If you’re one of those people who nods politely during a heated debate about Lost without knowing what the heck a smoke monster is and how Jack is the worst sometimes, then the 30 Days of Binge is for you. EW has compiled a month-long itinerary of shows that you should watch—nay, binge—before fall TV commences.
This past week, the calendar compelled viewers to begin with Lost (the pilot did cost $13 million to produce), watch Olivia Pope get it on with the President in the most inappropriate places on Scandal, and hit up classic cop shows like Dragnet, Columbo, Cagney and Lacey, Hill Street Blues, and Miami Vice.
Next week, we finally delve into the hatch in season two of Lost, meet the other half of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, and realize why Lost fans treat Michelle Rodriguez with scorn. On Scandal, we see more lip quivers and an election scandal that breaks about a million laws. We also recommend a pair of long-running cop shows, NYPD Blue, whose central character Detective Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) is totally underrated in the pantheon of classic antiheroes, and perennial favorite Law & Order. Later in the week, we move onto classic cartoon favorites like The Flintstones, Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends, Dexter’s Laboratory, and a show about a beloved late-90s teenager—Daria.