In the summertime, when the weather is high… the TV landscape is typically riddled with reruns. But in the #PeakTV era, streamers and cablers have upped the game, sometimes for better and occasionally for… less-better. Meaning, it is time to take stock of this summer’s Winners, Losers, and those that landed somewhere in between.
With more than 100 series and seasons premiering this summer, the annual mixed bag was veritably overflowing with “off-season” fare. There were shiny new gems to be found, like Hulu’s The Bear, Prime Video’s The Summer I Turned Pretty and HBO Max’s new Little Liars, and some big swings that whiffed right out of the gate.
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You had hugely anticipated launches, including Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings prequels, the first Stranger Things season in three years and Better Call Saul‘s farewell run, as well as the return of some summertime reality-TV staples.
And beyond the simple rollout of premieres and finales, executive decisions were made that were, at times, well, batty.
Review our list of Summer TV Winners & Losers (and a handful of Draws), recognizing that not every show merits a participation trophy, and then weigh in with your own, unique, valid opinions!
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