The Best Netflix to Watch This Summer

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We have an unfortunately long wait until we can get our hands on the second season of Stranger Things—it won’t hit Netflix until October 31. In the meantime, a bunch of other glorious original series are back with new seasons this summer. Here’s what to watch.

 Master of None 

Aziz Ansari’s critically acclaimed series is finally back for round two, and if you haven’t tuned in yet, move it to the top of your queue. Ansari continues to explore universal experiences—religion, dating, family—and spin them in ways that rarely make it into TV or movies. Each of the ten episodes is a mini masterpiece, starting with the season opener: a black-and-white homage to Italian cinema, with 70% of the dialogue in subtitles (plus a lasagna incident).

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 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3 

This award-winning series from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock returns with its signature mix of weird, funny, charming and deceptively dark plot lines. Ellie Kemper’s Kimmy—who was kidnapped as a child and spent 15 years in a cult—is still learning how life outside the bunker works. Season three proves she’s a bit wiser and just as unbreakable.

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 House of Cards 

Is it laughable or downright scary how messed up the Underwoods’ world is? Doesn’t matter—it makes for amazing TV. For those who can’t get enough politics drama in real life, the fifth season of this hit show follows partners-turned-running mates Frank and Claire as they scheme and lie their way through another presidential election. Last season Frank survived an assassination attempt, but we’ll see how many more lucky breaks he can get.

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Flaked 

Season two of Flaked begins with Will Arnett’s troubled character returning home to Venice to…well, not much—the last time this “recovering alcoholic” (and pathological liar) was there, pretty much everyone he knew was mad at him, for various reasons. This dramedy often gets sad and dark, and it’s reportedly loosely based on Arnett’s real life, so we’re hoping the new batch of episodes offer some redemption.

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Orange Is the New Black 

In addition to being named one of the Things We Love About June, the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black has been hailed as the series’ darkest yet. How is that even possible? Things pick up where they left off, with the inmates at Litchfield staging a riot against the prison guards. The ensemble cast and crew pack a lot of punch into this storyline: All of the 13 new gripping episodes take place over a just few days.

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 The Ranch 

This oddly charming comedy, which reunites That ’70s Show stars Aston Kutcher, Danny Masterson and Wilmer Valderrama, has flown under the radar since debuting last spring. But it’s worth a watch for its take on family dynamics—Kutcher’s character, Colt, slinks back to his estranged family’s ranch after a failed football career—as well as regular appearances from the reliably hilarious Elisha Cuthbert.

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