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Snowed in? Binge-watch some warm weather TV

If you're watching the current season of "Hart of Dixie," we hope you're enjoying theRobert Voets, the CW

Look, just because there's whiteout snow conditions outside your house doesn't mean everything has to be winter-themed. For your inevitable TV binge-watch session, might we recommend a few warm weather shows to keep your spirits up?

​​'Hart of Dixie'

Bear with us when we make this next claim: This show is a little bit of a spiritual successor to "Gilmore Girls." Hey, put down those pitchforks, we're serious! While it lacks the screwball dialogue and detailed pop culture references of Amy Sherman-Palladino'sclassic, there is some overlap in the way both shows present an idealized vision of small-town life, complete with made up festivals, kooky town regulars and a general feeling that most of us would be happier if we lived there. Former "O.C." resident Rachel Bilson heads to Bluebell, Alabama from New York City to join a small medical practice and face such trials as severe culture clash and which of two hunky guys to pick. (First three seasons available on Netflix)

'Burn Notice'

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Secret agent Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) finds himself suddenly burned by the government for mysterious reasons. Luckily, all those secret agent skills come in pretty handy if you decide to become a private investigator, which is what he does, in perpetually sexy Miami. He's joined by on/off flame Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and pal Sam, who's played by B movie legend Bruce Campbell. Oh, and like any good private investigator, he spends a lot of time with his mother Madeline, who comes with her own crime solving bonafides: She's played by Sharon Gless of "Cagney and Lacey" fame. (All seven seasons available on Netflix)

'True Blood'

Bon Temps, Louisiana, might not be a real town, but that didn't stop this show's producers from taking full advantage of their fictional setting's warm climate. Proving that you can't go wrong with scantily-clad sexy vampires, the show was part of a wave of vampire-related shows a few years back. Relive the beginning of the magic (before the show went a bit off the rails) by watching the adventures of Sookie (Anna Paquin) and her pals in a world where vampires are starting to come out of the closet. (First three seasons available on Netflix)

'About a Boy'

This show is set in San Francisco, which surely has its fair share of nasty weather, but none of that makes an appearance in the world of "About A Boy." It's another look at the Nick Hornby book of the same name (you may have seen the Hugh Grant movie) about a single, slightly spoiled man who befriends his awkward nerdy neighbor and teaches him to be cooler, and its characters live in a world of gentle good humor and beautiful perfect weather. It's exactly the kind of show you can dip into whenever you're in the mood, which may be part of the reason it's always struggled in the ratings. Try it out! Minnie Driver might be the best part (in the Toni Collette role), but star David Walton has a rangy loose charm. (First season available on Netflix)

'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown'

If you can't travel yourself, you might as well watch someone else go somewhere exciting, and Bourdain has proved to be an excellent travel companion over the years. Somehow, it never really gets old to watch Bourdain travel to some exotic locale, meet the locals and eat some unusual food. This CNN series has three seasons on Netflix, but the first season of "No Reservations" is also available if that's more your taste.

 
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