Summer is upon us, and Netflix is ready with a new season of Too Hot to Handle and the return of the rich and beautiful students from Elite’s high school of horrors. The streamer's June slate is chockablock with new and returning shows, promising a little something for everyone whether your tastes run to reality, comedy, fantasy, drama or true crime.
Here are the new releases we're most looking forward to on Netflix this June:
The second and final season of standup comedian Mae Martin’s semi-autobiographical dramedy series arrives early this month. Addiction played a major role in the first six episodes, which showed Mae diving headlong into a new romance with George (Charlotte Ritchie) while balancing recovery and a burgeoning stand-up career. Season 2 sees Mae attempt to get clean with a stint in rehab, while their parents (guest stars Lisa Kudrow and Adrian Lukis) offer the support they can, but starting fresh is far from easy when the ghost of a former relationship lingers.
Available June 4
Produced by Robert Downey Jr. and based on Jeff Lemire’s comic book series, Sweet Tooth is set ten years after "The Great Crumble" when human-animal hybrids were first encountered. These mysterious babies were feared and hunted by humans, but deer-boy Gus (Christian Convery) has lived in blissful sheltered ignorance in a woodland. Now he's stepping out into the open to embark on a magical and dangerous journey.
Available June 4
"Fried heaven" is how Daym Drops succinctly describes one sandwich on the new culinary series that explores the best America has to offer in fried food hot spots. Classics and fresh takes are featured (including Alabama staple Yo’ Mama’s) with the Grandfather of Fast Food Reviews taking us on this mouth-watering journey. Daym Drops rose to fame on YouTube (his channel has is pushing 1.5 million subscribers), where he pioneered the in-car food review.
Available June 9
Netflix’s third most successful global launch (behind Bridgerton and The Witcher) returns for a second season. Beloved literary character Arsène Lupin is the source of inspiration and the contemporary spin on the master thief is ideal for a heist scenario. Professional thief Assane Diop (Omar Sy) is now "the most wanted man" in France, but he's still intent on getting revenge against powerful businessman Hubert Pelligrini (Hervé Pierre). A new plan is required and many dangerous obstacles stand in the way of his target.
Available June 11
Everyone’s favorite horny murder teens are back with a new season of scandalous antics. Season 3 ended with several of the show's main characters making a big move to New York and to fill in the gap before the premiere, Elite: Short Stories will debut daily (beginning June 14) in the week leading up to the show's second season. Expect explosive action with the arrival of a new batch of super-rich students (including Franco Spanish royalty). Can they make it through the term without anyone getting murdered?
Available June 18
Peak TV's non-stop nostalgia machine marches on with a new deep-dive into the untold stories behind the biggest moments in pop history. Wide-ranging in both period and style, this eight-part docuseries features interviews with everyone from T-Pain to Shania Twain to Backstreet Boys
Available June 23
Too Hot to Handle made its Netflix debut at a time when social distancing was becoming the norm, and it returns for its second season just as the world begins opening up. Ten new "chastity challenged contestants" arrive in paradise in the new Too Hot villa with $100,000 up for grabs. If anyone breaks the no kissing, no heavy petting, or self-gratification rules, the prize fund begins to drop. The first four episodes land June 23, with the second half (totaling six episodes) arriving a week later.
Available June 23
The first season of this international hit drama charted the rise of Japanese adult filmmaker Toru Muranishi during the 1980s boom and his attempts to innovate the adult video world. Season 2 sees his downfall as the bubble bursts and Japan's the "Emperor of Porn" deals with the fallout.
Available June 24
Female desire is front and center in this series from UnREAL showrunner Stacy Rukeyser. Adapted from B.B. Easton’s 2016 novel 44 Chapters About 4 Men, Sex/Life takes a fantasy-charged look at one woman's wild past and how it impacts her present day life. Sarah Shahi and Mike Vogel star.
Available June 25
This new three-part docuseries looks at the brutal 1996 murder of French film and television producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Long a subject of fascination, her murder outside a remote holiday cottage in West Cork, Ireland, remains unsolved twenty five years later. West Cork, a 2018 podcast series delved into the case and the main suspect, while Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jim Sheridan’s docuseries Murder at the Cottage is coming soon.
Available June 30
Emma Fraser has wanted to write about TV since she first watched My So-Called Life in the mid-90s, finally getting her wish over a decade later. Follow her on Twitter at @frazbelina.