During this very long period of quarantine and now my current status of 'broken ankle', I have become very close with my good friend Netflix. I have come to the conclusion that I am in fact a creature of habit and definitely rewatch my favourite shows when I need comfort. I have re-watched my old reliable so many times but I've also found some new choice tv shows that are both binge-worthy and smile-inducing! Here's my top five, in no particular order because I simply can not decide.
I know, so basic. But truly, I love Friends. I watch it every night to fall asleep and I have probably watched the entire show at least 20 times end to end. I grew up seeing my parents shelf full of the entire boxset of friends VHSes and as soon as I was allowed, I watched them all. The show slowly became a sort of background TV for me and when I first started going out with my boyfriend he just didn't get the appeal. Fast forward about three years and I convinced him to watch the whole show from beginning to end and he was hooked. He is definitely not as big of a fan as I am but he 100% appreciates the humour. This show is such an easy to watch classic that everyone should watch at least once.
RuPaul's Drag Race
Hmmm ... Have I talked about much I love Drag race before? Yes. Sorry, not sorry. This show is seriously epic. The thing I love most about it is the sensory overload. If I'm having a stressful day or feeling anxious, Drag Race really captures my attention and helps me calm down. It's colourful, funny and upbeat and is just so full of love. Whether you are into Drag or not, this show will bring you so much joy and self-love. "Because if you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?"- RuPaul.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll come out feeling like the world is a better place. These five beautiful gay men visit some of the most conservative areas in the US and spend a week coaching people from all walks of life to become their best selves. If you need something uplifting or mood-boosting, I highly recommend grabbing some popcorn and settling in on the couch for the evening to binge-watch this cracker of a show! I fell in love with the Fab Five instantly and I think anyone who watches this show will too.
A show I never knew I needed. Schitt's Creek truly means so much to me. This dysfunctional family lose all their money and end up living in a tiny motel in a tiny town. The show follows the family's life as they adjust to small-town life and how their relationships develop. The cast is one of the most lovable I've ever seen. Catherine O'Hara is a legend and lives up to expectations and beyond in this show with her outrageous portrayal of Moira Rose. Eugene and Daniel Levy, the real-life father and son duo portray the father-son dynamic on-screen and share an important LGBTQIA+ story. Annie Murphy plays Alexis, a 'basic rich white girl' with a heart of gold and her growth throughout the series is heartwarming. So binge-worthy and very re-watch-worthy.
This show is hilarious. I 100% had my doubts but I finally dived in and it is so worth the watch. I had been watching so much American TV when I started watching this that at first, I was kind of put off by the British accents, but after one episode I was used to it and I was hooked. The characters are all very lovable and relatable and it's just an all-round, hilarious, easy-to-watch series.
It turns out there have actually been studies that show the reason people with anxiety re-watch the same shows or movies, again and again, is that it is actually therapeutic. The sense of nostalgia along with knowing how it is going to end is the perfect combination for a chilled out night on the sofa. Have you any go-to shows that you re-watch again and again?