5 TV Shows That You Should Catch Up On This Summer

By Julia Bianco on May 16, 2013

Summer television is often filled with reruns and bad shows that networks are just trying to burn off when they think no ones watching. But, as a college student, summer is one of the few times when you’ll actually find yourself with the time to watch television. Here’s a list of five TV shows that you can use to fill your boring summer days:

 1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer 

Synopsis: A teenage girl tries to balance high school, friends, and her newfound destiny to save the world from vampires, demons, and whatever else comes up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1v_q6TWAL4

Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Stewart Head, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanz, Seth Green, James Marsters, Marc Blucas, Emma Caulfield, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amber Benson

Why You Should Watch: One of my biggest issues with action movies is that female characters are either completely useless and extremely whiny or total badasses with no personality to speak of. Buffy Summers is something completely different—she has all of the awesome fighting skills and witty comebacks, but she’s also just a regular teenage girl who does her homework and hangs out her friends before kicking some major vampire butt.

Commitment: The show runs 144 episodes, each about 45 minutes. You could probably safely skip most of the first season, but after that you’re going to want to see them all.

2. MythBusters 

Synopsis: Mythbusters is a reality/science show in which a group of scientists come together to prove or disprove popular myths.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zks0YkbIW3U

Cast: Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, Grant Imahara

Why You Should Watch: MythBusters is consistently entertaining, and one of the things that makes it such a great summer show is that, since there’s no storyline to follow, you won’t feel the absolute need to watch immediately and you can skip around and watch only the episodes you find interesting. Plus, stuff blows up a lot.

Commitment: The show has 231 episodes (and counting), each about 45 minutes, although some specials are longer. Still, you don’t need to watch all of them. You can just pick and choose what you like.

 3. Happy Endings 

Synopsis: Happy Endings follows the lives of six friends living in Chicago who try to keep their group together after one of them leaves another at the altar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvZ8BcgWnUo

Cast: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans, Jr., Casey Wilson

Why You Should Watch: Happy Endings started out as your typical relationship sitcom with a twist, but it grew into something much more than that. Each episode is consistently funny and heartwarming. It’s the perfect summer show because it’s hilarious, warm, and full of great friends just hanging out–just like you want your summer to be.

Commitment: The show currently has 57 episodes, each about 22 minutes. You’re going to want to watch all of them. The first season isn’t as good as the others, but it’s still worth it. There may or may not be more episodes coming— the show was just cancelled by ABC, but there have been rumors that it might get picked up by USA for next season.

4. Chuck 

Synopsis: A nerdy computer repairman named Chuck receives an e-mail from his old college roommate that uploads a CIA/NSA supercomputer with the nation’s biggest secrets into his brain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89Ye6dLzp4o

Cast: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Bonita Friedericy, Sarah Lancaster, Adam Baldwin, Julia Ling

Why You Should Watch: Chuck all at once managed to be one of the nerdiest shows on television and yet to still appeal to a large audience. If you fancy yourself a nerd, you’ll love all the inside references and jokes about the movies, TV shows, and video games that you love. If you don’t, you’ll still fall in love with the adorable title character, Chuck, all of his hilarious and awkward friends at the BuyMore, and the wonderful relationships formed throughout the show.

Commitment: The show ran 91 episodes, each about 45 minutes long. You can pretty safely skip the fourth and fifth seasons, because it pretty much all went downhill after the season three finale. Still, they’re entertaining, and if you have the time, there are a few episodes in each that are worth watching.

5. Psych 

Synopsis: A man with incredible powers of observation uses his skills to work with the police department as a psychic detective.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krWONONSN78

Cast: James Roday, Dule Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Kristen Nelson, Corbin Bernsen

Why You Should Watch: Psych is consistently one of the funniest shows on television. Every episode provides sidesplitting comedy, lots of pop culture references, and an interesting detective case to follow.

Commitment: Psych is one of the few shows on television that hasn’t showed a decline in quality over its run. Because of that, you’re probably going to want to watch all of the 106 45-minute episodes. Don’t worry though, you’ll enjoy every minute.

By Julia Bianco

Uloop Writer
I'm an entertainment columnist for ULoop's national team. I also watch a lot of TV.

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