Top Summer 2018 TV Picks


Television — Programs that are broadcast by television.
-Black’s Law Dictionary

Summer television seasons are upon us, which means shorter seasons but some of the shows are as good as the fall shows.  I find them to be a bit more soapy, but my guilty pleasures are definitely soapy shows.  Check out my picks for summer shows to watch, and a few to binge from the spring season.

Spring Shows to Binge
The Royals (E!) – Royal fever has been super intense the past few years, and E gave us what we all wanted:  a show that delves into the scandalous lives of a royal family.  Obviously, it’s not about the actual royal family from England, but it focuses on a fictitious royal family based in England.  It follows their romances, scandals, triumphs, and utter fails.  I love the soapy quality of the show and the acting is perfection.  Plus, one of the main characters is played by the oldest son from The Chronicles of Narnia.
Imposters (Bravo)I started watching Imposters when it premiered last year and loved it ever since.  The first season is on Netflix so you can easily catch up.  The first season focuses on the three marks of a con artist who made them fall in love with her and then stole their money.  The second season picks right back up where it left off and continues to tell the story of the three “old” marks and the con artist as they navigate revenge, love, and surviving on the run.

Quantico (10 pm Fridays, ABC) – If you love action shows, then this is a show for you.  It follows a secret sect of the CIA who is out to save the world from destruction.  The first two seasons are on Netflix so you can catch up, which focus on Alex training at the CIA to become an agent.  This new season happens three years after season 2 so it also has some added drama based on what happened during those years.

Sunday, May 20th
Total Bellas (9 pm, E!) – I talked about this show in my top fall tv picks but a new season is starting this Sunday!  If you watch Kathie Lee and Hoda, you may have seen some of the drama regarding Nikki Bella and John Cena unfold.  This show gives an up-close and personal with the Bella family.  I love how tenacious the Bella sisters are; they don’t let injuries or motherhood get in the way of them being the best they can be in their careers.

Tuesday, May 28th
The Bachelorette (8 pm, ABC) – The Bachelorette; enough said.  But honestly, I’ve been watching this show since the beginning and can’t stop watching, no matter how cringy it gets.  I kinda enjoy The Bachelorette seasons better than The Bachelor since the guys tend to not be as annoying as some of the girls on The Bachelor.

Tuesday, June 5th
Younger (10 pm, TV Land) – I absolutely love this show.  Sutton Foster plays a 40-something pretending to be a 20-something working for a publishing house since her age and years off to be a mom set her back career-wise.  As Sutton’s character attempts to navigate the world she created for herself, she has to deal with the repercussions of her fibs about her age.  It’s definitely a great show, and Lizzie McGuire makes a big girl appearance as Sutton’s BFF.

Thursday, June 7th
Nashville (? pm, CMT) – The last few episodes of this great series air this summer.  It focuses on the lives and careers of some of the most famous fictional singers/songwriters/producers in Nashville.  To be honest, I stopped watching for a bit when the main character left, but I feel like the other characters have some great storylines and the whole left in the other characters’ lives is something interesting to explore.  I love the dynamics between the cast and really hope that CMT gives the show the ending that it truly deserves.

Sunday, June 10th
ABC Gameshows (8 pm, ABC) – ABC has revamped some of the classic tv gameshows, such as $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Family Feud, and To Tell the Truth.  These are definitely worth a watch if you want a funny, enjoyable, and sometimes family friendly show.

Food Network Star (9 pm, Food Network) – I love Food Network and love watching the competitions between the contenders figure out their culinary point of view on this show that has created mega stars for Food Network.  Also, one of the former contestants will join the rest of the cast this season.  Eight of former potential stars battle on the special Comeback Kitchen episodes beginning on Sunday, May 27th at 9 pm to see who is joining the cast.

Monday, June 11th
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings (8 pm, Freeform) – I have loved Disney Parks forever and likely have seen every special regarding their special events that take place at the parks.  This tv show focuses on couples planning weddings at the Disney Parks and shows the behind the scenes of how the weddings are pulled off. 

Tuesday, June 12th
The Last Defense (9 pm, ABC) – This is a must watch for anyone who loves the law.  It focuses on true stories of individuals who are on death row and their quest to appeal their sentence.  It stars Viola Davis (HTGAWM fans rejoice) and explores each case from every angle.  I can’t wait to see how ABC approaches a true crime legal exploration, considering the legal inaccuracies found in many of their legal dramas (sorry Shonda).

Wednesday, June 20th
Young and Hungry (8 pm, Freeform) – Remember Lilly Truscott from Hannah Montana?  Well, she’s all grown up now and stars in this show that’s entering it’s final season.  It focuses on a food blogger turned personal chef for a computer millionaire, and in traditional Freeform style, romance and chaos ensues.  If you haven’t watched this show before, the previous seasons are on Netflix so you can get caught up before the last episodes air.

Of course, one of the biggest to-watch tv event is the Royal Wedding this Saturday.  I remember waking up early the day of Kate and William’s wedding during high school, and I’m sure I’ll be tuning in on Saturday, especially to see Meghan’s dress (her style is perfection).  Check back with me on Saturday to see if I actually get up early enough to see all of the event coverage.

What shows are you looking forward to watching this summer?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll check them out!


  1. Holy crap! One of my professors my 1L year said he was approached to help with a TV show about a law professor and students try to help people on death row (so I guess like an innocence clinic) that sounds a lot like The Last Defense. He turned it down so I never heard anything else about it but now I want to watch and see if it's what he was talking about! Thanks for the heads up!!

    1. That's crazy! I'm glad I could let you know about it, I really can't wait to watch it.


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