It’s getting colder, but the small screen is sizzling with secret lives, corruption, a resistance movement and a couple of retro reboots.
Here’s the best TV shows to watch in June.
Perpetual Grace, Ltd (Stan, June 3)
Jacki Weaver and Ben Kingsley, who has described the neo-noir drama series as a “10-hour movie”, star as a pastor and his wife who use religion to bilk hundreds of people out of their life savings.
Westworld’s Jimmi Simpson plays a young drifter attempting to prey on them. Bad idea.
Big Little Lies (Netflix, June 9)
Bonded by a deadly secret – spoiler?
See season one – the Monterey Five (Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern) navigate the aftermath of their actions, tense new relationships and children in Year 2. Meryl Streep co-stars as a grieving mother with an inquiring mind.
Black Mirror (Netflix, June 5)
The dark sci-fi anthology series’ fifth season will have three stories that feature the likes of Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, Angourie Rice and Miley Cyrus. Creator Charlie Brooker hinted to RadioTimes.com that this series throws up “a mix” of its nihilistic feel and some slightly lighter episodes: “They’re all different tones.”
Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (Netflix, June 7)
Inspired by Maupin’s book series of the same name – nine novels published between 1978 and 2014 – the 10 episodes begin a new chapter in the tangled lives of a group of San Francisco residents. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis reprise their roles from a 1993 TV adaptation of the series, with Ellen Page and Zosia Mamet joining the new cast.
The Handmaid’s Tale (SBS, June 6)
In the wake of Alabama’s new anti-abortion legislation, The Handmaid’s Tale was a trending Twitter topic in mid-May as fans drew parallels between what was happening around them and the stripping of reproductive rights in the fictional world of Gilead. Season three follows June (Elisabeth Moss) and her resistance against the misogynist, dystopian regime.
City on a Hill (Stan, June 17)
Set in early 1900s Boston, the drama is executive produced by Ben Affleck – who came up with the idea – and Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd. It stars Kevin Bacon as a corrupt but respected FBI agent who forms an alliance with the district attorney (Aldis Hodge) to subvert the city’s criminal justice system.
Deadwood: The Movie (Fox Showcase, June 3)
After a three-season, 36-episode run from 2004 to 2006, writer David Milch’s multi-Emmy award-winning western was cancelled on a cliff-hanger. Now, the entire core cast is back, led by Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant, for a two-hour movie picking up in 1889 when the residents of Deadwood are reunited to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood.
Jonas Brothers – Chasing Happiness (Amazon Prime Video, June 4)
A documentary about what instant fame does to a family, profiling US music trio the Jonas Brothers from their childhood in New Jersey to global pop stardom, their painful break-up and reasons for reuniting.
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (Fox Showcase, June 8)
A documentary investigating Theranos, a healthcare company founded in 2004 by 19-year-old Stamford dropout Elizabeth Holmes, which was at one point was valued at $US9 billion and is now worth zero. The film’s director, Alex Gibney, also directed Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, The Armstrong Lie (about the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong) and Going Clear (about Scientology). Jennifer Lawrence is set to star as Holmes in a film version of John Carreyrou’s 2015 book Bad Blood.