Summer is getting hot, which can only mean one thing: more time to watch TV from the comfort of your beautiful, air-conditioned home. Sure, you could always venture outside. You can even take a trip to your local cinema to catch one of the huge blockbusters that dominate the box office like the very good ones Top Gun: Maverick or the very meh Jurassic World Dominion. But come on, be honest with yourself – can anything really compare to a binge sesh on your own couch?
If the latter idea is something that piques your interest and If you have a currently active HBO Max subscription, then you’re in luck, as the WarnerMedia-owned streaming service is bringing a slew of programming to keep you full throughout the month of July. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly animated film, a trashy reality show with a surprisingly delicate (okay, don’t tender) core or a hilarious new comedy from the ever-reliable head of Issa Rae, HBO Max has you covered. Below are five recommendations for what to watch next month.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie (July 12)
Few animated sitcoms have the staying power Bob’s burger. Secure, family Guy, South Parkand of course, The simpsons have all technically been on the air for a long time. But where those shows hiccuped during their respective runs, Bob’s burger was remarkably consistent across its 11 years, 12 seasons, and 238 episodes. For that reason, it should come as no surprise that the franchise’s first feature-length film is such a light, light-hearted affair. Keeping the instantly recognizable family dynamic mostly intact while invoking the beautiful animation, The Bob’s Burgers Movie is a must for everyone Bob’s burger completist. And while I’d highly recommend seeing this fun summertime affair on the big screen while you still have the chance (it’s still in theaters), I definitely see the appeal of seeing it on your home screen too see – you know where it is improved deliveries are never too far from you.
FBoy islandSeason 2 (July 14)
The first season of FBoy island was a welcome surprise. What first appeared to be the trashiest thing on trash TV turned out to be… well, still the trashiest thing on trash TV. (I mean, what else can you expect from a reality show that’s all about separating the so-called cute Prince Charmings from their dopey counterparts so three seemingly perfect young women can find love?) But it also proved to be a more entertaining version of The kinds of dating show antics we’ve come to expect from series like The bachelor. With comedian Nikki Glaser as the show’s hilarious host, FBoy island pulled back the curtain on the mechanics of dating shows by baking his “separate the glory-hungry boys from the sincerely love-seeking men” into its central premise. Besides, it was just fun. With three new women and 26 new men (13 self-proclaimed “Nice Guys” and 13 self-proclaimed “FBoys”), season two should continue that trend.
Rap Sh!tSeason 1 (July 21)
I’m waiting for Rap Sh!t since HBO Max first launched in April 2020. The new series marks Issa Rae’s official return to HBO after her Emmy-winning career Unsure completed at the end of last year. Roughly based on the story of Miami rapstress duo City Girls, the comedy follows Shawna (Keep it! podcast host Aida Osman) and Mia (Love and Hip-Hop: Miami Star KaMillion), two separated high school friends who decide to start a rap group. Featuring Rae in the driver’s seat and a cast that includes the always hilarious Jaboukie Young-White and former Bad Girls Club Member Jonica “Blue” Booth, this freshman series promises to take away that music-comedy itch we’ve all had since season two Girl5Eva ended earlier this month.
house party (July 28)
While its sequels (three of them) delivered diminishing returns, the first was house party has proven itself as a pioneering classic of black cinema. Directed by Reginald Hudlin and starring the inimitable rap duo Kid ‘n Play (and also industry legend Tichina Arnold), this 1990 comedy about two teenagers who throw a huge house party and get caught up in a world of trouble is a triumph, a riotous time that also serves as a loving ode to that particular era. Now, more than three decades after its release, the original film is being remade by acclaimed music video director Calmatic (who is also helming the upcoming Jack Harlow remake). White men can’t jump). With Doctor Who‘s Tosin Cole and The Chi‘s Jacob Latimore Kid ‘n Play takes over, there’s both a lot to ride for the upcoming remake and a lot to look forward to. I, for one, can’t wait to see how film is reinvented for the social media age. Where’s my Instagram invite?
Pretty Little Liars: Original SinSeason 1 (July 28)
After the delivery of their first spin-off The perfectionistsin 2019, Pretty little liars is poised to try everything again with a new spin-off set in an entirely new (but oddly familiar) setting: the quiet working-class town of Millwood, where a series of tragic events nearly ripped everything apart two decades ago. Described in a press release as a “gloomy, horror-tinged take on coming-of-age teenage melodrama.” original sin will introduce audiences to “a diverse group of teenage girls.” Or, as I like to call them, “a new generation of liars being tormented A – a masked killer who is hellbent on punishing them for their mothers’ sins and their own.” I tremble.