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  • Writer's pictureCaylie Poola

Nostalgic TV Shows to Rewatch (RN!)

I'm not proud to admit it, but the fact is living through this pandemic has made me a slight TV - Holic. I mean, what else is there to do half the time? I've seen more of the world through a screen this year than my eyes. How sad is that.

And I think most of you reading this can agree, what choice did we have?

Times have often felt uncertain, scary and confusing. While quarantined at home, I found myself turning to old TV shows and rewatching favorite episodes, ocassionaly, even the whole series. But what I found these shows brought to me is much more than a distraction and strained eyes but nostalgia, comfort and reassurance. When things feel unstable, we naturally turn to what we think we can lean on. In a time that has felt lonely, some shows remind us of love, friendship, human connection.

They make us feel, well, connected again.

So, here it is, my top 5, go - to, nostalgic TV shows that I have turned to time and time again, and you should too.

Full House: This show has been a favorite of mine since I was literally in elementary school. I don't know how or why, but as soon as I saw it I was hooked. Years later, I have seen every episode, own the collectors edition (slightly embarrassing) and still find myself putting it on from time to time. Did I mention it's on Hulu?

Gilmore Girls: This is the epitome of a nostalgic TV show for me. If for some reason you STILL haven't binged this entire series on Netflix, do yourself a favor and turn it on right now. Taking place in the small fictional town named Stars Hollow, Connecticut, the show follows a single mother and daughter duo as they both navigate growing up, relationships, and pursuing their dreams. Not to mention, being a Connecticut native myself, something about Stars Hollow feels soooo familiar.

One Tree Hill: Surprise, surprise, another show based around a small town. I swear, shows like this just don't exist anymore. With every season on Hulu, you have no excuse but to sit down and start the first episode. Taking place in Tree Hill, North Carolina, the show follows the lives of two half brothers, Nathan and Lucas Scott, (both complete hotties, of course) and of course the many friends, girlfriends, and family scandals along the way. No description written will ever do this show justice, so I guess you will just have to see for yourself.

Dawsons Creek: After hearing Dawsons Creek may have been inspiration for One Tree Hill, I knew I had to give it a try. The late 1990's series was the debut for celebs like Katie Holmes. Even though it aired before I was born, shows in the late 90s or early 2000's have this charm that newer shows fail to capture. The show's basic plot is a group of teenage friends, well, growing up. Original, right? I'm not done with it yet, but I think I've found a hidden gem here, and I'm not sure why it took me so long to press play. Oh, and BTW, the complete series is on Hulu. (If you don't have a Hulu subscription at this point, WYD?)

Sex and the City: I realize Carrie Bradshaw is a fictional character, but sometimes I like to pretend that she's real. Her independence, her fierceness and success, living in NYC with her 3 best friends. And even though she's not real, I think she lives in some of us. The hustlers and girl bosses, those who are unapologetic and feed themselves on fashion magazines and clothes to conquer the world. Sex and the City, reminds me of that girl when I realize I'm losing touch, inspires me and rejuvinates my creativity. Not to mention, sometimes, it's the only cure for a bad day laying in bed with a bag of Skinny Pop. (PSA. find all seasons of Sex and the City free with Amazon Prime and the movies now on Netflix!)

It looks like I know what everyones weekend plans are now. Happy watching.

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