We’re thisclose to summer blockbuster season, but in the meantime, June will offer up a super fun mix of darkly comic European imports, an LGBTQ spin on Pride and Prejudice, a new Marvel series for tweens, and a surefire Emmy nominee starring Jeff Bridges. Throw in some of the year’s best events from the sports calendar, and there’s plenty to stream this month.
Here are all the best new shows and movies to stream in June 2022…
New movies streaming in June 2022
Norm MacDonald: Nothing Special
Release date: May 30
The comedian Norm MacDonald passed away from cancer last September, but in 2020 he shot new material in his living room, in the event that he’d be too sick later on to film a full stand-up show for Netflix. He recorded the hour-long special in a single take, and asked that it be released after his death. He even came up with the deadpan-yet-poignant title.
South Park: The Streaming Wars
Release date: May 11
Where: Paramount Plus
While all 25 seasons of South Park stream on HBO Max, its resourceful creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone also signed a separate 900 million USD deal to produce 14 movie specials for Paramount+. This is the third installment—the first two were much more focused on Covid—but despite the au courant title, not much is known about the movie’s content apart from what’s in the YouTube trailer: “Cartman locks horns with his mom in a battle of wills while an epic conflict unfolds that threatens South Park’s very existence.”
Release date: June 3
Saturday Night Live’s Bowen Yang has come out with a new twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, moving the setting from Regency England to Fire Island—a summer hotspot for New York’s gay community. In this queer rom-com, Yang and Joel Kim Booster play two best friends who party and make the acquaintance of two wealthy vacationers over the course of a Fire Island summer. Margaret Cho is also in the cast.
Cha Cha Real Smooth
Release date: June 17
Where: Apple TV+
This dramedy from writer-director-star Cooper Raiff won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, just as Apple’s Oscar-winning Coda did last year. Raiff stars as a recent college graduate making ends meet as a Bar Mitzvah deejay and hype man who strikes up a unique friendship with a woman (Dakota Johnson) and her autistic teenage daughter.
Release date: June 17
Need more Chris Hemsworth action flicks in your life this summer (aside from July’s Thor: Love and Thunder)? Netflix has you covered. Based on the George Saunders story “Escape from Spiderhead,” this sci-fi thriller stars Hemsworth as a “pharmaceutical genius” (sure) who runs a state-of-the-art penitentiary, where two inmates (Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett) grapple with their pasts as guinea pigs for emotion-controlling drugs.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Release date: June 22
The 28th installment in the MCU hit theaters on May 6 and will quickly make its way to the small screen for your streaming pleasure. CNET calls the film “a marvelously assured balancing act of bizarre weirdness and affecting human drama.”
New limited series and TV shows
Release date: May 31
British director Danny Boyle seems like the perfect fit to direct this mini-series about the proto-punk band the Sex Pistols. Why the singular name, then? The series is based on the 2016 memoir of guitarist Steve Jones and is mostly from his perspective. All six episodes are available for streaming on Hulu.
Borgen Season 4
Release date: June 2
This much-loved Danish political drama began in 2010 and has been compared (often favorably) to The West Wing. After a nine-year hiatus, a fourth season, entitled Borgen: Power & Glory, will begin streaming on Netflix (where you can also get caught up on the first three series).
This is Going to Hurt
Release date: June 2
Where: AMC / BBC iPlayer
We’ve heard nothing but raves about this British dark comedy series starring Ben Whishaw as a young NHS doctor struggling to keep up with his work as an OBGYN. Each of seven episodes will air weekly on AMC, but if you can’t get enough you can binge them for free on BBC iPlayer, where the series aired earlier this year.
The Boys Season 3
Release date: June 3
Where: Amazon Prime Video
This R-rated superhero series based on a graphic novel returns for a third season that will feature its infamous “herogasm” storyline. Unlike the more straightforwardly heroic Avengers, the superheroes in The Boys are generally arrogant, violent, and often corrupt, while the eponymous Boys are vigilantes looking to bring them down.
Release date: June 6
Where: HBO Max
Alicia Vikander stars in this limited series that’s a remake of a 1996 French movie about an actress joining a vampire film remake. (Or something like that.) Anyway, the series satirizes the entertainment industry, with Vikander starring as a Hollywood starlet looking to shoot something artsy on the heels of a superhero movie. This version is mostly in English, and will comprise eight episodes.
Release date: June 8
The Marvel machine just keeps on chugging, but we like the fresh perspective of this series that focuses on 16-year-old, Pakistani-American Kamala Khan, a comic book geek who struggles to balance everyday high school challenges with newfound superpowers. Ms. Marvel is definitely geared toward a younger audience than some of Disney’s other recent MCU shows.
Queer as Folk
Release date: June 9
This isn’t a remake but a “reimagining” of Russell T. Davies’s landmark British drama series about a group of gay men in the UK (which was in fact remade into an American series that ran from 2000-2005 on Showtime). Davies is a producer on this Peacock iteration, which spans continents as it follows a diverse group of friends whose lives are transformed by tragedy. The ensemble cast includes many exciting young actors, along with guest star turns from Juliette Lewis, Ed Begley Jr., Kim Cattrall, and others.
For All Mankind Season 3
Release date: June 10
Where: Apple TV+
This fascinating series from Ronald D. Moore (of Battlestar Galactica fame) envisions an alternate history where the “space race” never ended and the U.S.S.R. actually landed on the moon first. The first season followed NASA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts in 1969; the critically acclaimed second season was set in the 1970s; and the upcoming season skips ahead once more to the early 1990s as NASA strives to send its first manned mission to Mars. Ten episodes will air weekly.
Peaky Blinders Season 6
Release date: June 10
The final season of this stylish British crime series aired earlier this spring on BBC iPlayer, and now all six episodes will finally be available to binge Stateside when the series bows on Netflix. Will Tommy Shelby’s crime empire crumble?
Release date: June 12
Native American actor Zahn McClarnon (Fargo, Reservation Dogs) stars in this psychological thriller series from producers George R.R. Martin (guess this is why he can’t finish his books) and Robert Redford. Set in a remote outpost of Navajo Nation in 1971 with the tagline “27,000 square miles. Two cops.”, the series follows McClarnon’s Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and his young partner, Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordon) as they untangle a mystery and battle their own personal demons.
The Old Man
Release date: June 16
Where: FX / Hulu
Oscar winner Jeff Bridges returns to TV for the first time since the early ’60s in this seven-episode adaptation of Thomas Perry’s eponymous novel. Bridges stars as a former CIA operative living off the grid… until an assassin tries to take him out. He’ll have to go on the run and face off against the FBI (including an agent played by John Lithgow, with whom he has a complicated history). Jeff Bridges as a curmudgeonly reluctant badass? Sign us up! The first two episodes will premiere back to back on FX, streaming the next day on Hulu.
Money Heist Korea – Joint Economic Area
Release date: June 24
Netflix’s original international hit Money Heist ended in December after five seasons, but it’s taken the show on the road to another one of its international hotbeds—South Korea—with a spinoff that follows the storyline and characters of the original series, but with a twist. This version is set in a world in which North and South Korea are on the verge of reunification. Six episodes will drop in June, with six more released later this year.
Only Murders in the Building Season 2
Release date: June 28
This delightfully quirky series starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez (with guest turns by a who’s who of Broadway actors) returns less than a year after it premiered—not that we’re complaining. The trio—playing neighbors in an eccentric New York apartment building with a shared passion for true-crime podcasts—must solve another series of murder mysteries while clearing their own name. Look for cameos from Amy Schumer (playing a fictionalized version of herself), Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Cara Delevigne, and many others. The first two episodes premiere June 28, with eight more coming out weekly after that.
Sports events to stream in June
The NBA Finals begin on June 2 with a bicoastal battle between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics. Some high-profile UEFA Nations League matches should tide football fans over, while Down Under the NRL’s epic State of Origin begins on June 8. Racing fans can look forward to two Formula 1 races (the Azerbaijan and Canadian Grand Prixes) in June, along with the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 11. And the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs have proved quite exciting thus far; the Finals are set to begin around mid-June.
What’s streaming in July 2022?
The final two episodes of Stranger Things Season 4 will drop on July 1, but be warned that each clocks in at movie length. Anglophiles will surely look forward to Downtown Abbey: A New Era coming to Peacock on July 5, while the second half of Better Call Saul’s epic final season starts up on July 11. Season 4 of FX’s hysterical vampire mockumentary series What We Do in the Shadows returns on July 12. And Netflix’s most expensive movie to date—The Gray Man, starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans—drops on July 22, a week after it debuts in theaters.