Here’s everything we’re excited about coming to Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Disney+, and more next month.
By: Josh Terry
It’s the first month of summer. With the welcome weather, the open patios, and the abundance of plans friends are starting to make, I’m sure you don’t want to spend June indoors watching television. Neither do we, but looking at this upcoming slate of shows and films streaming this month, we might block off a few days for lazy days on the couch, taking in the best offerings from Netflix, HBO Max, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV+, and more. The big players in the streaming market have something for everyone: people who love superhero stuff (Ms. Marvel), people who say they hate superhero stuff but still watch superhero shows (The Boys), and people who actually hate all things superhero (Irma Vep). Read on for the 12 things we’re most excited about this month.
June 3: The Boys Season 3 (TV Series, Prime Video)
Think of Amazon’s The Boys as sort of the anti-Marvel: a violent, cynical, and curse-heavy universe where the corporate superheroes must be reigned in by a band of vigilantes, called, you guessed it: The Boys. It’s a show brave enough to ask, “What if superheroes were bad?” Now in its third season, The Boys looks at the stories of people who typically get left behind in standard comic book fare: What happens to the civilians caught in the collateral damage from the city-wrecking battles between superhero and bad guy? How do these superheroes make money? Unlike the fare populating Disney+ and big screens worldwide, their answers are much darker than you’d expect.
June 6: Irma Vep (Limited TV Series, HBO Max)
HBO has remade classic, arthouse films and miniseries that you can find on tasteful platforms like The Criterion Channel before like the Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac-starring 2021 adaptation of Igmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage. But for this retelling of the critically-acclaimed 1996 film Irma Vep, the network has enlisted original director Olivier Assayas to write and direct an eight-episode miniseries. The upcoming series, which will still follow an actress starring in a remake of a French silent film, stars Alicia Vikander, Carrie Brownstein, Adria Arjona, Jerrod Carmichael, and more, premiered at Cannes in May.
June 8: Ms. Marvel (TV Series, Disney+)
Not to be confused with Captain Marvel, which stars Brie Larson as the titular hero, the Ms. Marvel in this Disney+ series is a 16-year-old girl named Kamala Khan (played by Iman Vellani, a Pakistani immigrant, and an Avengers superfan, who eventually develops her powers. Khan is the first Muslim character to lead a comic book series in the Marvel universe and this series will serve as a prequel to 2023’s feature film The Marvels, which will contain Vellani’s Ms. Marvel, Larson’s Captain Marvel, and Monica Rambeau (who you may recognize from both WandaVision and Captain Marvel).
June 8: Hustle (Film, Netflix)
There are a ton of movies about basketball players and basketball coaches but few about basketball scouts. Adam Sandler plays Stanley Sugarman, a down-on-his-luck scout for the Philadelphia 76ers organization who finds a once-in-a-generation talent in a poor Spanish player (played by real-life Utah Jazz forward Juancho Hernagomez). Like Sandler’s other recent film Uncut Gems, Hustle promises a wealth of cameos from actual NBA stars including Boban Marjanović, Anthony Edwards, Seth Curry, Trae Young, Mattise Thybulle, and more. Rounding out the non-athlete cast is Queen Latifah, Ben Foster, and Robert Duvall.
June 9: Queer as Folk (TV Series, Peacock)
Peacock loves reimagining generation-defining television for a 2022 audience. Sure, they already have remakes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Saved By the Bell on its roster but now they’re tackling Showtime’s boundary-pushing and pioneering drama, Queer As Folk. This iteration of the show follows a diverse group of New Orleans residents as they deal with the traumatic fallout of a nightclub shooting. There’s an eclectic new cast, featuring trans and disabled characters, and the script promises to highlight both the progress and new challenges facing the LGBTQIA+ community.
June 16: Father of the Bride (Film, HBO Max)
The 1991 iteration of Father of the Bride, which starred Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, and Martin Short was a remake of the 1950 film of the same name, so it makes sense that HBO has decided to update it for 2022. (The 1950 film was itself an adaptation of a 1949 novel by Edward Streeter). This time, however, the film is set in Miami with a Cuban-American family helmed by characters played by Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan. Set for release in June, this comedy will be a perfect mood booster to coincide with the summer season.
June 17: Spiderhead (Film, Netflix)
Back in 2010, short story auteur and novelist George Saunders debuted his story “Escape From Spiderhead” in the New Yorker. The dystopian tale dealt with a group of prisoners who were forced to undergo a study where pharmaceutical injections dictated their moods and behaviors. Saunders’ work brought up dark and probing questions about biology, free will, and the prison industrial complex with an almost overwhelmingly bleak ending. The Netflix adaptation of his writing stars Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett as prisoners in this gross experiment and Hollywood hunk Chris Hemsworth plays the conniving and unsettlingly charming mastermind behind it all.
June 17: Jerry & Marge Go Large (Film, Paramount+)
Retired Michigan couple Gerald and Marjorie Selbee, a few years removed from running a local liquor store, decided to legally abuse a now-discontinued statewide lottery game called “Winfall.” The Selbees found a loophole where if they used math and bought a bunch of $1 tickets in bulk, they could game the system and eventually win big. They formed a 32-person investment group to execute this perfectly legal scheme, which amazingly, led to $27 million in winnings. Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening play the fictionalized Selbees in this Paramount+ film.
June 24: Loot (TV Series, Apple TV+)
While there’s yet to be a trailer for Apple TV+’s new workplace comedy Loot, the fact that it’s starring Maya Rudolph, Nat Faxon, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, and Ron Funches already has us on board. The 10-episode comedy, which is coming from showrunners Alan Yang (Master of None, Little America) and Matt Hubbard (30 Rock) follows a billionaire who hits rock bottom and has to undergo a period of self-discovery. Considering the talent involved, it’s likely to fill the workplace comedy void left by now-ended shows like Superstore. The first three episodes air on June 24 and each consecutive Friday will boast a new episode.
June 26: Westworld Season 4 (TV Series, HBO Max)
Westworld has been one of HBO’s marquee and most-expensive shows since its premiere in 2016. There hasn’t been a new episode of the dystopian sci-fi-meets-western mainstay since March 2020 and since its upcoming eight-episode fourth season arrives on June 26, now is the perfect time to either get caught up or refresh your memory of this sprawling series. Rounding out an all-star ensemble of Aaron Paul, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeremy Wright, and many others, are newcomers to the series Aurora Perrineau and Ariana DeBose.
June 28: Only Murders In the Building Season 2 (TV Series, Hulu)
Steve Martin and Martin Short are already an established comedic pairing but who knew millennial pop star Selena Gomez would only heighten their chemistry. Hulu’s Only Murders In the Building was a smash-hit in 2021: its pilot broke the record for most-watched comedy premiere in the streamer’s history (beating out Seinfeld, no joke). Alongside the true-crime-obsessed trio in Martin, Short, and Gomez, Season 2 will feature a chaotic mix of new series regulars like Cara Delevigne, Michael Rappaport, Amy Schumer, and Shirley McClaine. While that cast feels like a delirious Twitter-based game of Mad Libs, it’ll at least be fascinating to binge-watch.
June 29: Baymax! (TV Series, Disney+)
2014’s Big Hero 6 was one of that year’s most well-reviewed films, a computer-animated Disney movie based on a Marvel comic that followed the adventures of a 14-year-old, who is grieving the loss of his brother, and his robot Baymax. The upcoming Disney+ series Baymax! follows the titular robot, who’s a “personal healthcare companion,” and his adventures serving the citizens of San Fransokyo. Unlike Big Hero 6: The Series, which picked up where the film left off and found its heroes fighting bad guys, this spinoff of Big Hero 6 finds Baymax serving his original purpose as a nurse rather than a superhero.