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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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Disney+ Announces ‘Hallowstream’ Lineup – See the Full List of Movies and Shows

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Disney+ Hallowstreem 2021 Lineup of Shows and Movies

Disney+ is getting ready for spooky season with a slate of shows and movies for audiences big and small. 

The Halloween-themed content is hitting the streaming service on September 24 as part of their “Hallowstream.”

It will include new originals like LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales, eight-part anthology based on the stories of R.L. Stine titled Just Beyond, and Muppets Haunted Mansion. And yes, The Haunted Mansion will also be available. 

But don’t worry, those beloved classics will take you back, including Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, and James and the Giant Peach (cause you now you still have nightmares after watching that in second grade!)

I’m personally excited about this Disney Channel classic: Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire!

OG Disney fans can even tap into Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, The Suite Life On Deck, and Twitches!

Check out the full Hallowstream lineup below:
 

Movies and Series

LEGO® Star Wars Terrifying Tales (Friday, October 1)
Muppets Haunted Mansion (Friday, October 8)
Just Beyond (All Episodes Streaming Wednesday, October 13)
Bride of Boogedy
Can of Worms
Don’t Look Under the Bed
Edward Scissorhands
Frankenweenie (2012)
Gargoyles
Girl vs. Monster
Gravity Falls
Halloweentown
Halloweentown High
Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
Hocus Pocus
Invisible Sister
James and the Giant Peach
Maleficent
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire
Mr. Boogedy
Phantom of the Megaplex
Return to Halloweentown
So Weird
Spooky Buddies
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
The Ghosts of Buxley Hall
The Haunted Mansion
The Scream Team
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
Twitches
Twitches Too
Vampirina
Wizards of Waverly Place
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie
ZOMBIES
ZOMBIES 2
The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror (I – XXX) and The Simpsons Horror Collection

Shorts and Specials

Captain Sparky Vs. The Flying Saucers
Frankenweenie (1984)
Lonesome Ghosts
Mater and the Ghostlight
The Legend of Mor’du
Toy Story of Terror!
Trick or Treat
Vampirina Ghoul Girls Rock!

Haunting Episodes

WandaVision – “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!”
What If…? – “What If…Zombies?!”
The Muppet Show – “Vincent Price”
Behind The Attraction – “The Haunted Mansion”
The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse – “Houseghosts”
The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse – “Once Upon An Apple”
Prop Culture – “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Earth To Ned – “Night of the Living Ned”
The Incredible Dr. Pol – “Pol-Tergeist”
America’s Funniest Home Videos – “Scared Silly, Trick or Treat, and a Home Wrecking Rodent”
America’s Funniest Home Videos – “Tricks & Treats, Costume Party and Baby Monsters”
America’s Funniest Home Videos – “Halloween Classics, Magic Mishaps, and Spiders”
America’s Funniest Home Videos – “Halloweenies and Creepy Crawlies”
America’s Funniest Home Videos – “Halloween, Instant Karma, and Scared Stupid”
America’s Funniest Home Videos – “Halloweenies 2012 and Second Guy Bites It”

Disney Channel Halloween Episodes

A.N.T Farm – “Mutant Farm”
Big City Greens – “Blood Moon Part 1 / Blood Moon Part 2”
Bunk’d – “Camp Kiki-slasher”
DuckTales (2017) – “Terror of the Terra-firmians!”
Even Stevens – “A Very Scary Story”
Girl Meets World – “Girl Meets World of Terror”
Good Luck Charlie – “Scary Had a Little Lamb”
Goof Troop – “Hallow-Weenies”
Gravity Falls – “Summerween”
Hannah Montana – “Torn Between Two Hannahs”
Jessie – “The Whining”
K.C. Undercover – “All Howls Eve”
Kim Possible – “October 31st”
Lab Rats – “Night of The Living Virus”
Liv and Maddie – “Haunt-A-Rooney”
Lizzie McGuire – “Night of the Day of the Dead”
Mickey Mouse (Shorts) – “Ghoul Friend”
Phil of the Future – “Halloween”
Phineas and Ferb – “Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror” (Part 1 and 2)
Raven’s Home – “Switch-or-Treat”
Recess – “Terrifying Tales of Recess”
Shake It Up – “Haunt It Up”
Sonny With A Chance – “A So Random Halloween Special”
Star vs. The Forces of Evil – “Hungry Larry/Spider with a Top Hat”
Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure – “The Wrath of Ruthless Ruth”
That’s So Raven – “Don’t Have a Cow”
The Proud Family – “A Hero for Halloween”
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody – “Ghost of 613”
The Suite Life On Deck – “Sea Monster Mash”
Wizards of Waverly Place – “Halloween”

Disney Junior Halloween Episodes

Doc McStuffins – “Boo-Hoo to You! / It’s Glow Time”
Doc McStuffins – “Hallie Halloween / Don’t Fence Me In”
Doc McStuffins “Mirror, Mirror on My Penguin / Hide and Eek!”
Fancy Nancy – “Nancy’s Costume Clash / Nancy’s Ghostly Halloween”
Goldie & Bear – “Witch Cat is Which? / Trick or Treat Trouble”
Handy Manny – “Halloween / Squeeze’s Magic Show”
Henry Hugglemonster – “Halloween Scramble / Scouts Night Out”
Henry Hugglemonster – “Huggleween Moon”
Imagination Movers – “A Monster Problem”
Imagination Movers – “Haunted Halloween”
Jake and the Never Land Pirates – “Escape from Ghost Island / The Island of Doctor Undergear”
Jake and the Never Land Pirates – “Night of the Golden Pumpkin / Trick or Treasure!”
Jake and the Never Land Pirates – “Phantoms of Never-Nether Land / Magical Mayhem”
Jake and the Never Land Pirates – “Pirate Ghost Story / Queen Izzybella”
Jake and the Never Land Pirates – “Tricks, Treats and Treasure! / Season of the Sea Witch”
Little Einsteins – “A Little Einsteins Halloween”
Mickey and the Roadster Racers – “Goof Mansion / A Doozy Night of Mystery”
Mickey and the Roadster Racers – “The Haunted Hot Rod / Pete’s Ghostly Gala”
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – “Mickey’s Monster Musical” (Part 1 and 2)
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – “Mickey’s Treat”
Miles from Tomorrowland – “Ghost Moon / Stormy Night in a Dark Nebula”
Muppet Babies – “Happy Hallowocka!/The Teeth-Chattering Tale of the Haunted Pancakes”
Out of the Box – “Trick or Treat”
Puppy Dog Pals – “Return to the Pumpkin Patch / Haunted Howl-oween”
Sheriff Callie’s Wild West – “The Great Hallow”
Sofia the First – “Cauldronation Day”
Sofia the First – “Ghostly Gala”
Sofia the First – “Princess Butterfly”
The Lion Guard – “Beware the Zimwi”
Vampirina – “Hauntleyween / Frankenflower”


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The season 3 trailer of Nancy Drew is finally here, and we’ve never been more excited for October 8! 

In addition to a possible Nancy and Ace romance (there’s so much chemistry there, it’s insane), the trailer picks up a week after the Nancy Drew Season 2 finale.

Fans can expect plenty of new dark mysteries and murders to continue haunting Horeshoe Bay, along with a deadly new game brought upon by the spirit of Nancy’s relative Temperance Hudson, who is all too eager to cause mischief. 

The rest of the Drew Crew —  including Nancy’s biological father, Ryan Hudson, and her adoptive dad, Carson Drew — can expect to be dragged into the cursed world of the supernatural. 

Watch the trailer below and get ready!  

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Best TV Friendships

There’s no doubt that one of the greatest components to making a TV show likable and relatable is the chemistry of the characters whether that’s through friendships or relationships.

Although let’s be honest, not every friendship portrayed on TV is truly successful. But when it is, it has the potential of becoming a cultural phenomenon, when audiences begin calling each other the peanut butter to their jelly (except substitute ingredients with character names).

Here’s our list of the 15 best friendships on TV that do just that and make us all yearn for that mischief, love, and laughter everyone needs in a best friend. Don’t forget to comment down below any of your favorite TV friendships!

1. Abbi and Ilana (Broad City)
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Abbi and Ilana on Broad City. Photo Courtesy of Comedy Central.

It’s quite rare that on-screen best friends are just as close in real life. However, Ilana and Abbi’s friendship on and off the show is probably one of the cutest most cherishing friendships ever.

Sure, at times they’re probably overly co-dependent– when they’re not hanging out IRL, they’re Facetiming– but that kind of relationship is a must if you’re looking to survive New York City. The chemistry between the two is truly off the charts, and when people talk about friendship love, they’re certainly referring to this iconic duo.

2. Cristina and Meredith (Grey’s Anatomy)
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Cristina and Meredith on Grey’s Anatomy. Photo Courtesy of ABC.

The Twisted Sisters are the greatest love story on the show, any true fan knows this. Their continued friendship even beyond Cristina’s exit is what keeps these two on every list.

The grueling challenges of medical residency and their careers created an unbreakable bond, not to mention all the traumas and tragedies they experienced together including a plane crash and shooting. Between their dance parties and moments of petty judgment, they make a great team.

3. Jen and Judy (Dead to Me)

Jen and Judy on Dead to Me. Photo Courtesy of Netflix.

Friendship doesn’t always mature linearly, and Jen and Judy are the best depiction of this. Despite Judy’s original guilt acting as a catalyst for their friendship, as truths are outed they slowly build a deep friendship.

The secrets they eventually have to share pull them closer together, and no matter how unhealthy that may seem, it works for them. Judy’s spirituality perfectly balances Jen’s pessimism and that seems like the ideal formula of any duo.

4. Callie and Mariana (Good Trouble)
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Callie and Mariana on Good Trouble. Photo Courtesy of Freeform.

Sister from another mister, literally. But who says your sister can’t be your best friend? Mariana and Callie’s friendship has blossomed considerably on their spinoff TV show Good TroubleTheir sibling dynamic allows for a different level of closeness. The way they can criticize each other or get angry with each other is definitely a level only reserved for sisters.

Similar to Abbi and Ilana, Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez are close in real life and that depth truly translates to the screen. When they have secrets to keep from their moms or have new gossip on one of their other siblings, confiding in the other provides a built-in therapist.

5. Otis and Eric (Sex Education)
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Otis and Eric on Sex Education. Photo Courtesy of Netflix.

These two are just adorable. As both are faced with the challenges of high school and puberty, they lean on each other to get through the hard times. Although they have their flaws, as does every friendship, it keeps things realistic. And no matter what, the other is there to fight back against any bullies that may try and take them down.

Even as they grow separately through relationships and first times, their friendship never suffers. They always come back together to discuss and process the big moments.

 6. Penelope and Derek (Criminal Minds)

Derek and Penelope on Criminal Minds. Photo Courtesy of CBS.

The fun and flirtatious friendship between these two FBI agents is what makes their friendship so loving. Derek’s pet names for Penelope including “baby girl” warms the heart and because they never pass the friend boundary, it makes it even more special.

Genuinely, the work they do requires close friendships and people who really understand the difficulties of catching serial killers. Arguably, they are the sweetest pairing on the show, even as they become romantically involved with other people. Garcia’s the nerdy computer girl, while Derek’s the attractive cool boy, an unlikely pairing, but one that works because of this.

7. Miriam and Susie (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
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Miriam and Susie on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Photo Courtesy of Amazon Prime.

This comedic pairing’s banter is the bread and butter of their friendship. Though they lead completely different lives, it somehow works. Susie keeps Miriam grounded and helps her along with her dream of being on stage. They’re not your typical friends all warm and fuzzy, but they’re adult friends who lead separate lives, yet support each other’s careers.

8. Sutton, Jane, and Kat (The Bold Type)
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Jane, Kat, and Sutton on The Bold Type. Photo Courtesy of Freeform.

This trio can never be separated, they’re a single unit. They may be the best representation of friendships that transcend the office. As they climbed the career ladder together at Scarlett and began using the fashion closet as a secret quiet corner, their bond became unbreakable.

They don’t always give each other the best advice or the best ideas, but they get in trouble together and that’s what matters. Through heartbreaks, new relationships, and sexual awakenings, they are always lifting each other up.

9. Annie and Fran (Shrill)

Annie and Fran on Shrill. Photo Courtesy of Hulu.

Annie and Fran represent the close bonds you can make in college and how they develop and change into adulthood. Shrill explores the nuances in an interracial friendship as well when Annie receives backlash for an article and Fran has to confront Annie for her white privilege.

These young women are simply trying to find their identities, while relationships and careers are put to the test. The only thing they can truly rely on is each other, but by the end, they have to identify whether or not their friendship is stunting their personal growth.

10. Tully and Kate (Firefly Lane)

Tully and Kate on Firefly Lane. Photo Courtesy of Netflix.

One of the oldest friendships on this list, Tully and Kate have been best friends since childhood. However, the dynamic holds its own challenges as Kate has always lived in the shadows of Tully, while Tully has always envied Kate’s life.

There are obvious toxicities between the two, but they’ve always been each other’s rocks when life wasn’t smooth. Despite their ended friendship revealed in the finale, we know that the second season will explore the elements that led up to this division. Plus, these two will make up, there’s no doubt about it.

11. Ted and Marshall (How I Met Your Mother)

Ted and Marshall on How I Met Your Mother. Photo Courtesy of CBS.

The entire show highlight’s an entire group of friends, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t branches. Ted and Marshall happen to be the oldest branch and thus their friendship is probably the deepest. While Marshall has his forever person, Ted is always striving to find his own.

Ted’s the official third wheel to Marshall and Lily, but somehow Marshall still makes time for his best friend. Barney’s always trying to make his presence known in the friend group as Ted’s best friend, but he knows deep down that Marshall will always take that spot.

12. Liza and Maggie (Younger)

Liza and Maggie on Younger. Photo Courtesy of Paramount+.

Most might assume Liza and Kelsey are the friends of the show, but you can’t forget about Liza’s friendship with Maggie. Maggie’s always there to support Liza and push her to do great things. After all, she’s the one who suggested she lie about her age.

They portray a middle-aged friendship in a beautiful way. As they both navigate singledom and the dating world, they always know the other will be home to comfort them. When Liza’s life seems to be falling apart when people find out her real age, Maggie’s there to help pick her up.

13. Emily and Hannah (Pretty Little Liars)
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Emily and Hannah on Pretty Little Liars. (ABC Family/Eric McCandless)

Now, this one might be influenced by Buttabenzo (Shay Mitchell and Ashley Benson’s friendship name), but if you rewatch the show, you’ll see Hannah and Emily always held a stronger connection.

Emily stayed with Hannah while her parents were away. But also, Aria and Spencer always just felt worlds away in their own drama, and Hannah and Emily were left in the dust finding their own ways to stay safe from A.

14. Kate and Anne (Workin’ Moms)
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Anne and Kate on Workin Moms. Photo Courtesy of CBC.

Friends since college and now making their way through motherhood together, Anne and Kate keep each other on solid ground. As they are pulled in separate directions in life by careers, husbands, and children, they still manage to stay in close contact.

As they’re in a stage in life when family takes over their entire life and it seems like friendships fall by the wayside, they’ve made sure to never lose sight of each other. When one needs advice or to vent about the weird new habit their child has picked up, the other is on the other end ready to listen.

15. Gary and Eddie (A Million Little Things)
17 Best TV Friendships

Gary and Eddie on A Million Little Things. Photo Courtesy of ABC.

Let’s be honest, Gary’s the most loyal friend in general no matter who he’s paired with. But, because Eddie’s struggled so much with his addiction and his car accident, Gary’s had to step up as his only form of support, while Eddie’s marriage with Katherine is falling apart simultaneously.

Gary’s the Godfather of Theo and he knows how special that is. And although Eddie’s his best friend, he recognizes Eddie’s flaws and is somehow still able to be there for Katherine. Get you a best friend that can do both!


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