July arrives packed with thrillers, time travel and prison dramas

1. The Terminal List (Prime Video)

Master of action movies Antoine Fuqua returns to TV as one of the directors of The Terminal List, the new action thriller series from Amazon Prime. Bankable Hollywood star Chris Pratt leads the cast in this story set in a US military context. A Navy SEAL officer whose entire platoon was wiped out in a deadly ambush, he comes home traumatized, with conflicting memories, and questioning whether he was to blame. He will soon discover, however, that there were dark forces working against him. Scheduled to drop on Prime on July 1.

2. How to Screw It All Up (HBO Max)

Spanish screenwriters Jaime Olías and Pablo Sanhermelando, who up until now have focused on short films, make the leap to TV with this new teen drama with the spirit of a road trip movie. How to Screw It All Up (Cómo mandarlo todo a la mierda) – on HBO Max, also from July 1 – tells the story of Alba, a teenager who is gutted when the end-of-year school trip is canceled. Fortunately, she finds out some of her classmates plan to pretend that the trip is still going ahead, deciding to steal a van and hit the open road – with no fixed destination. Alba won’t hesitate to join them.

3. Dos años y un día (Atresplayer Premium)

From July 3, Dos años y un día (Two years and one day), the new comedy series created by Miguel Esteban, Raúl Navarro, Sergio Sarria and Luismi Pérez, will be available on Atresplayer Premium. This is the story of popular TV presenter Carlos Ferrer, played by Arturo Valls, who is sentenced to two years and one day in prison after he tells a joke that backfires, causing religious offense. Carlos has some adjusting to do in his new life in prison, though he’ll find things aren’t quite as bad as the clichés would have it. Joining Valls in the cast are Adriana Torrebejano, Amaia Salamanca, Fernando Gil, Michael John Treanor and Javier Botet. The series is produced by Atresmedia Televisión in collaboration with Globomedia (The Mediapro Studio), LACOproductora, Estela Films and Pólvora Films.

4. Black Bird (Apple TV)

Taron Egerton and the recently deceased Ray Liotta are the main attractions of this new thrillerdropping on Apple TV on July 8. Inspired by true events, it tells the story of drug dealer Jimmy Keene, who is sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison. Once there, he is given two options – serve his sentence without any chance of parole or move to a maximum security prison and befriend a serial killer in order to get him to confess to his crimes, which would then mean freedom for Jimmy. The episodes are written by author Dennis Lehane and directed by Joe Chappelle, Michaël R. Roskam, and Jim McKay.

5. The Longest Night (Netflix)

There’s yet more prison drama in The Longest Night, the new Netflix series that can be seen as of the 8th. Armed forces surround a psychiatric prison and cut off communications with the outside world. Their goal is to abduct a dangerous serial killer, and if the guards hand him over, the assault will be over in a matter of minutes. But Hugo, the prison director, refuses to obey and prepares to resist the attack. The series boasts a strong ensemble cast including Roberto Álamo, Bárbara Goneaga and Luis Callejo, as well as Alberto Ammann, known for his leading role in the excellent prison movie Cell 211.

6. Better Call Saul (AMC)

The countdown has started for acclaimed AMC series Better Call Saul, with the final six episodes being uploaded once a week from July 11, marking the end of one of the series most praised by both critics and the public in recent years. The creators of Breaking Bad will finally link the show in with its predecessor and, after the tragic events of the last episode, viewers will discover the fate of Saul Goodman and all those around him. Not only will it be revealed why he transformed himself into the criminal lawyer of Breaking Bad, but what happened to him after the said series, something that various flash-forwards will help viewers piece together. There is already talk that Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould and their writing team could be concocting another spin-offto further expand their special universe.

7. The Cleaner (Movistar+)

At the end of the month, Movistar Plus+ incorporates The Cleaner, the new BBC sitcom starring Greg Davies and Helena Bonham Carter. Davies is also the screenwriter in this British remake of a German series about a professional crime scene cleaner who spends more time chatting with people and discovering bizarre details about the deaths at the scenes than he does cleaning. The first episode will be out on July 25, with another to follow weekly until all six have been released.

‘The Cleaner’.

8. Under the Banner of Heaven (Disney+)

Two days later, July 27 brings the opportunity to see Andrew Garfield on the small screen on Disney+ as the star of Under the Banner of Heaven, the new true crime series from FX. It follows the lives of two brothers who believe they have been chosen by God to end the life of a woman and her young daughter. The series has already been broadcast in the United States, where it garnered quite a good reception from the press and praise for the acting performances in particular. Accompanying Garfield are Sam Worthington and Daisy Edgar-Jones.

9. Paper Girls (Prime Video)

Brimming with up and coming female talent, the 8-episode Amazon Prime Video series of Paper Girls explores adolescence, terror and fantasy. The 8 episodes recount the story of four 12-year-old girls who shortly after Halloween find themselves traveling through time and end up having to bear a heavy responsibility. Paper Girls brings to the TV screen the comic book series of Cliff Chiang and Brian K. Vaughan, is reminiscent of the fiction of R.L. Stine, and drops on July 29.

‘Paper Girls’.

10. Surface (Apple TV)

Also from the 29th, Surface debuts on Apple TV, a glossy addition to July’s other new psychological thrillers. Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as a woman who has suffered a traumatic head injury – believed to be due to a suicide attempt – leaving her with extreme memory loss. As she tries to put the pieces of her life back together with help from close friends and family, she starts to question whether what they tell her is true or not. The script is written by Veronica West and the episodes directed by Sam Miller, who in recent years has also had a hand in outstanding series like Luther and I May Destroy You.

Arnau Martín Camarasa
Arnau Martín Camarasa. Student of Audiovisual Communication at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. My high-school major was in the Arts at Sant Adrià del Besòs. My main goal is to become a critic, analyst or teacher specializing in film and television series. I have more specific objectives that would help me including attending film festivals, being part of the jury and contacting specialized critics to gradually learn to master the art.