7 Upcoming Shows and Movies We Can’t WAIT to See

  • Copy by: Abigail Yonker

That late spring/early summer sweet spot is by far one of our favorite times of the year. With blooming flowerbeds, patio weather aplenty, and about a billion excuses to wear your favorite wedges, this time of year makes it pretty much impossible to choose staying in over spending time in the great outdoors.

This year, however, is a bit of a different story. Thanks to a massive list of exciting new TV shows and movies on the horizon, our Netflix, Hulu, and HBOGo queues are about to be longer than ever.

We rounded up the upcoming shows and movies we’re most excited about, and we’re telling you exactly how and why you can get in on the action. And you’re going to want to; I mean, come on – watching Netflix with the windows open makes you outdoorsy, right?

1. Girlboss

What It Is: Season 1, All Episodes

Where to Watch: Netflix, April 21

You’ve read the book, you’ve bought the clothes, and you’ve heard the name. Now, this new Netflix comedy follows (the dramatized version of) the rise of Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, and it closely details her missteps and successes as she rose to become one of the most prominent executives in e-commerce. The complicated Amoruso is played by Britt Robertson, who you probably recognize from, uh, everything. The beauty of this show is that Amoruso’s journey was not easy, typical, expected, or always pretty. But isn’t that what makes a show worth watching? Bonus: Girlboss was a major passion project for my girl crush Charlize Theron, who serves as executive producer.


2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

What It Is: HBO Original Movie

Where to Watch: HBO, April 22

After Hidden Figures made me lose my mind with #BossLady inspiration, I was forced to ask myself a major question: Why are there so few girl power films out there? Women throughout history have had incredible stories to tell, and it’s about damn time Hollywood tells them. Thankfully, this new HBO drama tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, the unwitting donor of a line of cells that eventually became one of the most-tested lines of immortal cells of all time. (If you’re anything like I am, you’ll need a little help knowing what all that means. Check out this helpful summary from the author of the book on which this film is based.) Expect this one to tell the dark and twisted history of bioethics and their place within racial relations in science. Bonus: Catch the fabulous Oprah Winfrey and the delightful Rose Byrne in the film, and prepare yourself for the emotional roller coaster to come.

3. The Handmaid’s Tale

What It Is: Season 1 Series Premiere

Where to Watch: Hulu, April 26

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian future where fundamentalist patriarchy rules the day. The show will follow the grisly tale of Offred, a sex slave to a governmental leader, as she navigates her horrifying reality. Bonus: Mad Men and GG fans rejoice! Look for both Peggy Olson AND Rory Gilmore (literally what more could we ask for?).


4. Casting JonBenet

What It Is: Documentary Film

Where to Watch: Netflix, April 28

It’s been over 20 years, but the world is still in shock and confusion over the murder of the adorable young pageant star JonBenet Ramsey — she was killed in her Boulder, CO home at the age of six. While a number of specials and investigative reports have aired over the years, this Netflix Original will be the first documentary to speak with and showcase actors within the actual Boulder community as they reenact the events leading up to the murder. It’s a completely unique concept for a documentary, and we’re ready to hear new developments and listen to conversations with people still connected to the case. Bonus: The official trailer just came out, and it’s absolutely chilling. This movie’s going to be informative, intense, and discussion inducing.


5. Dear White People

What It Is: Season 1, All Episodes

Where to Watch: Netflix, April 28

Based on the 2014 film of the same name, Dear White People is a comedy centered around a group of black students at a predominantly white Ivy League university. The new show will dive deep into modern racism in a witty and fresh way, and we’re super pumped that the film’s writer and director, Justin Simien, also wrote the show’s first ten episodes. Prepare to laugh, cry, and get angry. Bonus: The show features a lot of actors who have yet to become household names, so it’ll be a great way to find some new favorites. However, Gossip Girl fans shouldn’t be surprised when they see the familiar face of a certain Serena VDW love interest.


6. Snatched

What It Is: Movie in Theatres

Where to Watch: Theaters, May 12

So I have to be honest: My initial thought about this movie was that its two stars were an unlikely pair. And now I stand corrected. After partying their way through this year’s awards season together, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn prove that fun and family will never go out style. This comedy chronicles a breakup, a mother-daughter vacation, and, of course, the subsequent hilarity to follow. I’m excited for the major laughs, the “I can’t wait to call my mom after this!” moment, and Amy Schumer’s flawless beach blonde hair. Bonus: This one will give you a touch of vacation envy, but it will also make you glad you decided to save that tax return too.


7. Twin Peaks revival

What It Is: Revival Series Premiere

Where to Watch: Showtime, May 21

So I wasn’t even alive when the OG Twin Peaks aired, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be majorly pumped for the revival. Starring original leading man Kyle MacLachlen and directed by original director David Lynch, the revival will be a continuation of the 1990-91 series by the same name. Not much has been revealed about the plot, but we’re pretty sure it’ll feature the same intrigue, quirk, and mystery fans have come to know, love, and expect. The series will be just nine episodes, so you can bet each one will be chock-full of suspense. Bonus: All the episodes from the 90s version are available on Hulu, so there’s no time like the present to watch (or re-watch!) this binge-worthy cult classic before the revival.


8. Wonder Woman

What It Is: Movie in Theatres

Where to Watch: Theaters, June 2

Thanks to the amazing new Wonder Woman, summer 2017 is sure to be off to one heck of a #GirlPower start. Starring the badass and gorgeous Gal Gadot, this film will dig into the story of Diana Prince, an Amazon princess with some insanely supernatural gifts. This action-packed soon-to-be summer superhero blockbuster will be a great one to see with the man in your life – it’ll definitely remind him (and you!) just how powerful women are. Bonus: Chris Pine will be there too (yes!), and he’s sure to be much more than eye candy – rumor has it his character will help Diana see that she can fight against and alongside any man.

What TV shows and movies are you most looking forward to in the coming months? What should we add to our list? Let us know in the comments!

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