Summer time is my favorite TV time. Light comedic romps through weird worlds, dark voyages into worlds unimagined. It’s all there without the overwhelming fall schedule or hustle to win spring viewers. This summer TV brings Shark Week and Breaking Bad’s return. I can’t wait to get started watching. Here are my top five picks for this season’s ride.
1. White Collar
The bromance between Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay offers no end of silly scheming as they do their best to outwit each other with help from delightfully quirky sidekicks like Mosey and Elle. For a quick catch up, you should know that Neal Caffery (Bomer) was a notorious art thief before Peter Burke (DeKay) captured him. When the FBI offered a deal for Caffery to “consult” on current cases, a partnership was born out of necessity and continues with comedic flair. Season 4 is set to begin July 14 on USA.
2. Breaking Bad
The tension just keeps racheting higher in this AMC thriller. Bryan Cranston is heart-thudding good as teacher turned meth-maker turned kingpin. The story is astonishing and shocking, yet entirely believable. Master storytelling is at work here every Sunday night beginning July 15.
Elijah Wood gone a little “Donnie Darko” in this FX comedy has me loading up the Netflix and excited for more. The show features a dog as a main character, and after that becomes impossible to explain. It’s hilarious, weird and starts June 28.
4. Trust Us With Your Life
The only network show I’m looking forward to this summer, ABC’s “Trust Us With Your Life” brings back improv on July 10. Famous comedic actors will tell the stories of celebrities with little time to prepare. Similar to “Whose Line” and brining back Wayne Brady, Greg Proops and Nicole Parker. I trust this show to make me laugh.
Showtime’s “Episodes” won Matt LeBlanc a Golden Globe and critical recognition after earning a faithful fandom through “Friends.” He continues to parody himself in this absurdly hilarious over-the-top comedy on Sundays beginning July 1.
My TV watching schedule is set through August. What does yours look like?