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15 Long-Running TV Shows You’ll FINALLY Have Time To Watch This Summer

Posted on July 12, 2016 by
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Summer is here! Now that you’ve got all this free time on your hands, we here at ANDPOP are committed to filling your empty calendar with endless, binge-worthy TV shows and movies. ANDPOP’s Lazy Summer series is officially in full swing.

While there are many things to get excited about during the summer, nothing can quite prepare us for the end of some of our favourite shows — that is until they return in the fall.

While there are some good summer shows to keep us tied over until our year long faves come back, summer is the PERFECT time to take on the challenge of watching a full series from front to back — or at least catch up to the current season.

With countless options available (thanks to your favourite streaming services…and you know, the Internet) — plus all your newfound free time — the next two months provide optimal bingeing time. We all have those long ass shows that have us asking “but who has the time” the answer is you now have the time.

THE TIME IS NOW FOLKS. Thanks to the off time that comes with summer — because even if you’re working bingeing is your only homework in the warm months of the year — you’ll finally have time to watch these shows you’ve always been meaning to.

 

 

Smallville

Seasons: 10
Why You Should Watch:
Ever wanted to know what Clark Kent was like prior to becoming “The Man Of Steel?” If so, we HIGHLY recommend checking out Smallville — the series chronicles the high school years of Superman in its first five seasons, then moves into the DC comic book storyline. Quintessential viewing for any superhero fan.

 

Grey’s Anatomy

Seasons: 12 (And Counting)
Why You Should Watch:
Quickly catching up to its predecessor — iconic medical drama ER, which ran for 15 seasons — ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy has everything you could ever want in a TV show. A high stakes workplace, a beautiful cast, romance, drama and so much more. Shout out to Shonda Rhimes for blessing us with this small screen masterpiece.

 

How I Met Your Mother

Seasons: 9
Why You Should Watch:
This incredible buddy comedy is as heart-warming as it is hilarious. With a cast that truly had amazing chemistry on screen, you’re bound to fall in love with the entire ensemble. Also, we need your thoughts on the series finale…because feelings. Overall? It’s “LEGEN — wait for it…and I hope you’re not lactose intolerant because the next word is — DARY!”

 

Degrassi

Seasons: 14 (And Counting)
Why You Should Watch:
If you truly wanted to watch the ENTIRE Degrassi franchise, you’d be viewing five additional seasons — Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High were big hits back in the 80s. You’d even recognize some familiar faces, like Principal “Snake” Simpson and Christine “Spike” Wilson (Emma’s mom). However, the next generation of the series — which includes the show’s newest reincarnation, Degrassi: Next Class — DEFINITELY has more than enough episodes to occupy your time this summer. The Canadian teen drama tackles all kinds of issues adolescents face. Plus, you’ll witness Drake’s acting chops in all their glory.

 

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Seasons: 7
Why You Should Watch:
This cult classic — created by legendary writer, producer and director Joss Whedon — is badass for a variety of reasons. You’ve got a strong female protagonist slaying vampires, elements of the supernatural weaved into typical teenage drama, and a wicked cast to boot. Plus, 90s nostalgia will wash over you like a wave, trust us.

 

Law & Order: SVU

Seasons: 17 (And Counting)
Why You Should Watch:
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact that Olivia Benson has been putting New York’s worst offenders away for almost 20 years?! Talk about a pop culture icon. The Dick Wolf-produced procedural brings together the best elements of crime dramas, while integrating relevant social commentary and current, high-profile cases making the media rounds IRL.

 

Gilmore Girls

Seasons: 7
Why You Should Watch:
With the Netflix reboot set to hit the streaming service in all countries in coming months ahead of its revival, now is the perfect time to introduce yourself to (or get re-acquainted with) the Gilmores. Rory and Lorelai are a mother-daughter duo for the ages, and watching the two fierce females evolve throughout the series makes you feel like you too can conquer anything. The supporting cast is fantastic, and the hot guy factor? Off the freakin’ charts.

 

Supernatural

Seasons: 11 (And Counting)
Why You Should Watch:
Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki — the men of your dreams —  hunting the demons that haunt them. It’s easy to see why this CW series is still going strong after more than a decade on the air. The comedic elements of the fantasy-based show separates Supernatural from its more serious counterparts, making for a WAY more enjoyable viewing experience. Come for the Winchester brothers, stay for the sci-fi.

 

Friends

Seasons: 10
Why You Should Watch:
One of the most iconic sitcoms to ever grace the small screen. ‘Nuff said.

 

Dexter

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Seasons: 8
Why You Should Watch:
A blood splatter specialist turned serial murderer — HE HUNTS BAD GUYS THOUGH!!! — is the perfect plot for an entertaining psychological thriller. If you love dark dramas, we definitely recommend you check out this Showtime series.

 

Mad Men

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Seasons: 7
Why You Should Watch:
This gorgeous period piece — taking place in the 1960s — centres around the cutthroat world of advertising. But due to its setting, it highlights the transformative time within American society — issues like sexism, racism, feminism, homophobia, antisemitism and addiction are all explored through the lens of Mad Men. Main protagonist Don Draper — played by the talented Jon Hamm — is as tortured as he is handsome, making for the perfect leading man.

 

Criminal Minds

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Seasons: 11 (And Counting)
Why You Should Watch:
Unlike your typical crime drama/network procedural, one of the things Criminal Minds does EXTREMELY well is develop their characters — highlighting the deep-rooted relationships between the members of the BAU, along with their outside circle of family and friends. Often, their cases are intertwined with a main character’s back story, giving the audience a better understanding of that particular agent. You’ll quickly find yourself invested in each and every storyline. Also, it stars the sexy Shemar Moore and scrumptious Matthew Gray Gubler. It’s must see TV!

 

Will & Grace

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Seasons: 8
Why You Should Watch:
Will & Grace is one of those sitcoms that seems to become more relevant as time goes on. The series was a television trailblazer, featuring a principal character who identified as gay. At the time of its premiere, this was almost unheard of (and usually meant a swift death for the show). Besides its LGBT-inclusion, Will & Grace is just straight up HILARIOUS. The chemistry between Canadian Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes is undeniable, and their characters are all quirky — in the best possible way. We have no doubt that the show would be just as popular if it premiered today as it was then.

 

One Tree Hill

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Seasons: 9
Why You Should Watch:
One Tree Hill is one of our favourite televised teen dramas. Stacked with an incredible cast, you’ll be able to relate to at least one of the main characters featured in the CW series. An honest portrayal of teen angst, heartbreak, friendship and growing up, Tree Hill will have you under its spell in no time.

 

Lost

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Seasons: 6
Why You Should Watch:
While 6 seasons doesn’t seem like too long of a series run, trust us when we say you’re gonna need to devote some SERIOUS time to watching Lost. The complex drama will requires a fair bit of brain power to keep the story straight, especially the controversial finale. With J.J. Abrams steering the show behind-the-scenes, you can expect some great sci-fi and supernatural elements, along with a very diverse and extremely interesting ensemble of main characters.

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