Remember the days when summer TV was nothing more than a rerun graveyard (or are we dating ourselves)? Those days are long gone (thank the sun gods), and networks have finally wised up and realized what movie studios have known for a long, long time: ‘Tis the season for soaking up vitamin D and doing outdoorsy things, but we all need to retreat into the AC for a quality entertainment break. Networks and providers are trotting out better programming than ever for summer 2014, but it’s not all worthy of your precious attention — or DVR space. We sorted through the pack to find the best summer TV picks, so you can have your fun in the sun and keep these on-tap for a rainy day.
Premieres Tuesday, May 20, at 9 p.m. on FOX.
Premieres Monday, May 30, at 10 p.m. on CBS.
Premieres Friday, June 6, on Netflix.
Premieres Tuesday, June 10, at 9 p.m. on ABC Family.
Premieres Sunday, June 22, at 9 p.m. on HBO.
Premieres Friday, June 27, at 9:45 p.m. on Disney Channel.
Premieres Sunday, June 29, at 10 p.m. on HBO.
Premieres Wednesday, July 9, at 9 p.m. on CBS.
Premieres Thursday, July 10, at 9 p.m. on NBC.
Premieres Sunday, July 13, at 10 p.m. on Showtime.
The Hotwives of Orlando (Season 1)
From the whip-smart satirists behind Children’s Hospital, NTSF:SD::SUV, and Burning Love comes this spot-on skewering of every Real Housewives franchise you didn’t know was missing from your life.
Premieres Sunday, July 13, at 10 p.m. on FX.
Premieres Wednesday, July 30, on Syfy.
Premieres Friday, August 1, on Netflix.