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Great TV Dramas to Catch in Reruns

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Waiting for your favorite TV drama to return in the fall doesn't mean you can't find new and captivating dramas to watch during the summer. Each summer, I make a point to find at least one drama I've always wanted to watch, but couldn't squeeze it into my busy viewing schedule (hey, it's a tough job, but someone has to do it!). I do my best to try and stay away from those serialized dramas so I don't have to worry about missing any episodes over the summer (although some are just too good to ms), so I've put together a list of the five dramas I feel are worth a test drive....

'The Walking Dead'

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One of the great aspects of the cable network shows is that the shortened seasons allow those who have always wanted to give the show a try the opportunity to do so without having dozens of episodes to watch first. After hearing non-stop about how wonderful this was, I caught a Walking Dead marathon halfway through season two and have been a huge fan ever since.

'Boardwalk Empire'

Steve Buscemi
Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

After much buzz, I picked up this fantastic new series at the tail end of the first season and became a fan before the final credits rolled at the end of the first episode. With all of the crime dramas and reality TV shows, you will find that this series is nothing like anything we have on television today!

'Glee' - Fox

The Cast of Glee
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Glee was easily one of the biggest new shows of the 2009-10 season and now's your chance to see what the hype is all about! The underlying storyline is pretty easy to follow, but if nothing else, at least tune in to see the fantastic musical numbers.

'The Good Wife' - CBS

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After many years, CBS finally found a hit drama to fill their Tuesday, 10pm timeslot. The Good Wife was one of those series I always wanted to watch during the regular season, so I was delighted to catch the pilot episode the week after the season finale aired. I didn't even finish the first episode before I added it to my DVR list. Each legal case brings an intriguing (and often ethical) element most other legal dramas have lacked over the years and the cast is easily one of the most talented group of actors in the business.

'The Mentalist' - CBS

Simon Baker
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Crime dramas have always been popular with viewers, but I think they were becoming a bit dull over the years -- until The Mentalist came along! Women will fall in love with Patrick Jane, men will want to become him and you'll love the way he helps solve all those fascinating cases with that keen intellect and charming disposition.

'Castle' - ABC

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What do you get when you combine a witty crime novelist with a beautiful police detective? A crime drama you just can't get enough of each week! If you fall in love with this series (and you will), ABC has given fans the opportunity to enhance our viewing experience with a series of mystery novels written by the fictitious Richard Castle.

'The Vampire Diaries' - CW

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I really tried to stay away from serialized dramas in this list, but I strongly feel that if viewers catch this one early enough, you will be treated to years worth of television satisfaction as I believe this series is in it for the long haul. With vampires being such a big deal over the last couple of years, I think that once the craze dies out, The Vampire Diaries will still be one of the hottest tickets in town.

Honorable Mention...

Cast of Life UneXpected
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