In recent years, summer TV shows have proven among the best television fare. Now that Summer, 2012, is underway, which shows deserve your attention? Take a look and see just a few.
Although most people hate to admit it, Charlie Sheen is funny and he brings the best of himself to FX's Anger Management. While he still takes pot shots at his former series, Two and a Half Men, at least now it's in good fun and not outrageously hateful.
The Borgias continues to rise in performance as well as ratings. The show, based around the well-known Borgia family, makes intrigue and backstabbing look almost normal. With Jeremy Irons at the helm, the entertainment and quality factors of the show have increased significantly.
Food Network's Chopped pits different chefs against one another to gauge their creativity as well as their cooking skills. The ingredients thrown at the contestants are often more than unique. Yet, somehow the chefs rise to the top, preparing dishes fit for a queen or king.
Dallas is back and as big as ever. Not only do fans get treated to J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen, they also get to watch their famous sons battle it out over Southfork. It's good, soapy fun.
Dance Moms is the show viewers love to hate because of tacky stage mothers and an often cruel dance teacher. Why watch blatant abuse of young girls? To make sure your parenting never mirrors it of course.
Drop Dead Diva is funny, quirky and sweet. It's the perfect romantic comedy that also carries a bit of bite. Lifetime's divas aren't shrinking violets. They lead the way, letting the men follow behind.
Eureka is nearly over for good. If you haven't watched the Sy Fy dramedy before, catch the last episodes for a special treat. This quirky little series is addictive good fun.
TNT's Falling Skies is perfect for the science fiction lover, but other audiences will like it too. It's all about family and survival; two things with which almost everyone can relate.
Hell's Kitchen is celebrating its 10th season on Fox with a group of chefs you have to see to believe. So far, none of the hopefuls seem to have the cooking skills, leadership qualities or personality to head Gordon Ramsay's new Las Vegas steakhouse. However, their antics are fun to watch.
Longmire is taking television by storm. The A&E series has a remarkable cast in Robert Taylor, Katee Sackoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman and Bailey Chase. Their characters are rich and relatable. The plotlines and writing is excellent too.
Louie: Louis C.K. isn't everyone's cup of tea. However, many find the bombastic blowhard fun to watch whether he's being offensive or not. Easily one of FX's most interesting shows, it bears watching at least once.
Rizzoli and Isles makes for compelling television. The girl best buds back one another up while getting their work done with accuracy and grace. They seldom miss put the bad guy behind bars.
Gordon Ramsay struck Fox gold when he promised to take a home cook and turn her or him into a Master Chef. This year the show celebrates its third season with some of the best cooking talent to date. That includes a blind chef who can out cook most of her competition. Tuning in just to watch her is worth the price of admission.
Saving Hope teams two TV icons together; Michael Shanks from Stargate: SG 1 and Erica Durance of Smallville fame. The chemistry between the stars as well as great writing make this NBC medical drama one worth viewing.
Those missing Vampire Diaries can get a taste of the supernatural with MTV's Teen Wolf. The show continues to surprise with outstanding acting and solid scripts. Plus, the werewolves are pretty hot too.
Warehouse 13 returns to Sy Fy in July bringing with it a lot of laughter, tears and intrigue. It's a winning combination when combined with compelling characters and good writing.
Wilfred won't appeal to everyone. However, the dark FX comedy has garnered a respectable following. It's one part hilarity and one part bizarre, making it perfect summer far.
What's your favorite summer TV show?