Worth staying inside for – give it a 'series record' on your DVR:
HBO's Flight of the Conchords – understated, but oh so hilarious
FX's Rescue Me – this show just socks you in the stomach with humor and tragedy and everything in between, but that sucker punch in the gut still feels really good
Guilty Summer Pleasure:
TBS' My Boys – I'm not saying it's Shakespeare, but it's still fun to watch. Season two starts in late July.
Lifetime's Army Wives – soapy, sexy, um, patriotic goodness. When's the last time you used those three words together?
USA's Burn Notice -- like The Bourne Identity only funny, breezy and sunny, even when our burned spy is shooting drug dealers in the knees.
Jury's Still Out:
HBO's Big Love – I know people who love this show but I'm still not one of them. I'm trying, though.
HBO's John From Cincinnati – I was a HUGE fan of David Milch's Deadwood but this show just makes no damn sense. In homage, I should say it makes no fucking sense.
Boring and Predictable:
TBS' House of Payne
Horrible, But Expectedly So:
All reality shows on broadcast network television, which is pretty much what the Big Five are airing this summer. Oh, and repeats.
If nothing else is on, fire up the DVD player:
NBC's The Office – I'm slowly converting everyone I know into a fan of this show, which is my favorite thing on TV right now.
I still miss:
HBO's Sex and the City – so I stay up late to catch it in syndication and then watch uncut episodes I've already seen 95 times on HBO On Demand. Because Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha are my TV friends.
TNT's Saving Grace starring Holly Hunter
FX's Damages starring Glenn Close
Lifetime's Side Order of Life (July 15)
Lifetime's State of Mind
Showtime's Californication starring David Duchovony (August)
TNT's The Company starring Chris O'Donnell