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From the six-episode adaptation of ‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ to the much buzzed about ‘Lady in the Lake’ starring Natalie Portman.

| By Erin Elizabeth | Journal

13 New Series Worth Your Time this July

From the six-episode adaptation of ‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ to the much buzzed about ‘Lady in the Lake’ starring Natalie Portman.

Before the Paris Olympics steals your eyeball’s attention with its 24-hour coverage at the end of July, get your binge-on with these new series coming to your screen.

Spanning just about every genre and theme, these 13 shows promise something for everyone. From serial killer thrillers like Mastermind: To Think Like a Killer to Rashida Jones in the AI-inspired Sunny, finding time to watch them all is an Olympic sport in itself.

1. Mastermind: To Think Like a Killer

Where can I watch it? Disney+

Executive produced by sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, this fascinating docuseries spotlights the life and work of the real MVP of serial killer profiling, Dr. Ann Burgess. The psychiatric nurse and professor understood that to a stop serial killer, she had to first learn to think like one. Her innovative technique changed the course of history, and over three episodes, you’ll learn why.

2. Lady in the Lake

Where can I watch it? Apple TV+

We’ve all been waiting to see Natalie Portman shine on our screens once more since last year’s hit film May December, and here’s our moment. Set in 1966, Lady in the Lake tells the gripping tale of a young girl’s disappearance on Thanksgiving, and how the lives of two women – Maddie Schwartz (Portman) and Cleo Johnson (Moses Ingram) – become dangerously intertwined.

3. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

Where can I watch it? Netflix

Adapted from the New York Times best-selling YA mystery book by Holly Jackson, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder follows DIY detective Pip Fitz-Amobi (played by Emma Myers) as she seeks to uncover the truth. Convinced the police pinned the murder of schoolgirl Andie Bell on the wrong guy, Pip works to vindicate the accused and find the real killer over six suspicion-soaked episodes.

4. Sunny

Where can I watch it? Apple TV+

Eleven years on from Spike Jonze’s Oscar-winning AI-inspired film, Her, comes Sunny, a dark comedy series about curing loneliness with a domestic robot. In this ten-episode mystery thriller, Rashida Jones plays Suzie, an American expat in Japan who is gifted a robot by her husband’s tech company after he and her son go missing in a plane crash. Not only do Suzie and Sunny strike up an unlikely friendship, but they also team up to investigate what really happened to her family.

5. Fake

Where can I watch it? Paramount+

Be it a love scam or con man, romantic ruses make for messy reality but great TV. Inspired by Stephanie Wood’s 2021 memoir of the same name, Fake is an eight-part Australian series starring Asher Keddie and David Wenham in a gripping dating app drama that will leave you suspicious of every man you know…or at least think you know.

6. Simone Biles Rising

Where can I watch it? Netflix

After withdrawing from the 2020 Tokyo Games for mental health reasons, Simone Biles, AKA The GOAT, is set to make her return to the tumbling mat this July. This powerful four-part docuseries offers a rare look into the life of the record-breaking athlete, exploring how she balances expectations, married life, and her training regimen, with the first two episodes premiering ahead of the start of the Paris Olympics.

7. Those About to Die

Where can I watch it? Prime

Directed by Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day) and written by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), you can expect this latest gladiator series to be nothing short of epic. Starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as Vespasian, a Roman Emperor who served from 69 to 79, this ten-episode sword-and-sandal saga is an action-packed ode to the Roman Empire and the archaic spectacle of arena fighting.

8. Women in Blue

Where can I watch it? Apple TV+

Titled ‘Las Azules’ in its native tongue, this Spanish-language cop drama tells the story of Mexico’s first female police force who defied 1970s societal standards only to discover their force had been assembled as a publicity stunt. In a classic case of “If you want something done, do it yourself”, these four fierce policewomen set out to catch the killer that no man can.

9. The Decameron

Where can I watch it? Netflix

Dubbed as ‘like Love Island, but back in the day’, this period-comedy starring Tony Hale, Zosia Mamet and Saoirse-Monica Jackson will have Bridgerton stans and reality tv fans in a tizzy. Set in Florence during the Black Death and co-created by Orange is the New Black’s Jenji Kohan, it follows a group of nobles and their servants who wait out the plague in the Italian countryside, with salacious side effects.

10. Time Bandits

Where can I watch it? Apple TV+

For Apple TV+’s adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1981 fantasy film, Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement are going back in time – and space. This comedy series adaptation of Time Bandits reimagines the classic story over 10 episodes, following an 11-year-old history buff named Kevin who falls in with a group of thieves lead by Lisa Kudrow’s Penelope. Traversing ancient eras and prehistoric ages, Kevin sheds light on the historical wonders they witness, from dinosaurs to the creation of Stonehenge.

11. Cobra Kai, Season 6 Part 1

Where can I watch it? Netflix

All waxing on must eventually wax off, and so Karate Kid’s long running spin-off series is saying goodbye after six seasons – but it’ll be a slow sendoff. The first five episodes of the final season arrive in July, followed by the next five in November and then the final five in 2025. How will it all end? Will Daniel and Johnny lead their dojo to victory, or will old enemies and new threats defeat them? Find out in increments of five.

12. Vikings: Valhalla, Season 3

Where can I watch it? Netflix

An epic end to the Vikings: Valhalla saga is upon us, with the third and final season kicking off seven years on from where season 2 left us. Chronicling the trials and triumphs of notorious 11th century Vikings Leif Eriksson, his sister, Freydis, and the Norwegian prince Harald Sigurdsson, this historical drama series promises to wrap up key character arcs before it takes its final bow.

13. Omnivore

Where can I watch it? Apple TV+

Created and narrated by renowned chef René Redzepi, co-owner of five-time crowned No. 1 restaurant in the world, Noma, this salivating new series spans everywhere from Denmark and Serbia to Rwanda and South Korea. Promising to take viewers on an immersive journey into the world of food, each eight episodes of Omnivore celebrates our culinary connection through a unique and essential ingredient, including bananas, chili, coffee, corn, pork, rice, salt and tuna. Yes chef!

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