Summer is a season of embracing the great outdoors, basking in the sun, and appreciating the beauty of a world in full bloom.
However, for TV enthusiasts or those seeking solace from the heat and existential dread that often accompanies the longest days of the year, summer offers a unique landscape for storytelling.
Some new shows aim to match the grandeur of big-screen blockbusters, while others are intriguing experiments, released during a time when networks vie not only with each other but also with barbecues, baseball, fireworks, and the allure of fireflies.
We presents our 2023 Summer TV Preview to guide you through the exciting lineup of programs premiering from mid-May to the end of July. Among the selection, you’ll find beloved returning favorites as well as fresh and noteworthy series that showcase the talent of their creators or hold industry significance. Perhaps some of them encompass both qualities!
Fans eagerly await the return of popular shows like “The Bear” Season 2, “The Witcher” Season 3, and “Never Have I Ever” Season 4. Additionally, new episodes of “Minx” (now on Starz) and “I Think You Should Leave” (still on Netflix) have viewers buzzing.
Meanwhile, Disney+ explores the appetite for an original series unrelated to superheroes or “Star Wars.” AMC remains hopeful that a “Walking Dead” spinoff can captivate audiences, and the next Marvel TV series must contend with reports of superhero fatigue, even though “Secret Invasion” veers more toward spy thriller than an “Avengers” crossover.
Furthermore, independent filmmaker Boots Riley unveils his unique vision with “I’m a Virgo,” Apple TV+ keeps the comedy flame alive with Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne’s “Platonic,” and “The Idol” promises to leave a lasting impression after its early summer release.
Explore our list below and stay tuned to SecondBase Films for updates on all the summer TV shows you already love, are about to fall in love with, or simply can’t resist reading about. Remember, it’s 2023, and even beaches have cell signal.
“Happy Valley” Season 3 (Acorn TV) Release Date: May 22
In a fractured streaming landscape, it’s rare for an overseas hit to conclude its run outside the location where it initially captivated American viewers. However, Acorn TV has secured a major win by streaming the final season of the acclaimed British series “Happy Valley” after it gained a devoted following on Netflix.
The concluding season, which already garnered high ratings during its UK airing earlier this year, delves into a gripping tale of a police officer seeking justice for her daughter’s death while raising her grandson.
If you enjoyed the captivating themes of “Mare of Easttown” during the spring and summer of 2021, this show offers three six-episode seasons that continue in a similar vein. Moreover, the talented Sarah Lancashire showcases a different facet of her acting prowess, following her memorable portrayal of Julia Child in last year’s “Julia.”
“American Born Chinese” (Disney+) Release Date: May 24
Based on the graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, with Destin Daniel Cretton directing and Kelvin Yu from “Bob’s Burgers” serving as the showrunner, “American Born Chinese” has all the ingredients for a captivating original series on Disney+. The action-comedy follows teenager Jin Wang as he encounters a new student and becomes enmeshed in a supernatural world of gods and mythical creatures.
With themes of identity, cultural assimilation, and the immigrant experience, “American Born Chinese” offers a fresh and diverse perspective that resonates with audiences of all ages.
The series combines elements of coming-of-age stories with fantasy and humor, creating a unique blend of genres. It’s an exciting departure from the superhero-dominated content usually associated with Disney+, showcasing the platform’s commitment to exploring new narratives and expanding its storytelling landscape.
“The Witcher” Season 3 (Netflix) Release Date: June 2
“The Witcher” has become one of Netflix’s most popular original series since its debut in 2019, captivating audiences with its dark fantasy world, complex characters, and thrilling adventures. Based on the best-selling book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, the show follows Geralt of Rivia (played by Henry Cavill), a monster hunter with supernatural abilities, as he navigates a treacherous world filled with magic, monsters, and political intrigue. In Season 3, fans can expect more epic battles, intricate storytelling, and the introduction of new characters from the rich lore of the Witcher universe. With its stunning visuals, compelling storytelling, and dedicated fanbase, “The Witcher” Season 3 promises to deliver another thrilling chapter in Geralt’s journey.
“Minx” Season 2 (Starz) Release Date: June 11
“Minx” made a splash with its first season on HBO Max, offering a fresh and hilarious take on the 1970s feminist movement. The series follows the journey of Joyce, a young woman who starts her own underground adult magazine called “Minx” to explore and empower female sexuality.
Set against the backdrop of the sexual revolution and the fight for women’s rights, “Minx” tackles important social issues with humor, wit, and a strong feminist voice.
Starring Ophelia Lovibond as Joyce, the show delves into the challenges and triumphs of a woman daring to challenge societal norms. With its unique blend of comedy and social commentary, “Minx” Season 2 promises to continue pushing boundaries and entertaining audiences.
“Never Have I Ever” Season 4 (Netflix) Release Date: June 15
Created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, “Never Have I Ever” has been a hit since its premiere on Netflix. The coming-of-age comedy-drama follows Devi Vishwakumar, a first-generation Indian American teenager navigating high school, family dynamics, and the complexities of teenage life.
Season 3 left fans on the edge of their seats with its cliffhanger ending, and Season 4 is highly anticipated to provide answers and further explore Devi’s journey of self-discovery.
With its relatable characters, witty writing, and heartfelt storytelling, “Never Have I Ever” continues to resonate with audiences of all backgrounds, capturing the universal experiences of adolescence with humor and authenticity.
“The Walking Dead: World Beyond” Season 2 (AMC) Release Date: July 1
“The Walking Dead” franchise continues to expand with “The Walking Dead: World Beyond.” Set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies, the series follows a group of young survivors as they embark on a dangerous journey to find their missing father and uncover the truth about the zombie outbreak.
With its focus on a new generation of characters and its exploration of the larger “Walking Dead” universe, “World Beyond” offers a fresh perspective on the familiar zombie apocalypse narrative. Season 2 promises more thrilling action, character development, and shocking revelations as the young survivors face new challenges and discover the true nature of their world.
These are just a few of the exciting TV shows to look forward to in the upcoming months. Whether you’re a fan of fantasy, comedy, drama, or post-apocalyptic thrillers, there’s something for everyone. Get ready to immerse yourself in captivating stories, unforgettable characters, and gripping adventures as these shows make their highly anticipated returns.
“The Expanse” Season 6 (Amazon Prime Video)
Release Date: TBA (Expected in late 2023)
“The Expanse” has gained a loyal following for its gripping storytelling, complex characters, and immersive world-building.
Based on the book series by James S.A. Corey, the sci-fi drama takes place in a future where humanity has colonized the solar system and follows a diverse group of characters as they navigate political conflicts, interplanetary tensions, and the discovery of alien technology.
Season 6 serves as the final season of the series and promises to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the epic saga. Fans can expect intense action, deepening character arcs, and answers to long-standing mysteries as the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.
“Loki” Season 2 (Disney+)
Release Date: TBA (Expected in 2023)
After the success of its first season, “Loki” is set to return for a second season on Disney+.
The series follows the mischievous Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, as he embarks on a time-bending adventure and confronts the consequences of his actions. Known for its witty dialogue, charismatic performances, and mind-bending narrative twists, “Loki” has become a fan favorite in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While details about Season 2 are still under wraps, viewers can expect more of Loki’s signature charm, unexpected alliances, and exploration of the multiverse as the series continues to expand the Marvel mythology.
“Succession” Season 4 (HBO)
Release Date: TBA (Expected in late 2023)
“Succession” has garnered critical acclaim and a devoted fanbase for its razor-sharp writing, stellar ensemble cast, and captivating portrayal of a wealthy family’s power struggles.
The drama series follows the Roy family, owners of a global media conglomerate, as they navigate personal and professional rivalries, betrayals, and the question of who will eventually take control of the empire.
Season 3 ended on a cliffhanger, leaving audiences eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the Roy family saga. With its complex characters, intricate plotting, and sharp social commentary, “Succession” Season 4 promises to deliver more gripping drama and high-stakes power plays.
“Stranger Things” Season 4 (Netflix)
Release Date: TBA (Expected in 2023)
“Stranger Things” has become a cultural phenomenon, capturing audiences with its nostalgic ’80s setting, supernatural mysteries, and endearing group of young protagonists.
The sci-fi horror series takes place in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, where supernatural forces threaten the safety of the residents. Season 4 takes the story beyond Hawkins and explores new locations and threats.
While plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, fans can anticipate more thrilling adventures, ’80s nostalgia, and the return of beloved characters.
As the show continues to evolve and delve deeper into its mythology, “Stranger Things” Season 4 is sure to provide plenty of surprises and spine-chilling moments.
These are just a few of the highly anticipated TV shows set to captivate audiences in the coming months. Whether you’re a fan of sci-fi, drama, fantasy, or suspense, there’s a wealth of exciting content on the horizon. Get ready to be entertained, enthralled, and transported to new worlds as these shows make their much-anticipated returns.