Binge-Worthy TV Shows To Watch This Summer


Nothing to watch on TV this Summer?

We give our picks for TV shows you may have overlooked that you should be catching up on. Comedy, drama, action, sci-fi we have something for everyone.

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  1. Scott from Claremont

    Hi guys. I really enjoyed the Binge-Worthy show. I think what Drew said about the shows being serialized make them more binge-worthy is right on. That need to see what happens next really drives the binge. Also, building to a conclusion or finale. That’s why adhering (for the most part) to the show must have wrapped rule was effective. Watching Frasier in order didn’t really matter until they built up to the finale in the final season. A great series finale that should make the list if you do a show on that topic. So based on my criteria, Dan’s list is left with Fringe, a show I saw a little of in its first run; but I’d like to watch with my son in a binge capacity. The rest of Dan’s shows should be on a list called “shows you may have missed when they first ran that are worth a look”. Rockford and Mission Impossible may even deserve to be on a list called “shows I liked as a youth that didn’t hold up”. My list has a couple shows you may have stayed away from because they were obvious. I’d go with Breaking Bad, Sopranos, 24, The Shield, and The Wire. Honorable mentions to Oz and Deadwood because it starred Timothy Olyphant and it has concluded.

    Scott in Claremont

  2. Steampunk Buzz Lightyear

    Hey space cadets —

    Terrific topic, which coincidentally came up just as I started binge-watching Deadwood. You both brought up some great sereis, so your points distribution are *mostly* even.

    Dan gets points for mentioning Frasier, Rockford Files and “hot women like Lynda Day George” (ME-OW!!!) Drew gets points for bringing up Firefly, but it’s Drew for the win by listing Battlestar Galactica! That was an excellent series that deserved a much larger audience than it ever got.

    For me, the list would have to include:
    Battlestar Galactica, of course, since I’m a space ranger.
    Lost, which almost require sequential viewing.
    Deadwood, which was a ____ing good show, you m__f___s.
    Rockford Files, because as Dan mentioned, James Garner was the coolest guy on the planet.

    I’m torn on the fifth slot: Breaking Bad should be there, but Hannibal has been such an interesting series that it (like Lost) almost requires sequential viewing. I realize I should have a sitcom on the list, but so few up them hold up the test of time. Sorry, Dan, but Family Ties is better in retrospect than in reality.

    Which could be another podcast topic: Why Are So Many Sitcoms Complete Garbage?

    Thanks for another great listen, guys!

  3. Cool Steph

    Hi Dan and Drew,

    I haven’t written in a while but your binge-watching podcast struck a passion of mine. You covered many good TV shows, but I was surprised that you didn’t bring up one of the longest-lived series on television: Doctor Who. The number of seasons it has run (26) should qualify it for binge-watching, and it is usually ranked as one of the best sci-fi series ever. Have either of you watched the show, and if so what were your thoughts on it?

    I will make an observation, based on my own binge-watching behavior, that the Sci-fi genre in general lends itself to binge-watching. Of note, I’ve consumed Battlestar Galactica (2004 series), Doctor Who (2005 series), Heroes (Season 1), and Death Note in such a manner.

  4. Parisa from Pasadena

    Hi Dan & Drew,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your podcast on binge-watching. Though I must admit I was not aware of some of the shows (good reason for me to check them out!), I did have a follow-up question on one show in particular…

    Friday Night Lights: It’s funny you bring this up, because I had been looking for a new show to start a couple weeks ago, and this was featured on a lot of lists. I’m a fan of family small-town dramas (i.e. Parenthood) and this definitely peaked my interest. I did watch 3 episodes but I just don’t see the hype. Is there a minimum episode count you would recommend before giving up? Or is this a take it or leave it show from the beginning? To be honest, I found it a bit too depressing…and I’m trying to get past the football aspect (not a fan), but it was more prevalent than I thought it would be (considering everyone says you don’t need to like it to enjoy the show).

    Thanks in advance for answering my very specific question — as I take my TV watching seriously 🙂

    On another note, I hope you have a Twilight Zone – Part 2 discussion on the books! Loved the first one.

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