13 shows you should spend your summer catching up on before they return in the fall

Summer is it’s own perfectly reasonable excuse to sit in front of the TV – it’s 100 degrees outside, you’re exhausted from working all day, and you don’t have the money to go on vacation, let alone Happy Hour.

Picture yourself yanking off that bra as you walk through the door, and pouring a glass of wine large enough to make Olivia Pope proud. We’ve taken the guesswork out of scrolling through Netflix for you, so veg out on these titles now before they make their small screen comebacks this fall. Besides, you’re already paying for it, and I swear to Oprah if you watch Friends one more time through you are quantifiably insane.

1. American Horror Story

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What it’s about: Each season is it’s own self-contained, horror miniseries, each taking place in a different super creepy setting. 

Bonus: Stellar acting performances from lady legends like Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Cathy Bates, and Lady Gaga.

Watch seasons 1-5 before the premiere on Tuesday, September 5 on FX, and then sneak a peak of AHS: Cult

2. Fuller House

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What it’s about: Netflix’s reboot of the 90s family sitcom Full House picks up 20 years later. Eldest daughter DJ is left widowed with 3 children, and moves back into her childhood home with the support of her sister, and best friend.

Bonus: Almost all of the show’s original ’87-’95 starring cast returned for the reboot, with the exception of the Olsen twins.

Watch the first 2 seasons before 3 is released on September 22 on Netflix

3. Grey’s Anatomy

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What it’s about: A medical drama that focuses on the fictional lives of Seattle Grace’s surgical interns and doctors, as they wrestle work and their personal lives. 

Bonus: Prolific producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, Private Practice, How to Get Away with Murder) is behind the show, so you know it’s good.

Watch seasons 1-13 before the premiere on Thursday, September 28 at 8/7c on ABC

4. How to Get Away with Murder

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What it’s about: The show follows college professor and practicing defense attorney Annalise Keating and her students, all of whom have become intertwined in a murder.

Bonus: The show gave Viola Davis the first ever Emmy Award given to a black woman for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series,” and damn did she earn it.

Watch seasons 1-3 before the premiere on Thursday, September 28 at 10/9c on ABC

5. The Blacklist

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What it’s about: Acting icon James Spader plays a former Navy officer turned FBI fugitive who’s been on the run for 20 years. He surrenders himself over, offering to inform on other criminals for immunity from prosecution for his crimes.

Bonus: James Spader being as James Spader-y as possible.

Watch the first 3 seasons before the premiere on Wednesday, October 4 at 8/7c on NBC

6. Scandal

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What it’s about: A DC-based political thriller, centering on the staff of Olivia Pope’s Crisis management firm and the pressures of a political landscape.

Bonus: Scandal‘s premise is partially based on the crisis management and PR background of former Bush Sr. administration press aide Judy Smith, who receives a co-executive producer credit on the show.

Watch seasons 1-6 before the premiere on Thursday, October 5 at 9/8c on ABC

7. Once Upon A Time

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What it’s about: Residents of a fictional Maine town are actually fairy tale characters who have been transported into the present day by a magical curse, and robbed of their memories of their former selves.

Bonus: You get to rekindle your love of Disney movies and the fairytales you remember from your childhood.

Watch seasons 1-5 before the premiere on Friday, October 6 at 8/7c on ABC

8. Supergirl

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What it’s about: Kara is sent to Earth from the planet Krypton at age 13 to protect her cousin, Kal-El. But her ship is waylaid for 24 years before she actually makes it to the planet. In that time Kal-El has become Superman, and Kara has to learn how to manage the same powers.

Bonus: Calista Flockhart being kind of a dick. 

Watch the first 2 seasons before the premiere on Monday, October 9 at 8/7c on the CW

9. Riverdale

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What it’s about: A love triangle, based on the Archie comic book series.

Bonus: LUKE PERRY!!!

Watch the first season before the premiere on Wednesday, October 11 at 8/7c on the CW

10. Supernatural

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What it’s about: The show follows the two (hot) Winchester brothers as they tour the country hunting monsters and other supernatural creatures.

Bonus: The show has a legendary following among fans, making it #19 in Entertainment Weekly‘s “25 Best Cult TV Shows from the Past 25 Years.”

Watch seasons 1-12 before the premiere on Thursday, October 12 8/7c on the CW

11. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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What it’s about: On a chance encounter, Ivy League educated attorney Rebecca Bunch abandons her life in New York and follows her summer camp crush to a small town in Southern California, in hopes of rekindling their short-lived teenage romance.

Bonus: The show has some incredibly funny musical numbers, on top of the comedic genius that is writer and star Rachel Bloom.

Watch the first 2 seasons before the premiere on Friday, October 13 at 8/7c on the CW

12. Jane the Virgin

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What it’s about: A religious Latina is accidentally artificially inseminated during a routine checkup, and decides to carry the baby to term for adoption by a couple. But she soon starts to fall for the husband.

Bonus: The show’s storyline parodies the outrageous scenarios often found in Spanish telenovelas. 

Watch seasons 1-3 before the premiere on Friday, October 13 at 9/8c on the CW

13. Stranger Things

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What it’s about: In 1983, group of kids go in search of answers when their friend mysteriously disappears from their Indiana town. Aided by a spooky telekinetic girl they encounter, the kids inadvertently find themselves monster-hunting to get their friend back.

Bonus: The creative story and incredible acting is only bolstered by an awesomely nostalgic 80’s soundtrack.

Watch the first season before 2 is released on October 27 on Netflix. When you’re done, get pumped for next season by watching the official ComicCon trailer here

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