Consider these binge-worthy shows during summer

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By Sarah Rose, Managing Editor

Because summer is around the corner, here are three shows that are fun to binge or rewatch.

“Pretty Little Liars” (Hulu)

When Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse), one of five best friends, vanishes one night, the friend’s lives and their town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania become forever changed. When the four remaining friends, Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario), Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale), Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell) and Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson) attend Alison’s funeral, they all get a text message from an anonymous person named “A.” The sender seems to know everything about the girls and more about Alison than the friends thought they knew. The series has seven seasons which all contain an intense mystery element as the girls and the viewer try to figure out who “A” is. The show is easy to get through because the storylines are so addicting, and each episode leaves off on a cliffhanger.

“The Originals” (Netflix)

Set in the well-known world of “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals” follows the stories of the first vampires who were ever created – the Mikaelsons. Set in New Orleans, the show focuses on Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan), Elijah Mikaelson (Daniel Gillies) and Hayley Marshall (Phoebe Tonkin), a werewolf, as they try to reclaim their city. The Mikaelsons’ old friend Marcel Gerard (Charles Michael Davis) is reigning terror over the supernatural community, leaving Klaus and Elijah to try to ease the tensions and help rebuild their legacy. The show’s central theme is family and poses the question “How far would you go to protect the ones you love?” several times throughout the five season series. “The Originals” makes for an easy summer binge because there’s mystery, fantasy and found family all wrapped up in one package. 

“Shameless” (Netflix)

Both heart wrenching and hilarious, “Shameless” tells the story of the Gallagher family, a family of two absent parents and six children who are growing up on the south side of Chicago. Fiona (Emmy Rossum), the oldest of the Gallagher siblings, takes on the mother role and tries her best to raise her younger siblings in a chaotic household. The series tackles some heavy themes such as abuse, sexual assault and harassment but holds family as the core theme. The show is an adaptation from the British “Shameless” which aired in 2004 and follows the same premise as the American version.