The summer in Massachusetts is for outside activity, except when it's not. I'm not a tourist on a holiday by the ocean. I live here, and sometimes it's TV time.

For most of my childhood, I was at the mercy of the big networks and the how the weather interfered with the antenna on the roof of my parent's house. But those days ended, and today I can watch whatever I want at any time I want to watch it. Ten years old me, waiting for the Sunday Night Movie in front of a black and white TV, would never believe how great it is now to be bored.

Here are some of the best options available today:

WKRP in Cincinnati:  This is a late 1970's into the 1980's sitcom about a radio station. I watch it on a local cable station at 9:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Cheers: This is one of the most popular TV shows in the history of TV. The fictitious Boston-based tavern is the backbone of the stories that still make me laugh. It is available on late night cable and online payment services.

The Office: It is strange to think of this as an old show, but it is now old and I run into younger people who have never seen the program. The characters at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company are a hilarious gang of misfits. There is a rumor that the show may have a reunion soon.

Seinfeld: This is one of the best TV shows to ever make it on the tube. Starting in the late 1980's, it held on to the crown for over a decade as the king of the sitcoms. I hear somebody quote this show a few times a week, even now. It is available on cable TV as well as various on-demand platforms.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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