We’ve already sorted through the most promising blockbusters hitting theaters this summer, but after saying goodbye to small screen favorites like Game of Thrones and Orphan Black a lot of us here have found ourselves going through severe fandom withdrawals. Where else are we supposed to get our weekly dose of fabled winters and badass baby dragons?!
It’s officially the hour of prime time mourning and the last thing anyone feels like doing is slogging through the hit-or-miss parade of mid-summer premieres. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you! After spending many a sunny day indoors, gorging on delivery and maxing out this writer’s internet streaming allowance (it’s possible folks), we found five new shows to keep you entertained straight though Fall. Check them out below!
If you’re reading this, then odds are you’ve seen one or every episode of some reality show of containing “wives” in the title (Mob Wives, Basketball Wives, The Real Housewives of [Insert City Here], we could go on forever). RHOO is Hulu’s scripted answer to is all our table-flipping dreams amplified and come true. After all, no one’s having fun until you’re watching middle-aged women wrangle one another’s extensions out.
Watch If You Liked: The Real Housewives/Anything on Bravo
When to Watch: All episodes available for streaming on Hulu
2. ExtantAliens, robots, and conspiracies oh my! With big names like Steven Spielberg and Halle Berry attached to this sci-fi drama, it’s no surprise that Extant will have you hook from the very first episode. Set in what feels like a not so distant future, Berry stars as an astronaut returning home to her wife and son after a year-long solo mission in space. The trip? She’s pregnant. From here, the mysteries only continue to unfold.
Watch If You Liked: The X-Files, V
When to Watch: Wednesdays @9PM; CBS
Greg Poehler stars as a hot shot New York accountant relocating to Sweden to be with his girlfriend–and her Swedish family. This includes a chatty uncle pop-culture obsessed uncle, a brother 12 steps away from his next big idea, and more. At only two episodes in, we’ve already seen A-plus cameos from Greg’s sister Amy and Ron Burgundy himself, Will Ferrell.
Watch If You Liked: Parks & Recreation; Arrested Development
When to Watch: Thursdays @9PM; NBC
4. Candidly NicoleIn her big return to our TV (computer, tablet, etc.) screens, Nicole Richie tackles things like guest editing, online dating, parallel parking–and all with the unabashed humor that made her such a hit on The Simple Life. We’ve got to respect any reality show that owns hardcore scripting as much as Richie’s does.
Watch If You Liked: The Simple Life, Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane
When to Watch: Thursdays @10PM; VH1
5. The LeftoversThe Leftovers picks up three years after two percent of Earth’s population has mysteriously disappeared in a uneasy suburban community still struggling to pick up the pieces. Weird cults, art house metaphors, and slowly revealed story lines have us crossing our fingers for something big, but we’ll admit this one is a bit of a slow burn. Fingers crossed the waiting pays off though. After all, sorry HBO, but hot dads and angsty intrigue can only get you so far.
Watch If You Liked: Lost, The 4400
When to Watch: Sundays @10PM; HBO
Honorable Mention: Girl Meets WorldAll age jokes aside, this long overdue Boy Meets World spinoff is definitely worth a watch if for nothing else but curiosity’s sake. Cory and Topanga have acquired some sweet real estate (they live in a ridiculous brownstone) and are raising their daughter Riley as she learns life lessons and how to make the world her own. Plenty original cast cameos to come. We’re waiting Mr. Hunter.
When to Watch: Fridays @8:30PM; Disney Channel
Think we missed anything? Comment or tweet @TheUrbanRealist to let us know what’s got you hooked this summer.