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Five new TV shows to binge-watch this summer

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The summer season is full of new television from fan-favorite franchises. Here are five highly anticipated new releases.

Stranger Things

This highly acclaimed Netflix series debuted the fourth season on May 27. The season includes two chapters with the second chapter set for release on July 1. 

In typical “Stranger Things” fashion, the beloved characters from Hawkins, Indiana find their lives filled with supernatural phenomena. Uniquely, this season finds two out of three of its major plot lines outside the confines of Indiana, where the original plot takes place.

The nine-episode first chapter of the season is currently available to stream on Netflix.

Obi-wan Kenobi

Disney+ has a stacked lineup of new releases for the summer season, starting with this six-part limited series set in the “Star Wars” universe. The series follows Obi-wan Kenobi ten years after the events of “Revenge of the Sith” as he fights to survive and save those he cares about. 

New episodes stream each Wednesday.

Ms. Marvel

Another new Disney+ show set to stream this summer, “Ms. Marvel” will follow the story of Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American, Muslim teen who will discover what it means to have superpowers. The show will have six episodes, bringing to life the beloved comic book character.

Episodes stream each Wednesday, starting June 8.

The Rings of Power

This “Lord of the Rings” prequel is one of the most anticipated releases of the summer. The Amazon series will take place thousands of years before the events of the famous fantasy series with all new characters. 

The show’s producers, J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay, mention the show will focus on the forging of the rings and the origins of several characters and stories from Middle-earth.

The series has been in the works since 2017 and experienced setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is set to release on September 2.

House of the Dragon

This “Game of Thrones” prequel is the first of several possible spin-offs of HBO’s popular fantasy series. “House of the Dragon” will take place hundreds of years before “Game of Thrones” and focus on the Targaryen family. The show will star Matt Smith and Rhys Ifans. 

Fans can stream this show starting August 21.

Emily Lewis

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