What to Watch on Netflix this June

Most network television programming winds down as May ends, making June a great month to catch your breath and…binge. It’s a light month for releases, but this month a favorite Netflix original series returns, as well as some marathon-worthy network shows.

Return to Litchfield: Orange Is the New Black

The ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary are back for Season 4 of the Netflix favorite. Judging from the trailer, this season is full of the usual drama we’ve come to expect: plenty of fights, lots of new blood, a few tears, some hospital visits and maybe even a visit from the S.W.A.T. team. Grab some popcorn and prepare for some intense TV. The series was already renewed for three seasons after this one, meaning we’re probably in for an intense cliffhanger. Drops June 17. 

Everyday Is Thank God It’s Thursday (TGIT): Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal

It’s an election year on Season 5 of Scandal. Those seasons are always full of lots of mud slinging and juicy secrets. The show will not be returning until mid-season next year, so you have plenty of time to catch up. Drops June 11. As for Grey’s Anatomy, we need to give a shoutout to Long Island native Sarah Drew who plays Dr. April Kepner on the medical drama. Following the death of her son last season, Drew’s character comes home from the service to deal with a marriage on the rocks and later, an unexpected pregnancy. She shines through it all, but that’s just one plotline. Plenty of other doctors are also breaking up, hooking up or fighting for their lives this season. Drops June 18.

Movie Night: The Fundamentals of Caring & More

The Netflix original movie will be released both online and in theaters. It’s based on the Jonathan Evison novel The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving and stars Selena Gomez and Paul Rudd. A retired writer turned caregiver takes his client Trevor, who has muscular dystrophy, on a road trip. Drops June 24. If you’re in the mood for something more classic, Jurassic Park will be released at the beginning of the month. A Walk To Remember is also on the list of non-original movies being released in June, if you’re looking for a more romantic throwback for date night. Both Drop June 1. Spotlight, the 2016 Academy Award winner for Best Picture will also be available to stream this month. Drops June 22.

Triple Threat: Bo Burnham: Make Happy

Singer, comedian and actor Bo Burnham is a triple threat at age 25. His first Netflix stand-up special was filmed at the Capital Theater in Portchester, NY. Drops June 3.

Drama From Japan: Hibana: Spark

The first Netflix Japan original series releases worldwide at the beginning of the month. It’s based on an award-winning Japanese novel about two struggling comedians trying to find purpose in their lives. This is a refreshing twist on the anime we’ve come to expect out of Japan. Drops June 3 (worldwide).  

Cartoon Break: Voltron: Legendary Defenders

Netflix and Dreamworks continue their partnership with a reboot of the animated series. A group of people in a space exploration program will unite to form a weapon and defend the universe from aliens. Drops June 10.

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