Flavorwire’s Complete Guide to Summer 2014 TV

The 2013-14 TV season officially ends this week, but that doesn’t mean that television is taking the summer off. A handful of old favorites are returning, like Orange Is the New Black, Pretty Little LiarsTrue Blood, and Teen Wolf. There are also plenty of new shows premiering during the next few months: intriguing horror dramas, guilty pleasure reality shows, NBC sitcoms, and Netflix binges. Sure, summer is the time to enjoy the great weather outdoors, but it’s also the time to spend lazy days on the couch in front of your TV with the air conditioner blasting. Here is a handy guide to the summer’s best small-screen offerings — and all of the rest.

Top Picks for May:

CrossbonesMay 30: Crossbones (NBC, 10 PM) — In this show set in 1729, John Malkovich plays infamous pirate Blackbeard, who reigns over a nation of thieves and outlaws. Crossbones is from Neil Cross (the creator of Luther) and looks like a great, action-filled drama that should make for perfect summer viewing.


marriage boot campMay 30: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (WE, 9 PM) —  Summer is a lazy and fun season, so there’s less guilt about enjoying trashy reality television. Save the hard-hitting intellectual dramas for the fall and watch a bunch of reality stars (from Jersey Shore, Real Housewives, etc.) go to boot camp to save their dysfunctional marriages.