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6 new and returning TV shows you need to watch in June 2024

Lee Jung-jae with long hair dressed in a robe, a creature behind him in Star Wars: The Acolyte.
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Once summer arrives, you’ll want to spend more time outside soaking up the sun. But there are also nights in, rainy days, and even commute and travel time when you’ll want to sink your teeth into a new show. What’s coming in June? There are tons of great series returning with new seasons, like The Boys, The Bear, and House of the Dragon. But there are also great new shows, too.

Along with these three aforementioned returning series, we have rounded up three more for a list of six TV shows you need to watch in June. Four are returning shows and two are new, including one that serves as a spinoff set in the future and arriving seven years after the original ended its run.

Star Wars: The Acolyte (June 4)

The Acolyte | Official Trailer | Disney+

Star Wars fans will be delighted to check out Star Wars: The Acolyte, also known simply as The Acolyte. This sci-fi series tells a story that begins prior to the events in the main Star Wars movies. A Jedi Master named Sol (Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae) is looking into a series of crimes taking place at the end of the High Republic era. But his journey puts him in the crosshairs of Mae (Amandla Stenberg), a former Padawan learner who has become a fierce warrior.

Also featuring Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), Jodie Turner-Smith (White Noise), and Carrie-Anne Moss (the Matrix film franchise), Star Wars: The Acolyte was created by Leslye Headland, co-creator of Netflix series Russian Doll. You can expect plenty of exciting action sequences inspired by classic samurai films. Headland told The Hollywood Reporter that many of the cast members did a lot of their own action sequences, resulting in some highly anticipated martial arts moves and high-octane action scenes.

Stream Star Wars: The Acolyte on Disney+.

The Boys, season 4 (June 13)

The Boys – Season 4 Official Trailer | Prime Video

It has been a long two-year wait for fans of The Boys to catch up on the latest drama with Homelander (Antony Starr), Vought Corporation, and the vigilante group known as The Boys. The satirical superhero series is gritty, gory, profane, and downright stomach-churning at times. But beneath the blood, guts, deathly laser eyes, and exploding heads is a politically charged story about a powerful corporation producing genetically enhanced humans, then using them for their benefit. As far as society is concerned, however, this group of masked, caped, perfectly coiffed heroes are there to help.

The story continues as Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and his sidekicks try their hardest to take down Vought, end the development of Supes, and halt their corrupt hold on society. It won’t be easy, and with new enemies, an enraged Homelander, and a half-human son ripe for molding into the most dangerous type of covert villain, there’s plenty of action to come.

Stream The Boys on Amazon Prime Video. 

Bridgerton, season 3B (June 13)

Bridgerton Season 3 | Official Trailer | Netflix

Wives and girlfriends will be grabbing their partners and friends to watch the second half of the third season of record-breaking series Bridgerton this month. The historical romance series based on the Julia Quinn book series and part of Shonda Rhymes’ Shondaland production is set in the Regency era in London. It’s the 1800s and social season, and young nobility are being introduced to society, each looking to impress suitable mates.

Already renewed for a fourth season, the first four episodes of season 3 were released in mid-May, and the final four are coming this month. The story is based on the novel Romancing Mister Bridgerton, focusing on the character of Colin (Luke Newton), the third Bridgerton son.

Stream Bridgerton on Netflix. 

House of the Dragon, season 2 (June 16)

House of the Dragon Season 2 | Official Trailer | Max

House of the Dragon might not be as big as Game of Thrones, the mega-hit series for which it serves as a prequel. But for those who are missing the story, based on the George R.R. Martin books, this fantasy drama dives deep into the history of the Targaryen family. Long before Daenerys was born, the Targaryens were fighting battles to secure their position.

The series looks at the decline of the house, the war of succession that mirrors that of the fight for the Iron Throne in Game of Thrones, and the events that led up to Daenerys’ birth 172 years later and eventual reign as Queen of Dragons. There will be eight episodes in season 2 running through August 2024.

Stream House of the Dragon on Max. 

Orphan Black: Echoes (June 23)

Orphan Black: Echoes | Official Trailer feat. Krysten Ritter | Premieres June 23 | AMC+

Orphan Black: Echoes has big shoes to fill with its predecessor Orphan Black, for which it serves as a spinoff, receiving critical acclaim. Fans are already curious given the absence of Tatiana Maslany from the story, whose Emmy-winning performance as numerous clones had fans in awe of her work. But as a standalone story taking place in the same universe, set in the future year 2052, the Canadian sci-fi thriller may just satisfy the desire for a return of Clone Club.

This spinoff is centered around Lucy (Krysten Ritter), a woman who went through the cloning procedure but does not remember who she is. A key character in Orphan Black: Echoes is also Dr. Kira Manning (Scoop‘s Keeley Hawes), the now grown daughter of Sarah Manning (Maslany) from the original series.

In the original, Sarah discovers her doppelganger, assumes her identity, and slowly begins to uncover the truth about a genetic cloning lab. She also learns that the project has yielded dozens of clones of her around the world. Reception to Orphan Black: Echoes, which premiered on Stan in Australia late last year, has been relatively cool. But American audiences will be able to weigh in later this month.

Stream Orphan Black: Echoes on AMC+.

The Bear, season 3 (June 27)

The Bear | S3 Official Teaser | Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri, Ebon Moss-Bachrach | FX

Let it rip! The emotionally charged, Emmy-winning comedy-drama The Bear is back for its third season, and if the second season is any indication, the show will continue to get better with age. When things left off in season 2, Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (The Iron Claw‘s Jeremy Allen White) had finally, through blood, sweat, and tears, re-opened The Bear as a fine-dining establishment. But it came at a great cost.

Supporting characters went through incredible journeys in the second season as well, including Richard “Richie” Jerimovich (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), Sydney Adamu (Bottoms star Ayo Edebiri), Marcus Brooks (Lionel Boyce), and Tina Marrero (Liza Colon-Zayas). Each came into their own, finally starting to build their confidence. There are so many directions the show can go from here.

Three men stand and sit in an office in The Bear season 3.
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The Bear has its funny moments, but what really has fans glued to their TVs are the scenes of pain, trauma, and overcoming obstacles, aw well as the need for the relatable, flawed characters to get out of their own way. Season 3 of The Bear will likely have many highs and lows once again, so strap in for the fast-paced, wild ride of culinary delights and fractured family dynamics to come.

Stream The Bear on Hulu

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