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Top 5 New and Returning Shows We’re Looking Forward to This Summer

Vampires, aliens, pirates, and sex researchers – this summer is packed with all kinds of crazy drama. Here are the top 5 new and returning shows we’re looking forward to the most.

1. Orange Is the New Black

Perhaps the best series put out by Netflix last year (take that, House of Cards!), Orange Is the New Black follows the trial and tribulations of several female inmates at a correctional facility. Despite their situation, these characters (some of them, anyway) are incredibly lovable and easy to root for. That doesn’t make prison life easy on any of them, however. The last time we saw her, main character Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) was beating the shit out of devout Christian and borderline psychopath Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning).

Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black will be released all in one go on Netflix on June 6th.

2. Masters of Sex

One of the best shows to premiere last year! Period drama Masters of Sex stars Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen as a pair of sex researchers, loosely based on the real life relationship between Dr. Williams Masters and Virginia Johnson. The show explores how Masters and Johnson’s research impacts not only their lives, but the lives of those participating and everyone else around them. The characters are complex and there are moments of poignancy you wouldn’t expect from a show titled Masters of Sex. Most of all, it has heart and that’s all that really matters.

Season 2 will premiere on July 13th on Showtime.

3. Extant

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Halle Berry, the 13-episode space drama Extant tells the story of an astronaut returned from space after a year only to find her life turned completely upside down. She attempts to reconnect with her family, including a son who is an AI, while being pregnant with an alien being. Halle Berry has also said in an interview that the series will have elements of Rosemary’s Baby.

Extant will premiere on CBS on July 9th.

4. The Strain

We still haven’t gotten a full-length trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s vampire horror-drama The Strain. But we’re excited for it, nonetheless. The series is based on Del Toro’s novel. The audiobook is read by actor Ron Perlman, who’s worked with Del Toro on Hellboy and its sequel, as well as Pacific Rim and Cronos.

The Strain will premiere on FX on July 13th.

5. Crossbones

Because it’s John Malkovich. And because it’s John Malkovich as the notorious pirate Blackbeard. And because Black Sails was a huge disappointment.

Crossbones will premiere on NBC on May 30th at 10/9 central.

What TV shows are you excited for this summer? Tell us in the comments below!