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Freeform Goes Back to the '90s in Pulpy Teen Mystery Cruel Summer

ALSO: Sasquatch, Big Sky, Queen Sugar, Deadliest Catch, Hustle & Tow, and more.
  • Freeform travels back to the days of Doc Martins and analog TV in Cruel Summer (Photo: Freeform/Frank Ockenfels)
    Freeform travels back to the days of Doc Martins and analog TV in Cruel Summer (Photo: Freeform/Frank Ockenfels)

    As Primetimer's Joe Reid writes, if you're in the market for a twisty teen thriller, Freeform's Cruel Summer may just fit the bill. The nineties-set series about two teenage girls and the crime that ties them together premieres tonight with two episodes back-to-back.

    Also today: Someone's after Cassie and Jenny on Big Sky, Queen Sugar wraps its fifth season, and is Bigfoot to blame for an unsolved triple murder? Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Tuesday:

    SERIES PREMIERE: Taking place over three summers in the mid-nineties, Cruel Summer tracks the disappearance of a popular teen and a seemingly unrelated student who transforms from sweet and awkward to the most popular girl in town. Read our review. 9:00 PM ET on Freeform (two episodes air back-to-back)

    DOCUSERIES PREMIERE: Hulu's new three-part docuseries Sasquatch follows Investigative journalist David Holthouse as he returns to the Northern California community he once called home in hopes of solving a 25 year=old triple murder that's said to have been carried out by Bigfoot. Read our review. Streaming on Hulu

    NEW EPISODE: Cassie (Kylie Bunbury) and Jenny (Katheryn Winnick) face a dangerous attempt to run them out of town on Big Sky, while Jerrie (Jesse James Keitel) has a close encounter with a dangerous threat of her own. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on ABC

    DOCUSERIES PREMIERE: Larry Krasner granted filmmakers unprecedented access for Philly D.A, the new eight-part docuseries that follows the reform-minded Philadelphia prosecutor from wild-card candidate through his often contentious first years in office. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on PBS (two episodes air back-to-back)

    SEASON PREMIERE: The effects of the pandemic on the crabbing industry have Captain Sig Hansen and his crew in a fight for their livelihoods as Deadliest Catch returns to Discovery for its 17th season. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on Discovery

    SEASON FINALE: Lives are set to change forever as Queen Sugar wraps its fifth season with what producers promise are a "must-see" final five minutes. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on OWN

    SERIES PREMIERE: With Live PD gone, A&E is trying a different kind of ridealong in Hustle & Tow, as cameras follow tow truck operators in both rural and urban communities across the country. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on A&E

    REUNION SPECIAL: Nessa Diab and Dr Drew sit down with the cast of MTV's Teen Mom OG for part one of what promises to be an acrimonious two-week reunion special. 8:00 PM ET

    CHOICE REPEAT: In a memorable This Is Us repeat from January, Randall (Sterling K. Jones) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) travel to New Orleans to learn more about his birth mother Laurel (Jennifer C. Holmes) from her companion Hai (Vien Hong). Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: Cruel Summer, Freeform