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The Quintessential Guide to Summer TV

Julie Sprankles is a freelance writer living in the storied city of Charleston, SC. When she isn't slinging sass for SheKnows, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), trolling the internet for dance work...

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Summer daze

HBO
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Summer daze

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'Fear the Walking Dead,' June 4

AMC
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'Fear the Walking Dead,' June 4

Fingers crossed that this spinoff of The Walking Dead picks up the pace in Season 3. (AMC, 9 p.m.)

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'I'm Dying Up Here,' June 4

Showtime
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'I'm Dying Up Here,' June 4

Jim Carrey serves as EP for this series about the stand-up comedy scene in 1970s L.A. (Showtime, 10 p.m.) 

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'Shadowhunters,' June 5

Freeform
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'Shadowhunters,' June 5

Been missing this supernatural series? Summer '17 delivers an exciting new season. (Freeform, 8 p.m.)

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'Stitchers,' June 5

Freeform
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'Stitchers,' June 5

This show about a secret government agency picks back up with Season 3. (Freeform, 9 p.m.)

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'Queen of the South,' June 8

USA
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'Queen of the South,' June 8

Tune into Season 2 of this drama about a woman's fight to bring down a drug trafficking ring. (USA, 10 p.m.)

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'Dark Matter,' June 9

Syfy
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'Dark Matter,' June 9

Are you ready for Season 3 of this sci-fi space thriller? (Syfy, 8 p.m.)

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'Wynonna Earp,' June 9

Syfy
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'Wynonna Earp,' June 9

If you haven't been tuning into this badass supernatural western, now's the time. (Syfy, 9 p.m.)

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'OITNB,' June 9

Netflix
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'OITNB,' June 9

Orange Is the New Black ended Season 4 mid-riot, so Season 5 should be explosive. (Netflix)

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'Orphan Black,' June 10

BBC America
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'Orphan Black,' June 10

You don't want to miss the final season of this clone-driven sci-fi thriller. (BBC America, 10 p.m.)

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'American Ninja Warrior,' June 12

NBC
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'American Ninja Warrior,' June 12

Marvel at the athletic prowess of others when this competition comes back. (NBC, 8 p.m.)

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'Suits,' June 12

USA
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'Suits,' June 12

This legal drama returns in all of its Gabriel-Macht-suited glory, and we are here for it. (USA, 9 p.m.)

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'GBBS/GBBO,' June 16

PBS
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'GBBS/GBBO,' June 16

One more season of The Great British Baking Show's Mary Berry? Yes please! (PBS, 9 p.m.)

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'The Ranch,' June 16

Netflix
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'The Ranch,' June 16

Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger and Sam Elliott make this show binge-worthy. (Netflix)

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'Turn,' June 17

AMC
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'Turn,' June 17

Turn: Washington's Spies returns for its fourth and final espionage-filled season. (AMC, 9 p.m.)

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'Queen Sugar,' June 20

OWN
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'Queen Sugar,' June 20

Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey created this family drama, so you know it's good. (June 20)

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'The Mist,' June 22

Spike TV
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'The Mist,' June 22

This Stephen King novella turned movie is officially coming to the small screen. (Spike TV, 10 p.m.)

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'Playing House,' June 23

USA
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'Playing House,' June 23

Who doesn't love a good BFF comedy? Let Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair charm you. (USA, 11 p.m.)

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'GLOW,' June 23

Netflix
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'GLOW,' June 23

Nobody is more excited than us about this '80s-set female wrestling series with Alison Brie. (Netflix)

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'Power,' June 25

Starz
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'Power,' June 25

This hit crime drama produced by 50 Cent returns for Season 4 on June 25. (Starz, 9 p.m.)

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'Preacher,' June 25

AMC
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'Preacher,' June 25

This ain't your typical preacher-type show, y'all. Tune in for Season 2, and you'll see. (AMC, 10 p.m.)

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'Big Brother,' June 28

CBS
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'Big Brother,' June 28

This guilty indulgence is back for yet another season of drama-fueled shenanigans. (CBS, 8 p.m.)

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'Broadchurch,' June 28

BBC America
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'Broadchurch,' June 28

Good news? This brilliant crime drama is back! Bad news? It's the final season. (BBC America, 10 p.m.)

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'Younger,' June 28

TV Land
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'Younger,' June 28

Funny, authentic, vibrant... this Hilary Duff-helmed romantic comedy is a breezy watch. (TV Land, 10 p.m.)

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'Zoo,' June 29

CBS
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'Zoo,' June 29

Head into the future — 2027, to be exact  when Season 3 kicks off this summer. (CBS, 10 p.m.)

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'Gypsy,' June 30

Netflix
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'Gypsy,' June 30

Naomi Watts stars in this new series about a therapist who, ahem, takes her work home. (Netflix)

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'Snowfall,' July 5

FX
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'Snowfall,' July 5

This heavy new series goes back in time to explore the start of the crack cocaine epidemic. (FX, 10 p.m.)

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'The Fosters,' July 11

Freeform
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'The Fosters,' July 11

A favorite family drama, The Fosters will pick up where Season 4 left off. (Freeform, 8 p.m.)

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'Bold Type,' July 11

Freeform
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'Bold Type,' July 11

Inspired by the women of Cosmopolitan, this new drama is bound to be juicy. (Freeform, 9 p.m.)

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'Salvation,' July 12

CBS
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'Salvation,' July 12

Prepare to face your apocalyptic fears with this thriller about an asteroid headed for Earth. (CBS, 9 p.m.)

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'Friends From College,' July 14

Netflix
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'Friends From College,' July 14

Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders and Fred Savage are set to shine in this new comedy. (Netflix)

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'Game of Thrones,' July 16

HBO
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'Game of Thrones,' July 16

The highly-anticipated Season 7 of GoT finally drops in mid-July, praise be. (HBO, 9 p.m.)

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'The Strain,' July 16

FX
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'The Strain,' July 16

Set your DVR for this horror drama, which returns for its fourth and final season. (FX, 10 p.m.)

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'Shooter,' July 18

USA
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'Shooter,' July 18

Ryan Phillippe makes it back to the small screen for another season of suspense. (USA, 10 p.m.)

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'Shark Week,' July 23

Discovery Channel
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'Shark Week,' July 23

Technically this is many shows rolled into one... but it's the 30th anniversary, you guys! (Discovery, 7 p.m.)

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'Ballers,' July 23

HBO
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'Ballers,' July 23

Dwayne Johnson is magic in this dramedy as former NFL'er Spencer Strasmore. (HBO, 10 p.m.)

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'Insecure,' July 23

HBO
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'Insecure,' July 23

Issa Rae brings her smart breed of comedy to this series, back for a second season. (HBO, 10:30 p.m.)

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'Somewhere Between,' July 24

ABC
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'Somewhere Between,' July 24

Need reasons to watch this new supernatural thriller? Paula Patton, Devon Sawa. Boom. (ABC, 10 p.m.)

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'Room 104,' July 28

HBO
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'Room 104,' July 28

Same motel room, different story each week. Intriguing, no? (HBO, 11 p.m.)

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'Killjoys,' July 30

Syfy
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'Killjoys,' July 30

Another season of space-traveling bounty hunters will keep you entertained. (Syfy, 8 p.m.) 

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'The Bachelorette' special, July 31

ABC
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'The Bachelorette' special, July 31

Don't miss The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All to see how Rachel's suitors really feel. (ABC, 8 p.m.)

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'The Sinner,' Aug. 2

USA
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'The Sinner,' Aug. 2

Jessica Biel finds her way back to our TV screens in an exciting new murder miniseries. (USA, 10 p.m.)

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'Ray Donovan,' Aug. 6

Showtime
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'Ray Donovan,' Aug. 6

Liev Schreiber reprises the title role in Season 5 of this hit crime drama series. (Showtime, 9 p.m.)

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'Bachelor in Paradise,' Aug. 8

ABC
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'Bachelor in Paradise,' Aug. 8

Once The Bachelorette winds down, it's time to turn up the heat... in Paradise. (ABC, 8 p.m.)

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'Difficult People,' Aug. 8

Hulu
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'Difficult People,' Aug. 8

Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner are back in this wickedly funny comedy series. (Hulu)

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'Mr. Mercedes,' Aug. 8

DirecTV
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'Mr. Mercedes,' Aug. 8

Another Stephen King adaptation, Mr. Mercedes follows a retired cop on the trail of a killer. (DirecTV)

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'Marlon,' Aug. 16

NBC
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'Marlon,' Aug. 16

Marlon Wayans brings to the small screen a LOL-comedy inspired by his own family. (NBC, 9 p.m.)

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'The Defenders,' Aug. 18

Netflix
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'The Defenders,' Aug. 18

Marvel's Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist team up in this superhero caper. (Netflix)

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'The Last Ship,' Aug. 20

TNT
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'The Last Ship,' Aug. 20

Eric Dane (aka former McSteamy) returns as Tom Chandler with new challenges facing his crew. (TNT, 8 p.m.)

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'Survivor's Remorse,' Aug. 20

Starz
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'Survivor's Remorse,' Aug. 20

Produced by Lebron James, this comedy comes back in late summer for Season 4. (Starz, 10 p.m.)

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'Broad City,' Aug. 23

Comedy Central
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'Broad City,' Aug. 23

Close out the summer right with Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.) 

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'The Tick,' Aug. 25

Amazon
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'The Tick,' Aug. 25

This funny new super-series follows an underdog accountant and a strange blue hero. (Amazon)

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