I was the kind of person who only watched a TV series once. I thought people rewatching shows over and over again was weird. Don’t get me wrong, I watch my favorite movies all the time, but that’s only, like, two hours of my day. Why would I want to rewatch a show with seven seasons, each with around two dozen 45-minute episodes?
I changed my mind. Some shows are so good they’re worth rewatching. It’s comforting to see something again without having to worry about the ending. You can see your favorite characters and pick up things you didn’t notice the first time around.
Here is my list of the best shows to rewatch:
‘Pretty little Liars’
“Pretty Little Liars” (2010-17) follows the lives of four high school girls after their other friend, Alison DiLaurentis, the queen bee holding their little clique together, mysteriously disappears during a sleepover. A year after Alison disappeared and their clique collapsed, the girls – Aria Montgomery, Spencer Hastings, Emily Fields and Hanna Marin – are reunited once again when they start receiving anonymous text messages from someone who knows all their secrets as well as Alison did.
This show, at its core, is iconic. It does its best to keep it realistic, and given that the main plot is that someone has enough time to blackmail and manipulate four girls, it does a pretty good job.
The writing is excellent. There are many subplots, long and convoluted pasts, and family trees. Throughout the show’s seven seasons, there are few plot holes, which in itself is an accomplishment.
I first watched this series when I was in seventh and eighth grade, and finished rewatching it recently. I love him as much now as I did then. Now that I’m older, I can see it’s a bit silly and dramatic, but it’s certainly never boring.
“Pretty Little Liars” is available on HBO Max.
During my freshman year of high school, I was really into “Friends.” A friend of mine showed it to me and I really liked it.
Then one of my other friends told me I had to watch ‘The Office’ (2005-13), and it was way better than ‘Friends’. I didn’t really believe her.
I waited a few months, watched other shows, did other things, and my friend kept telling me I had to watch it. So, finally I did. And she was right. It was better than “Friends”.
“The Office” is a mockumentary, a fictional spectacle recorded as a documentary. There are rapid camera movements and parallel interviews with characters. This mockumentary follows the daily life of the manager and employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. and all their humorous daily activities, romances and work routines.
I saw this series again with my parents because I had seen everything before them. Even though it was my second time watching it, there were lots of laughs and tears.
You can find “The Office” on Peacock.
“Gilmore Girls” (2000-07) follows the life of a single mother, Lorelai Gilmore, and her teenage daughter, who is also called Lorelai but prefers to be called Rory.
Lorelai has a complicated relationship with her parents, but when Rory is accepted into a private high school, she needs a little help paying for her daughter’s tuition. So, since she only wants the best for Rory, Lorelai asks her wealthy parents for help. In exchange for helping with school fees, Lorelai’s parents demand that she and Rory have dinner with them every Friday night. Over the course of the series, we see their family dynamics grow and change.
Rory navigates a new and prestigious Chilton Academy and all that comes with it. Back in their small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, away from the glamorous schools and Friday night dinners, Rory and her mother have other interesting relationships with the townspeople. With its first loves, best friends, witty humor, fast-paced pop culture references, and the intriguing residents of Stars Hollow, “Gilmore Girls” is a heartwarming show well worth watching more. once.
You can watch “Gilmore Girls” and its 2016 cover, “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” on Netflix.