From cult classics to cartoon reboots, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Tremors – Tuesday, July 20, 4:25 p.m., Starz 2
Starz 2A lovingly tongue-in-cheek tribute to ’50s creature features stars Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward as two handymen who must save their small Nevada town from an invasion of prehistoric worm monsters. Also keep an eye out for Family Ties’ Michael Gross and country superstar Reba McEntire.
2. The Flash – Tuesday, July 20, 8 p.m., The CW | Season Finale
The CWIt’s been another surprisingly emotional year for this comic book drama, what with Barry Allen struggling to find his missing wife, while also doing battle with the ever-elusive Mirror Master. Last week, the season-seven end game kicked off with Barry and Iris meeting their future kids, Bart and Nora, before a dire revelation all but tore the happy family apart. In part two, our titular hero must rally the whole clan, plus a few other speedsters, to defeat a terrifying new enemy: Godspeed (guest star Karan Oberoi).
Expect to see several faces from the past—including Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and his endless array of graphic T-shirts. You’ll recall that Barry’s best pal/tech guy, who’s been with the show since day one, turned in his Team Flash card earlier this season to go and take a new super-science gig in Star City (i.e. Arrow’s old stomping grounds). But he’s set to return and lend a hand in these final two episodes.
“Yeah, I’m coming back, baby!” the actor told Entertainment Weekly. “I think it’s really flattering and gratifying to get to do a big old goodbye, and then come in as a surprise at the very end to help the team take down a formidable foe.”
3. Sexy Beasts – Wednesday, July 21, Netflix | Series Premiere
NetflixBeauty is only skin deep, and a good personality is what really matters, right? Well, it appears as though one dating show finally got that memo—and they’re really taking it to the next level.
Sexy Beasts is the latest in a string of off-the-wall romance competitions from Netflix, following Love Is Blind and Too Hot to Handle. In it, men and women looking for “the one” are presented with three different suitors. Perfectly ordinary so far, right?
The catch: the people they’re dating are all disguised in elaborate makeup (and we do mean elaborate) that makes them look like nightmarish beast people. Following the dates, the love-seeker of the week chooses their perfect match, and that’s when the makeup comes off — but only the person that they’ve chosen will be revealed.
It’s all based on a U.K. series that was a huge hit on BBC Three. The first six episodes drop on Netflix this week, and six more will follow later on in the year.
All in all, there are 48 different fierce ensembles for us to look forward to, including a dolphin, scarecrow, praying mantis and beaver. Comedian Rob Delaney (Catastrophe) also joins in on the fun as narrator.
“Welcome to the strangest blind date ever,” promises the preview, which hit the Internet at the end of June and had many web surfers wondering what in the heck they’d just watched.
“Viewers are in for a real treat,” the producers furthermore teased in an official statement. “[We] hope the show puts a smile on peoples’ faces as they play along to discover who’ll fall in love with who, and what our cast all really look like.”
4. Olympic Dreams With the Jonas Brothers – Wednesday, July 21, 8 p.m., NBC
NBCBrothers Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas dreamed of being Olympic athletes until pop stardom intervened. In this special, the trio will be trained by some of Team USA’s top athletes as they compete against their biggest rivals—each other.
5. Best in Show – Thursday, July 22, 6:25 p.m., Starz 2
IMDBMockumentarian Christopher Guest goes behind the scenes at the prestigious (and quite fictional) Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, as an array of eccentrics vie to have their furry companions crowned top dog. Jennifer Coolidge, Fred Willard and future Schitt’s Creek duo Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara star.
6. Good Girls – Thursday, July 22, 9 p.m. & 10 p.m., NBC | Series Finale
NBCIt’s a bittersweet week for fans of this suburban crime drama, which closes season four with what turns out to be the series finale. Cancelled by NBC, producers tried to make a move to Netflix, but the deal fell through. Hope you enjoyed those Good times while we had them!
7. Judge Judy – Friday, July 23, 4:30 p.m., CHEK & CBS | Series Finale
CBSViewers won’t want to miss Judy Sheindlin’s last-ever new episode of her long-running courtroom series, ending an impressive 25-year run on daytime television. We won’t be missing her for long, however; she’ll be back in a new series, Judy Justice, set to air on IMDb TV, Amazon’s free streaming platform.
8. Charmed – Friday, July 23, 8 p.m., The CW | Season Finale
The CWWith Macy in critical condition after the Charmed Ones’ battle with the Whispering Evil, her sisters cast an ancient spell that hurls them all off on a series of surreal dreamland adventures. Back in the real world, Harry considers doing “the unthinkable” to save Macy’s life.
9. Jolt – Friday, July 23, Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime VideoKate Beckinsale (Underworld) stars in this high-octane action movie as Lindy, a beautiful, sardonically funny woman who conceals a painful secret: due to a rare neurological disorder that’s afflicted her since birth, she experiences sporadic rage-filled, murderous impulses that can only be stopped when she shocks herself with a special electrode device. Unable to find real human connection in a world that understandably fears her bizarre and dangerous condition, Lindy finally trusts a man long enough to fall in love—only to find him murdered the next day. Heartbroken and enraged, she embarks on a revenge-filled mission to track down his killer, while at the same time being pursued by the police as the prime suspect in the brutal crime.
In addition to Beckinsale, this female-driven thriller, directed by Tanya Wexler (Hysteria), boasts an impressive supporting cast that includes Bobby Cannavale, Jai Courtney, Laverne Cox, David Bradley, Ori Pfeffer, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci.
10. Masters of the Universe: Revelation – Friday, July 23, Netflix | Series Premiere
NetflixSaturday-morning synergy hit a peak during the 1980s when toy manufacturer Mattel launched the animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, a children’s cartoon created for the sole purpose of selling the company’s line of associated action figures.
Despite the cynical marketing ploy at the heart of the show, it wound up becoming one of the most popular children’s programs of the decade, and remains a beloved touchstone for those who grew up watching the adventures of heroic He-Man as he vanquished villainous Skeletor with the help of his iconic Sword of Power.
One of those now-grown kids is director Kevin Smith, known for such films as Clerks and Mallrats. Smith is helming a new revival for Netflix, Masters of the Universe: Revelation. Unlike the earlier iteration, Smith’s reboot isn’t about selling toys to children, but is instead targeting the adults who grew up watching the original.
Per Netflix’s official synopsis: “The first episode revolves around a life-changing battle between He-Man (voiced by Chris Wood) and his lifelong nemesis Skeletor (Mark Hamill), after which the planet of Eternia is left broken and He-Man’s compatriots fractured and estranged. He-Man’s compatriot Teela (Sarah Michelle Gellar)—who undergoes the most dramatic visual update on the series—is tasked with reuniting her old friends in order to save Eternia and the universe.”
“We’re playing with the original mythology and characters, and revisiting and digging deeper into some of the unresolved storylines,” added Smith in a statement, promising that “even if you’ve never watched a single episode of the show or don’t know this universe at all, you can jump right into the story.”