Binge Guide

6 TV Shows You Should Binge-Watch This June

by | June 1, 2016 | Comments

Blockbuster season is here, but we understand that not everyone wants to spend half a paycheck to take the whole family to the next superhero flick, animated children’s movie, or fantasy epic. Luckily, there’s a wealth of good TV you can watch from the comfort of your couch, and with that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of worthy television series you should check out this June.


Orange Is the New Black 90%

Orange-is-the-New-Black-OITNB

What it is: Loosely centered around Piper Chapman, an unlikely resident of Litchfield federal prison, Orange is the New Black expertly unfolds the backstories of the women who populate the prison along with her.

Why you should watch it: Darkly humorous, thoughtful and dramatic, this Netflix original reflects the complicated nature of humanity in the most inhumane of settings. It’s not quite accurate to laud the supporting cast, because it’s the outstanding ensemble who steals the show with the help of fresh writing and thoughtful character development. The multiple Emmy-winning series returns for its fourth season on June 17, so if you aren’t caught up, now’s the time.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: A little over 38 hours


Ray Donovan 72%

Ray-Donovan

What it is: Professional “fixer” Ray Donovan helps L.A.’s rich and famous with their problems, while barely coping with his own.

Why you should watch it: The real magic of this Showtime drama is how its pulpy drama is brought to life by believable performances — especially by Liev Schrieber, Jon Voight, Dash Mihok, and Eddie Marsan. Outside of Ray’s flashy job, the show is also easy to connect with because the characters deal with the relatable problems of alcoholism, abandonment issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, and adolescence. Season four premieres on June 26, which gives you a little less than a month to get caught up.

Where to watch: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunes, PlayStation Video, Showtime Anytime, and Vudu

Commitment: About 33 hours


Vinyl 74%

Vinyl

What it is: It’s the early 1970s, and faced with the potential sale of his struggling company, record label exec Richie Finestra instead decides to try for independent success one more time.

Why you should watch it: First off, the people behind Vinyl are the same who brought you Boardwalk Empire, namely producer Martin Scorsese and creator/writer Terence Winter. But this is a show about music, right? What about that? How about the input of co-creator Mick Jagger? Oh, and we might as well mention the fantastic cast, which includes Bobby Canavale, Max Casella, Olivia Wilde, and Juno Temple, among others. If you’re into groovy period trappings, rockin’ tunes, and engaging stories, definitely check out this Certified Fresh drama when it hits DVD on June 7.

Where to watch: AmazonGoogle Play, HBO GOiTunes, Microsoft, PlayStation Video, and Vudu

Commitment: About 7 hours


Casual 92%

Casual

What it is: A young, single dating site entrepreneur takes in his newly divorced psychologist sister, who brings her teenage daughter along with her.

Why you should watch it: The man behind this Hulu original series is Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), who knows his way around wry comedy, and the cast maintain an easy rapport with each other, which shouldn’t be a surprise, especially since both Michaela Watkins and Tara Lynne Barr are both longtime TV veterans. On top of that, the show is a refreshingly adult look at relationships —  romantic and familial — that offers top notch dialogue and a touch of pathos with its humor. Season two premieres on June 7, so you’ve got a little time to breeze through season one.

Where to watch: AmazonGoogle Play, HuluiTunes, Microsoft, PlayStation Video, and Vudu

Commitment: About 4.5 hours


Ballers 72%

Ballers

What it is: An ex-NFL player struggling to adjust to life after football becomes a financial manager catering to athletes.

Why you should watch it: Dwayne Johnson has proven he can carry a film and help reinvigorate established franchises, and with Ballers, he shows he can bring it on the small screen as well. But his gleaming charisma isn’t the only reason to tune in to this HBO comedy; co-stars like Rob Corddry and John David Washington spark life into supporting characters, and co-producer Peter Berg brings his Friday Night Lights experience to bear. The Certified Fresh first season hits DVD on June 14, but you can also stream it now.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google PlayHBO Go, iTunes, MicrosoftPlayStation Video, and Vudu

Commitment: 5.5 hours


Underground 96%

Underground1

What it is: A group of slaves living in Georgia during the pre-Civil War plantation era plot to escape north together with the help of the Underground Railroad.

Why you should watch it: The plight of African-American slaves is not unfamiliar territory for television (the widely acclaimed Roots remake is airing this week), but not only does Underground boast a very specific angle, but it manages to offer some insightful portrayals of plantation life and a gripping story to pull it all together. The performances are solid all around, and you’ll find yourself invested in the various characters as they navigate this painful chapter of US history. Season one ended just a few weeks ago, but it hits DVD on June 14, and you can stream it now.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google PlayiTunes, MicrosoftPlayStation Video, and Vudu

Commitment: 7.5 hours

  • vincent

    made it to the second episode of penny dreadful, but i’m just not interested in that time period to keep my attention, even if it’s full of supernatural stuff.

  • GOATmaybe

    Ballers is like Entourage with more likable characters.

    • HotInEER

      I agree. I love Ballers. Can’t wait for the next season.

    • Pretty Fly for a WIFI

      watched it when bored one day, not really my kind of show, but loved it! binged the rest of it in a couple days

  • Jason Becker

    Vinyl sucks. Scorsese just did the pilot and the show runner is already gone. Don’t waste your time.

  • Alfonso

    Vinyl is a good production but is very hard to finish one episode the pace is too slow

  • John Howell

    I don’t care to watch any of these shows.

    • Pretty Fly for a WIFI

      so don’t lol

  • Pretty Fly for a WIFI

    Ray Donovan is a must see!! Can’t wait for new episodes. it starts of good and just gets better and better and better

Tag Cloud

Binge Guide dceu witnail Countdown Hulu Biopics E3 BBC One anthology BET venice Paramount Network SXSW true crime documentary Logo comics christmas movies chucky Amazon Family Paramount Plus cancelled TV shows hispanic Pop TV hollywood Shudder game show Star Wars Marathons Pride Month golden globe awards Opinion Alien Showtime SundanceTV IFC Set visit First Reviews RT History serial killer Polls and Games GLAAD reviews Calendar BAFTA MTV Amazon Prime Film Festival Nominations comic Netflix revenge Emmys teaser Interview independent Pet Sematary Teen casting spy thriller Chilling Adventures of Sabrina italian MSNBC cinemax south america Epix Character Guide Mystery spider-man CNN best james bond singing competition Heroines USA Network movies joker Song of Ice and Fire cancelled TV series FOX video on demand sports Super Bowl Best and Worst die hard WGN X-Men Ghostbusters nbcuniversal travel stand-up comedy National Geographic Horror pirates of the caribbean Arrowverse TV doctor who YouTube diversity politics RT21 Writers Guild of America Ovation halloween tv SDCC Marvel Studios See It Skip It FX YouTube Premium fast and furious Fall TV BBC America A&E sag awards franchise Rocky 2020 Comedy thriller dragons 71st Emmy Awards a nightmare on elm street french VOD romantic comedy New York Comic Con latino MCU quibi indiana jones period drama superhero Hallmark Christmas movies Video Games Anna Paquin binge Britbox TIFF Mary Poppins Returns women Sundance Mary Tyler Moore Grammys Disney streaming service History animated green book Photos concert TV renewals APB TCA Winter 2020 asian-american Fox News The Arrangement stoner all-time nature adventure composers technology ITV rom-coms rt archives TV One talk show Tarantino cops japanese book reboot Stephen King ABC Family CBS toy story Trailer The Walking Dead black adaptation Box Office Red Carpet TruTV Black History Month PaleyFest HBO crime drama comiccon First Look Kids & Family Classic Film Peacock The Walt Disney Company CMT Sneak Peek Esquire IFC Films TCA Hallmark festivals Disney+ Disney Plus Martial Arts Marvel Television Spring TV political drama cooking 45 Universal rotten Tomatazos archives directors Masterpiece Chernobyl Musicals Nickelodeon Sundance Now Cartoon Network toronto DGA kids movie romance twilight Disney Channel Discovery Channel Reality Food Network jurassic park Columbia Pictures YouTube Red police drama justice league Apple DC streaming service San Diego Comic-Con 007 Elton John Election Pixar tv talk HBO Max Ellie Kemper Television Academy Paramount The CW HBO Go Sci-Fi VH1 spain crossover breaking bad free movies NYCC criterion ViacomCBS Disney Amazon Prime Video comic books 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Lifetime historical drama comedies Quiz President Apple TV+ Spectrum Originals space Country deadpool 99% AMC festival miniseries biography theme song Dark Horse Comics FX on Hulu BET Awards Starz elevated horror Tumblr discovery Nat Geo YA universal monsters Watching Series laika critics Comedy Central 2018 worst movies cancelled television dark GIFs PlayStation Avengers anime Awards Tour OneApp batman TV Land Vudu docudrama Trophy Talk football TBS renewed TV shows Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt strong female leads Pirates Lionsgate obituary 4/20 Valentine's Day mockumentary jamie lee curtis werewolf Film psychological thriller nfl Animation Emmy Nominations Acorn TV Infographic Academy Awards documentaries GoT FXX Music crime blaxploitation sequel Certified Fresh news WarnerMedia remakes children's TV Baby Yoda cars Schedule dogs El Rey ratings cartoon versus social media screen actors guild Superheroes mutant Winners ABC Comics on TV sitcom Netflix Christmas movies disaster zombie Spike name the review screenings The Purge war fresh 20th Century Fox Apple TV Plus Endgame Marvel Rocketman cats unscripted Captain marvel blockbuster parents Travel Channel emmy awards Western indie Sundance TV boxing sequels Awards video cults boxoffice Podcast australia classics spinoff Action Star Trek Pop DC Comics TLC TCA 2017 TCM Trivia aliens Winter TV Lifetime Christmas movies CBS All Access medical drama child's play Funimation Christmas Amazon Studios Shondaland NBC ID stop motion dc Hear Us Out mission: impossible Toys A24 Syfy slashers ESPN natural history Women's History Month science fiction 24 frames worst halloween Extras streaming Cosplay Disney Plus scary movies 72 Emmy Awards ABC Signature Drama vampires supernatural based on movie Summer The Witch hist CW Seed Television Critics Association trailers canceled Fantasy zombies American Society of Cinematographers finale scorecard game of thrones Lucasfilm PBS Mindy Kaling cancelled dramedy Cannes Mary poppins Premiere Dates harry potter television golden globes Rock USA 21st Century Fox Crunchyroll Walt Disney Pictures LGBTQ transformers series zero dark thirty DirecTV Oscars TCA Awards Reality Competition Brie Larson Adult Swim crime thriller The Academy Superheroe canceled TV shows Crackle satire BBC Rom-Com Turner award winner Holidays Fox Searchlight Creative Arts Emmys VICE psycho Sony Pictures films Mudbound Musical OWN 2019 Freeform TNT Warner Bros. robots DC Universe E! ghosts Turner Classic Movies Comic Book Tubi rotten movies we love Holiday Bravo LGBT Black Mirror richard e. Grant spanish 2017 2016 what to watch 2015 Thanksgiving spanish language facebook Year in Review foreign