Whether you're planning a spring break getaway or just a staycation, these beach-set shows will help set the mood. Don't start watching too early, though! It'll make the winter seem even worse.
If you love your explosions and spy-like drama almost as much as you love the beach, Burn Notice is the show for you. When Michael got kicked out of government espionage a few years ago, he was "burned" from the system. They stranded him in Miami, and he had to figure out how to make a living for himself. With a small stash of money and a boom-happy girlfriend (Gabrielle Anwar), Michael turned things around by offering his services underground. He helps all kinds of people — good and bad. He's been set up for murder and made people think he'd been murdered, but he still always comes out on top! We don't care who he's working for — just show us more Miami!
Yeah, yeah. It's another Miami-based show. But can you ever have too much Miami? (Yes, actually.) While Burn Notice has Michael, The Glades has Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore) . Jim's a fast-car-drivin', rules-skirting, uniform-losing detective who shipped off to Miami after an incident with his boss in Chicago. Almost immediately after arriving in the Sunshine State, he latched onto a beautiful nurse and made a best buddy out of her son. There's just one problem: the beautiful nurse's convict husband. The trouble Jim gets into and the cases he solves are always interesting and usually end up making you laugh along the way. Oh, yeah... and he's hotter than August in Miami.
Who better to warm up your winter blues than the 5-0, Danno (Scott Caan) and McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin)? Hawaii Five-0 isn't just full of beautiful bodies; it's lush with beautiful scenery, too. It kind of makes you want to just pack up and go, right? On the other hand, there sure appears to be a lot of crime in Hawaii. The boys are always taking down the mob or a drug ring or... something. (Who knows? We're too busy staring at McGarrett.) The "local flavor" is awesome, too! Kono (Grace Park) is one seriously bada** babe. (We feel a little guilty we left her off our list of TV's tough chicks!) Make a piña colada, grill up some pineapple and enjoy the hotties show.
If murder, spies and drug lords aren't your thing, how about a nice mix of sex, lies and trust funds? The ZIP code 90210 is one of the most expensive in the country, and the people who live there are some of the richest. With money comes drama. With drama usually comes a little bit of sex, too. Not every scene is on the beach or by the pool... sometimes you see big, fancy mansions. Then, of course, there are all those relaxing rides on the characters' massive yachts. What a life! Want to live vicariously through those people with huge mansions and glittering pools who live in the most coveted ZIP code around? Just watch 90210.
There is one more option for a nice beach escape. It's our favorite and involves some of the coolest kids in the world. The best part? The show is old enough that you can probably get the DVDs pretty cheap.
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