The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of June 29, 2015

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed—or at least be able to fake it—with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.


Scream: S1E1

Scream (Series Premiere)

Tuesday at 10:00pm on MTV

Why: The Scream movies were very cool once upon a time, I promise. Drew Barrymore got offed in the first five minutes of original recipe Scream, and Rose McGowan (yes, the same one who was recently fired by her agent after insulting Adam Sandler, sigh) got mashed in an automatic garage door opener. I owned that movie on VHS (ask your cool older cousins). Though I doubt those movies are relevant to today's youth, they were very "meta" (especially for the '90s), and meta is definitely a thing now, so why shouldn't MTV resurrect it as a weeknight television show, slotted in between episodes of Teen Mom, which, if we're being real, is an infinitely scarier show. Anyway, murder! Still a cool thing for teens!

Prepare to talk about: WHO THE KILLER IS, DUH! Whether MTV can do for this no-longer-relevant franchise what it did for Teen Wolf; whether any one from the film franchise will ever make an appearance on this show, and whose grandparents (lol) they'd play.


Wayward Pines: S1E7

Wayward Pines

Thursday at 9:00pm on FOX

Why: I have complicated feelings about this show (and obviously, the world is all about me, since I'm an only child); on the one hand, the first 4 1/2 episodes were terrific, and very Prisoner-esque without the hilarious '60s clothing, on the other, since THE BIG REVEAL, the show has lost a much-needed sense of urgency. Then again, who cares? It's a fun summer diversion, right? Better than Under the Dome, for sure, and there's still a lot left to be revealed, I'm sure.

Prepare to talk about: How it's kind of unbelievable that an entire town would kill themselves after finding out that they're the last remnants of humanity; why, even if that's true, the constant surveillance is necessary; why the volunteers doing the suveillance are clearly OK with their place in the world, so that should invalidate the entire concept of not telling the townies; how you should probably just watch The Prisoner.


A Capitol Fourth 2015

A Capitol Fourth

Saturday at 8:00pm on PBS

Why: Because it's AMERICA's birthday, that's why! If you need another reason, FINE, it's commercial-free (yay, PBS!) and it has fireworks. Plus, you can watch it from the comfort of your air conditioned home while pitying the poor people outside in Washington D.C. during the hottest part of the year (seriously, one year I was in D.C. on the 4th and it was one of the top 3 grossest experiences of my life because of the humidity).

Prepare to talk about: America. Fireworks. American fireworks.



Leah E. Friedman is the editor of You can follow her musings on Twitter.


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