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Cruel Summer

Cruel Summer

Photo Credit:  Freeform/Frank Ockenfels
  • Premiered: 
    April 20, 2021
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  • Network: Freeform
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Bert V. Royal 
  • Subject Matter: Thriller
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Plot Synopsis

From executive producer Jessica Biel, CRUEL SUMMER is a one-hour psychological thriller series that follows two young women: Kate Wallis, the popular girl with a charmed life who one day goes missing, and Jeanette Turner, the nerdy wannabe who is accused of being connected to Kate's disappearance. All signs point to Jeanette's guilt, but is Kate really who she seems to be? Taking place over three summers in the 1990s when Kate goes missing and Jeanette transforms from a sweet and awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town, eventually becoming the most despised person in America. CRUEL SUMMER debuted on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 9-11pm ET/PT, as Freeform premiered back-to-back episodes.
On Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 10pm ET/PT, Freeform premiered "Hostile Witness," the season finale of CRUEL SUMMER. Kate and Jeannette's worlds collide as the court date arrives, finally forcing the two young women to answer the question on everyone's mind, but the answer comes with a price that not everyone can pay. Earlier that day, Freeform announced that it renewed CRUEL SUMMER for a second season.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by eOne Entertainment
  • Produced by Iron Ocean Productions


  • - Skylin, Texas USA