10 TV Shows to Binge Watch This Summer
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.
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 DeathPremise: 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.
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.
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