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    10 Shows To Binge Watch This Summer

    May 30, 2017 Amanda Cross 8 min read
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    If you know me, you know that I am sorta obsessed with television. I can’t binge these shows because I have already watched them, but I want you to spend your summer enjoying some great television while you have some free time. Let me know some of your favorite shows in the comments below so I can watch them if I am not already watching the shows.

    10 Shows To Binge Watch This Summer | Click through for 10 of my favorite shows that I absolutely recommend binge watching this summer. Television is a fun way to wind down after a long day so get your binge watching face ready by going through some of my television recommendations.

    1 | The Mindy Project

    If you know me, you know I am kinda obsessed with Mindy Kaling. The Mindy Project, which is currently on Hulu is one of my all-time favorite shows. It is going into it’s 6th and final season this fall. The expected premiere date for Season 6 is September 2017 so get your house in order by binging the episodes to date.

    The Mindy Project follows Dr. Mindy Lahiri (played by Mindy Kaling)  an OBGYN in New York as she navigates work, relationships, and living life as a general badass role model to herself. In later seasons she also balances all of this with a family. This show is one of my favorites and basically everyone I have recommended this show to ends up loving it (or at least tolerating it for a few episodes.) I love this show and I think it’s a great show for everyone.

    Where To Watch: Seasons 1-5 are all on Hulu.

    2 | Scandal

    Ah, Scandal. I have a mostly love relationship with this show. It is one of my favorites (although sometimes I can’t watch because I am not sure I agree with the characters and their decisions or I am scared of what will happen to them.) This is another show that will be going into it’s final season, but the final season start date for Scandal is much further away because the 6th season recently ended earlier this month.

    Scandal follows Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), a badass fixer in DC as she navigates her job, power, her relationship with the president, and a whole lotta government corruption. Scandal is a fun show to watch but also kinda trippy because like, what if this is how Washington really is?!

    Where To Watch: Seasons 1-5 are on Netflix to binge right now. Season 6 will probably be added soon. I wouldn’t watch Season 6 on Hulu as it is only partially available on Hulu right now.

    3 | Designated Survivor

    This show is quite new as it started this fall and it has been running this fall and spring. The first season has 21 episodes, which equates to roughly 21 television hours which means you have quite a lot of catching up to do. This show is amazing, suspenseful, and it is another hit for ABC who also airs Scandal.

    Designated Survivor follows designated survivor Tom Kirkman (played by Kiefer Sutherland) as he becomes the President of the United States after a terrible incident in Washington DC. Kirkman has to navigate this new found power, gain the trust of the remaining elected officials and the American people, all while uncovering a vast conspiracy throughout the course of the show. I like this show because it is a bit trippy but it is still very similar to how the government works in real life.

    Where To Watch: All episodes of this show are available on Hulu to binge right now.

    4 | Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    I started binging Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt last summer and I fell in love with this show. It is such a fun and light-hearted show to go along with some of the more dramatic shows that I watch like Designated Survivor and Scandal. It does touch on some tough subjects, given the main character's past, but it does it all in a funny way.

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows Kimmy Schmidt (played by Ellie Kemper) who is a woman who was kidnapped at a young age by a reverend who makes her and a few other women live in an underground bunker. After being found and liberated from the bunker, Schmidt wants to get away from her life in Indiana so she decides to stay in New York while there on a press trip. The show shares moments from her life as she tries to navigate friendships, relationships, and finding her identity outside of the bunker.

    Where To Watch: This is a Netflix Original so all seasons of this show are available to binge on Netflix right now.

    5 | BoJack Horseman

    Y’all. This is one of my all-time favorite favorite shows. I know I have said that basically about every single show on this list–but I really mean it with BoJack Horseman. This show makes me an emotional wreck. I laugh, I cry, and I get way more invested in animated television characters than I should. This is not a kid show even though it’s animated. Think of it in the same vein as a Family Guy or Bob’s Burgers only darker and more serious. It is still very comedic, but it also deals with a number of serious issues like drug use and alcoholism, asexuality, toxic friendships and so much more.

    Bojack Horseman follows Bojack (voiced by Will Arnett) an ex-sitcom actor (this sitcom was akin to a show like Full House where BoJack played a role similar to Bob Saget’s character.) In the aftermath of his fame in the show Horsin’ Around we meet BoJack as he is trying to get his life back on track after he gets back into the spotlight. Much of the show revolves around the lead-up and aftermath of him publishing a ghostwritten book about his life and then the pressure that comes with his newfound fame.

    Where To Watch: This is a Netflix Original so all seasons of this show are available to binge on Netflix right now.

    6 | House Hunters

    Y’all know I love House Hunters based on a piece I recently wrote for the blog titled, 3 Things House Hunters Taught Me About The College Admissions Process so of course, I had to include this show as one of the many that I watch and encourage you to binge-watch this summer.

    House Hunters follows couples as they embark on the house buying process. In the show the couples make a wish list of the things they would like to see in their new home, they tour many different homes, and then ultimately make a choice of a house they would like to move into. After the decision is made we even get a little update on how they are enjoying their life in their new home.

    Where To Watch: Many seasons of this show are available to binge on Hulu right now.

    7 | Divorce Court

    This show is one of my favorites to watch when I just need a little time away from chaos. Judge Lynn Toler provides excellent advice to couples who are wanting to get married, couples who are thinking of getting a divorce, as well as couples who are more set in stone about the thought of getting a divorce.

    Divorce Court has been on for many seasons, but the most recent iteration with Judge Lynn Toler is really great. She has a variety of different segments such as “Before Your Vows” which brings in couples who are thinking of getting married but have some reservations in to have a judgment made on whether or not they should get married. There is also a “Save My Marriage” segment where people come in so that their marriages will be saved if they just need some guidance to have a better marriage. There are also the more typical Divorce Court cases where the aim is to settle all the issues before the couple is divorced.

    Where To Watch: Many seasons of this show are available to binge on Hulu right now.

    8 | Black-Ish

    Black-ish is a great show on television right now. Black-ish covers a wide array of issues that are important like police brutality, religion, dealing with family issues, marriage, and so much more. It is a mostly fun and light-hearted show but many of the episodes have a deeper meaning which helps make the show even more relatable.

    Black-ish follows Andre ‘Dre’  Johnson as he tries to navigate life as a husband and father to kids. He lives in a nice suburban home but he also fights with trying to teach his kids about all aspects of their culture and dealing with being a family of color in a not so colorful neighborhood. It is a great show and it reminds me so much of my life and all the various things that I have to navigate on a daily basis. Also, I definitely cried during Season 3’s finale–so there’s that.

    Where To Watch: All seasons of this show are currently available for streaming on Hulu.

    9 | Shark Tank

    Shark Tank is another show that I love to binge watch. Shark Tank is another more realistic show on the list. I shared most fictional shows on this list, but I definitely had to share some of the more realistic shows like Shark Tank. Shark Tank is essentially a place where entrepreneurs go to ask for investments from the sharks on the show. This show is filled with wonderful entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, and so many more sharks.

    The sharks gather in a room to hear pitches from entrepreneurs, test cool products and services, and then decide if they would like to invest their own money into the business. Some Shark Tank investments have been companies like The Elephant Pants, Tipsy Elves, Groovebook, and more. It is so fun watching all of these deals take place. I love when the companies succeed and walk away with great deals. I also kinda despise any episode with Chris Sacca.

    Where To Watch: Shark Tank is tricky, but you can find many seasons of the show on Amazon for a decent price per season.

    10 | New Girl

    Last, but not least, let’s chat about New Girl. Last year I started watching this show and I basically fell in love with this show and binged tons of seasons of the show on Netflix. It is such a fun show and I love the main character’s quirky personality. Binging this summer will get you totally prepared for the last and final season of New Girl coming in the future. It was renewed for one more season, although the new season will only have 8 episodes.

    New Girl follows Jess (played by Zooey Deschanel) as she tries to pull her life back together by moving into a loft in Los Angeles with three male roommates after breaking up with her boyfriend for cheating on her. After this unfortunate situation, Jess finds that her three male roommates are actually great people and are able to provide her with a lot of support as she tries to navigate her life post-breakup.

    Where To Watch: Seasons 1-5 are on Netflix, Season 6 is currently all still on Hulu.

    Final Thoughts

    Overall I hope that you loved this awesome article filled with awesome ideas of what shows you should binge watch. Get your favorite Hulu or Netflix account ready so that you binge a new show right now. Hulu and Netflix both offer awesome free trials so if you currently don’t have an account with either service it would be extremely easy to get access to them!

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  • syd May 30, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Don’t even get me started on my love for House Hunters, or just all of HGTV! It’s such a fun show to binge-watch, I especially love the international ones! Those houses are so pretty!
    xo, Syd

  • Amelie May 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I lovelovelove New Girl, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the Mindy Project! If you love those, you must watch Brooklyn Nine Nine! It’s simply hilarious. 🙂

  • Kayla May 30, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    YESSSSS House Hunters, hahaha! I always watch The New Girl and Mindy Project when I’m traveling (American Airlines always has random episodes!) but need to just binge watch both.

    I highly highly highly recommend Master of None- SO good.

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    My name is Amanda Cross, and I am the blogger behind The Happy Arkansan. I am a blogger, freelance writer, and podcaster. When I am not creating content for any of my content online, I can usually be found baking, watching YouTube, or napping. I love helping millennials and young adults navigate the mess that is adult life. Keep reading for my thoughts and experiences.

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