12 TV Shows and Movies to Watch in July

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The beach is overrated.

I'm kidding, it's not. Well, actually it depends on the beach: Point Pleasant, Long Branch, Manasquan, Spring Lake, and Belmar—not overrated. Seaside and Wildwood? Definitely overrated.

Anyway, my point here is that there's a whole lot more to do this summer than just roast on the sand. We've rounded up 12 of the best TV shows and movies to catch this July when you're not flapping around in the ocean, dripping ice cream on your shoelaces, or burning your thighs on an extremely hot bench.

1. 'Stranger Things': Season 4, Volume 2 (July 1)

...and we're back! It's only been five weeks since Season 4, Volume 1 of Stranger Things was released, but given how things ended, it's been a tough five weeks to wait. With quite a bit up in the air following the end of Volume 1, we've got a lot of ground to cover with the two episodes coming our way.

Who's in It: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Sadie Sink, Finn Wolfhard, Natalia Dyer, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Joseph Quinn, Priah Ferguson, Charlie Heaton, Noah Schnapp, Matthew Modine

Where to Watch: Netflix

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2. 'The Terminal List' (July 1)

In The Terminal List, Chris Pratt plays James Reece, a Navy SEAL who returns home after his platoon is attacked, questioning how responsible he was for the ambush to occur. When more evidence from the attack is revealed, it leads Reece down an extreme mental journey within himself.

Who's in It: Chris Pratt, Taylor Kitsch, Constance Wu, Patrick Schwarzenegger

Where to Watch: Prime Video

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3. 'Thor: Love and Thunder' (July 8)

One of the most anticipated movies of the summer, Thor: Love and Thunder is finally making its way to theaters, and some are already saying that it's better than Thor: Ragnarok. Impossible, right? This Thor film is all about the namesake character's quest for tranquility, though he ends up having to balance that when Gorr the God Butcher (Bale) comes out of the woodwork.

Who's in It: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Taika Waititi, Tessa Thompson, Russell Crowe

Where to Watch: In Theaters

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4. 'Black Bird' (July 8)

AppleTV+'s newest series, Black Bird, is based on the book, In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption. Egerton plays Jimmy Keene, a police officer's son who is given a major choice: serve 10 years in a minimum-security prison with no parole or serve his 10 years in a maximum-security prison for criminally insane people.

Who's in It: Taron Egerton, Ray Liotta, Paul Walter Hauser, Greg Kinnear, Sepideh Moafi

Where to Watch: AppleTV+

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5. 'Better Call Saul': Season 6, Part 2 (July 11)

Better Call Saul is finally (and sadly) coming to a close this July, with the second part of Season 6 airing in just a few weeks, serving as a final wrap-up for the extraordinary run it's had since its premiere in 2015.

Who's in It: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Giancarlo Esposito, Michael Mando, Patrick Fabian, Tony Dalton

Where to Watch: AMC and AMC+

6. 'Where the Crawdads Sing' (July 15)

Based on the insanely best-selling book of the same name by Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing is getting its Hollywood treatment in mid-July with a film rendition of the novel. Daisy Edgar-Jones stars as Catherine "Kya" Clark, a young girl who lives in the marshes of North Carolina and later finds herself at the center of a murder trial.

Who's in It: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, David Strathairn, Harris Dickinson

Where to Watch: In Theaters

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7. 'The Gray Man' (July 15)

A Netflix original movie, The Gray Man is being brought to us by Anthony and John Russo, the two brothers responsible for directing quite a few Marvel films, including Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame. With that kind of resume, there are definitely high expectations for this film, which follows a mercenary who—after exposing a slew of classified information—is being tracked by his old colleague.

Who's in It: Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Dhanush, Regé-Jean Page, Ana de Armas

Where to Watch: Netflix

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9. 'American Horror Stories: Season 2' (July 21)

With Season 1 of the American Horror Story spinoff under its belt, Ryan Murphy is back with the second season of American Horror Stories. We've got a (mostly) new cast this season with both new and old faces, though it's not completely clear what the story this time around will be (is it ever clear, though?). From the looks of it, it has something to do with multiple rooms in a house and dolls (as if that helps at all).

Who's in It: Dominique Jackson, Judith Light, Bella Thorne

Where to Watch: FX/Hulu

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10. 'Nope' (July 22)

Jordan Peele's newest horror flick is dropping this month, as Nope follows two siblings who own a ranch and start to notice odd things occurring in their fairly remote town. Horror combines with science fiction in this genre-defying film, as unidentified flying objects are incorporated, along with a mysterious force that seemingly rips through the air and lifts people up.

Who's in It: Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya, Steven Yuen, Barbie Ferreira

Where to Watch: In Theaters

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11. 'Harley Quinn": Season 3 (July 28)

Two years in the making, we're finally getting Season 3 of Harley Quinn, which turned out to be a major hit on HBO Max both before and especially during the pandemic. Kaley Cuoco stars as the voice of the eponymous character with a majorly stacked cast who keep the laughs going in this dark animated comedy.

Who's in It: Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Tony Hale, Ron Funches, Alan Tudyk, Jason Alexander, J.B. Smoove

Where to Watch: HBO Max

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12. 'Vengeance' (July 29)

In his debut as a feature director, B.J. Novak brings us Vengeance, a dark comedy about Ben Manalowitz (Novak), who heads down to Texas to investigate the murder of a woman he was casually dating. Oh, and he's also looking to turn the story into a true-crime podcast.

Who's in It: B.J. Novak, Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, Dove Cameron, Isabella Amara, J. Smith-Cameron, Lio Tipton, John Mayer

Where to Watch: In Theaters

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