"Cruel Summer" (2021-) | Sam Gall TV Review Issue #12 Gem Mint 10.0


“Cruel Summer“ (2021-)

Creator: Bert V. Royal

Director: Bill Purple, Daniel Willis, Max Winkler

Writer: Brian Otano, Savannah Ward, Bert V. Royal, Matthew Antonelli

Starring: Olivia Holt, Chiara Aurelia, Froy Gutierrez, Harley Quinn Smith, Michael Landes, Andrea Anders, Ben Cain, Blake Lee, Allius Barnes, Nathaniel Ashton, Barrett Carnahan, Nicole Bilderback, Brooklyn Sudano, Sarah Drew, Aaliyah Muhammad

Rated: TV-14

Runtime: 45min

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy

Country: United States

Language: English

Available on: Hulu


"In a small Texas town, popular teen Kate, is abducted. Seemingly unrelated, a girl named Jeanette goes from being a sweet, awkward outside to the most popular girl in town, but by 1995 she has become the most-despised person in America."


You might like this if you like: Dramas, Mysteries, Thrillers, Comedies, High School Stories, Olivia Holt, Chiara Aurelia, Froy Gutierrez, Harley Quinn Smith, Michael Landes, Andrea Anders, Ben Cain, Blake Lee, Allius Barnes, Nathaniel Ashton, Barrett Carnahan, Nicole Bilderback, Brooklyn Sudano, Sarah Drew, Aaliyah Muhammad


Harley Quinn Smith (left), Chiara Aurelia (middle) & Allius Barnes (right) in "Cruel Summer" (2021-)


Being a longtime Kevin Smith fan, I had heard about this show from his podcast, as his daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, was going to have a reoccurring role in a new show on Hulu called “Cruel Summer” (2021.


I had no idea what type of show I was getting into and was obsessed from the first few seconds. I was immediately intrigued by the fact that show takes place in 3 different time periods; 1993, 1994, and 1995. It was an enticing mystery I wanted to see unravel!


Sarah Drew (left), Michael Landes (middle) & Chiara Aurelia (right) in"Cruel Summer" (2021-)


Chiara Aurelia blew this thing out of the water! Completely new face for me, but she gave me THREE fantastic performances in ONE show! Whoever did the makeup and wardrobe deserve huge praise! They really made her looks and age makeup so well!


Such a fascinating show that explores all the sides of a situation that changes who are protagonist is from episode to episode it feels. In a world of cancel culture, it really shows how little we all know and how quick we are to judge things and people.


Chiara Aurelia (left) & Olivia Holt (right) in"Cruel Summer" (2021-)


In a show that I only really knew Harley Quinn Smith’s work, I was surrounded by new talent and faces at every corner whose work I will definitely be looking out for in the future! Olivia Holt, Michael Landes, Allius Barnes, Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut and so many more!


It’s a wild ride with twists and turns! Touching moments to ones that might make us look deeper inside. The performances stand out, beautifully shot, and masterfully constructed into a unique show that I couldn’t put down!


Olivia Holt in"Cruel Summer" (2021-)

Chiara and Olivia are incredible! All the family members of both of them! Harley Quinn Smith lived up and beyond even her dad’s optimistic expectations! She too, is one whose work I cannot wait to see grow! Allius Barnes was truly memorable! A new favorite show of the year! Congrats to everyone involved!


Written by Sam Gall on 08/03/21


CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0


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