Gilmore Girls: Summer

“Hammers and Veils” Season 2, Episode 2

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This episode follows another episode I reviewed (Sadie, Sadie). Rory is signing up for summer classes and realizes that she may not have enough volunteer experience to get into Harvard, so she begins frantically looking for charities to work for over the summer. This upsets Dean, because he was looking forward to spending time with her once school let out. Meanwhile, the whole town is excited for Lorelei and Max’s wedding, but Emily doesn’t give much of a reaction, which upsets Lorelei. Lane also prepares to leave for Korea for the summer. This episode takes place at the start of summer and contains lots of discussions of summer plans, however aside from the actual time during which it is set, there is not much summery imagery or feel. This is probably one to watch if you like the show, but otherwise, you can probably skip it.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 4 surfboards

Portlandia: Independence Day

“4th of July/4th of July BBQs” Season 5, Episode 5

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So this episode centers around 3 main plot lines, all taking place on the fourth of July. Dave and Kath are stressing about putting on the perfect barbecue and even hire someone to guide them (played by Jane Lynch). They decided to throw a shitty punk rock themed barbecue but all of their friends are miserable. Meanwhile, Fred and Carrie are attempting to hit every single one of their friends’ barbecues. While Carrie wants to just say hi and then quickly duck out of each party, Fred feels the need to say goodbye to everyone at the party. They get separated and then we follow Fred bouncing around parties trying to catch up with her. The third storyline follows the mayor who wants the city to celebrate the holiday but realizes that they have no fireworks. He then goes on the dark web to try to find fireworks, but mistakenly buys some explosive weapons. This is a great episode that will definitely get you in the spirit of the holiday. The Fred and Carrie storyline especially sums up how it feels to have so many plans over a holiday weekend. This episode is definitely a must watch.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 10 fireworks

Holiday in the Sun (2001): Summer

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If you didn’t like this movie as a child, please don’t watch this. You will hate it I promise, the only reason these movies are enjoyable is because of the nostalgia. When I was a kid I ADORED Mary-Kate and Ashley and I had all the movies. But they’re terrible. But I love them. This movie follows the twins on a family vacation to the Bahamas. So a lot of the movie is glorified vacation home movies, just wishing you were as pretty as them and running around a foreign country on your own with a bunch of hot guys. There’s also a subplot where they get framed for stealing and smuggling native Bahamian art, it’s weird and pointless. But I promise you watching this will make you long for a tropical vacation and the days of old (aka 2001). Also, bless my husband for helping hook up our VCR so I could watch my VHS copy of this movie. The DVDs of their movies are few and far between unfortunately. But to be honest, VHS is the way to watch these films.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 7 surfboards

Gossip Girl: Summer

“Summer, Kind of Wonderful” Season 2, Episode 1

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This episode catches the character at the end of their summer. Dan and Serena are both attempting to get over their ended relationship and Chuck and Blair are still longing for each other. The episode takes place in the Hamptons, you know, where the rich New Yorkers go in the summer. This episode is dripping in mid-00’s summer vibes, it’s what middle school me longed for every summer but never got. It’ll definitely make you long for a summer better than anything you could ever actually experience.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 8 surfboards

 

Gilmore Girls: Summer

“Summer” A Year in the Life, Episode 3

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So, as a dedicated Gilmore Girls fan, I have to say the revival was a little bittersweet for me. I think sometimes it’s better not knowing how things went. It’s better to have in your mind how things might have gone and I always thought season 7 ended very well. And I think time and maturity and actually living an adult life made me see the flaws in the show I hadn’t noticed before. This was my least favorite episode of the revival. It felt like they were putzing around, none of the plots seemed important to me. Like the musical, I feel like they just wanted a reason to include Sutton Foster. I don’t know, then Lorelei and Rory just sitting at the pool shit-talking people while Rory denies how little she lived up to her potential. She takes over the Stars Hollow Gazette and still feels as though the job is beneath her. The best part of this episode is when Michel lets Lorelei know that he has found another job, it was very emotional and wonderful acted by both. This episode has some summer imagery, but kind of drags. It’s not the first summer themed episode I’d watch, that’s for sure.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 5 surfboards

Bob’s Burgers: Summer

“They Serve Horses Don’t They” Season 7, Episode 4

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So, this episode isn’t completely summer oriented, but there is a slip and slide in it and a barbecue so I think it counts. In this episode, Bob gets a new meat supplier who saves him a ton of money. Bob is horrified to find out that the meat he’s been getting is actually horse meat. He agrees to help Hugo gather evidence against his new meat supplier. However, as Bob gets to know him he begins to feel guilty because he starts developing a friendship. As I said, the episode isn’t really a summer episode, but some of the scenes evoke a summer feel and I have a low bar set for what constitutes summer at this point so here we go. This show is wonderful, watch it.

Netflix available? Not anymore those sons of bitches

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 4 surfboards

We’re the Millers (2013): Summer

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Ahh family vacations… a summer classic. However, this family vacation is a little unorthodox. This movie follows a drug dealer who is forced to smuggle a huge amount of marijuana from Mexico to the US. He hires some acquaintances to play his family so he looks less suspicious and they end up taking the trip of a lifetime. It’s a pretty generic raunchy comedy, not anything wonderful, but not horrible to watch. If you’re in the mood for an adult family vacation comedy, this is the one for you. It’s not terribly summer themed, but it’s enjoyable, it’ll get you in the mood for a road trip.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 5 surfboards