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The Shame of Missing Out on These 5 Shows

By Nadia Chaudhury | Lists | August 26, 2014 |

By Nadia Chaudhury | Lists | August 26, 2014 |

There is so much good TV on all year ‘round that it’s hard to watch everything. Summer is always the time I tell myself, “Yes, now I’ll have all the time in the world to catch up on TV and life and relaxation and everything that is good with the world,” because I still have that “no school in the summer” mentality. Everyone has these kinds of shows on their list: you know you’re supposed to watch them, and you know that you’ll (most likely) fall in love with them, but it’s hard to find the time to pay the proper attention to them. The Wire used to be one of those shows, but then I finally sat down and watched it, and I didn’t regret that decision. For the record, here are the shows I’m ashamed I haven’t binged yet. But I will. Promise. Soon. (For these purposes, I’m including only shows that have ended.)

1. Deadwood
I KNOW I KNOW, I really need to watch Deadwood. I love cursing. And Timothy Olyphant! Anna Gunn! John Hawkes! Sarah Paulson! Garret Dillahunt! I imagine it’s like an old western version of everything Armando Iannucci does.

2. The West Wing
Political shows can be transcendent (See: Veep, House of Cards, etc.) and this is the king of ‘em all, yet I’ve never watched an episode. I blame residual The Newsroom hate.

3. Cheers
It’s another one of those long-running, beloved shows that inspired pretty much every great sitcom on TV right now. It also brought the world’s best will-they-won’t-they couple.

4. Angel
I love Buffy, and I originally had ambitious plans to follow the list of episodes you’re supposed to watch in order so that all of the crossover episodes make sense, but then I got lazy (future memoir title?). I know I’m missing out on puppets.

5. Mr. Show
It’s blasphemy that I haven’t watched any of the sketches from Mr. Show, despite having one friend’s DVD set for over six years and, thanks to a friend, being well acquainted with Pit-Pat. I’ve seen far too many indie films with David Cross on Netflix, though…

So what are the TV shows that you know you should watch, but just haven’t gotten around to ‘em?