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Five TV shows to binge watch this summer

Courtney Carr

With daylight savings in the summer months, you have a lot more hours in the day for doing the things you love.

Summer BBQ’s are great, so is exercising or simply chilling out in front of the TV with a cheese platter and some wine in front of you and your favourite show ready to go.

And suddenly it’s 3am and you’ve watched a whole season in less than a day.

We all know this feeling – getting so sucked into the storyline and characters of a TV show that you can’t move off the couch. This is where instant programs like Netflix work their magic on you, and it works every time.

So why fight it? Have you finished your latest TV show and need something new to binge watch now that the days are longer? Why don’t you check out some of these shows for some serious summer chilling on the couch.

Pretty Little Liars

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Pretty Little Liars is addictive for many reasons. Based on the book series by I. Marlene King this show is about a group of extremely attractive friends (played by Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson and Troian Bellisario) who begin to get have their darkest secrets exposed by a blackmailing tech-savvy character named “A” as they try to unravel the mystery that surrounds the unsolved murder of their manipulative “frenemy” Alison DiLaurentis.

Why is it so addictive? Because this show will have you screaming at the TV with its cliff-hanger endings, it’s love of asking more questions than it gives you answers to and its ridiculously compelling and questionable choices of the main characters. Like any other addictive substance, you will be begging for more at the end of every episode.

Whether you are watching to find out the truth behind the disappearance of the elusive Alison, to uncover the method and the madness that surrounds the mysterious “A” character, or because you simply can’t look away from the stellar collection of clothes that are featured as sheer wardrobe perfection, this show and it’s six and a half seasons and counting means that there is a perfect excuse to binge watch your summer away!

I mean really, “A” made you do it is a totally legit excuse.

Scream Queens

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This series by Glee creator Ryan Murphy is only just drawing to a close on its 13 episode first season, but already it’s carved out a name for itself for being completely binge worthy.

Starring horror movie alumni Jamie Lee Curtis and Abigail Breslin, as well as Ryan Murphy project favourites Emma Roberts, Lea Michele and Skyler Samuels, this show is hilarious, sassy and a perfect mesh of comedy and horror.

The show centres around a sorority house called Kappa Kappa Tau as they juggle “unworthy” pledges, a decade long mystery over the death and pregnancy of a sorority sister, personal relationship struggles, a dramatic dean out for revenge, and a masked killer called The Red Devil who is picking them off one by one.

With everyone a suspect and the sassiest one liners ever coming from sorority queen Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) and security guard Denise Hemphill (Niecy Nash), Scream Queens is a show you are going to want to sit down and watch from start to finish.

True Blood

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True Blood is one of the pinnacles of vampire fantasy, but unlike sagas like Twilight, the graphic sex, nudity and violence gave viewers an insight into what life could actually be like if vampires were real.

Based on the book series by Charlene Harris and starring some of the sexiest people on TV (Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristin Bauer van Straten and Ryan Kwanten) True Blood centres around seemingly innocent telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) in the hot and humid small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana.

Sookie and her friends are drawn into a whole world of trouble when she encounters the neighbourhood vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and the dark world that he exists on the fringe of now that vampires have “come out of the coffin”.

While True Blood has officially wrapped in production, its seven seasons make it to the binge worthy list for summer thanks to its impeccable ability to end every episode on a cliff-hanger, and have the next episode picking up right where it left off – meaning that it is completely impossible to just stop watching.

So if the sexy scenes and the compelling storylines aren’t enough, your ultimate desire to find out what happens next will surely kick in, and suddenly you’ve spent three days on the couch. It’s definitely worth it though to see more of Aussie hunk Ryan Kwanten.

American Horror Story

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Also by Glee creator Ryan Murphy, this show is one that is probably not best watched at night – however the bonus is that you’ll be scared so completely witless by the opening credits of each season alone (seriously – they are terrifying!) that you’ll be too terrified to sleep and will binge watch it all night anyway.

American Horror Story is an interesting watch because it changes from season to season. As an anthology of horror stories, each season takes place in a different era and location, with different characters, storylines and horrific tales of violence.

The first season is set in a haunted “murder house”, the second an asylum, the third an elegant manor home to a coven of witches, the fourth a travelling freak show, and the fifth and current season a mysterious hotel.

Starring a rotating carousel of characters played by Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Dylan McDermott and even Lady Gaga headlining the Hotel’s fifth season, the interesting reveal is that each season is somehow interlinked. So if the horrific and mesmerising scenes and storylines aren’t enough for you, the pull of putting it altogether will definitely keep you hooked.

Because, really, who needs sleep anyway?

The Walking Dead

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Based on the comic book series of the same name, The Walking Dead is one of the biggest names in TV shows out there, and with its dramatic storylines, intense moments and wonderfully written characters, it makes a show that you can devour as easily as if you were a carnivorous zombie.

Centred on the character of Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln), Rick wakes up from a coma in the hospital in a world that is overrun by flesh-eating zombies (or “Walkers” as they are referred to in the show) and goes in search for his wife and child, who have been rescued by his partner in the police force.

Along the way, he ultimately becomes the leader of a group of survivors that navigates through the desolation that was once America, as they move amongst the horde to seek refuge at various locations (depending on what season you’re up to).

The survivors and their character situations are deep and moving, with the complexities of each person a focal point against the apocalyptic backdrop. There are some great characters, including the beloved red-neck with a heart of gold Daryl Dixon (played by Normal Reedus), the quiet and unassuming yet strong and powerful Carol (played by Melissa McBride) and the katana-wielding heroine Michonne (played by Danai Gurira) who shows up silhouetted by two armless and mouth-less walkers chained to her.

Watching this show, you will regularly scream at the TV for characters as the cold decaying hands of Walkers reach for them, and crave more every time the episode ends with only more questions to be answered. And with the mid-season finale of season six recently aired, you’ll have plenty time to catch up over the summer before The Walking Dead picks up again on Valentine’s Day next year.

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Courtney Carr

Courtney Carr is the author of the science fiction horror novel Cosmic Decay: Contamination, and the eBook Secrets of a Party Planner. She is also the writer and creator of the party planning blog The Party Connection, and is one-half of the travel blog Wild Pineapples. She is a vegan gym junkie who often drinks too much wine, and loves coffee, writing, travelling, dogs and Instagram. More about the Author

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