Cruel Summer

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The teen thriller series Cruel Summer follows two teenage girls: Kate Wallis, a popular high schooler who disappears without a trace, and Jeanette Turner, an awkward teen who takes over Kate's life after she goes missing.

Years later, Kate is found alive and accuses Jeanette of witnessing her abduction but doing nothing about it, causing Jeanette to become one of the most hated people in America. Episodes alternate between Jeanette and Kate's viewpoint until the true story unfolds.

Cruel Summer was renewed for a second season in June 2021.

Network: Freeform

First Episode Date: April 20, 2021


  • Olivia Holt (Kate Wallis)
  • Chiara Aurelia (Jeanette Turner)
  • Froy Guiterrez (Jamie Henson)
  • Harley Quinn Smith (Mallory Higgins)
  • Brooklyn Sudano (Angela Prescott)
  • Blake Lee (Martin Harris)
  • Allius Barnes (Vince Fuller)
  • Nathaniel Ashton (Ben Hallowell)
  • Michael Landes (Greg Turner)
  • Sarah Drew (Cindy Turner)
  • Andrea Anders (Joy Wallis)

Where to Watch: Hulu

Latest Cruel Summer News and Updates

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