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Eight Shows to Watch While Hiding from the Heatwave

Elika Roohi

Wasn’t it just a few months ago that we were suffering with insanely record lows, causing frostbite and freezing pipes? Now large parts of the US and Canada have been plunged into a sweltering heatwave with temperatures soaring above 100F in many places.

The CDC has published some tips for handling the hot weather, including staying hydrated with water (avoid sugary, caffeinated and alcoholic beverages), staying cool in air conditioned areas and wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. They also advise keeping an eye on the inside temperature of your car—if it’s 80 degrees outside, the inside of your car can get as hot as 123F inside within an hour.

Although College News is not a public health organization, we have some suggestions of our own for beating the heat: stay inside and lie in front of a fan with the air conditioning on while eating popsicles. To pass the time, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite shows that will get you through this very warm weekend.

Killing Eve, Season 2 (BBC)

Sandra Oh’s British intelligence agent and Jodie Comer’s assassin-for-hire are back for another season of their incredible cat-and-mouse hunt. Season 2 picks up after Oh’s Eve has stabbed Comer’s Villanelle. The two jump straight back into their complex dynamic, making for excellent television.

Fleabag, Season 2 (Amazon)

Fleabag is a gem of a show that truly found its voice in the second season. Following the life of a messy woman who’s trying to get life right and anchored by script-writing-powerhouse Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag explores all the familiar themes—family, faith, love—but with a unique and beautiful lens.

Big Little Lies, Season 2 (HBO)

Back after the award-winning season 1, season 2 picks up with all of your favorite characters with the addition of Meryl Streep playing the role of evil mother-in-law. After last season’s shocking ending, season 2 follows the Monterey Five as they struggle with the burden of their secret.

Stranger Things, Season 3 (Netflix)

Stranger Things is back! The ’80s-nostalgia sci-fi horror hit picks up a year after we left our protagonists in season 2. Even though the gang all have part-time jobs now, they still have the Upside Down to worry about.

Chernobyl (HBO)

If you somehow missed this one in the first go-round, now is the time to spend five episodes deep diving into the story of one of the most devastating man-made catastrophes in history.

Veep, Season 7 (HBO)

For the final season, Veep is back with with its consistently smart and funny writing, satirizing a practically un-satirizable American political landscape. If you haven’t jumped into Veep before, now is a perfect opportunity.

Good Omens (Amazon)

Party buddy comedy, part time-to-question-religion, Good Omen is about the unlikely friendship between an angel and a demon, who find themselves trying to prevent Armageddon from coming to Earth and destroying everything as we know it.

Queer Eye, Season 4 (Netflix)

Back for its fourth season, Queer Eye is bringing back the Fab Five to bring more emotional, uplifting episodes to you. Perfect for when outside is a burning mess—literally and metaphorically.

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