Right now I’m stranded alone in Long Island waiting for what I’ve been told is my impending doom… Or maybe it’s just some rain. At least that’s what a birdie named Kevin Carr told me. Regardless, you’re gonna need some entertainment to pass the time once you’ve put away the lawn furniture and brought in anythything not nailed down.

What better than a television marathon? Here are five shows to cuddle up with during a hurricane.

*All entries are available digitally on Netflix, Amazon and/or iTunes (because I would just be an ass if I offered options only available in stores).

Star Trek (All Series)

As if I need to defend it. Let’s be honest –  if you’re reading this, you’re probably a fan of at least one iteration of Star Trek, and if you’ve been looking for an excuse to get reacquainted with some inter-galactic travelers, now’s your chance.

When the storms come a rockin’, don’t set those phasers to kill, because you never know what accidents they might cause. It doesn’t matter if you’re a member of TOS or the Voyager crew, nothing beats crappy weather like the adventures of the various star ship crews of Federation and the crazy aliens species they encounter.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

M. Night jokes aside, Avatar: The Last Bender has been called the Star Wars of this generation, and I wouldn’t be against agreeing with that statement. While Aang can’t jump through the screen and stop any impending category two winds, he sure can make you feel better about when it approaches.

The story of Aang throughout the three seasons of the series was not without its impact. Through each new stage of his, as well as Sokka and Katara’s respective journeys, you feel a sense of accomplishment for them, and thus for yourself. And after the storm passes you will feel an even greater sense of accomplishment for surviving the ride along with Aang and his pals.

Hawaii Five-0 (2011)

You’re sun may have been blocked out by circling clouds of doom overhead, but the boys (and gal) of Five-0 over in Hawaii are doing just fine while they bask in the sun while catching many, many bad guys.

One thing that most can agree on (including myself and that Rookie Blue loving traitor, Rob Hunter) is that Hawaii Five-0 not only was one of the best new shows of last season, but that it’s a bitchin’ good time (did I just say bitchin’?). But seriously, if the sell of awesome banter between Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin isn’t enough, then I have five words for you: Grace Park in a bikini.


If Hawaiian sunshine ain’t your thing, how about some booze drinking, twenty-something slackers that are in an involuntary deal with the Devil? The show that’s pilot was directed by Kevin Smith is a golden example of what happens when a good show isn’t given the treatment is needs to succeed.

Right network, wrong time. The CW simply put Reaper in a bad time slot. That said, what we did get of the series is excellent Hurricane ignoring material. You’ll be so invested in the adventures of Sam, Sock and Ben that you won’t have time in between bouts of laughter to check the massive amounts of rain and wind outside the window.

The Wire

As stated the last time The Wire made one of these lists, it’s The fucking Wire.

Want to read more Channel Guide? Of course you do.

To listen to the latest episode of Merrill’s TV Podcast, The Idiot Boxers with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.

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