Every month brings a collection of great television to add to the lexicon. This a non-exhaustive list of some of those episodes.
1. Adventure Time, “Abstract”
The ever wonderful Adventure Time returned with a quick Adventure Bomb and it was delightful throughout.
The Standout, and most emotionally potent, was “Abstract,” which dealt with Jake’s (voiced by John DiMaggio) abrupt change in appearance from small and yellow to large, blue, and now has five eyes.
It was all deeply unsettling on an aesthetic level but, in typical Adventure Time fashion, took this as an opportunity to explore the ways in which we ought to respond to the changes that we see in our old friends.
Watch it on Cartoon Network.
2. Wynonna Earp, “She Ain’t Right”
While the second season of Wynonna Earp has been exceptionally solid, its best episode so has been “She Ain’t Right,” which — I know — was in June, but just barely and I make the rules here.
The way in which this season has explored Waverly’s (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) demonic possession and the amount of ridiculous fun and winking that resulted has been a joy. Plus, Chalkley displaying all of her singing chops was a real treat.
Watch it on SYFY on Fridays at 10/9c.
3. Rick and Morty, “Rickmancing the Stone”
Rick and Morty is the type of show that you feel you have to watch it at least twice to get all of the jokes and references that are thrown about willy nilly. “Rickmancing the Stone” was no different.
Doing a fantastic riff on Mad Max and other post-apocalyptic films of it ilk, it mined great comedic moments while still working at something emotional at its core.
Watch it on Adult Swim.
4. Danger and Eggs, “The Trio”
Anything that I could possibly say about “The Trio” has already been said by Kristy Puchko at Pajiba much better than I ever could so I would encourage you to just read that. What I will say, however, is that the subtle politics of this episode is ever-so-important and will be viewed as such with enough time. It is truly exceptional, as is the rest of the series.
Watch the complete first season on Amazon.
5. The Bold Type
Picking just one episode of The Bold Type feels cruel and something I refuse to put myself through when the entire series so far — and this is helped from all of the episodes airing in July — has been quite excellent.
Serving as an exploration of modern-day feminism, female friendships, and the emergence of political activism in female-centric magazines — a la Teen Vogue’s recent coverage — the best thing you can say about the series is how well it moves. It’s the type of show that the forty-odd minute runtime has come and gone and it feels like you’ve only watched ten minutes. That is a feat in-and-of itself.
The point is: go watch The Bold Type.
Watch it on Freeform and Hulu.