During the school year, I don’t watch a lot of TV. I don’t have enough time to sleep, let alone catch the newest episode of whatever Aaron Sorkin is writing in a coked-up stupor. The summer is my time to catch up, watch way too much crap, and reevaluate some of the best shows on television.
Here’s a summer list of MY must-see TV:
Ghost Hunters – Sci Fi network – The TAPS crew provide hours of “what the hell was that?!” fun in this little show on the geek channel. Ghost Hunters follows a crew of “real” paranormal investigators on their quest to find and document supernatural events. Most of the time, you just hear about things they see off camera, but every once in a while, there’s a creepy voice recording and a weird, un-explainable chair movement. It’s a lot more entertaining than it sounds…especially if you’re easily scared. Like me.
Supernanny – ABC – There’s nothing better than watching psychotic kids kick their parents’ ass, plus, TV nanny Jo Frost actually seems like she knows what she’s talking about. And I repeat…psychotic kids making their parents cry.
Top Chef – Bravo – Now in it’s third season, this show cements my belief that most chefs are egotistical crazy people with very little social skills. But that doesn’t mean they don’t make great TV.
Law and Order: SVU – NBC – I wish I could tell you why this show about sexually based crime is so watchable, but I’m afraid it will say something creepy about my psyche. Let’s just go with the reason that Benson and Stabler are badass.
Paula’s Home Cooking – Food Network – This lady makes Southern food like you always imagined; dripping butter, deep-fried, and glazed within an inch of it’s life. One time, I watched her make a bread pudding that included fruit cocktail, butter rum sauce, and 2 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. I went into sugar shock just imagining how it would taste.
Passions – NBC – This might just be the worst show on television. Horrible acting, horrible plots, horrible special effects…and yet, it’s been on for more than 8 seasons. If you like a little ridiculousness in your daytime soaps, this is the one to watch.
The Soup – E! – Joel McHale is a funny, funny man. And the clips he finds are miraculous. You will laugh. Guaranteed.
The Daily Show – Comedy Central – And oldie but a goodie, Jon Stewart never ceases to amaze with a fake news show that’s actually more real than a few network offerings.
House – Fox – I’ve watched this show from the beginning, and find myself more and more in love with House every week. He’s emotionally unstable, rude, hilarious, and a deeply troubled genius. Sounds like my kind of guy.
Have I missed anything fantastic? Let me know. I’m always looking for the next best televised thing!