Shows I’ll Be Binge-Watching This Summer
Parenthood: My wife Ali and I are already two seasons into this awesome show. We heard from several people, including my parents, how it was a must-watch and we haven’t been disappointed. I would compare it to Friday Night Lights without the football, which makes sense considering the Jason Katims connection. I appreciate the family values on this show and hope it doesn’t become too much of a soap opera in the later seasons.
Orphan Black: After opening myself up to the idea of BBC shows with Sherlock last year, I’m willing to give Orphan Black a shot. It’s one of the shows that entertainment media believes I should be obsessing over. The concept sounds unique and I enjoyed Tatiana Maslany’s work on Parks and Recreation. If this show ends up being good, who knows, maybe I’ll give Downton Abbey a shot! (Just kidding, of course.)
True Detective: I’ve watched the first two episodes of this buzzed-about series and I’m amazed by the acting of both McConaughey and Harrelson. The story is a slow burn, but I know from all the hype this show received that the action picks up considerably. Quite honestly, the mystery could go nowhere and I’d still watch this series just to see McConaughey drink Lonestar beer and chain smoke. That dude is mesmerizing.
Helix: I watched the first three episodes of this new Syfy series before deciding to save it for this summer. Of what I saw, I enjoyed the suspense and the creeping sense that a much larger mystery is in play. Set at an Antarctic base, Helix makes you feel claustrophobic and paranoid. If it can avoid the typical Syfy level of cheese, this could be a new favorite of mine.
Turn: Ali urged me to TiVo this show and save it for summer. I’m a big believer in AMC after the brilliance of Breaking Bad and the love-hate relationship I enjoy with The Walking Dead. The network desperately needs Turn to be a success after Low Winter Sun burned out. The reviews I’ve seen have been positive and the concept sounds fascinating. Who wouldn’t want to learn about America’s first spy ring?
The Blacklist: I watched the pilot for this show at the urging of a coworker and enjoyed it. Then I watched Banshee and The Blacklist got put on the backburner as I ripped through that show like Rob Ford through a crackhouse. I promised the aforementioned coworker that I would watch The Blacklist if the first season received a favorable review from the fine folks over at IGN. It did, so away we go this summer!
Agents of SHIELD: I was so excited for this show when it debuted last fall. Imagine my disappointment when the first four episodes were meandering and honestly a little boring. I ditched the show and kept an eye on it as the first season unfolded. Despite cancellation rumors, Agents of SHIELD apparently improved as the season went along and ended on a high note. If nothing else, I’m curious to see how the show handles the huge SHIELD revelations we saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Agent Coulson, I’ll give your team one more shot. Don’t let me down.
Smallville: Ah, the old sentimental favorite. Smallville was my favorite show growing up. I watched it from 2002-2011 and now I have the great pleasure of re-watching it with Ali. It’s full of low-budget effects and WB/CW soapiness, but I don’t care. Tom Welling will always be Superman to me. Michael Rosenbaum is Lex Luthor. This show is near and dear to my heart. I can’t wait to continue reliving it this summer.