The 5 New and Under-the-Radar TV Shows You Can’t Miss In July

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The 5 New and Under-the-Radar TV Shows You Can’t Miss In July

Summertime! And the TV watching is definitely easy…

We here at Paste TV fully support eschewing the heat, the sun, the bugs, the sweat, and the sand in favor of some nice air conditioning and some terrific TV. We will be here for you this July with coverage of some of your favorite returning shows. A new mystery begins when AppleTV+’s The Afterparty returns for a second season on July 12. The angsty teens are back for round two of Prime Video’s The Summer I Turned Pretty on July 14 (choose you, Belly!). After an almost two year absence, Starz’s Heels is finally back on July 28. Justified, which wrapped up its run in 2015, is back with the limited series when Justified: City Primeval comes to FX on July 18.

With so many beloved properties returning, it would be so easy to overlook some of the new fare television is offering up this month. Here are the five new and under-the-radar shows you can’t miss this month.

Human Footprint

Stars: Shane Campbell-Staton

Premiere Date: July 5 at 9 p.m. on PBS

Biologist and Princeton University professor Shane Campbell-Staton hosts this new six-part series which explores the way we have impacted Earth—for better and sometimes for worse (in the words of Taylor Swift, “It’s me, hi! I’m the problem, it’s me”). “Welcome to the age of humans, where one species can change everything,” Campbell-Staton intones as the series kicks off. But this wide-ranging series isn’t trying to make you feel guilty. Rather, it endeavors to help us better understand our long-term impact. Human Footprint explores everything from invasive species to the evolution of dogs as the preferred pet to how humans are the world’s biggest predator. Billed as a “part-science series, and part-travel show,” the series will entertain while making you do a bit of self-reflection. This engaging series is set to an original score by hip-hop and jazz producer Adrian Younge.

See it Loud: The History of Black Television

Stars: Anika Noni Rose, Debbie Allen, Deon Cole, Desus & Mero, Gabrielle Union, Jimmie Walker, Lamorne Morris, Lynn Whitfield, Mo’Nique, Tisha Campbell, and Vivica A. Fox

Premiere Date: July 9 at 9 p.m. on CNN

This five-part series from The SpringHill Company, which boasts LeBron James as one of its producers,  takes a deep dive into the history of Black television, looking at its evolution from the earliest and inherently racist days of the medium all the way to today with shows like Abbott Elementary. First up is “Sitcom-ish” which looks at Black comedies including The Jeffersons, Good Times, The Cosby Show (where the series doesn’t shy away from the Bill Cosby accusations and his now troubled legacy), Girlfriends, Living Single, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Future episodes explore dramas, unscripted television, horror, and science fiction. With commentary from producers, writers, actors, historians, and on-air personalities, the series offers a can’t miss look at the shows that shaped television and how it reflected (or didn’t) the Black experience.

Project Greenlight: A New Generation

Stars:  Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, and Gina Prince-Bythewood

Premiere Date:  All ten episodes premiere July 13 on Max

Eight years after the latest iteration of Project Greenlight ended and 22 years after the series first premiered, Project Greenlight returns with Issa Rae (Insecure) as the series’ new executive producer. After picking ten finalists from thousands of entries, Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, and Gina Prince-Bythewood help to mentor this year’s winner as she directs the new film Gray Matter. That’s right, with intent, for the first time in Project Greenlight history, the winner is a woman. The science fiction film about a mom and daughter with superhuman abilities stars Jessica Frances Dukes, Mia Isaac, and Garret Dillahunt, and will be released on Max on July 13, allowing you to watch both the making of the film and the actual film all at once. Check out the trailer for Gray Matter for more. 

Survival of the Thickest

Stars:  Michelle Buteau, Tone Bell, Taylor Sele, Tasha Smith, Anissa Felix, and Garcelle Beauvais

Premiere Date: All eight episodes premiere July 13 on Netflix

Comedian Michelle Buteau, who hosts The Circle on Netflix, is Mavis Beaumont, a New York stylist whose world is upended when she discovers that her live-in photographer boyfriend Jaque (Taylor Sele) is cheating on her. The ever optimistic Mavis must start over. She’s got her best friend Khalil (Tone Bell) to help her as she navigates a new apartment and growing her new business. Based on Buteau’s 2020 books of essays of the same name, this hilarious, charming, and poignant show is chock-full of guest stars, including Sarah Cooper, Peppermint, and Nicole Byer. 

Praise Petey

Stars: Annie Murphy, John Cho, Stephen Root, Amy Hill, Christine Baranski, and Kiersey Clemmons 

Premiere Date: The first two episodes premiere July 21 at 10 p.m. on Freeform, streaming next day on Hulu

Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek, Kevin Can F**k Himself) headlines as the title character Petey St. Barts in this new adult animated comedy from creator, writer, and executive producer Anna Drezen. Petey is living a great life in New York City until her dad (voiced by Stephen Root) unexpectedly dies and leaves Petey his cult. Keep an ear out for Christine Baranski as Petey’s mom White, John Cho as long-time cult member Bandit, Amy Hill as Bandit’s mom Mae Mae, and Kiersey Clemmons as Petey’s best friend Eliza. The ten-episode series will premiere two episodes back-to-back every Friday on Freeform until the finale on August 18. Episodes will also be available the day after they premiere on Hulu. 

Amy Amatangelo, the TV Gal®, is a Boston-based freelance writer and a member of the Television Critics Association. She wasn’t allowed to watch much TV as a child and now her parents have to live with this as her career. You can follow her on Twitter

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