Summer is a great time to get projects done, do work on the outside of the house and host amazing parties on the patio.  It's also really hot a lot of the time and sometimes, you just want to stay inside and quietly absorb the air conditioning.

To that end, I've prepared a list of TV shows you should binge on this summer.  I've made a point to limit it to what you can find on Netflix or in box set because there are no commercials and it auto-starts the next episode on most devices (which is critical for binge watching).  I've also limited it to series that are completed, so you're not left hanging.

  • 1

    The West Wing

    This one might take a few weeks or months (depending on your dedication) but there has never been a show that fascinates me more and has shown to be almost prophetic in it's situations.  The writing is superb, the acting is better and episode one to the final episode will make you feel as if you are an expert in all things Government.  If you dropped off after Rob Lowe left the series, start from the beginning and watch all the way through.

    The West Wing
  • 2

    Scrubs

    This is our current binge watching experience.  We seem to like shows that are more wit than slapstick, but this has both.  It's also surprisingly touching in places.  This is our pick for fun and funky and cute and quirky.

    Scrubs
  • 3

    Doctor Who

    Because you MUST RESPECT THE DOCTOR.  Well, let's be clear.  I recommend the current series.  It's really stupid sometimes but there is just something about The Doctor that keeps you rooting for the human race.

    Doctor Who/BBC
  • 4

    The Gilmore Girls

    This one isn't on Netflix but it's in box set and worth every penny.  I will tell you that your husband will walk out of the room in protest but it is a great movie for anyone who has heart, loves smart humor and has the idea that there is a place in this world where people love each other, even when they hate each other.

    The Gilmore Girls
  • 5

    The Office

    Start with the BBC version.  If you understand British humor at all -- that's the ticket.  It's also only two seasons and two specials, so it doesn't take long.  After that, move to the American version and watch Dunder Mifflin from start to finish.

    The Office
  • 6

    Dexter

    If you don't mind a little serial killing with your breakfast.

    Dexter
  • 7

    Twin Peaks

    After you watch it, please explain it to me. . . .

    Twin Peaks
  • 8

    Auschwitz (Inside the Nazi State)

    This is the only non-series show I'm recommending.  There are six hour-long episodes.  If you think you know about the concentration camp of WWII -- you will be astounded.

    PBS
  • 9

    Columbo

    Because it is totally and 100% awesome and it doesn't matter what you think and it doesn't bother me if you make fun . . . because it is....awesome.

    Columbo
  • 10

    Black Adder

    Rowan Atkinson is comedy genius and, if you like a little Monty Python, you will love (LOVE) this.

    Black Adder