Let’s face it, most people don’t plan their summer nights around the television schedule, but it is nice to have something to watch when it’s too hot outside or the weather sucks or you’re dealing with that unfortunate sunburn because you forgot to reapply after exiting the pool (or the ocean, if you’re so lucky as to visit the beach).

We’ve got you covered. Here are the shows you should be entering into your DVR’s list ASAP so you have some good non-rerun shows to watch:

Breckin Meyer & Mark-Paul Gosselaar of FRANKLIN & BASH

Franklin & Bash, June 1 at 9pm (TNT)

The show’s just getting started, so there’s no pesky previous seasons to catch up with. It’s about fun-loving lawyers portrayed by Breckin Meyer and that guy who will always be Zack Morris from Saved By The Bell to us.

Children’s Hospital, Thursday June 2 – Cartoon Network Adult Swim

It’s the third season, but this isn’t a show heavy on the history. It’s just a fun live-action dark comedy with plenty of serious cameos.

Covert Affairs – Tuesday June 7 – USA

Yes, this is season 2, but she’s a hot young blonde C.I.A. agent with a blind side-kick guy helping her figure out how to be a good agent. There, you’re caught up.

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman – Wednesday June 8 – Science

Either you like science or you don’t. Morgan Freeman is a great host to lead you through the cosmos.

The Next Food Network Star, June 5 at 9pm (FOOD)

Want to impress the ladies? Learn to cook. This show gives you some good tips. Use them wisely.

Matt Bomer and Hilarie Burton of White Collar

Matt Bomer and Hilarie Burton of White Collar

White Collar, June 7 at 9pm (USA)

One of USA Network’s great shows. Sure, there’s some serious backstory you missed, but they do a great job of recapping things for you. And if you don’t want to be as cool as Neal Caffrey, something’s wrong with you.

I Love Coco, June 12 at 10:30pm (E!)

If you don’t know who Coco is, then you’re probably not a fan of “large, shapely buttocks”. If that’s something that appeals to you, you’ll probably tune in.

Memphis Beat – Tuesday June 14 – TNT

You remember Jason Lee from MY NAME IS EARL. Well he’s a Memphis detective now, and the show is apparently going into its second season (though I hadn’t heard of it until now). Chances are good they’ll show enough episodes of the first season prior to the June 14th premiere to get you hooked.

Jon Benjamin Has a Van, June 15 10:30 pm (Comedy Central)

The commercial wasn’t very informative, but I usually give things on Comedy Central at least a few episodes to let me down. And with all the serious stuff on television this summer, it might be a refreshing dip into comedy.

Falling Skies – Sunday June 19 – TNT

Steven Spielberg is one of the creators of this alien invasion aftermath series. That’s all I need to know to check out a couple episodes. The commercials look good.

Expedition Impossible, June 21 at 9pm (ABC)

It’s like Amazing Race… only way more intense situations.

The Hot Zone / “Combat Hospital”, June 21 at 10pm (ABC)

A medical drama set in Afghanistan back in 2006.

Burn Notice, June 23 at 9pm (USA)

If you’re a guy and you’re not watching Burn Notice, I don’t know what to tell you. In fact, I don’t know a single person who has disliked this show once they’ve started watching. Tons of action, some humor to it, very stylistically appealing… just set your DVR. Don’t worry about anything you might’ve missed in past seasons, they recap things very VERY well on this show.

Futurama, June 23 10 pm (Comedy Central)

You either watch Futurama or you don’t. It’s not for everyone, but if you’ve never seen an episode, you may as well check it out.

Wilfred, June 23 at 10pm (FX)

Elijah Wood is one of the more under-appreciated actors of our time. Forget about him portraying a Hobbit, his dramatic and comedic range goes FAR beyond that. Check this show out, it looks funny.

Suits, June 23 at 10pm (USA)

A legal come-drama from USA Network about a quirky guy who can remember a ton of stuff but hasn’t actually gone to law school? You had me at “USA Network”, at least for four episodes. I’ve yet to find a show on that network which wasn’t good… but I keep searching.

Louie, June 23 at 10:30pm (FX)

Yes, it’s the second season, but Louis C.K. is hillarious, and so you don’t really have to worry about trying to play catch-up with this one. Just set the DVR and check it out.

True Blood, June 26 at 9pm (HBO)

You either like shows about Vampires and Werewolves or you don’t.

Royal Pains, June 29 at 9pm (USA)

Though this is my least favorite of the USA Network original shows, it’s still entertaining, and USA tends to set things up in such a way that you don’t worry about having missed previous seasons.

Necessary Roughness, June 29 at 10pm (USA)

Often the off-field personas of professional athletes can be as entertaining as their on-field athletic pursuits, and this show (another potentially great USA Network show) focuses on a sports therapist. It seems a bit similar to Royal Pains, but that could be a good thing.

Ugly Americans, June 30 10:30 pm (Comedy Central)

Apparently this is the second season of Ugly Americans, which I’ve yet to see, but David Stern (SIMPSONS) is involved, so I’m cautiously optimistic, especially because it survived its first season.

Alphas, July 11 at 10pm (SyFy)

It’s another take on superheroes, and although it’ll probably be a lower-than-needed-budget show about an X-Men style group, I’ll check it out. I’d expect it to be better than No Ordinary Family, but because its budget will be lower, I’m not expecting this to last into a second season… but it could be the next HEROES (which was good for the first season).

Breaking Bad, July 17 at 10pm (AMC)

If you’ve been watching it, this is just a reminder for when the new season starts. If you haven’t been watching it, then you’re missing out on one of the best dramas on free television, and you should do whatever you can to start catching up.

Don’t waste your time

Love Bites, June 2 at 10pm (NBC) – the actress who portrays the main character has already taken up another pilot, so this project is likely dead in the water after 9 episodes. Plus, it’s a show about two women who are frustrated because their friends are married. Yeah, not interested.

Teen Wolf, June 13 at 10pm (MTV) – I’m finding it hard to recall a series on MTV which is well done aside from some of their old animated stuff. If it’s any good, someone will let us know, and because it’s MTV, we can always catch up with their in-season re-runs.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King, June 14 at 9pm (ABCF) – I’m skeptical of anything on ABC Family, and this is apparently a show about a girl who has some cat-like abilities.

The Marriage Ref, June 26 at 10pm (NBC) – I’m surprised that this show made it to another season. I didn’t care much for it last year, and there’s too much stuff of higher quality on TV this summer to check out.

Weeds, June 27 at 10pm (SHO) – Let’s face it, this show stopped being good a while ago, and Nancy Botwin isn’t a sympathetic character anymore. She just whores herself out and makes bad decisions.


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