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9 Political TV Shows & Documentaries to Watch Ahead of Inauguration Day

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Inauguration day is upon us.

As the U.S. gets ready to swear in a new president, we suggest tapping into a political show to fully embrace the moment: 

Here are some of our favorites:

 

Scandal

Who could ever say no to the madness that ensues when Olivia Pope and her White Hat advise President Fitzgerald Grant?

 

Veep

It’s a comical yet punchy look at the White House, which finds Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the second-in-line to the Commander-in-Chief. 

 

Designated Survivor

Kiefer Sutherland’s Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member, suddenly finds himself the President after an attack on the night of the State of the Union kills the president and nearly all of the Cabinet. 

 

 

Knock Down the House

AOC, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortnerz, is among four Democratic hopefuls profiled in the documentary that highlights the race dubbed as one of the most “shocking political upsets in recent American history.”

 

The Final Year

The documentary filmed throughout 2016 follows Barack Obama and his team in his final term. 

 

The West Wing

Aaron Sorkin delivered a series about the inner workings of the White House that has inspired many political shows that followed. 

 

House of Cards

Prior to those Kevin Spacey allegations, the series was one of the most popular amongst households as it followed Congressman Frank Underwood. After he was fired, Robin Wright took the lead.

 

Madam Secretary

In this political drama, Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA operative and political science professor, runs the world as Secretary of State. 

 

The Handmaid’s Tale

Critics have draw parallels between the series, a dystopian drama about a futuristic America where a society controls women, and Donald Trump’s America. The series has also inspired many protests around the world, most recently the women’s movement against the abortion ban in Poland. 


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Fourth of July Guide: Most Popular Patriotic Movies by State

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Fourth of July Guide: Most Popular Patriotic Movies by State

The best way to celebrate the red, white, and blue is with a patriotic movie or two.

Once you’re done soaking up the warm weather, indulging in some delicious food, and taking in the fireworks, you’ll likely want to wind down with a solid movie. 

Comparitech decided to look at the American-based movies that are most popular in each state, which might help you narrow down your choices! 

They found that some states are more avid patriotic movie fans than others. Idaho topped the list when it came to searching for several movies followed by DC, Alaska, and Utah. 

Idaho’s top picks included Tammy and the Bachelor, American Sniper, and Red Dawn,

The District of Columbia’s top movies had a recurring theme of politics, with Lincoln, Vice, and The American President all rising to the top.

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Several states preferred movies that were shot in their own backyard.

Georgia and Alabama chose Forrest Gump. The bench that Forrest sits on to narrate the entire movie is in Georgia. but as a child, Forrest lived in Greenbow, Alabama.

Hawaii preferred Pearl Harbor, which is where the harrowing events that took place on a Sunday morning in 1941 at the naval base in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu.

Texas chose The Alamo while Pennsylvania opted for Gettysburg

Illinois, Kentucky, New York, and Nebraska all used 1930’s nostalgia to feel more patriotic, choosing Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Gone with the Wind (1939), Allegheny Uprising (1939), and Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), respectively.

However, the most-watched movie overall was unsurprising 2020’s musical Hamilton on Disney+.

Want to know which movie was the top in your state? See more HERE!

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What to Watch July 2021 Guide: Virgin River, Gossip Girl Reboot, Big Brother and MORE

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Watch to Watch July 2021 Guide: Virgin River, Gossip Girl Reboot, Big Brother and MORE

Happy July!

Summer’s here and so are all of your favorite summer shows!

The scorching summer month brings new seasons of some fan faves along with some exciting new releases!

Here’s what you can watch after you cool off from a long day of fun in the sun!

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Fear Street Trilogy – Netflix (July 2)

This is one camp ghost story that will send shivers up your spine. Think of this as Halloween in July! Netflix has tapped into R.L. Stine’s novels for the three feature films, which will debut over the course of three Fridays. The movies are set in three different time periods — 1994, 1978, and 1666 — and focus on the haunted town of Shadyside, home to a spirit that possess people and forced them to commit murders. 

 

Riverdale – The CW (July 7)

The second half of the teen drama will premiere new episodes mid-summer after its schedule was altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hiram Lodge is still causing havoc, Betty is looking for her missing sister, and Jughead may or may not have sobered up from his psychedelic trip! Read the review to catch up before the season kicks off now! 

 

Big Brother – CBS (July 7)

Season 23 of the reality competition adds new players, a team element, and a live premiere to amp up the drama!

 

Love Island – CBS (July 7)

It’s time to get hot and heavy with the premiere of Love Island that introduces 12 new hopefuls looking for romance! Due to the pandemic, the season filmed in Las Vegas rather than Fiji!

 

Gossip Girl – July 8 (HBO Max)

The series that shot Blake Lively to worldwide fame returns! Are you ready to return to the Met steps and read more tea from the private school teens? The new version of the beloved hit series taps into the role social media plays in the spread of gossip amongst NYC’s elite. We bet you’ll find yourself tuning in simply for the nostalgia factor. 

 

Atypical – Netflix (July 9)

The coming-of-age series about Sam, who is on the autism spectrum, is gearing up to air its final season.

 

Virgin River – Netflix (July 9)

Get ready to take in the breathtaking sights of Virgin River, which picks up with Jack’s shooting and teases a funeral, a wedding, and a baby! 

 

Never Have I Ever – Netflix (July 15)

The second season of the coming-of-age series continues to give us a look into the everyday pressures of first-generation Indian American teen Devi. 

 

Schmigadoon! – Apple TV+ (July 16)

SNL’s Lorne Michaels brings together two of the greatest comics, Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong, for a six-episode musical series that parodies iconic Golden Age Musicals. The duo star as a couple that goes backpacking in hopes of reviving their romance when they stumble upon a town living in a 1940s musical. The worst part? They can’t leave until they find “true love.” Other notable names include Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Fred Armisen, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada.

 

Turner & Hooch – Disney+ (July 21)

Disney+ is revamping a classic about a cop and his partner who just so happens to be a large dog. Josh Peck taps in the role made famous by Tom Hanks in 1989. 

 

Sky Rojo – Netflix (July 23)

Alex Pina (the man behind Money Heist/La Casa de Papel) brings you the second installment about sex workers on the run. 

 

Roswell, New Mexico – The CW (July 26)

Fill the alien void in your life with the third season of Roswell, New Mexico, which finds Max confronting an evil doppelganger

 

Outer Banks – Netflix (July 30)

The hunt for treasure continues on the second season of Outer Banks. How long until the Pogues realize John B and Sarah survived the storm?

 

The Pursuit of Love – Amazon Prime (July 30)

The season, originally released by the BBC in the UK, is hitting Amazon Prime. It tells the story of two rich and privileged cousins Linda (Lily James) and Fanny (Emily Beecham) as they navigate complex emotions of love and sex. 

 

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The Tomorrow War – Amazon Prime (July 2)

In this futuristic apocalypse thriller, Chris Pratt is drafted to fight a war in 2051 where Earth is being attacked by aliens and the fate of humanity lies on his shoulders. J.K. Simmons also stars. 

 

Black Widow – Disney+ (July 9)

The delayed-action spy thriller from Marvel movie finds Scarlett Johannson tapping into her character, Natasha Romanoff, and embracing a darker nature. It’s available for Disney+ subscribers for $30 additional “Premiere Access.”

 

A Quiet Place 2 – Paramount+ (July 12)

If you missed the sequel to A Quiet Place in theaters, the Emily Blunt and John Krasinski thriller will debut on the streamer! 

 

Resort to Love – Netflix (July 29)

Alicia Keys serves as producer on the romantic comedy that finds pop star Erica (Christina Milian) hiding her feelings for her ex-fiance from his bride-to-be after landing a gig at his resort. 

 

Jungle Cruise – Disney+ (July 30)

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt hop onto the Jungle Cruise for an adventurous ride down the Amazon where they find danger and supernatural forces “all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest.” It’ll be available for an additional fee. 

 


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Summer TV 2021: 13 Shows and Movies Heating Up Your Screen

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The weather isn’t the only thing heating up!

As society reopens following the COVID-19 lockdowns, your summer itinerary likely includes hitting the beach and the pool, checking out local patios, throwing a BBQ, and catching some rays!

But after a long day of being out and about, there’s nothing better than settling in with a good, new show. 

Thankfully, there are plenty of new shows, movies, and seasons waiting for you this summer! 

From scandalous teen dramas to psychological thrillers — there’s something for everyone to binge-watch! 

Check out our list below: 

 

Why Women Kill – June 3 (Paramount+)

In the second season, Allison Tomlan (Good Girls, Emergence) stars as Alma a meek housewife looking to join an elite garden club run by Rita Castilla (Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parilla) when she unearths a secret about her husband that flips her world upside down! 

 

In the Heights – June 11 (HBO Max)

From the man that brought you Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda does it again with a musical that celebrates New York’s mostly Puerto Rican neighborhood of Washington Heights and the lives and dreams of those living in it. Watch the first eight minutes below:

 

Kevin Can F**k Himself – June 13 (AMC)

Annie Murphy’s first post-Schitt’s Creek role is a promising one. She plays the role of a housewife perfectly, but she longs to break free from the confines of a sitcom wife and land the lead role while realizing that she wants to murder her husband. The series attempts something that’s never been done before as it alternates between “single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy.”

 

Elite – June 18 (Netflix)

Murder, mystery, sex, intrigue — Elite has it all. If you’ve seen the first three seasons, you know what to expect from the students of Las Encinas. If you haven’t, well, you’ve got some time to catch up before season 4 drops! 

 
 

Sex/Life – June 25 (Netflix)

 
Netflix’s new raunchy drama is inspired by BB Easton’s book, 44 Chapters About 4 Men. Billie is a sex-charged housewife who craves the wild days of her youth and can’t stop thinking about her former flame.
 

Gossip Girl – July 8 (HBO Max)

The series that shot Blake Lively to worldwide fame returns! Are you ready to return to the Met steps and read more tea from the private school teens? The new version of the beloved hit series taps into the role social media plays in the spread of gossip amongst NYC’s elite. We bet you’ll find yourself tuning in simply for the nostalgia factor. 

 

Fear Street: A Film Trilogy Event – July 2, 9, and 16 (Netflix)

Think of this as Halloween in July! Netflix has tapped into R.L. Stine’s novels for the three feature films, which will debut over the course of three Fridays. The movies are set in three different time periods — 1994, 1978 and 1666 — and focus on the haunted town of Shadyside, home to a spirit that possess people and forced them to commit murders. 

 

Virgin River – July 9 (Netflix)

Virgin River is a small town with lots of drama. And Mel is gearing up to find out who shot Jack in the upcoming third season, which teases “a funeral, a fire,  divorce, a hurricane, and a new romance.”

 

Schmigadoon! – July 16 (Apple TV+)

SNL’s Lorne Michaels brings together two of the greatest comics, Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong, for a six-episode musical series that parodies iconic Golden Age Musicals. The duo star as a couple that goes backpacking in hopes of reviving their romance when they stumble upon a town living in a 1940s musical. The worst part? They can’t leave until they find “true love.” Other notable names include Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Fred Armisen, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada.

 

Roswell, New Mexico – July 26 (The CW)

After a long hiatus, season 3 of the teen drama returns with the town still reeling from the events of last year. Per the synopsis: “From near and from far, amidst breakups, reunions, scientific advancements and the impending death of someone they hold dear, our heroes must grapple with two central questions: Who enters our lives and defines who we are? And what power do we really have over our own futures?”
 
 

Nine Perfect Strangers – August 18 (Hulu)

Is there anything Nicole Kidman can’t do? Hailing from the author who also wrote Big Little Lies, this star-studded mini-series finds nine people (Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Shannon, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving and Manny Jacinto) who attend a health-and-wellness retreat where they find themselves “transformed,” and not in a good way. 

 

The Chair -August 27 (Netflix) 

Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh stars as Professor Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female chair of a university’s English department, in the six-episode satire. Oh also serves as executive producer alongside creator Amanda Peet. Much of the plot is being kept under wraps, but the synopsis teases that we’ll see the “trials and tribulations” of her role within the department. 

 

Only Murders in the Building – August 31 (Hulu)

If you love whodunit’s, you’re going to love the 10-part comedy starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez as three strangers who love crime stories and bond over a murder in their apartment complex on the Upper West Side. 

 
 
Other notable mentions: the final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on August 12, season 2 of Never Have I Ever, Betty, and Ted Lasso, the final season of Bosch, and Disney+’s Loki!
 
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