3 TV Shows to Stream this Summer

Thank goodness spring weather puts everyone in a good mood (especially me) because otherwise I’d be suffering from a mild depression now that we’re deprived of new episodes of our favorite tv shows.

Every year around May as I watch all the season finales I wonder, but what will I watch? This usually means that summer is our time to find new (old) tv shows we love via streaming services and watch all the episodes, get “caught up”, and then become a regular viewer in the fall.

Here are some we’ve found recently that I’d recommend.

Best TV Shows Available Amazon Prime and Netflix


Amazon Prime Original Series

Where do I even begin with how much I loved this show? The show is about a Los Angeles family and their lives as they each discover that their father Mort is transgender and is now Maura. Sometimes the pain on Maura’s face (played by Jeffrey Tambor) was so raw, so brutal, that I’m unsure how anyone could watch the show and not feel for her. I cried multiple times but since it’s technically a dramady, it also has plenty of laughs. The entire show was just so real.

The best way I can describe it is that it made me feel all the feels the way Parenthood did but more adult content mixed in.

I feel like this show is a shining example of how television shows (or movies) can do good in the world by using fictional stories to bring light to real issues, real people. Everyone wants to be loved and accepted. Everyone deserves that.

Grace and Frankie

Netflix original series

When their law partner husbands come out as long time lovers, Grace and Frankie are shocked. These two former rivals could not be more different. Grace (played by Jane Fonda) is a high-maintenance, former cosmetics mogul. Frankie (played by Lily Tomlin) is an artistic hippie.

The two never really liked each other, though they are forced to realize that they need each other to get through this difficult time in their lives.

This show has just the right amount of serious with funny. I love the chemistry between Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. I enjoyed the evolution of their friendship as the episodes went on. I also loved Sol, played by Sam Waterston (from The Newsroom and Law and Order).


CBS, available on Amazon Prime Instant Streaming

Why didn’t I watch this sooner!? Extant came out last summer with 13 episodes. Halle Berry is the main character in this Steven Spielberg produced sci-fi drama. Yup, I love sci-fi.

Molly (Halle Berry) returns home after a 13 month solo mission to space. As the show progresses, details come out about strange events that took place in space. Almost every episode has an oh-my-gosh moment and after the first episode, I was hooked. The next season comes out this July and I can’t wait to watch.

Do you have any recommendations for shows that are available via streaming services? Please share!

  • I’m currently obsessing over the new Orange is the New Black and a show called “Finding Cater” from MTV on Hulu (which is shocking, I swore off MTV shows a long time ago!)

    • I watched the first couple of episodes of Orange is the New Black but I couldn’t really get in to it (I know, I’m like the only person in the world who couldn’t). I haven’t even heard of Finding Cater. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!

      • I hadn’t heard of it either; random Hulu choice when bored! It worked out, though. Maybe give OITNB another chance some day!

  • JLynn Justad

    I loved Grace and Frankie! I was wanting to watch Extant but I missed it while it was on live and whereas I don’t have Amazon Prime, maybe I can find it ondemand? You’ve definitely made me want to try! x

    • It wouldn’t surprise me if they have Extant On Demand soon because the 2nd season premieres in July and I’m sure they want people to get caught up. It was so so so good.

  • I loved Grace and Frankie! It was great!

  • I’m really pumped about watching Extant. You know I love sci-fi so this is right up my alley. And, HELLO, it’s Halle Berry!

  • I LOVED Grace and Frankie. I can’t wait for season 2. Brianna was my favorite.

  • oh my GAH I saw the first episode of Grace and Frankie and nearly peed myself. I need to go back to it!

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