Is your mom bugging you to go out and enjoy the weather instead of staying indoors and keeping your eyes glued to the TV or computer monitor, as the case may be? Whether she is or not, I am pretty sure that you are missing your favorite TV shows, and you may see summer as a long dry spell. I know I am!
The good thing is that there is no lack of old TV series that you may not have watched yet. There is no better time than now to catch up! Additionally, there are some summer TV shows that are actually good and will keep you satisfied till Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and The Big Bang Theory come back on.
Here are 4+ TV shows to keep you off the streets this summer.
IMBD’s description of The Strain:
“A thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.”
I’ve only seen the pilot, and it really is promising. While I spent a lot of time averting my eyes due to the fact that I am easily grossed out, this TV show is one to follow. Oh, and if you need another reason: Guillermo del Toro.
The Knick premieres on August 8 on Cinemax. The story takes place at the Knickerbocker Hospital (“fondly” known as the Knick) and revolves around surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, and who push the boundaries of medicine during an era where medication such as antibiotics were unknown. Academy Award and Emmy-winning director Steven Soderbergh directs all 10 episodes of the series’ first season.
Extant is a sci-fi show that premiered on July 9. To date, it already has received reasonably good ratings on IMBD. The story is about an astronaut who becomes pregnant while on a 13-month solo space mission. Oh, and Halle Berry.
On its fifth episode already, The Leftovers has received a decent 7.2 rating on IMDB. The story is about people mysteriously disappearing around the world, but focuses on a group of “survivors” in the suburban community of Mapleton. It’s a good show for your post-apocalyptic story fix.
Quirke is actually a mini-series, and it aired earlier this year, but it hasn’t really gotten popular so the chances are you haven’t seen it. Set in the 1950s, the story revolves around the life of Quirke, chief pathologist in the Dublin city morgue. While it hasn’t gotten good ratings, I do think that the mini-series is worth checking out. Plus, it’s got good actors such as Michael Gambon.
Another plus in this list is Rosemary’s Baby, which is also a mini-series. It’s an adaptation of the novel by Ira Levin, where Zoe Saldana plays the lead role. All four episodes have aired, so it’s perfect for binge watching if you’re into horror-thrillers.
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