For funsies, here are shows on streaming to which some of the DNT features team have willingly lost a considerable amount of summer.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (2017-)
Elisabeth Moss rocks it in "The Handmaid's Tale," available on Hulu. imdb.com
Elisabeth Moss rocks it in "The Handmaid's Tale," available on Hulu. imdb.com

It’s everything they said it was gonna be and more.

In a near-future dystopia, handmaid Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is forced to serve and bear children for commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and his infertile wife, Serena (Yvonne Strahovski). Many women are divided into different classes, handmaid, jezebels (sex workers), and “unwomen” cast out to clean toxic waste — and all are stripped from their rights, including reading and writing. An uprising in afoot. Relevant. Period. TV-MA, three seasons.

Available: Hulu

— Melinda Lavine, features reporter

“Stranger Things” (2016-)
David Harbour and Winona Ryder in Stranger Things. imdb.com
David Harbour and Winona Ryder in Stranger Things. imdb.com

Netflix released season three of the hit sci-fi fantasy on July 4, and it was promptly gobbled up in three days.

The government-run lab outside of Hawkins is fooling around with alternate dimensions again — this time, with some Russians. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) give Hopper (David Harbour) a run for his money in the parenting role. And Joyce (Winona Ryder) investigates some faulty magnets.

It’s not as good as season two, in my opinion, but it’s binge-worthy nonetheless! Expect further liberation for Eleven, more Hopper one-liners and a wicked '80s theme song duet — among other stranger things. TV-14, three seasons.

Available: Netflix

— Melinda Lavine, features reporter

“Attack on Titan” (2013-)
"Attack on Titan" is an anime for mature audiences because of violent content and emotional themes. (Wit Studio)
"Attack on Titan" is an anime for mature audiences because of violent content and emotional themes. (Wit Studio)

My son is home from college this summer, and he got me hooked on the anime "Attack on Titan," a beyond-the-pale weird and violent Japanese cartoon based on the manga by Hajime Isayama. The story is set in a world where man-eating giants roam wild, so all of humanity lives behind huge walls that protect a small nation of rural farmland and well-to-do cities. Elite soldiers protect the territory using hip-mounted grappling hooks and X-Acto-knife-like swords to fly about and hit the giants' weak spots on the backs of their necks.

The show appeals to the part of me that enjoys an apocalyptic story full of government conspiracies, underdog heroes and existential angst. Life is a complete mess where you don't know whom to trust. I walk away feeling like real life's not so bad after all. I described it as "violent," and I'd underline that because it's definitely for ages 15 and up or so.

The 25 episodes of Season 1 are on Netflix. We watched more on Hulu, and the latest episodes on the anime streaming service Crunchyroll. Now we wait for Season 4 in the fall of 2020. My son won't be living with me anymore by then, so I'll need to figure out on my own how to watch the final episodes.

— Beverly Godfrey, features editor

What’s on your list? Email mlavine@duluthnews.com.