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Required Summer Streaming List

Summer! The time to catch some rays and sit poolside with your mimosa. Or the time to do absolutely nothing because finals made you go bananas. Whether or not it's a rainy day, you should set time aside for these must-watch TV shows and movies.

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1. The Handmaid's Tale

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Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, this Hulu original series is impeccably made and it's also incredibly dark. The story begins in the United States that we know and love - the place of liberty and freedom, and it quickly turns into a totalitarian regime where women have no reproductive rights whatsoever, and everything is controlled by the few and powerful. It's required viewing though. Just make sure to have some chocolate on hand and watch the show when there is still daylight.

2. The Great British Baking Show/The Great British Bake Off

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This delightful show premiered years ago in the UK and yet I only recently discovered it. Netflix currently has three seasons of it for you to binge your little heart out because it's so wonderfully divine. Nice people who can bake, being fun and supportive of each other. It's the best thing EVER! Also: the hosts are hysterical.

3. To The Bone

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Newly streaming on Netflix, Lily Collins portrays a young woman who suffers from anorexia nervosa disorder in To The Bone. While this movie may not be for everyone, I found great insight from it as I have people close to me who suffer from this disease.

4. Catastrophe

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This UK based show is a wonderfully filthy comedy that will have you rolling on the floor laughing. Co-stars and co-writers Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan are the dynamic duo that you didn't know you needed. After visiting London for a work trip, Rob meets a local at a bar, Sharon and she ends up getting pregnant. What ensues after is comedy at its finest.

5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Based on the non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot, the HBO movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks shows many of us a TRUE story that we've never heard before. Because of Henrietta Lacks we have the polio vaccine, the AIDS cocktail and a better understanding of cancer to name a few things. Oprah Winfrey portrays Henrietta's daughter in the movie and Rose Byrne plays Rebecca Skloot in this unforgettable and important story.

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