So, the first official day of summer was on Friday. Now, let me just say this, I love summer. I’ve loved summer ever since I was a kid. We had a pool that I could spend all day in, I saw a friend from our old neighborhood more often, no school, it was great. Summer is still great, of course, but it’s maybe lost its shine a little bit.
The biggest con about summer? Most of our favorite TV shows aren’t airing. We (we being Ryan and myself) do, however, have TV shows like Warehouse 13, Defiance, and some of my favorite guilty pleasure reality shows. (Food Network Star, HGTV Star, and Master Chef in case you were wondering.)
But what the summer is really for? Binge watching TV shows. Last summer, it was Chuck, Psych, Firefly, and Serenity, the latter of which I know isn’t a TV show, but it goes with Firefly, ok? The summer before that, we watched How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, and I think that’s when he started watching Doctor Who. Maybe.
(And yes, a few weeks ago I was talking about how TV is a huge distraction. Will I stop watching? No. I really love TV. I just do.)
Right now, we’re making our way through Star Trek: Voyager, because it’s on hulu. And when I say we, I mean Ryan is making his way through it, while I sort of pay attention because it’s a small apartment and there’s really nowhere else to go. It’s not a bad show, mind you. I’m definitely not saying that! I just had never really planned on watching it.
Anyway, I bring to you my recommendations for the 5 (current) TV shows you should use your summer to binge watch. That is, if you haven’t been watching them already.
Come on, like you didn’t know this was going to be the first thing I said? First of all, this year is the 50th (!!) anniversary of DW, so the show has a lot of history, and a lot of old episodes that you could be watching, if you felt like it.
So, why should you be watching it? Well, DW has a bit of everything, sci-fi, drama, history, romance, comedy. It’s just great. The premise of the show is about a man called The Doctor who is hundreds of years old and can travel through all of space and time. He travels with companions and goes off on grand adventures. The show is brilliant, and funny, and heartbreaking. If you aren’t quite sold on it yet, try watching “Blink” first, an episode in season 3, and the introduction of the very important monsters, the Weeping Angels.
(I’ll even admit, I was not a fan of the show when Ryan first started watching it, but somewhere along the way, I got into it. Of course, at that time, I hadn’t been around to see all the episodes and had to start from the beginning myself. I ended up watching the whole series last November/December again, even the episodes I had already seen, just because I wanted to see it from the beginning.)
Parks and Recreation
I don’t even know what to say about Parks and Rec except that you should be watching it. The first season is not the best, a lot of people will admit to that, but it gets so much better. So much better. Amy Poehler is fantastic as Leslie Knope, a woman who cares so much about her friends, the city she lives in, and the people that live there. The whole cast is brilliant, actually. Ron Swanson is the best character that ever existed on TV, I think.
Oh, what’s it about, you ask? Well, it’s a mockumentary style show, like The Office, that follows the parks and recreation department of Pawnee, Indiana, primarily Leslie, who is a very optimistic government official working in small-town government.
Also cool? A few months ago, some of the cast was in Indianapolis filming. I missed them, but still pretty cool that they were here.
Tatiana Maslany for all the awards. That’s what this show is about.
No, it’s not really, of course, but she should really get all of the awards. The show follows a handful of characters played by Maslany, with a focus on Sarah, a woman who isn’t quite on the right side of the law, sees a woman that looks like her commit suicide, and then later finds out that she’s part of some sort of cloning conspiracy, with Maslany playing the other clones, of course. Alison is my favorite clone, and Sarah’s foster brother Felix is one of my favorite characters. Honestly, this show is so, so good, and I can’t wait until it comes back next year.
Game of Thrones
I mean, you know you should be watching GoT, right? HBO just finished airing season three, there’s only ten episodes per season, get to it! There’s so much going on with this show, that I can’t even begin to tell you what it’s about. There’s dragons, murders, royal conspiracies. And lots of gore and nudity, in case that sort of thing bothers you. I mean, I won’t lie, sometimes it bothers me. But the story is so good.
Of course, you could read the books that the show is based off of, too.
So, Elementary is a new show that follows Sherlock Holmes and Watson as they solve various murders. Yes, there is a version on BBC, called Sherlock. Yes, it’s good, and you could watch that too. But. But. This version is pretty great. First of all, it isn’t John Watson, it’s Joan and she is played by Lucy Liu, who is quite perfect in the role. Johnny Lee Miller plays Sherlock and he has just the right amount of cocky attitude to play the thinks-he’s-smarter-than-everyone-else Sherlock. Joan comes into Sherlock’s life as his sober companion, and together they consult for the NYPD on various murders. Joan used to be a surgeon, which ends up helping cases along, and she really isn’t very interested in taking much of Sherlock’s crap.
So, there you have it. Five TV shows that you can binge watch this summer. I almost added on to it, but this post was getting a little long as it was.
Are you planning on watching any of these, or any other shows, this summer? Any recommendations?