The best repeats on summer TV -- Why you should watch old ''Gilmore Girls'' and others over new shows

By Jennifer Armstrong
Updated July 07, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

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The best repeats on summer TV

Why waste your DVR’s precious space on summer reality fluff when you can catch some truly good TV playing in repeats on cable? We did the work for you and found out which series are currently rerunning their peak seasons:

A Different World
Oxygen, 10 & 10:30 a.m. weekdays
Why you should tune in now
Doofy Dwayne and snotty Whitley are dealing with premarital tension as the fifth season winds to a satisfying close.
When you should tune out
It’s only a month before it cycles back to the awkward, Lisa Bonet-centric first season.

Gilmore Girls
ABC Family, 5 p.m. weekdays
Why you should tune in now
The Dean-Rory-Jess triangle is at full boil, Rory’s high school graduation is approaching, and Lorelai and Luke are still mere friends beset by romantic tension.
When you should tune out
Rory’s dreadful, Lorelai-lite first year at Yale commences in about three weeks.

Melrose Place
SOAPnet, 3 p.m. weekdays
Why you should tune in now
Revel in its virginal grunge-era glory — it’s about mid-first season now, before all the classically wacky melodrama took center stage.
When you should tune out
You really shouldn’t. There’s still Amanda’s arrival, Sydney’s stripping, and Kimberly’s wig to look forward to.

Roseanne
Oxygen, 1, 1:30, 4, & 4:30 p.m. weekdays
Why you should tune in now
Because you can always count on a few homespun yuks from the Connors.
When you should tune out
Stay with it — though it’s now in the wobbly final season, they’re about to start afresh with the groundbreaking first year.

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