4. “Aquarius” Season 2 (available June 16)
Best Episode: So few of you listened the first dozen times we told you to watch “Aquarius” — leading to its tragic cancellation and forcing Duchovny to return to the drecks of broadcast television — that maybe we should never tell you about the best episode of the series, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” the eighth episode of the solid second season. I mean, it’s obvious from the title alone this episode is going to be peak Duchovny, and the long-awaited, unexpected meeting of his Detective Hank Hodiak and Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony) pays off. Don’t skip what comes before, but you monsters can do whatever you like. Man, we miss “Aquarius.”
5. “Flaked” Season 2 (available June 2)
Why Should I Watch It? “Should” is a strong word to use regarding “Flaked,” given its first season was largely unrewarding and the trailer for Season 2 doesn’t look like any major changes have occurred. But the sensory experience of this Venice-set tale is quite strong, making it an easy summer binge, even if it leaves you fuming at the characters’ poor decision-making. Plus, you know, Will Arnett is pretty cool.
Best Episode: Please, please, please let it be the one where Chip (Arnett) rides his bike around Venice, for that would mean every episode is good. Well, technically, that would mean every episode is of the same quality, either good or bad, which seems more likely. But hey, Venice is beautiful! We’ll try it out!
6. “Turn: Washington’s Spies” Season 3 (available June 4)
Why Should I Watch It? “Turn” is one of those shows that deserves better than the attention paid to it (very little), but it isn’t good enough to be considered among TV’s elite modern dramas. In other words, it’s kind of perfect for Netflix. If you have the urge to throw yourself into a Revolutionary War thriller with solid acting and good costumes, then you can flip on “Turn: Washington Spies” and get your fix without feeling adherent to tracking another show week-to-week. And hey, maybe you’ll like it more than some of the other stuff you’re watching. Maybe you will track it week-to-week. It’s pretty good.
Best Episode: While the finale offers a solid conclusion to the season, we’re going to go with the penultimate episode, “Blade on the Feather” – Episode 9 of Season 3. There’s lots of plotting, and scheming is often the most entertaining aspect of “Turn.” Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman) is living up to his name by trying to hand over West Point to the British, while Abe (Jamie Bell) is cooking up an all-out revolt. The culmination of these events is enticing enough, but the prep is the powder that sets off the keg, and…um, I guess we like powder? Didn’t really think that metaphor through.
7. “The Ranch” Part 3 (available June 16)
Why Should I Watch It? Sam Elliott. We’re not being dramatic here: Sam Elliott is literally the only reason to watch “The Ranch,” and before you dismiss the hackneyed, redundant, largely laughless story surrounding Elliott’s aging ranch hand, please consider this description of his arc from our review of Season 1, Part 2:
Accompanying the tragedy that is the show itself is a specifically depressing chronicle of a classic American rancher who’s slowly but steadily losing everything he’s grown to love, respect and understand about an identity forged by those of The Greatest Generation. As he inches closer and closer to death, he faces limitations and loss. But more importantly, his soul is dying — and with it, the American dream.
Typically, I’m a bit cheeky in this monthly column, but I will absolutely be watching “The Ranch” Season 2 because of Sam Elliott. There is a profundity in Beau’s struggles so far beyond the rest of the series, it’s even more fascinating because of the stark contrast. I need to see where his journey takes him.
Best Episode: It’s tough to choose the best episode of Season 1, and not just because there are 20 episodes in the two parts. It’s also that most episodes feature horrifically homophobic jokes, both dated and unfunny, so you have to sort through those and find moments with Beau that stand out for the right reasons more than those stand out for the wrong ones. Let’s go with Episode 5, which is where Beau and Maggie’s (Debra Winger) relationship comes to a head, with a special shout-out to Episode 8, where Beau figuratively shows his soft side while literally enjoying the softness of his brand new Ugg boots.
The Rest of Incoming TV
“Arrow” Season 5 (available June 1)
“Intersection” Season 2 (available June 1)
“Mutant Busters” Season 2 (available June 1)
“Off Camera with Sam Jones” Series 3 (available June 1)
“The 100” Season 4 (available June 1)
“West Coast Customs” Season 3 (available June 1)
“Comedy Bang! Bang!” Season 5, Part 2 (available June 1)
“Inspector Gadget” Season 3 (available June 2)
“My Only Love Song” Season 1 (available June 9)
“Quantico” Season 2 (available June 14)
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 4 (available June 15)
“El Chapo” Season 1 (available June 16)
“World of Winx” Season 2 (available June 16)
“Grey’s Anatomy” Season 13 (available June 17)
“Scandal” Season 6 (available June 17)
“Shooter” Season 1 (available June 18)
“Baby Daddy” Season 6 (available June 21)
“Young & Hungry” Season 5 (available June 21)
“Free Rein” Season 1 (available June 23)
“Little Witch Academia” Season 1 (available June 30)