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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in June 2019, and the Best Reasons to Watch

Revivals young and old aim to brighten up your summer, while new episodes of "Black Mirror" are certain to haunt your dreams.

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Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in “Black Mirror”


5. “Dark” Season 2 (available June 21)

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Why Should I Watch? For a foreign-language series, “Dark” generated quite a bit of buzz when Season 1 premiered in late 2017. Co-creators Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese earned strong reviews from The New York Times as well as IndieWire, and helped fill the void while fans waited for new seasons of equally peculiar dramas, “Stranger Things” and “The OA.” The trippy story is a bit hard to sum up, but focuses on children disappearing from a small German town and travels through time to span three timelines. In short, it can be a lot, but if you’re looking for an intricate and involving mystery, “Dark” is a good place to start.

Bonus Reason: “Dark” has already been renewed for a third and final season, so there’s no reason to worry about the series running too long or going without an ending. The hourlong drama will wrap things up on its own terms — and soon.

6. “3%” Season 3 (available June 7)

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Why Should I Watch? “3%” is the extreme dystopian drama needed to rattle a few cages, in that it reflects reality just enough to scare you, but not too much that it ruins the fun. The first season ran through a “Hunger Games”-style competition where 20-year-olds either won the right to live in paradise — where only 3 percent of the world is allowed to inhabit — or spend the rest of their lives in squalor. Season 2 tracked the winners and losers to expose problems on both sides of the economic imbalance, and now Season 3 is about to set loose even more metaphor-laced shenanigans, as the rise of a second utopian society threatens to upend whatever balance the current set-up maintains. Plus, apparently, there’s a sandstorm. (See photo above.)

Bonus Reason: “3%” was the first Portuguese-language Netflix original series and it was developed from an independent pilot made way back in 2009 — this one is rooted in an indie vision, even as it’s grown to be a popular worldwide hit. Those sensibilities have helped make it unique, and there’s no reason to expect them to disappear in the new season.

7. “Designated Survivor” Season 3 (available June 7)

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Kiefer Sutherland in “Designated Survivor”


Why Should I Watch? Along with last month’s “Lucifier,” “Designated Survivor” is yet another canceled broadcast series to find a second life on Netflix. Does it deserve one? The first two seasons weren’t exactly Emmy-worthy, but there was always potential here. Kiefer Sutherland stars as the de facto POTUS after an explosion during the State of the Union kills everyone ahead of him in the presidential line of succession. Season 1 saw Sutherland’s Tom Kirkman fighting for respect in a job he inherited, not to mention stemming off another attack. Season 2 saw personal drama hit, but Season 3 is focusing on a tried and true narrative of American political dramas: campaigning. That’s right, Tom’s gotta get elected now. Tune in to find out if he can graduate from the designated Commander in Chief to an elected one.

Bonus Reason: Honestly, it’s gotta be Kal Penn. The one-time member of President Obama’s White House staff is now back to full-time acting, and his endorsement of a series as extreme as this one means a lot. “Designated Survivor” is far from a “West Wing” successor, but it’s got the bones of a solid political thriller — and the performers to pull it off.

The Rest of Incoming TV

“Trinkets” Season 1 (available in June)
“Arthdal Chronicles” Season 1 (available now)
“Dynasty” Season 2 (available now)
“Malibu Rescue: The Series” (available June 3)
“Miranda Sings Live… You’re Welcome” (available June 4)
“The Chef Show” (available June 7)
“Jo Koy: Comin’ In Hot” (available June 12)
“Jinn” Season 1 (available June 13)
“The Alcasser Murder” (available June 14)
“Awake: The Million Dollar Game” (available June 14)
“Charite at War” (available June 14)
“Leila” (available June 14)
“Life Overtakes Me” (available June 14)
“Marlon” Season 2 (available June 14)
“Unite 42” (available June 14)
“Grey’s Anatomy” Season 15 (available June 15)
“Ad Vitam” (available June 21)
“Bolivar” (available June 21)
“The Casketeers” Season 2 (available June 21)
“The Confession Tapes” Season 2 (available June 21)
“Girls Incarcerated” Season 2 (available June 21)
“GO! Live Your Way” Season 2 (available June 21)
“Mr. Iglesias” (available June 21)
“Shooter” Season 3 (available June 21)
“Forest of Piano” Season 2 (available June 24)
“Dope” Season 3 (available June 28)
“Exhibit A” (available June 28)
“Instant Hotel” Season 2 (available June 28)
“Motown Magic” Season 2 (available June 28)
“Paquita Salas” Season 3 (available June 28)
“The Chosen One’ (available June 28)
“Scare Tactics” Seasons 4 & 5 (available June 29)
“Madam Secretary” Season 5 (available June 30)

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