Coming Soon: Everything You Need to Watch, Read & Play This July
Even though some communities have begun phased reopenings, it’s still important to practice social distancing as we navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. That said, we’re all probably going to spend more time indoors — and at home — than we would during a coronavirus-free summer. If you’re looking to hang inside and hang up the mask for a bit, you can escape more than just the heat this July with a slate of exciting TV shows, book debuts, video game releases and movie premieres. Read on to find out more and plan ahead for your marathon-viewing (or reading) schedule.
Stream Netflix Originals Like “Cursed,” “The Babysitters Club” and “Stateless”
Of all the major streaming platforms, Netflix undoubtedly has the most robust lineup. So, with the most original content on offer this coming month, you’ll want to hit "Still Watching" on your Netflix subscription. From new series and summer blockbusters to Korean dramas and new seasons of some of your favorite shows, the original streaming giant has it all this July.
Netflix and Thrills: Tune Into Other Network Series Streaming Exclusively on Netflix and Discover the Next Summer Blockbuster
A few other series, including Nordic noir thriller Deadwind, season four of the anime series The Seven Deadly Sins and docuseries Street Food: Latin America, are expected to premiere in July as well, although release dates haven’t been assigned yet. As always, Netflix has also acquired the streaming rights to a few other must-watch series, including the weekly K-dramas The Underclass (July 5) and Hook (July 4), the final season of hit Spanish web series Cable Girls (July 3) and The Last Dance, ESPN’s acclaimed docuseries about NBA star Michael Jordan.
The Newly Launched HBO Max Continues to Deliver on Originals and Old Favorites
The newest streaming giant is part-Criterion channel, part-Disney+ in that its two goals seem to be 1) gather up a ton of landmark, classic movies (and, yes, quite a few of those are launching in July), and 2) make impressive partnerships with fandom faves like DC Comics, Studio Ghibli and Cartoon Network. While HBO has always been known for its incredible original programming, this month is set to be a tad light on that front.
From the Disney+ Debut of “Hamilton” to the Launch of NBCUniversal’s Peacock, Here’s Everything Else Worth Streaming
When it comes to Netflix and HBO Max’s competition, there’s definitely not as much original content — or exciting content — debuting in July. Each of the other giants has a handful of hits — or, in Disney’s case, just one megahit — coming out. Here’s a quick rundown of all the other must-watch programming coming to streaming this July.
Grab a Controller and Get Ready for July’s Top Games
Between Bethesda’s wonky Outer Worlds Nintendo Switch port and Naughty Dog’s highly acclaimed The Last of Us 2, there was a lot to both loathe and love about gaming in June. This month, Mario makes his summer debut in one of the most eagerly anticipated PlayStation exclusives drops, so grab your controller!
Must-Read Books That Will Keep You Turning the Pages
Whether you’re navigating closures or staggered reopenings, it’s clear that "beach reads" just won’t have the same ring to it this year. Nonetheless, there are quite a few incredible books coming out in July — and you’d do well to add them to your summer reading list.