Summer 2018 TV Premiere Dates: New & Returning Shows To Watch

Screen Rant 2018 Summer TV Preview

Though summer may not technically be upon us yet, it’s time to start thinking about all the television coming our way in the next few months. You’ll want to schedule as much time in the comfort of a nice, air-conditioned living room as possible, so you won't miss out on all of the TV shows premiering this summer. As has been the case for a while now, broadcast networks, cable channels, and streaming services keep programming coming year round, and summer is certainly no exception.

This May, there will be plenty of new shows worth checking out, like Showtime’s Patrick Melrose miniseries, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as the return of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. But the month also brings HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 (which, yes, is technically a movie, but I’m going to list it here because I want to), PBS’ Little Women, and Amazon’s Picnic At Hanging Rock. Things heat up in June (sorry), with a new season of Luke Cage, the series premiere of Succession, and the series finale of Sense8. 

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Additionally, Kevin Costner will be making his way to television with Paramount Network’s Yellowstone, which hails from Sicario (as well as its amazingly titled sequel, Sicario: Day of the Soldado) and Hell or High Water writer Taylor Sheridan, and should be one to keep an eye on. That's also true of Amazon's Jack Ryan series, which premieres at the end of August, but is so anticipated a second season has already been ordered.

So there you have it, though not as jam packed as the fall television season, there’s plenty of entertainment on tap for everyone this summer. That way, you’ll have your pick of excuses to stay indoors. 


Thursday, May 10

Safe — Netflix

Friday, May 11

Rocky and Bullwinkle — Amazon 

Bill Nye Saves the World — Netflix 

Spirit Riding Free — Netflix 

Saturday, May 12

Top Pick: 

Patrick Melrose — Showtime, 9pm

"Based on the acclaimed “Patrick Melrose” series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn. This five-part limited series hilariously skewers the upper class as it tracks the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery. In a tour de force role, Cumberbatch plays the titular character who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned the behavior. Academy Award nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) and Screen Actors Guild® winner Hugo Weaving (The Matrix trilogy) also star as the parents of Patrick Melrose. Rounding out this accomplished cast are Anna Madeley (The Crown), Blythe Danner (Meet the Fockers), Allison Williams (Girls), Pip Torrens (The Crown), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife), Prasanna Puwanarajah (Doctor Foster), Holliday Grainger (Bonnie & Clyde), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones) and Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones's Baby). Each episode, devoted to one of the five novels, is written for television by BAFTA Award nominee David Nicholls (Far from the Madding Crowd, One Day) and directed by celebrated film director Edward Berger (Deutchland 83, Jack). A co-production between SHOWTIME and Sky Atlantic, this gripping and humorous saga encompasses the South of France in the 1960s, New York in the 1980s and Britain in the early 2000s."

Sunday, May 13

Little Women — PBS, 9pm

Friday, May 18

Inspector Gadget — Netflix

13 Reasons Why — Netflix 

Saturday, May 19

Fahrenheit 451 — HBO

Sunday, May 20

Joe Pera Talks With You — Adult Swim, 12am 

Tuesday, May 22

Mob Psycho 100 — Netflix 

Wednesday, May 23

Vox Entertainment “Explained” (Doc Series) — Netflix

Thursday, May 24

Fauda — Netflix 

Friday, May 25

Top Pick: 

Picnic At Hanging Rock — Amazon

"Based on Joan Lindsay’s iconic Australian novel of the same name, Picnic at Hanging Rock is a limited series surrounding the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day in 1900. The series revolves around the subsequent investigation and the event’s far-reaching impact on the students, families and staff at Appleyard College, and on the nearby township. The series has already received critical acclaim following its recent premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival and has been selected for the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival this month."

The Toys That Made Us — Netflix 

Trollhunters: Part Three — Netflix 

Sunday, May 27 

The Break With Michelle Wolf — Netflix 

Tuesday, May 29

100 Code — WGN, 9pm

Animal Kingdom — TNT, 9pm 

Queen Sugar — OWN, 10pm 

Wednesday, May 30

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — Netflix

American Ninja Warrior — NBC, 8pm

MasterChef — FOX, 8pm

Reverie — NBC, 10pm

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