17 Shows You MUST Watch This Summer!

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If you just watched your favorite show's season finale and you're feeling down because you think there's no good TV until September, think again!

Summer is full of wonderful shows you won't want to miss. 

From compelling family dramas to shocking sci-fi series, we've got complex mysteries, teen angst, crafty criminals, and resourceful heroes.

We've had our TV Fanatics chime in with their top choices for summer viewing.

When you're not busy applying sunscreen, lying poolside, or firing up the barbecue, you'll definitely want to check out the top 17 shows you MUST watch this summer!

1. Casual - May 23rd on Hulu

Casual - May 23rd on Hulu
Casual Season 3 is underway on Hulu. If you haven't tuned into this series yet, you are definitely missing out.

Casual is centered around Alex and Valerie who are brother and sister. The show explores adult sibling relationships in a way that is complex, emotional, and hilarious. What we enjoy most about this story is watching their dysfunctional relationship as they struggle with co-dependency, annoyance, anger, forgiveness, and love.

It's important to note there is also a lot of focus on Valerie's daughter, Laura, as she transitions from a kid into an adult and the mistakes she makes along the way.

Casual Season 3 Episode 1 ended with a big twist that has pushed these characters into unknown territory and I can't wait to see what happens next. This may all sound serious, but trust me, if you love dark comedies, this may be right up your alley.

2. Still Star-Crossed - May 27th on ABC

Still Star-Crossed - May 27th on ABC
If you’re not watching Still-Star Crossed you have plenty of time to get caught up on this riveting story.

The tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet didn’t calm the war between the Capulets and Montagues and the ruler of Verona had to make a tough decision in order to restore peace. But will the forced union between Rosaline Capulet and Benvolio Montague make matters better...or worse?

Trust us, there’s more than enough drama, romance and secrets here to fill up your entire summer.

3. Stitchers - June 5th on Freeform

Stitchers - June 5th on Freeform
After its surprise renewal, we're excited to see Stitchers Season 3. When we left off, the NSA was threatening to shut down the Stitchers program for good. The team rebelled against Director Blair, going so far as to overpower him and the agents he sent to stop them.

But the even bigger cliffhanger was Kirsten making the decision to remain inside the stitch so she could be with her mother again. It's going to be up to Cameron to pull her back to reality. Hopefully that will lead to them finally giving into their feelings for each other. We're also hoping this will be the season we finally learn the truth about who's pulling the strings behind the scenes.

4. Queen of the South - June 8th on USA

Queen of the South - June 8th on USA
It’s almost impossible not to root for the women of Queen of the South. Teresa Mendoza started out as young, poor woman in Mexico before her whole world got blown apart when her drug dealing boy boyfriend was murdered.

In a strange twist, Teresa ended up running to America and working for Camila Vargas, a woman looking to build her own drug empire, separate from her power hungry husband, Epifanio.

Oh, did we mention that Epifanio wants Teresa dead because she has a journal that could destroy him?

We can’t wait to see what will happen when Teresa and Camila begin to truly work together to build an empire and take Epifanio down for good. If you’re into strong women, incredible action, and an intriguing world of crime, you’ll want to check out Queen of the South.

5. Wynonna Earp - June 9th on SyFy

Wynonna Earp - June 9th on SyFy
We'll be tuning into Wynonna Earp Season 2 because we've missed our weekly dose of Wynonna's sarcasm, Wayhaught cuteness, and the Earp sisters.

Wynonna Earp Season 1 ended with a possessed Waverly and Dolls being taken away to be tried for treason, neither one of those are acceptable. Season 2 is sure to be a crazy ride that you do not want to miss.

6. Claws - June 11th on TNT

Claws - June 11th on TNT
This is the colorful story of five nail technicians in a Central Florida salon, led by Desna (the always fabulous Niecy Nash), dreaming of a better life. The only problem is that they're funding that future by working for the Dixie Mafia, and getting out from under them is going to be dangerous.

This show is the equivalent of Steel Magnolias written by Elmore Leonard. It features a great cast including Nash, Judy Reyes, Carrie Preston, Harold Perrineau and Dean Norris. You'll definitely want to check it out.

7. Turn: Washington’s Spies - June 17th on AMC

Turn: Washington’s Spies - June 17th on AMC
This thrilling AMC series follows a group of friends from Long Island who formed America’s first spy ring during the Revolutionary War. But this show is not just for history buffs! Nearly every episode feels like a good mix of war drama, a caper flick, and a Hallmark movie.

The fourth and final season premieres on June 17, so there’s plenty of time to get caught up on the first three seasons on Netflix.

The first season takes a while to get going, but season 2 kicks the action into high gear and by the end of season 3, General George Washington has discovered a traitor in his ranks (you can guess his name) and we discover that America’s best spies are a couple of ladies from Long Island.

When the new season begins, we'll be on the edge of our seat every week rooting for these scrappy Americans to pull out a victory. Stay tuned!

8. Queen Sugar - June 20th on OWN

Queen Sugar - June 20th on OWN
The Bordelons are back for season 2, and this time it’s all about their legacy as Charley becomes the only black female sugarcane mill owner, Ralph Angel struggles to transition from parolee to owner of the family’s sugar cane farm and family man, and Nova must find a balance between her love life and her activism.

We can’t wait to see how these complex, compelling siblings learn how to band together and change their world.

Queen Sugar season 2 premieres on Tuesday, June 20th but for for episode 2 moves to Wednesday, June 21st, which will be it’s regular night. You won’t want to miss a minute of this award winning family drama.

9. The Night Shift - June 22nd on NBC

The Night Shift - June 22nd on NBC
The Night Shift Season 3 left us with an HUGE cliffhanger, with two characters' lives hanging in the balance. TC and Syd's camp had just been hit by missiles, leaving both of them bloody and unconscious.

The jobs of the doctors back home are all on the line after most of them resigned in alliance with Topher, who was fired and is sadly leaving the show. Needless to say, the season 4 premiere should be pretty exciting! 

10. The Mist - June 22nd on Spike

The Mist - June 22nd on Spike
Based upon Stephen King's story of the same name, we're about to find out what happens when fear and nature-caused claustrophobia make you go nuts.

The casting is for The Mist superb, the film style is as eerie as the subject matter, and the music ties it all together so the overall experience is spine-tingling and disquieting.

When watching this nail biter, you may want to wear gloves, or your manicure will be shot!

11. Game of Thrones - July 16th on HBO

Game of Thrones - July 16th on HBO
HBO usually airs this epic series in the spring but fans must hang on until July 16th for the much awaited Game of Thrones season 7. As the teasers say, the end begins with this, the penultimate season.

With Winter finally arriving, the Night King and the undead may very well rise. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also the battle for the throne with Cersei, Daenerys, and Jon Snow all making their respective power plays.

We’re also dying to know if Sansa and Arya Stark will be reunited and whether or not dragons will rule the day. No matter what happens, Game of Thrones season 7 is at the top of our summer must watch list!

12. Zoo - June 29th on CBS

Zoo - June 29th on CBS
If Season 2 upped the ante, Zoo Season 3 is going all in with balls-to-the-wall craziness!

Mitch is alive! But he's floating in a tank of liquid like science fiction experiment gone terribly wrong. The hybrids (whatever they are) have taken over and are running free, and Jackson is in hot pursuit!

If this is as amazing as it appears to be in the preview, Zoo is going to be one of the best times on TV this summer!

13. Killjoys - June 30th on SyFy

Killjoys - June 30th on SyFy
This space adventure, which returns for its third season at 8 p.m. Friday, June 30th, centers around three bounty hunters, brothers John and D'avin and Dutch, their boss and the woman who sometimes comes between them.

Working in the four-planet system called The Quad for the Reclamation Apprehension Coalition, they take on warrants to track down people or property. They've all got their own secrets to deal with, but they also have to navigate the shifting alliances in the background among the corporate entity, The Company, and the nine Royal families.

Killjoys is enjoyable on two levels, either for just the fugitive of the week, and for the deeper, ongoing intrigue.

14. The Fosters - July 11th on Freeform

The Fosters - July 11th on Freeform
If you like the throwback family drama of old school WB shows like 7th Heaven, and unorthodox, blended families that give you all the feels like This Is Us, then The Fosters may be for you.

It can be super stressful and dramatic, but it always keeps you invested. Last season left us with a hell of a cliffhanger with resident, lovable trouble magnet, Callie Foster, in the clutches of the pimp of a fellow at risk youth. Worst yet, Stef rode right past her hotel.

The Fosters, a show about a multiracial, mostly adopted family led by interracial lesbians covers so many issues. They've covered everything from gay and transgender issues, the pitfalls of the juvenile and foster care system, teen pregnancy, sex, and everything else, but they manage to do it without it feeling too preachy. It's funny, heart-warming, and fun.

This lovable family keeps growing because you'll quickly discover that anyone can become an honorary Foster, including you when you watch.

15. Suits - July 12th on USA

Suits - July 12th on USA
Everything is changing with Suits Season 7, as Mike Ross returns to the firm he loves, Harvey is now the person in charge, and Rachel is an attorney in her own right.

But things may not be happy for everyone, as Louis was just dealt another heartbreak at the end of Suits season 6, and Donna told Harvey she’s looking for “more.”

And to add to the excitement, Suits will produce it’s 100th episode set to air August 30th. We don’t want to miss a minute of Suits season 7.

16. Shooter - July 18th on USA

Shooter - July 18th on USA
If you enjoy action, suspense thrillers, and validation to the ongoing theory that Ryan Phillippe is somehow a vampire who doesn't age, watch USA's Shooter.

The show was an instant hit, and after watching the first season you'll understand why. It's chocked full of action, awesome fight sequences, shoot outs, and occasionally shirtless Ryan Phillippe.

Bob Lee Swagger, with the help of Nadine, not only caught the person responsible for assassinating a foreign president, but he caught the man holding his family captive too.

There's no way of knowing what Shooter season 2 has in store for fans, but with a sketchy new organization and the addition of Harry Hamlin it's bound to very good.

17. The Sinner - August 2nd on USA

The Sinner - August 2nd on USA
When a beautiful young mother walks up to a man on a public beach and brutally attacks him in front of her family and many others on a lovely sunny day, there is no way to deny it. The only defense will be discovering what happened in her mind to set her on such a terrible path.

This series, starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman, will try to uncover what drove one mother to an inexplicable fit of rage and act of violence that changed her life and countless others forever.

The Sinner should be THE deep discussion series of the summer!!

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