Here at My Imperfect Life, we're always looking for the next big thing to watch, whether it's a blockbuster theatrical release or a buzzy streaming series.
That's where Screen Time comes in—it's a handy guide to everything our editors are looking forward to catching this month on screens both big and small. You already know what's new on Netflix, but here's where we sift out the must-sees from the mountain of available titles.
From finally ticking off that TV show that's been on our list for months to marking our calendars for that big movie premiere date, this is what we're watching this July.
Screen Time: What we're watching in July 2022
We're finally getting the conclusion of Stranger Things season 4 on Friday, July 1, with two pumped-up episodes (the grand finale has a two-hour-plus runtime!) full of sci-fi horror. Hopefully, those last episodes will answer some desperate fan questions, including "who dies in Stranger Things season 4 volume 2?" "will Eleven get her powers back in time to defeat Vecna?" and whether that beloved Nancy and Robin ship will ever manifest IRL. Hawkins fans should have plenty to keep them entertained until Stranger Things season 5 comes around.
Another one of our favorite TV titles split up its fourth season, leaving us waiting with bated breath for some conclusion: the first part of Good Trouble season 4 began airing on March 9 and fans are finally getting to see part two starting on Thursday, July 7 on Freeform and Friday, July 8 on Hulu, with one new episode dropping weekly for four weeks. According to the synopsis of "What I Wouldn't Give for Love," the first episode of the bunch, there's plenty of drama already, from Davia telling Dennis how she feels to Malika dealing with Angelika seeing other people. (And if you need a refresher, here's how to watch all of the Good Trouble seasons from anywhere in the world.)
Thor: Love and Thunder
"I'm a bit of a Marvel-head, so obviously the highlight of my summer has to be the third installment of the Thor franchise—Thor: Love and Thunder. With all of the multiversal craziness and expanding web of plotlines of the MCU's phase four, I'm looking forward to being brought back to one of the original six Avengers and seeing how his story progresses following the end of the Infinity Saga with Avengers: Endgame.
I'm also excited to see the female characters getting a more leading and powerful position in this installment, with Tessa Thompson back as Valkyrie and Natalie Portman returning as Jane and being "worthy" enough to wield the hammer as Mighty Thor!"
—Aleesha Badkar, Deputy Editor
If there's one person we trust to freak the bejesus out of us, it's Jordan Peele. The man who brought you Get Out and Us (some of the best Halloween movies around) is back with another bone-chiller, which will reunite the director with Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya and bring Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun into the horror sci-fi fold. The movie, out in theaters on Friday, July 22, follows Kaluuya and Palmer as ranch-owning siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood, who try to capture and sell video proof of alien life—and get wrapped up in extraterrestrial danger in the process.
Below Deck Mediterranean
The finales of Below Deck Sailing Yacht and Below Deck Down Under just aired, but don't worry—you won't be without boat drama for too long! Season 7 of Below Deck Mediterranean is set to debut on Bravo on Monday, July 11, with episodes also available to stream a week early on Peacock. The newest edition of the franchise will see Captain Sandy Yawn back at the helm, overseeing a group of mostly fresh faces (deckhand Zee Dempers is the only returning cast member) aboard the superyacht Home in Malta. And if the crew themselves don't bring on the hijinks, the charter guests sure will.
The Gray Man
It might just be the most handsome thriller ever: The Gray Man, Netflix's latest spy caper, stars a truly facially-blessed lineup of actors, from Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page to real-life Ken Doll Ryan Gosling. Gosling stars as Court Gentry, the CIA's most skilled mercenary, who gets caught in the crossfire of an ex-colleague played by none other than Captain America himself, Chris Evans. The Russo Brothers-directed movie is said to be the most expensive Netflix film ever at $200 million, and with an all-star cast that also includes Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thorton and Alfre Woodard, it looks worth every penny.
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin
The PLL universe is expanding! The Pretty Little Liars reboot, dubbed Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, will debut with three episodes on HBO Max on Thursday, July 28 (two episodes will drop weekly on August 4 and 11, and the last three on August 18), making it the fourth TV series in the PLL franchise. Get ready to meet a whole new set of Little Liars who "find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin committed by their parents two decades ago...as well as their own," reads the official synopsis. Sounds juicy!
"My body is ready for Persuasion—ready to hate-watch it, that is. As a snobby Jane Austen purist, I was more than a little taken aback by the unnecessary modernizations found in the trailer of the new Netflix adaptation, which stars Dakota Johnson and her ubiquitous bangs as Anne Elliot, Cosmo Jarvis as Frederick Wentworth and Crazy Rich Asians heartthrob Henry Golding as William Elliot.
'Now, we’re worse than exes. We’re friends,' Johnson's Anne anachronistically whines in the movie and, yes, a piece of my English-major soul died at that moment. But I will still be watching when the period drama hits theaters on Friday, July 8 (it will be available on Netflix from July 15). I am half agony, half hope, after all."
—Christina Izzo, Deputy Editor
Where the Crawdads Sing
Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Delia Owens, this highly-anticipated adaptation is scheduled to hit theaters on Friday, July 15. Fresh off, well, Fresh on Hulu, Normal People alum Daisy Edgar-Jones stars as Kya Clark, a woman hailing from the Carolina marshlands who finds herself as the prime suspect in a murder investigation after her ex Chase Andrews (Harris Dickinson) turns up dead. Crime drama? Check. Coming-of-age story? Check. A soundtrack featuring a new Taylor Swift track? Check! What more do you need from a summer movie?
How I Met Your Father
"I've finally got round to watching How I Met Your Father and I'm not ashamed to say...I love it! With so much happening in the world, having Hillary Duff back on my screen (big Lizzy McGuire fan over here) and watching Sophies's dating dilemmas has been a super comforting watch that I recommend to anyone needing a big TV hug." —Mariana Cerqueira, Editor
Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life.
More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York.
When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.
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