Riverdale's season three finale has still got us shook. The seminal CW series left us on a massive cliffhanger that likely won't be resolved until after its mid-season finale, so we'll realistically be stressed about our Core Four until the end of the holiday season, aka a million years from now. Instead of spending the next five to nine months obsessing over Jughead's fate and worrying about Cheryl Blossom's mental health, we'll be watching these new summer series to distract us from the gaping Riverdale-shaped hole in our life. When we're not at the beach, of course.
Fans of Riverdale are no stranger to campy thrills. Renée Zellweger finally makes her comeback in this pulpy thriller anthology series as an author who makes an indecent proposal to a struggling couple — one night with Lisa Donovan's husband in exchange for the $80 million Lisa needs to fund her lifesaving specialized drug company. Even the pilot's script will admit the plot echoes "a bad '90s movie," but if The CW is your ride or die, that will just make you love What/If even more.
When To Watch: Friday, May 24 at 3 a.m. ET
Cassie Bedford might not be a witch like our favorite Archie Horror blonde, but she does see dead people. This take on the "psychic police consultant" trope isn't anything new, but our supernatural detective is finally a woman. Take that, The Mentalist. Riverdale aficionados that keep coming back because of its tangled web of mysteries will enjoy dissecting this goofily graphic crime series instead of waiting for more clues about Jughead's fate and the whereabouts of Penelope Blossom.
Wednesday, May 29 at 10 p.m. ET
We all miss the days when Riverdale was actually set in a high school. Moritz Zimmerman isn't hawking jingle jangle, but this story of a Gen-Z nerd who becomes Europe's biggest drug dealer doesn't forget the biggest part of being a teen kingpin — having to go to fifth-period geometry. Riverdale is a Gen-Z masterpiece at heart, and this YA drama-thriller is targeting the exact audience that Riverdale has completely entranced.
When To Watch: Friday, May 31 at 3 a.m. ET
Jenji Kohan is a girl-power GOAT. As Orange Is The New Black, the Netflix Original that started it all, comes to an end, the showrunner is exploring campier pastures on Lifetime with her new series American Princess. If you think the only thing royals share with Riverdale is an affinity for the name Archie, you'd be dead wrong. American Princess follows an Upper East Side socialite (like an older Veronica Lodge, perhaps?) as she runs away to a Renaissance faire after catching her fiancé cheating on her wedding day.
When To Watch: Sunday, June 2 at 10 p.m. ET
Choni is the best LGBTQ+ couple on television, don't @ me. Riverdale has a refreshing number of out and proud characters, and we'll miss seeing that sexual diversity every week on the small screen. Netflix's new take on Tales of the City reimagines the Armistead Maupin classic to include a group of queer San Franciscans alongside the original miniseries lead Mary Ann Singleton. Mary Ann returns to SF two decades after first meeting the LGBTQ community at 28 Barbary Lane, continuing her story in a post-AIDS society that has both drastically changed from the free-love of the early '80s and somehow stayed exactly the same.
When To Watch: Friday, June 7 at 3 a.m. ET
Let's be honest, half of the reason we watch Riverdale is because KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse are totally swoon-worthy. Miles Teller can be your summer eye candy in Too Old to Die Young, a crazily violent new series about a dirty cop/part-time assassin who kills with a code. The series' autour Nicholas Winding Refn is the same psycho who gave us The Neon Demon, so you know some sh*t is about to go down.
When To Watch: Friday, June 14 at 12 a.m. ET
This is it. The crown jewel of summer's teen television. Queen Of Our Soul Zendaya and Netflix hottie Jacob Elordi star in this drug-addled drama produced by Drake, who knows a thing or two about teen angst from his gone-but-not-forgotten Degrassi days. Euphoria is HBO's first teen series, but it'll still be filled with sex, drugs, and more sex. And more drugs. This American adaptation of an Israeli series will focus on Zendaya's character, an addict straight out of rehab who has no intention of staying clean.
When To Watch: Sunday, June 16 at 10 p.m. ET
TBH, Grand Hotel might be better suited for those mourning the loss of The CW's Jane the Virgin, which concludes its fifth and final season on July 31. Still, Riverdale is basically a gringa's telenovela, so fans can find solace in Eva Longoria's adaptation of the Spanish drama Gran Hotel. This upstairs/downstairs story follows the owners of a Miami resort, their spoiled adult children, and the hotel's loyal staff as secrets lurk beneath the property's luxurious facade.
When To Watch: Monday, June 17 at 10 p.m. ET
Nothing is more dramatic than reality television, and The Hills practically invented the genre. Even though stars Lauren Conrad, Kristin Cavallari, and Lo Bosworth won't be returning for MTV's revival of the hit series, The Hills: New Beginnings, troubled '00s icon Mischa Barton will be stepping in to amp up the star power. We don't really need more Justin Bobby in our lives, but we're stoked that Brody Jenner is back to reclaim his reality crown.
When To Watch: Monday, June 24 at Time TBA
We've missed Chace Crawford. If you think Riverdale's men are hot, you definitely missed out on Gossip Girl's parade of arm candy led by Chace himself. He'll star in Supernatural creator Eric Kripke's new series The Boys alongside the similarly handsome Jack Quaid and Anthony Starr. While The Boys may feature plenty of men in spandex, these superheroes aren't our protagonists. The series follows a group of vigilantes who dedicate themselves to taking down corrupt heroes who have embraced their celebrity with a little too much gusto.
When To Watch: Friday, July 26 at 12 a.m. ET
It's the moment we've all been waiting for, marshmallows. Veronica Mars is back, and she's here to save Spring Break. The best teen detective of all time puts Jughead and Betty to shame, so you might want to familiarize yourself with the first three seasons of Veronica Mars before its eight-episode revival drops on Hulu. Fan favorite Logan Echols will be back to bring the LoVe as Veronica investigates an explosive campaign to strip Neptune, California of its status as a beach vacation destination. Yup, the town has only gotten worse since the early-'00s, much like the country as a whole, apparently. We need Veronica now more than ever.
Who knew Alfred Pennyworth was such a babe? Jack Bannon stars in this long-overdue origin story about Batman's legendary butler, a former soldier who forms his own private security firm and is hired by the young billionaire Thomas Wayne in 1960s London. Fans of the Waynes will get to see Thomas and Martha fall in love, but if you've seen producers Danny Cannon and Bruno Heller's last Batman prequel Gotham, you're prepared for all hell to break loose.
When To Watch: Monday, July 29 at 8 p.m. ET
Our Lord and Savior Mindy Kaling is back with an adaptation of the polite British classic Four Weddings and a Funeral. The OG rom-com's writer Richard Curtis will be back to executive produce the Hulu mini-series in the first collaboration between Mindy and the second-best streaming service since The Mindy Project ended in 2017. For uncultured swine who aren't familiar with the original film, Four Weddings will follow a friend group as their lives intersect during (you guessed it) four weddings and one funeral. Gotta love truth in advertising.
When To Watch: Wednesday, July 31 at 12 a.m. ET
Sure, The Hills revival should be a laugh, but this meta pseudo-reboot of 90210 looks crazy on-screen and off. True Riverdale fans know that the late, great Luke Perry got his start on 90210 before his reign as the only decent parent in the town with pep, giving this televised experiment a solid connection to our fave teen soap. Actors from 90210 won't be playing their characters from the show or letting us see their real-life dramas. Instead, they'll be finding a nice middle by playing heightened versions of themselves on a scripted series. Multiple senior writers and the showrunner randomly quit in May for reasons unknown, but if rumors of beef with two of the show's lead actresses are true, it looks like we're in for a wild ride.
When To Watch: Wednesday, August 7 at 9 p.m. ET
Broadway fans and gay men (so... Broadway fans) have been eagerly awaiting Netflix's new Ryan Murphy series starring Dear Evan Hansen's Tony Award-winning lead Ben Platt. The dark comedy will also star Gwyneth Paltrow, Bette Midler, and Ben's Evan Hansen love interest Laura Dreyfuss alongside a veritable sh*tton of American Horror Story alums. The story follows Ben's character Payton as he tries to win a private school student council election, but honestly, with a cast this good we don't give a f*ck about the plot.
When To Watch: Friday, September 27 at 3 a.m. ET
Pandora will be the only teen drama The CW is releasing this summer because they haven't realized that no one wants to watch game shows after 7 p.m. Or at all. The sci-fi action series is set in 2199 where a teenaged girl named Jax is training to defend the Galaxy from alien and human threats at Earth's Space Training Academy. Because it's a CW show, there will be plenty of secrets, identity crises, and the possibility that our heroine might accidentally cause the destruction of the entire universe as we know it.
When To Watch: Date and Time TBA