Binge Guide

9 TV Shows You Should Binge-Watch This June

GLOW, Luke Cage, Preacher, and Power are among the month's top binge TV offerings.

by | June 2, 2018 | Comments

June has the perfect variety of action, thriller, drama, and comedy to satisfy anyone’s early summer binging palette. From GLOW to Preacher to The Affair and more, learn more about what you should be watching this month below.


What it is: Based on the original Swedish series, Real Humans, Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley’s English-language adaptation takes place in a near-future where artificial intelligence exists in the form of humanoid servants called Synths. Of course, such miraculous technological developments come with larger social and political consequences. Who’s really the one in power? 

Why you should watch it: Like film Ex Machina, HBO’s Westworld, and other prestige A.I. outings, Humans is a sci-fi psychological thriller for the thinking viewer. Top-notch performances and enticing plot twists will keep you glued to the screen. After over a year since the March 2017 finale of season 2, it finally returns with season 3 on June 5.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 12 hours

Sense8 86% (Netflix)

What it is: This sci-fi adventure series from the minds that brought you The Matrix follows eight strangers from around the world who are inexplicably linked mentally and emotionally as “sensates.”

Why you should watch it: While the series is inherently escapist entertainment, there’s a pronounced depth to the social themes it explores across politics, identity, religion, race, sexuality, and more, and much of its adventure can ultimately be seen as allegorical to real-world issues today. While it wrapped after season 2, Netflix is bringing it back by popular demand for one finale two-hour feature finale on June 8. So grab the popcorn and get to binging!

Where to watch it: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 23 hours

Claws 90% (TNT)

What it is: Niecy Nash stars as Desna Simms, the takes-no-prisoners owner of Nail Artisans, a nail salon in the swampy town of Manatee County, Florida. She’s flanked by a scene-stealing assortment of  coworkers and patrons. The drama flares, however, when the employees of Nail Artisans turn to organized crime and start laundering money.

Why you should watch it:  Full of camp, high-stakes crime drama, and whip-smart, hilarious scripts with performances to match, Claws may be the most fun you’ll have with a TV series this summer. Plus we’ll take any excuse to see two-time Emmy nominee Nash execute her perfect blend of humor and heart. Season 2 premieres June 10.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 7.5 hours

Goliath 82% (Amazon)

What it is: Billy Bob Thornton is a pro at playing down-and-out, so you’re seeing a master at work when you see him put his spin on the trope in Goliath. He stars as Billy McBride, a disgraced lawyer who’s expelled from his firm. Now an ambulance chaser, he gets his shot with a new case to enact revenge on those who took him down to begin with.

Why you should watch it: Goliath creator David E. Kelley — Big Little Lies, Boston Legal, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope — has been attached to some of the best television series of the last few decades. Throw in Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thorton (who also won a Golden Globe for his performance here), and the result is must-watch TV.

Where to watch it: Amazon

Commitment: Approx. 8 hours

The Affair 86% (Showtime)

Ruth Wilson as Alison and Dominic West as Noah in The Affair (season 2, episode 1). (Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME)

What it is: As the old adage goes, love is a battlefield, and with The Affair, we’re here to witness some emotional warfare. The titular indiscretion comes about when Alison and Noah meet on Long Island, consummate their desires, and in turn destroy their respective marriages to Cole and Helen, respectively. The Affair is told through the four main players’ rotating perspectives.

Why you should watch it: We know the Golden Globes love to honor a rookie series, but it’s not for nothing that The Affair swept them after its first season by winning best drama series and best lead actress for Ruth Wilson. Maura Tierney then went on to win for her supporting turn the following year. Dense and emotionally trying as it may be, these are all characters that you’ll fall in love with and feel for as the dissipation of their happiness and potential reconciliation plays out each week. Season 4 premieres June 17.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 32 hours

Marvel's Luke Cage 87% (Netflix)

What it is: While we first met Luke Cage on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen in Jessica Jones, when it came to debuting his own namesake series, Netflix brought our super-strengthed hero up to Harlem, where he’s attempting to rebuild a life after the experiment that gave him his strength in the first place went awry.

Why you should watch it: Luke Cage may have been followed by a billion-dollar blockbuster film straight out of Wakanda, but that doesn’t diminish the power of seeing a black Marvel superhero on the small streaming screen. It helps, too, that it’s an excellent series full of fine performances and industry heavy-hitters like Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Rosario Dawson, and Mike Colter as the titular hero. Season 2 premieres June 22.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 10 hours

Preacher 87% (AMC)

Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga in Preacher (Skip Bolen/AMC)

What it is: Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen team up here behind the camera to adapt Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult comic book about a preacher, Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), on a violently allegorical quest to “find God” — plus vampires, exploding holy men, extraterrestrial entities, and gun-slinging exes (played by Ruth Negga, no less).

Why you should watch it: If that soundbite wasn’t at least enticing, this series is probably not for you. But if your interest is piqued, Preacher is sheer perfection. Unapologetically bloody, brazen, and bad to the bone, this series comes at the height of peak genre TV and runs with the best of them. Season 3 premieres on June 24.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 17 hours

GLOW 92% (Netflix)

What it is: From creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, GLOW (taken from the real-life ’80s entertainment series, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling), follows a group of down-and-out actresses who unwittingly find themselves cast in a televised women’s wrestling league. Following both their personal and professional lives, it centers on Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin), and the man who runs the league, Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron).

Why you should watch it: On paper, GLOW sounds like the kind of series that’s just so crazy it might work. Then again, it is from producer Jenji Kohan (Weeds, Orange Is the New Black). Utterly unique in the world of the half-hour dramedy, this standout series is lead by a stellar cast of kickass ladies (and even more behind the camera). Season 2 premieres in full June 29.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 5 hours

Power 80% (Starz)

What it is: From creator Courtney Kemp Agboh and starring Omari Hardwick as main anti-hero James St. Patrick, Power charts James’ life as he runs a popular nightclub in New York City while moonlighting as an underground drug kingpin. How he keeps it all together while leading a double-life is just the tip of the iceberg of this series’ juicy drama.

Why you should watch it: Over the course of its four seasons, this gritty crime drama has succeeded with a powerful ensemble cast providing compelling and gloriously soapy performances  in pursuit of its titular vice. Season 5 premieres July 1.

Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Hulu, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 38 hours

Tag Cloud

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