The Great Summer TV Cram (2015 Edition): 9 Returning Series to Catch Up On Now

The end of the television season is upon us and soon the only thing left on your DVR will be the 31 episodes of House Hunters: International that have accumulated while you watched The Flash and the final season of Mad Men. Sure, we've still got a handful of episodes of Game of Thrones, and summer will bring all sorts of new programs to look forward to, but right now, the best thing about the current TV schedule is that its lack of enticing programming is really getting us jazzed about what's ahead. And now is the perfect time to ease yourself into the warmer months by sipping lemonade and binge-watching shows that don't have anything to do with superheroes. Below, we've compiled a checklist of nine soon-to-be returning shows that deserve your eyeballs, so grab the remote, fluff up the sofa pillows, and start cramming!


BoJack Horseman 

Season 2 drops all at once on Friday, July 17 at 12:01am on Netflix 

COMMITMENT: 12 half-hour episodes that will take you on a journey (plus one special for extra credit)

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: On the surface, this animated series looks like a sophomoric story about a drunk horse. And at times, it is. But throughout the course of the first season, it becomes an earnest look at fleeting fame, the emptiness of Hollywood, alcoholism, and depression. YEAH, I KNOW, I was shocked, too. But it works really well, and its serialized nature will have you clicking "Play Next Episode" about 11 times. Don't worry, it isn't always depressing. The vibrant half-animal world provides plenty of sight gags, and the voice work from Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, and Paul F. Tompkins is fantastic. It's a must watch for anyone looking for a Hollywood satire with anthropomorphic animals.

CHEAT SHEET: Sorry, no shortcuts here. You gotta watch 'em all. — Tim Surette


Faking It

Season 2B premieres Monday, August 31 at 9:30pm on MTV

COMMITMENT: 18 half-hour episodes of young love, heartbreak, self discovery, fake lesbians, real lesbians, croquembouches, and Shane Harveys

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: MTV's coming-of-age series revolves around the relationship between teenagers and best friends Karma (Katie Stevens) and Amy (Rita Volk), specifically the confusion that results after another classmate at their liberal Texas high school mistakenly believes them to be—and subsequently outs them as—lesbians. Realizing that their social status has skyrocketed, they decide to continue the ruse, but it soon becomes clear not everyone involved in the relationship is faking their feelings. A careful and thoughtful exploration of acceptance, sexuality, and young love, Faking It is a humorous series populated with layered performances (Volk is a true standout) that celebrate individual differences. Blurring the lines between comedy and drama, Faking It tackles the emotionally and sexually charged years of youth for both both gay and straight relationships, and it does so in a way that feels true to young adulthood. 

CHEAT SHEET: It feels wrong for me to tell you what to do since so much about the series is about charting your own path. Plus, it's serialized and you'll miss important relationship developments if you skip too much. But if you HAVE TO jump around, be sure to watch Season 1's "Pilot," "Homecoming Out," "Three to Tango," "Faking Up Is Hard to Do," and "Burnt Toast," and Season 2A's "The Morning Aftermath," "Lying Kings and Drama Queens," "The Ecstasy and the Agony," "Date Expectations," "Zen and the Art of Pageantry," and "Busted." — Kaitlin Thomas


Halt and Catch Fire

Season 2 premieres Sunday, May 31 at 10pm on AMC

COMMITMENT: One season of 10 (Only 10! You have no excuse!) hour-long episodes

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Halt and Catch Fire really wants to be Mad Men in the '80s, in Texas, and with computers. One of its leads even gets to struggle with a mysterious past and identity issues while oozing smarm and cultivating sexual tension with his attractive female protege. That's where the similarities end, however. Halt and Catch Fire is its own show, following the exploits of an underdog electronics company as it attempts to create (or straight-up copy) a computer that will dominate the budding personal-computer market and knock reigning champion, IBM, off the map—if IBM doesn't sue them first. My techie friends tell me the techie-speak is lacking, but if you can bring yourself not to be a tool and just enjoy the bitchin' soundtrack, Lee Pace's eyebrows, and occasional side-boob, you'll find that this show isn't about the computer itself anyway. The computer is just the thing that brings a rag-tag group of screwed-up misfit geniuses together in a cubicle farm to commit corporate espionage and accidentally invent a bunch of shit that Apple probably patented years ago. 

CHEAT SHEET: It's only 10 episodes, it's heavily serialized, and it's all on Netflix, so I recommend just burning through the whole thing over a weekend. I will admit though that some episodes are stronger than others and there's some drag in the middle. In a pinch, hit "I/O," "Landfall," "Giant," "The 214s," "Up Helly Aa," and "1984." Yeah, just watch them all.  — MaryAnn Sleasman


Hannibal

Season 3's Italian-themed feast premieres Thursday, June 4 at 10pm on NBC 

COMMITMENT: Two seasons of 13 hour-long episodes that are filled with grotesquely beautiful murderscapes, psychological traumas, and emotional manipulations

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Because it's still among the best shows on TV? Because it's the first Bryan Fuller series to get a third season? Because the first season is an in-depth interrogation of the effects of violence? Because the second season is a twisty-turny battle for the soul of Will Graham? Really, to be any more specific would ruin the experience of watching this intense and emotionally draining show. 

CHEAT SHEET: You really shouldn't skip any episodes at all, but if 26 is too much for you, here's what to watch. From Season 1: "Apéritif," "Potage," "Entrée," "Fromage," "Buffet Froid," "Relevés," and "Savoureux." For Season 2, well, you pretty much have to watch every episode except "Hassun" and "Takiwase." Sorry, but Season 2's too much of a serialized slow burn to just skip around. — Noel Kirkpatrick


The Last Ship

Season 2 pushes off Sunday, June 21 at 9pm on TNT 

COMMITMENT: Season 1 was just 10 one-hour episodes long, so get to it, soldier!

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Do you have a dad? He'll love this melodramatic and somewhat macho show about a Navy destroyer that's one of mankind's last hopes of surviving a viral epidemic that's wiped out almost the entire global population. Square jaws, high-caliber cannons, and plenty of Armed Forces jargon shouted across decks are all over producer Michael Bay's stand-in for military porn. Will these soldiers find a cure? Probably not until the ratings go down enough.

CHEAT SHEET: "Dead Reckoning," and the three that close out the first season, "Two Sailors Walk Into a Bar," "Trials," and "No Place Like Home." — Tim


Masters of Sex

Season 3 premieres Sunday, July 12 at 10pm on Showtime

COMMITMENT: Two seasons (24 episodes) of some of the best acting and complex storytelling on all of television

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: You mean other than the fact that Masters of Sex is one of the best shows there is? Okay, fine. The two leads, Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, are tremendous individual performers that also happen to have wonderful chemistry. The supporting cast is seemingly always changing—that happens when it's full of award winners that other shows really want too—but consistently amazing as well. Just look at these names: Beau Bridges, Allison Janney, Rose McIver, Teddy Sears, Ann Dowd, Annaleigh Ashford, Betsy Brandt, and Courtney B. Vance. Oh, and in the upcoming season, they're adding Josh Charles to the mix. Do you really want to miss out on all this? If that murderer's row doesn't convince you to watch, maybe Michelle Ashford's incisive writing, particularly of the tricky boundaries between sex and love and personal and professional lives, and lovely directing from Michael Apted, Michael Dinner, and Adam Arkin will do the trick.

CHEAT SHEET: I'll be real with you—this isn't necessarily a show you can skip around on. Sure, you could try to watch the pilot and a couple of episodes at the end of Season 1 before burning through the dozen episodes of Season 2, but you'd be doing yourself (and the show) a disservice. Masters of Sex rewards viewers who care about the intricacies of personal relationships; the "plot" is in many ways secondary, especially given the amount of time the show covers in a given season. But if you commit to Masters of Sex, you'll be more than satisfied. Please, don't make me plead with you again next summer. — Cory Barker


Playing House

Season 2 premieres Tuesday, August 4 at 10pm on USA

COMMITMENT: 10 half-hour episodes about life-long friendship that will make you laugh and cry... and laugh until you cry

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: Playing House is a rare gem about true female friendship—an arena rarely explored in television for inexplicable reasons—and it draws its power from the fact it's written by and stars two real-life best friends: Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. When a pregnant Maggie (Parham) discovers her husband has been having an online affair, she kicks him out and her life-long bestie Emma (St. Clair) uproots her fancy life to help her raise the baby. It's a buddy comedy that is both incredibly funny and surprisingly emotional and it subverts many of the common tropes about women on TV. Maggie and Emma are not in competition, their lives aren't dedicated to men or finding a man, and they wholly support each other as they prepare to raise a baby together. The extremely talented supporting cast, which includes Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) and Zach Woods (Silicon Valley), is just the icing on this very delicious cake. 

CHEAT SHEET: This isn't your high school math class, there is no cheating here. With only 10 episodes there's no need to skip around. Plus, if you do, you might miss out on some great character building moments that will tug at your heartstrings. Or Bosephus. — Kaitlin 


Review 

Season 2 Premieres Thursday, July 30 at 10pm on Comedy Central 

COMMITMENT: One season of nine increasingly five-star dire episodes (available on Amazon Prime)

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW: One of the biggest comedy surprises of last season came from this long incubated project starring character mastermind and podcast wunderkind Andy Daly. Daly plays Forrest MacNeil, a somewhat sheltered but adventurous man with a unique job: he reviews "life experiences," which can be anything from stealing, trying cocaine, going into space, or getting a divorce. But the individual gags of each episode form up like Voltron to create a mega-gag when the season is looked at as a whole, because Review isn't about what activity gets how many stars, it's about the toll on Forrest's life that's taken from doing a job the best he can. Admire his commitment, feel sorry for his circumstances.

CHEAT SHEET: Come on, you can do nine half-hour episodes (they're on Amazon Prime). But twist my arm and I'll say don't you dare miss "Pancakes; Divorce; Pancakes," "Best Friend; Space," and "Quitting; Last Day; Irish." — Tim


The Strain 

Season 2 invades your life Sunday, July 12 at 10pm on FX

COMMITMENT: One 13-episode season of disappointment (you can skip a lot) 

WHY YOU SHOULD CATCH UP NOW:  Look, we all know that Season 1 of Guillermo del Toro's scientifically sound vampire drama didn't go as well as we wanted it to. But the early looks at Season 2 indicate that the show is dropping the dead weight of bogus personal relationships and concentrating on what we want to see: monsters that eat people. The best part of The Strain is its approach to vampirism: it's treated like a disease that changes its victims instead of some romantic, dark folklore, so you're more likely to learn about the beasts through an autopsy than some old man spinning wives' tales. If some of the kinks are worked out, the impressive effects and gratuitous gore should make this a fun summer watch. If not, well, then I'm sorry in advance.

CHEAT SHEET: Give looks at "Night Zero," "Gone Smooth," and especially "Creatures of the Night," which was the best example of what this show should be. — Tim


Which returning summer series are you most looking forward to? What's on your personal "shows to catch up on" list?


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Jun 17, 2015
The Last Ship and The Strain. GO GO GO :)
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May 30, 2015
The only shows i'm rewatching are Continuum, The Leftovers, & The Returned (France). But I plan on watching the new seasons of those shows plus Hannibal, The Last Ship, Dominion, Rectify, Falling Skies, and The Strain.

I'm also watching Fringe (s2), Breaking Bad (s2), Alias (s2), Dexter (s1), Supernatural (s4), and 24 (s5); all for the first time. I'm going to try a couple of new shows; The Expanse being one of them. And finally, I'm rewatching Lost (s1), and Battlestar Galactica (s2). So I have packed watchlist this summer.

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May 30, 2015
Oh and i'm watching Daredevil as well.
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May 30, 2015
Halt and Catch Fire
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May 27, 2015
I am looking forward to the return of Playing House. I spent almost a year fearing that it would be wrongfully canceled. The show is hilarious and deserves this second season.
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May 30, 2015
haha, me too, i was worried i had invested myself in a doomed show :( I really hope the doctor who delivered the baby comes back, she was awesome
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May 27, 2015
The lack of Ray Donovan on this list concerns me deeply!
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May 26, 2015
BoJack is God's gift to surrealistic tongue-in-cheek hilarity that's ever graced the screen. I am looking forward to season 2
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May 26, 2015
Poor ᴛᴜʀᴎ ("Turn"). It didn't make the list though it seemed to be the first "binge season 1 so I can watch season 2" TV.com article this year.
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May 26, 2015
I can'd believe that Suits isn't included in the list....other than this..definitely Hannibal, Masters of Sex and Halt and Catch Fire...I'll try Review..seems interesting
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May 26, 2015
Suits has been on awhile. I think we know to watch that one.
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May 26, 2015
What great summer of tv cram ? All I saw to watch was "The Last Ship".

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May 25, 2015
Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, Devious Maids and Orange Is The New Black. Kinda depressing you didn't mention either of them.
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May 26, 2015
This list generally just includes shows heading into their sophomore seasons (there are a few exceptions for shows heading into Season 3, like Hannibal and Masters of Sex, but everything is largely entering Season 2). PLL definitely does not qualify. The Fosters and OITNB were in last summer's cram.
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May 27, 2015
Which returning summer series are you most looking forward to? What's on your personal "shows to catch up on" list? these were the 2 Questions asked at the end so basically its open Pretty Little Liars, OITNB plus others would qualify
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Jun 02, 2015
My response was to the second part of the comment, not the first: "Kinda depressing you didn't mention either of them." It was an explanation for why they weren't in the cram, that's all.
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Jun 05, 2015
Halt and Catch Fire and Last Ship but I did answer the second on May 25 (see below)
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May 26, 2015
I see.
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May 25, 2015
The Strain....really? That show is going to have to get a whole lot better for me to stick with it, much less re-watch s1. It, along with Tyrant, are just not FX quality shows.
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May 25, 2015
I've only seen one episode, but so far, I find I can really relate to the horse.


DIANE: ...You're responsible for your own happiness, you know?
BOJACK: Good Lord, that's depressing.
DIANE: No, it's not.
BOJACK: I'm responsible for my own happiness? I can't even be responsible for my own breakfast.

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May 26, 2015
and who can't relate to this?

Mr. Peanutbutter: Admit it! You like my girlfriend.
Bojack: Oh, come on.
Bojack: I mean, am I attracted to her?
Bojack: Sure
Bojack: Do my days feel better when I'm around her?
Bojack: Yeah.
Bojack: Does she get me in ways no woman ever has?
Bojack: Indubitably.
Bojack: Do I fantasize about her?
Bojack: Yes, but only in two positions.
Bojack: Look, am I the kind of guy who would try to steal someone else's girlfriend?
Bojack: Sure, of course, but do I like her?
Bojack: The answer's no. You have nothing to worry about.
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May 25, 2015
I've already watched Halt and Catch Fire and Hannibal, though I am trying to finish rewatching them before the next seasons start. Other than that, I'm planning on watching Bojack Horseman, and possibly The Strain.
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May 25, 2015
Rick and Morty!

Please, give this show the credit that's due. Rick and Morty is seemingly everything that Harmon wished he could do on Community and most certainly the best thing that Adult Swim has going on right now. Eagerly anticipating any Gravity Falls crossovers this season...
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May 25, 2015
The Last Ship was a big surprise.
Checked it out due to the Sci-Fi premise but did not expect much.
It turned out to be well written and engaging.
It is the Summer series that I have been waiting for to return.
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May 25, 2015
Not a bad list, and I've actually not watched more than half of the shows on it, which means I have some catching up to do (I'll skip a few still, thanks). Can you guys keep this thread easily accessible? Anyway, the other reason I'm glad about checking this thread is to see some of the release dates. I didn't know Hannibal, The Last Ship (not my favorite by any means, but the usual stupid fun that has Michael Bay written on it), and The Strain would be starting up again so soon, which means summer won't quite be the barren wasteland of TV I thought it might. Great!
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May 26, 2015
Don't worry, we'll have a link to this on the homepage under the special features section for quite a while.
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May 27, 2015
Great. I'm lazy and have far too many bookmarks.
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May 25, 2015
Apparently this is very old news, but WGN showed a sizzle spot during Salem, which shows them starting to run Person of Interest (and Elementary) in the Fall, for those who might want to catch up on those at a relaxed pace.

They showed Manhattan as well, but still gave no season 2 start date.
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May 25, 2015
I see Tim still doesnt quite get the strain. I dont think the man has ever read a book in his life.
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May 26, 2015
You shouldn't have to read a book to be able to watch a TV show, just FYI.
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May 27, 2015
Obviously you shouldnt have to and thanks for jumping in wihtout getting my argument, but if he had read it he would know the amount of setting up that was required to eventually get to the apocolyptic stuff he craves. He wants the money shot straight out the gate. Season 1 of Breaking Bad was the weakest because it was the foundation for all the madness to follow. You want good TV, thats the way its done.
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Jun 02, 2015
Ah. I misread your comment as saying that Tim needs to have read the books to really understand the series, not that there needs to be necessary setup before the good stuff (which I agree with, but cannot attest to re: The Strain since I've never watched it).
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May 25, 2015
Haven, Falling Skies, Defiance Big Brother, SYTYCD, MIstresses Under the Dome Devious Maids Major Crimes, Pretty Little Liars The Fosters Continuum From your list only the LAST SHIP,
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May 25, 2015
Last Ship is a must see for me. So much better than expected.
SYTYCD is always on my Summer viewing list.
Looking forward to the final short season of Continuum.
Will also be watching Defiance which doesn't always hit the mark but sure tries.
Under the Dome - keep hoping the Stephen King pedigree will start showing up.
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May 25, 2015
Eager for season 3 of Beauty and The Beast
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May 25, 2015
You also missed quite a lot of shows there that a perfect for the summer;

1) Haven - an FBI agent arrives in a small town where families are cursed with abilities they don't want and ends up questioning her past.
2) Falling Skies - A father tries to protect his children in a world over-run by aliens.
3) Defiance - a small town made up of both aliens and humans get themselves a new sheriff.

As for past shows that were perfect for the summer, try Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Fringe. The last ones a bit more serious but Eureka and W13 are fun and enjoyable throughout.
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May 25, 2015
Oh yeah, and Under The Dome should be at number 4 as well.
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May 25, 2015
Based on Tim's recommendation I gave Bojack Horseman a try. What a piece of crap. But, based on your top 30 shows of the past half decade you guys like crap.
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May 26, 2015
So are you going to answer my question or not? Guess it doesn't matter. Your loss.
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May 26, 2015
You know, I did that with Under the Dumb, and it never got better. Sometimes you just know. And Will Arnett kinda sucks anyway. Some guy below says it takes 8 episodes. I don't have that much time left. So yeah, my loss.
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May 25, 2015
What? Bojack Horseman is a gem, made for people who have the abbility to think and reflect about all the F'ed up things that go on in that show.
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May 25, 2015
Mr. Ed did it so much better.
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May 25, 2015
I'm too young, so I have not watched it so I can't rally agree or disagree with you.
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May 25, 2015
When you say you gave BoJack a try I must ask... how many episodes? It took me a few episodes until I fully embraced the awesomeness.

If I have time, I'm going to watch it again before season 2.
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May 26, 2015
Yeah, it really takes until episode 8 to truly see how genius it is. I've rewatched season 1 three times. Every time I notice new things.
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May 25, 2015
Really not fair to blame your shit taste on other people.
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May 25, 2015
Guy reaches down, dips in a finger and tastes it. "Yep, it's a turd, good thing I didn't step on it."
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May 25, 2015
OK, as I understand it, the Great Summer TV Cram is about highlighting good shows that are coming back and that viewers might have missed. And most of the above shows, each in its own way, brings something good/ interesting/ fresh in the TV landscape.

So, what is The Last Ship doing here? Are you seriously and with a straight face suggesting that we catch up on this Michael Bay extravaganza? Does it belong on the same list as Hannibal, Masters of Sex, Playing House and BoJack Horseman? No, I don't just name my own preferences, I don't watch all the above shows, but I have at least some respect for them. No respect at all for The Last Ship.

Oh, and by the way, you suggest we watch The Strain despite the fact that, according to you, the 1st season was kind of bad? Just because the 2nd one looks to be kind of good? Didn't 1st season look kind of good before it aired and you gave it a bad review? (By the way, I found 1st season entertaining, I'm just pointing out the discrepancy in TV.com's logic).

Mini rant is over; the list is quite good and I hope I'll find the time to check out some of these shows.
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May 25, 2015
Tim went in with high expectations for The Strain, that's a rookie mistake when it comes to TV or books made into tv, you will almost always be disappointed.
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May 26, 2015
Haha! Tim, a rookie; nice image... You are 100% right about expectations. I am almost cured of that particular affliction. And The Strain is not as bad as advertised (I personally didn't find the source material all that great - forgive me Master del Toro, I will never doubt you again, I live to serve you!)
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May 25, 2015
The Last Ship might be a Bay production but was much better than his movies.
Agree with your The Strain comments... the TV.Com staff basically says it stank but a trailer for season 2 looks good so watch it. Huh...
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May 25, 2015
I'm going to watch BoJack Horseman again, because that was just so good!

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May 25, 2015
That's what I was thinking. Just too good and I wanna see the last two episodes of first season again before the new one starts at least.
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May 25, 2015
Screw catching up for fall - with series like Heroes, The X-Files and Twin Peaks returning I'm already afraid I won't be able to finish them all before their new seasons air!
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May 25, 2015
Review is on Hulu also.
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May 25, 2015
My Dad still hasn't seen Breaking Bad so I plan on watching that with him.

Other than that, I'll try to catch up on BoJack Horseman, Faking It, iZombie and Review...
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May 25, 2015
I haven't seen Breaking Bad myself. It looked like a good show.
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May 26, 2015
It's incredible. Seriously one of the best shows ever. You need to check it out.
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May 25, 2015
I'm gonna keep watching The Strain... I like the action and blood in that kinda of shows.. but what i want more in this second season is a substantial improvement in the team of the "good guys" chracters (they were all annoying and disappointing).

To be honest i wouldn't recommend the show to anybody 'cause it's quite average.. well.. maybe just to avid ci-fi / fantasy genre fans... 'cause even with his flaws the premise of the show is at least interesting and some episodes are quite entertaining.
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May 25, 2015
Great list! All of these are shows more people need to watch. Does Manhattan have a season 2 date? I assume if it did, it would have been on the list, but I believe that's a show more people should watch, too! Ahhh, what a time to be a TV-watcher.
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May 25, 2015
Looks like it will return in September, so early fall :)
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May 25, 2015
After (I think) Kaitlin's recommendation in a previous one of these lists, I caught up on Faking it last week, and I LOVED it! I would definitely recommend it. Very fresh and funny and mostly thoughtfull (though it can be a bit iffy about bisexuality). Can't wait for the rest of season 2
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May 26, 2015
To quote Shane: "Ah, the elusive bisexual." That's one area of the show that frustrates me, and it's rather surprising that it hasn't been able to thoughtfully explore it. I have hope though! Glad you like the show.
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May 25, 2015
BANSHEE!!!!!
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May 25, 2015
Great show, but not a SUMMER show.
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May 25, 2015
A good summer catch-up series for those who missed it would be Galavant. It's light and short. One could marathon the whole thing in about the same time it would take to watch a movie.
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May 25, 2015
People would have to wait until mid-season to watch the new series, obviously, but I don't disagree that new viewers should start watching it as early as possible - the series is going to need all the good press/ word of mouth it can muster to gain a bigger audience otherwise it definitely won't see a third season (it's beyond disbelief that it even got second one). I'll definitely be re-watching before the new season.
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May 25, 2015
I got a few episode into Bojack Horseman, I can't remember how many (at least four, more like six if I were to guess but my point is I gave it the four episode test) but enough that I feel I gave it a fair shot and it failed to impress me, or make me laugh once that I can remember.
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May 25, 2015
A lot of people think the first half of the season is very weak but it's practically unanimous that the last few episodes are amazing.
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May 25, 2015
Well maybe I'll force my way through it one of these days, I've got a big backlog of stuff right now though.
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May 25, 2015
I understand that. I just thought I should let you know! At first, it's your standard animated sitcom, but towards the end it actually gets pretty dark and turns into more of a dark comedy kind of thing. Get through your backlog first, though, definitely!
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May 25, 2015
Don't catch up on The Strain. I'm still bummed that the promo's were so good and really got me excited about it, only to find out how much the show actually sucked.
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May 25, 2015
Oh, look at that! I didn't even remember that The Last Ship existed. That's how much of an impact it made on me.
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May 24, 2015
No Rectify and no The Knick? Excuse me while I roll my eyes.
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May 25, 2015
Rectify was also in last summer's cram and is headed into Season 3. Since we have already included two repeats (Hannibal and Masters of Sex) that are also headed into Season 3, we didn't didn't want to included too many shows already covered. We try to focus on shows that are heading into Season 2. As for The Knick, it doesn't have a premiere date yet, which is why it's not included.
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May 25, 2015
Kaitlin, I think people keep raising it because there's nothing in the intro to suggest that the list is focusing on primarily S2 shows (just summer shows of note). It might be worth a quick edit to highlight that
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May 26, 2015
The seasonal crams have always highlighted sophomore shows, but that's fair! I will make a note.
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May 25, 2015
How can you recommend The Last Ship when you told us not to bother last year. Make up your minds. It was good, btw.
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May 25, 2015
Well The Knick needs to return already....I am really missing that series.
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May 24, 2015
Watching 6 of the 9.
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May 24, 2015
If you have the stomach, you should definitely catch up on Hannibal if you haven't. It's one of the best things on TV at the moment.

The Strain? That should be in the "what shows NOT to catch up on." With the exception of a few decent moments, it was pretty terrible and #1 on my worst shows list last year.

Orange is the New Black is something to catch up on, as well as Strike Back, which is airing it's final season this Summer.
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May 24, 2015
the 100 should be on this list. excellent show
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May 25, 2015
This is specifically focused on show's airing this summer. The 100 won't be back until midseason. But I do agree that everyone should be watching The 100.
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May 24, 2015
not a 1
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May 24, 2015
I am catching up on Da Venice demons (only thing worth watching this days
Since they canceled great show like Forever Awake)
And suprisenly I be watching Under the dome

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May 24, 2015
THE 100 and TEEN WOLF is what I'm catching up on and they never disapoint.
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May 24, 2015
I'm catching up on Daredevil,vikings and House of Cards. No disappointments there.
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May 25, 2015
Three super good series. I love all three..
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May 24, 2015
Well there's also Manhattan and Rectify to look forward to.

And there is absolutely no good reason not to catch up on Faking It; Bailey Buntain is fantastic in it (but I liked Bunheads so go figure) and the bombshell her character drops in season 2 is jaw dropping but she absolutely nails it. Then 2 minutes after the real heavy drama the show is totally hysterical again.
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May 24, 2015
I am catching up with Outlander, and I can only say this: one of the best TV series I have ever seen.
Hannibal is due soon.
Or else I have Mr Strange and Mr Norrell from the BBC now, a whole new series based on the great, and big book from Susanna Clarke
Plus Broadchurch on Netflix, a ITV British crime that has got excellent reviews, in UK at least.
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May 24, 2015
Ditto on OUTLANDER AMAZING
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May 24, 2015
The first season of Broadchurch got great reviews, season two got slated and the less said about Gracepoint the better.
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May 25, 2015
I actually really enjoyed Season 2 of Broadchurch, but I guess I'm in the minority.
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May 24, 2015
I never watch remakes of British TV shows. And rarely Europeans remakes either, but I did made one exception with The Killing (a show I liked a lot).
I never understood why in USA people have to make remakes of already English spoken TV shows. I presume it is because .... no, I better keep quiet.
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May 25, 2015
Agree look at Gracepoint and the bridge, so much worse than the original versions. But The Killing was great, so sometimes they actually pull it off.
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May 25, 2015
I'm from Norway, so I have seen both of the shows you mentioned :)
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May 25, 2015
The Killing, originally Danish, had two very good actor/ actress in Mireille Enos and Joel Nordström who is a very good Swedish actor. So a bit Scandinavian was part of the TV show.
The original Broen or The Bridge was awesome. I strongly recommend it.
I hope the remake of the originally Swedish Real Humans gets a right production.
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May 25, 2015
It's because we're idiots. We already speak English, so why make English speaking shows when we can all get the originals? If it's worth remaking then the originals should be good. Idiots, I tell ya...
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May 25, 2015
If you really want to know why, watch Episodes--which is great and a joint effort by Showtime and the UK.
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May 25, 2015
OMG The Killing was awesome...
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May 24, 2015
"scientifically sound vampire drama" Hahahahahahahaha! No. Let's stop pretending that was anything more than the hook for the pre-season=one trailer. There's nothing scientifically sound about it. What we have is a scientists whose limitation is that he tries to see the supernatural through a scientific lense, and it makes his understanding and acceptance slow. Resident Evil is more scientifically sound than The Strain.
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May 24, 2015
The best drama of last summer should be noted here: Manhattan on WGN America. Plenty of time to catch up. Season 2 starts probably around late July or so.

I'm over halfway caught up with Faking It already (such a cute series). I'm planning to try out BoJack Horseman, though a series of recent talking horse commercials may have set my expectations too high. ;-)

I'm already caught up with The Strain (ugh), Hannibal and Halt and Catch Fire (starts next week!).
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May 25, 2015
Looks like Manhattan have a September premiere, so still far away :(
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May 25, 2015
Manhattan was going to be included until we realized there was no official premiere date yet. :(
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May 25, 2015
Couldn't you have included it anyway, "Season 2 starts err, we'll let you know"
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May 26, 2015
We could have, but we also wanted to keep the list on the shorter side and had to make some cuts. It's looking like the show will probably be in the fall cram instead.
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May 24, 2015
A spoiler but I'm pretty sure The Last Ship already did find a cure for the plague in the 1st season or at least a vaccine for the plague anyway. That side of the story is basically done. The real question we got to ask is how far they will get away from the novel.
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May 24, 2015
I won't elaborate much, in order to not spoil it a lot, but TV.com people keep mentioning that the biggest advantage of the Strain is the approach to vampirism which is more scientific.
Sorry but nope. As the story progresses it will become more and more supernatural and the origin of vampirism is 100% supernatural

It's not a spoiler but a heads-up to viewers who haven't read the books. If you like some religious/supernatural elements, go on, the story becomes pretty good.
But if you watch only because you like the initial approach that vampirism is just a virus, you'll be disappointed
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May 25, 2015
Now you've made me look forward to the new season, though I still think they are more like zombies, which is not a good thing.
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May 26, 2015
No, trust me, they are vampires. They are just "young" vampires
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May 24, 2015
Where's The Knick guys? :(
But yeah Hannibal is a must. Halt is pretty great too.
I might check out Review.
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May 25, 2015
The Knick doesn't have a premiere date yet, which is the only reason it's not included. :(
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