You will need to learn French to watch any of these high-quality shows.
In July, the United States will no longer belong to American viewers. For only the third time in U.S. history, Netflix will be separated from the local TV landscape, releasing shows in the US for a month (or longer) before making them available in the rest of the world. Between the a-ha! moments of Season 2 of Queer Eye and the next season of The Crown, it won’t be all bad news for Americans in that they’ll be getting a ton of new stuff to binge while they wait.
Here’s what is streaming in the US in July (and what’s coming to Canada and Europe, when those streaming services operate in those countries).
Two big favourites are going to be left in Netflix’s Canadian heartwarmer slot, so it should be interesting to see how Canadians feel about their first-time nominations. Sex Education (about a teenager who lives with his recently diagnosed mom, played by Gillian Anderson) and The Kominsky Method (a vet of 90s NBC sitcom Friends is now an Oscar-winning actor, who, in this show, plays a aging acting coach) are the only two nominated in any of the major categories for series, so we can expect big returns from their theatrically buzzed premieres. Overall, it seems like Game of Thrones will be around for awhile, with both The Last Kingdom (an Irish spin-off from BBC’s The Tudors) and Dumplin’ (from Oscar winner Jennifer Aniston) also coming this month.
The rest of the list is pretty solid, even as it looks like Mr Robot and Legion will start to wane. Tope Campos plays a Mexican woman who specializes in a bizarre brand of plastic surgery in Binaudaria, whose lead character’s storyline will be of a matchmaker who becomes “the spark in [the] life of her illicit lover”. In furthering that theme, the new season of The Americans kicks off with a trio of strange visits from KGB agents. Alex Skarsgård joins the previously released cast of Bright and The Carnival: Tales of the City, reuniting with Miranda July. Crazy Rich Asians fans should be excited for Detective Chinatown, based on the high-concept 2014 film starring Aquaman star Jason Momoa.
Other shows to watch (or repeat yourself to watch again) this month are Boardwalk Empire and American Gods, The Alienist, American Vandal, Gene Wilder’s Dr Strangelove, Fleabag, Pretty Little Liars, Ken Burns’s The Vietnam War, Band of Brothers, Burn Notice, Black Mirror, Easy, Bloodline, Dave Chappelle, The Good Place, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Gorillaz, the HBO documentaries Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Charles Ferguson: For Our Children, and The Vietnam War.
Where to stream
Watch these quality shows in the beginning of July:
Game of Thrones: HBO
The Americans: FX
The Kominsky Method: Netflix
Toni Erdmann: Netflix
American Gods: Starz
American Vandal: Netflix
Quest for Fire: BBC
The Last Kingdom: BBC America