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summer shows you (probably) aren’t watching, but should*

There was a time when summer TV meant tons of reruns, holiday specials and movies. These days, a lot of new shows are premiering, while a few others have come back for another new season. If you don’t already spend your time glued to the television, you probably haven’t/won’t see the commercials for some of this season’s best new (and returning) shows. I’m a TV-purist, so I believe all shows are best viewed on a screen, but there’s always the option of finding and watching these shows online.

Whatever your preference, you can reap the benefits of finding the good without forcing yourself to sit through the bad (i.e., the painful moments I spent watching Bristol Palin’s foray into reality television). You may already be an episode or two (or four) behind, since most of these shows have already started, but it’s worth the few hours it’ll take for you to catch up. This is when my refusal to leave the house before the sun sets because I don’t feel like it it’s too hot and uncomfortable to do so comes in handy. You’re welcome.

Episodes (Sundays) – Matt LeBlanc more than makes up for Joey and being on Showtime means the lines are a little bit raunchier than anything that ever happened on Friends.

Comedy Bang! Bang! (Fridays) – It’s based on a podcast, so watching this show will automatically boost your hipster street cred. Reggie Watts as the Andy Richter to Scott Aukerman’s Conan O’Brien is weird and hilarious, as good comedy should be.

Weeds (Sundays) – This is the show’s eighth and final season, which means there’s potential for things to get really bad (in a good way) or really bad (in a “they really should have cancelled this years ago” way). Regardless, they went back to the original “Little Boxes” theme song and you have to appreciate a show that remembers its earlier years.

The Newsroom (Sundays) – Aaron Sorkin’s Sunday night drama has the potential to be really good, like The West Wing good.

Awkward (Tuesdays) – Teen angst is best enjoyed when you’ve long since left those years behind and you can watch as an impartial observer. The fact that this show comes on MTV should in no way deter you from watching.

Web Therapy (Mondays) – Lisa Kudrow plays a therapist who sees her patients over the video sessions, hence the show’s title. The guest stars (Jane Lynch, for example) are hilarious and the format is pretty unique. You’d benefit from watching all the episodes in order, but it’s not required, which is a bonus.

 

*Based on a very small and potentially biased sample of people who answered, “What the heck is that?” or “Oh, that’s back on already?”, when asked about the shows included on this list.

Nicole is a TV junkie and TVDM helps her feed a lifelong addiction. She can be found here, providing biased commentary (sprinkled with a few Pop Up Video-esque insights) on her favorite shows, every week.

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glee’s top five episodes….in my opinion anyway.

Anyone who follows entertainment news has heard the rumors. Next week’s episode of Glee will be the best, not only of the season, but of the entire show. While I’m skeptical, I’m also willing to believe that Glee still has some of its first season magic left. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the superficial mess that was season two, but in no way did it hold a candle to the first season. So I’ve decided to compile a list of the five episodes I think fall in the best episodes of all time category. For me to think that the new one is really that good, it will have to be better than all of these:

Glee Prom Couples

#5- Prom Queen, Season 2
This episode rocks for a number of reasons: pretty dresses, lots of fighting, plenty of tears, and of course the big shocking Prom Queen announcement. Though some of the songs: “Dancing Queen”, “Friday” (the biggest abysmal of the entire Glee song track and that includes “Run Joey Run”) weren’t as good as others: “Rolling the Deep”, “I’m not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You”, and “Jar of Hearts”. But really I love this episode for Jesse’s entrance, Quinn slapping Rachel, Jesse and Finn’s fight, Mercedes’ chance to be Cinderella and Kurt’s brave moment.

Kurt and April

#4- Rhodes Not Take, Season 1
YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH KRISTEN CHENOWETH!! And as an alcoholic April Rhodes, Kristen Chenoweth is at her best. With Rachel gone from the glee club, they need a new female lead who has the talent to carry Glee. Who wouldn’t think to call on April Rhodes? The songs in this episode: “Maybe This Time”, to this day one of my favorites, “Alone”, good but not overly memorable, “Last Name”, absolutely fantastic, and “Somebody to Love”, quite possibly the greatest Glee performance of all time, are some of my go to glee songs. And two of the most memorable quotes in Glee history were in this episode: “Put that in your pipes and smoke it” said by Kristen Chenoweth and “Oh Bambi, I cried so hard when those hunters shot your mommy,” said by Kurt to Emma, who really does look like Bambi it’s an easy confusion to make, even if you’re not drunk.

Will Schuester vs. Bryan Ryan

#3- Dream On, Season 1
With its epic duets, Will Schuester, I mean Matthew Morrison, and Neil Patrick Harris, I mean NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, and Idina Menzel and Lea Michele, this episode is absolutely fantastic. Not to mention the revelation of what Jesse has really been doing at McKinley High (spying for Shelby, AKA Idina Menzel plus the revelation that Idina Menzel is Rachel’s MOM!). This episode just kills it. Rachel confused and brooding, Neil Patrick Harris killing Glee dreams, and Artie rising up out of his chair in a day dream to dance his heart out but then coming to terms with and accepting his condition. The songs, “Dream On”, “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Piano Man” (it still kills me that this isn’t available on iTunes) “Dream a Little Dream of you” and “Safety Dance” are seriously awesome.

Like a Prayer, Glee Club

#2- Power of Madonna, Season 1
OK so I have to admit, I’m not the biggest Madonna fan, so I wasn’t sure about this episode. It was the first time an episode was going to be dedicated to one artist and I wasn’t thrilled with the artist, but I was pleasantly surprised. The songs themselves (“Like a Prayer”, “Borderline/Open Your Heart”, “Like a Virgin”, “4 Minutes”, “What it Feels Like For A Girl”, “Express Yourself”) are enough to carry this episode, but then you have the whole aspect of female empowerment, Jesse and Rachel’s romance blossoming and culminating into Jesse’s transfer, Sue’s hair dilemma and merciless jokes about Will’s hair, the impending loss of a few virginities, and Finn’s jealously toward Rachel’s relationship with Jesse. This one will always be one of the best to me.

Glee Club Sectionals

#1- Sectionals, Season 1
The episode features everything I love about Glee: Amazing Songs (“Don’t Rain on my Parade”, one of the most authentic “star moments” Rachel has ever had on this show, “You Can’t Always Get What you Want”, perfectly rearranged to highlight the glee club’s talent, “My Life Would Suck Without You”, a tribute to Mr. Schuester and all the performances the Glee club had done so far),a much anticipated kiss between Will and Emma, Finn being a leader instead of a doofus, an exposed secret, a foiled plan, and a major comeback as a result of the Glee club pulling together like a team. But most of all, this episode was the perfect recipe for a midseason finale: just enough to keep us complacent for a few months, but still leave us wanting more.

Honorable Mentions: Born This Way, Season 2; Funeral, Season 2; Pilot, Season 1.

Now I will say this list was particularly difficult to make, because there are a lot of episodes that were memorable for different reasons. And also because I love this show so much that even episodes that aren’t my favorite are still good enough for me to watch over and over again. In case you hadn’t noticed I am a gleek. The above list reflects a combination of great songs, interesting storylines, memorable quotes and other jaw-dropping moments. While there are many episodes that for me are great because of that one song or that one moment, they couldn’t make the list because they weren’t as great overall. Feel free to disagree (or agree), I’d love to hear your comments.

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