Must List poll: What is the Must scripted TV show of the summer?

Now that you’ve voted on your favorite summer reality show, let’s talk about scripted TV. Yes, that does exist in the summer, but you’ll have to venture into cable to find it. There’s the Jeffrey Donovan-led Burn Notice on USA (returning June 4); Kyra Sedgwick in TNT’s The Closer (June 8); HBO’s vampire saga True Blood (June 14); Showtime’s venerable comic-drama Weeds (June 8) and, finally, AMC’s Mad Men, a.k.a. pretty much the best show on television. But AMC is making us wait until August this time around. Boo. Anyhow, that’s a not-too-shabby list. Which of these is your favorite in the summery months, PopWatchers? Hit up the poll to let us know, and feel free to explain yourself in the comments.

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  • Snarf

    True Blood. Am truly hooked. While I really like Mad Men (and it remains me of summer since I started watching it last July while in P-Town) it loses points for starting to late in the season.

  • marymary

    Why does the must scripted show have to be a drama? One of the best shows out there during the summer is Psych. Hilarious in every sense of the word!

  • S

    Psych and Eureka.

  • Rebecca

    Mad Men!! I can’t believe we have to wait until August! :(

  • Melissa

    Mad Men and Law & Order:CI

  • Alan

    Burn Notice all the way. The smartest, funniest, most enjoyable show on TV, cable or otherwise (especially now that Life has been cancelled).

  • stee

    you forgot the final season of Monk and Leverage

  • Lauren

    What, no Army Wives? That’s the show I most look forward to all year!

  • Laura K.

    Probably about the only scripted show I’m going to watch is, sadly, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” But I wouldn’t suggest that one for Must List, so I’m just going to go back to my corner now.

  • Verity

    Gotta add my confusion over Psych being omitted from this list. It’s the only scripted show I actually look forward to each summer.

  • ragincajun67

    True Blood! Definitely the most, ah, HUMID show on TV.

  • John

    I’ve been re-watching Season 1 of Mad Men in prep for this. I watch and love a lot of TV, but Mad Men is easily the most risky and mature show on television, and I’m not even talking about content. It’s all about mise-en-scene, style, pacing (slow and steady won the hell out of the race).

  • Janie

    I love all of these shows, but the decision was easy- TRUE BLOOD. It’s so crazy and exciting that you always want more. And, oh yeah, it’s kinda hot too…

  • Young Dundas

    What about “The Listener” on NBC? It’s shaping up to be a great show… find an exclusive trailer at

  • Solie

    I am going to say I love True Blood. I read all the books to the Sookie Stackhouse Series so I am really excited to see what’s in store for Season 2!

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