Showtime has announced the movies, TV shows and sports programming coming to the service in June. The Showtime June 2022 lineup recognizes Pride Month and Juneteenth with two new streaming collections that highlight diverse stories across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum and showcase films propelled by dynamic black lead performances of fictional characters and compelling portrayals of real-life historic figures.
The “Queer to Stay” collection includes movies like Love Is Strange, Moonlight and The Watermelon Woman, as well Showtime original series that feature LGBTQIA+ characters such as Billions, Yellowjackets and Shameless. Furthermore, the “Celebrating Juneteenth” collection highlights films including Blazing Saddles, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Fruitvale Station, as well as SHOWTIME original series with black leads.
The Showtime June 2022 slate also includes the new show Spotlights: A Showtime Short Film Series. Composed of two to three high-quality short films per episode created by under-the-radar filmmakers, the series, which premieres Sunday, June 12, provides a platform for these fresh stories from new perspectives that vary in subject matter and tone.
In addition to the added visibility, the featured filmmakers will also have access to a plethora of mentorship opportunities to engage with creatives and executives across Paramount Global.
Comedy series Flatbush Misdemeanors returns this month for a second season on Friday, June 17. In this season, Dan, Kevin, Zayna and Drew continue to find their places in the deep-Brooklyn, NY neighborhood, as the intersection of their lives through love, art, drugs and bike repair continues to become more prominent but nevertheless more complicated.
Get ready for a killer new season of We Hunt Together composed of six new episodes all available to stream on Friday, June 24. Starring Babou Ceesay, Eve Myles and Hermione Corfield, this season finds both DS Lola Franks and DI Jackson Mendy in pursuit of an outrageous new serial killer, The Birdman. When the killer begins to target victims surrounding Franks, Mendy and even Lane, the three main characters form an unlikely trio in an attempt to catch the sinister new criminal, but the lines between who can and cannot be trusted become blurrier than ever before.
Showtime heads back to The Windy City on Friday, June 24 for the fifth season of The Chi, which delves into the lives of a handful of residents in a tough and dangerous Southside Chicago neighborhood. The series, created by actress, producer and screenwriter, Lena Waithe, will highlight black love this season as the ensemble cast continues to explore the joy and complications of Black love: relationships, children, career, community and self.
The season finale of The First Lady arrives on Showtime Anytime on Sunday, June 12, depicting the complicated lives of the three main presidential spouses as their husbands’ administrations come to their individual ends. The Showtime June 2022 schedule also includes the season finale of Vanessa Bayer’s I Love That for You on Friday, June 17. Things get even more complicated when Joanna (Bayer) faces heavy repercussions for lying about currently having cancer during SVN’s big charity weekend, which could drastically affect her employment at the home-shopping network.
In the world of Showtime Sports, Philadelphia’s unified 122-pound world champion Stephen Fulton Jr. goes head-to-head in a June 4 Showtime Championship Boxing match with Los Angeles’ Danny Roman in a matchup between two of the sport’s most consistently crowd-pleasing fighters from The Armory in Minneapolis. Directly after, The Emmy Award-winning series All Access takes viewers behind the scenes at the monumental Barclays Center fight between Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Rolando “Rolly” Romero in an epilogue that spotlights all the drama from fight week.
Additional fights in June include SHOBOX: The New Generation’s bout between heavyweights Bakhodir “Big Uzbek” Jalolov, an Olympic Gold Medalist, and rising prospect, “Big” Jack Mulowayi, on June 10, in addition to Showtime Championship Boxing’s bout between Jermall Charlo and former title challenger Maciej Sulecki on June 18.
Finally, Bellator MMA returns as Bellator Middleweight World Champion and No. 3-ranked pound-for-pound star Gegard Mousasi defends his belt against No. 1-ranked Johnny Eblen from Mohegan Sun Arena.
You can view the Showtime June 2022 originals, followed by the movie release schedule and streaming collections, below.
SHOWTIME JUNE 2022 ORIGINALS
SPOTLIGHTS: A SHOWTIME SHORT FILM SERIES – Streaming Series Premiere: Sunday, June 12
“Spotlights: A Showtime Short Film Series” features the provocative works of various emerging filmmakers, with each episode featuring two to three short films that vary in timely subject matter, tone and perspective.
Produced for Showtime by Jax Media, “Spotlights” offers a curated approach to support emerging filmmakers, as well as mentorship opportunities for each filmmaker to engage with creatives and executives across Paramount Global.
FLATBUSH MISDEMEANORS SEASON 2 – Streaming Season Premiere: Friday, June 17
In season two of “Flashbush Misdemeanors,” Dan, Kevin, Zayna (Kristin Dodson) and Drew (Hassan Johnson) are back in Flatbush. Picking up where season one left off, Kevin tries to distance himself from Drew’s influence, yet Dan’s connection to Drew only grows stronger. Drew tries to correct his past mistakes, but they continue to haunt him.
Drew’s niece Zayna ambitiously seeks to separate herself from her family’s troubled past. Meanwhile, Dan’s stepdad Kareem (Kareem Green) continues to sell bicycles. Season two follows these characters’ unlikely and complicated relationships as they intersect through the worlds of art, drugs and bike repair.
WE HUNT TOGETHER SEASON 2 – Streaming Season Premiere: Friday, June 24
After season one’s shocking finale, season two of “We Hunt Together” picks up with conflicted odd couple cops DS Lola Franks (Eve Myles) and DI Jackson Mendy (Babou Ceesay) dead set on nailing Freddy Lane (Hermione Corfield) for her murderous role in their last case.
When the outrageous new serial killer, The Birdman, strikes and brings Freddy into their orbit once more, they are determined to get ahead in this complicated and cunning hunt and lock the killer up once and for all.
However, in a race to find The Birdman as the body count stacks up, it soon becomes clear that this new, devilishly dark murderer has a bigger plan that forces both Freddy and the police to chase them through the shadows as they try to unmask the sinister killer who starts to target victims close to Freddy, Jackson and Lola – and makes them question just whom they can trust.
THE CHI SEASON 5 – Streaming Season Premiere: Friday, June 24
This season of “The Chi” delves deeply into the many joys and complications of Black love: relationships, children, career, community and self. Emmett (Jacob Latimore) and Tiff (Hannaha Hall) forge ahead as co-parents, while Tiff grows closer with Rob (Iman Shumpert).
Kevin (Alex Hibbert) finds new love in an unexpected place, while Jake (Michael V. Epps) and Papa (Shamon Brown Jr.) try to resolve things with Jemma (Judae’a Brown) and Maisha (Genesis Denise Hale). New mom Kiesha (Birgundi Baker) works to build her life with baby Ronnie, while Nina (Tyla Abercrumbie) and Dre (Miriam A. Hyman) work at rebuilding their union as they support Lynae (Zara Primer).
Jada (Yolonda Ross) assesses her life post-cancer and where Suede (Bernard Gilbert) fits, while Darnell (Rolando Boyce) considers the past for guidance on his future with Dom (La La Anthony). Roselyn’s (Kandi Burruss) new pet project places her at odds with Tracy (Tai Davis).
Meanwhile, with a push from Douda (Curtiss Cook) and a helping hand from Shaad (Jason Weaver), Trig (Luke James) considers a political run that might help his city, but at what cost to him and his family?
THE FIRST LADY – Streaming Season Finale: Sunday, June 12
“The First Lady” is a revelatory reframing of American leadership, told through the lens of the women at the heart of the White House. In the government’s East Wing, many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies.
The series peels back the curtain on the personal and political lives of three unique, enigmatic women and their families, and traces their journeys to Washington, dips into their pasts and follows them past the White House into their greatest moments.
Through interweaving storylines so intimate it’s as if The White House walls are talking, season one stars Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner Viola Davis as former first lady Michelle Obama, Oscar and Emmy nominee Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Emmy and Screen Actors Guild winner Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt.
I LOVE THAT FOR YOU – Streaming Season Finale: Friday, June 17
Inspired by Bayer’s own story of overcoming childhood leukemia, “I Love That for You” centers on Joanna Gold, played by Vanessa Bayer, who dreams of becoming a TV host at a home-shopping channel.
As she works to shed her life-long label as “that cancer girl,” she moves away from her parents, starts a budding romance for the first time in her adult life and forms a meaningful friendship with her idol, Jackie, played by Molly Shannon, the charismatic star of the network, all against the backdrop of a highly competitive workplace where people play dirty to succeed.
Jennifer Lewis plays Patricia, the icy, enigmatic founder and CEO of the popular home shopping network. Additional series regulars include Paul James as Jordan, a charming but dry stage manager; Ayden Mayeri as Beth Ann, an ambitious insecure host; Matthew Rogers as Darcy, the ingratiating right-hand man to Patricia; and Punam Patel as Beena, an offbeat backstage producer.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: FULTON JR. VS. ROMAN – Saturday, June 4, 9 p.m. ET
Philadelphia’s unified 122-pound world champion Stephen Fulton Jr. battles Los Angeles’ Danny Roman in a matchup between two of the sport’s most consistently crowd-pleasing fighters from The Armory in Minneapolis. Fulton is coming off one of 2021’s best fights when he beat Brandon Figueroa to unify the titles.
A former unified world champion himself, Roman has a chance to regain that status. Plus, 168-pound titleholder and Minneapolis fan-favorite David Morrell Jr. takes on Kalvin Henderson in the co-main event.
ALL ACCESS: DAVIS VS. ROMERO EPILOGUE – Saturday, June 4 Following SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
The Emmy Award-winning series takes viewers behind the scenes at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as undefeated three-division world champion and boxing’s hottest young attraction Gervonta “Tank” Davis meets heated rival and No. 1 contender Rolando “Rolly” Romero in a long-awaited showdown. The epilogue will spotlight all the drama of fight week, reveal intimate scenes from the locker rooms before and after the fight and inside the ropes from fight night.
SHOBOX: JALOLOV VS. MULOWAYI – Friday, June 10, 9 p.m. ET
Up-and-coming heavyweights headline a special edition of SHOBOX: The New Generation that helps kick off the International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. For the first time in series history, a heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist will step into the ring as Uzbekistan’s two-time Olympian and 2020 Gold Medalist Bakhodir “Big Uzbek” Jalolov takes on rising prospect “Big” Jack Mulowayi in the eight-round main event. Plus, undefeated heavyweights clash in the co-main event as Elvis Garcia meets Alante Green.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: CHARLO VS. SULECKI – Saturday, June 18, 9 p.m. ET
Houston’s undefeated 160-pound world champion Jermall Charlo holds a Juneteenth celebration in his hometown for the second straight year when he faces former title challenger Maciej Sulecki. Charlo returns to fight in Houston for the fifth time in his career, having most recently earned a win over Juan Montiel.
A native of Poland, Sulecki has never been stopped and has won four of his last five fights, including a career-best victory over Gabriel Rosado. Plus, undefeated 122-pound contender Ra’eese Aleem meets Mike Plania in the co-main event.
BELLATOR MMA 282: MOUSASI VS. EBLEN – Friday, June 24, 9 p.m. ET
Bellator Middleweight World Champion and No. 3-ranked pound-for-pound star Gegard Mousasi defends his belt against No. 1-ranked Johnny Eblen from Mohegan Sun Arena. Widely considered one of the best fighters of all time, Mousasi will look to make it a third straight successful title defense against a No. 1 ranked contender.
Eblen jumped in the rankings when he beat then-No.1 John Salter in March. Plus, Bantamweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal fights Magomed Magomedov vs. Enrique Barzola and Leandro Higo vs. Danny Sabatello.
A look at the movies that will be available as part of the Showtime June 2022 lineup.
AVAILABLE JUNE 1
An Officer and a Gentleman
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
Behind Enemy Lines
Beyond the Law
Hello I Must Be Going
Love is Strange
New York Ninja
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché
Save the Last Dance 2
Shakespeare in Love
Short Circuit 2
Some Kind of Wonderful
Talkin’ Dirty After Dark
The Disaster Artist
The Hunt for Red October
The Lonely Guy
The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear
The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
AVAILABLE JUNE 3
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AVAILABLE JUNE 21
AVAILABLE JUNE 22
In addition to the Showtime June 2022 schedule, you can check out these collections next month.
QUEER TO STAY
American Rust, Beyond the Opposite of Sex, Billions, Black Monday, Couples Therapy, Ellie and Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt), Ema, Jules of Light and Dark, Kinky Boots, The L Word, Lola, Love is Strange, Make Up, Moon Manor, Moonlight, My Tender Matador, Princess Diana, Freddie and Kenny: ‘One Normal Night,’ Queer As Folk, Rafiki, Shameless, Signature Move, Spotlights: A Showtime Short Film Series, Summer of 85, The Carnivores, The Chi, The Dilemma of Desire, The End, The L Word: Generation Q, The L Word, The Long Shadow, The Real L Word, The Retreat, The Watermelon Woman, Through the Glass Darkly, Work in Progress, XY Chelsea, Yellowjackets
Blazing Saddles, Car Wash, City on a Hill, Desus & Mero, Down to Earth, Fruitvale Station, I Love That For You, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Moonlight, Spotlights: A Showtime Short Film Series, The Chi, The First Lady, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Waves, ZIWE
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype and ShockTillYouDrop.