4. Penny Dreadful
If you're hoping for a fun take on the horror genre, look no further. Penny Dreadful draws from famous horror characters from the Victorian past, including Dorian Gray and the monster from Frankenstein, as characters must deal with attacks and betrayals from the varied creatures that exist in their universe. The second season (which many people believe is stronger than the first) is airing now, and ends in early July, but you can catch up using Showtime's online streaming service.
5. Halt and Catch Fire
Halt and Catch Fire is a striking drama about the creation of the personal computer and the trials and tribulations of the people behind it. It's got an old-school tech meets 1980s punk vibe, with visuals and a soundtrack to match. While the first season was slow to get going, critics have praised the recently premiered second season for its improvements with character and focus. You can check the series out on AMC.
Orange is the New Black might be the big name in women's prison TV this summer, but if you're looking for a women's prison drama that is just as good without nearly as much fanfare (at least in the United States), check out Wentworth. It's an Australian series that follows a relatively similar premise as OITNB — exploring the trials and tribulations of prison life for a group of incarcerated women, including occasional flashbacks — but with an even darker tone. If OITNB is a prison dramedy, Wentworth is a much more brutal take on the genre. The third season just finished up in Australia, and the first two are available for U.S. audiences on Netflix.
7. BoJack Horseman
If you're looking for anthropomorphized animals, check out Netflix's BoJack Horseman. The series is about a former sitcom star attempting to return to the public eye via a tell-all memoir, and it doesn't pull any punches. The tone is occasionally crude, the numerous animals drink alcohol and party often, and despite being a cartoon, the show doesn't stray away from occasional darkness. It might not be for everyone, but if you're looking for a more adult-oriented cartoon, it's well worth viewing.
8. The Bridge
I you're tired of the True Detective phenomenon and want a different detective story, perhaps give The Bridge a try. Based on a Scandinavian series, the American remake aired two seasons on FX before the plug was pulled. More than a simple cop show, though, it attempts to grapple with questions of identity and connection, both between the characters themselves and the two countries — the U.S. and Mexico — in which the show is set.
10. Mr. Robot
If you're looking for a cyber-anarcho-punk conspiracy, give USA's new series Mr. Robot a try. No, there aren't any actual robots, just a team of computer hackers seemingly trying to bring down the world economy and erase everyone's debt. But if you're intrigued by the ramifications of technology on the modern world and the ethics guiding both large corporations and individuals alike, this show has all of that and more. And with a great performance by Rami Malek in the lead role, you'll be mesmerized.
11. Chef's Table
With Chef's Table, you get an inside look into what life is like for members of the current generation of top culinary professionals, with an intimate and stunningly beautiful look at the daily lives and kitchens of the six featured chefs. From food preparation techniques to familial and regional influences, the topics discussed provide a striking insight into what it takes to become a master of the culinary world. The entire series is available to stream on Netflix, and it's well worth it.
12. Deutschland 83
Deutschland 83, a new series on Sundance TV, is a spy thriller you won't be able to turn away from. Deutschland is about a young soldier in the East German army in (of course) 1983, when the Cold War seemed to be at its hottest. He is tasked with impersonating a West German soldier and infiltrating their army to steal secrets, but struggles to handle the pressure of the situation as well as the difficulty of being away from his family. It's politically provocative without losing the fun and thrill that comes with the spy genre, and worth checking out.