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Given that we still live in the age of social distancing, it’s starting to look like we’ll spend a good amount of our summer binge-watching new shows and movies (while eating all of the snacks, of course). Though it’s not quite the same as meeting up with our friends for outdoor brunch, the good news is that we’ve got a variety of great summer TV shows to look forward to, thanks to streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. From new episodes of the popular comedy, Shrill, to the premiere of Marvel’s long-anticipated series, Loki, our summer is shaping up to be a very entertaining one. See 12 of the best upcoming releases that are sure to have the internet buzzing this summer.

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1. ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ (May 5)

Star Wars fans, rejoice! The upcoming animated series premieres on Disney+ and will be a spin-off of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Set during the immediate aftermath of the Clone War, the series will center on a group of clone troopers with genetic mutations, known as the Bad Batch, who are sent out on risky mercenary missions. Dee Bradley Baker will return to voice all of the clone troopers and Ming-Na Wen will reprise her role as Fennec from The Mandalorian.

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2. ‘Jupiter's Legacy’ (May 7)

Based on Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's comic book series of the same title, this superhero TV series will follow the world's very first superheroes, who got their powers during the 1930s. Set in the present day, these heroes are now the respected elder guard, but their children find it challenging to live up to their legendary parents as they train to replace them. Jupiter’s Legacy, which will air on Netflix, stars Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb and Elena Kampouris

3. ‘Mythic Quest’ (May 7)

Critics have been raving about Mythic Quest ever since the first season premiered on Apple TV+ in 2020. But we get the feeling that gamers will especially take a liking to this workplace comedy series. After a video game studio releases Raven's Banquet, a successful expansion to the popular game, Mythic Quest, the second season follows the team as they attempt to build on the success of Raven’s Banquet.

4. ‘Shrill’ (May 7)

Meet Annie (Aidy Bryant), the lovable plus-size protagonist who refuses to let society's narrow definition of beauty dull her shine. From the humor and relevant social commentary to Bryant's strong performance, we're confident that the Hulu series will come back strong in its third season. Unfortunately for fans, this will also be Shrill’s final season.

5. ‘The Underground Railroad’ (May 14)

Set in an alternate timeline during the mid-1800s, the show will follow Cora Randall (Thuso Mbedu), a Black slave in Georgia who escapes the plantation and finds herself on the run from a slave catcher. While seeking her freedom, however, she comes across the Underground Railroad, which turns out to be an actual network of tracks and tunnels with engineers and conductors. The Underground Railroad is based on Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel of the same name, and it stars Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon and Aaron Pierre.

6. ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ (May 14)

Welcome back to East High, folks! In the first season, we followed Miss Jenn and her teen students as they worked on their first theater production, High School Musical: The Musical. For season two, however, the gang will return to stage a production of Beauty and the Beast. Fun fact: The Disney+ series actually won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming.

7. ‘Selena: The Series (Part 2)’ (May 14)

Within a month of its initial debut, over 25 million households streamed this Netflix drama, and it's not too hard to see why. Following the first nine episodes, part two of Selena: The Series will continue to chronicle the life of famous Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. What better way to feed our nostalgia than to see Christian Serratos perform Selena’s best hits?

8. ‘The Chi’ (May 23)

Fans have been impatiently waiting for a new season of Lena Waithe’s popular Showtime series, and luckily, they won’t have to wait much longer. According to the official premise, The Chi is a coming-of-age story set in the south side of Chicago, and it follows “a group of residents who become linked by coincidence, but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.” The fourth season will include quite a few original cast members, including Jacob Latimore and Alex Hibbert, but expect to see a few new faces.

9. 'Loki' (June 11)

The Asgardian god of mischief is back! In this new Disney+ series, we’ll follow the version of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who created a new timeline in Avengers: Endgame, beginning in 2012 (so in other words, these events take place before the 2013 film, Thor: The Dark World. After Loki steals the Tesseract, he travels through time and proceeds to change history, but of course, things don’t go as smoothly as he’d hoped. The first season of Loki will include six episodes and Owen Wilson will star as Mobius M. Mobius.

10. ‘Love, Victor’ (June 11)

Set in the same world as the 2018 comedy drama, Love, Simon, the series will follow Victor Salazar (Michael Cimino), a new Creekwood High student who struggles with his sexual orientation. Thankfully, he can count on Simon (Nick Robinson) for some sound advice. While Robinson’s character isn’t a regular on the upcoming series, he’ll be appearing in at least one episode.

11. ‘Lupin’ (Part 2) (TBD)

This French mystery thriller follows a professional thief named Assane Diop (Omar Sy). He vows to avenge his father’s death by targeting those who framed him for a crime, but not without the help of his biggest inspiration and fictional gentleman thief, Arsène Lupin. FYI, Lupin’s first five episodes brought in a whopping 70 million viewers, and within a week of its release, it became the third most-watched series on Netflix. Though the streaming service has yet to confirm an exact date for the release of part two, it's already been confirmed that new episodes will drop sometime this summer.

12. ‘Succession’ (TBD)

On the show, rabid viewers follow the drama-riddled Roy family, who own the media conglomerate, Waystar RoyCo. When the patriarch, Logan (Brian Cox), falls ill, all four of his children compete for control of the company. Since production for this show has been delayed due to the pandemic, it’s likely that the third season of the satirical drama will be hitting HBO Max later this summer.

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