Too hot to step outside? Need some alone time? Use your summer down time to catch up on one of these great shows streaming online.
Catastrophe (comedy), Amazon.com
Newest of Amazon's original series, Catastrophe stars Rob Connelly and Sharon Horgan (also one of its creators, who has been called the Tina Fey of British TV) as a American guy in London on business and an Irish woman who lives there who have a brief affair and end up prego. At only 6 episodes, you can knock this one out easily in one sitting. Watch Season 1 on Amazon.com.
Transparent (comedy/drama), Amazon.com
If you haven't seen this yet, it's a must watch, especially if you are interested in understanding what people like Caitlyn (nee Bruce) Jenner are going through. At the 72nd Golden Globes in January 2015, Transparent became the first series from a streaming video service to win a Golden Globe for Best Series (Jeffrey Tambor also received the Best Actor award). Catch up on Season 1 on Amazon.com. Season 2 starts in September and Season 3 has already been ordered.
UnREAL (drama), Lifetime
If you love The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, you'll LOVE UnREAL. This is a scripted drama about the behind the scenes machinations of a fake reality dating show called "Everlasting," which is very reminiscent of The Bachelor. Shady producer-induced drama, prompted story lines and on-set romance have made this one of my favorite shows of the summer. Watching The Bachelor will never be the same. Season 1 is currently airing on Lifetime. Catch up on MyLifetime.com.
Inside Amy Schumer (sketch comedy), Comedy Central
Between her raunchy stand-up, a hosting gig on the MTV Movie Awards and her new movie Trainwreck coming out in July, Amy Schumer is definitely this year's "it" comedian. Meanwhile, she's had her own sketch show on Comedy Central since 2013 and just finished her second season. Catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 on ComedyCentral.com or iTunes.
The Fall (crime drama), Netflix
Seriously people, I've told you this already: you need to watch The Fall. Stars Jillian Anderson as an English Detective tracking down a serial killer played by Jamie Dornan in Belfast, Ireland. An even bigger reason to watch? To see Jamie Dornan in something 50 shades less terrible than 50 Shades of Grey. Watch Seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix. Season 3 premieres this fall.
Difficult People (comedy), Hulu
This one is a trick, because it doesn't debut until August 5, but it's written and produced by Amy Poehler so it's automatically going on my list as it should yours. Stars Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner as best friends who live in New York and frequently land in hot water as a result of their obnoxious behavior. Watch on Hulu starting Aug 5. Check out a trailer for the series here.