With the passing of Labor Day and the return of rugrats to school (or “to” school), summer has unofficially ended. So as is tradition, it is time to take stock of TV’s winners and losers during this admittedly unusual off-season.
Which creative voice gave herself a most magnificent megaphone (and destroyed us in the process)? How did Disney+ both delight and disappoint its subscribers? In what ways have a house full of reality-TV “all-stars” underwhelmed? And how did at least one political convention win our vote? Check out our list below for those answers and many more summertime highs and lows.
As always and forever, not every summer series was strong or weak enough to warrant a spot in our gallery! Lots of summer TV was simply fine, you know? (Not everyone gets a participation trophy, kids.) Instead, TVLine whittled down three months’ worth of pandemic-era TV to more than 17 standouts, all of which deserve special recognition… for better or for worse.
Scroll through the list below to survey the summer fare that we have deemed to be winners and losers, then hit the comments to share your own picks!