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I’m finally succumbing to feelings of separation anxiety now that my favorite shows are on hiatus. I’ve gotten temporary relief from a few summer newcomers (I’m looking at you, Swingtown), but for the most part my channel guide seems to be a wasteland. It’s times like these that I turn to my go-to reruns: the shows I always watch when nothing is on, no matter how many times I’ve seen them before.

For the most part, it’s Law & Order all the way. With so many iterations, it doesn’t matter what day or what time it is; there is always an episode to temper my boredom. Though I prefer SVU (oh, that determined Detective Benson), I’ll take an oldie-but-goody episode of the original any day. I’ll even watch Criminal Intent if I’m in a particularly bad way. If it’s the weekend, however, I’m more likely to tune in to an America’s Next Top Model marathon and while away a Sunday afternoon trying to figure out how to smile with my eyes. If all else fails, I will never turn down anything on VH1 with the title I Love the ‘__s.

What about you, PopWatchers? What’s your favorite show to watch when nothing else is on?