For years we've been conditioned to lower our TV expectations during the warmer months, seeking out shows that we would never allow to clutter our overstuffed DVRs at any other time of year. But even though it's only early June, there's already an unusually high amount of truly addictive television - shows that we should be ashamed to watch, but aren't. Here's our top ten favorite guilty viewing pleasures of the summer so far.
There are a million TV channels out there these days, so when summertime comes around, we really have time to explore the vast world of random television programming. While we dig big shows like True Blood and So You Think You Can Dance, it's the more quirky, niche shows that really have us hooked this season, even if their names may garner blank stares from most folks when when we mention them. Below are some shows that may be off your radar but are worth checking out.
Confession time. I loved the cable series Monster Garage. Loved it. Watched every episode at least once. I was so hooked that I once trekked over to my local Barnes and Noble to meet the host, the tattooed and possibly crazy, now husband of Sandra Bullock, Jesse James. Now mind you, I'm a pretty oridinary thirty-something woman with no ink, no motorcycle in the garage, and no checkered past or juvie stints on my record, but I still love shows where tough-looking guys weld and blow things up. And Jesse James does it better than anyone. (Trust me, or check out this video for proof.) He's sort of the anti-Ty Pennington (nothing against over-enthusiastic goofball Ty and his megaphone), but James speaks softly and carries deadly weapons.