty — “The Gospel According to Blake Carrington” — Image Number: DYN114a_0130b.jpg — Pictured: Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Her Witty One-Liners and Comebacks

Fallon’s words and witty zingers are her weapons. She never hesitates because she’s always equipped and ready to hurl the best comeback. Her snark has given fans some of the best and funniest quotes from the reboot.

 

How Vulnerable She Is Around Liam

Fallon rarely shows her heart, but if there’s anyone who is able to bring down her walls and help her open up, it’s Liam. The love she has for him is pure, and while she sometimes makes some questionable decisions, he’s always around to keep her grounded and level-headed. Their relationship is full of passion, mutual respect, and genuine love. They’re a perfect match — he keeps her accountable while she’s helped him live a life he enjoys. 

 

Do you love Fallon as much as we do? Share your favorite things about her in our comments below! And check out our reviews of Dynasty here! 


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