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Open Thread: What Shows Should I Watch Now That Everything’s Ending?

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A few weeks ago I was stressed about how much TV I had waiting to be watched on my DVR. I couldn’t possibly fathom a time when I wouldn’t be behind on every single show. But now, here I am, all caught up with NOTHING to watch. Okay that’s not true. I still have Game of Thrones and Veep and Orphan Black. But after that, I’m done. My DVR is emptier than Justin Bieber’s brain when he’s making a decision. (#diss #burn #NoOffenseBut) Of course, that’s give or take some Modern Family episodes that I’ll get around to at some point, maybe, possibly. You’re right, I can hear you, I should just delete them.

And sure summer TV’s coming soon, but there are too many days before it all starts where I’m stuck watching SVU reruns. For the 16th time. Which is embarrassing for me and also for the USA network — get some new programming dudes, or at least some new SVU epidoes. (I refuse to believe that I’ve watched every episode from 16 seasons. Because that would be depressing and sad and way too many special victims.)

So I’m writing this today because I need YOUR help. Assuming, of course, that you have amazing taste. What show(s) should I watch this summer? I’m open to anything that’s good. Please, bear in mind, that I use “good” very loosely. I got into The Fosters recently, so don’t worry about suggesting guilty pleasures. Or at using a fake name to do that. There’s absolutely nothing that’s too teen-y or too trashy for me. Okay, I take that back. I watched I Wanna Marry Prince Harry last night and it was indeed too trashy for me. Also too stupid. How anyone can believe Prince Harry’s on a dating show is beyond me. So let’s stay away from those kinds of shows. But everything else is fair game! Suggest away!

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  • elle

    Are you open to getting DVDs from the library/netflix? If yes if you haven’t seen Justified ever start watching that. If you just wanna on demand thru Netflix then you should watch Psych (really funny but mindless. Or The League or Its always Sunny. Super dark and inappropriately hilarious and just 1/2 an hour so you can speed through them.

    • Jenni

      I don’t have the DVD subscription now, but this summer might call for it!

  • TJ

    One summer show that I absolutely love is So You Think You Can Dance! If you even remotely like dancing, I can almost guarantee you will get hooked on this show. The dancers are almost always lovely people and the routines they get are amazing. The crew have been doing this long enough that the lighting, sets, and camera angles are just about perfect.

    The judges are fun, funny, but also critique (which you know, what judges are supposed to do). That’s one of my biggest/only complaints about the Voice- the judges hardly ever have negative things to say even if they are warranted. The dancers chosen usually specialize in one genre of dance and are asked to dance MANY different kinds throughout the season. So sometimes, they aren’t very good and the judges aren’t afraid to let them know that- even when the crowd boos. It is hardly ever “Simon Cowell” critques, but ones that are done to truly help the dancer improve and give an honest opinion of their performance.

    The big downside is that Fox makes it very hard to watch if you aren’t catching it live. Hulu hasn’t carried full episodes in the past and episodes don’t come online until 30 days after airing unless you have a TV subscription. But if you can find a way to watch it, I would! It’s great!

  • Jill O’Rourke

    Bob’s Burgers, Louie, Portlandia, Wilfred. (Can you tell I like half-hour shows? Because I do.)

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Half hour shows are my new obsession. I’m cruising through Portlandia so fast!

    • Jenni

      Those are almost too easy to binge though, it scares me. Because it’s so much easier to be like “okay fine, one more episode”

  • Mia

    Call the Midwife. Palate cleansing if you will, after super violent binges like Breaking Bad.

    • Jenni

      What is “Call the Midwife” about? I keep seeing ads for it.

    • Mia

      Midwifery and the families they help in East London in the 1950s. It’s endearing and sentimental. I was hesitant but I’m definitely hooked now!

    • TJ

      I’ve heard that show is really great! How many seasons is it?

    • Mia

      3 seasons so far- The first is only 6 episodes (like most BBC shows) so it’s very easy to get through

    • Jenni

      It’s why I love BBC shows, so easy to get caught up on!

  • http://maitribathbody.com/ Maitri

    Outlander starts in August, until then have you seen Battlestar Galactica or Sherlock? Both are available on Netflix.

    • Jenni

      Sherlock is on my list! And Battlestar is one of those shows that I think I have to make myself watch because it sounds so not-me, but everyone who watches it loves it.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Cannot believe you haven’t seen Sherlock yet.

    • Jenni

      I know, I know….but I did so much good work this winter on Orphan Black and Game of Thrones!

    • http://maitribathbody.com/ Maitri

      If you like sci-fi and never watched Firefly, it’s highly recommended.

  • Alexis Rhiannon

    I don’t know if you’ve watched it, and if you haven’t it’s a serious time commitment, but The West Wing has been my project for the past six months or so and I love it.

  • TJ

    Also, Hollywood Game Night With Jane Lynch is surprisingly a lot of fun, especially for those of us who really like watching/talking about celebrities. Also Psych is hilarious and heartwarming and super quippy.

    • Jenni

      Yes, Hollywood Game Night is actually pretty fun. I’ve caught it by accident and a few times and ended up watching it.

    • TJ

      It’s a great I’m-cooking-and-watching-TV-at-the-same-time show.

    • Jenni

      Exactly!

  • Suzy

    You simply must watch The Returned. I’m gonna warn you, it is in French so it’s not the kind of show you just have on in the background while doing something else. You actually have to sit and watch/read it. But, for me, that is part of the pleasure. Also, as a decidedly non-American show, it is dense but trusts the audience to figure it out. I actually managed to get my girlfriend really into this show and she is the type that doesn’t like movies with “British talk” so…oh, and Season 1, the only season so far, is currently available on Netflix.

    • Jenni

      I heard it’s a much better version of Resurrection.

    • Suzy

      Completely. It’s like comparing the American Point of No Return film to the original French version Nikita. A watered down mess next to the bad ass angry original.

    • Jenni

      Ugh, Amurica is the worst

    • Suzy

      Agreed…except for this Tumbler: http://savingroomforcats.tumblr.com…which is a proud product of the good ol U.S of A!

    • Jenni

      I guess we have our moments.

    • capoupascap

      I was at the library one day and saw a book entitled The Return and I got so excited thinking it was the novelization of the amazing French series so just imagine my utter disappointment when it was in fact Resurrection…..but in fairness the book was released then optioned into the TV show, but I didn’tt like the book version of it either Just my PSA…..don’t think you ars getting the French version just because the names are the same! Probably why they had to change it when they took it to TV.

    • Suzy

      Ah, very good to know. Thanks for the warning!

    • capoupascap

      Lol just seeing your comment brought back all my disappointment to the forefront again ;)

  • JoKu

    Black Box with Kelly Reilly!! She plays a bipolar neurologist. Just a few episodes in. Thursdays on ABC.

    • Jenni

      I was wondering how that was and haven’t heard anything about it until right now, so thank you!

  • http://danica-joshifer.tumblr.com/ Danica

    Just go back and catch up with the first season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Give it a try, for real.

    • Jenni

      I’m nervousssss.

  • Wendy

    The Returned and Call the Midwife are both fantastic. I would add The Bletchley Circle. I’ve been watching it in the mornings on the treadmill and it completely makes me forget I’m on the damn treadmill.

  • Amy

    If you like reality, Made in Chelsea is a British reality show, equivalent to something like The Hills!

  • Keely

    Definitely Bletchley Circle. Underrated. Luther is also British and awesome (Idris Elba). And if you want to test the weird-waters, Dr. Who is great. Downton Abbey is always great. As are The West Wing (inspired http://www.seventeenpeople.com — it must be stellar), Archer, and Bob’s Burgers.

    • TJ

      Doctor Who and Downton Abbey- YES! So great. Although I cringe at your use of “Dr.” :) Also season 4 of Downton was a bit of a decline from previous seasons. Not much! Just a bit.

    • Jenni

      I’m a Downton fan, but I really lost interest in it this year. Maybe there are just too many dead people to make it work.

    • TJ

      It really is a shame about Dan and Jessica BOTH leaving. I was so disappointed in both of them. There wasn’t really a major conflict this year either. I’m hoping Season 5 will improve! I think this series still has some juice in it and was just floundering in what direction they wanted to go after two major characters left.

      The good news is that BBC shows don’t typically go on for season after season if the story is crap- they usually know when to cut their loses.

  • Alexis

    Definitely The West Wing. I rewatch Veronica Mars about once a year, so I’d recommend that, Dawson’s Creek is also always a great one. As far as current shows, I’m loving Arrow, Teen Wolf (obviously). OH, and you MUST watch Pretty Wild if you haven’t-it’s on Netflix and is a reality show basically about Alexis Neiers (of The Bling Ring) and was being filmed around the time the trial was happening. It’s a quick go and I’ve probably watched it like 5 times this year.

    • Jenni

      I actually remember seeing Pretty Wild clips when it was on and it was so messed up. I just remember that scene where the mom is taking shower photos of her daughter and being like WTF is on my TV.

    • Alexis

      Oh yeah, there are plenty of those WTF moments for sure, but it’s soooo addicting!

  • markmywords

    Hi Jenny, I think it’s not easy to recommend something to a stranger but I like Orphan Black, too and reality shows are a waste of time in my opinion.
    My favorite shows are Perception, Episodes, Mad Men, Life on Mars, Lie to me and Being Erica.
    Also I like Cold Case, Suits, House of Cards, House of Lies, The Mentalist, The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory, Homeland, Entourage, Veronica Mars, Continuum, Flash Forward, Life, Monk, Rules of Engagement, Melissa & Joe, the british version of Mistresses and Enlightened.

    My guilty pleasures are Awkward, Suburgatory, (guess I’m not the target audience…), Devious Maids and – don’t know why – The Haves and Have Nots.

    Maybe there is something you’d like, too? :-)

  • Mamma G

    Outlander August 9th!!!!!

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