Television Shows to Binge Watch in the Summertime
Summertime is the season when most people are on vacation or have time off from work. It is such a relaxed and beautiful time of year, when the world seems to slow down from its usual hectic pace and you actually have time to stop and smell the roses. What better way to spend a summer evening then binge watch a show that you know you're going to enjoy. These are my personal recommendations of television shows that I have watched and enjoyed every minute of. Read on!
1. The O.C.- This is without a doubt my favorite show of all time. There's just something about it that gives me good vibes and it always makes me feel better no matter what kind of day I'm having. It is a teen drama that centers around four friends who live in Newport Beach, California, also known as The O.C. There's everything you need in this show to thoroughly enjoy yourself: beach, friendship, love, relationships, wealth, and drama...so much drama. The writing is also really well done. There's so much humor entwined with the drama that makes it all the more interesting. If you've ever wanted to know what happens to a guy from the wrong side of the tracks who ends up in one of the wealthiest communities in America then this is your show. This is one of those shows that I've seen probably five times, but will continue rewatching every year. It just never gets old and every time I watch it, it's like I'm seeing it through new eyes. You don't have to be a teenager to enjoy this either. I think there's something for every age group because it focuses not only on the teens themselves, but also their parents and grandparents. You can find all four seasons of this show on Hulu.
2. Melrose Place- I have to admit, the original Melrose Place that ran in the early nineties was a little before my time. Regardless, I started watching this show a couple of summers ago and absolutely loved it. You would think it would be tame because the times were different and things that can be shown today on television would not have been possible in the 1990s, but you'd be wrong! There's so much juicy drama and it's so well done that you're instantly addicted to this show. The characters are all so well developed and messed up in their own unique ways. The show centers around an apartment complex in Los Angeles, California by the name of Melrose Place where a group of friends and neighbors live. It's almost unbelievable the types of things that happen. Pretty much nothing is off limits and just when you think no that can't possibly happen..it does. My favorite character personally is Michael Mancini. He is a doctor but he takes the whole oath of "first do no harm" to a whole different level. I also really loved the character of Amanda Woodward played by Heather Locklear. What a phenomenal actress. I honestly could not imagine this show without her. She is the definition of what makes this show great. Definitely check out this show if you're looking for a guilty pleasure, it won't disappoint. You can find all seven seasons on Hulu.
3. Melrose Place 2.0- This is the spin off to the original Melrose Place. Sadly, it only ran for one season, although I loved every minute of it. Due to low ratings the show was canceled which was really unfortunate. It was an updated version that centered on the lives of 20 somethings living in the Melrose Place apartment complex in Los Angeles. Some characters from the original show returned such as Michael Mancini, Amanda Woodward, and Sydney Andrews. The new cast was star studded as well with Katie Cassidy, Ashlee Simpson, Shaun Sipos, and Colin Egglesfield. There's no shortage of drama and lots of eye candy to feast your eyes on. My favorite character would be Ella Simms played by Katie Cassidy. She was such a strong female lead with the courage to stand up to the original mean queen Amanda Woodward. I would definitely recommend this spin off after watching the original show so that you have the backstory in place. This show is also available on Hulu.
4.) Beverly Hills, 90210- As with the original Melrose Place, this show was a little before my time so I watched it last year on Hulu. I had heard so many good things that I just had to check it out. There's only so many times you can hear "Donna Martin graduates" before you just have to know where the reference comes from. It's definitely a culture shock to see how teens lived in the early 1990s. I was only a few years old when this show started so seeing what high school was like was definitely eye opening to me. The show focuses on a group of friends that go to West Beverly High School and their lives after they graduate. The show begins when Brenda and Brandon Walsh move from their hometown in Minnesota to Beverly Hills, California, making friends and running into a whole lot of drama along the way. Definitely check this show out if you've never seen it and are curious or if you're feeling nostalgic for the good old days and feel like a trip down memory lane. All ten seasons of this show are available on Hulu.
5. 90210- This is the spin off to the original Beverly Hills, 90210. Some characters from the original show do make guest appearances such as Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, and Tori Spelling. The show centers on the lives of Annie and Dixon who move to Beverly Hills from Kansas. It is a unique take on the original story of Brenda and Brandon. The centers follows a group of friends who go to West Beverly Hills High School in California and their drama filled lives. And there's more than enough drama to go around involving divorce, death, drugs, pregnancy, money, celebrities, and so much more. 90210 answers the question: "what happens when you give a teen a life of privilege and leave them to their own devices?" It is obviously geared for the younger generation who was not old enough to see the original, although I think it would be interesting for anyone to watch as a guilty pleasure in the summertime. What's interesting in this show is that Jennie Garth's younger sister, Erin Silver, is one of the teens whose lives this show focuses on. It was a cool way for the creators of the show to entwine the characters together from one generation to the next. I thoroughly enjoyed this show and have rewatched it many times. Naomi Clark, played by AnnaLynne McCord, is my favorite character. She's the strong female lead, a mean girl who you can't help but love. She uses humor to detract from the fact that she's from a broken and messed up family. If you've ever wondered what really happens in the most famous zip code in America, watch all five seasons of this show on Netflix.
6. Pretty Little Liars- This is one of my all time favorite shows. I have honestly rewatched it at least three times and will probably continue to do so over the years. It just never gets old and there's so many twists and turns that you totally see something new every time you watch it that you missed last time. Whatever you're looking for in a show, this one's got it. There's plenty of mystery, drama, murder, mean girls, high school life and adulthood. I think any person of any age could enjoy this show. It's very addicting right from the start. It centers on a group of friends who lose one of their members because she was killed. Or was she? Hannah, Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Alison used to be best friends before Alison was murdered. But even though they all went to her funeral, can Alison really be gone for good? The girls continue to be harassed through their phones from someone named "A" who follows their every move and gets them in trouble every chance they get. But who really is A? That is the big question to answer here. If you're looking to be thoroughly entertained, give this show a chance, all seven seasons of it are now on Netflix.
7. Desperate Housewives- This is one of the best shows of all time. It is really that great. When I first started watching it, I didn't know how much I was going to love it. I think people who initially see this show would be surprised by how dark it really is. There are a lot of really heavy topics that are explored here that really touch you. The other half of this show is actually very funny. When you're not crying, you're laughing; hysterically. There's such a good fix of drama and humor that you find yourself enjoying this show to no end and definitely comparing yourself to the four main characters. After watching this show, you will know if you are a Bree, Gabby, Susan, or Lynette. The shows centers on a group of women who are neighbors but also best friends living on Wisteria Lane. One of their own, Mary Alice Young, is the one narrating the show. She has supposedly killed herself, although there is much more to the story than that and many questions left unanswered about her death. This is a delightful show that ran for eight seasons all of which can be found on Netflix.
8. Dawson's Creek- This is a great teen drama that I absolutely adore. It's also the show that made Katie Holmes famous. In fact, you may recognize many familiar faces on this show like Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson, Kerr Smith, Busy Philipps, and James Van Der Beek. This show ran from 1998 to 2003 and it really encompasses the good old days. It seemed like life moved at a slower pace before technology completely changed the course of everything. The show focuses on a group of friends (Joey, Pacey, Dawson, and Jen) in the tiny town of Capeside, Massachusetts, who make their way through high school and then college, dealing with whatever life happens to throw at them. This show really captures the essence of teenage life without being too sexual or perverted. If you want a change from the in your face sexuality and filth that is today's television, definitely give this show a try. It has all the drama that comes with being a teenager without the nudity and language thrown in your face every minute. All six seasons of this show are on Hulu.
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