June 2021 isn’t the best month there’s ever been for new content on streaming services other than Netflix. We seem to be hitting a bit of a summer doldrums. But just a very little bit, because there are still a solid number of very intriguing shows and movies coming out on Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max, and Hulu in June. No month that has a new Marvel show, a new Pixar movie, and a new A24 horror movie can be a total wash.
Before we get to the recommendations, we would be remiss not to mention that Amazon is doing a nice curated collection on Prime Video called “Live Out Loud” in honor of Pride Month. The collection features Amazon Originals like the movie Uncle Frank and the series The Wilds, along with licensed titles like Rocketman and RuPaul’s Drag Race. And Showtime is making seasons of its LGBTQ-themed shows Queer as Folk, The L Word: Generation Q, and Work In Progress. They’re available to stream with your Prime subscription for the month. So definitely check that out.
All right! Here are this month’s recommendations for Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max, and Hulu. If you’re looking for our guide to the best of Netflix this month, you’ll find that here.
June 4 | Trailer
This crime drama is Amazon’s first Brazilian scripted series, and it looks like an exciting entry in the thriving genre of international crime thrillers. It tells an inspired-by-true-events story of a father and son on opposite sides of Rio de Janeiro’s drug war. Victor is a cop whose life’s work is fighting cocaine trafficking. But his son Pedro is an addict, and despite Victor’s best efforts, he takes to a life of crime and becomes one of the most wanted figures in Rio’s criminal underworld. If you’re from Brazil, you know about Pedro Dom, and now the rest of the world gets to learn this wild story.
Bosch Season 7
June 25 | Trailer
The cop procedural beloved by dads and the dad-minded is coming to a close this season after a run that has made it Prime Video’s longest-running series. It started back when Amazon was still making shows like Mozart in the Jungle, and will continue on in the form of an as-yet-untitled IMDb TV spinoff. It follows Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) after he retires from the LAPD and starts working as an investigator for attorney Honey “Money” Chandler (Mimi Rogers). But before we get to the next iteration of Bosch (which honestly probably won’t be much different from the current iteration of Bosch), we have to say goodbye to this one. The case involves the murder of a 10-year-old girl by arson. Powerful people don’t want him to push so hard, but Bosch gonna Bosch. He can’t not seek justice.
June 9 | Trailer
The biggest show on any streaming service this month is Disney+’s latest Marvel series, Loki. It features an alternate version of Tom Hiddleston’s Asgardian trickster on a journey through time across the Marvel universe. According to the Time Variance Authority (or TVA) he has to fix the timeline he broke or he’ll be erased from existence. The explanation for how this happened has to do with the time-heist shenanigans in Avengers: Endgame, but really it’s just an excuse to keep one of the MCU’s most beloved characters in action. He may be officially dead, but is anyone ever really dead in the comic-book world? Don’t question it too much, just have fun! Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson are. (Wilson plays an analyst at the TVA responsible for observing and managing Loki.)
June 18 | Trailer
Room’s Jacob Tremblay voices the titular Italian sea monster who longs to get out from under the sea and be part of the human world in the latest Pixar joint. He does, with the help of his older friend Alberto (We Are Who We Are’s Jack Dylan Grazer), who’s already been going on land and passing as a human. Once he’s in the seaside town of Portorosso, Luca embarks on a journey of self discovery and learns to believe in himself. It’s a Pixar movie, so it’s guaranteed to look beautiful and make you cry.
TBA | Trailer
London-based New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo wrote and stars in this romantic comedy about an average woman who unknowingly hooks up with a movie star (Hulu’s Four Weddings and a Funeral’s Nikesh Patel) on New Year’s Eve. Despite living in very, very different worlds, they try to make their relationship work. It’s a clever comedy from a fresh new voice. British newspaper The Times called it an “expertly crafted old-school screwball comedy, crackling with wit and sexual chemistry.” It aired on the BBC already, but it’s streaming as an HBO Max original here in America sometime this month.
June 24 | Trailer
This documentary from Oscar winners Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine covers the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s fight for equal pay with the governing body U.S. Soccer. It’s told by those in the center of the fight, star athletes Megan Rapinoe, Jessica McDonald, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Sam Mewis, among others. The U.S. women’s team has won four World Cups in the past 20 years, while the men’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. They deserve more. This rousing documentary serves to make you want to join the fight, which is bigger than just a soccer team. It’s about equality. As Megan Rapinoe says in the trailer, “If they win, no one wins. If we win, everyone wins.”
Night of the Kings
June 3 | Trailer
If you’ve never watched a film from the Ivory Coast before, start with this one. It’s a unique hybrid of a prison drama and a fantasy tale. A young inmate named Roman has to entertain his fellow prisoners with a Scheherazade-like story on the night of a red moon, otherwise he’ll be killed. It’s a startling, visually rich film from visionary Ivorian writer-director Phillipe Lacôte. It has a 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes and just missed out on being nominated for the Best International Film Oscar (it made the shortlist, but not the final cut).
June 25 | Trailer
Broad City’s Ilana Glazer is the latest comedy star to transition to horror with this feminist take on Rosemary’s Baby, which she co-wrote and stars in. She plays Lucy Martin, a woman who gets pregnant with her first child with her older husband Adrian (Justin Theroux). Their doctor is John Hindle (Pierce Brosnan), who Lucy doesn’t trust. She suspects these men are up to something, and she starts to have terrifying visions that might actually be real. The film’s co-writer and director is John Lee, who co-created the deeply unnerving surreal comedy shows Wonder Showzen and Xavier: Renegade Angel, so this movie is probably going to end up in a really dark place. Rosemary’s Baby didn’t show us what they did to his eyes. False Positive is going to show it all. The film is produced by the can’t-miss indie distributor A24, which is about as close to a guarantee of quality as you can get.