Summer is heating up, which can only mean one thing: more time to watch TV from the comfort of your nice air-conditioned home. Sure, you could always venture outside. You could even take a trip to your local movie theater to see any of the huge blockbusters that are dominating the box office, like the very good Top Gun: Maverick or the very meh Jurassic World Dominion. But come on, be honest with yourself — can anything really compete with a binge sesh on your own couch?
If the latter idea is something that piques your interest and you have a currently active HBO Max subscription, then you’re in luck, because the WarnerMedia-owned streaming service is bringing in quite a few programs to keep you sated throughout the entire month of July. Whether you’re searching for a family-friendly animated film, a trashy reality show with a surprisingly tender (okay, not tender) core, or a hilarious new comedy from the always reliable mind of Issa Rae, HBO Max has you covered. Below, find five recommendations for what to watch next month.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie (July 12)
Few animated sitcoms have the staying power of Bob’s Burgers. Sure, Family Guy, South Park, and, of course, The Simpsons have all technically been on air for longer periods of time. But where those shows experienced hiccups during their respective runs, Bob’s Burgers has been remarkably consistent across its eleven-year, twelve-season, 238-episode span. Which is why it should come as no surprise that the franchise’s first full-length feature film is such an easy-to-digest, joyous affair. Keeping the instantly recognizable family dynamics mostly in tact while dialing up the beautiful animation, The Bob’s Burgers Movie is a must-see for any Bob’s Burgers completist. And while I’d highly recommend seeing this fun summer affair on a big screen while you still have the chance (it’s still in theaters), I definitely see the appeal in watching this on your home screen too — you know, where enhancing supplies are never too far from you.
FBoy Island, Season 2 (July 14)
The first season of FBoy Island was a welcomed surprise. What, at first glance, appeared to be the trashiest in trash TV ended up being…well, still the trashiest in trash TV. (I mean, what else can you expect from a reality show that hinges on separating the so-called nice Prince Charmings from their douchey, fuccboi counterparts so three seemingly perfect young women can find love?) But it also proved a more enjoyable version of the types of dating show antics we’ve come to expect from series like The Bachelor. With comedian Nikki Glaser serving as the show’s hilarious host, FBoy Island pulled the curtain back on the mechanics of dating shows by baking its “separate the fame-hungry boys from the genuinely-looking-for-love men” into its central premise. Plus, it was just plain ‘ole fun. With three new women and 26 new men (13 self-proclaimed “Nice Guys” and 13 self-proclaimed “FBoys”), season two should continue that trend.