It was easy to be lost in the hype of old mainstays that had returned this summer like Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Orange Is The New Black. Three new shows also arrived this year that are worthy of attention before the 2017 Fall Television Schedule descends upon us. Here are three great new shows that you might have missed this summer:
G.L.O.W. (Netflix) – G.L.O.W. took the unlikely topic of a 1980s women’s wrestling show and created one of the most enjoyable binge watches of the summer. Staring Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, and Marc Maron, the ten-episode series is an excellent blend of humor and drama. Based on the actual Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling that had aired from 1986 through 1990, the series succeeds in relaying the corny drama, stereotypes, and fun of wrestling. G.L.O.W. strikes an edgier tone than 1992’s A League Of Their Own, but brings a feeling similar to Penny Marshall’s film about a group of women trying to try bond together in an athletic setting.
The Defiant Ones (HBO) – The Defiant Ones is a powerful documentary that focuses on Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, two of the most impactful figures in the music industry. A four-part series that features interviews from a wealth of stars like Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Trent Reznor, Sean Combs, and Eminem, The Defiant Ones is refreshingly diverse and comprehensive documentary. The series not only discusses the lives and creativity of both moguls, but also explores the rise of hip-hop and the evolution of Interscope Records. The comprehensive examination of different segments of American society makes The Defiant Ones an unusually remarkable film that can be enjoyed by a wide audience of music fans.
Ozark (Netflix) – A new drama about an otherwise mundane suburban husband who uproots his family to the Ozarks after a money laundering arrangement with a drug lord rapidly falls into disarray, Ozark does not waste time immersing the audience in an uncomplicated premise. By the end of the first episode, violence and deceit have already landed a family of four in Missouri. The remainder of the season follows their attempts to reestablish their lives and money laundering operations in an unfamiliar rural setting that becomes more complex over time. The series is headlined by Jason Bateman (who also directed four episodes) and Laura Linney. Ozark is ideal for fans of Breaking Bad who are looking to get a fix on a drug cartel drama with a white collar twist.