I keep seeing lists upon lists floating around Facebook this week about how many shows you’ve seen every season of. Lately, it had me thinking about how we seem to accumulate a great number of shows over a lifetime. If I live to see 70, I will have surely seen hundreds of shows by then. How many shows have you watched every episode of? How many shows have you started watching and didn’t even finish? Now, let’s think of all of the shows we’ve seen every episode of that you’ve watched over and over again.
One girl on my Facebook I know has seen every episode of Grey’s Anatomy at least 3 times and I am low-balling here. That’s a lot of The Office for me, plus other shows like Gossip Girl, Bob’s Burgers and Ghost Adventures.
Let’s not mention the shows we endured on the behalf of others. My parents, for example, would eat dinner in the living room in front of the television set. This was still a time before we had invested in streaming services so we’d just have to pick something to watch from whatever was on tv.
Some shows I’ve seen with them twenty-thousand fouking times. My father has been watching The Rifleman every single day for at least the past twelve years. He watches Judge Judy and the daytime crap television shows like a cocaine dealer has nosebleeds. My mother has been watching Days of Our Lives since she was my age. As for me, thanks to my parents, I had to endure Happy Days reruns every single day with dinner for the four years I was in high school. I’ve heard the Happy Days theme song at the same rate some of my classmates touched themselves.
What makes these shows so infinitely bonding to us? What makes watching the same show over and over so appealing?
There’s something about watching the reruns of your favorite shows that feels like putting on a old sweater. It’s comforting in a way to watch your favorite characters and to think back in a nostalgic light to what was going on in your life the first time you watched the show. It can submerge you into another world that brings you a chance to escape from your problems, even just for a little while. And there’s something so special about showing your favorite shows to your new favorite person for the first time, whether that’s a friend, your partner, or a child.
Out of all of the shows you may have seen in your life, there’s a few that will always stick out from the bunch. They’ll always have a collective place in your heart, and will always be somewhere you go when you need a place to wind down.
Just some internal musings I’ve had this week while in between books on my reading list and looking at different lip balms because my lips have been chapped in this cold weather we’ve been having on the East Coast. Please don’t forget to like and subscribe to my blog for more updates like this one in the near future.