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Ten New and Returning Shows to Watch on Netflix in June 2020

The return of the Fab Five, the end of 13 Reasons Why, and a hospital docuseries highlight Netflix's June release slate.
  • The Politician, 13 Reasons Why and Fuller House are among the shows returning with new episodes this month. (Photos: Netflix)
    The Politician, 13 Reasons Why and Fuller House are among the shows returning with new episodes this month. (Photos: Netflix)

    June is upon us, which means new Netflix offerings are streaming in, including a couple of farewell seasons, the return of a flagship reality show, and a docuseries that aims to capture the pressures of being a doctor in one of New York City's largest hospitals.

    Here are the new releases we're most looking forward to on Netflix this month:

    Fuller House — Season 5b

    The sequel to the beloved TGIF sitcom Full House is coming to a close with a triple-wedding, but don't expect Aunt Becky or Michelle to make a surprise appearance. Plenty of other familiar faces are on the guest list for the triple She-Wolf nuptials extravaganza, however. Fans had been waiting for Steve (Scott Weinger) to propose to DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) for 25 years, and getting engaged at the same time as her sister and best friend is exactly what you'd expect from the Fuller House farewell season. Nothing brings a family together quite like a celebration, and this one will leave plenty of room for nostalgic callbacks.
    Available June 2

    13 Reasons Why — Season 4

    As the Liberty High School seniors prepare to graduate in the final season of 13 Reasons Why, Clay (Dylan Minnette) has more pressing concerns. Nothing stays buried for long in this teen drama, so he can't be too surprised to see graffiti suggesting Monty was framed for Bryce Walker's murder. Clay has a lot on his plate, but he does have a new therapist this season, played by Gary Sinise, who is pretty perceptive. "I think you've been keeping secrets," he tells Clay in the trailer. "Are you ready to let those secrets out?" So, he's either perceptive or he's watched the first three seasons of this angsty (and often controversial) series.
    Available June 5

    Queer Eye — Season 5

    Get those tissues ready, because the Fab Five are back with a much-needed dose of self-love -- this time taking their signature brand of positivity to Philadelphia. After a brief sojourn to Japan, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, and Tan France are dishing out cooking, decor, hair, life, and style advice to a new roster of participants, including a member of the clergy who's struggling with his identity as a gay man, a doctor juggling her job and motherhood, a very tall woman, and a father wanting to impress at his daughter's wedding. Rather than the usual eight episodes, Netflix is dishing out 10 for this East Coast serving.
    Available June 5

    Lenox Hill (New Series)

    Shot before the pandemic, Lenox Hill follows four doctors — two brain surgeons, an emergency room physician, and a Chief Resident OB/GYN — as they deal with the intense highs and lows that come with working at the renowned New York City hospital. Filmmakers Adi Barash and Ruthie Shatz were given extraordinary access into the life and death scenarios these medical professionals face on a daily basis. From birth to brain surgery, this intimate portrait shows how the physicians struggle to balance their professional and personal lives.
    Available June 10

    Dating Around — Season 2

    Netflix continues its domination of romance reality TV with a new season of Dating Around. First launched on Valentine's Day last year, it didn't have the Love is Blind or Too Hot to Handle big buzz, but our current circumstances seem likely to attract more eyeballs to this under-the-radar reality series. Season 1 followed single New Yorkers, going outside the usual Bachelor line-up of participants — two episodes centered on LGBTQ contestants — and this new outing takes place in New Orleans. One single goes on five first blind dates and the winner gets to go on a follow-up. A pretty simple concept that gets to the awkward and flirty heart of modern dating.
    Available June 12

    Pokémon Journeys: The Series (New Series)

    Debuting on TV Tokyo last November, Pokémon Journeys will air exclusively on Netflix in the U.S. Pokémon Trainer Ash Ketchum and his partner Pikachu set out to see the world, but a trip to the opening of the Cerise Laboratory — a research facility dedicated to uncovering the mysteries of Pokémon in every region — sets them on a new path. Ash dreams of becoming a Pokémon Master, so when he's teamed up with Goh (a boy who wants to catch one of every Pokémon), it's a dream match. This new series is hoping to catch old and new viewers via the spirit of adventure.
    Available June 12

    The Woods (New Series)

    Set in 1994 and 2019, The Woods is a new series tapping into the very popular Polish crime genre. Pawel Kopinski (Grzegorz Damiecki) is a Warsaw prosecutor looking for answers about his sister's disappearance from a summer camp 25 years ago. In the present, the discovery of a body links back to this disappearance (and two other murders), leading to renewed hope that she's still alive. At the same time, past secrets threaten to tear Pawel's family apart. This is the second of three Netflix adaptations of novels by best-selling author Harlan Coben — The Stranger debuted in January, and the Spanish language series The Innocent will be released later this year.
    Available June 12

    The Order — Season 2

    The supernatural drama The Order adds magic to the mysterious world of secret college societies. Belgrave University freshman Jack Morton (Jack Manley) joined the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose and the Knights of Saint Christopher in a bid to find out more about his mother's death (and to avenge her). This secret society is about more than social status as they teach and practice magic. An underground battle rages between werewolves and those using the dark arts, and Jack soon finds himself at the center of the action. Unfortunately for him, as the season opens, a wiped memory has put him at a distinct disadvantage. Katharine Isabelle (Hannibal) and plays Vera Stone, Belgrave University chancellor, and a high-ranking member of The Order.
    Available June 18

    The Politician — Season 2

    The first season of this Ryan Murphy series was a bit of a mixed bag, featuring a solid cast, but a story that didn't always land. Precocious high school student Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) believed the first step to becoming President of the United States was to win his high school student-council election, which is why he ran his campaign like an elite-level political operation. The second season takes a leap forward in time to Payton's campaign to unseat Senate Majority Leader Dede Standish (Judith Light) in the New York State Senate race. The best episode of Season 1 set up this storyline, which bodes well for this forthcoming outing. Most of the cast including Lucy Boynton, Zoey Deutch, David Corenswet, Bette Midler, and Gwyneth Paltrow are back for Payton's second campaign.
    Available June 19

    The Dark — Season 3

    June 27, 2020 is the date of the apocalypse according to the mind-bending German series The Dark, which is also the premiere date for the third and final season. And while plot details are scant as of this writing, the official Instagram account wants viewers to know, "Everything is different, yet the same." With plot twists straight out of a soap opera — one character's daughter is also her mother — this time travel narrative poses big philosophical questions, examines the actions of the Cold War, and still has time for small-town romance and teen angst. Can the loop be broken or are the Winden residents doomed to be caught in the same cycle for all time?
    Available June 27

    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

    TOPICS: Netflix, 13 Reasons Why, The Dark, Dating Around, Fuller House, Lenox Hill, The Order, Pokémon Journeys: The Series, The Politician, Queer Eye, The Woods