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The Best TV Shows & Movies To Watch In June

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Melissah Yang and Patricia Karounos share their picks of can’t-miss TV shows and movies that have them texting up a storm. Trust, you will be, too.
Summer is a time for escape. It’s hot, it’s sunny, and hopefully you’ll be headed off for a well-deserved vacation before long. And if, for the time being, you’re still stuck at your desk, TV and movies are offering plenty of lush, vibrant worlds to escape into. 
Take House of the Dragon, which returns for Season 2 this month. You may not want to live in the dragon-battling world of the Game of Thrones prequel, but there’s no denying that the Targaryen civil war will make you forget about reality for a bit. There’s also the second half of Bridgerton Season 3, which promises to whisk us away as we find out if #Polin can make their romance last. Meanwhile, The Bear is back with its third season to transport us to the professional kitchen (though, admittedly, this looks far less relaxing than an actual vacation), and Kinds of Kindness reunites Oscar-winner Emma Stone with Poor Things director Yorgos Lanthimos, who has a knack for making films that feel like they exist in an alternate reality. 
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So pack your bags, your next destination is fast approaching.
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Hit Man

I’ve been waiting to watch Hit Man since it debuted to rave reviews — many of which referred to the action-comedy as “a blast of pure pleasure,” “wildly charismatic,” and “sexy” — at last summer’s Venice International Film Festival, so I’m buzzing now that the time is finally here. The film stars Glen Powell (an actor who is always doing his best to bring Movie Star Energy) as Gary, a nondescript teacher who unexpectedly gets a job with the police department going undercover as a hitman, aiming to arrest everyone who attempts to hire him. Things are going shockingly well for Gary until he develops romantic feelings for Maddy (Andor’s Adria Arjona), who wants someone to kill her husband. 
The movie is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Richard Linklater (he’s made you feel the full spectrum of emotions with movies like Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Boyhood, and Everybody Wants Some!!), who also co-wrote the screenplay (with Powell!) based on a 2001 Texas Monthly article. To me, everything about Hit Man screams perfect summer movie, so grab your friends, grab some popcorn, escape the heat, and prepare to be entertained. 
Where to watch: Netflix
When: June 7 
Watch if you like: Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!!, Grosse Pointe Blank
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The Watchers

Mina (Dakota Fanning) is a young American living and working abroad who’s struggling with family drama. During a work errand, she suddenly finds herself stranded in the woods of rural Ireland until she discovers an old woman, who beckons her to an eerie building where two others also live. Mina quickly learns that the building protects the strangers from sinister forces in the forest that watch them through a mirrored glass at night. And over the course of the film, we learn the truth about the Watchers — and truth about the people inside.
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The Watchers is Ishana Night Shyamalan’s solo directorial debut (she also wrote the screenplay), and yes, in some ways the young director is following in the footsteps of her famed father. But she is also carving her own path as one of the few women of color sitting in the chair. If you’re an M. Night fan who has been craving for someone to take the mantle in the supernatural horror thriller genre, The Watchers is a decent first foray. 
Where to watch: Theaters 
When: June 7 
Watch if you like: The Village, Knock at the Cabin
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Bridgerton Season 3, Part 2 

If you’ve read Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton books, you know that the one that tells the love story between Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton is, hands down, one of the (if not the) best of the entire series. So to say expectations are high for this third season of Bridgerton is a major understatement — especially after the Shondaland period romance has enraptured us with its first two (and a half) seasons
Season 3, which has been split into two parts (Part 1 came out last month) focuses on Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin (Luke Newton) somewhat surprisingly (their book is the fourth of the series, not the third). Those who have been patiently awaiting this second batch of episodes know that Penelope and Colin have finally professed their love for each other — in the steamiest fashion possible — and have gotten engaged. Sounds like a happy ending, right? But it isn’t smooth sailing ahead for our beloved #Polin. BFFs Penelope and Eloise are still on the outs, the latter having been unable to forgive Pen for acts as Lady Whistledown. Even worse? Colin hates the ‘Ton’s gossip writer even more than his sister, and Penelope hasn’t revealed her secret identity to her fiancé, which doesn’t seem like the best way to start a marriage. 
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Where to watch: Netflix
When: June 13
Watch if you like: Queen Charlotte, The Great, Dickinson
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House of the Dragon Season 2

When the Game of Thrones finale rolled its credits five (!!) years ago, I (like many fans) was done. The disappointment of that final season still feels fresh, and I had vowed to never return to the franchise again. But then House of the Dragon — a prequel series chronicling a civil war that tore apart Daenerys’ once almighty Targaryen family nearly two centuries earlier — premiered a couple of years ago during a moment of particular personal boredom, so I gave it a chance. To my total shock, the show hooked me: the fantasy, dragon-filled world was transportive; stars Matt Smith (Daemon Targaryen), Olivia Cooke (Alicent Hightower), and Emma D’Arcy (Rhaenyra Targaryen) turned in winning performances; and the inaugural season introduced a number political and dramatic chess pieces that built up plenty of intrigue for the seasons to come. It wasn’t a perfect season of television, but it did enough to get people clamoring for more. 
Season 2 picks up not long from where we were left off: King Viserys is dead, and now “Team Black” (those loyal to Viserys’ firstborn child, Rhaenyra) and “Team Green” (those loyal to Aegon II, Viserys’ eldest son from his marriage with Alicent) are scrambling to solidify their alliances in their fight for the Iron Throne. Expect fierce dragon battles, behind-the-scenes scheming, relationship drama, and even a cameo from the Stark family
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Where to watch: HBO + Max 
When: June 16 
Watch if you like: Game Of Thrones
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America’s Sweethearts: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Growing up in the 2000s and 2010s, I loved CMT’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team. With starry eyes, I watched beautiful girls vie for a coveted spot on the storied football team’s cheerleading organization. But as someone now in her 30s, I also know how problematic the show was. Like America’s Next Top Model, the cutthroat audition process and feedback, especially from the women at the helm of the cheerleading team’s success, Kelli Finglass and Judy Trammell, were brutal and would never fly today. So I was cautious in the team’s return to reality television. 
Netflix’s rendition, America’s Sweethearts: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, brings back the short shorts and iconic uniforms (and yes, Kelli and Judy are still running the show) but takes a much welcomed documentary-style approach, thanks to creator Greg Whiteley, who’s also behind Netflix’s Cheer and Last Chance U. Unlike in its predecessor, we learn about the dancers’ low pay, impossible beauty standards, eating disorders, the grueling toll on the cheerleaders’ physical and mental health, and the sexualization (and the threats that come with it) of the young women. 
It’s a deserved feature of a cheerleading organization with a 60-year history — and the incredible women who have made it the juggernaut it is today.
Where to watch: Netflix
When: June 20
Watch if you like: Cheer, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team
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Kinds Of Kindness

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It feels like we’ve barely wrapped the 2024 awards season, and yet we’re already getting a serious play for next year’s trophies. From Oscar-nominated director Yorgos Lanthimos comes Kinds Of Kindness, a dark comedy anthology film that follows three distinct yet loosely connected storylines: a man attempting to take control of his life; a policeman whose missing wife returns home but seems to be a completely different person; and a woman searching for someone with a specific special ability and destined to become a prodigious spiritual leader.
Kinds Of Kindness features a star-studded cast — Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau, Joe Alwyn, and Hunter Schafer — many of whom play different characters across the three narratives. This is Stone and Lanthimos’ third feature film collaboration, the most recent being Poor Things in which Stone won the Best Actress Oscar for her turn as Bella Baxter (Dafoe also starred and was nominated). If history is any indicator, this could be a return to the awards nom lists for all.
Where to watch: Theaters 
When: June 21 
Watch if you like: Poor Things, The Lobster, Crash
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I Am: Celine Dion

I love a good documentary and especially one about a music legend. Iconic (and I don’t use this word lightly) Celine Dion and her powerhouse vocals have been a global force for decades, but after publicly revealing her diagnosis of stiff-person syndrome in December 2022, and canceling a number of shows, the superstar singer hasn’t shared much about her health struggles. Until now. 
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I Am: Celine Dion goes behind the scenes in the superstar singer’s journey in battling the rare neurological disorder that causes debilitating muscle spasms, and how it has completely altered the course of her life and career. Have tissues on hand and be ready to be inspired — because Ms. Dion will once again show that our hearts will go on in loving and rooting for her.
Where to watch: Prime Video
When: June 25 
Watch if you like: Five Foot Two
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The Bear Season 3

In an era where we have so many options — all catering to different tastes and preferences — a small, intimate show becoming a genuine word-of-mouth and critical hit (one that feels like everyone is talking about) is special. As The Bear “Yes, chef”-ed its way into our hearts, the dramedy about a fine-dining chef taking over, then transforming, his family’s Chicago casual eatery, became exactly that. The cast of characters (led by Emmy winners Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach) are full of life, their relationships feel raw and captivating, and the show so expertly builds tension that it feels as if you are also living what’s playing out on screen. 
In Season 3, Carmy’s (White) grand vision for his family’s spot, which he inherited after his older brother died by suicide, has finally come to fruition. After months of frantic work spent on renovations, developing a menu, and getting the staff to elevate their skills and come together as a team, the new (and improved?) restaurant is officially open to the public. But as Carmy’s exacting expectations — and dreams of achieving a Michelin star — grow and grow, can our ragtag crew of chefs and restaurateurs stand up to the pressure of the kitchen, or are they doomed to fail? 
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Where to watch: Hulu 
When: June 27 
Watch if you like: The Bear Seasons 1–2
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My Lady Jane

If you know anything about English history, you’ve probably at least heard of Lady Jane Grey, a cousin of King Edward VI who reluctantly became Queen of England when she was just a teenager. Her reign, however, lasted only nine days, as Mary Tudor (Edward’s sister) won public favor, usurped Jane, and eventually ordered her executed for treason. Now, Jane is often seen as a young woman surrounded by incompetent, power-hungry people who forced her into a situation that led to her tragic death (though it’s hard to know how much Jane really knew about the royal plot). 
Enter My Lady Jane, a period drama adapted from a series of YA novels that reimagines history, telling the story of Jane Grey (played by newcomer Emily Bader) as if she was never executed and went on to live a full life without becoming a damsel in distress. The show takes some of what you love about Bridgerton (a modern voice, a reframed POV during a notable point in history, fabulous costumes, and #BookTok-worthy romance) with a bit more edge and fantasy elements. If you love the romantasy genre, you’ll definitely want to check this show out. 
Where to watch: Prime Video
When: June 27 
Watch if you like: Bridgerton, The Buccaneers, Outlander  
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