Weather isn’t the only thing that heats up in the summertime. With all of the streaming services to choose from, platforms are upping their game and pulling out all of the stops when it comes to programming. Summer fun includes barbeques, baseball games, beach days—and now binge watching. Yes, you can add that one to list. As we inch closer to the summer, it’s time to dive into our new favorite pastime and look at the most binge-worthy events of the season.
Remember the Time
If there’s one thing summertime taps into, it’s the feeling of nostalgia. Whether it was summer camp or a sleepover at a friend’s house, some of your most cherished childhood memories are likely to include movies. May became the month of revivals, as these films found their way onto the world’s leading streaming platforms.
Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu have got you covered when it comes to conjuring up the films you can’t forget.
Netflix is now offering the 1966 Mike Nichols classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” The streaming service also presents 1983’s “Scarface” and 1986’s basketball drama, “Hoosiers.” For a fun throwback comedy, “Mr. Mom” is also available for your viewing pleasure. You can journey through the ‘90s, with “Scream,” and “Dumb and Dumber.” Or, revisit the best of Mike Myers with “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” and “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.”
Amazon highlights films such as “Reservoir Dogs,” “Patriot Games,” and “Planes, Trains & Automobiles.” 1991’s famed music biopic, “The Doors,” is also available. Depending upon your mood, you can catch up on other favorites such as “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” “The ‘Burbs,” or “The Gift.” For some real nostalgia, you can go way back with 1957’s “The Lonely Man,” starring Jack Palance and Anthony Perkins. The streaming platform’s big win this summer looks to be its take on slasher movies. If you’re in a marathon mood, “Friday the 13th” is offered in seven different installments.
Hulu dives into the mix with its version of nostalgia movies. The ‘80s proves to be a good decade with films such as “Major League,” “Fatal Attraction,” and “WarGames.” The ‘90s once again reign supreme with “The Birdcage,” “Breakdown,” and the timeless “Dazed and Confused.” Of course, if you want to binge on something from the earlier years of the 21st century, both “Knocked Up” and “Zombieland” are great options to choose from.
Out With the Old, In With the New
One of the most exciting announcements of the summer comes in the form of series premieres. Whether it’s a returning show or a new one to add to the list, there is some incredible must-see TV that is coming to the small screen in 2019.
Amazon shows some promising programming with their new superhero satire, “The Boys,” which debuts on July 26.
Hulu comes out on top as well. On June 5, “The Handmaid’s Tale” returned for its third season. The long-awaited return of “Veronica Mars” begins on July 26, bringing our favorite characters back for eight episodes. Mindy Kaling’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral” is another one fans are excited about. The series will be available to stream on July 31.
Netflix also has a great summer lineup that already has viewers buzzing. “When They See Us,” premiered on May 31, and received widespread critical acclaim. Ava Duvernay’s four-part limited series takes us inside the story of 1989’s “Central Park Five” case. The show quickly drew conversation around its potential to become a big winner at this year’s Emmys for Netflix.
The streaming giant also premiered the fifth season of “Black Mirror” on June 5. “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” debuted on June 7. The always-popular “Stranger Things” returns for season 3 on July 4. “Orange Is the New Black,” also returns to Netflix for its seventh and final season on July 26. Even “The OA,” which premiered its second season this spring, is still one of the most binge-worthy shows around.
To DVR, or Not To DVR, That Is the Question
As the race is neck and neck between cable TV and streaming services, programming seems to be getting better on all fronts. Even with the ability to stream, the option to DVR is always a good one.
HBO is bound to hit a home run this summer with their lineup. “Big Little Lies” made its season 2 premiere on June 9. “Los Espookys,” which is produced by Lorne Michaels and Fred Armisen, airs on June 14. Zendaya’s coming-of-age series, “Euphoria,” begins on June 16. While the limited series, “Years and Years,” starring Emma Thompson, debuts on June 24.
Also in the game is “Younger” on TV Land, which airs on June 12. “Grand Hotel” hits ABC on June 17. USA premieres two shows on June 17: “Pearson” and “Suits.” The latter makes its return for its ninth and final season. Showtime’s “The Loudest Voice” airs on June 30. Starz looks to be continuing with their winning streak as “The Rook” is set to air on June 30. And Comedy Central comes in strong with “South Side,” which premieres on July 26. Fox lines up its big summer hit as well, with the “Beverly Hills, 90210” revival, making its premiere on August 7.
Stream a Little Stream of Me
Netflix may turn out to be the big winner between its new movies and its originals. Summer films include “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017), “Captain America: Civil War” (2016), while the originals keep garnering attention.
“Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese” is out on June 12. “Murder Mystery,” which stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, is out on June 14. While the recently released “Always Be My Maybe,” starring Ali Wong and Randall Park (with Keanu Reeves) is still on most must-see lists.
What’s great about streaming today is that the platforms have become a lot more personalized than ever before. Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu may remain the go-tos for most mainstream streamers, but there are other options out there for those who are looking for something a bit different.
Cinephiles are delighted as new streaming services are emerging every day. Platforms that cater to niche audiences are bringing to light a new way to binge watch—and people love it.
Film Movement Plus focuses on film festival favorites.
The Criterion Channel specializes in classic cinema, and as of June, is forging ahead of its competition with its emphasis on documentaries. The new streaming platform is only three months old but is already way ahead of the rest.
Kanopy is another on-demand streaming video platform that highlights classic film, indie movies, and top documentaries.
Shudder, as its name might imply, focuses on the horror genre. AMC owns and operates the platform, which features a variety of thriller and supernatural fiction titles.
OVID.TV, which launched in March, spotlights documentaries and art-house films. The platform was created by eight independent-film distributors, filling a void in the streaming world that has existed since its inception.