With Summer come sun, sand, family get togethers, and a desert landscape of television. Other than a few reality shows, there aren’t a lot of options, especially if you’re like me and have cut the cord. So, without further ado, here are seven shows worth getting into. Most of them are oldies, but goodies, and all are available to stream!
1.) Alias (2001-2006) watch it on Hulu.
When Alias came out 16 years ago, I was obsessed. it was appointment TV for me and one of the first shows I was hooked on. It follows Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) as a double agent who thought she was working for the CIA when she was actually working for terrorists. I’ve been rewatching this and still love it.
2) West Wing(1999-2006) watch it on Netflix
Somehow, I managed to miss this show during the first run. Maybe it was my age (15 year old me DGAF about politics or whatnot). Anyway, I finally caught up with the rest of the world and watched this amazing show recently. It follows the presidency of Josiah “Jed” Bartlett and the staffers who work tirelessly in the White House. There is a reason people always say they want Martin Sheen to be president. And this show is it. (Bonus: The American President is a fave movie of mine, too)
3.) Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) watch it on Hulu
I’m sure if you’ve watch The Office you’ve at least heard of BSG, but if you haven’t watched it, you absolutely should. I burned through this series in about a week and a half when Amazon had the seasons on sale. As much a character driven story as a sci-fi one, BSG follows the crew of an aged ship, Galactica, as they try to protect and save the last of humanity (and make it to the storied 13th colony, Earth) after the enemy Cylons destroy the other 12 colonies.
4.) Leverage (2008-2012) Watch it on Netflix
I feel like Leverage never really got the love it deserved when it was on air. It’s funny and heartfelt with some great cons, to boot. The show is about a former insurance investigator (Timothy Hutton) who puts together a masterful criminal crew to right the wrongs inflicted upon regular folk by The Big Guy, after the company he worked for refused to pay for treatment that could have saved his son’s life. It’s a modern-day Robin Hood with scam artists, thieves, and grifters.
Set in the infamous mining town where Wild Bill Hickok was killed, Deadwood follows the lives of the sheriff and citizens of a town which is not yet part of the United States. Of all the shows I’ve ever watched, Deadwood gets the award for most creative cussing. It’s a fantastic show cancelled too soon with an amazing cast. I was completely obsessed with it when it was airing, and even splurged for HBO (which, for my broke ass at the time, meant a lot). Deadwood still stands as one of my favorite shows. It was magnificent and there is a lot of talk about a long-awaited movie!
6.) Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) watch it on Hulu
Just. Watch it. I’m not sure if there is enough time in the world for me to tell you the reasons to watch this show. It’s snarky and scary(ish?) and heartbreaking and hilarious. If you weren’t sure, the show follows Buffy Summers, a normal highschool girl in the 90’s who happens to also be the once in a generation vampire slayer. It’s campy at times, but also so smart and just brilliant storytelling. Just watch it. Go. Now.
7.) Justified (2010-2015) watch it on Amazon Prime
If three seasons of Timothy Olyphant kicking ass and making bad choices wasn’t enough for you on Deadwood, check out FX’s Justified. Here Olyphant plays a US Marshal who plays by his own, less than government regulated rules in delivering justice. The show has a modern Wild West feel to it and another fantastic cast. The morality in the show is complex and often pits justice against the law. And now, I’m going to go watch it again.
These are the seven shows I plan on rewatching when the mosquitos get bad and I hope to hear what you think!