You’ve waited long enough – two years for some! – to welcome the hottest shows on TV back into your life, and now that the wait is suddenly over, you might even feel a little overwhelmed about where to get started again.
Not to panic. Here’s what’s back, when exactly this week, and just how much of it you’re able to binge in one go. May contain spoilers so tread lightly…
Black Mirror, season 5
Netflix-favourite Black Mirror last left us with the show’s first full-length film version, Bandersnatch, on December 28, with its drop only announced the day before. Following season 4, many of us were shook by the film's interactive choose-your-own-adventure element, but others found its meta-narrative too gimmicky.
But, for those fans that prefer the more traditional Black Mirror episodes, get ready to binge on the dark side of modern technology because all of season 5 drops today. And based on what we’ve seen, we’re ready to face some more existential dread – with a side of Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana vibes.
The Handmaid’s Tale, season 3
Keeping things dark – and we mean dreadfully dark, considering the dystopian drama continues to mirror IRL America – is, of course, The Handmaid’s Tale.
Season two ended almost a year ago and while there’s way too much that unfolded to recap here, what’s important to remember is the following: Our heroine June Osborne has finally convinced the cruel Serena Waterford to consider the terrible future baby Nichole faces in Gilead and Serena reluctantly agrees to let both June and the baby escape. However, at the last minute, June hands Nichole to Emily – who’s also fleeing Gilead – and decides to stay behind instead.
The first three episodes of the new season are available on Hulu as of today. Run!
Big Little Lies, season 2
Only entering its second season, there aren’t many shows still talked about as much as Big Little Lies, which saw the end of its first season over two years ago. Not hard to understand why based purely on the stellar cast of leading A-list actresses who take matters into their own hands in the #MeToo era.
And now that Meryl Streep has been added to the show? We needn't say more.
Unfortunately, this isn’t one you’re going to be able to binge all at once come June 9 when season 2 debuts on HBO. But based on how things last ended and how long we waited for the new release, we guess it’s all about anticipation.