With everyone being stuck inside their houses due to the current situation with the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us are getting super bored.
If somebody told us six months ago that 2020 would be spent sitting at home not working, we’d all have been over the moon. However, now that’s actually the reality, it’s finally hitting us that we took normal life for granted.
The best thing we can do at a time like this, is make the most of the well deserved rest that we needed.
Of course, not everyone has the luxury to spend a month at home in self isolation, and I want to take a moment to give thanks and recognition to all the key workers around the world who are putting themselves and their families on the line to support the community.
Supermarket workers, delivery drivers, factory and warehouse staff, police, healthcare and social workers are just a few of the key workers who we really need to thank for continuing to travel to work to support us all through this time – so thank you, your commitment doesn’t go unnoticed.
For those of us that don’t fall into any of those categories, and are in fact staying indoors at the moment, I have put together a list of nostalgic TV series which you’ll get a real kick out of re-watching whilst normal life is on hold.
At times like this, depression, anxiety and general mental health can suffer, and whilst simply watching TV won’t fix those issues, television can help us to escape into a world of fantasy and action and temporarily give us a way to switch off.
So I hope you can enjoy this post for what it is – a bit of fun – and however you’re spending your time during this period, I hope you’re all staying safe.
17 Nostalgic TV Shows To Rewatch During Quarantine
One Tree Hill
OTH was that show that I used to run home from school to watch every single day. Following the lives of Nathan, Haley, Brooke, Lucas and the rest of the gang and seeing them grow up and face the challenges of adulthood together had us totally falling in love with these characters – or totally despising the bad guys like Dan Scott.
The immortalized show of the survivors of flight 815 who crashed on a mysterious island filled with polar bears, black smoke, underground hatches and The Others. Watch Kate, Jack, Sawyer and the rest of the team try and find a way off the island once again, and maybe see if you can make sense of any of the weird happenings on the island a second time around.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy is perhaps the most iconic television show of the 1990’s. Relive the Slayer and the Scoobies tackle vampires, demons, werewolves, God’s and who can forget The Trio? Along the way, allegiances are formed with vampires who have a soul, vengeance demons and witches and Buffy finds herself falling for a vampire – twice. Who can forget who hot Angel and Spike were?
Another fan favourite teen drama that see’s characters like Seth, Summer, Ryan and Melissa handle drug addiction, love, kidnappings and rebellion. See the show for a second time with adult eyes and relive the old days for a moment.
Wasn’t Heroes one of the most exciting shows on TV at the time?! Well, at least for the first couple seasons… Opinions on the latter season’s aside, there is no doubt that the superpowers of Clare Bennett, Peter Petrelli, Hiro Nakamura and the others had us totally hooked.
Take another trip down Wisteria Lane to rewatch the trials and tribulations of Bree Van de Kamp, Susan Meyer, Gabrielle Solis and Lynette Scavo. Perhaps the most dramatic suburban neighborhood of all time, we got to witness eight season’s worth of scandal, murder, stalkers, alcoholism and domestic disputes, and I’d definitely be willing to watch it all again!
One of the first coming of age teen drama’s that I remember, Dawson’s Creek set the tone for similar shows that followed such as Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill and The OC. See Dawson and Joey experience adolescence together and fall in and out of love once again with a fresh set of eyes.
Fresh Prince Of Bel Air
The show that really put Will Smith on the map and had us in stitches over his charm and humour. Will, the street smart teenager, experiences a shock to the system when he’s sent off to the affluent neighborhood of Bel Air to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle, giving us six wonderful seasons of love, heartbreak, coming of age, and of course, Carlson dancing.
That 70’s Show
The show that gave us so many stars that we still know and love today: Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Laura Prepon. This comedy favourite sees a group of teens growing up in 70’s, and not only where Kelso and Jackie falling for each other on the show, in real life, Ashton and Mila got married in 2015 and now have two kids of their own.
The iconic sitcom from the 1990’s, Friends has and always will be a crowd-pleaser. What’s great is you can pick up from any episode and don’t need to watch the who thing from start to finish. Skip straight to The One with Chandler in a Box, or even The One with the Proposal.
We fell in love with the relationship between single mother, Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory and loved to watch the issues they both faced during the shows seven-season run. Relatable topics such as love, education, friendship and social class never date, and it seems that neither does this unforgettable show.
Watch Chuck and Blair’s bumpy relationship unfold once more while the rest of the squad all face their own issues of social status and living in New York, all whilst trying to solve the mystery of who exactly is the mysterious Gossip Girl.
Whether you’re at an age where you watched the original Beverley Hills 90210, or skipped straight to the 2008 reboot, there’s no doubt that both shows depiction of love, teen pregnancy, mental health, drug addiction and other social issues isn’t just as gripping and relatable today as it was the first time.
The Vampire Diaries
Another Sci-Fi, vampire favourite, The Vampire Diaries fans might have been divided on whether Elena should have picked Stefan or Damon, but there’s no argument to be had on how hooked the tales of brotherhood, witchcraft and the two doppelgangers had us back when the show first started in 2009.
With the recent release of Disney+ just in time for lockdown, we can’t NOT add a couple of Disney Channel classics to this list of nostalgic moments…
The first time we all came to know and love Miley Cyrus was when she played the undercover pop star of Hannah Montana / Miley Stewart with her real life father Billy Ray Cyrus. Give the show another chance today and see if you can remember the words to all the hit songs from the show.
That’s So Raven
The teen show that saw Raven Baxter try and make it through high school with best pals Chelsea and Eddie, all whilst keeping the secret that she was gifted with visions from the future. She’d try and stop trouble before it happened, but usually ended up just making things worse – much to the viewers amusement.
We can’t forget about the beloved Lizzie McGuire played by none other than the wholesome teen Hilary Duff. The story follows Lizzie, a typical middle-schooler, and best friends Miranda and Gordo, all trying to fit in with their peers, experiencing typical adolescent issues along the way. Even though we’re now older, this show is a guilty pleasure that we’re not giving up any time soon!
To Finish Off…
I really hope this post gave you a few shows to add to your quarantine viewing list.
Enjoy a blast from the past as a way to escape from what’s going on in the world at the moment, and remember to stay safe, and stay inside.
If I missed your favourite throwback-show from the list, then let me know in the comments below, or just let us know what you’ve been up to in order to stay occupied indoors?
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