17 Shows That Should Be On Your August TV Binge List

17 Shows That Should Be On Your August TV Binge List

Tears, late-nights, and sore eyes, oh-my!

I have had a list of shows to watch all summer. I successfully checked most of them off my list, but I've been dragging my feet with the other ones. So I have decided that I am going to try my best to watch as many of these shows in my free time as possible. It's not going to be easy. There will be tears, late nights, and eyes that are tired and screaming for relief... But in the age of television there are literally so many good shows out right now and it is imperative that I do my part. You can do your part too and watch along with me.

My August Binge List (in no particular order):

1. This Is Us.

Really I just need to finish the season because I've started it... And it is so good.

If you're watching along I recommend: Tissues and a box of chocolate

2. Outlander

This show is incredible. It is a period show complete with accents, time travel, and Jamie Fraser. If you don't know who he is google him. You will be very happy you did.

Recommended: TISSUES, another person to cry with.

3. Shameless

What can I say? This show is a classic. I only need to finish season 7 (newly on Netflix) but if you haven't seen any of it, watch it from the beginning. It's so good. Perfect mix of comedy and drama. Plus after watching this crazy family you will probably go and call each member of your family to thank them.

Recommended: A pillow and a blanket because you will probably be in the same position for a long while once you start... trust me you won't want to leave it's that good.

4. The Mindy Project

One of my absolute favorites, every time I go back to watching the show after taking a break I ask myself why. Mindy Kaling is one of my inspirations. I hope my sitcom is half as funny as hers is.

Recommended: A bear claw... or something sweet as much as Mindy talks about food you will get hungry

5. Atlanta

Another inspiration of mine, Donald Glover/Childish Gambino stars in, writes for, directs, produces this sitcom. I watched the first episode... thought it was great... went to bed... forgot when it came on. This is the story of my TV watching life. Don't be like me people... watch Atlanta.

Recommended: I don't know because I watched the pilot so long along. I guess watch Donald Glover on Community (another great show) and listen to his music.

6. Scandal

By far the best Shonda show (feel free to fight me on this... but I'm right). I need to watch the most recent season. There is no excuse. I'm sorry Shonda

Recommended: A glass of wine (if 21 or older) and a bowl of popcorn. If you have to ask why, you need to watch Scandal

7. House Of Cards

Sometimes I get lost in this show. Like actually lost... like I don't know what's going on. But Kevin Spacey is a master at what he does and Robin Wright is beautiful to watch. Plus I am often confused so no big deal.

Recommended: Maybe look up politics briefly. But maybe not because eww politics.

8. Queen Sugar

It's good. It's on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). It stars the hot guy from Girls Trip that gets with Jada Pinkett's character. His name is Kofi.

Recommended: Water... because you will be thirsty

9. Younger

It's kind of corny but Sutton Foster is beautiful and hilarious so I deal with it. Plus Hillary Duff... I haven't seen her since Lizzie McGuire and seeing her here makes me happy.

Recommended: Know who Sutton Foster is.

10. One Tree Hill

For shame! This show has been over for some years now and I used to watch it when it was on and yet I still haven't finished it. I know I know.

Recommended: Ice... there are several hot men on this show. Like basketball somewhat because the show is slightly centered around it. Also pen and paper to keep up with all the couples.

11. Documentary Now!

Four words. Bill Hader. Fred Armisen. That should be all you need.

Recommended: Warn people that the laughter they hear from your body is involuntary and even if you tried to contain it you wouldn't be able to. They will be confused. Ask them to sit and watch an episode with you. They will understand.

12. The Fosters

Look... ABC Family (Freeform... my bad) doesn't always crank out the best content. I'm completely aware of this. Every once in a while they have a show that is tolerable... while barely. The Fosters isn't great but I started watching it when it came on and every time I see a commercial for it I feel left out because I don't know what's happening. So I start watching again.

Recommended: Take a drink every time the characters make bad decisions... actually no... don't... that would be BAD.

13. The Affair

The episode structure alone is fascinating but so is the story. Every story has two sides right? Or maybe three. His. Hers. And the Truth.

Recommended: Detective eyes because you won't know who to believe or what it real

14. Big Little Lies

This was recommended by a friend, although after I saw the cast list I wanted to see it. I still need to find a way to watch it.

Recommended: I don't know. I haven't started.

15. UnReal

This show is so good. But I haven't finished season 1 yet because I can't take it when the main character on a show does things that I don't agree with. I get so emotionally attached to shows and their characters I can't take it so I take breaks. Well I have to get over it and see what happens. Also has this show been renewed for a 3rd season?

Recommended: A new "edge of your seat" because you'll wear it out by sitting on it for so long...

16. Parks and Recreation

I discovered this show and watched it religiously and then one day I stopped for no reason. I need to make a comeback. I will this August.

Recommended: Don't let season 1 fool you... this show is incredible and so funny.

17. Merlin

This is probably the worst one. I was so into Merlin one winter break that I basically almost finished the series. But I also read ahead which is dangerous and found out how the show ends. Well my little heart couldn't take it so I stopped. I'm almost at the finish line and right before I cross it. I stop running (in my case walking) and stand there staring at it. That's essentially that I'm doing with Merlin... but I need to grow up and accept the ending. It's about time.

Recommended: Interest in myths and legends otherwise you might be bored. Knowledge of King Arthur and Merlin otherwise you might be either lost or blindsided like I was about what happens to certain characters.

I will finish all or most of these shows and whatever I don't finish will carry on into the next month along with some new titles. I'll let you all know in September how successful I was when I introduce my September Binge List

Seek Peek at September: The Incredible Jessica James, Insecure, Downton Abbey, Wet Hot American Summer (Both Netflix series), and Raven's Home

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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