People are rewatching their favorite comfort shows in quarantine

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It’s August and we have been in some form of lock down or social distancing for the better part of the year. In order to cope many people took to baking bread, exercising, crocheting or something that don’t take much of their brain power.

CNN has just added another way that people are coping during the pandemic called “comfort watching.” Comfort watching is basically rewatching your favorite TV shows or reality shows because they don’t take much participation on your part. You can switch off your brain and just enjoy the show. Here’s why comfort watching is a “normal” response to the stress of the pandemic:

Jack Hamilton, associate professor of Media Studies and American Studies at University of Virginia, doesn’t think this behavior is so weird.

“I think in many ways reality shows allow for a purer form of escapism than more ‘prestigious’ scripted shows,” he told CNN via e-mail. “One of the reasons shows like ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘The Wire’ are so acclaimed is that they actually demand quite a lot from their viewers: attention, emotional investment, critical thinking, etc. Most of the time reality shows or docuseries (particularly of the “feel-good” variety, or of the more sensational variety like ‘Tiger King’) don’t really demand that level of engagement; you just get to lose yourself in the people onscreen and not have to think too much about all of it.”

Hamilton said he’s been watching a lot of old “Simpsons” episode on Disney+, “which is probably something I would have been doing anyway but maybe not quite at the same frequency as I am now.”
“For me, the familiarity of it is comforting and anxiety-reducing, even though (or maybe especially because) I’ve probably seen every episode dozens of times at this point,” he said.

Libby Hill, TV awards editor at IndieWire, told CNN she’s also been doing “a ton of comfort viewing during lockdown,” particularly rewatches of her favorite sitcoms and comedies, which she describes as “totally respectable stuff.”

[From CNN]

Throughout quarantine I was baking and rewatching some of my fave shows. Usually, Sex and The City and The Devil Wears Prada are my go-tos when I feel stressed or depressed. But lately, I have been rewatching The Vampire Diaries and I’ve been enjoying the hell out of it. Paul Wesley is even more sexy than I remember. It would seem that anxiety triggers my need for spy and fantasy shows because they allow me to escape into a world where I have power.

There are a ton of new shows out that I’d like to watch, but I haven’t really been willing to get involved in them. I just don’t want to commit to something new unless it is really good like HBO’s Watchmen, Lovecraft Country or Hanna on Amazon. It is like my attention span is nonexistent. I personally struggle with reality TV unless it is food, travel, or fashion-based. I also like renovation and home buying reality TV and I think I may have to watch Selling Sunset.

CNN is basically telling us that if we find ourselves loafing and rewatching shows that we used to love or a sh*tton of reality TV, we are ok. It is a normal response to anxious times.

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  1. OriginalLala says:

    Gilmore Girls and Community for me! They are like big hugs

  2. BlueSky says:

    My TV basically stays on HGTV.

    • L4frimaire says:

      Caribbean Life and Bahamas Life are my go to’s, as well as House Hunters International. Definitely need to get away, since we’re stuck at home now.

  3. Becks1 says:

    I’ve been watching the Great British Baking Show (not the same after Mary left but still good) for exactly that reason – it’s comforting. It doesn’t require a lot of brain power. There’s no drama outside of whether someone is baking their bread long enough – and there’s no backstabbing etc. it’s just a nice relaxing baking show lol. My husband keeps asking if I want to start this new show or that one and I’m like….yes. I want to watch it, but not tonight.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I love GBBS, you’re right that it isn’t the same without Mary but it’s still fantastic IMHO.
      I’ve also been watching more food-related shows, oddly enough right now it’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. I usually find Guy Fieri to be low-key annoying, but there’s something about his just driving from place to place visiting small restaurants and etc that I find relaxing to watch these days.

      Other than that, my go-to has always been Golden Girls. I have the whole series on DVD (yes, I’m old lol) and it never fails to make me laugh.

      • Miranda says:

        I’m going with Golden Girls, too. It really is a comfort show for me. My dad raised me on his own, so I kinda considered the Golden Girls to be my best female role models. Dorothy is my TV mom, of course, and Sophia is my grandma, and Blanche and Rose are my favorite aunties.

    • JanetDR says:

      Me too! Love GBBS I often wish that they actually had enough time, but I guess it wouldn’t be reality TV worthy without some kind of artificial constraint. It is very soothing otherwise, especially the second time through.

    • L4frimaire says:

      I really got into Padma Lakshmi‘s new food show Taste the Nation. I used to love Bourdain’s shows, but now it makes me sad to see him. British baking is ok but so long a process to get a winner. Nailed It is my go to baking show.I like seeing the cake wrecks.

    • Anne Call says:

      I just rewatched every season of GBBS. It was heaven. I loved Padma’s new show. Marcus Samuelson has a similar kind of food show on PBS. Not Fancy tasting menu bs but interesting ethnic food being cooked all over America.

    • GreenTurtle says:

      GBBS is so gentle and relaxing. The voiceovers are basically ASMR lol.

    • Traveler says:

      I love the GBBS. I’ve rewatched every season multiple times. Very comforting.

    • PixiePaperdroll says:

      I like it better without Mary. She spent too much time talking with her mouth full. (I would rather listen to someone vomit than talk around their food.)

  4. Ronaldinhio says:

    We started rewatching ‘How I met your mother’
    There is a real appreciation in me for Neil Patrick Harris pulling the role of Barney Stinson off but the show was SO white and insanely, insanely misogynistic . My teens cannot believe I ever watched it. Their take away was that the joke was about lying to ‘stupid’ women to have sex with them but never fatties
    I was shamed.

    • Snowslow says:

      This show is on all the time in one of my channels on the evening and I can’t believe anyone watched or even played in such a mysoginistic, silly, brainless show. I just found out about it – yes I live under a rock – so I discovered it as an adult. It creeps the heck out of me.

    • GreenTurtle says:

      I enjoy MASH, which was also incredibly sexist. It was on in the 70s, though, so it’s a product of its time. If you can ignore that aspect, it’s such a smart, funny show.

  5. Izzy says:

    I binge-watched Fringe, because nothing says “pandemic mood” like a show about creepy unexplainable stuff and an alternate universe.

    • Kath says:

      I LOVE Fringe! The cast was perfect, John Noble as Walter completely stole my heart, such a complex character

    • LoonaticCap says:

      Omg i love it when i find Fringe fans out there. I LOVED that show. I have to rewatch it too. I loved Anna Torv, fell in love with Josh again there, and John Noble is just a treasure. I’ll definitely rewatch it soon

    • Sojaschnitzel says:

      Thanks for the good idea. I’ll rewatch that next. I loved it so much. The cast was amazing.

  6. Thirtynine says:

    X files for me. Starting at the pilot and going right through, and then starting again. Scully never gets old.

    • Megan says:

      Ooh, we started The X-Files but didn’t stick with it- good reminder. I’ve been rewatching Happy Endings, Santa Clarita Diet and Parks and Rec just to calm my nerves.

      • kiddo says:

        I binged happy endings too, after their quarantine reunion on youtube. It still so funny after all this time

  7. smcollins says:

    The original Law & Order (the Lenny years) for me. But then I binge that show any ole time, not just during stressful times lol. I’ve actually watched the new Perry Mason two times over already. That series is *fantastic* and I can’t wait for season 2!

    • Laura says:

      Oh, I love original Law & Order. My dad was a police officer in New York (On Long Island, not in the city) and it was one of his favorite shows. I’ve watched that show since it first came out in the 90′s and I will totally binge it when I see it on cable. I’ve tried for years to find it via DVD, but no shops ever have it. One day I’ll be able to watch OG L&O without commercials!

    • booboocita says:

      Lenny Briscoe is my Patronus!

  8. Sofia says:

    The only show I’ve been rewatching is “The Crown” but I’ve started (and finished new shows): Elementary, Real Housewives (I need a trash break from reality, don’t judge me) and Lucifer

    • Anners says:

      I watch Lucifer, too. The first couple of seasons were just genuinely good fun (I mean, the show is terrible yet hilarious). The new seasons are harder to watch – the hell did the detective do to her face? Also, is it possible to get actually worse at your job over time? Lucifer and Mazikeen keep me watching, though.

      Also Brooklyn 99, Gilmore Girls, Schitt’s Creek, and The Crown help me to escape reality. Looking to start Cobra Kai – Pajiba sold me that it wasn’t just a cash grab nostalgia trip.

      • Eve V says:

        @Anners
        I love Lucifer and the drama with his brothers! You’re so right about the detective’s face though- it was so distracting in the most recent season! She looked so much better before

    • Tasha says:

      Great idea! I’m going back to watch The Crown again!

    • Eleonora says:

      I also rewatched the Crown.

      Plus some European shows in languages I don’t speak, so that actually makes me have to pay attention to subtitles.

  9. FHMom says:

    Bob’s Burgers is always good for a laugh. Dead to Me, while a bit stressful, was a fun watch. I’m more into the 30 minute shows than the hour long ones. I really don’t like rewatching a show, but my daughter loves it. We watched Vampire Diaries, Originals and Virgin River together. I loved Watchmen. It was very well done, but not an escape watch at all since racism is a theme. I also had to read up a bit on the history of comics, since I felt like I was missing backstory.

  10. Chartreuse says:

    We watched our favorite all time show, The West Wing. It was an antidote to everything.

  11. Michelle says:

    I just came to say that TV have really SUCKED since about May. Of the thousands of movies, all they do is show the same ones over and over again. I swear if I see “Grown Ups” or “The Blind Side” one more time… I know these are feel good movies and there are contracts with companies that have to show certain movies but damn, mix it up a bit! One movie channel showed “Outbreak”. Are you freakin kidding me?? I am living through that mess and you want show THAT movie? Come on!

    • L84Tea says:

      We have a running joke in our house that when it’s Sunday evening, The Blind Side will be on tv. I swear, somewhere on some channel, that movie is always on on a Sunday evening!

  12. Sunflowerlady says:

    Hart of Dixie and Schitts Creek.

    • Genessee says:

      Yep! I rewatched Hart of Dixie! Love that show.

      Also rewatched The Middle, Suits, GCB, Big Love, and earlier seasons of The Bachelor/ette.

      Would have loved to rewatch Friends, but I don’t have HBOMax

  13. TeamAwesome says:

    Parks and Rec!!!

    • lemonylips says:

      my bf and I rewatched Seinfeld, Curb your enthusiasm and Parks and Rec. We’d combine them and loooved all of it. So many chats after episodes – like “this didn’t age well, or OMG I’m Larry /Elaine/ April…. and I’m not sure if I love it or hate it”. Never boring. Also, my dad is deffo Ron Swanson.

  14. Lightpurple says:

    Currently in Season 3 of The West Wing.
    Have rewatched The Wire, Sex and the City, The Night Manager, Ozark, Great British Baking Show, Schitt’s Creek, Fawlty Towers

    • AMM says:

      I forget to mention it on my list, but I watched the West Wing for the first time and loved it! It was a favorite of my husbands when it was live and he wanted to comfort re-watch. I feel like I was mixing it up in my head with JAG (which my parents watched when I was a tween/teen and I found it terribly boring) so I never watched because I thought it would be dry. I was wrong and I’m glad I watched it.

  15. Eleonor says:

    I have binge watched Sex and the city.

    • Shelly says:

      Sex and the City used to be my go-to escape, but they removed it from Amazon Prime :(

      • EMc says:

        When I had bought my first new, nice vehicle (Jeep Wrangler 4 door, cherry red, loaded.. but I digress.. *cries*) I got t-boned by a drunk driver and it was destroyed. My husband took me out the next day to try and make me happy, and he bought me the box set of S&TC, its so pretty. It was on sale because the store was going out of business. I’d be lost without it, especially because when they aired the episodes on another channel, can’t remember which one, it was heavily edited and not the same.

    • Mustlovedogs says:

      My 30yr old daughter, who is a hard working successful criminal lawyer in a human rights field, finally was able to come home last weekend and said, “ Mummy can we watch Sex and the City and drink wine and lie on the lounge and snuggle and you rub my back…? awww. 😊

  16. minx says:

    West Wing, Mad Men, The Crown, Good Wife, Good Fight, Catastrophe, Fleabag.

  17. turbunguin says:

    I’ve reverted back into a teenaged girl during this pandemic. All I’ve been wanting to read and re-read are YA fantasy novels, all i’ve wanted to watch or re-watch are shojo anime (this last week alone: new Fruits Basket, Ouran Host Club, Toradora, Maid-Sama, Nozaki-kun, just started The Wallflower) and romance-y Korean dramas (Boys Over Flowers, Romance Is A Bonus Book, Itaewon Class, Mystic Pop-up Bar, Something In The Rain), and my music preferences have regressed to early aughts self-indulgent pity party playlists. I’ve been feeling vaguely ashamed about my mind’s abject refusal lately to engage with anything mentally or emotionally challenging when it comes to entertainment consumption, so reading these sorts of assurances (my BBC newsletter today also had a mini-article about this subject) is supremely reassuring Indeed.

    • EMc says:

      I enjoy the Korean ones, too! Even worse? I started googling to make sure they have happy endings before I get too invested! This is truly a regression into childhood for sure. I get so wrapped up in their romance, and Kdrama has a habit of the not-so-common unhappy ending, or at least not in the traditional sense. Then I get mad, lol.

      • turbunguin says:

        @EMc I do the same now! I’ve been burned too many times with sad, sober endings when I’m jonesing for idealistic. Currently, in this world and mindframe, I have no headspace for realistic or tragic endings. I just finished an anime that ends with the brutal destruction of the world and was all “mankind is the true devil, banal and vicious, where even lucifer will cry for love but humanity will devour itself” and I was so pissed. That was NOT the escapism I was looking for.

    • Miranda says:

      I’m not usually into anime, but when I had COVID back in March, my sister-in-law bought me the boxed set of Azumanga Daioh, and I LOVED it. Would you say the shows you mentioned are good for an introduction into the genre?

      • turbunguin says:

        @Miranda I am in no way an expert, and my genuine favorite anime tends to be darker and more adult (Ghost In The Shell SAC is my personal top), but if you feel like fluffy, silly romantic comedies that are often tongue-in-cheek self-aware, I definitely recommend the anime I listed. With the exception of the new run of Fruits Basket (which I watch by… other means), they are all on US Netflix. I would suggest you give Ouran Host Club a try, first! Also, I’d never heard of Azumanga Daioh, and it looks great. I’m going to obtain it and watch it, so thank YOU for the recommendation!

      • Miranda says:

        You’re welcome! By the way, in the boxed set, every disc has a booklet with translation notes and explanations of Japanese customs…stuff like that. I’m sure you can probably find them online, definitely worth seeking out.

    • Sof says:

      Oh, I went back to a show I liked as a little girl: Sailor Moon (watched it when I was four, it’s weird that I still remember some characters and a few plots) and I’m currently re reading specific parts of the Harry Potter saga. In fact, I realized that I’m slowly re reading books that either don’t challenge me that much or that I loved the first time. I can’t focus on certain topics or authors.

      • turbunguin says:

        @ Sof Absolutely! I am very aware that I am chasing a very specific feeling of comfort and soothing satisfaction in my media consumption, where everyone grows wise and overcomes obstacles and saves the world and their loved ones and finds their soulmate and beats the baddies. Sure, there are shadows on their souls, but they’re stronger for it and evil was actually defeated. I’ve been loving retooled/retold fairytales, like by Robin McKinley, Naomi Novak, and Katherine Arden. And smutty angsty fantasy, like the Throne of Glass series. And more wholesome friendly fantasy, like the October Daye series.

    • Eleonora says:

      Try Yuri!!! On Ice. It’s a very inclusive anime in multiple ways and fun too.

  18. Juju says:

    I love Hulu… I’ve been watching the BBC Pride & Prejudice, and The Mindy Project. I also rewatched You’ve Got Mail. I’ve got a thing for romantic comedies, can you tell? 😂

    Also, I’ve read that watching a show again is comforting because you know how it turns out, and that everything will be ok.

    • ClaireB says:

      Ooh, love the BBC’s P&P!! I watched that twice at the beginning of the pandemic.

      I also reached back into my teen years and watched Strictly Ballroom again.

  19. Stacy Dresden says:

    The Twilight saga is available on Amazon Prime. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll embarrass yourself. It’s solid pandemic entertainment.

    • Elsa says:

      I just starting watching it yesterday! Turns out it is perfect comfort watching!

    • Chlo says:

      Oh my goodness, I watched Twilight last night and just COULD NOT. I was straight up laughing while Edward was in the woods with Bella disclosing his vampirism. Jumping around. THIS IS THE SKIN OF A KILLER! DON’T TRUST ME! I WANT TO KILL YOU! MY FAMILY IS DIFFERENT, WE CONTROL OUR THIRST! I could NOT stop laughing!!! But I loved every single second of it!

      Also, re-watching, I appreciated how cheesy it is??? The whole movie is actually really cheesy??

      I’m planning on watching New Moon (is that the next one??) tonight and skipping through most of it because I mean, really, who am I kidding, I’m in it for Robert Pattinson.

      • Stacy Dresden says:

        Chloe, that scene had me laughing too. I also cringed every time Stephenie Meyer appears. Too funny. I would say New Moon may be the strongest of the films. Maybe watch that one start to finish. Breaking Dawn is absolute garbage!!!

    • NJ says:

      I watched all the Twilight movies a couple of weeks ago- they brought me so much joy

  20. Jerusha says:

    My tv stays on the ION channel-L&O, L&O:SVU, L&O:CI. Apart from that I’m watching movies. Movies I first saw 70 years ago, movies that came out 30 years ago that I skipped then, movies that are new, streaming or blu-ray. Lots of Japanese, Korean, Chinese movies. French, German, British movies. Love movies.

  21. OK says:

    We have dozens of boxed set DVD’s, my dad hated ads so for decades everyone would buy him boxed sets . I have gone through Absolutely Fabulous, The Good Life , Keeping Up Appearances ( I wonder what Hyacinth Bouquet would be like in lock down) , Miami Vice (surprisingly good) , Hart to Hart and Boston Legal (so damn funny) so far, now working my way through Spooks, Star Gate SG1 then onto Stargate Atlantis , I had forgotten Jason Moama was in it, so extra bonus.

  22. Lux says:

    All I want to watch are New Girl and Broad City. Over and over and over again.

  23. vegasschmegas says:

    I think I’m going to rewatch the 3 seasons of Killing Eve….I can’t get enough Villanelle…..

  24. Stacy Dresden says:

    If you like British humor check out Extras. I was crying laughing last night.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      Oooohhhh…..I don’t know *anything* that has ever made me laugh more than extras! Painfully awkward and so hilarious.

      In fact, I’m going to re-watch again (55th time, probably) 😬

    • Miranda says:

      Thanks, now I have David Bowie’s “Little Fat Man” song stuck in my head!

    • Anne Call says:

      Love that show. We also loved Episodes which has two British actors and the guy from friends (Matt Leblanc). He plays himself and it’s really hilarious.

  25. (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

    One article I read said we rewatch these shows now because we find comfort in *knowing* the ending, as we are so unsettled an don’t know how/when this pandemic will end for us.

    Hulu has become my go-to Channel. I’m binging on Australian shows, like Packed To The Rafters (think “This Is Us” that doesn’t take itself so seriously lol) and Offspring (LOVE this one!). It also has reruns of some o my favorite oldies, like Dick Van Dyke, Frasier, Lucy. I even checked out oldies like That Girls and The Mothers In Law, which I vaguely remembered from when I was really young. Corny, yeah…but mindless fun. 😊

    • Erica says:

      That’s exactly it! You know what’s coming, there is no surprise or shock death. You know what you’re in for.

      • Nicole says:

        Yep! It’s been my anxiety reducing method for decades now. I can even see my oldest (and anxiety prone) adopting the same habit and I’m glad that he’s developing coping mechanisms.

        My go to has been Hulu, they’ve got some great old shows. Wings, Designing Women, Golden Girls, and Perfect Strangers. Fond days for me watching Wings with my dad before the responsibility of life set in.

  26. Hildog says:

    Most people I know took to eating and drinking. Kind of happy I’m pregnant otherwise I would be drinking myself silly.

  27. Goldengirlslover34 says:

    Im rewatching Daria and The Golden Girls has been on rotation for years. This has brought me so much joy.

  28. Erica says:

    I’ve rewatched Downton Abbey about 6 times since March. I’m watching it again now! I can’t stop. LOL My therapist said it is a comfort and to keep it up if it helps me.

  29. KellyRyan says:

    The Sopranos. I feel so at home in a mob culture.

  30. lemonylips says:

    If you like detective saga and stories give Bosch a try. I was sure I’d hate it cause a friend I always disagree with recommended it, but it’s totally decent and so many actors from the Wire are in it. I also watched Lost and finally got all the controversy.

    • AMM says:

      I watched Bosch a while ago and was surprised I liked it. My grandpa was a big fan of the books and I hated the main character but read them so we could talk about them. He’s much more likable in the show. Book Bosch is a Mary Sue.

    • Anne Call says:

      I love that show. The actor who plays Bosch is so perfect and I love LA as a backdrop. They’re only doing one more season and I’m sad about that.

      We started watching Corporate on Comedy Central (hilarious) because I saw that police chief Irv was in it.

  31. EMc says:

    I’ve been considering watching The Vampire Diaries again, too. I’ll been difficult to get engaged with a new series for some reason, although we recently started Carnival Row.

    When I’m cleaning or doing huge projects I like to start something big to listen to/watch while I work. I’ve seen my favs so many times I can see what’s happening without watching, so it keeps me occupied while I’m doing whatever I’m doing.

    We are moving into our new house in a few weeks, and our stuff has been in storage for 6 months so its gonna be such a huge project. I’ll turn to my favs: Sex and the City, Twilight, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings.. yes, I swear I’m an adult.

  32. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    Sex and the City and The Golden Girls are my top 2 comfort shows that I can rewatch over and over again.

  33. Miranda says:

    The other day, I discovered that The Secret of Roan Inish is on Amazon Prime. It was one of my favorites as a kid, and it definitely held up. Highly recommended! Little Nemo is on there too, I think we’ll be watching that tonight.

  34. SJR says:

    Yes. Point Break, Bill & Ted 1, The Witcher on repeat because great special effects and generally the creatures trying to save their people/survive do so by joining together to fight the horrible rulers and win. Plus lots of escapist youtube stuff, hair cutting, hgtv, cooking shows.

    Anything to keep my spirits up. Started reading the newest bio of Churchill.
    WW2 has a lot of lessons that are too real right now.
    Trump.Must.Go.

    Btw, I am seeing a lot of Trump/Biden signs popping up in my town in the last few days.
    In one block 3 Biden 1 Trump 4 Biden, yes the Trump house has huge flags and a huge sign thay they must have ordered and paid $$ for. Good for the neighbors on his block, out numbered and surrounded his Trump with every house having Biden signs.

  35. Other Renee says:

    Rewatching all the Poirot mysteries with David Suchet. Honestly, they should never bother making another Poirot mystery again because no one could ever top his performances.

    Binge watched a great British crime series called Scott & Bailey. I’m always sad when I finish an entire British crime series.

    Also binge watching the entire series of The Goldbergs. I’m either laughing or getting misty-eyed by the poignant endings. Fabulous show.

    • Snowslow says:

      Oh god me too! David Suchet is a genius and the art-deco porn always delivers. I also love the Goldbergs.

      • ClaireB says:

        Oh, yes, I loved David Suchet, but my favorite mystery rewatch is the Miss Marple series with Joan Hickson. She was the best Marple and I was horrified by the new series they tried to do.

  36. Dee says:

    Watching Velvet (in Spanish, with English subtitles). I love the clothes and the romance. It’s my guilty pleasure after all the Zoom meetings are done.

  37. Sequinedheart says:

    I picked up greys anatomy starting at S.4 where I left it 10 years ago lol
    Now I’m almost up to date. My husband calls it ‘hot hospital’.
    Even though Derek is dead and the dram is cyclical, it’s just a world I can get distracted in and not worry so much.

  38. Chlo says:

    I have re-watched the West Wing, A Discovery of Witches (twice – it’s short!), and I just started re-watching the Twilight movies. I was totally thinking about starting Vamp Diaries again, especially since I never made it through the last season! (I got a thing for vampires.) My husband is re-watching Voyager. While these aren’t re-watches, I have also watched the Hallmark-esque Netflix shows Virgin River and Sweet Magnolias. We are in full comfort-watching mode over here. I have also comfort re-read fan fictions that I love. (Should I be admitting this?? Haha.)

  39. CL says:

    The last movie I saw in theaters this year was “Emma”. I looooved it, and was so excited that it became available for rental/purchase quickly. I rented it twice, then purchased it as soon as I was able, and I’m pretty sure I’ve watched it at least 20 times.

    I thought I’d be binging Gilmore Girls or Parks and Rec, but I’ve found myself drawn to horror movies and dark shows – maybe to make myself think “It could be worse – you could be dealing with a murderous clown in the sewer!”.

    • Case says:

      Same here on Emma! It was my last in-theater experience and I really treasure that, because it was a lovely film.

    • Eugh says:

      I really enjoyed Emma also. Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles in the Crown) and the wonderful Bill Nighy really just stole it

  40. EviesMom says:

    I have re watched Veep. It is hilarious But I’m very aware that the series ended because the farce was too close to reality. But holy cats – Selina Meyer (New Selina now!) for president.

    I also watched Catastrophe on amazon prime. Excellent.

  41. Case says:

    I actually haven’t rewatched any TV shows (though I do keep thinking it’s about time to give Doctor Who a rewatch — my greatest love and best comfort show of all time). I have been rewatching some comfort movies, though — both Guardians of the Galaxy movies and the live-action Beauty and the Beast were recent ones. As we get closer to Halloween there will be lots of comfort movie rewatching — Nightmare Before Christmas, etc. It’s about time for a Lord of the Rings binge, too.

    I’ve mostly been loving watching fantasy shows — Cursed on Netflix was really good, and now I’m watching The Magicians, which I never watched before. It’s nice to truly “escape” into other worlds with these shows.

    On a totally separate note, I cannot WAIT for The Home Edit show coming to Netflix in November. Organizing soothes me.

    • L4frimaire says:

      Think I’ll rewatch Titanic and Marie Antoinette. Anytime I see it on basic cable, I start watching. Same with the Harry Potter movies.

  42. Leah says:

    Dark Shadows (been re-watching the revival, and the original), Psych, Star Trek (TOS), Knight Rider, Hawaii 5-0 (original show), What we do in the Shadows (the cursed e-mail episode should be nominated for its own Emmy, it’s so hilarious) etc….

    Been binging on so much since March. It really is like a balm for the soul.

  43. JennyJenny says:

    Schitts Creek saved me while I was watching it!
    Catherine O’Hara is a treasure amongst treasures!

  44. Sabs says:

    I have binged watched so much! Currently on Revenge and have rewatched OTH, Younger, Buffy and Angel (kids made me)! And many more seriously have very little attention span for anything new at all. Also reverting to my teenage self old music and rewatched Empire records 4x during lockdown. Nostalgia has gotten me through alot, my partner is not a TV man and thinks I’m insane, glad to see I’m not!😀

    • stormyshay says:

      I am currently making my way through Buffy with my teenage daughter. She has never seen it before. It is fun to get her point of view. It has been over a decade since I watched and it has mostly held up. I read the Twilight Books at the same time as my daughter. We had an in depth discussion on Bella not being a role model and how unhealthy the relationship she had with Edward was, so I hope she remembers some of the conversation.

  45. AMM says:

    I started a Law and Orser SVU rewatch back in March but had to take a break. I have started a few new shows in quarantine that have been ok –

    I’m a sucker for fantasy so I started Shadow Hunters. It’s YA but I mostly enjoyed the first season but the revelation at the end made me not want to pick it back up. Plus the acting is not great.

    I started High Town on Starz and I am enjoying that so far. I like a grittier drama so that fits the bill.

    The Boys on Amazon is pretty good. I feel like it’s a unique concept for a super hero show and is a good mix of drama, action and comedy.

    I watched one episode of Raising Dion and it was ok, so I may continue that one.

    We watched Locke and Key on Netflix As a family and that was a fun show. Good for the younger crowd. A few plot holes and the storyline gets a little messy but it’s entertaining.

    Norsemen is funny, short, adult entertainment. I’m not big on parodies but this one is well done.

    As a family we are watching The Worlds Toughest Eco Race, or whatever it’s called, with Bear Grylls. It’s on Amazon and thats been fun for kinda mindless entertainment.

    I’ve tried a few other shows that I passed on: Cursed on Netflix, Grimm, Gotham, Aj and the Queen- all shows that are up my ally as far as genre goes but they just didn’t keep my attention.

    • Case says:

      I was unsure about Cursed the first few episodes, but I would recommend sticking it out past the 3rd or 4th episode — once they’ve established characters and their world building, it really was a great show. I hope it gets renewed for another season.

    • Pulplove says:

      I love Shadowhunters even though it’s far from perfect and I’m far from being a YA. It’s fun and romance, Matthew Daddario is gorgeous and the Malec relationship is adorable.

      I also re-watched Stargate: Atlantis and the banter and especially the character of Rodney made me laugh so hard. So, so soothing.

  46. Mellie says:

    SATC, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Seinfeld, Golden Girls, Frasier, The Office….those are my ‘fall asleep’ shows. I’ve burned myself (and my husband) out on HGTV.

  47. Bella A A says:

    I am currently watching The Vampire Diaries. I also watched Geenleaf (best soap ever), The Dynasty re-boot–the clothes are fantastic!!! Bosch, Lucifer and too many British crime shows to list. On YouTube, I am watching Taxi snippets–which is sooooo funny and I highly recommend.

  48. Sue M says:

    Apollo 13, The Martian, Ocean’s 8, and movies based on Jane Austen books (Persuasion with Amanda Root being my fav). There is something about the celebration of science and the human spirit in the first two that I just love. I mean, humans went to the effing MOON in tin cans and survived. It is a triumph of science, not just an American triumph. Yes, Americans, you could beat COVIDs ass if you wanted to, so get to it!

  49. L4frimaire says:

    My comfort shows are all about homes and interior design. I’ve been watching Fixer Upper and Room to Improve reruns. For some reason, I’ve really gotten into Selling Sunset and Million Dollar Listing LA. Also watched the Alienist Season 1 and starting to watch season 2. I also completely binged the Expanse. I like sci-fi/ dystopia/ alternative worlds a lot as well. Starting to watch Lovecraft Country on HBO. So good. The lead actor is amazing.

    • L4frimaire says:

      Also bing watched What We Do in the Shadows. The vampire comedy/ mockumentary. It is hilarious and love the guest appearances. Beanie Feldstein was so good on it.

  50. ravynrobyn says:

    House Hunters (especially International), Daria, 90 Day Fiancee (yeah, I know!). Only new stuff I watched is Dr Lucy Worsley’s stuff on PBS (Secrets of The Six Wives is AMAZING!) & Mel Robbins, a life coach who has a talk show. She really helped me reframe a lot of crap in my life; show was pretty inspirational so of COURSE it’s cancelled 🙄

    My go to valium shows are The Office (Steve Carell scratches an itch I didn’t even know I had 😜) and my ULTIMATE comfort tv show, NYPD BLUE. Andy Sipowitz is truly a balm for my shattered soul.

    ETA-BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC TONIGHT, ON DEMAND!!!! WYLD STALLYNS!!!!!

    • GreenTurtle says:

      Love House Hunters, and I enjoy all the tiny house shows. While I’m usually drawn to scripted drama/comedy and prestige TV, I’ve dipped my toe into terrible reality dating shows during the pandemic, so no judgement from me on 90 Day Fiancée, lol. I’ve never watched these shows in the past, but I watched Indian Matchmaker, then Love Is Blind. Now I’m hooked on Married at First Sight. Damn you, Netflix! I’m curious about 90 DF, because there is a lot of audience overlap between that and MAFS.

      • ravynrobyn says:

        @ GREENTURTLE-Ilove Tiny House shows too!
        90 Day Fiancee is twisted, stupid and TOTALLY addictive. If you just want to dip your toe in, I recommend “The Other Way” which is only 2 or 3 seasons and is the “best” of the 90 Day franchise. Americans go to the other countries
        and are embarrassingly clueless. My favorite couples are Jenny & Sumit and Armando & Kenny.

        On Lifetime “Marrying Millions” just started. It’s new so it’s not 100% fake yet lol.

  51. wildwaffles says:

    For the first 3 months or so, I had Friends running all day on the TV in the background. Which was weird because I would not consider myself a huge fan but there was something oddly comforting about it as background noise.

    We comfort watched Parks & Rec, The Good Place and I’m now rewatching Schitt’s Creek with the family. My husband’s go-to are the Marvel movies and he’s now working his way through Designated Survivor. I have been rewatching a series on Disney+ called The Imagineering Story. Makes me cry all the time but wistful, nostalgic tears. Also my favorite movie, About Time.

    I also am drawn to teen flicks. Watched the new Babysitter’s Club, PS: I Love Yous, Never Have I Ever (Kaiser needs to watch that series) and Little Fires Everywhere (although that’s not to much teen but still). Rewatched Ten Things I Hate About You with my 15 year old and she loved it.

    Sadly I end up most nights doom scrolling Twitter and Facebook and then trying to brain scrub with Candy Crush or Animal Crossing. I wish I had more attention span to get into a series or watch a full movie.

  52. Argus says:

    Poldark for me. Give me all the soulful staring off the cliffs of Cornwall, Demelza getting gussied up for a fancy party & Aiden Turner’s hairy chest lol. Also will never get enough of the early seasons of the Simpsons.

  53. LoonaticCap says:

    Man where do I begin
    I agree, I rewatch some classics. I recently rewatched Harry Potter movies (sans the JD movies);
    Veronica Mars – till the last season and the movie
    I have on queue :
    Alias
    TVD + Originals + Legacies
    Cougar Town
    New Girl
    Happy Endings
    I’ve watched these 3 last maybe a couple time over the years but watching Veronica Mars made me miss Max Greenfields SCHMIDT!!

    I randomly rewatch Insecure and sometimes Being Mary Jane

    On cable i watch older episodes of Greys Anatomy (I’m up to date but it’s fun)
    Am enjoying 911 because Agela Basset is EVERYTHING
    NCIS LA
    HAWAII 5-0
    Friends, American Dad
    HIMYM

    I Rewatched some step up movies

    Yeah.. I could go on. I love series but I’m definitely nostalgic these days. Even reluctant to watch other stuff.

  54. Emily says:

    I discovered K-Dramas during this pandemic and they’ve been my saving grace. Crash Landing on You kept replaying its trailer for days at the top of my Netflix screen so I was like why the hell not, I’ve often heard how addictive these shows are. Well, I’ve watched CLOY twice now and I plan on watching it a third time in not too distant future haha. It’s so feel-good and cute and while I realize K-Dramas easily veer into silly tropes, CLOY does a good job of not overindulging them. Plus the cast is so talented. I’ve also watched a lot of other content starring Hyun Bin (god that man is beautiful) and Son Ye-jin, the two leads of CLOY and also watched Goblin, Personal Taste, Memories of the Alhambra, among others. Currently making my way through Something in the Rain and Vagabond on Netflix right now. If anybody has any good K-Drama recs, I’m all ears!

    Also rewatching Parks and Rec for the umpteenth time with my mom, who had never watched the show before. It’s like wearing a favorite pair of comfy pants. That show still holds up.

    • betsyh says:

      If you like Hyun Bin, you will love My Name is Kim Sam Soon (also called My Lovely Kim Sam Soon). It is very funny, especially the second episode, and is my favorite K-drama. You can find it on You Tube.

  55. Pam says:

    Little house on the prairie!

  56. SallyTomato says:

    I got stuck in a Toddlers & Tiaras loop. I’m almost done with The Vampire Diaries but have a question. The ending of The Originals was spoiled for me. Is it still worth watching?

    • Pulplove says:

      I would think so, yes. With The Originals you have 3 extremely hot and charismatic leads (Elijah, Marcel, Klaus) and a lot of entertaining stories. It’s very much about family, but there’s romance, betrayal and redemption as well. Even if you know the ending, I believe the path to it remains intriguing.

  57. Lockdownbored says:

    It’s compelled me to take out my first Netflix subscription ever! Catching up on some old films as well as stuff like Extraction (6.5/10) and Project Power (6.5/10). Randomly, watched Double Jeopardy and it’s not dated well. Ashley Judd’s character was framed in such a male-gaze way and even her final scene was facilitated by a male character (Tommy Lee Jones). Yes, he was her parole officer but it could have been done in a different way.

    • Lockdownbored says:

      I’ve also seen The Old Guard, which was terrible. *SPOILERS* You discover you’re pretty much immortal and indestructible and you spend all your centuries/millennia fighting and in wars. Corniness to the extreme was Chiwetel Ejiofor’s “map” of all those people you saved – but what about all the damage through the countless people you killed? The violence was totally gratuitous and meant to be a key attraction of this movie (they seem to want to make it into a franchise), so is all that a release valve for stressed-out people? Also, you have all that time on your hands and you want to end it but you couldn’t figure out decapitation and separating key body parts so they can’t heal would probably do the trick? Points for inclusivity in casting though, and everyone acted quite well esp Charlize.

  58. DemoCat says:

    I don’t know how comforting it is, but I finished my second rewatch of “The Sopranos” two months ago and am rewatching it again. I’ve also watched a lot of GBBO and older Project Runway seasons.

  59. OK says:

    Just came across all the Torchwood seasons in my dad’s vast video cupboard , (a built in floor to ceiling 6 door storage in the spare room). I’m off to watch it ‘Children of Earth’ was the creepiest show I’ve ever seen.

  60. Anonymous says:

    Schitt’s Creek, The Crown, Downton Abbey… and cheeseball movies like It’s Complicated (real estate p0Rn!), Living Out Loud, The Devil Wears Prada, Notting Hill, etc.

  61. Hannah says:

    Oya, thank you soooo much for reminding me about The Vampire Diaries. I LOVED that show. I only ever watched the entire series once so I’m definitely starting a binge marathon of it now. It’s just what I need rn. Mindless distraction, where I don’t have to keep my eyes peeled to the screen, and I can scroll through Instagram and TikTok & comfort eat at the same time :) Thank you

  62. Belig says:

    Since several people have mentioned kdramas, I’ll mention Chinese drama The Untamed. High fantasy, period costumes, pretty people and pretty sets, a subtext romance between the two main dudes, tons of angst. Utterly ridiculous, 100% addictive.

    This tweet is a good summary: https://twitter.com/katemond/status/1232072023691743237

  63. Florence says:

    I’ve been plundering iPlayer and All4; This Country, Peep Show, Fleabag, Car Share, Derry Girls, Derren Brown’s shows. I never really watch TV so actually watching whole series is a new thing for me. Plus this is the U.K. where any series is about six hours long and that’s it – instead of hundreds of hours of TV where my brain refuses to take it all in :p

    I used to be much more invested in telly as a teenager – Bleak House and the BBC Three Casanova mini series were my favourites. Sucker for a good costume drama and lovable characters!

  64. Adele S. Macmillan says:

    Turner Movie Classics! Soothing

  65. Faithmobile says:

    Thank you for this post. I needed some inspiration. I have a creative job at home, so I like rewatching shows because I’m basically only listening whilst working. I decided to buy myself a portable DVD player after reading all the suggestions. It’s my birthday so I’m splurging on: Golden Girls, Emma and A discovery of witches. I recommend british comedy panel shows on YouTube such as: Would I lie to you, 8 out of ten cats does countdown, QI, hypothetical, big fat quiz of the year. I’m just so sick of America right now, british comedy is the perfect indulgence.

  66. Sam says:

    Brooklynn 99, Weeds, Parks & Rec for me. Found some really problematic stuff in Weeds that I hadn’t noticed on first watch but I stan those beautifully broken Botwins!