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What TV series to watch this summer

We've pulled together the best TV series — from Netflix, Amazon, Freeview and pay TV channels — from now until September to get you through these hot summer months. Read on to find your next binge watch.

Summer’s here, which means there’s plenty of time to go outside and enjoy the heat… and then hide indoors once it gets too hot.

Stuck for ideas on what to watch? Here’s our suggestions, based on your summer plans.

If you want to keep up in conversations…

Let’s get to the most obvious rec we’ll give you: Game of Thrones. It’s the most-watched series in the world, so it’s highly likely you’re either already watching it or will get sucked into conversations about it.

Where to watch: Sky Atlantic, from 17 July

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If you’re on board the current 90s nostalgia train…

The Crystal Maze is coming back in a 20-part series. Hosted by new Maze Master Richard Ayoade, the series has built new elaborate zones for contestants to escape, and there’s still the Crystal Dome at the end.

Where to watch: Channel 4, available now

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If you’re feeling the 90s nostalgia but were more into cartoons…

Peter Serafinowicz is taking up the mantle of The Tick, an unlikely superhero in New York. The comedic cartoon has become a cult classic, and the addition of Serafinowicz to the cast bodes well that the new series will strike the right tone.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, from 25 August

If you want to get your superhero summer fix…

Marvel’s The Defenders has Netflix bringing together all of its Marvel series — Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist — in the TV equivalent of The Avengers. Together, the four troubled superheroes have to form a team to save New York against their common enemy: the Hand.

Where to watch: Netflix, from 18 August

If you’re dreaming about an expensive holiday in the south of France…

Sky’s new original series Riviera has it all: drama, wealth, art theft, murder… and a gorgeous locale. Billed as part thrilling crime series and part compelling family drama, Riviera has A-list talent behind it, including Julia Stiles, Iwan Rheon and Neil Jordan.

Where to watch: Sky Atlantic, available now

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If you’d settle for a cheaper, trashier trip to the beach…

MTV’s Ex on the Beach should be your go-to. High-brow fare, this series ain’t, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless, with cast members from other reality series like Geordie Shore, Love Island and TOWIE. Just don’t watch with your kids.

Where to watch: MTV, available now

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If you’d rather go further afield on an out-of-this-world adventure…

The new Star Trek series, Discovery, will be the first new Star Trek series to air since Enterprise ended 12 years ago. Plot details have been kept pretty tightly under wraps, but we do know that Star Trek: Discovery is set 10 years before the original Star Trek series and is unrelated to the new Star Trek films.

Where to watch: Netflix, from 25 September

If you want a character-driven, critically-acclaimed series to sink your teeth into…

Better Call Saul is one of the best series on television right now, hands down. It’s a prequel to Breaking Bad that focuses on sleazy criminal lawyer Saul Goodman, and it’s so, so much better than it should be, based on that description. Fair warning: It’s a slow burn, but on a lazy summer day, you don’t always want breakneck dramas. In the UK, Netflix has held the rights to all three series, but AMC — exclusively available with BT — is currently airing the first series from the beginning.

Where to watch: Netflix or AMC, available now

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If music festivals are making you crave more glitter, bodysuits and big hair…

Watch GLOW, Netflix’s new series about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling starring Alison Brie. It’s created by Jenji Kohan, showrunner for Orange is the New Black and Weeds.

Where to watch: Netflix, available now

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