Now that our favorite regular season TV shows have had their season finales, it’s time to look ahead to the Summer season! If you’ve ever thought that there’s nothing to watch on TV during the Summer, think again. We’ve put together a list of 29 geeky TV shows – 16 new and 13 returning – that will air this Summer. Read on to find out what they are, when they premiere, and to watch the trailers!
Thursday, May 14 – Wayward Pines, 9/8c (Fox)
Although this already started (you can catch up for free on Hulu), and despite the fact that we also included this in our Winter/Spring guide, we thought it was worth mentioning again. Matt Dillon stars as a U.S. Secret Service agent who goes looking for two missing agents in the small town of Wayward Pines, Idaho. The 10-episode psychological thriller is produced by M. Night Shyamalan, who also directed the pilot, and also stars Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, and Juliette Lewis.
Thursday, May 21 – Between, 9pm ET (Netflix)
Another show that already started, but it’s on Netflix, so you can easily catch up, assuming you have a Netflix subscription. In Between, a mysterious virus kills everyone over the age of 21 in a small town, and the remaining residents are confined to the town under quarantine. Unlike other Netflix shows, only one episode of Between will be made available each week, on Thursdays at 9pm ET. There are 6 one-hour episodes.
Monday, June 1 – The Whispers, 10/9c (ABC)
Something unknown appears only to children and tells them to do bad things.
Tuesday, June 2 – Stitchers, 9/8c (ABC Family)
A young woman works for a secret government agency and is able to see the memories of the recently deceased, which she uses to help solve murders.
Thursday, June 4 – Hannibal, 10/9c (NBC)
The psychological thriller/horror series based on the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris returns for Season 3.
Friday, June 5 – Sense8 (Netflix)
The Wachowski Siblings and J. Michael Straczynski are behind this Netflix series wherein eight strangers from across the globe suddenly become mentally and emotionally connected to each other. All 12 episodes will be made available on June 5.
Friday, June 12 – Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
The inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary are back for a third season, and you can watch all 13 episodes on Netflix starting at 12am PT/3am ET on June 12!
Friday, June 12 – Defiance, 8/7c (Syfy)
The Syfy show about a futuristic Earth which has been terraformed and now has aliens living among the humans returns for Season 3.
Friday, June 12 – Dark Matter, 10/9c (Syfy)
6 people wake up on a spaceship without any memory of who they are or why they’re there.
Saturday, June 13 – Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, 10/9c (BBC America)
This 7 episode fantasy series is based on the novel of the same name by Susanna Clarke, and is set in early 19th century England, where although magic is acknowledged, it is rarely practiced, and these two men bring it back.
Tuesday, June 16 – Proof, 10/9c (TNT)
A billionaire with cancer pays a surgeon to investigate what happens after death, including reincarnation and near-death experiences.
Friday, June 19 – Killjoys, 9/8c (Syfy)
This Syfy shows centers on a group of three interplanetary bounty hunters.
Saturday, June 20 – Star Wars Rebels, 9/8c (Disney XD)
The CGI animated series that takes place 5 years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope returns for Season 2.
Sunday, June 21 – True Detective, 9/8c (HBO)
Season 2 gives us a new cast consisting of Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch, as well as a new setting of Southern California, and of course, a new murder mystery to solve.
Sunday, June 21 – The Last Ship, 9/8c (TNT)
The crew of the U.S. Navy ship that survived a deadly virus that wiped out most of the world’s population returns for further adventures in Season 2.
Wednesday, June 24 – Mr. Robot, 10/9c (USA)
Christian Slater plays the leader of an underground hacker group that recruits a cyber-security engineer to take down the firm he works for.
Thursday, June 25 – Under the Dome, 9/8c (CBS)
Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, this show returns for a third season to continue the story of a town trapped under a large indestructible dome.
June 28 – Humans, 9/8c (AMC)
In this eight part series, the must-have household item is a “synth” – a robot that looks human.
Sunday, June 28 – Falling Skies, 10/9c (TNT)
The post-apocalyptic alien invasion show returns for its fifth and final season.
Monday, June 29 – Teen Wolf, 10/9c (MTV)
Loosely based on the 1980s movie of the same name in which a teenage boy becomes a werewolf, this show returns for its fifth season.
Tuesday, June 30 – Zoo, 9/8c (CBS)
This show is based on the James Patterson novel of the same name, in which suddenly there’s a wave of violent animal attacks against humans.
Tuesday, June 30 – Scream (MTV)
A TV adaption of the popular horror film franchise of the same name.
Wednesday, July 1 – Extant, 10/9c (CBS)
The show, which stars Halle Berry as an astronaut who somehow returned pregnant from a 13 month solo space mission, returns for a second season.
Thursday, July 9 – Dominion, 10/9c (Syfy)
The apocalyptic supernatural show loosely based on the 2010 film Legion returns for a second season.
Sunday, July 12 – The Strain, 10/9c (FX)
Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan are behind this horror show which continues the story of a mysterious virus outbreak with ancient ties as it returns for Season 2.
Monday, July 13 – Monica the Medium, 10/9c (ABC Family)
A college student at Penn State can communicate with dead people. Haven’t been able to find a trailer yet, but we’ll post it here when one is released.
Thursday, July 16 – Geeks Who Drink, 11/10c (Syfy)
No trailer for this one yet either, but Zachary Levi hosts this trivia game which consists of two 3-person teams battling it out against each other. Each team includes one celebrity and two trivia geeks.
Tuesday, August 25 – Legends, 10/9c (TNT)
Also no trailer for Legends yet, but it will return for Season 2, and Sean Bean’s character is still alive! Sean Bean plays an FBI agent who can transform himself into a completely different person for each undercover job.
Summer 2015 – Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
Although we know this will start sometime this Summer, a premiere date has not yet been announced for this spinoff of The Walking Dead. Fear the Walking Dead is a prequel with all new cast members, that takes place in Los Angeles as the zombie virus first breaks out, and civilization begins to decline. We suspect this will be a late Summer show, and believe that more details will be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con in July.