TV show Review: “Cruel Summer” addicting new series

Helena Buttke, Co-Editor-in-Chief

The new Freeform TV show called “Cruel Summer” is about a popular teenager Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt) who goes missing over the summer and how Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia) was involved with the disappearance of Kate. The show is very addicting as I find myself waiting for new episodes to come out every Tuesday night.

The show is available on Freeform airing Tuesday nights or on Hulu on Wednesdays. New episodes come out weekly which helps build up the suspense of what happens next.

At first glance, this seems like another show with teenage drama that has very predictable events. This show is not one of those. Within the first episode so much drama and truth starts to come out starting with how Kate claims that Jeanette found her while she was missing and did nothing about it. Each and every person has a role in the story line and with each new episode, the truth unfolds.

One of the strong points of the show is the foreshadowing. Throughout the episodes, it goes between the years of 1993, before Kate went missing,1994, right after Kate was recused, and 1995, the trial. By going through the years, it pieces more and more information together as to what really happened.

The plot of the show has many other stories besides what happened to Kate which makes the show interesting. There is plenty of tension from the betrayal of a best friend, affairs and the court case to figure out what really happened to Kate.

“Cruel Summer” is filled with drama and unexpected plot twists that keeps viewers on the edge of their seat. I would recommend this show to anyone who is interested in mystery and drama filled series. 

Rating: 5/5