The Best TV Shows To Smash This Summer

By Chloe Sputore
4th Jan 2017

Summer, the perfect time to head outdoors stay indoors, with remote in hand, keeping cool in the air-conditioning from the comfort of your couch. Amiright?

And what better way to do it than with some of the best TV shows from 2016, as well as some highly anticipated newbies from 2017?

Here are the best TV shows to smash this summer, pace yourselves accordingly.

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Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, 11.22.63 follows a modern-day high school teacher, Jake (played by James Franco), who is sent on a mission back in time to try and stop the assassination of John F Kennedy. Produced by J. J. Abrams, you’ll churn through the eight-episode miniseries in under three days.
Watch it on: Stan

West World
HBO’s latest and greatest series, West World, is the most-watched first season of an HBO original show, EVER. Yep, it even beats Game Of Thrones! The science-fiction thriller is based on the 1973 flick of the same name, taking place in a technologically advanced western theme park run by robots where visitors can do as they please without repercussion from their hosts. Let’s just say things get a little crazy.
Watch it on: Foxtel

The Crown
If you’re obsessed with the royal family like we are you will LOVE The Crown—a 10-part series chronicling the life of Queen Lizzy the second from the early days of her reign. Expect a couple of jaw-dropping moments where you’ll need to whip out your phone to find out if some of the things actually happened in real life. The costumes and set decoration are pretty speccy, and we heard they even shot some scenes at Buckingham Palace. Amazing!
Watch it on: Netflix

Designated Survivor
Another political thriller to numb the pain of Donald Trump being elected President, Designated Survivor takes off after a devastating attack at a State of the Union address that kills the President and his cabinet, bar the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland). Tom is sworn in as the pres and is left to pick up the pieces of a fallen nation.
Watch it on: Netflix

The Kettering Incident
With all the focus on shows from abroad, we seem to have forgotten some of the television gold produced out of our own nation, but that just won’t do! The Kettering Incident is a drama which follows Anna (Elizabeth Debicki), who returns to her hometown after a mysterious event in her teens and finds the place struggling to survive.
Watch it on: Foxtel

Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life
Everyone obsessed with Gilmore Girls probably watched the sequel to the much-loved show in the week that it was released, but if you happened to miss the Lorelai and Rory train all those years ago now’s the perfect time for a binge session. When you’re done watching all the oldies, you can move on to the latest series!
Watch it on: Netflix

The Night Of
A gripping eight-part HBO crime drama, The Night Of examines the New York City criminal system through the eyes of attorney Jack Stone (John Turturro) and his sweet, gawky client Nasir ’Naz’ Khan (Riz Ahmed). When Naz borrows his father’s taxi to attend a party, he picks up the troubled Andrea (Sofia Black D’Elia) and what ensues is a wild night of sex, drugs and booze leaving him waking up to murder charges. You’ll be wondering ‘did he do it?’ the whole way through.
Watch it on: Foxtel

Coming Soon

A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Starring Neil Patrick Harriss and Joan Cusack, A Series Of Unfortunate Events is coming in early January and we can’t wait. Based on the children’s book by Lemony Snicket, the eight-part series is said to be shockingly dark.
Watch it on: Netflix

Starring our old-time faves from the 80s and 90s, Molly Ringwald and Luke Perry (as well as Shannon Purser who plays Barb in Stranger Things), Riverdale is a modern-day take on everyone’s favourite childhood comic, Archie. Riverdale premieres on 26 January!
Watch it on: Netflix

24: Legacy
Coming in mid-February is the spin-off to the much-loved Keifer Sutherland series, 24: Legacy. Starring Corey Hawkins as the lead (because Keifer is too busy being the pres in Designated Survivor), the show follows a war hero who comes home only to find himself targeted by the same terror group he was keeping tabs on abroad.
Watch it on: Channel Ten

House Of Cards Season 5
No longer the worst president in living and fictional history, Frank Underwood will be gracing our television screens once again in February for season five of House Of Cards.
Watch it on: Netflix

Stranger Things Season 2
We all gobbled up Stranger Things season one in under a week and now we have to deal with a gaping hole in our lives until the middle of the year for season two. Let’s hope we can savour the next one for a little bit longer!
Watch it on: Netflix

Orange Is The New Black Season 5
Winter is going to be a busy TV time with the release of the new Stranger Things AND season five of OITNB. We won’t spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t finished season four yet, but we are dying to find out if what’s-her-name will do the thing with the whose-y what!
Likely to be June!
Watch it on: Netflix

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Image Credit: The Crown

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