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 28 geeky TV shows – 11 new and 17 returning – that will air this Summer. Read on to find out what they are, when they premiere, and to watch the trailers!
Sunday, May 22 & May 29 – Preacher, May 22-10/9c; May 29-9/8c (AMC)
Preacher is based on the comic book of the same name, wherein a small town Texas preacher is possessed by a supernatural creature. Although the pilot episode already premiered on May 22 following Fear the Walking Dead at 10/9c, it will air again in its normal timeslot of 9/8c on May 29. Following the encore, Chris Hardwick will host an episode of Talking Preacher, but there won’t be another episode of Talking Preacher until after the season finale. If you don’t want to wait until May 29, you can watch the pilot on AMC’s website for free – no login required.
Wednesday, May 25 – Wayward Pines, 9/8c (Fox)
Wayward Pines returns for its second season, along with many of the characters from last season. However, this time the story focuses on a character played by Jason Patric, who goes through his own journey of finding out the truth. The first episode of this season already aired, but you can watch it for free on Fox’s website. However, if you haven’t seen the first season, we highly recommend watching that first, though you’ll need a Hulu subscription or have to buy the episodes on Amazon or iTunes.
Friday, May 27 – Bloodline (Netflix)
The critically-acclaimed drama about the Rayburn family, starring Coach Taylor, er, I mean Kyle Chandler, returns for a second season.
Monday, May 30 – Scream, 11/10c (MTV)
The TV adaption of the popular horror film franchise of the same name returns for Season 2.
Tuesday, May 31 – Powers (PlayStation Network)
Sharlto Copley stars in Powers, based on the Powers comic book series about homicide detectives who investigate crimes involving superhumans, which are referred to as “Powers.” The show is returning for its second season.
Thursday, June 2 – Beauty and the Beast, 9/8c (CW)
Loosely inspired by the 1987 TV series, Beauty and the Beast returns for its fourth and final season.
Friday, June 3 – Outcast, 9/8c (Cinemax)
This new horror drama was created by Robert Kirkman and is based on the comic book of the same name. Although the official premiere isn’t until June 3, Cinemax has already made the first episode available for free on its YouTube channel.
Sunday, June 5 – Feed the Beast, 10/9c (AMC)
In this new crime drama, two friends open up a restaurant together in their hometown of the Bronx. Unfortunately, one of them is in trouble with the Mob. After premiering on Sunday, June 5, the next episode will air on Tuesday, June 7 at 10/9c, which will then be its permanent time slot.
Friday, June 10 – Voltron: Legendary Defender (Netflix)
DreamWorks Animation produced this reboot of the 1984 animated Voltron series. You may recognize the voice talents of Steven Yuen, who plays Glenn on The Walking Dead.
Saturday, June 11 – Hell on Wheels, 9/8c (AMC)
The period piece Western that takes places in the 1860s, centering around the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad, returns for the second half of its fifth and final season.
Sunday, June 12 – The Last Ship, 9/8c (TNT)
In this TNT drama, which is returning for Season 3, the crew of a Navy ship has remained untouched while the rest of the world has suffered a global pandemic, so they take it upon themselves to do what they can to try to save what’s left of humanity.
Sunday, June 12- The Ride with Norman Reedus, 10/9c (AMC)
Fans of The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus (aka Daryl Dixson) might be interested in this new reality show where he rides his motorcycle around the country.
Monday, June 13 – Guilt, 9/8c (Freeform)
This new show is a murder mystery about an American woman in London whose roommate is murdered – and she becomes the prime suspect.
Monday, June 13 – Brain Dead, 10/9c (CBS)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) stars in this new political dramedy where her character figures out that the government has stopped working due to aliens eating the brains of Congress members.
Thursday, June 16 – Aquarius, 9/8c (NBC)
While you’re waiting for X-Files to come back again, you can catch David Duchovny returning for a second season of Aquarius, where he plays a 1960s LAPD detective who investigates the case of a missing girl, and ends up encountering Charles Manson. No trailer for Season 2 yet, but here’s the trailer for Season 1.
Friday, June 17 – Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
The inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary are back for a fourth season, and you can watch all 13 episodes on Netflix starting at 12am PT/3am ET on June 17!
Monday, June 20 – Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, 10am EST (Disney XD)
This new animated show is set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and follows a LEGO family, the Freemakers, who run a salvage and repair shop in space.
Tuesday, June 21 – Pretty Little Liars, 8/7c (Freeform)
The mystery-thriller teen drama, based on the book series with the same name, returns for a seventh and final season.
Wednesday, June 22 – American Gothic (CBS)
This 13-part murder mystery drama set in Boston actually has nothing to do with the 1995 CBS horror series of the same name. Fans of Cinemax’s Banshee might take an interest in this show, as it stars Anthony Starr.
Thursday, June 23 – BattleBots, 8/7c (ABC)
BattleBots returns to ABC for Season 2 (or Season 7, if you count the 5 seasons it aired on Comedy Central), where people design remote-controlled robots and have them fight each other in an arena!
Tuesday, June 28 – Zoo, 9/8c (CBS)
In this drama, based on a novel of the same name by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, there’s a sudden wave of violent animal attacks against humans. Though it is returning for Season 2, there doesn’t appear to be a trailer for it yet, so here’s the Season 1 trailer.
Tuesday, June 28 – Dead of Summer, 9/8c (Freeform)
The creators of Once Upon a Time are behind this new supernatural horror series, which takes place in the 1980s at a summer camp.
Friday, July 1 – Killjoys, 9/8c (Syfy)
Returning for Season 2, this series centers on a group of three interplanetary bounty hunters.
Friday, July 1 – Dark Matter, 10/9c (Syfy)
This series, returning for its second season, began with 6 people waking up on a spaceship without any memory of who they are or why they’re there.
Wednesday, July 13 – Mr. Robot, 10/9c (USA)
This critically-acclaimed drama-thriller about a hacker who acts as a cyber vigilante returns for Season 2.
Tuesday, July 19 – Shooter, 10/9c (USA)
Ryan Phillippe stars in this new drama based on the 2007 film of the same name, where he plays an exiled expert marksman who goes back into action after finding out about a plot to kill the President.
Sunday, August 21 – Fear the Walking Dead, 9/8c (AMC)
Although the midseason finale of Season 2 of The Walking Dead prequel spinoff show just recently aired, we won’t have to wait very long to see the second half of that season. Presumably, these remaining episodes will air each week leading up to the premiere of its parent zombie virus show, The Walking Dead. No trailer available yet though.
Sunday, August 28 – The Strain, 10/9c (FX)
Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan are behind this horror drama which continues the story of a mysterious virus outbreak with ancient ties as it returns for Season 3. No new trailer yet for Season 3, so I’ll just post the Season 1 trailer so any newbies who might be interested can watch it without any danger of spoilers.