10 TV Binges to Beat the Heat

by Sara Osburn

I grew up in Texas and this heat still gets to me. Every August, like clockwork, I notice myself starting every conversation with “it is so hot outside.” When it’s this hot, there are really only two things to do: go to the pool or binge watch TV. Here are my top 10 binges this summer (a little new and a little old.) Yes, I watch a lot of TV… please don’t judge me.

Shows you might have missed, but will love:
1.Brothers and Sisters” – This show follows the family drama of The Walkers. If you loved “Parenthood” then chances are you will love this show too. It feels like a big hug. When I am lonely I like to get lost in the Walker family and dream I was married to Rob Lowe. Also, life goals to look like Sally Field when I age. (Streaming on Hulu)

2. “Royal Pains” – This show is a doctor show set in the Hamptons! It is all about summer fun and Henry Winkler is in it too! My mother and I both loved this show and would talk about it weekly. (Steaming on Netflix)

Retro shows to watch:
3.The Dick Van Dyke Show” – I watch so much TV that recently I decided I needed to go back to the beginning. I decided to start with “The Dick Van Dyke Show” because I loved him in “Mary Poppins.” I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly I fell in love with it. TV has changed so much, but this 1960’s show still makes me laugh. It took me exactly 3 episodes to realize his wife in the show was Mary Tyler Moore. I’m sharing this with you so that you don’t make the same mistake. (Streaming on Netflix)

4.The Golden Girls” – I’m going to admit something to you that I rarely say out loud. I have never seen an episode of “The Golden Girls.” I mean, it was on in the background at my grandmother’s house in East Texas but I was too busy playing Barbie to care. Hulu is streaming the show, so now I can FINALLY understand when someone references Blanche. (Streaming on Hulu)

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New and for the ladies:
5.The Bold Type” – This is a new show on Freeform about three girlfriends rising through the ranks in the publishing business in NYC. Think of it as the younger, cuter and glossier version of Sex and the City. If you want to give it a go, you have only missed a handful of episodes so far. It’s my #1 guilty pleasure this summer. (Streaming on Hulu or airing on Freeform)

6.Younger” – This is my FAVORITE show on TV right now that no one is watching. It’s on TV Land, but you can also stream it on their website. The cast is fantastic, Hillary Duff is adorable and the love triangle on the show is the highlight of my non-existent love life. (Streaming on tvland.com)

One of the best shows on TV ever:
7. Homeland” – I had been holding out on getting Showtime forever, then I decided since I pay $10 to see a movie, I can pay $10 a month to get Showtime. It was worth it. All I will say is the first 2 seasons of “Homeland” might be the best thing I have ever seen on TV. Fun fact: did you know Mandy Patinkin aka Saul on “Homeland” was Inigo Montoya in “The Princess Bride?” Mind Blown. (Streaming on Showtime and partially streaming on Hulu)

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Late bloomers:
8. Law and Order SVU” – This show started in 1999 and I just discovered it a year ago. I am obsessed. This is an excellent show to binge since there are at least a million episodes to catch up on. One day, I aspire to be an extra or a dead body on this show. (Streaming on Hulu and Netflix)

The show everyone is talking about this summer:
9.Ozark”– I loved this show. I knew nothing about it going in and I think that is the best way to approach it. All you need to know is that it’s a wonderfully dark and twisted show staring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. (Streaming on Netflix)

Because you weren’t allowed to watch it as a kid:
10.Roseanne”– I was born in 1980 to conservative parents and the show “Roseanne” was NOT allowed in our house. The reboot is coming soon so if you want to open your eyes to all the things you weren’t allowed to see as a child, now is the time! “Cheers” is also in this category for me and also available to stream! (Streaming on Netflix)

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Sara Osburn is a host on Booker, Alex and Sara on Mix 94.7 in Austin, TX. She is also a moderator for ATX Television Festival and a host at the Alamo Drafthouse. Sara started her career in NYC as a Page for NBC.

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