Goodbye Game of Thrones, with The Handmaid's Tale and Big Little Lies, June is when the real TV starts

Goodbye Game of Thrones, with The Handmaid's Tale and Big Little Lies, June is when the real TV starts

Still heartbroken over the disappointing series finale of HBO's 'Game of Thrones'? Well, you shouldn't be. While fans of the behemoth fantasy show are going as far as to seek counseling for the grief, disappointment and depression over season 8, they should ideally be focusing on the fact that June is just around the corner, and will bring with it, a slew of amazing shows. In fact, we would go as far as to say that the past two months, despite the frenzy over 'Game of Thrones,' has nothing on June.

June 5 will see the return of Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' with season 3, and it will depict the revolution on the screen that we so desperately want to see in real life. Even as people continue to compare the abortion bans in various American states, to the Republic of Gilead's dictatorship, women all over the country continue to march and make noise to inform the lawmakers that what a woman chooses to do with her own body should be her own decision. 

Margaret Atwood's fiction now seems more like an ominous prophecy and even as we continue to grapple with the lawmakers who voted against women's fundamental rights, it is pretty cathartic to see the women of 'The Handmaid's Tale' begin to change their fate. Add to that the brilliant performances by everyone involved, specifically Elizabeth Moss aka Offred and Yvonne Strahovski's Serena who play the women whose lives are dictated by the men in power. The cinematography is to fawn over and the direction is precise. The story, as discussed earlier, is one worth knowing.

Especially with the Alabama abortion ban, 'The Handmaid's Tale' has become an iconic cautionary tale for the American public. (George Kraychyk)

Following in the heels of 'The Handmaid's Tale' is season 2 of HBO's 'Big Little Lies,' which premieres June 9. A murder mystery drama like no other, this show features some of the biggest names in Hollywood,  including Academy Award-winning actresses Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. Narrating the stories of a group of emotionally troubled women, 'Big Little Lies' grabbed our collective attention with the very first episode, which pushed us to the edge of our seats. 

The performances of Shailene Woodley Zoë Kravitz and Laura Dern add to the greatness of the show which is going to get even more irresistible come season 2, which will see the debut of Meryl Streep's character Mary Louise Wright. Her addition obviously moves this show up from must-watch to seriously, have you still not watched it yet? Dare we say this show will be the one to challenge 'Game of Thrones' in popularity or even fill up the gap that the fantasy show left?


Meryl Streep joins as the mother-in-law to Nicole Kidman's character in season 2 of 'Big Little Lies.' (Jennifer Clasen/HBO)

June will also see the premiere of Ben Affleck's brainchild 'City on a Hill,'  set to premiere June 16, which is another anticipated show of the year. Centered on the fictional account of what was called the "Boston Miracle," 'City on a Hill' promises to be everything an Affleck production tends to be - complex stories of complex characters and watching it will enrich you as a human being. 

Starring Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hogde, Jonathan Tucker and Mark O'Brien, this is a story that is yet to be told but needs to be told. This show will enrich your June TV watching experience in a way that no other show will. And, a combination of 'The Handmaid's Tale' 'Big Little Lies' and 'City on a Hill' is why we believe June is going to be the best month of the year for any TV show lover. 


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