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.
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!
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Halloween Costumes for 2020 Inspired by TV Shows and Pop Culture
Halloween is going to look a bit different than in year’s prior, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun dressing up!
2020 has been a year of pretty grim news, but the light amidst it all has been the TV shows and movies that have kept us entertained and captivated.
We’ve put together a list of TV show Halloween costumes that may inspire you — from sleuthing detectives, to the most savvy robbers, to caped crusades.
There’s something for every TV lover on this list!
Don’t delay putting that costume together… you’ll regret it. Did we mention this year’s Halloween falls on a Saturday and a rare/spooky full/blue moon?
Check out our gallery of costumes now:
The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda
Channel the bounty hunter this Halloween, but don't forget your sidekick - baby Yoda! There are plenty of fun "The Child" toys to include in this getup. ShopDisney has your official costume available for purchase here.
Emmys 2020 Predictions: What Shows Will Win?
The 2020 Emmys are upon us, but as with everything this year, they’re looking a bit different as they go virtual.
That doesn’t mean it’s going to be less prestigious or eventful — it’s the Emmys after all; it’s the biggest night in television.
Each actor is going to come to your living room from their living room meaning that there’s plenty for producers to work with and the night will surely keep you on your toes.
We decided it would be fun to throw in our predictions into the ring as ever category is highly competitive.
Check out our Emmy predictions below and let us know who you think will win this Sunday evening:
Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Succession (HBO) – Predicted Winner
Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Dead to Me (Netflix)
The Good Place (NBC)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV) – Predicted Winner
What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Outstanding Limited Series
Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
Mrs. America (Hulu)
Watchmen (HBO) – Predicted Winner
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
Late Night With Stephen Colbert (CBS) – Predicted Winner
Outstanding Competition Program
The Masked Singer (Fox)
Nailed It! (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) – Predicted Winner
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (ABC)
Don Cheadle, Black Monday (Showtime)
Ted Danson, The Good Place (NBC)
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV) – Predicted Winner
Ramy Youssef, Ramy (Hulu)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me (Netflix)
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me (Netflix)
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV) – Predicted Winner
Issa Rae, Insecure (HBO)
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish (ABC)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark (Netflix) – Predicted Winner
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC)
Steve Carell, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
Brian Cox, Succession (HBO)
Billy Porter, Pose (FX)
Jeremy Strong, Succession (HBO)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
Olivia Colman, The Crown (Netflix)
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve (BBC America)
Laura Linney, Ozark (Netflix) – Predicted Winner
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve (BBC America)
Zendaya, Euphoria (HBO)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Jeremy Irons, Watchmen (HBO)
Hugh Jackman, Bad Education (HBO) – Predicted Winner
Paul Mescal, Normal People (Hulu)
Jeremy Pope, Hollywood (Netflix)
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True (HBO)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America (Hulu)
Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable (Netflix)
Shira Haas, Unorthodox (Netflix)
Regina King, Watchmen (HBO) – Predicted Winner
Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Mahershala Ali, Ramy (Hulu)
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Hulu)
Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
William Jackson Harper, The Good Place (NBC)
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV) – Predicted Winner
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) – Predicted Winner
D’Arcy Cardin, The Good Place (NBC)
Betty Gilpin, GLOW (Netflix)
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV)
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Nicholas Braun, Succession (HBO) – Predicted Winner
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
Kieran Culkin, Succession (HBO)
Mark Duplass, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession (HBO)
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld (HBO)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown (Netflix)
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Julia Garner, Ozark (Netflix) – Predicted Winner
Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve (BBC America)
Sarah Snook, Succession (HBO)
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen (HBO) – Predicted Winner
Jovan Adepo, Watchmen (HBO)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend (Netflix)
Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen (HBO)
Dylan McDermott, Hollywood (Netflix)
Jim Parsons, Hollywood (Netflix)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America (Hulu) – Predicted Winner
Toni Collette, Unbelievable (Netflix)
Margo Martindale, Mrs. America (Hulu)
Jean Smart, Watchmen (HBO)
Holland Taylor, Hollywood (Netflix)
Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America (Hulu)
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
The Great, “The Great” (Pilot), Matt Shakman
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “Marvelous Radio,” Daniel Palladino
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “It’s Comedy or Cabbage,” Amy Sherman-Palladino – Predicted Winner
Modern Family, “Finale Part II,” Gail Mancuso
Ramy, “Miakhalifa.mov,” Ramy Youssef
Schitt’s Creek, “Happy Ending,” Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy
Will & Grace, “We Love Lucy,” James Burrows
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
The Crown, “Aberfan,” Benjamin Caron
The Crown, “Cri de Coeur,” Jessica Hobbs
Homeland, “Prisoners of War,” Leslie Linka Glatter
The Morning Show, “The Interview,” Mimi Leder
Ozark, “Fire Pink,” Alik Sakharov – Predicted Winner
Ozark, “Su Casa Es Mi Casa,” Ben Semanoff
Succession, “Hunting,” Andrij Parekh
Succession, “This Is Not for Tears,” Mark Mylod
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Little Fires Everywhere, “Find a Way,” Lynn Shelton
Normal People, Episode 5, Lenny Abrahamson
Unorthodox, “Prisoners of War,” Maria Schrader
Watchmen, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice,” Nicole Kassell
Watchmen, “Little Fear of Lightning,” Steph Green
Watchmen, “This Extraordinary Being,” Stephen Williams – Predicted Winner
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
The Good Place, “Whenever You’re Ready,” Michael Schur – Predicted Winner
The Great, “The Great” (Pilot), Tony McNamara
Schitt’s Creek, “Happy Ending,” Daniel Levy
Schitt’s Creek, “The Presidential Suite,” David West Read
What We Do in the Shadows, “Collaboration,” Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil
What We Do in the Shadows, “Ghosts,” Paul Simms
What We Do in the Shadows, “On the Run,” Stefani Robinson
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Better Call Saul, “Bad Choice Road,” Thomas Schnauz
Better Call Saul, “Bagman,” Gordon Smith
The Crown, “Aberfan,” Peter Morgan
The Crown, “Cri de Coeur,” Jessica Hobbs
Ozark, “All In,” Chris Mundy
Ozark, “Boss Fight,” John Shiban
Ozark, “Fire Pink,” Miki Johnson
Succession, “This Is Not for Tears,” Jesse Armstrong – Predicted Winner
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Mrs. America, “Shirley,” Tanya Barfield
Normal People, Episode 3, Sally Rooney and Alice Birch
Unbelievable, Episode 1, Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon, and Ayelet Waldman
Unorthodox, “Part 1,” Anna Winger
Watchmen, “This Extraordinary Being,” Damon Lindelof and Cord – Predicted Winner
One Tree Hill: Why Haley and Lucas Were Friendship Goals
There are plenty of relationships fans can “ship” on One Tree Hill.
You can be #TeamBrucas, #TeamLeyton, or #TeamNaley, and they’re all great in their own way.
But there’s undoubtedly one relationship that trumps them all — Laley, aka Lucas and Haley.
As with all friendships, they’ve had a fair share of ups-and-downs.
They grew apart briefly, but despite the rocky road, they’ve always managed to come back to each other and never lose the love.
On One Tree Hill Season 4 Episode 3, Haley asked Lucas to promise her that “matter what happens, you and I will always be friends.” And he kept that promise.
Significant others came and went, but Lucas and Haley remained best friends throughout the entirety of the series.
Even after Lucas and Peyton drove off into the sunset (Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton exited the show on One Tree Hill Season 6), their friendship lived on off-screen.
When it comes to OTH relationships, Haley and Lucas’s was the purest one.
It was the most enduring relationship in the series, having started in childhood.
When we met them on One Tree Hill Season 1 Episode 1, they already had an established connection that was built on a foundation of trust and memories.
Their dynamic would have allowed the writers to easily cross the line and give in to the played-out friends-to-lovers trope (and maybe that was even the plan at one point), but the best thing about Lucas and Haley is that they never crossed that line.
The fact that they remained best friends and never pursued each other romantically made them far more interesting than if they would have ever considered dating.
In a small town like Tree Hill, it’s almost unheard of for a guy and girl to be “just friends.”
But Haley and Lucas proved that members of the opposite sex could love each other platonically.
These are some of our favorite things about them:
They Were Protective Over Each Other
We first begin to understand Lucas and Haley’s relationship on One Tree Hill Season 1 Episode 1.
They’re the outcasts that always stuck together and had each other’s backs.
When Nathan starts cozying up to Haley after she offers to tutor him, Lucas gets protective and warns her against getting involved with his half-brother because he believes he’s only getting close to her to get back at him.
While Lucas isn’t entirely wrong, he also trusts Haley to make the right decision, even if he doesn’t agree with it.
In turn, Haley’s decision to tutor is fueled by wanting to protect Lucas. She offers Nathan her math tutoring services on the condition that stop bullying Lucas and leave him alone.
They Cheer Each Other Up
Though it would be easy for Lucas to point out that he warned Haley about Nathan’s self-serving intentions, he never does. Instead, he’s there for his best friend.
On One Tree Hill Season 1 Episode 7, when Haley believes that Nathan’s been making fun of their relationship, she confesses that he showed her his true colors and she fell for it because she’s “stupid,” but Luke assures her that she’s far from it.
Instead of saying, “I told you so,” he’s supportive and lends her a shoulder to cry on.
On One Tree Hill Season 1 Episode 18, famously known as the “Boy Toy Episode,” Haley taps into her savings from the cafe so that she can buy Lucas during the auction to spend time with him.
At the end of a fun-filled night, Lucas assures Haley that “If Nathan doesn’t see how special you really are, then he’s an idiot cause I think you’re amazing.”
He may not be fully supportive of the relationship, but he always wanted her to follow her heart and be happy.
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