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34 things to do during summer's TV hiatus

We are currently in the middle of our annual TV drought. Season finales have aired, but summer shows haven’t really started yet. So what are you supposed to do until September, when fall TV starts up again?

Luckily, I have some ideas. I’ve compiled a helpful list of 34 things to do during hiatus (or at least until Suits starts in a month). Let’s go!

1. Binge-watch Orphan Black (Amazon Prime). Look, this is very important to me. I am considering writing a dissertation on how much Tatiana Maslany deserves an Emmy for this show, and it won’t make any sense if you haven’t watched it.

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning on Orphan Black

2. Read George by Alex Gino (available August 25). This middle-grade novel about a trans girl who wants to play Charlotte in her fourth-grade class play is incredibly touching and important, and will probably (definitely) make you cry.

3. Plan a trip to a (fictional) new place. We here at EW Community are serving as your travel agents.

4. Listen to “Geronimo” by Sheppard on repeat. Sure, it’s not the song of the summer, but those “Bombs aways” are hella catchy.

5. Catch up on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Netflix). Season two was solid, and if you’re a Marvel fan, at this point, it should just be obligatory viewing (especially with Inhumans coming up in 2019).

6. Read Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney. This book is so real and relatable and hilarious, even if you don’t live alone with four cats.

7. Listen to some awesome ’90s jams. As you do this, please consider the following: A lot of us were unknowingly singing very sexual lyrics as children. These music videos are cinematic masterpieces. And finally, the ’90s were the height of fashion and dancing, and you can’t convince me otherwise.


8. Participate in a debate. This could be about our potential presidential candidates, or you could ask yourself if David Boreanaz played a better vampire or FBI agent. Equally serious topics.

9. Cry over McDreamy dying some more. Because you’re either not over it yet, or you’re lying. Recommendation: Do this while listening to a playlist of the approximately 1,400 different covers of “Chasing Cars.”

10. Watch old (and new) episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? on CW Seed and laugh until your sides hurt. It’s always funny. Always.

11. Rewatch Captain America: The Winter Solider. Because it’s the best superhero movie ever, and Age of Ultron is controversial (and not on DVD yet). Trust me, it’s never a bad time to watch Cap 2.

12. Get a library card. It’s free! And Arthur highly recommends it.

13. Have a Nicholas Sparks movie marathon. Every day is improved by muscular forearms, and crying uncontrollably is a great way to spend your downtime.

14. Listen to some cool podcasts. They’re very in right now.

15. Rewatch The Mindy Project before it makes its Hulu debut. Or start watching, but OMG, what are you waiting for, honestly. You’re the reason it’s moving to Hulu in the first place. Shame on you.

The Mindy Project

16. Get ready for Sharknado 3 (July 22) by watching some less popular monster movies. Syfy has a gift, and it is making movies about mash-up monsters that go great with drinking games. (If you are 21 years or older. Please drink responsibly.).

17. Get nostalgic and watch some Boy Meets World—or some great new episodes of Girl Meets World. I’m not saying that GMW is better than BMW, but it is pretty great. It’s almost Glee-levels of meta, the theme song is super-catchy, and Feeny, Shawn, and Plays with Squirrels have all made appearances this season.

18. Brush up on your history facts. And when you’re done crying about Forever getting canceled, you could read a lot of cool nonfiction by authors like Erik Larson and David McCullough.

19. Start watching The 100. Because it’s not what you’d expect, and it’s better than you’d imagine.

20. Find some new artists to listen to. In the days of the Internet, there are a lot of up-and-comers out there just waiting to be discovered. So go discover them already!

21. Watch some of Gilmore Girlsbest episodes (Netflix) as you think about the reunion coming up at ATX Television Festival on June 7. A REUNION, GUYS. (Like you need an excuse to rewatch the season three finale.)

22. Follow Hayley Atwell on Twitter. The woman is a gift, and she loves Peggy Carter more than Steve Rogers does (and that’s saying something).

23. Plan your fall TV viewing schedule, and don’t be afraid to drop some old shows. If you’re anything like me, planning your fall TV schedule requires several different-colored highlighters, a DVR, and a time turner on Tuesday nights. And sometimes there’s just not room for that old favorite that jumped the shark. Don’t feel bad; you’ll always have season one.

24. Practice your “Ben Wyatt looking into the camera” face for when people in real life are just ridiculous. You don’t want to be unprepared when the situation arises.

25. Take some other suggestions from the EW Community in our weekly “Time Suck” feature, including media for when you have a minute, an hour, a day, or a week to kill.

If, for some reason, you feel like leaving your house this summer because “the weather is beautiful” and “I’m on vacation,” here are some even more social options:

26. Take a walk through the park.

27. Apply sunscreen.

28. Head to the beach with a new book.

29. Go to an outdoor concert.

30. Sports (play, watch, I don’t care. I don’t even know what sport is in season right now).

31. Crash a wedding (or just go to one you’re invited to, I guess).

32. Summer is hot.

33. Don’t do any of these things.

34. Just stay inside and watch Netflix.

Happy hiatus, everyone. We’ll get through this together.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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