The dog days of summer are almost behind us, which means that school is just around the corner. Soon we’ll have to trade in our days of fun and relaxation for days full of classes and homework. Luckily today is not that day, so here a few TV you can binge watch as your last hoo-rah of the summer.
Veronica Mars, UPN/CW (cancelled, available on DVD)
I don’t know about you but the cancellation of this show in 2007 may have been the saddest thing that ever happened to me (and if not, it’s definitely on the top ten).
Meet Veronica Mars: a smart, sassy brilliant teenaged private eye who has to deal with the murder of her best friend, a break-up, and being shunned socially by her peers (and you thought your high school life was hard). This is one of my favourite shows of all time, and I sincerely feel that you are missing out if you’ve never seen it. The series introduced us to the adorable Kristen Bell and gave us LoVe (Logan + Veronica), the OTP to end all OTPs. The long-awaited movie (which will tell us what happened to everyone after season three) is slated to be released next year, so catch up now and then watch it over and over again while you wait.
Freaks and Geeks, NBC (cancelled, available on DVD/Netflix)
It’s an oldie but a real goodie. Only 18 episodes of this Judd Apatow-produced series were made but it has still manage to garner a massive cult following since it stopped airing in 2000. It features baby-faced versions of John Francis Daley (Bones), James Franco (This Is The End), Seth Rogen (This Is The End, Pineapple Express), Busy Phillips (Dawson’s Creek, Cougar Town), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men) and Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) as they deal with growing up. This is one of the most realistic portrayals of adolescence that I have seen on TV and I strongly encourage you to watch it for reasons other than eyeballing a young James Franco (who, in your defence, makes for an absolutely gorgeous stoner).
Orange is the New Black, Netflix
Arguably the most talked about show of the summer, Orange Is The New Black follows Piper Chapman as she spends a year in a federal women’s prison. The show stars Taylor Schilling as first-time offender Piper, Laura Prepon (of That 70’s Show fame) as her ex-flame Alex, and a variety of great actresses (including the wonderful transgender actress Laverne Cox) who portray the colourful inmates of Litchfield Correctional Facility. Don’t let the hype around the show turn you off — it’s crazy addictive. I finished it off in about 2 days and barely did anything else while I was watching it. Don’t make plans once you start this binge, as you’ll be imprisoned (ha) by the show.
Breaking Bad, AMC
I’m a big proponent of waiting until a show is almost finished to start watching it, and that’s just what I did (and what I encourage you to do) with Breaking Bad. Having never seen the show before, I watched all four and a half seasons of the show over about a month and enjoyed it immensely. The rest of season 5 is airing on AMC now (Sundays at 9) so this is the perfect time to get caught up on the rest of the misadventures of chem-teacher-gone-rogue Walter White (played by Malcolm In The Middle’s Bryan Cranston. I know, right?!!).
The Newsroom, HBO Canada
The first season of this show was panned by almost everyone except for me, who liked it from the beginning.Following the ups and downs of a New York City-based news team, this Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network) drama is everything you could want in a television show: romance, humour, relevance and available on the Internet (legally, on HBO GO anyways). You have to admit that watching Dumb and Dumber‘s Jeff Daniels as the show’s whip smart anchorman Will McAvoy is pretty entertaining. It even features Skins alum Dev Patel as the young Neal Sampat who runs the website.
Already seen all of these shows? Why not try our honourable mentions:
– Gilmore Girls
– Doctor Who
– House M.D.