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Summer TV: Try something new!

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Ken Tucker’s Pick
The Franchise: A Season With the San Francisco Giants (Showtime, Wednesdays, 10 p.m.)
Even a very casual baseball fan will get caught up in these documentary sessions with the World Series-winning Giants. What’s not to be intrigued by? The colorful characters, the impressive access (cameras record the players’ wives as they watch their husbands on TV), the inner-sanctum decision-making by coaches and management: It’s a home run!

Jessica Shaw’s Pick
Outnumbered (BBC America, premiering July 30, 11 p.m.)
I love a TV family that makes me feel better about being a frazzled mom who never quite cleans the kitchen or brushes her kids’ hair. The Brockmans are the perfect summer fix for those in Dunphy withdrawal, and their moptopped daughter who innocently asks, ”What’s a tw– ?” and draws pictures of cows savagely murdering butchers may be the funniest child actor on TV.

Lynette Rice’s Pick
Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel, Sundays, 8:30 p.m.)
Yes, I only started watching because of my kids. No, I don’t usually trumpet kiddie shows. But live-action comedies like this one, starring the talented Bridgit Mendler as the big sis of an adorable little girl named Charlie, is actually a family-com in disguise — and a pretty cute one to boot. Who knew you could find good laughs on the Disney Channel?

Jeff Jensen’s Pick
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (ABC, Tuesdays, 9 p.m.)
Wipeout, my passion for your red rubber balls is over. My heart for gonzo game shows now beats for a series that taps genuine fake terror. The lady who blew the question about phone apps and flew away strapped to a biplane wing? MY. WORST. NIGHTMARE! But it’s funny because it’s happening to other, stupid people. HA-HA-HA!

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