Ten Shows to Binge-Watch This Summer

It’s that time of year again! The great summer binge-watch is upon us! This time of year is when TV shows have ended their seasons, weekly episodes slow down and fans have entered the most feared time of year: Hiatus.

“Hellatus” has begun and it’s going to be a long three months before TV shows return with brand-new episodes. Yes, there are summer shows you can be watching (I suggest UnREAL), but these three months can also be spent catching up on shows you may have missed this year or old shows you really should see.

I’ve decided to compile a list of the ten best TV shows to binge-watch this summer whether it’s an old show or a new one.

Check out the full list below!

1. Outlander

One of the most underrated drama’s on TV, Outlander is the perfect show for your summer binge-watch. If you like time travel, Scotland and a steamy romance for the ages, Outlander will have you hooked from the moment you hear the theme song for the first time. The series follows Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married World War II nurse in 1945 who finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743. It’s in Scotland that she encounters the charming Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and becomes involved in the Jacobite risings. Outlander is the next great up and coming drama and with only two seasons under its belt, this summer is the perfect time to fall head over heals in love with Claire and Jamie. Bonus: Outlander is based on a beautiful series written by Diana Gabaldon, so once you catch up on the show you have your next summer read!

Best episodes: “Faith” (2×07), “The Devil’s Mark” (1×11) and “The Wedding” (1×07)

Currently streaming on Starz

2. Gilmore Girls

It’s one of the most beloved TV shows ever and if you haven’t see it or feel like it’s time to rewatch it for the fifth time, Gilmore Girls is the perfect summer show. Gilmore Girls originally ran for seven seasons on The WB and follows single mother, Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel) and their adventures in the small, eccentric town of Stars Hollow, CT. As Rory goes from entering a rigorous private school to pursuing her dream career, her and Lorelai conquer every day life together. It’s the perfect summer show especially because the reboot Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will be hitting Netflix this winter.

Best Episodes: “Raincoats and Recipes” (4×22), “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They” (3×07) and “Those Are Strings, Pinocchio” (3×22)

Currently streaming on Netflix

3. One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill is a great summer binge-watch if you want some good teen drama complete with car crashes, steamy relationships and some really, really good music. Set in the fictional town of Tree Hill, NC, the series originally follows the lives of two half-brothers Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James Lafferty), who compete for positions on their school’s basketball team, The Ravens. Their relationship evolves throughout the series and eventually includes the drama from the brothers romances with Peyton Sawyer (Hilarie Burton), Haley James (Bethany Joy Lenz) and Brooke Davis (Sophia Bush). What started out as a teen drama, evolved into so much more and features one of the first successful four year time jumps. If you want a summer of romance, drama, Gavin DeGraw and a show you will love “always and forever,” check out One Tree Hill.

Best Episodes: “With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept” (3×16), “Some You Give Away” (4×09) and “Pictures of You” (4×13)

Currently streaming on Netflix

4. Veep

It’s the comedy you NEED to be watching right now. Veep earned the 2015 Emmy Award for Best Comedy and has earned Julia Louis-Dreyfus four consecutive Emmys for Lead Actress in a Comedy and if you don’t already know why, you need to binge watch it this summer. Veep is set in the office of Selina Meyer (Dreyfus), the Vice President, and subsequent President of the United States. The show follows Meyer and her team as they attempt to leave their mark and navigate the day-to-day political games of Washington D.C. The series rides on the exceptionally well written comedy and the performances by Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky and the entire ensemble. If you want to laugh your butt off all summer, this is the comedy for you!

Best episodes: “Election Night” (4×10), “Mother” (5×04) and “Convention” (4×05)

Currently streaming on HBO Go and HBO Now

5. Friday Night Lights

It’s one of the best dramas on TV and if you haven’t fallen in love with Friday Night Lights already, you NEED to this summer. Friday Night Lights originally ran for five seasons and centers on Dillon, a small, close-knit community in rural Texas. The show follows Dillon Panthers coach, Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his relationships with his football players, his family and the overall town of Dillon. This is an especially good choice if you are still mourning the death of Nashville starring Connie Britton. If you love Rayna James, you will be head over heels in love with Tami Taylor! It’s also a great summer to watch it as the cast prepares to reunite at the ATX Television Festival in honor of the 10th anniversary since the show began and the 5th anniversary since it ended. Go Panthers!!

Best Episodes: “The Son” (4×05), “Pilot” (1×01) and “New York, New York” (3×08)

Currently streaming on Netflix

6. Prison Break

Another show that is getting a reboot next TV season, Prison Break is a great show to watch during the summer hiatus. If you haven’t seen it already and are a fan of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and/or The Walking Dead, it’s a great way to see where Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell and Sarah Wayne Callies got their starts! Prison Break follows Michael Scofield (Miller) as he tries to break his brother, Lincoln Burrows (Purcell) out of prison when he is sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. Michael devises an elaborate plan to help Lincoln escape prison by getting incarcerated himself and breaking him out from the inside. Prison Break originally ran for four seasons on FOX and is receiving a reboot in 2017.

Best Episodes: “Go” (1×21), “The Rat” (1×14) and “Riots, Drills and The Devil Part One” (1×06)

Currently Streaming on Netflix

7. Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Looking for more superheroes in your life? Then Jessica Jones should be at the TOP of your summer binge-watching list. The drama follows Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), a former superhero who opens up her own detective agency in Hell’s Kitchen. Season one follows Jessica as she tries to put a stop to a mysterious man from her past, Kilgrave (David Tennant). The series began streaming on Netflix last year and received great reviews. With only one season, Jessica Jones is a great summer binge-watch, especially if you love superhero TV shows. This one is a must see!

Best Episodes: “AKA Sin Bin” (1×09), “AKA WWJD?” (1×08) and “AKA 1,000 Cuts” (1×10)

Currently streaming on Netflix

8. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

One of my personal new favorite shows, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will have you on the floor laughing and singing along with the characters. The breakout hit on The CW, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend follows Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), a high-power attorney in NYC who isn’t happy with her life. When she bumps into an old camp boyfriend, Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III), Rebecca decides to pick up her life and go find love in the small, quirky town of West Covina, CA. The shows star and creator Rachel Bloom took home a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for her role and it was extremely well deserved. If you love amazing original songs, humor and a lot of heart catch up on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend this summer!

Best Episodes: “That Text Was Not Meant for Josh!” (1×11), “I’m Going on a Date with Josh’s Friend!” (1×04) and “Josh Just Happens to Live Here!” (1×01)

Recent episodes streaming on Hulu and The CW. For purchase on iTunes and Amazon Prime

9. The 100

If you are looking for a good sci-fi drama for the summer, The 100 is the perfect fit. Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, The 100 picks up when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. Filled with sci-fi, war and a some killer character arcs (looking at you Octavia), The 100 will satisfy the sci-fi nerd in you. A relatively unknown drama going into its most recent season, The 100 gained fans thanks to Netflix and social media. Although season 3 was met with criticism, The 100 holds great characters you will fall in love with instantaneously.

Best Episodes: “Spacewalker” (2×08), “Blood Must Have Blood Part 2” (2×16) and “Murphy’s Law” (1×04)

Currently streaming on Netflix

10. How I Met Your Mother

Another great comedy to get you through this summer hiatus. Like Gilmore Girls, How I Met Your Mother is a great show to watch for the first time or rewatch this summer. The hit comedy follows Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) and his group of friends, Marshall (Jason Segel), Lily (Alyson Hannigan), Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders), living in Manhattan. The gangs stories are told by Ted in the year 2030, who is recounting to his son and daughter the events that led him to meeting their mother (Cristin Milioti). How I Met Your Mother is filled with legen…wait for it…dary guest stars, running gags and is simply a feel good comedy. If you are looking for a comedy that will make you simultaneously laugh out loud and cry, this is the one for you! I slap bet you, to not fall in love with it.

Best Episodes: “Slap Bet” (2×09), “The Playbook” (5×08), “How Your Mother Met Me” (9×16)

Currently streaming on Netflix

What shows are YOU binge-watching this summer? We want to know! Join the conversation below!

Resident Sassenach and Little Mix fanatic. Constantly falling in love with fictional characters. Massive Walking Dead fan. Wish I could split my time between Stars Hollow, Dillon & Tree Hill. Twitter: @noradominick