Pop Culture Intervention

Pop Culture Advice: 7 TV Shows Worth Checking Out This Summer

Who said there's no good TV during the summer?

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Summer has a lot going for it, but one of the drawbacks is that it can be a television wasteland. The main TV season, which runs from fall to spring, is over, and things are pretty sleepy otherwise — which is probably why Hollywood blockbuster movies tend to dominate in the summer.

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Fear not, fellow pop culture lovers. For those of you who aren't sure what to watch on the tube during the summer, we've got you covered. There's something here for pretty much anyone, whether you love new series or returning favorites, comedy or drama, or scripted or unscripted.

For the latest edition of Pop Culture Advice, here are seven television happenings you should definitely catch this summer.

"The Bold Type"

Created by Sarah Watson, The Bold Type follows three BFFs — Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) — who embark on their careers in New York City at a Cosmopolitan-like magazine called Scarlet. It's a show that isn't afraid to go there when tackling important issues such as sexual assault, health care, sexuality (both the act of being sexual as well as sexual identity), the challenges of working in publishing, and so much more. The girls are daring, the boys are cute, and the editor in chief figure Jacqueline Carlyle (Melora Hardin), will give you all the Devil Wears Prada feels — but with heart, too.

The Bold Type's second season premieres June 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Freeform.

"Cloak & Dagger"

Created by Joe Pokaski, Cloak & Dagger is based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name focused on the characters of Tyrone Johnson/Cloak (Aubrey Joseph) and Tandy Bowen/Dagger (Olivia Holt). Cloak, who is able to engulf others in darkness and transport them through another dimension, and Dagger, who is able to emit light daggers, find their superpowers while forming a romantic relationship and realize they work better together than separately. If you need an extra dose of superheroes during the hot months, you might want to check out Cloak & Dagger. Plus, the pilot was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.

The series premiere of Cloak & Dagger airs June 7 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Freeform.

"GLOW"

GLOW, which stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, is based on the women's professional wrestling circuit that was created in the '80s by David McLane. The Netflix series, created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, follows a dozen or so eclectic women — led by Ruth "Zoya the Destroya" Wilder (Alison Brie) — who embark on this new athletic venture, directed by Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron). If you love female stories in sports, mixed with laughs and drama, this is for you. There's a lot of girl power with GLOW.

GLOW's second season hits Netflix on June 29.

"Nashville"

It has had its ups and downs throughout its run on ABC and later CMT, but Nashville is officially ending this summer. The Music City-based soap — which includes Hayden Panettiere (Juliette Barnes), Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne), and a slew of other talented folks (R.I.P. to Connie Britton's Rayna Jaymes forever) — has always been filled with juicy drama, memorable songs, and pretty much everything a country fan could want. Hopefully, Nashville's swan song will sound just as good as all the stunning notes it hit throughout its six-season run.

Nashville begins airing its final episodes on June 7 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on CMT.

"Pose"

From the mind of Ryan Murphy — creator of Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, and American Crime Story — comes Pose. Assembling the largest cast of transgender actors in TV history (which also celebrates diversity behind the camera), Pose is set in New York City in 1986, and focuses on everything from the downtown social and literary scene as well as the ball culture. On top of the multitude of backgrounds Pose will represent, Murphy has also promised that the show will support the LGBTQ community beyond the screen. Janet Mock and Our Lady J are producing the show, so expect it to be done with nothing but taste.

The series premiere of Pose airs June 3 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on FX.

"World of Dance"

The first season of World of Dance was super epic, and now the Jennifer Lopez-created reality competition show is returning for another go-round. World of Dance is a search for the world's best dance act — from soloists and larger groups of any style — with the winner getting a $1 million grand prize. Aside from J.Lo are judges Ne-Yo and Derek Hough as well as host Jenna Dewan. Les Twins, consisting of identical twins Laurent and Larry Nicolas, are World of Dance's reigning champs.

World of Dance second season premieres May 29 at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on NBC.

"Younger"

Back for a fifth season is Younger, the hidden gem on TV you might have forgotten existed. From Darren Star (creator of Sex and the City) is a show that focuses on Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) and a white lie about age that leads to a book publishing career, and spirals into a messy love triangle between Josh (Nico Tortorella) and Charles (Peter Hermann). The show also follows Liza's BFF/roommate Maggie (Debi Mazar), co-worker Kelsey (Hilary Duff), and boss Diana (Miriam Shor). It has great representation of LGBTQ characters, and has a lot to say about life and love at any age. It's one of the funniest and most heartfelt shows out there that just seems to keep getting better.

Younger's fifth season premieres June 5 at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on TV Land.

Cover image: Justin Coit / Freeform

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