Cruel Summer

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  • TV-14
  • 2021
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.4  (20,244)

Cruel Summer is a psychological thriller television series that premiered on FreeForm in 2021. The show is set in the 1990s in a small Texas town, and follows the lives of two teenage girls, Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt) and Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia). The series is set over three different summers - 1993, 1994, and 1995. Each summer, the perspective shifts between Jeanette and Kate, providing different viewpoints and raising questions about their past and present.

At the beginning of the show, Jeanette Turner is a shy, nerdy girl who idolizes Kate Wallis, the popular and rich girl in school. However, things take a dark turn when Kate goes missing and Jeanette is accused of knowing more than she lets on. As the story unfolds, the audience is left wondering if Jeanette is really the innocent girl she seems to be.

The show is full of twists and turns, with each episode providing new clues and raising new questions. The audience is constantly kept on their toes, trying to piece together the truth about what happened to Kate.

The performances in the show are incredible, with Olivia Holt and Chiara Aurelia both delivering powerful performances as the show's leads. Froy Gutierrez, Harley Quinn Smith, Blake Lee, Michael Landes, and Brooklyn Sudano all provide strong supporting performances as well.

One of the strengths of the show is its exploration of the complexities of adolescence. The characters are all grappling with difficult issues like identity, class, and trauma. The show also does an excellent job of capturing the nostalgia of the 90s, with its fashion, music, and general aesthetic.

Overall, Cruel Summer is an intense and suspenseful show that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The show's themes and performances elevate it beyond your typical teen drama, making it a must-watch for anyone looking for a gripping psychological thriller.

Cruel Summer is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on April 20, 2021.

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Endgame
10. Endgame
July 31, 2023
As timelines collide, friendships implode, new evidence emerges and the shocking truth is revealed.. in more ways than one.
The Miseducation Of Luke Chambers
9. The Miseducation Of Luke Chambers
July 24, 2023
Luke examines all his relationships and worries that the pressures of being a "Chambers man" have changed him.
Confess Your Sins
8. Confess Your Sins
July 17, 2023
In summer 1999, new friendships are formed, and secrets are kept as the crew approaches senior year at the annual school car wash; in winter 1999, Megan and Isabella push for answers; in summer 2000, Debbie wants to protect her daughter.
It's the End of the World
7. It's the End of the World
July 10, 2023
In winter 1999, tensions are high on Y2K; at the New Year's Eve party, a not-so-secret conversation changes the lives of the trio forever; in summer 2000, suspicion falls on Ned after some new evidence from summer 1999 comes to light.
The Plunge
6. The Plunge
July 3, 2023
In summer 1999, sparks fly at Luke's birthday party. In winter 1999, relationships are tested as Megan becomes more distant from Luke. In summer 2000, Megan obsesses over an interesting letter she received.
All I Want for Christmas
5. All I Want for Christmas
June 26, 2023
In Summer 1999, Isabella is rocked by a surprise visit from her past. In Winter 1999, Isabella's concerns for Megan lead her to some surprising news. In Summer 2000, family loyalties are tested.
Springing a Leak
4. Springing a Leak
June 19, 2023
In Summer 1999, Megan wants to be adventurous and makes fake IDs for the gang. In Winter 1999, a burst pipe leads the Landrys and Isabella to a messy night at the Chambers house. Isabella wants to help but is met with resistance from Megan.
Bloody Knuckles
3. Bloody Knuckles
June 12, 2023
In Summer 1999, Megan and Isabella bond during an overnight at the Chambers' cabin. Luke tries to stand up to Brent, but ends up causing more problems for his dad. Suspicions are raised after fingerprints are found on the gun that shot Luke.
Ride or Die
2. Ride or Die
June 5, 2023
In Summer 1999, Isabella grows closer to Luke while struggling to connect with Megan. In Winter 1999, Isabella searches for justice following the disastrous Christmas party.
Welcome to Chatham
1. Welcome to Chatham
June 5, 2023
In Summer 1999, small-town computer genius Megan resents the arrival of outgoing and mysterious foreign exchange student Isabella. Little does she know how her life will change by Summer 2000.
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Where to Watch Cruel Summer
Cruel Summer is available for streaming on the FreeForm website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Cruel Summer on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Sling, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 20, 2021
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (20,244)