That 70’s Show: Summer

“Going to California” Season 5, Episode 1

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This episode was the season five premiere, picking up where the season 4 finale ended. Donna and Kelso are in California, Donna hopes to get over Eric, meanwhile Kelso has found “love” in Annette, played by Jessica Simpson. While she is hot as all hell, she is a virgin and Kelso is desperate to get in her pants. Meanwhile, Eric realizes that his love for Donna is strong enough to take him out to California to reunite with her. There’s also a surprising new relationship in bloom. This episode is great for summer. There’s some fun 70’s beach scenes and there’s lots of passionate summer romances afoot. I definitely recommend checking this out to get you in the mood for summer, but it might help to check out the season 4 finale beforehand, just so the story makes a little more sense.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 8 surfboards

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Eurotrip (2004): Summer

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Scotty doesn’t know… So I feel like this film is a classic for anyone who was a teenager in the 00’s. I just remember everyone in my school quoting this movie. This film follows a group of four friends who spend their summer between high school and college traveling through Europe. Scotty is on a mission to meet his German pen pal and tell her he loves her. However, getting from point A to point B is a lot more complicated than he plans for it to be. This movie is full of pretty predictable early 00’s sex comedy humor, along the lines of the American Pie movies, however, I still kind of enjoy it? The main thing this movie has going for it is the fact that the actors are all decent. They’re funny and do the most they can with a mediocre script. I don’t think this film is for everyone, as it is especially raunchy and problematic at times, but I think if you were a teenager when this film came out, you’ll really enjoy it to get in the mood for summer. It’s full of beautiful shots of various European countries and has a fun, summer vacation feel.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 7 surfboards

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008): Summer

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So, I know this movie is old, but I only saw the entire thing for the first time recently, up until this year I had only seen bits and pieces. It’s surprisingly good? I don’t know why I didn’t think it was going to be that good, but I had low expectations. It’s a surprisingly heartwarming and original for a romantic comedy. Peter and his celebrity girlfriend, Sarah, end their long term relationship and Peter goes to Hawaii to try to get over her. Unfortunately Sarah is there with her new boyfriend, a famous rock star, making his healing process much harder. The film is set at a Hawaiian resort and has some absolutely breathtaking shots of the beach and scenery. The whole film has a tropical feel and will make you want to break out your swimsuit and sip a Pina colada by the ocean. I definitely recommend checking this out, not only to get in the mood for summer, but also  for an enjoyable rom-com.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 9 surfboards

Saved By the Bell: Independence Day

“Fourth of July” Season 3, Episode 6

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Is there anything more American than an early 90’s sitcom? How about an early 90’s sitcom set during the fourth of July? The Bayside gang are working at a beach resort and it is holding a fourth of July celebration, including different competitions between the resort members and staff and a Miss Liberty pageant. Zach is a judge in the competition and is being bribed by his boss to vote for the boss’ daughter, Stacey. While he has legitimate feelings for Stacey, he feels wrong voting for her under duress. This episode is cheesy as a pizza and full of goofy sound effects and laugh tracks. It’s silly, it has lots of Independence Day imagery, and is set on a beach… what more could you ask for in a fourth of July episode? I definitely recommend adding this episode to your fourth of July watch list.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 10 fireworks

Gravity Falls: Summer

“The Deep End” Season 1, Episode 15

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Ahh, summer love. Don’t you just hate when they turn out to be a merman? That’s what happens to Mabel in this extra summer-y episode. As I posted before, this coming of age classic is set during summer and is full of fun adventures that makes it a great summer watch (my husband and I rewatch the entire series every summer).  But this episode in particular is perfect. It’s the hottest day of summer and the Pines crew seeks relief at the local pool. Mabel becomes obsessed with a new boy, who turns out to be a merman. Meanwhile, Dipper gets a job as an assistant lifeguard to get closer to Wendy who also works for the pool’s slightly deranged owner. There’s also a side plot about Stan and Gideon fighting over the best lounge chair at the pool. It’s a hilarious episode that is full of summer imagery and makes me want to go swimming. The kid in solitary confinement in pool jail is also a genuine treasure that never fails to make me laugh. Definitely check it out as part of your summer watch list. Then check out the rest of the show, it’s literally one of the greatest shows of all time.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 10 bikini tops

Adventureland (2009): Summer

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In 1980s Pittsburgh, recent college grad James learns that his family is having money problems and he needs to get a summer job before going to graduate school. He settles on a job at local theme park, Adventureland. This movie will resonate with anyone who has needed to work a shitty summer job to make ends meet. This movie is kind of hipstery, but also has an old school summer vibe that is really cool and laid back. It makes a lame-ass job look fun because of the camaraderie between coworkers, which honestly is usually the best part of a shitty job. I recommend checking this movie out if you need a low-key summer rom com.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 7 surfboards

Dazed and Confused (1993): Summer

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Want to watch a bunch of 70’s teens fuck around for an hour and 42 minutes? Well look no further. Despite being a simple concept and having nothing really noteworthy happen, it’s an enjoyable film. It’s one of those movies that’s more a vibe than a story, and it captures its vibe perfectly. It’s the last day of school before summer and the teens of the town are going wild. There’s beer, weed, and lots of teenaged angst. I think this movie captures the spirit of a high school summer so much because there isn’t much happening and that’s realistic. That’s what a lot of real life is, lame conversations between friends. This movie will make you long for summers you never had, laid back and listening to rock with your best friends.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 8 surfboards