July is shaping up to be a great month for food TV. Over the next few weeks, a handful of popular series will be returning for new seasons (Queer Eye, Sweetbitter, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee), a few intriguing series will make their debuts (Taco Chronicles, Four Weddings and a Funeral), and a major pop culture juggernaut will come back with a plot involving a retro food court (Stranger Things). Here’s everything you need to know about seven shows that are arriving this month, in order of release date:
Stranger Things Season 3
When: July 4
What: The new season of Netflix’s wildly popular supernatural thriller will see the Hawkins gang embark on a new adventure full of monsters, teenage romance, and junk food from the town’s hottest attraction, the Starcourt Mall. It’s here that fan favorite Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) will start his first summer job, making cones and sundaes at the fictional ice cream chain Scoops Ahoy. The show will also feature a number of other period-specific food details including cans of New Coke, a product that Coca-Cola brought back from the dead specifically for the latest season of Stranger Things.
Now that the reviews have started rolling in, it appears that the critics think this new season is stronger than the last one. In her spoiler-free review, Vox’s Aja Romano writes, “The positive side is that for viewers whose main concern is hanging out with the kids of Hawkins and enjoying the quirky, nostalgia-laced humor and fun that Stranger Things excels at, season three is pretty much on top of its game.”
When: July 12
What: A celebration of tacos in all their many forms. Netflix has not released many details about this original series from the streaming titan’s Latin American division, but judging by the trailer (only on Netflix), it looks like the show will explore different taco styles found throughout Mexico and the United States — carnitas! guisados! barbacoa! — while telling the stories of the taqueros who make them. The new show looks a bit like previous Netflix hits Street Food and Flavorful Origins. Rumor has it that essential Los Angeles restaurant Sonoratown will appear in one episode.
Sweetbitter Season 2
When: July 14
What: The steamy soap opera follows Tess (Ella Purnell), a newcomer to the restaurant scene, learning about life and love in early aughts Manhattan. While the first season of this criminally underrated show hewed fairly closely to Stephanie Danler’s novel of the same name (the author is one of the show’s creators/producers), the second season will expand the story into some new territory. Sandra Bernhard joins Sweetbitter this season as the mysterious owner of the restaurant where Tess works.
Starz recently put all of the first season on YouTube so that anyone who’s on the fence about the show can take it for a test drive before the launch of Season 2.
Queer Eye Season 4
When: July 19
What: The members of the Fab Five — who all appeared on the same float at NYC’s pride parade yesterday — are headed back to Kansas City, Missouri for the fourth season of Netflix’s popular makeover show. Fans can expect the same mixture of lighthearted moments and powerful breakthroughs, plus healthy-ish recipe demonstrations from food expert Antoni Porowski. Curiously, an Instagram teaser for this new season has a blink-and-you-missed-it shot of Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty, suggesting that the bright orange goofball might appear at the end of the show to welcome the Fab Five to his hometown for Season 5.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 6
When: July 19
What: Jerry Seinfeld goes on coffee dates with 11 of his famous friends, including Jamie Foxx, Melissa Villaseñor, Eddie Murphy, Ricky Gervais, Seth Rogen, Bridget Everett, and Martin Short. While the show can certainly be delightful at times, particularly when Jerry has great chemistry with his guests, Seinfeld’s tone-deaf jokes and egregious Lavazza shilling occasionally ruin this show. Hopefully Jerry will avoid making condescending remarks about restaurant employees and his guests this time around.
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
Where: National Geographic
When: Premieres July 21 at 10 p.m.
What: In between extreme sports activities like rock climbing and cliff diving, television’s shoutiest chef will learn about local ingredients and regional cuisine in six destinations around the world. When the show was announced last year, some Twitter users took issue with the concept of Ramsay parachuting into communities around the world and trying to out-cook the locals. But judging by the new trailer, it looks like Ramsay’s goal here is to learn more about other food communities, rather than attempt to assert his culinary dominance over them. The show will also include some talented chefs joining Ramsay, including the Final Table’s Monique Fiso, and Chef’s Table veteran Virgilio Martinez.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
When: July 31
What: Mindy Kaling’s new limited series based on the classic 1994 film of the same name will track the romantic lives of four pals played by Nathalie Emmanuel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Brandon Mychal Smith, and John Reynolds. The trailer indicates that, in addition to the titular four weddings and a funeral, the show will also be full of splashy London dinner parties. “I wanted to take the themes and the essence of the movie and apply it through my eyes of what I would like to see that I haven’t seen yet,” Kaling recently told Entertainment Weekly.