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10 TV Shows to Binge Watch This Summer

10 TV Shows to Binge Watch This Summer
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It always makes me sad when another television season comes to a close. It will be a long, hot summer until I get to see some of my TV friends, and even more depressing is that a lot of them won't be coming back. But without your weekly shows to watch, you may find that you have a lot of free time on your hands. Rather than doing something productive, it's a good time to binge watch a few shows that you missed the first time around or to remind yourself of how good they are.

10. Cheers

Premise:

Everyone knows your name! It's a sitcom in a bar full of great characters who basically do nothing but drink and rib each other.

What Will It Replace: Cheers can take the place of any sitcom about a group of friends who hang at bars or just hang out together annoying each other, such as New Girl, How I Met Your Mother or Community.

How Many Seasons: I will admit that this is a long-ass series with 11 seasons available to view. While it moves fairly quickly, you can always stop after Season Five when Diane leaves or start at Season Six when Rebecca shows up.

Why It's Worth Bingeing: It's Cheers. Really, do I need to answer that question?

9. Bored to Death

Premise:

Jonathon Ames (Jason Schwartzman) is a bored novelist who can't seem to get his life going so he becomes a secret private detective. His friends Ray (Zach Galifianakis) and George (Ted Danson) come along for the ride.

What Will It Replace: I guess CSI because it has mystery and Ted Danson, but Bored to Death is a comedy and Danson is a massive pothead in it, much different from his other crime-solving character.

How Many Seasons: There are only three seasons and it's a half an hour, so you can bang it out pretty quickly.

Why It's Worth Bingeing: It's a truly funny show. Danson is brilliant and Galifianakis actually acts like someone other than himself. Jason Schwartzman, sadly, only knows how to play Jason Schwartzman, but it works in this show.

8. Fringe

Premise:

A bunch of weird shit is going on in the world, and the FBI has a special unit to tackle it all.

What Will It Replace: If you got into any sci-fi shows this season that you often compared to The X-Files, this is a show for you. Or if you really have been missing Dawson's Creek since it went off the air in 2003 (Joshua Jackson is in this one, too).

How Many Seasons: Five. You can handle all of that in one summer, I guarantee.

Why It's Worth Bingeing: Fringe wasn't a huge success when it originally aired, but it's picked up a cult following, and for good reason. It's a lot of fun with a good mystery, and did I mention it's got an X-Files feel to it?

7. True Detective

Premise:

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are detectives who reunite after 17 years when a case they originally thought was solved resurfaces.

What It Will Replace: Nothing. There was nothing like it on television this past season.

How Many Seasons: Right now there is only one season of True Detective and it's a short one at that, eight episodes in total. You can really watch the entire series in one day, assuming you get both pizza and Chinese food delivered with limited bathroom breaks.

Why It's Worth Bingeing: If you read the Internet at all during the HBO program's original airing this past winter, then you know that everyone and his mom was in love with it. It's worth a watch.

This story continues on the next page.   6. The Simpsons

Premise: The Simpsons.

What It Will Replace: Itself, if you still watch the show.

How Many Seasons: A million! Actually, there are 25 seasons of this iconic cartoon.

Why It's Worth Bingeing: If you still love The Simpsons or if you tuned out a few years ago when it started to feel stale, it's worth revisiting some of the older episodes to remind yourself why this show changed our culture. If you've never seen it, you don't even have to start at the beginning. I promise you won't be lost as to what's going on.

5. Justified

Premise:

Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is a vigilante U.S. Marshall who keeps finding himself in the middle of the doings of the various rednecks of his Kentucky hometown. Every time he takes one of them out, he seems to have good reason.

What Will It Replace: All the bad dramas you were watching this past season.

How Many Seasons: The series recently concluded its sixth, and will air its final season in 2015. So if you can watch all six seasons, you'll be caught up before it closes its doors for good.

Why It's Worth Bingeing: I don't know how many times I need to tell y'all that Justified is one of the best shows of the past ten years. I even got my mom into it.

4. The O.C.

Premise:

An über-rich family in Orange County takes in a poor yet good-looking teen from Chino. Bring on the dramz!

What Will It Replace: What teeny-bopper soap were you watching on the CW this past year? The O.C. is those programs' godfather.

How Many Seasons: Despite the fact that this series feels like it never ends, it's really only four seasons long. And you can probably skip the third season and go straight to the fourth.

Why It's Worth Bingeing: Sometimes you just want to watch some trash, and at least this series has some good one-liners.

This story continues on the next page.   3. The Office

Premise:

Dunder Mifflin, a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with the most clueless boss in the world, who leads a group of employees who find themselves in absurd situations mostly because of their own doing.

What Will It Replace: The Office can take the place of Modern Family, Two Broke Girls, Brooklyn 99, The Mindy Project, Parks and Rec or any other sitcom that is half-good.

How Many Seasons: There are nine seasons of The Office, but after manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell) leaves the show, it's not worth watching.

Why It's Worth Binging: The first few seasons of The Office make it hands-down one of the funniest sitcoms to air throughout the 2000s. It was something of a game-changer and popularized the one-camera effect that so many sitcoms now use.

2. The Wire

Premise:

The Wire

follows a small unit of the Baltimore police department, but it's so much more than that. Each season takes the viewer into a different aspect of the corrupt goings-on in Baltimore, Maryland.

What Will It Replace: It's a "cop show," by and large, so if you are really into CSI or Blue Bloods or NCIS, it's kind of like those shows but much better.

How Many Seasons: There are five seasons of the show and each one is different in terms of plot and character development.

Why It's Worth Bingeing: Many consider this series to be one of the best things to hit the small screen ever. I know thems are fighting words, but until you've seen it for yourself, you can't disagree.

1. Lost

Premise:

A plane crashes on a crazy island that may or may not exist and has polar bears.

What Will It Replace: Well, if you really liked that show Revolution or something along those lines, this might be a good substitute. I will go out on a limb and say it might be a good replacement for The Walking Dead.

How Many Seasons: There are six seasons of Lost and each one gets weirder and more convoluted.

Why It's Worth Bingeing: I am supremely jealous of anyone who has never watched this show. If a mind eraser existed and I could wipe all memories of Lost and start over again, I totally would. If you have seen the series before, it's probably worth re-watching from the beginning to see if the writers had any idea of how the show was going to end, which I will assume they did not.


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