The 10 most talked-about summer TV shows right now

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Though it’s definitely surrounded by buzz, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” isn’t the No. 1 most-talked about show this summer.
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The summer TV season is upon us.

Previously summer was the season when networks ran reruns and shows that couldn’t survive the typical ratings competition in the fall and spring.

But summer has become a destination of its own, with a lot more new, competitive, and Emmy-worthy programming.

To find out which summer shows have most captured fans’ attention, Business Insider partnered with Amobee Brand Intelligence, a company that provides marketing insight and measures real-time content consumption across the internet. Amobee analyzed the digital engagement around the summer 2017 shows in order to find out which ones have been attracting the most chatter.

From Amobee’s findings, it’s clear that Netflix is the king of summer, with four shows on the list. NBC came in second after the streaming network with two of its shows breaking through. That leaves just five spots on our list for other networks’ summer fare.

Here are the 10 most talked-about summer shows right now:


10. “GLOW” (Netflix), premieres Friday, June 23

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Alison Brie, left, and Britney Young on “GLOW.”
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This take on the popular ’80s women’s wrestling phenomenon has some heavy-hitting producers behind it whose credits include “Nurse Jackie” and “Orange Is the New Black.” Plus, it stars “Community’s” Alison Brie!


9. “Disjointed” (Netflix), premieres Friday, August 25

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Kathy Bates on “Disjointed.”
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Academy Award winner Kathy Bates stars in this comedy as the owner of a marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. “The Big Bang Theory” creator Chuck Lorre and former “Daily Show” head writer David Javerbaum cocreated “Disjointed.”


8. “The Bold Type” (Freeform), premieres Tuesday, July 11, at 9 p.m.

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“The Bold Type” stars, from left, Meghann Fahy, Katie Stevens, and Aisha Dee.
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This new drama goes behind the scenes of a global women’s magazine, Scarlet, and follows the lives of the young women who help create it and will one day lead it.


7. “Midnight, Texas” (NBC), premieres Monday, July 24, at 10 p.m.

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Shannon Lorance as Aubrey and Francois Arnaud as Manfred on “Midnight, Texas.”
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Finally, it’s almost here. This new series from “True Blood” writer Charlaine Harris looks thoroughly nuts. It centers on a town that has become a safe haven for the supernatural and the strange. Sound familiar, Truebies?


6. “Claws” (TNT), premieres Sunday, June 11, at 9 p.m.

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“Claws” stars, from left, Niecy Nash, Jenn Lyon, and Carrie Preston.
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“Claws” follows the misadventures of five Central Florida manicurists playing their hands in the dangerous game of money laundering. Executive produced by Rashida Jones and Eric McCormack, this dramedy stars some pretty talented actors, including “Reno 911’s” Niecy Nash, “True Blood” actress Carrie Preston, and “Oz” star Harold Perrineau.


5. “The Night Shift” (NBC), returns Thursday, June 22, at 10 p.m.

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From left, Scott Wolf as Dr. Scott Clemmens, Jill Flint as Dr. Jordan Alexander, and Mac Brandt as Mac Reily on “The Night Shift.”
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This NBC drama looks at the life-or-death world of ER doctors on the night shift and the stresses of running a busy hospital.


4. “Snowfall” (FX), premieres Wednesday, July 5, at 10 p.m.

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Damson Idris on “Snowfall.”
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From “Boyz N the Hood” director John Singleton, “Snowfall” tracks the rise of crack cocaine in the early ’80s from the streets to the corporate offices and the Mexican mafia.


3. “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix), returns Friday, June 9

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Laura Prepon, left, and Taylor Schilling on the season-five premiere of “Orange Is the New Black.”
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Picking up right where the last season left off, season five takes place in real time over three days and shows how the prisoners’ newfound unity surrounding the loss of Poussey (Samira Wiley) builds into what could only be an explosive ending to the season.


2. “Game of Thrones” (HBO), returns July 16, at 9 p.m.

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“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke.
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By the time the new season of “Game of Thrones” arrives, fans will have waited an extra three months longer than usual. But it’s the penultimate season and the war for the throne is coming to its conclusion. And even though it’s just seven episodes, the wait will probably be well worth it.


1. “Marvel’s The Defenders” (Netflix), premieres Friday, August 18

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“Marvel’s The Defenders” stars, from left, Mike Colter, Scott Glenn, Finn Jones, Krysten Ritter, and Charlie Cox.
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It’s no wonder that “The Defenders” takes the top spot on the list of most talked-about summer shows. It has been where Netflix and Marvel have been heading all this time, using all the other Marvel series as stepping stones to this one. Will it live up to the expectations?