We all know that TV is hit or miss in the summer. Most network shows go on hiatus, figuring that between vacations and school being out, most of us aren’t sitting in front of our TV as religiously as we are the rest of the year. But, with the rise of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, and the advent of digital recorders, we aren’t as chained to the TV schedule as we used to be. This makes summer the perfect time to catch up on some of our favorite shows we didn’t get to see as well as fall in love with new ones. We’ve put together a list of 5 of our favorite shows we think you should add to your summer binge-watching list.
Leverage: A ragtag bunch of “bad guys” including a hacker (Aldis Hodge), a hitter (Christian Kane), a thief (Beth Riesgraf), and a grifter (Gina Bellman), rally around a former “good guy” (Timothy Hutton) to provide leverage for those who’s wrongs cannot be righted through the conventional channels. Originally airing on TNT from 2008-2012 this series is addictive, thrilling and heart warming. All 5 seasons are available on Netflix and Hulu Plus.
Revenge: Set in the magnificent backdrop of the fairy tale Hamptons, this show centers a round newcomer Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) who it turns out is not a newcomer after all. The twists and turns of this show will leave you breathless, as will the extravagance of life in the Hamptons. Originally debuting on ABC in 2011, Hulu Plus has all 3 seasons. Netflix currently has seasons 1 and 2.
MacGyver: Looking for a bit of nostalgia this summer? Check out the adventures MacGyver, an ex-special ops agent trying to find a calmer life, but constantly being called in for just one more mission only he can accomplish. Usually with nothing more than some chewing gum, a match and some duct tape. Originally airing from 1985-1991 on ABC it has a hint of campiness but isn’t that what we always loved about MacGyver? Well that and who could pull off a mullet quite like Richard Dean Anderson? Netflix currently has all 7 seasons and Amazon Prime has seasons 1-5.
Say Yes to the Dress: Looking for the summer equivalent of the beach read? Say Yes to the Dress is that guilty pleasure you love, hate, love to hate and hate to admit you love. Drool over some of the most beautiful dresses in the world, secretly plan your dream wedding, pass judgment on the bridezillas/momzillas/friendzillas and try not to choke on the price tags, all from the comfort of your own couch. Originally debuting on TLC (which used to stand for The Learning Channel, who remembers that??) in 2007, Netflix currently has seasons 1-8.
That ‘70s Show: Obsessed with Ashton and Mila and their soon-to-be little one? Head back to where it all began! Originally airing on Fox from 1998-2006, That ‘70s Show focuses on the lives of a group of friends (Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon, and Wilmer Valderrama) navigating the teenage years in the 70’s. Fun and funny, this series is the ultimate summer show. Grab a Tab, an Orange Crush, Grape Nehi or whip up some Tang and enjoy the summer. All 8 seasons are currently on Netflix.
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