Darragh Murphy27 May 2019 AT 12:57 PM

Five top TV shows to stream this summer

From Barry to Homecoming, you don’t want to miss out on these brilliant
Darragh Murphy27 May 2019 AT 12:57 PM
Five top TV shows to stream this summer

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After seeing Donald Glover in cult comedy show Community (take that as an honourable bit of advice), you wouldn’t be blamed to think comedy is his only shtick. Fans of his musical alter ego Childish Gambino may have seen inklings of his creative side, but it wasn’t until Atlanta debuted in 2016 that everyone got to see just how talented and thought-provoking he is. You wouldn’t think so from the premise of the show, which see’s down-on-his-luck Earn (Glover) trying to make it in the music business by edging his way into becoming a manager for his upcoming rap star cousin, Alfred. But each engaging (and equal parts hilarious) episode acts as a short film, exploring different aspects of music, growing up in the suburbs, fame and just plain strange situations. Each episode brings something new, and you’ll be aching to see how Earn and his friends cope with everything that goes down.
No. of Episodes: 21 (ongoing)
Available on Netflix

Barry
A hitman basically bored of being too good at his job who decides to take up a life of amateur acting. Imagine pitching that to executives? Barry’s bizarreness is what makes it a stand-out hit, and its unique blend of action and dark comedy will only make you question what in the world happens next. That’s the perfect remedy for any binge-worthy show, isn’t it? Barry (the brilliant Bill Hader) joins an acting troupe to get away from hitting yet another “mark”, but his mentor still has plans for him, getting him involved in the mobsters of LA (which is also where we meet the absolutely hilarious NoHo Hank). There’s only eight episodes in its first season, but season two is currently airing, so you may as well get started.
No. of Episodes: 17 (ongoing)
Available on HBO Go

Homecoming
Lies, conspiracy, dark secrets – sometimes all the intrigue goes down in unlikely places, and that’s what makes things interesting. Psychological thriller Homecoming is partly from the mind behind Mr. Robot (which couldn’t quite make the cut for this list as it can… Drag), so expect brilliant cinematography, troubled characters and plenty of shockers. Julia Roberts stars as Heidi, who worked at a facility helping soldiers transition to civilian life. Years later, though, the Department of Defence questions her on why she left, and so a peculiar cover up starts unravelling episode by episode. The more you watch this dark tale, the more hooked you get.
No. of Episodes: 10
Available on Amazon Prime

Killing Eve
Finally, a show where Sandra Oh isn’t wearing a white doctor’s coat. Killing Eve’s initial game of cat and mouse will have you saying “What?!” once you get past the first two episodes, as you’ll slowly start to understand the two characters Eve (Oh) and Villanelle (the intimidating Jodie Comer) more and more. If you haven’t guessed, the plot is basically in the title, with Eve being a whip-smart but bored security operative while Villanelle is a psycho-turned-hitman living off the luxuries of her job. Their obsession over each other is enthralling, and their peculiar character dynamic is what will keep your eyes glued.
No. of Episodes: 17 (ongoing)
Available on Amazon Prime

The Defiant Ones
A documentary on this list? And it’s about the history of music of all things? Yes, because The Defiant Ones gives its viewers an exclusive insight into the music industry, showing off just how much of an influence Dr. Dre and producer Jimmy Lovine had in what we hear today. N.W.A, Nine Inch Nails, Gwen Stefani, Eminem – you can thank those two for all those megastars and more throughout the years, and this series lets you see how they all were found out. There are harsh times and high times, and you’ll come out with that much more respect for each artist featured. The fastest mini-series you’ll ever get through.
No. of Episodes: 4
Available on Netflix

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