SideReel's First Annual Summer Binge-Watching List
Instead of reading: Catcher in the Rye
Watch: True Detective
Instead of reading: Gone Girl
Watch: Adventure Time
Instead of reading: Life of Pi
Watch: House of Cards
Instead of reading: The Great Gatsby
Watch: Trophy Wife
Instead of reading: Pride & Prejudice
Watch: Mad Men
Instead of reading: The Help
Watch: Game of Thrones
Instead of reading: A Song of Ice and Fire
Watch: The 100
Instead of reading: The Hunger Games
Make 'Em Laugh
Anytime is the perfect time for a good-natured chuckle. Luckily, there's a pretty diverse selection of comedy on TV these days. With programming running the gamut from satire to improv, you'll find something perfect for you. We suggest starting (or catching up) with these.
Life's a Stage
Reality TV can bring out the worst in people—but it can also bring out the best. We have both ends of that spectrum featured here. Pick your poison. We never judge. We're right there with you.
SCIFI & FANTASY SUGGESTIONS
Reality Stops Here
Real world problems are so ordinary, you know? Why not spend some time in Westeros, or the future, or (gasp!) even the past? Or what about pretending you're just from the future and right now is the past? There are so many options when you're in SciFi/Fantasy land. Experience them all.
Spoiler alert: these dramas are so twisty and turny we have trouble keeping up. Every week we watch these and wonder how they can top themselves, and yet, they always do. Insane-yet-carefully-plotted story arcs are par for the course these days, and these shows never disappoint.
All British accents sound smart to us yanks. For more discerning viewers, though, we can recommend some British shows that are smarter than others. Here are the shows that will teach you something, whether you're in the mood for some learnin' or not.
SideReel Show List
- Raising Hope
- The Real Housewives of Atlanta
- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
- The Real Housewives of New Jersey
- The Real Housewives of New York City
- The Real Housewives of Orange County
- The Ricky Gervais Show
- Rizzoli & Isles
- Robin Hood
- Rookie Blue
- Royal Pains
- Rules of Engagement