10 TV Shows to Binge Watch This Summer

Categories: Film and TV

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 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.

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.

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The Office is certainly worth watching after the departure of Michael Scott/Steve Carrell. James Spader plays an absolutely amazing role as an eccentric "boss" character. With Carrell's departure, John Krazinski (Jim Halpert), Ed Helms (Andy "Nard Dog" Bernard), and Craig Robinson (Darrell Philbin) really get a chance to open up with Carrell's departure, and certainly deliver. The writing, at times, (especially with Ed Helms) seems a bit of a Michael-Scott-Leftovers situation, but it's certainly worth watching. The few episodes leading up to, and including the finale solidify the show as one of the best-written TV series of all time. It's not just a comedy, it's much, much more.


The office is certainly still worth watching after Michael Scott leaves. James Spader plays an absolutely amazing role as an incredibly eccentric "boss" type of character. John Krazinski and Ed Helms really open up with Steve Carrell's departure. Often, the writing of Ed Helm's character seems a little bit of a Michael-Scott-Leftovers situation, but it's certainly worth watching. The last few episodes leading up to, and including the finale solidify the show's position as one of the best-written shows of all time. It's not just a comedy... it's much, much more.


I mostly agree with this article.  Especially Justified.  However it's only just finished it's fifth season, not it's sixth.


Wow... for an alternative weekly, this is the most mainstream, stomach churning suggestions. How about Vikings, Hannibal, The Americans, Orphan Black and the best thing on TV right now — the French subtitled spooky thriller The Returned?


Lost? Are you kidding? It was plain from nearly the beginning that the writers were just gonna keep scramblin' to write themselves out of corners they'd stupidly written themselves in. And a show that betrays its audience is not a good show.

And where's Hannibal? House of Cards? (One or two seasons counts as a binge too.)


Gilmore Girls > The O.C.

Venessa Singh
Venessa Singh

Not lost.. More questions after it ended then when I first started

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