Spring is for cleaning and venturing outdoors after a long winter. Finally. It’s a time when we start to envision lakes and beaches instead of skiing and firewood. Basketball is out. Baseball is in. So is nasal spray and the pollen that coats cars, roads and buildings in a yellow film.
Spring is for TV. Though popular shows like Georgia-based “The Walking Dead” premiere in the winter and Netflix’s binge-worthy “House of Cards” is available to ruin your social life any weekend of the year, some of the best TV viewing schedules start after the snow melts.
With so many to choose from, Forsyth County News staff offered some thoughts on what they’re looking forward to this TV season. We featured our favorites, along with how we watch and even some guilty pleasure viewing.
Feel free to judge us or disagree with us. We won’t notice; we’ll be in front of the screen.
What we’re counting down to
Kayla Robins, staff writer: I could go on and on, but I’ve been a huge “Mad Men” fan for a few years now. It’s not as plot-driven as most of the other shows I watch – think “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” – but I’m drawn to the story’s characters. I think because they seem like real people just trying to deal with changing times (the ‘60s). The show is centered on people in and around an advertising agency, and I like seeing them deal with real events and companies. The last season just began, so expect some detachment issues in my near future. Will Don Draper find himself and end on good terms with his co-workers and family? I hope so. Will there be handlebar mustaches? Definitely.
- The seventh and final season of "Mad Men" runs on Sundays at 10 p.m. on AMC.
Michael Foster, sports reporter: Let me make my argument for the NBA Playoffs. First off, the Hawks are entering the playoffs as a serious contender for the first time since I was still eating Happy Meals, so I'm going to be an anxious wreck for a few weeks, or months, depending on how far they get. Either way, the NBA Playoffs are becoming one of the greatest spectacles in sports. With social media, the playoffs become a nightly marathon of heaven for sports pontificators like myself. The entertainment value with the Warriors, the Spurs getting hot, the hometown Hawks and, well, LeBron, it's going to be awesome. If you're one of those folks like my parents who just don't subscribe to basketball, let the Hawks into your life for a minute and give them a chance.
Tracie Pike, paginator/copy editor: The show I actually remember is on the DVR and look forward to most right now is “Southern Charm.” It’s a reality show about people (mostly wealthy) in Charleston, S.C. I think I like it so much because I’m from the South, and the characters are pretty awesome. I also like “Bates Motel.” That show is one of those I forget how much I like until I start watching it again.
- The second season of “Southern Charm” runs on Mondays at 10 p.m. on Bravo.
- The third season of “Bates Motel” runs on Mondays at 9 p.m. on A&E.
Ryan Garmon, advertising director: I am currently two episodes deep in the new (March 20th) Netflix Original Series “Bloodline.” As far as I can tell, it is a haunting look at a family, who, from outward appearances, seems to have everything. Set in the perennial serenity of the Florida Keys, each episode uncovers the dark, troubling history of a prominent south Florida family. It peaks my fascination with the macabre while simultaneously bombarding my fragile, vacation-starved senses with iconic beach and water scenes.
Angie Decker, graphic designer: “Chrisley Knows Best.” Todd Chrisley’s wit while raising his kids is hilarious. He is not afraid to tell it like it is. And I love seeing that they are a local family with a show. I look forward to seeing what Savannah and Chase come up with thinking they are going to get away with it! Right now I’m watching “Grimm.” Our family has been watching this show from the first episode and love every minute of it. It’s a must watch every week for us. Seeing how the story develops really draws us in. Especially when they air an episode that leaves you saying, “What? ... Did that just happen? ... Now we have to wait a whole week for the next episode!”
- The third season of “Chrisley Knows Best” premieres Tuesday, June 2 at 9 p.m. on USA.
- The fourth season of “Grimm” runs on Fridays at 8 p.m. on NBC.
Kelly Whitmire, staff writer: I’m really looking forward to the fifth season of “Game of Thrones.” This will be the first season I’ve watched since catching up on the book series, and this season is expected to get into stories from the unfinished sixth book.
- The fifth season of “Game of Thrones” premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on HBO.
How we watch
Kayla: I don’t know where I’d be without DVR. Probably outside.
Michael: With my Twitter by my side. Will I get carpal tunnel? Possibly. Probably. But there's nothing more fun than channeling your emotions during basketball games than through overused memes, hyperboles and hot takes.
Tracie: I mostly watch DVR with my husband. We also like to purchase entire seasons and binge watch them. “True Detective” is a perfect example.
- The second season of “True Detective” premieres Sunday, June 21 (time TBD).
Ryan: By the time I get home in the evening, I only have enough time for one episode before calling it a night.
Angie: We usually DVR most shows we watch because of our busy schedules. With two high school-aged kids involved in almost everything, we rarely catch shows live.
Kelly: I occasionally watch new episodes live, but usually watch, and re-watch, them on HBO’s streaming service, HBOGO.
What we secretly love
Kayla: I watch The Bachelor/Bachelorette with my girl friends. What is reality TV if not judging people you don’t know over a glass of wine?
- The 11th season of “The Bachelorette” premieres Monday, May 18 at 9 p.m. on ABC.
Michael: I've I have been watching Alaskan Bush People (the second season ended in February) with my girlfriend a lot recently. I've not watched a lot of television other than a few NBC comedies since my youth, so a lot of reality television has escaped me through the years, but there is something nostalgic about sitting around for an hour and making fun of families on television. I've not done that in a while, but I'm getting back into it. I will also admit that I'm one of the few humans left on this entire planet that pays attention to post-recession arena football. Did anyone pay attention to it pre-recession, either?
- Arena football: Not sure. Ask Michael.
Tracie: OK, so I watch “The Beverly Hills Housewives” and the spinoff from that show “Vanderpump Rules.” I won’t even try to explain why.
Ryan: Does Studio Forsyth count?
Angie: Guilty pleasures? Of course! HGTV Network! I can sit and watch it for hours. Although my husband and I enjoy watching Hawaii Five-O together every week!
- The fifth season of “Hawaii Five-O runs" on Fridays at 9 p.m. on CBS.