Must List

A definitive list of all of the new releases you *need* to watch this summer

Because boredom *really* isn't an option this summer...


Embrace your bougie side and get ready to sip some steamy Upper East Side tea because Gossip Girl is officially back. Yes, the characters are different, but the mix of luxe fashion and addictive drama is the same. Xoxo…

NEVER HAVE I EVER (Netflix, July 15)

Never Have I Ever is one of those rare shows that actually *gets* high school—and all the drama that comes with it. In season two, we delve deeper into Devi’s life *plus* see her navigate some new romance as well. Which, yes, please. 

THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS (Theaters and Peacock, July 2)

Tim and Ted (aka the OG Boss Baby) have grown up (and grown up apart) by the beginning of this sequel, but they’re reunited when a new Boss Baby named Tina sends them on a fresh mission.

TURNER & HOOCH (Disney+, July 16)

The setup: Super serious U.S. marshal Scott Turner inherits a rowdy dog named Hooch, who becomes his new partner and helps him unravel the mystery surrounding his father’s death. The reason to watch: A dog and a murder mystery in one show? Thanks for combining two of our favorite things, Disney+. 

JUNGLE CRUISE (Theaters and Disney+ Premier Access, July 30)

Jungle Cruise might be inspired by the classic Disney ride, but there are no cheesy animatronics or dated eye roll moments here. Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson (as a brilliant scientist and mega-skilled riverboat captain, respectively) make this a legit must-see adventure.

WHAT IF…? (Disney+, August)

If you’re the kind of fan who can get lost in Reddit theory threads for hours (and has been known to engage in heated Twitter debates about your beliefs), then you’re someone who will appreciate What If…?. This animated series explores what things might’ve been like if key moments in Marvel history had gone down differently.  

KISSING BOOTH 3 (Netflix, August 11)

In this final installment, it’s the summer before college—and Elle is torn between going to school with her boyfriend Noah or going to college with lifelong BFF Lee, like she always promised. Either way, Elle is going to break someone’s heart.  

CODA (Theaters and Apple+, August 13)

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a CODA (which stands for “child of deaf adults”) and the only hearing member of her family. When she joins the choir and discovers her own passion for singing, she’s faced with choosing between going to music school or supporting the family business.  

FREE GUY (Theaters, August 13)

Ryan Reynolds stars in this hilarious comedy about a video game NPC (non-player character) who becomes aware he’s living in an online game that’s *thisclose* to being taken offline. 

PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE (Theaters, August 20)

Perfect for family movie night: Ryder and his fellow clever canines work to save Adventure City—and bring loads of adorbs vibes in the process.  


Straight talk: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is worth reigniting your Marvel stan-dom for. The movie follows a master martial artist who faces off against an evil assassin organization (you know, as you do). Oh, and it co-stars Awkwafi na, which is automatically a W. 

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by GL | 7/9/2021