10 TV shows to binge this summer

It's summer, the dumpster fire that was 2020 is in our rear view mirror, it's time to kick back and watch some quality telly before 2021 kicks off.

There's always a million and one choices when it comes to viewing content, so we've highlighted some of the best of recent times to get you started.

So pop on the air-con, grab a cold drink and get ready to watch some cracking TV.

Kaya Scodelario and Evan Roderick in Spinning Out.

Kaya Scodelario and Evan Roderick in Spinning Out.

Spinning Out (Netflix)

Spinning Out is one of the best and most underrated pieces of original Netflix content to come out in recent times.

It follows Kat (Kaya Scodelario), a figure skater who's traumatised after a difficult fall, reengaging with her Olympic dreams by partnering with the douche-y but supremely talented Justin (Evan Roderick).

Meanwhile, Kat is dealing with her mum's (January Jones) wildly unstable behaviour and their shared battles with bipolar disorder, and concerns about her little sister's new skating coach.

The show, apart from featuring some fantastic skating scenes, costuming, music and drama, is also really great at portraying mental health issues and the importance of utilising your support network.

A fantastic show, and only one season (sadly, because Netflix so cruelly failed to renew it for a second season #savespinningout).

Phoebe Waller-Bridge stars as the title character in the immensely popular Fleabag.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge stars as the title character in the immensely popular Fleabag.

Fleabag (Amazon Prime)

You've probably heard about Fleabag, as it's won just about every award under the sun, but if you haven't watched it yet, now's the time.

With super short episodes - and only 12 in total - it can easily be knocked over in a day or two.

Fleabag is about creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge's unnamed main character's kinda messy life. She's a bit of a sex addict, has strained relationships with her sister and father and is grappling with the death of her best friend.

But, being that certain type of British comedy, it's alarmingly funny and equally heart-breaking in parts.

Then comes season two and everything that was great in season one is ramped up a notch. It's also where Andrew Scott's (fan-named) Hot Priest comes in. It's not hard to see why the internet is in love with him - he's a brilliant character.

Fleabag is honestly just one of those shows that you have to watch for yourself to understand the hype. Promise you won't be disappointed.

The Dali-masked crew in Money Heist (or La Casa de Papel)

The Dali-masked crew in Money Heist (or La Casa de Papel)

Money Heist (Netflix)

Let's preface this by stating that Money Heist is a Spanish show, in Spanish language. However, if subtitles aren't your thing, Netflix does provide an English dubbing.

There's a reason Money Heist (La Casa de Papel in the original Spanish) is one of Netflix's biggest productions worldwide - it's really enjoyable and addictive. Especially the first and second season.

The show starts with a crew of Salvador Dali-masked thieves taking over the Royal Mint of Spain in a carefully, painstakingly crafted heist plot.

Characters are named after world cities (Berlin, Rio, Tokyo, etc) and work under the plan of El Profesor, the mastermind of the whole operation.

It's bloody fantastic and has characters you'll hate with a fiery passion, and others you'll love with every fibre of your being. Top stuff.

Miguel Bernardeau, Arn Piper, Claudia Salas, Danna Paola and Mina El Hammani star in Elite

Miguel Bernardeau, Arn Piper, Claudia Salas, Danna Paola and Mina El Hammani star in Elite

Elite (Netflix)

The Spanish drama continues with Netflix's Elite.

The show is far more daring that most American teen dramas (plenty of sex, drugs, language, occasional incest) and highly addictive.

The first season follows the investigation into the violent, on-campus death of one of the rich students at Las Encinas. This comes after three new scholarship students join the school as their own was condemned. But it's obvious that they won't be accepted by the moneyed crowd.

Elite is pure teen pulp but it's so, so good at what it does.

It's like Gossip Girl on steroids.

And there's some mighty good character development over the three seasons currently on Netflix.

Well worth a watch.

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan stars as Devi in Never Have I Ever

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan stars as Devi in Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever (Netflix)

From The Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling comes Never Have I Ever, a quick-fire comedy about teen girl Devi who decides to reinvent herself for the new school year - and it's narrated by John McEnroe. Yes, that John McEnroe, the tennis player.

Devi struggles with the expectations of her mother, her culture, the grief of losing her father and making a fool of herself in front of the dreamy Paxton Hall-Yoshida.

Not to mention the academic rivalry she has going on with nemesis Ben.

The show is brilliantly funny, relatable and outrageous all at the same time. It's super quick and easy to get through with only one season so far, and you'll be anxiously awaiting season two as soon as it's done.

Tom Payne stars as Malcolm Bright in Prodigal Son

Tom Payne stars as Malcolm Bright in Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son (Binge)

Imagine Hannibal Lecter was your dad and you were a criminal profiler. That's pretty much the gist of Prodigal Son.

Malcolm Bright, a former FBI profiler, is the son of notorious serial killer father 'The Surgeon' (played to perfection by Michael Sheen) and must call on his imprisoned dad to get into the minds of the worst killers about.

Apart from having really cool case-of-the-week mysteries, the show has some awesome family drama, and some longer mysteries to be unfolded.

It's a 20-episode season, but the action flies by in a heartbeat, so it's super easy to get through.

Sign me up for season two!

Regina King stars in the new, groundbreaking Watchmen series

Regina King stars in the new, groundbreaking Watchmen series

Watchmen (Binge)

You don't have to have any previous knowledge of the Watchmen comic or Zach Snyder film to enjoy the TV show.

As long as you're willing to be utterly confused for at least the first three episodes, that is.

Quite apart from the sci-fi aspects of it all, Watchmen is an excellent history lesson, showcasing - for many people, for the first time - the Tulsa massacre, which saw scores of black citizens, many of whom were leading successful lives, killed by racist white folk.

The alternative universe has had Robert Redford as president for years and years, and sees random squid fall from the sky at unpredictable times.

But the show is most successful at highlighting issues of race relations and discrimination inside a really brilliant, clever, enthralling mystery.

Features stand-out performances by Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jean Smart, Don Johnson, Louis Gossett Jr, Jeremy Irons and more.

Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman star in the addictive murder mystery The Undoing

Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman star in the addictive murder mystery The Undoing

The Undoing (Binge)

It's the recent drama mystery that's gotten everyone talking - Nicole Kidman's The Undoing.

Following on from the huge success of Big Little Lies, Nicole returns to the small screen with this captivating mini-series (just six episodes) about a successful psychologist whose husband (Hugh Grant) is arrested for the murder of a fellow school mum.

The drama is fantastic, and Grant absolutely excels playing against type as a bit of a slimeball.

The show will have you guessing who's actually responsible for the murder throughout its entire run.

Also stars Donald Sutherland, Noah Jupe, Edgar Ramirez, Lily Rabe and more.

Brilliant - and rather graphic - television here.

Dakota Fanning, Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans in The Alienist

Dakota Fanning, Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans in The Alienist

The Alienist (Netflix)

Back in 2018 we were treated to the excellent crime drama The Alienist, which has absolutely nothing to do with UFOs or spacemen.

Featuring a top-notch cast of Dakota Fanning, Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans and more, the show chronicled the investigation into the deaths and mutilations of young boys in late 1800s New York.

Famous figures like Teddy Roosevelt, Williams Randolph Hearst and JP Morgan also make appearances in the immersively designed and plotted mystery.

The second season was released this year, and it is arguably even better than the first.

This time around our leads are tasked with learning who has been kidnapping babies from the rich and famous.

The Alienist is dark, gritty and a brilliant step back in history.

Bring on season three (pretty please).

Josie Totah, Alycia Pascual-Pena and Haskiri Velazquez in the revamped Saved by the Bell

Josie Totah, Alycia Pascual-Pena and Haskiri Velazquez in the revamped Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell (Stan)

Anyone who grew up watching classic 80s/90s comedy Saved by the Bell in their youth was probably equal parts excited and apprehensive when it was announced a new rebooted series was on the way.

But when the show landed this month surely those fears were pushed aside.

The new Saved by the Bell is fantastic, skewering the cheesy elements of the original while simultaneously honouring its legacy.

The show is brought into the modern era with topical issues like racism, the class divide and gender norms, yet it still maintains the scheme-driven hijinks of Zach Morris and co.

Speaking of Zach, he's back as the Governor of California, alongside wife Kelly, while AC Slater and Jessie Spano work at Bayside High School.

The new batch of kids take a little while to warm up to, but you'll soon have just as much affection for the little sociopaths as you did their forebears.

That updated theme song though? That's the one big strike against the series - thank god for the reunion episode bringing the original back!