11 TV Shows Worth Watching This Season
Jessica Biel as a murderer. A beloved cooking show with a totally new cast. New developments in old favorites.
1. House of Cards, Season 5: May 30
Can you stomach another morally challenged politician disdaining the American people and ramming his way through every convention and rule? Your stomach is stronger than most, perhaps, and the reward is House of Cards' fifth season. At the end of last season, Frank and Claire Underwood left us thrilled and terrified with their steely resolve. Will we still be frightened of them this time around?
2. Orange Is the New Black, Season 5: June 9
The new season of this Netflix show has come a long way from author Piper Kerman's real-life prison memoir. But that doesn't mean it's not reflecting the real world; the last season ended with the heartbreaking death of Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) at the hands of a correctional officer. The new season will take place over just three days, and will see Litchfield's inmates rise up against the prison staff.
3. Claws: June 11
This show is the TV version of the nail polish emoji. Five Florida manicurists, led by Niecy Nash's Desna, have a more complicated day job than you might think: Their salon is also a money-laundering operation. Starring Karrueche Tran, Judy Reyes, and Carrie Preston, Claws looks like as much naughty fun as a piña colada.
4. The Great British Baking Show: June 16
Fans of the long-running English baking show were thrown when it moved from the BBC to Channel 4. But in the U.S., PBS will be screening the next season when it returns this June. Beloved judge Mary Berry and co-hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins all departed with the change in the network, but Mighty Boosh weirdo Noel Fielding and comedian Sandi Toksvig will be giving the show its new flavor.
5. GLOW: June 23
Eighties magnificence reigns in Netflix's GLOW—that is, "Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling." Alison Brie is Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress whose last stab at a Hollywood career is a casting for female wrestlers. Leotards, drugs, boobs, and a whole lot of inappropriate, stupid fun: Sign us up.
6. Suits, Season 7: July 12
Your favorite sexy, corporate drama queens are back this summer. Starring Meghan Markle, Gabriel Macht, and Patrick J. Adams, the legal drama is the ultimate comfort watch, with an added element of interest this season for royal watchers.
7. Game of Thrones, Season 7: July 16
Duh. Come mid-July, the things we've had to artificially fill our lives with since the last season of GoT will be discarded like the unlucky citizens of Westeros. Who will be the next to fall? In the meantime, if you need us, we'll be on the couch rewatching the whole series.
8. The Defenders: August 18
Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil (and, fine, Iron Fist) are all back in August. This time, the secretive superhero
9. Insecure, Season 2: July 23
When we last saw Insecure's Issa (creator and actress Issa Rae), she was sobbing on a couch; it seemed like all hope for her and Lawrence (Jay Ellis) was totally dashed. So what's next for our favorite charity worker/MC? We'll only have to wait until July to find out.
10. The Sinner: August 2
With a trailer that features Jessica Biel covered in blood, USA's new crime drama The Sinner has us all ready to greedily gulp it down. We've never seen Biel in a role like that of Cora, a young woman who suddenly stabs a stranger to death. Bill Pullman stars as the investigator trying to figure out why she did it and Girls' Christopher Abbott is her confused, stricken husband.
11. Baroness von Sketch Show: TBD
Samantha Bee's fantasy of living in a world where Hillary Clinton is the president pales in comparison to this all-female Canadian sketch show's "what if": In the year 2050, female leaders, all women, get together to discuss their problems, only to confirm that there aren't any. "I can't believe this summit used to take days," one grumbles as she packs up to leave. Too real? If you think you can handle it, the show will come to IFC later this summer.
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