Take a look out the nearest window—you see that shining, blistering hot sun? Well, guess what? It’s even nicer when experienced outdoors, rather than merely glimpsed from a cozy couch or a workplace swivel chair. Now that summer is upon us, and the temperatures are steadily rising, it’s officially the season for beach trips, bathing suits, and extracurricular/sporty activities carried out amidst fresh air and warm skies. Meaning, it’s exactly the time of year in which we shouldn’t be wasting away indoors, watching hours of television with cans of soda and bags of potato chips in hand.

But why start practicing a healthy lifestyle now, especially since, we’re guessing, you drank gallons of booze and devoured tons of cheeseburgers during Memorial Day weekend. The summer months might mean it’s nicer than ever outside, but the span from June through August also brings forth an assortment of worthwhile TV programs, including returning favorites, classic shows beginning their swan songs, and new properties that either look brilliant or fascinatingly ludicrous.

So turn the air conditioner on, wear some comfy pajamas, forsake the sunlight, and fire up that DVR as we count down The 25 Most Anticipated TV Shows Of Summer 2012.

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Written by Tara Aquino (@t_akino), Matt Barone (@MBarone), Tanya Ghahremani (@tanyaghahremani)

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