The summer season is here, and a roundup of 2019’s best summer TV shows so far is fitting for.
The list consists of TV shows that are either nonfiction or scripted series, excluding those that debuted in 2018 with more than half their episodes already shown by January 1.
1. The Act (Hulu)
First on the list is a crime miniseries based on the true story of Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter, Gypsy. The TV Series is an attempt to explore the Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSP), a mental illness where a person, usually an adult, acts as if the individual whom he or she is looking after, usually a child under 6, has an illness or disability when the person is not really ill.
The Act was created by Nick Antosca and Michelle Dean and starred by Patricia Arquette who plays Dee Dee and Joey King as Gypsy. Both actors’ exemplary performance is one to look out for in this disturbing but memorable series.
2. Barry (HBO)
Barry’s first season centered on the quest of a hit man to leave his killing job in an effort to pursue an acting career. In its second season, Barry was nothing short of exceptional. The series became even more gripping. It was still the same dramedy about the hitman’s quest to shift his life, but it also delved deeper into the possibility, or lack thereof, of living a life with honesty.
3. Better Things
The series tackles the life of a single mother and actor Sam Fox who’ raising her three children and looking after her English ex-patriate mother in the City of Angels. Better Things, created by Pamela Adlon, showcases the physical and emotional wounds of a woman without the sugar-coating. Overall, the series has notable cinematography.
Catastrophe’s poignant ending makes its fourth season the best following its first three. The romcom features the life of Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan who unexpectedly become a couple when the latter learns she is pregnant after they had a short fling. The couple tries to make it work despite the many complications they face, including cultural differences (Rob is an American and Sharon is an Irish), and a difficult pregnancy for Sharon.
5. Crazy Ex-girlfriend
In its fourth season, the creators of the long-running series Crazy Ex-girlfriend made a finale that felt true to the series’ best self – low key and sober. The final season explored Rebecca’s mental illness and her coming to terms with herself.
6. Documentary Now
This series was produced, written, and created by Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, and Bill Hader. This mockumentary series pays tribute to documentary films that didn’t actually happen in real life. Its most recent season took three years to complete because of the complicated schedule of the co-creators but the delay only contributed to a more sophisticated third season.
The comedy-drama series’ first season didn’t quite make a buzz, but it’s seen differently now on its second with romance budding between Fleabag and the Priest, played by Andrew Scott. In season two, the care and time given to her by the Priest helped her spare herself from the self-destruction that was seen in season 1.
A creative and romantic partnership between a director-choreographer and a Broadway dancer is where this series revolves. With their own passion for their respective arts, they try to change the face of American entertainment together.
9. Leaving Neverland
This documentary tells the story of how Michael Jackson allegedly abused Wade Robson and James Safechuck sexually when the two were only 7 and 10.
10. The OA: Part II
The OA, which took about two years before it came back for its second season, is a mystery drama with a mix of sci-fi and supernatural elements. It’s an ambitious and artistic series, and the second season’s finale will make you instantly curious to see its next installment.