American Dad: Summer

“The Vacation Goo” Season 3, Episode 1

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This episode follows the Smiths as they go on a family vacation. The episode opens by Francine longing for more quality time with her family, so Stan suggests a vacation. The whole family is thrilled as they always have a wonderful time together on vacation. They soon discover that for years Stan has been putting them in memory altering goo and programming their brains to THINK they were on vacation while he spent time alone at home. Francine demands that they go on a real vacation, but becomes paranoid about being in the goo. She jumps off the cruise ship and the family follows leaving them lost at sea. They end up on an island full of men who hunt people for sport. It’s a wild episode for sure, and will make you thankful you’ve never had a vacation like this before!

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: Six surfboards

 

The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003): Summer

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I will start by saying that this movie is not for everyone. It’s a Disney Channel masterpiece that features the best of early 00’s nostalgia. I’m not claiming it’s good, but it’s charming and if you grew up (or had your children grow up) in the right era, it’s a classic. The movie follows teenage girl, Lizzie, as she goes on a summer trip to Italy with her class. She arrives dreaming of adventure, and she gets it when she discovers that she has a doppleganger in the form of an Italian pop star. The movie requires you to suspend logic, but it has some great shots of Rome and is just a generally fun film. It’s a way to see Europe if you aren’t able to go over there yourself.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 6 surfboards

Bob’s Burgers: Summer

“A River Runs Through Bob” Season 4, Episode 1

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Bob’s Disclaimer

In the season 4 opener, the Belcher’s are off to the wood to make up for Tina’s missed ThunderGirls camping trip. Bob attempts to embrace the wilderness experience, only to learn that he may not be quite cut out for it. When Bob and Linda get separated from the kids, both parties set out to find the other, leading to some great nature scenes. This episode will definitely get you in the mood for a summer camping trip, but the plus side is, you don’t actually have to GO camping.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 4 surfboards

Bob’s Burgers: Summer

“It Snakes A Village” Season 3, Episode 18

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This episode follows the Belchers as they drive down to Florida to visit Linda’s parents at their retirement community. When the pool is closed, the kids decide to spend their time looking for a resident’s lost dog that was supposedly eaten by a python. Meanwhile Bob and Linda discover that the retirement community may not be as innocent as they assumed. The family’s road trip and the kids’ adventures are very reminiscent of summer vacations past. This episode should take you back to the good old days when adventure was out there (and by there I mean in an elderly sex community in Florida).

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: Five surfboards

Bob’s Burgers: Summer

“The Deepening” Season 3, Episode 6

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Bob’s Disclaimer

This episode follows Bob’s quest to display the shark from one of his favorite local movies, The Deepening (a play on the infamous summer classic, Jaws). When Mr. Fischoeder obtains the mechanical movie shark as an attraction at Wonder Wharf, they quickly lose control of the prop, and end up having to battle the shark. Some of my favorite episodes of this show are parodies of famous movies, and the allusions to Jaws in this episode are enough to make you simultaneously long for summer and dread going into the water.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: Five surfboards

Bob’s Burgers: Summer

“Mutiny on the Windbreaker” Season 3, Episode 4

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Once again, the episode isn’t explicitly set in summer (perhaps I’ll call this the Bob’s Disclaimer). But, it follows the family as they are forced to go on a cruise against their will by a burger-obsessed captain. This episode really brings in the summer vacation vibes, between the nautical setting and Linda’s awful tan. This episode isn’t a personal favorite of mine, but you can’t deny that you’ll be ready to pack your suitcase and cruise with a capybara after watching it.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? Yes, with a fee

Holiday rating: Five surfboards

Bob’s Burgers: Summer

“Bob Fires the Kids” Season 3, Episode 3

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So this may be one of the few episodes that is flat out set in summer, it also most  accurately portrays my personal feelings towards summer (as Gene says, “Summer is awful. There’s too much pressure to enjoy yourself.”). In this episode, Bob decides to fire the kids, in an attempt to have them enjoy the summer. However, the kids quickly grow tired and find jobs elsewhere, specifically on a pot farm. While the episode only has a brief summer montage, it’s generally hilarious and definitely warrants a watch. Especially if you’re like me and would rather watch people enjoy summer on TV than actually go outside in the heat.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: Five surfboards