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The 10 Most Anticipated TV Shows of July 2023

The Afterparty kicks off a new mystery, Zazie Beetz goes on a manhunt, and Minx comes back from the dead.
  • Survival of the Thickest, The Afterparty, Minx, Full Circle (Photos: Netflix/Apple TV+/Starz/Max)
    Survival of the Thickest, The Afterparty, Minx, Full Circle (Photos: Netflix/Apple TV+/Starz/Max)

    The beginning of July TV offers the usual Twilight Zone marathons and fireworks displays, but things really start to heat up mid-month, thanks to a new Steven Soderbergh show, a Justified revival, and a soft reboot of The Real Housewives of New York City. After hiatuses of various lengths, the crews of Futurama and Minx are back at work, also delivering packages of various lengths. Later in the month, Nicole Kidman is a Lioness, Michelle Buteau finds sex in the city, Timothy Olyphant dusts off his spurs, and Netflix tosses a coin to Henry Cavill's Witcher for the last time.

    We've done our sworn duty and put together our top TV picks for July, including new seasons of The AfterpartyHow to With John Wilson, and Below Deck Down Under.

    Miracle Workers: End Times (TBS)

    Premieres July 10

    After its Season 4 premiere was pushed back several months, we were starting to worry it was the End Times for Miracle Workers. But Simon Rich’s good-hearted anthology comedy has the same resilient spirit as its characters, a rotating lineup played by series regulars Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Viswanathan, Karan Soni, and Steve Buscemi. The show’s settings have included an intensely bureaucratic Heaven, sight-gag-filled Middle Ages, and the Oregon Trail (with dysentery, of course). Season 4 is set in the kind of apocalyptic wasteland the angel characters in Season 1 were actively trying to avoid. This time around, Radcliffe and Viswanathan play a couple navigating the complete breakdown of society, but who still have bills to pay and parents to meet (and disappoint). Rich may have departed the series after Season 2, but his offbeat relationship humor remains intact. — Danette Chavez

    The Afterparty Season 2 (Apple TV+)

    Premieres July 12

    Everyone’s a suspect in The Afterparty. Christopher Miller and Phil Lord’s Apple TV+ comedy returns for an electrifying second season, transporting viewers to a wedding where celebration turns deadly. This time around, a groom’s murder sets the stage for a riveting whodunit. Tiffany Haddish reprises her role as Detective Danner, back to help Aniq (Sam Richardson) and Zoe (Zöe Chao) crack the case. Following the pattern set in Season 1, each character will recount their version of the night through a variety of genres and visual styles — from an alluring period romance akin to Bridgerton to a gripping noir. These stories will be told by newcomers Elizabeth Perkins, Paul Walter Hauser, John Cho, Ken Jeong, Zach Woods, Anna Konkle, Poppy Liu, Viviau Wu, and Jack Whitehall. — Dianna Shen

    Survival of the Thickest (Netflix)

    Premieres July 13

    Michelle Buteau is a standout in everything she’s in, from her appearances on Key and Peele to her role in BET+’s First Wives Club to her multiple reality show hosting gigs. Now she really gets to take center stage, as the creator, writer, and star of her own Netflix comedy. Survival of the Thickest is based on Buteau’s memoir of the same name, a book full of essays about growing up as a thick girl in New Jersey and proudly coming into her own body and personality as an adult. The series takes some liberties — the central character is fictionalized Mavis Beaumont, a struggling stylist who makes it her mission to dress women of every size. But Buteau is still leading the way, ensuring a hilarious, energizing good time. Tone Bell, Tasha Smith, and Garcelle Beauvais also star. — Brianna Wellen

    Full Circle (Max)

    Premieres July 13

    Steven Soderbergh directs an all-star cast for this six-part limited series about a wealthy American family and the botched kidnapping that leads down a rabbit hole of buried secrets that connect multiple characters and cultures. Zazie Beetz stars as the lead investigator, while Claire Danes and Timothy Olyphant play the parents of the kidnapped teen. Dennis Quaid, CCH Pounder, I’m a Virgo’s Jharrel Jerome, and Jim Gaffigan also co-star. Soderbergh is a talent who should always command attention, especially when he's actually directing as opposed to merely producing. He's re-teaming with Ed Solomon, the writer with whom he made the 2018 HBO series Mosaic, which was was notable for its unique multimedia viewing experience (it was a choose-your-own-perspective mobile app and a TV series), as well as the 2021 direct-to-Max film No Sudden Move. The series will premiere with two episodes, with new episodes releasing weekly on Thursdays. — Joe Reid

    The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2 (Prime Video)

    Premieres July 14

    Get ready for another summer of romance with Jenny Han, as Prime Video’s teen drama The Summer I Turned Pretty returns for a swoon-worthy second season. The sun-soaked days at Cousins Beach are fraught with even more emotional turmoil than before, with Belly (Lola Tung) stuck in the middle of a heart-wrenching love triangle between brothers Conrad (Christopher Briney) and Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno). Meanwhile, an unexpected visitor threatens to disrupt the future of Susannah’s (Rachel Blanchard) beloved house, prompting Belly to rally her friends and confront her own emotions about the challenges that lie ahead. It’s another whirlwind summer for the teen protagonist, delving deeper into the love, friendship, and self-discovery, all of which will surely be accompanied by even more of Taylor Swift’s soundtrack. — Dianna Shen

    The Real Housewives of New York City Season 14 (Bravo)

    Premieres July 16

    After a few controversial and downright dispiriting seasons of the second-most-veteran of the Housewives franchises, Bravo cleaned house at RHONY. The entire Season 13 cast was let go (with several set to return in an Ultimate Girls Trip season), paving the way for a full-scale makeover and a brand new cast of characters for Season 14. The new cast marks a significant uptick in diversity, not to mention is a significantly younger group of women, with more than half the cast being in their 30s. The most notable of these six new Housewives is fashion maven Jenna Lyons, the former J. Crew creative director who had her own Max series, Stylish with Jenna Lyons back in 2020. From the looks in the preview, Lyons will be a significant (and beguiling to at least one of her fellow cast members) presence in the cast, though the trailer is promising plenty of clashes. The more things change… — Joe Reid

    Below Deck Down Under Season 2 (Bravo)

    Premieres July 17

    No longer a Peacock exclusive, Below Deck Down Under makes the jump to Bravo proper for its second season of drunken debauchery, exacting charter guests, and crew hookups. Captain Jason Chambers and chief stew Aesha Scott return, but with a group of newcomers joining them aboard Motor Yacht Northern Sun, they struggle to get into a groove and offer the highest level of service to their guests. Per Bravo, beyond the usual stew clashes and chef meltdowns — Jason is one of Below Deck's more hands-on captains, which only heightens Chef Tzarina's anxiety — Down Under Season 2 promises "the arrival of a polarizing familiar face" (there are so many to choose from!) and what Aesha describes as a "love pentagon." It's going to take a lot for that romantic drama to live up to Sailing Yacht's Gary-Daisy-Colin love triangle, but if it manages to deliver, it just may catapult the third Below Deck spinoff up the franchise rankings. — Claire Spellberg Lustig

    Justified: City Primeval (FX)

    Premieres July 18

    Eight years after he had his last shootout, Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) saunters back to the small screen in this limited (for now) series based on Elmore Leonard’s City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit. The U.S. Marshal now lives in Miami with his teen daughter (played by Olyphant’s real-life daughter Vivian Olyphant, who’s as mischievous as her dad), seemingly enjoying a quieter life than he had in Harlan. But it’s not long before he’s on the trail of another charismatic outlaw — this time, it’s Clement Marsell, played by Boyd Holbrook with menacing swagger. Of all the revivals that have cropped up in recent years, City Primeval looks like it’ll justify its existence. Speaking at this year’s ATX Festival, executive producer Dave Andron said this sequel series would reckon with the original’s complicated legacy when it comes to law enforcement and gun violence. — Danette Chavez

    Minx Season 2 (Max)

    Premieres July 21

    Of the many shows that were canceled in 2022, Minx was lucky enough to find a new home at Starz. In Season 2 of the 1970s-set comedy — which originally aired on Max before it was unceremoniously canceled and yanked off the service — publisher Doug (Jake Johnson) and overachiever Joyce (Ophelia Lovibond) sell Bottom Dollar to a wealthy shipping magnate, played by Weeds star Elizabeth Perkins. The deal takes Minx, their erotic magazine for women, to new heights, but the influx of cash and instant fame leads Doug and Joyce to compromise their ideals and question their role in the company's future. Luckily for viewers, that future involves Minx's stellar supporting cast, including Idara Victor, Lennon Parham, and Jessica Lowe, who do some soul searching of their own as they navigate the continued evolution of the erotic publishing industry. — Claire Spellberg Lustig

    How to With John Wilson Season 3 (HBO)

    Premieres July 28

    John Wilson looks at the world a little differently than the rest of us. Nothing is too mundane or too intimate to capture on film. While a scene of a pile of garbage or a juggler might not seem particularly meaningful on its own, Wilson manages to weave clips together to create poetic visual musings on life. It’s never quite clear where an episode of the narrative docuseries may go — Season 2’s “How to Appreciate Wine” starts with questions about how to know what bottle of wine to bring to a friend’s dinner party and ends with Wilson detailing his brushes with NXIVM leader Keith Raniere at a college acapella event. This season is the series’s last, but thanks to Wilson’s work, we’ll never look at a trash can or a can of Bang energy drink the same way ever again. — Brianna Wellen

    More notable July TV 2023 premieres

    The Horror of Dolores Roach (Prime Video): Series premiere, July 7
    Quarterback (Netflix): Series premiere, July 12
    What We Do in the Shadows (FX): Season 5 premiere, July 13
    Foundation (Apple TV+): Season 2 premiere, July 14
    Praise Petey (Freeform): Series premiere, July 21
    Special Ops: Lioness (Paramount+): Series premiere, July 23
    Futurama (Hulu): Revival premiere, July 24
    Twisted Metal (Peacock): Series premiere, July 27
    The Witcher (Netflix): Season 3, Part 2 premiere, July 27
    Heels (Starz): Season 2 premiere, July 28
    This Fool (Hulu): Season 2 premiere, July 28
    Good Omens (Prime Video): Season 2 premiere, July 28
    Dark Winds (AMC+): Season 2 premiere, July 30

    TOPICS: Below Deck Down Under, Apple TV+, Bravo, FX, HBO, Max, Netflix, Starz, The Afterparty, Full Circle , How To with John Wilson, Justified: City Primeval, Minx, Miracle Workers: End Times, Real Housewives of New York City, The Summer I Turned Pretty, Survival Of the Thickest