There isn’t a shortage of excellent television with South Asian talent that you can binge on during the summer just because the traditional fall TV schedule doesn’t commence for a few more months. Here are your best options:
Starring: Sarah Shahi, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Dennis Haysbert, Jessica Lu, Kathyrn Morris
In this timely virtual reality drama, Shahi stars as ex-hostage negotiator Mara Kint. Her help is sought to bring back people who have lost themselves in a high-tech, immersive program called Reverie. Ramamurthy (“Heroes”) plays Paul Hammond, the brilliant creator of this virtual reality program. The show brings out the pros and cons of our technology addiction, all the while boasting a talented and diverse cast.
“Reverie” airs 10/9c on NBC every Wednesday.
Starring: Joy Nash, Julianna Margulies, Ami Sheth, Dariush Kashani
Based on a book of the same name, this dark comedy is extremely topical. Nash plays Plum Kettle, a ghostwriter for steely magazine editor Kitty Montgomery (Margulies). Plum is obese and struggling with body issues when she finds herself embroiled between two rival feminist factions. Sheth recurs as Sana, an artist and an acolyte of one of the leaders of these factions.
“Dietland” premieres 9/8c on AMC on Monday, June 4
Starring: Tina Desai, Brian Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt
In only two seasons, this complex science-fiction drama has evolved as one of the bolder television shows of our time. It centers on eight people across the world, known as sensates, who are connected mentally and emotionally. One of them is Desai’s Kala Dandekar, a pharmacist from Mumbai, India. Through these eight lives, the show delves into themes like sexuality, gender issues, politics, LGBTQ, religion, and spirituality.
The 2-hour “Sense8” series finale will be available to stream on Netflix on Friday, June 8. Binge-watch the first two seasons on the platform.
4. “Just Another Immigrant”
Starring: Romesh Ranganathan
British comedian Ranganathan is bringing his trademark style of humor to American screens with his 10-part docuseries. It will portray his big move to LA as he uprooted his family, including his wife, children, his Sri Lankan mother and an eccentric uncle. The docu-series follows the real-life adventures and struggles of adapting to a new country and a new life. If his comedy is any indication, this one promises to be as hilarious as it will be riveting.
“Just Another Immigrant” premieres 9/8c on Showtime on Friday, June 8.
5. “Queer Eye”
Starring: Tan France, Antoni Parowski, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness
The new fab five graced us earlier in 2018 to much critical and fan acclaim in Netflix’s reboot of this reality show. The five men don’t only give expert advice, like sharp fashion expert France, but also connect with the men and women who participate on this show, leading to emotional moments galore. It’s easy to fall in love with this charming show.
“Queer Eye” season 2 will be available to stream on Friday, June 15 on Netflix. The first season is available on the streaming giant.
6. “12 Monkeys”
Starring: Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Faran Tahir, Emily Hampshire
A time-traveling, science-fiction, mystery drama which also involves a love story at its core? It’s the summer genre mashup of your dreams. Cole, who is from the future, and Cassie team up to prevent a disastrous viral outbreak in 2015 or else the human race will be wiped away. Tahir has recurred since season 3, playing Mallick, a devout leader of an army which is behind this plague.
“12 Monkeys” season 4 premieres on Friday, June 15 on Syfy. Seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Syfy and Hulu.
Starring: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron, Sunita Mani, Britney Young
Focusing on the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling aka GLOW, this comedy takes on the syndicated women’s professional wrestling team through the lens of Brie’s Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress who finds herself facing her frenemy Debbie Eagen (Gilpin) in the ring. Mani, a genius comic, plays Arthie Premkumar or ‘Beirut the Mad Bomber,’ a cash-strapped Indian-American medical student and a part of the league.
“GLOW” season 2 will be available to stream on Friday, June 29 on Netflix. Season 1 is ready to be binge-watched on the platform.
Starring: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Lawrence, Sujata Day
Partially based on a web series “The Misadventures of the Awkward Black Girl,” created by Rae, “Insecure” explores female friendship and black experiences through the eyes of best friends Issa Dee, who works at a non-profit, and Molly Walker, a successful lawyer. Day, who was part of the web series as a different character, moved to the TV show as Sarah, Issa’s kinda mean coworker.
“Insecure” season 3 premieres on Sunday, August 12, on HBO. Season 1-2 are available to stream on HBOGo and HBONow.