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What Shows Do You Watch Over and Over?

What Shows Do You Watch Over and Over?

If you described a channel that only aired shows I’d already seen — the same characters, same conflicts, even the same jokes — I’d guess you were talking about paradise…

My habit started in middle school, when I discovered gossipy CW dramas at the corner video store. During important moments — a crush, school dance, seventh-grade social crisis — I knew of a season to either coach or console me. These days, if I have a particularly rough day or the radiator clanks in the middle of the night, the familiar company of a tried-and-true sitcom is only a few clicks away. (Nothing bad can happen when I’m watching Gilmore Girls, I tell myself.)

I’m not alone. My friend Christine has watched the entire series of Friends, start to finish, at least 20 times. “I turn it on while I’m puttering around my apartment. I can sense an upcoming joke, but it still makes me laugh,” she says.

But how is the initial appeal not lost when watching something over and over? “Psychologists have found that repetition breeds affection. Familiar fare requires less mental energy to process,” writes Derek Thompson. “And when something is easy to think about, we tend to consider it good.” For my friend Kara, it’s about knowing exactly where a show will take you, no surprises. “Life’s unknowns have always made me uncomfortable — outer space, the deep sea, Game of Thrones,” she says. “I have probably watched more episodes of Friends than of all other television watched in my life.”

Another reason we enjoy re-watching something is the actual content. “The things that we do feel compelled to re-watch or re-read are those that provide us with either comfort or perspective,” explains psychologist Neel Burton. My friend Jade still finds The Office funny even though she’s seen it so many times she’s lost count. “After a bad breakup, I was looking for a laugh, and that’s when my love affair began,” she says. “I get the giggles just thinking about the show. The cast feels like a part of my life. I love them like Stanley loves crosswords. I love them like Dwight loves beets. I love them like Jim loves Pam. I could go on and on and on.”

Maybe most important, though, is the nostalgia we feel, whether it’s for the on-screen experiences or the memory of the years when we first saw the show. Watching the series “tells us that there have been — and will once again be — meaningful moments,” Neel says. They also hark back to simpler times, like the lack of social media on Friends. But, as Christine points out, “It’s hilarious to realize how there would be zero problems if they only had cell phones.”

The other day, while I was grocery shopping, the Dawson’s Creek theme song played over the store’s speakers. Some of the shopping patrons sang along, and two workers restocking kale even began to reminisce about the show. “I don’t want to wait to watch this tonight,” one joked loudly, and the entire produce aisle shared a collective laugh. It was the kind of scene I wished I could watch again later.

What about you? Do you watch any TV shows over and over? Or do you refuse to watch something twice?

P.S. On sex and TV, and which classic movies have you not seen?

  1. Jessica says...

    Like so many others I’ll echo, Sex & The City and Friends! Remember pre-DVR when Friends was pretty much always playing on a various channel?!
    And I also can never get enough of Broad City or Peep Show (UK show).

  2. Sally says...

    Friends is also my go-to! It finished season 10 when I was in my first year of university.
    I had a load of taped-off-the-tv video tapes of Friends, which I had on in the background in my room for the solid 3 years.
    I had terrible homesickness, especially that first year, and for a while, Friends was what made me feel less alone.

  3. Kate says...

    I’ve rewatched the Gilmore girls more times than I can count. It’s my go to when I need something to watch and I always feel happy after watching it.

    • Julie says...

      I’m exactly the same :) it just makes you feel good!

    • Inge says...

      Same here for Gilmore Girls! I watched all series again last year during many breastfeeding moments with my baby, in a few weeks time. I just love it, I activated Netflix last weekend just to see the last 4 new episodes. So hoping there will be more by next year!

  4. CVargas says...

    M*A*S*H

  5. Kristy says...

    I’m so glad I’m not alone in this! So many of my friends are constantly on the hunt for something new to watch, and I’m over here like “but you could just watch select episodes of How I Met Your Mother another dozen times!” I experienced a major life tragedy about a year ago, and it may sound silly, but Gilmore Girls playing in the background was one of the only things that truly brought me comfort. Now it makes sense :)

  6. Alison says...

    Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is a stressed out go-to for me, but the hubs and I often re-watch 30 Rock, The IT Crowd, Parks n Rec, Community, and Arrested Development. Whenever we binge on old seasons it brings back all the jokes we made when watched the shows the first time. I got somethin’ on my mind grapes!

  7. Amanda says...

    “Friends” is always my go to – when I’m feeling stressed and need to take my mind off things or if I just want something on for background noise! Right now, I’ve been binging through “How I Met Your Mother” and “Gilmore Girls” again. Thank god for Netflix! :)

  8. Lynne says...

    I watch Parks and Rec constantly, I just always keep it in my Netflix list. I also like to watch Community over and over. It’s only downfall is that it isn’t on Netflix so I have to put disks in.

  9. Kiley says...

    My fiancé and I have re-watched 30 Rock three times, and we will probably watch it again. We know all of our favorite jokes and plots, and we know it’s something we’ll both enjoy. At the beginning of the episode we’re always like: “YES! This is the one where they (fill in the blank)”. We’ve also re-watched Party Down, Friends, and The Office. Next on my re-watch list is Parks and Rec.

  10. EW says...

    Friday Night Lights has the marriage I aspire to have. Parenthood makes me appreciate my smaller, similarly dysfunctional family (less to keep track of). The West Wing because, well, the podcast is just so good!

  11. My husband and I have rewatched Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, and Firefly (so many times!). I keep joking that I’ll rewatch Dawson’s Creek one of these days. I haven’t seen it since it aired but loved it as a teenager.

    I’m generally not very good at rewatching things but my husband does it all the time, both movies and shows. I generally want to forget what’s happened first unless I really love the characters or actors. And I never have them running on the background. I’m either fully watching it or not!

    I do really love tucking into new good tv shows, when I don’t know what’s going to happen!

  12. Sarah says...

    On November 9th I started re-watching the entirety of 30 Rock. It was a useful distraction post-apocalypse, and so, so funny again. Tina Fey for President!

  13. Dorca says...

    I have been watched the Office up until the point Michael Scott leaves the show twice, and I began watching it again this summer. It never ceases to make me laugh. Grey’s Anatomy is also an all time favorite.

  14. edie says...

    I love that show. Gosh. I have season one on DVD and watch it once a year. IT’S SO DUMB, but I love it SO MUCH.

  15. I’ve been watching a lot of Gilmore Girls lately and it makes me feel like i’m being wrapped in a warm (fresh out of the dryer) blanket. I am delighted to read about how many others feel so comforted by this show and television in general. I often think, before I turn on the TV, that I *ought* to be reading but sometimes it’s just not quite as nice as the voices of Lorelai and Rory or [insert your favorite character].

  16. Kim W says...

    Parks and Rec and The Office are both great “sick shows.” The shows that you know so well, and are so comforting, that you can fall into a Nyquil induced sleep and not feel like you’ve missed anything. Whenever I rewatch The Office, I pick a new character to focus on and watch their reactions. Right now it’s Kevin and, man, I forgot how hilarious he is.

  17. Alison Briggs says...

    I love this! And love seeing how many of us all re-watch the same shows! My husband is obsessed with friends – which i still find funny! He watched all 10 seasons while deployed in Afghanistan years ago when we first met. I think it made him feel closer to home during that time away – and now so many years out of the army later – he still finds comfort in them. I think he even looks back on those times fondly as it shaped him so much into who he is today. Plus I’m sure seeing Jennifer Aniston didn’t hurt! ;)

  18. Kristin says...

    30 Rock! It’s on all the time when I’m just around the house, or even most nights falling asleep!

  19. Kat says...

    I re-watched Arrested Development when I was going through a particularly terrible patch of postpartum depression/anxiety. I re-watched it again when my mother died. When I’m in a particularly dark place, I find the familiarity of this hilariously absurd show to be a vital coping mechanism – I don’t lose track of the plot if I cry through a big portion of it and it’s ridiculousness helps me not to take life too seriously.

    • Katherine says...

      Yes! I’m suffering through postpartum depression/anxiety right now, and Arrested Development has been my nightly escape. It’s the one time of day I can count on having a good laugh.

    • Kat says...

      Hang in there Katherine! The PPD will go and your love of your sweet baby and AD will remain. And, if all else fails, may I suggest finding a great doctor who is and analyst AND a therapist ;)

    • Julie says...

      The Bluths got me through 2 rounds of PPD and I am forever grateful to them for that!

  20. Lauren says...

    Broad City, Friends, 30 Rock, and Sex and the City (of course!!!)

  21. Cooper says...

    Confession: Sometimes before watching a suspenseful movie, I’ll read the whole Wikipedia detailed plot summary. Life is just too stressful sometimes, I don’t want to be stressed out by my entertainment, too! And I actually enjoy the movies more that way – it’s a little like seeing a book come to life :)

    • Nancy says...

      I do that too!!! So glad to learn I’m not the only one!!!

    • MCW says...

      Oh boy, I’m with both of you! Guilty!

    • Luna GC says...

      I have hypertension and I cannot watch a Thriller or Horror without knowing the full plot. My Husband doesn’t know I’ve read it but he’s starting to be suspicious, lol.

  22. LT says...

    TV series: Sex in the City; Movies: When Harry Met Sally and Something’s Gotta Give!

  23. Hubby and I have watched The Office a couple of times. Most recently we binged it over Christmas. Hasn’t lost it’s luster. We have also watched Parks & Rec a couple of times. This week he finished Breaking Bad and then immediately started it again. I don’t understand, but he finds new things each time.

  24. Yes I re-watch shows! And I re-read books that have been particularly enjoyable. I even have books that I re-read every year during the months that I know will be hard for me. It is incredibly comforting and nice to know they will always be there when you need them (books, shows, etc.). Friends is always on the queue in our household, too :)

  25. Zulema says...

    Frasier! I love that show it makes me feel so homey.

    • Caitlyn says...

      Yes!!! Frasier is my go-to show when I need to relax (it’s great for helping me fall asleep, too)

  26. Kate says...

    Seinfeld and The Golden Girls for sure!

    • Lauren says...

      Kate, this was going to be my exact response!!

  27. Ella says...

    Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Sex and the City, and The West Wing. I have watched them all multiple times and will do it again!

  28. Nanette says...

    Gilmore Girls is pretty much on a constant repeat for me. I don’t actually sit down and watch it anymore, but will let it run while I’m getting ready in the morning for work or cleaning up my house. It’s this calming force when I’m anxious about something and takes me back to my high school/college years.

    • Rachel says...

      Same for me! I’ve watched the series too many times to count. It’s so comforting to live in the small town of Stars Hollow for an hour… or more.

  29. Ana says...

    AHHHH THIS IS 100% ME!! Especially with Dawson’s Creek when I was younger. Now when I’m just doing random stuff around my apt I play Gilmore Girls, Friends, The Office, or How I Met Your Mother. If I’m aching for something more serious, it’s The West Wing or SVU. Or maybe Legally Blonde or The Sound of Music (I’ve seen both so so so many times). Idk why but TV is always more comforting than music to me… music makes me a lot more emotional whereas TV helps balance me out

  30. Katie says...

    YES! This. is. EVERYTHING. I turn on Friends, Gilmore Girls, the Mindy Project, etc. when I’m just doing work and every single time I find something new to enjoy/laugh about etc. It’s like a cozy blanket. Certain tv shows even remind me about points in my life. My college boyfriend and I broke up after my first semester of law school, and I remember watching the first few seasons of How I Met Your Mother on repeat. I would watch Marshall and Lily break up and reunite, and Robin and Ted realize they weren’t right for each other, and each was so relatable! When I was studying for the bar exam I left The West Wing on in the background CONSTANTLY. Although now I associate it with all of the grueling studying so it isn’t as comforting to watch, but man did it get me through that time!

  31. One TV show that my family rewatched all the time (and we are family of re-watchers because my Dad recorded everything. It was a hobby- or an obsession. So. Many. VHS tapes in the 90s.) was this show called “Remember WENN.” It was about a small radio station in 1930s Pittsburgh and remains, hands down, the funniest, wittiest thing I’ve ever seen on television. Won Emmys every year it aired, but for some reason, they cancelled it (well, it was a TV show on a classic movie channel, so….), but they never sold the rights to it, or made DVDS or anything. So, we all love to watch it, but it is so hard to find and the quality of our copies re not good. But it is funny that still the whole family can finish a joke or reference.

    (One single episode, a Christmas one, can be found on Youtube).

    • Madeline says...

      Oh my goodness! I’ve never met anyone else who watched “Remember WENN.” My mom and I loved that show so much. A few years ago I tried to find DVDs of the show to buy for her, but couldn’t find anything.

      That show was SO great! I love anything set in the 1940s and there’s something about radio that is so romantic and nostalgic. You’re so lucky to have your VHS tapes!

  32. Clare says...

    30 Rock and Parks and Rec. I can’t get enough of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Their writing is fantastic, and those characters are my personal reminders that my goofiness can easily go hand in hand with my being a total badass at work.

  33. Katie says...

    My husband and I do this ALL. THE. TIME. Our favorites are The Office, 30 Rock, Gilmore Girls, and Parks & Rec, right as we snuggle into bed at night. I can’t even begin to count how many times we’ve rewatched these episodes, and we laugh every time. We can recite quotes to each other out of the blue, at random points throughout the day, with no context, and know and laugh. We’ve even made friends with people after finding out they have the same deep affection for “our shows”. We joke that if a new person we meet doesn’t understand or ‘get’ the humor of The Office or 30 Rock, we can’t truly be good friends with them. lol!

  34. Mishka says...

    I’m old school — when I’m sick, blue, or otherwise in need of comfort, I turn to I Love Lucy. After nearly three decades of watching I STILL laugh out loud and shake my head at Lucy’s antics! Cheers me up pretty quickly every time!

    • Marissa says...

      I Love Lucy all.day.long!!! It’s mostly nostalgic for me, as it was the show my mom and I would watch together before she passed when I was 10. Even though it’s readily available on Netflix/Hulu, and I have every season on DVD, anytime I stumble upon it on TV I HAVE to watch it… for some reason it’s even better that way. I even named my dog Lucy, which is a fitting name for my zany red-headed mutt. :)

  35. Six. Feet. Under.

    I don’t watch it constantly, but I’m strongly drawn to it during times of great change in my life. IMHO, no other show has done a better job of nailing the dynamics of human relationships – it’s authentically heartbreaking, and the characters are deeply flawed yet completely lovable. The Fishers are just trying to figure out life like the rest of us, and walking alongside them for a bit is reassuring and restorative.

  36. LB says...

    Just hearing the first few seconds of intro music to The Office makes everything seem A-Ok.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Same!!!

  37. Mea says...

    Downton Abbey! Can never get enough of the snobby accent and the beautiful set designs.

  38. molly says...

    I don’t rewatch many tv shows, but boy do I rewatch movies! Pride and Prejudice, The Princess Bride, Love Actually, The Holiday, Sleepless in Seattle, Money pit and the Harry Potter movies. I have seen each probably about 50 times each. I just LOVE them and find them so comforting. If any of these movies happen to be on tv, I watch them no matter where they are in the movie – if they replay the movie, why not start from the beginning haha. I also love rereading books, I have reread To Kill a Mockingbird, Harry Potter, Twilight series and the sisterhood of the traveling pants series so many times.

    TV shows I grew up loving were Buffy, Angel, Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill, OC – god I loved them all – I kind of want to rewatch them now.

    • Kay says...

      I can watch Love Actually a million times and not tire of it.

    • My husband and I watch Love Actually on Christmas every year! It’s been about 6 years in a row now. :) We pretty much know all the words at this point…

    • Inge says...

      Dito for Love Actually and Sleepless in Seattle and so on… Why don’t they make movies like this anymore? I go to those Ladies Movie Nights sometimes and last time they played Wonder Woman. An action movie with a woman in the lead. I’d rather take any romcom instead on the telly.

  39. Erin G. says...

    I would love to know the demographics of the commenters and have them cross-referenced with the shows they love/can watch on repeat. I am sure there are obvious trends, but perhaps some surprises, too! (For example, I’m curious if everyone who bows at the Friends’ altar went to high school in the 90s during its original airing, like me, and/or is now in their 30s/40s and nostalgic for their pre-marriage, pre-kids, 20s, also like me – ha!)

  40. Nancey says...

    I watch Arrested Development, Grey’s Anatomy and Curb Your Enthusiasm so often that I almost know every word. We also watch Sienfeld a lot.

  41. It seems to be much easier to watch comedies and more lighthearted shows over and over for me. There is something comforting about turning on characters that make you laugh in a world that feels familiar. Plus, the more I watch a show filled with the same cast of characters, the more I feel like I am included in the group. I tend to watch The Office, Parks and Rec, Friends, Arrested Development, Seinfeld, Two Broke Girls, and Gilmore Girls over and over again. Even if I start to know the plot so much that I am anticipating what is happening next, it still feels good to turn on my old friends again.

  42. Sex and the City. I dated a guy for years longer than I should have, and the scene between Carrie and Big right before she leaves for Paris, “Oh, it’s never different! It’s six years of *never* being different! This is it! I am done! Don’t call me ever again! Forget you know my number! In fact, forget you know my name! And you can drive up this street all you want – because I don’t live here any more! ” that right there, woke me up to my 6 year relationship.
    I have now found the grown up version of Sex in the City, in The Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce. I LOVE that show!

  43. JB says...

    ER – 100%!

    I feel like the Good Wife is going to become one that I’ll watch over and over. Also, has anyone watched Call the Midwife? I’m OBSESSED. Such a feel good TV show (I mean, if you’re okay with a LOT of birth scenes).

    • JB says...

      Also good one to note, my husband has watched every episode of Community to the point he can quote it all. Have to admit, it is hilarious.

    • Kristin says...

      Call the Midwife is great! My husband and I both cry during almost every episode.

    • Charlene says...

      I am such a Call the Midwife fan! My husband needs to leave the room when I watch it, because seeing women in pain and lots of bloody babies makes him anxious. He’s started calling it the “baby violence” show (inaccurate, but still — LOL).

  44. Ali says...

    Mad Men, The Sopranos, The Office – can pick them up, any episode, any season, out-of-order, doesn’t matter. So good.

    I also have my “guilty pleasure” shows, like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars that are comforting in the sheer number of episodes there are on which to rely :)

  45. Carrie says...

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who watches FRIENDS on repeat! I think I’ve also gone through it maybe 20 times or better. In the beginning my husband *kinda* fought it, but now he just accepts it as part of our lives haha. It’s so comforting to me that I turn it on when I’m home alone just for background noise.

    And then The Office….my second comfort show. I’ve probably gone through it 10 times or so. These shows are just so perfect for getting into my chill zone after a stressful 10hr work day.

  46. Annie says...

    Friends, of course, and other 90s hits: Dawson’s, Felicity, Seinfeld, ER – always in the mood for any of those shows! I also still love Ed and The West Wing. Early 2000s NBC was the best.

    • Cecilia says...

      Thank you for mentioning Felicity! I love that show and its calming and cozying (is that even a word?!) effect on me. I wish they made more shows like this…or make a reunion like they did with Gilmore Girls!

  47. Natasha says...

    Oh man, such a great topic. I LOVE re-watching shows but I don’t like to jump around. I start from the beginning and marathon my way through. And I get obsessed with whatever show I’m watching at the time, so much so that I don’t tend to watch anything new during my marathon. My shows are West Wing (Josh Lyman, forever), The Office (my current obsession-literally started round 3 immediately after finishing round 2), Friday Night Lights (the best show ever made), How I Met Your Mother (genius) and Friends.

    • Ana says...

      I’m a fan of all and rewatch all :)

  48. Mallory says...

    I watch Gilmore Girls all the time, but it is the ONLY thing I will watch when I am not feeling well. To me, watching Gilmore Girls feels like eating soup while wrapped in a warm blanket- it’s beyond comforting.

    I also watch Friends and Parks and Recreation almost daily, and I still laugh at all the jokes… even as I say them along with the characters :)

  49. OMG THIS IS SO MY JAM STELLA.
    Felicity, Brothers & Sisters, The Office, The West Wing. A nice character-led, snappy-dialogue dramedy relaxes me like a warm bath.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Awww, Gemma!!! “A nice character-led, snappy-dialogue dramedy relaxes me like a warm bath” = yes!!!!!

    • Melody says...

      A big YES to West Wing! I have watched it countless times, in fact I was watching it this morning as I got ready for work. It is a perfect show. :)

  50. Stephanie says...

    Seinfeld! I could watch that forever and never get tired of it.

  51. Carrie says...

    The Big Bang Theory; it helps that it still runs in syndicate almost every night from 7 – 8pm while I’m making dinner! I’ve probably seen every episode at least 5 times.

  52. Amber Olney says...

    Amazing! I’m 100% this way with Friends – I have it on in the background (sometimes foreground) constantly. I think I’m on my 8th way through it now. My love affair first began right out of college, as I was struggling to figure out how to navigate the loneliness and excitement of young friendships, a new job, a hopeful romance. The characters and storylines in Friends told me that life was not as serious as I thought, and things will always, eventually, get better. They taught me so much! I’m addicted!

  53. Rachel* says...

    My So Called Life
    Felicity
    Sex and the City
    Realizing now that all three shows have a common theme – navigating love/friendships and life. The funny thing that occurred to me while watching My So Called Life again from start to finish recently is that as a 40+ single woman, I’m still basically Angela Chase.

    • Summer says...

      My So Called Life!!!! Yes!

    • my so called life is my go to. it’s timeless, even as an almost 40, sometimes someone says something, and it fits into this empty place in your heart. yes, i’m quasi quoting, b/c it’s true. i revisit the holiday episodes as part of my holiday rituals. this reminds me to watch the pilot, as i associate it with back to school!
      b

  54. Maddie says...

    I have been watching Gilmore Girls since 2005 and I CANNOT STOP. I watch it consistently with my roommate and we always hear lines that we forgot about or had somehow gone over our heads the first 57 times we watched the episode. We also will sit for hours dissecting episodes. She ended up writing a paper about Gilmore Girls for a class, and helping her with it gave me more purpose than I care to admit.

  55. My “comfort food for my brain” shows are eclectic: Sex in the City, Parks and Rec, and the ultimate guilty pleasure: Star Trek the Next Generation!

    • Carrie says...

      Parks and Rec! Good one! It’s such a happy, friendly show.

    • Caitlyn says...

      Me too! I figured that my love of fantasy is why I love both Star Trek and SATC equally. The replicators! Those shoes! :)

  56. Sydney says...

    Scrubs! My all time favorite show. One minute you’re dying laughing and the next your sobbing. My friend who is a medical resident currently has admitted to me that she can’t watch the show since it’s too real for her. I guess that when you strip away his fantasies and ridiculousness JD’s internal monologues really resonates with those in the profession.

    • B says...

      Whoop! Scrubs forever! I’ve watched the series countless times!

  57. Rachel says...

    My husband and I will watch 30 Rock (and Bob’s Burgers, but mostly 30 Rock) on repeat until we die. 30 Rock forever!
    I had my shows that I watch repeatedly, but I made myself stop rewatching because I thought it wasn’t healthy: Arrested Development, The Office, Community, Gilmore Girls, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. But after reading this blog post, I’m going to let myself rewatch them again! Thank you!

  58. Friends for sure, nothing else STILL makes me laugh out loud even when I have most episodes memorized. Definitely a comfort thing — I feel like I grew up with them. I can remember watching the episodes for the first time in middle school and not getting half the references, I was so young. Also thinking that life would be JUST like that when I grew up :)

    I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan so Buffy and Angel and Firefly are also on heavy rotation in my rewatch schedules. Buffy is what I watch when I feel really depressed or overwhelmed or hopeless, because she’s SUCH a great female empowerment ass-kicking heroine. It also makes me laugh.

    Then there are shows where I just love the characters and want to spend more time with them, but in some cases I hate the way the show went in later seasons so I just watch my favorites. LOST is like that for me (I always stop my rewatch around seasons 4 or 5), I will watch the first season of the OC over and over (but none of the later seasons!), as well as the first 2 seasons of Gossip Girl (but generally none of the rest of it.)

  59. Maddy says...

    My husband has a term for this type of tv watching. Empty Calories TV. We watch Seinfeld and Diners, Drive Ins and Dives all the time. Its mindless yet so enjoyable and really is relaxing.

    • Carrie says...

      The need for Empty Calories TV is real! It’s perfect for shaking off the “energy” of the workday!

  60. Chelsey says...

    Curb Your Enthusiasm forever. Larry David is my spirit animal.

    • Nancey says...

      I love you Larry, please marry me.

  61. Kelly says...

    My “safety shows” are Gilmore Girls, Frasier, Downton Abbey, and The Office. I watch them when I’m feeling stressed, going to bed, or working from home and want some company, but can’t be distracted by a new storyline.

  62. Kacy says...

    Parks and Rec, Friends, and Gilmore Girls for sure. Those are the three that I can turn any episode on and I don’t have to watch to really know what’s going to happen or happening. I’ve watched Friends so many times, I can’t even count. My husband and I quote it daily. It’s like coming home.

  63. Melanie says...

    My sister and I have watched the entire Sex and the City so many times we could turn it off and recite it by heart.
    My husband and I thankfully love all the same shows and re-watch: The Office, Burn Notice, Suits, Modern Family and the West Wing.

  64. britta says...

    Last year my mom and I went to visit my sister who lives in Norway and she had just started watching Gilmore Girls. On our downtime she’d throw on an episode and it was CRAZY how quickly I fell in love with the show. Since that time I’ve watched every episode and about exactly a year later I’m ready to restart the series again. Not only is it a comforting and sweet show, it reminds me of being with my mom and sister and such a fun trip.

  65. Alice says...

    Veronica Mars! Season 1 especially is so, so good.

    • Heather says...

      Yes! I still feel so happy when I hear the music.. “A long time ago, we used to be friends…”

    • Elissa says...

      YES! THIS!
      I rewatch this show whenever I need to feel safe. I remember sitting with my dad for long nights when he was in the hospital and feeling like everything had to be ok because Keith Mars was there. My dad is fine now, and the show still makes me so happy.

  66. Sarah says...

    Definitely comedies and sitcoms!
    Absolutely Fabulous, Miranda, Peep Show, Frasier, I Love Lucy, Difficult People (New Season!), The Office, The Mindy Project, Bob’s Burgers, and the greatest of all time – The Golden Girls – because I can’t help thinking about my best girlfriends while watching it

  67. Maranda says...

    I re-watch a lot of shows in the morning while I’m eating my breakfast and getting ready for work. I like having something in the background that I don’t have to necessarily pay attention to but it still engages me. My favorites are: Gilmore Girls, 30 Rock, Parks & Rec, and Keeping up with the Kardashians.

  68. Annemarie says...

    Brooklyn 99 and the British sitcom Miranda. Miranda Hart is basically me, and it is my go-to comfort watch. Oh! And the old school Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes tv series. I started watching that at 12 and it’s still a favourite.

  69. Laura says...

    Anne of Green Gables! The 80s version, although the new “Anne with an E” on Netflix is also fantastic!

    • E says...

      Yes to the Kevin Sullivan version of Anne! If I’m sick, that’s about the gold standard of comfort.

  70. Lily says...

    Haha love this. Mine are fraiser and Murphy brown!

  71. Adrienne says...

    Awesome post! I can’t even tell you how many times I have watched Friends! Love it so much. I have also seen Gilmore Girls, How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory over and over. Right now I am in the process of watching Grey’s Anatomy from the beginning for the 3rd time.
    I am not a big movie watcher but I will watch the ones I love over and over with Ocean’s Eleven, Dirty Dancing and Shawshank Redemption in the lead for most times watched!!

    • Carrie says...

      HIMYM is a great show too, until the last season! Not a fan of the way they wrapped up the show :(

  72. How is 30 Rock not on here. MY FAVORITE when I’m stressed and need a laugh.

  73. Emily says...

    Oh man, bravo for such a fun piece in which the comments make me want to befriend everyone here..how often does that ever happen? ;)

    I’d be remiss if I didn’t add ‘Always Sunny in Philadelphia’. I’m currently living in Germany, where 30 Rock and Frasier are not available on Netflix, but I’m easing the pain with my 10th or so round of Friends.

  74. Jess says...

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer!!

    • I’m so sad not more people said this! Buffy FOREVER

    • julie says...

      YES!

    • Kristin says...

      We regularly do Buffy marathons!

  75. I dunno, for me personally there’s just something so comforting about curling up on the sofa to watch sitcoms such as Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond and Will & Grace. The older I get, the more I can relate to some of the relationship dilemmas featured in Sex and the City too. When I went through a bout of depression, shows like Buffy provide the escapism. These are shows I can go back to, time and time again.

    It’s good to get into new TV series so you stay engaged, but after a long day sometimes you just want something familiar to help you wind down.

    It’s interesting that a bunch of similar shows are cropping up in the comments – a testament to good storylines/snappy dialogue I think :)

  76. S says...

    This is slightly off-topic, but I’m a college prof and like to integrate snippets of popular culture into class (to show how cool I am, right? :). I was aghast when I was setting up my 30 Rock snippet (to illustrate media ownership) and asked who loved 30 Rock. No hands. Then, I asked, who had heard of 30 Rock. Maybe 2 hands. So sad!

    I brought this up with colleagues (“we’re so old!”) and they said the two shows from the 90s/2000s that their students have all seen are “Friends” and “Full House.” I’ve confirmed this with so many HS and college-aged kids — these are the shows they watch with their friends/siblings/by themselves when they’re hanging out.

    • Rachel says...

      Yes! My husband and I have 30 Rock countless times. It kills him when he makes a 30 Rock reference at work and no one gets it. “Synergy! Six sigma! The Retreat to Move Forward! Handshakedness!” He has to come home and tell me because none of the millenials or baby boomers he works with watch the show. How?!?!

    • Katie says...

      I think you know your first homework assignment: watch all of 30 Rock.

    • Lisa says...

      I felt old when my cousin told me that her daughter was watching Friends for the first time. It makes sense, she’s only 14, but still – I’ve seen Friends about fifty million times, seeing if for the first time sounds so foreign.

  77. Ellie says...

    I totally re-watch Friends all the time just as background. I never watched Gilmore Girls until it was on Netflix, but then I recently started it over as a comfort/background show.

  78. Stasha says...

    I watch Friends all the time and it’s even funnier now than when I was 20. The best thing though is that now I watch with my teenagers and we LOVE it and laugh so hard together. I can’t think of anything better than that.

    • Lenie says...

      I cannot wait to watch Friends together with my daughter (who is 10 months old). I hope she likes it as much as I do :)

  79. OMG i’ve watched Friends start to finish 3 times now since they’ve added it to Netflix. I’ve tried watching other shows like Parenthood but I just can’t get into them the way that I love Friends. Debating trying Gilmore Girls next or Felicity…I hear good things about that one. My fiance thinks i’m nuts for my Friends obsession, but its so comforting!

  80. Beth says...

    What I loved the most about this post is that I re-watch the same shows as many (Friends, West Wing) but so many have brought up shows I would re-watch. Made me feel like there are a bunch of my bff’s out there! Thanks for the community ladies!

  81. I don’t do it much with TV, but I do rewatch movies.

    Example: When Harry Met Sally, and Moonstruck is another one I keep going back to.

    • JAR says...

      i could probably recite moonstruck start to finish and so many people have never even heard of it! it made me so happy to see it on here. hands down my favorite.

    • Nancey says...

      ‘I LOVE YOU’ – “SNAP OUT OF IT!”

    • Carrie says...

      Yes! Sabrina (the 1995 version with Julia Ormond) and You’ve Got Mail are my two favorites to curl up with!

    • For me- it is You’ve Got Mail! I watched it after a break up and realized that our relationship was exactly like Meg Ryan’s Katherine’s and the writer guy’s- kinda a mutual and kind break-up. I watched it not being sure what to do with my life at a major career change (“I live a small life- valuable, but small. I feel like my life is something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around.”)

      Heck, on maternity leave, my boy and I even listened to the soundtrack all the time, because it feels childlike but is not “The Wheels on the Bus” a 1000x in a row.

    • Sarah says...

      They are mine too Emily! It’s temporary! It’s Cosmos Moon.. Ma, I love him awful.

      Would also add 1995 and 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice and 2 versions of Persuasion.

      My daughter (20) watches Friends all.the.time.

  82. Kate says...

    Seasons 2 and 3 of The Office (US). Over and over and over and over. Forever.

  83. Jacqueline says...

    I have watched the full series of Sex and The City at least 5 times. Sometimes, I’ll jump right into a season that fits my mood. What surprises me is how unafraid they all are of being unlikeable and unattractive at times. This is not a show trying to be real and edgy (like the SATC movies, horrible) it just is. You can see the special kind of magic that made it the phenomenon it became.
    Also the movie Bridesmaids. I know it line for line yet I crack up each time. Kristen Wiig is a genius.

  84. Heidi says...

    Seinfeld, Parks and Rec and Sex And the City are all my comfort shows! I think you need to make a pie chart of the results of these comments, I want to know percentages!

    • Carrie says...

      Love that idea!

  85. Noelle says...

    I thought my husband and I were the only ones who’ve done this! We’ve probably watched Parks & Rec all the way through 4 times now (it got us through the election…) and we are constantly quoting it! We’ve rewatched Bob’s Burgers (boo to Netflix removing most of the episodes recently), Arrested Development, and 30 Rock – we’re currently in the middle of our 3rd trip through all the seasons of that. It always amazes us how amazing that show is, even from the very first episode.

    It’s hard to try a new show when these are just SO GOOD.

  86. Florencia says...

    Seinfeld, Modern Family, The Office, House MD….I am a sucker for reruns. They are very calming, they are sort of a chilling activity (or pasivity)

  87. Amanda says...

    King of the Hill! I’ve seen every episode so many times but still watch almost daily, it’s perfect. I also looove to rewatch Happy Endings, the perfect sitcom.

  88. I watch friends and small wonder over and over again. Maybe it’s to relive those days, the memories attach to serials are too many :)

  89. Beth says...

    Parks and Rec, Seinfeld, King of Queens, Cheers, and because I’m probably on the older spectrum of your readers, Mary Tyler Moore and Bob Newhart.
    And, when Girls ended this year, I started rewatching the whole thing again. My family is also a huge fan of Lost, so we’ve watched that in its entirety 3 times.

  90. Emily Carlson says...

    Sex and the City x100000
    90210 (the original)
    Alias (Jennifer Garner is my spirit animal)

  91. Add me to the Friends train! We’re going through it for a third time right now, in between Game of Thrones lol.

  92. Lauren E. says...

    Yup, Friends. At least 20 times. And I can quote literally any line but it still makes me laugh.

    Also, this is a weird one, but Sopranos. My husband and I have watched it in its entirety maybe 7 times and every once in awhile one of us will say, “I miss Sopranos.” Seeing the characters again feels like seeing old friends. Oh man… am I pathetic?!

  93. tiffany says...

    would be fun if you did a follow up post to this with a list of the top 20 that your readers listed.. (:

  94. Krista says...

    Psych, Bob’s Burgers, Sherlock and New Girl. I also can watch the same movie over and over again. It drives my husband nuts. My daughter does the same thing. We both watch Psych when my husbands not home, it’s our go to show even though we have seen each episode 100 times.

  95. For me and my boyfriend it’s the American Office. We watch the British office too but the American one has way more episodes to choose from. I read a comment online from someone saying they watch the “Dinner Party” episode as a failsafe cheer up when they’ve had a bad day. It’s also my favourite episode! Michael and Jan! ?

    I feel like rewatching tv dramas like The Sopranos and The Wire requires more emotional investment. A quick fast paced twenty minute comedy is a good release from the day.

  96. Ali says...

    I have certain go-to movies. ‘Under The Tuscan Sun’ and ‘A Good Year’ are two of the most comforting movies ever, and I’ve seen the all the Bourne movies at least 30 times each, I just can’t help it. And of course anything by Richard Curtis.

  97. Justine says...

    30 Rock, The Office and The West Wing. Brilliant TV show.

  98. Lara says...

    I have two: Criminal Minds, and House MD.

    Criminal Minds because I first watched it in German with my Canadian best friend on a year abroad in Germany and I became pretty obsessed soon after (I even became known at a bartending job as “Serial Killer Girl”…in retrospect perhaps not the most flattering nickname!

    And House? I don’t quite know how that happened but I think on some level I find it intellectually stimulating? As someone who has no medical background but still finds the field cool. (Also, lots of naps took place to Hugh Laurie’s American accent!)

  99. i watch an episode of Frasier every morning while getting ready for work, and in the afternoons I watch The Office for background noise! haha

  100. Laura says...

    90210 and Gilmore Girls I have watched both series from beginning to end several times. Oh and Gossip Girl. Never gets old!

  101. Frasier!

    Come for the in-crowd classical music jokes, stay for Daphne Moon’s perfect outfits.

  102. Rebecca says...

    Outlander – especially during “Droughtlander” season. Mostly because this historical fiction is genius. If that’s not enough, I am reading the book series simultaniously, and YouTubing it too. My go to, before Outlander, was Friends, Sex and The City, Big Bang, CNN reruns and MSNBC reruns. As if repeating the news, would change the narritive. That’s a whole entirely different emotionally driven motive, no dought. My vaves on got to movies rewatched often include, Legends of the Fall, Out of Africa, The Notebook, Meet me in Saint Louis, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Same Time Near, Beaches…..you get me, no doubt. But all that said, Im still gonna get to that violin, dusting in the corner, eventually.

  103. Julie says...

    Northern Exposure.

    • Rachel says...

      So good!

  104. Rebecca says...

    Outlander – especially during “Droughtlander” season. Mostly because this historical fiction is genius. If thats not enough, I am reading the book series simultaniously, and YouTubing it too. My go to befre Outlander was friends, Sex and The City, Big Bang, CNN, and MSNBC reruns, as if repeating the news, would change the narritive. That’s a whole enturely different emoyionally driven motive, no dought. Vovs on rewatched movies include, Legends of the Fall, Out of Africa, The Notebook, Meet me invSaint Louis, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Same Time Near, Beaches…..you get me, no doubt. But all that said, Im still gonna get to that violin, dusting in the corner, eventually.

    • Claire says...

      Yesss at Outlander!

    • Taylor says...

      Yes! I just finished re-reading Voyager but am also suffering from morning/all-day sickness and restarted the first season to distract myself. How is it SO GOOD?

  105. One Tree Hill is my number one — for some reason all my favorite songs and shows are from high school, even though I was not the biggest fan of high school!

    There’s also The O.C., Gilmore Girls, Friday Night Lights, Parks & Rec — those are probably the biggest ones, but I am such a rewatcher that I rarely watch anything new!

  106. Trisha says...

    SATC, Roseanne and The Sopranos, always and forever!!

  107. Lucy says...

    I have watched Mad Men and SATC the most frequently. Then Buffy and Gilmore Girls.

  108. Chuck, Big Bang Theory, Eureka, and we just started rewatching Twin Peaks.

  109. The West Wing. Oh, my goodness, the West Wing.

    Except now. It’s too depressing to watch this year.

  110. Rita says...

    Love this post! I’ve been feeling a little down recently and wanted to find a new tv series to help me unwind after work. I immediately thought of searching Cup of Jo for recommendations, naturally :) This post couldn’t show up at a better time!

    My picks:
    Sex and the City
    Friends
    Desperate Housewives (so funny!)
    How I met your mother

  111. Annie Green says...

    I would happily watch Friends all over again. Am currently cycling through Gilmore Girls once more with my daughter. Whenever I am in a hotel I always, always watch Frazier. I also re-watch Sherlock, Jonathan Creek and Lewis – you may not have seen these. Comforting. Funny. There is always an ending. Quite unlike the precariousness of real life.

  112. Kendall says...

    Omg this article speaks to me 100% — my husband and I have these “comfort shows” that we watch and they even fall into categories!! Weekend mornings at home: Frasier, anytime we’re feeling sad, homesick, playing a board game, etc (we live abroad): The Office, feeling insecure or mistreated: White Collar (We heart Neal Caffrey), Seinfeld could happen anytime but we can’t get Hulu in Europe (If you know a solution please lmk I’m dying without it!!!), if it’s just me and I want to feel good or I’m working: Gilmore Girls, my husband’s alone comfort show: 24. Thansk again Stella this was so spot on ;)

  113. I work from home and like to have something on in the background. I split my days between my favorite music and my favorite shows: Grey’s Anatomy, The West Wing, Parenthood, Downton Abbey,,, and also The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones. Now that we’ve upgraded and have Starz, I think Outlander will get added to this list. Apparently, I’m a bit of a show junkie!

  114. Gail says...

    Friends, Modern Family, Parks and Rec, Big Bang Theory of course, but why hasn’t anyone mentioned Buffy the Vampire Slayer?!!!

  115. Jo says...

    Thinking about it, the shows I have watched the most are Buffy the vampire slayer, sex and the city and the office. I had them all as DVD box sets. My husband only likes the office so Buffy and Sex and the city were just my thing ☺️

  116. Cláudia says...

    Exactly my thought: nothing bad happens when you’re watching Gilmore Girls. :)
    That and Sex and the City or 6 Feet Under.

  117. Lisa says...

    An all Seinfeld channel. Ive watched it so many times, but it still cracks me up and there’s NO BAD SEASONS, which is some kind of miracle (or down to the fact it was just Jerry and Larry David writing everything). If you think of other shows like Friends, some seasons are just awful.
    Other shows – Brooklyn 99 and 30 Rock. Brooklyn 99 partly because it’s so damn funny, and partly because I have a (not so secret) crush on Jake Peralta and once had a dream that he and the Karate Kid teamed up to solve crimes. I really wish this would actually happen in real life. Or in a TV show, I’m flexible.

  118. Alma says...

    Friends (except the episodes with Joey and Rachel as awkward couple. Ick.).

  119. Irene says...

    Yes to Dawson’s Creek! Every. single. time. (And I’m still upset Dawson and Joey didn’t end up together)
    Also: Grey’s Anatomy – but I miss Mark Sloan so much it hurts ;)

  120. Alice says...

    Nothing new to add here, and I find that so comforting!
    BBC pride and prejudice from the 90’s (it is just so well done and cast), the West Wing, and sex and the city, though not recently. And I once re-watched six feet under which was well worth it. I loved the wire when it came out but tried to re-watch one episode, just after I had my first son, and couldn’t watch it at all. So interesting how shows fit stages of your life. I hate all of my husband’s tv preferences, but we repeat films together all the time and always notice something new.
    I’ve moved city and country a fair bit in life, and familiar shows have been friends that accompany me everywhere with a hug at the end of the day. Love this post!

  121. Alex says...

    Not series, but a movie – Lord of the rings.

    • Carrie says...

      All three or just the first one?

  122. Rachel says...

    YUP to Friends and Gilmore Girls. I’ve watched Friends countless times – it is my absolute favorite. After I moved abroad and felt the pangs of homesickness, I started watching Friends almost every day. An episode to wind down (and in my own language) feels like I’m back home again. Weird, but so true!

  123. Lo says...

    Whilst I could watch Gilmore Girls over and over again, its normally (and embarrassingly) MTV: Laguna Beach I turn to when I want to watch something comforting.

    I don’t know if it’s because it reminds me of being a teenager, or because I am a sucker for a 2000’s trip to Cabo San Lucas, but I adore it.

    Guilty pleasure spilled, oops!

    Lo

  124. Maria says...

    This really dates me, but I love to watch P.D. James’ Adam Dalgliesh series. I love Roy Marsden as Adam Dalgliesh, love the slow pace and the different settings and personalities. I originally watched them on tv back in the day and now I have them on DVD. I have seen them so.many.times but still find new details. My go-to when sick, sad, mad, depressed or broke. Also, anything with Hugh Grant or Meg Ryan works. I feel embarrased when I turn to these oldies but goodies, but I always end up feeling refreshed and much happier.

  125. Elizabeth says...

    Gilmore Girls! I started rewatching when I finished work before our baby arrived and watched it through the newborn stage. So heartwarming.

  126. cs says...

    Friends!! I’ve rewatched it so many times and always put random episodes on when I don’t know what to watch. I have a theory that Friends is a cure for depression and anxiety because I’ve heard so many people say that they watch it when dealing with mental health struggles! I know it’s definitely helped me through some very rough times so I feel my theory is validated!

  127. A BBC series from the 70s, Goode Neighbors. It periodically returns to our local PBS station lineup, but I think I’ve probably seen every one of the 30 episodes at least 20 times. And I laugh at every joke every time.

  128. Joanna says...

    I do not have much time to elaborate further on this thought but, what about the connection with the way children want to watch the same videos, episodes, movies etc.?

  129. I am like your friend! I’ve watched Friends season to season like 10 times and can actually…. recite entire episodes!! Ha! I often tell my mum: And hanging out with Friends tonight. Noo, not the real ones duhh.

  130. Katie says...

    Cheers, SATC, Seinfeld, and – this random show I found on Netflix called Emily Owens MD. I’ve watched it a silly amount.

    I have this thing where I want my last thought before bed to be a happy one, if at all possible. If I’m especially tired, blue, or otherwise unimaginative- I’ll pop in the Keira Knightly P & P for a little while. Works like a charm.

  131. Abigail says...

    Gilmore Girls
    Friends

  132. Jess says...

    Sex and the City. Over and over again, off and on through the years. Except I can’t bear the first season. It’s so cringey.

  133. Ally says...

    The original Law & Order, especially the Carey Lowell seasons.

  134. Seinfeld. Always and forever.

  135. Lucy says...

    This post was so lovely to come across! I skipped the psychology stuff though and just read the comments!
    – I’ve watched Gilmore girls maybe 4 times (I skip most of first season because I really don’t like Dean)
    – The OC is great, although I tend to only re watch the first/second season
    – I’ve just started back on Gossip girl this week
    – re watched Downton Abbey this year but stopped when it got to the rape episode, you only need to see that story line once

  136. Anna says...

    I guess I never really thought about this soevigucslly…but after reading this post I remembered that when I was in labor with my son and contractions were starting to ramp up I immediately asked my husband to put on Friends. The familiar comedy was instantly comforting and relaxing. Interesting!

  137. Rachel says...

    Re-watching The Office is my go-to when I need a friendly pick-me-up! If I’ve been watching it a lot I notice that everything in life reminds me of something funny from the Office.

  138. Rasheeda says...

    I have watched Buffy (the show) at least thirty thousand times. I never get tired of seeing her kick ass! It’s such a well written show, and I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of it. Can’t wait to share it with my kids!!

  139. Parenthood…I’ve re-watched it several times and it almost gets better each time, and I STILL cry at the end of every episode.

    The Office is also just as hilarious now as when it was on TV.

  140. Pamela says...

    Friday night light is always so comforting. Nigella Lawson’s cooking shows and SATC.

  141. Rebecca says...

    Love this topic! I am constantly rewatching my fav shows. I just finished rewatching Greys Anatomy for maybe the third time. My BFF also loves it so we like live texting while rewatching the real dramatic ones. It’s fun to know something is coming but not remember all of the exact details. It’s a bit of a downer but I can’t get enough of it. My usual repeat is New Girl… I think I have every episode memorized. It still makes me roll on the floor in laughter. When I lived alone they were a lovely silly voices to have in the background while I did my daily activities. Call the Midwife is also on a constant loop. I feel as though the midwives are all my BFFs. It’s just so charming. Once I love something it takes a lot for me to get tired of it! :)

    • Nancey says...

      I have watched Grey’s from the beginning so many times I just have it running in a loop at my house, it’s comforting to me somehow, how is that possible? I tell my Boyfriend on text GOTTA GO, I have a Cardiomyopathy going on here!!!

    • JB says...

      Yes! Call the Midwife is the BEST!!! Chummy :)

  142. Arielle says...

    My husband and I obsessively watch The Office and Friends. And I love a repeat Gilmore girls.

  143. Betsy G says...

    I love that 70’s show, especially the 1st and 2nd season. Eric Foreman was my dream man when I was in High School. Plus, I love looking at all the details in their house. It’s so homey and stereotypical 1970s’ which I love.

    I also can watch 30 Rock pretty much anytime, Community and Pushing Daisies.

  144. Susan Magnolia says...

    In our house it’s Flight of the Conchords and the Detectorists to relax. They are mellow but cute and funny. We have re-watched the IT Crowd so many times too. I am always down to rewatch Elementary, Sherlock and Ripper Street again and again. They keep me captivated every time.

    Movies are little more old school with Little Women and Jane Austen adaptations. My young daughter even loves watching them with me. She would say “let’s watch Mr. Dancer.” Yes I love Mr. Darcy too.

  145. Jennifer says...

    The West Wing and Gilmore Girls – and I’m so happy to see so many others who love this pair!
    For you West Wing fans, you should check out The West Wing Weekly podcast, if you haven’t already (http://thewestwingweekly.com). It’s hosted by Joshua Molina (who played Will Bailey) and Hrishikesh Hirway (who also hosts the Song Exploder podcast and is a fellow Gilmore Girls fan). It’s a fantastic podcast, and they frequently interview not only cast and crew from the show but also politicians and government officials. They even had Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the show recently! Fellow Gilmore Girls fans will also appreciate mentions of WW and GG overlap (though I won’t spoil any surprises).

  146. Thomas says...

    I rotate these shows: Facts of Life, Gunsmoke, Golden Girls, first 5 years of Melrose, King of Queens, Friends, Raymond, 2 Broke Girls, Ellen, Old Christine, Roseanne, Seinfeld, WKRP, Bob Newhart, Nanny, Mamas Family, early Simpsons and Good Neighbors.

    I keep them on in the background while I work and pause to catch a favorite line.

  147. Meghan says...

    Alas, it’s GG for me too!! And Sex in the City- it will forever remind me of nights spent in watching it with my college roommates. Such good times!

    • britta says...

      Oh yes! I remember my freshman year of college, my roomie put on Sex and the City and my life was forever changed!

  148. Christine says...

    I love how much The Office comes up in these comments! No matter how many times I’ve heard the jokes, they still make me laugh and no matter how many times I’ve seen Jim and Pam fall in love, they still make me cry. And whenever I’m super frustrated at work, I think of the scene where Andy screams “I’m gonna lose my freaking mind” and kicks a trash can. Makes me smile and takes the edge off!

  149. K says...

    Nora Ephron movies, Frasier, Friends and Sex and the City have been my go to re-watches for years.

    But then something happened, I can’t watch Friends at the moment. I grew up with it. I can see myself reenacting scenes in the school canteen with my friends aged 11, then years later watching the last series as they came out on TV with my older brother and his super cool girlfriend. I’ve watched them as comfort when my grandma died, when I failed exams, every time I moved somewhere new and wasn’t yet used to the night noises.

    My friend and I used to watch them at her place when we were teenagers to fall asleep after a party.

    I watched the odd episode all my years in between then and now. Including finding it on in a bar on a lonely night in south east Asia and thinking I had hit the jackpot!

    But then my friend I mentioned and I drifted apart last year. When I tried to tell her, she said she just wasn’t into our friendship anymore. it hurt. Now watching Friends reminds that I don’t have share the everlasting love the characters have with one of my own friends. I hope one day I can watch it again, without feeling sad.

    • Sarah says...

      I hope you can too K

  150. Lynsey says...

    Gilmore girls is my #1.
    Also Friends and New Girl