With seemingly every network starting their own streaming service these days, you never know when your very favorite TV show — you know, the one you fall asleep to at night — is going to get pulled off Netflix or Hulu. NBCUniversal is starting its own streaming service in 2020, which means shows like The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Friends might at some point disappear. POOF! Tragic, I know.
So you know what that means, right? It is time to binge. Dive headfirst into all the most rewatchable shows you can think of because you may not be able to for long. Luckily, we have the list right here.
These are the TV shows that never get boring. These are shows with episodes that you can recite verbatim because you have watched them so many times. These are the shows we all have to watch right now before they're snatched from us.
1. 'Parks and Recreation'
The weird and wonderful world that the creators of Parks and Recreation were able to design is like television's version of the best hug you've ever gotten. Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, and the other residents of Pawnee, Indiana never cease to entertain, comfort, and bring joy to the lives of everyone who watches the show. Even though the world is heightened and silly at times, the characters are so real and down-to-earth. They're like your best friends. But obviously they're not as great as Anne Perkins, a magical rainbow mermaid fish of a person.
2. 'New Girl'
I'm not quite sure what it is about New Girl that makes me never get tired of it. Maybe it's the fact that the characters and the jokes are so goofy that they never get old. Nick Miller shorting out while screaming, "Give cookie, get cookie!" at Schmidt is simply always going to be funny. The stakes are low enough that even though you are invested in the characters and their relationships with each other (particularly the will they / won't they nature of Nick and Jess's relationship), the jokes always win out.
I mean, come on. Friends is an institution. Friends walked so New Girl and How I Met Your Mother and countless other sitcoms could run. And for good reason. It has incredible staying power. Sure, it has its dated, problematic moments, but for the most part, it's still as funny and hilarious as ever. And talk about comforting. Growing up, Thursday nights at 8 p.m., my whole family gathered in front of the TV. We couldn't talk and phone calls were ignored for the next half-hour. It was Friends time.
4. '30 Rock'
The sheer number of jokes in 30 Rock makes it one of the most infinitely rewatchable TV shows of all time. It gave us actual musical hits ("Werewolf Bar Mitzvah"), fantastic fake films (The Rural Juror), and Liz Lemon, the patron saint of Night Cheese. The show is absurd in the best way, but it also has real heart in the relationship between Liz and Jack, which is the real backbone of the show.
For a show about nothing, Seinfeld sure gave us a lot. It is more than just a television show. It is a cultural institution. There are several phrases that originated on Seinfeld but were so relatable that they snuck their way into everyday life! "No soup for you!" "Yada, yada, yada..." and "Close talker!" are all Seinfeld-isms. If you have cable, you can catch reruns on TV almost every single day. This show isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
6. 'Arrested Development'
Her? That's right. Arrested Development is one of those shows that gained a lot of fans and acclaim after it originally aired on Fox. And I can't quite say the Netflix seasons live up to the first three. But I watched Arrested when it first aired, and it blew my socks off. Like 30 Rock, each episode contains an insane number of jokes, some that are so clever and subtle that you only catch them on the second or third or ninth viewing. And not only does the insanely quotable show have the jokes, but it also imparts life lessons: "And that's why you always leave a note."
7. 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'
Mike Schur is a rewatchable-TV genius. He gave us Parks and Recreation, he worked on The Office, and he's responsible for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is just a gem of a show. I will admit that I was late to the game when it came to the old Nine-Nine. But I am so glad I finally showed up because this lighthearted, charming show has everything you want in a timeless sitcom: solid jokes, characters you care for, and Andy Samberg, who just gets more handsome as the years go by.
8. 'The Office'
While we're on the Mike Schur train, let's stop off at The Office station. In college, my whole floor would gather in the common room every week to watch The Office. The drama between Pam and Jim, the cringey behavior of Michael Scott, and the absurd antics of Dwight and the rest of the Dunder Mifflin crew make this show a timeless comedy institution that you should probably start watching again right this very second.
Greendale Community College is home to some of the wackiest characters, most clever jokes, and most intricate pop culture homages ever to appear on television. All this plus the characters in the study group make Community one of the best shows to sit down and rewatch. If you didn't notice Abed delivering a baby in the background of that one episode on the first viewing, you will probably catch it by at least the third viewing. There's so much going on in Community, and all of it is pure joy. #SixSeasonsAndAMovie, anyone?
10. 'Gilmore Girls'
Let me tell you, I am fresh off a Gilmore Girls rewatch and I feel better than ever. It's a dose of nostalgia like none other, especially if you are like me (an east coast transplant living in California). Lorelai's love of snow, the fall foliage that peppers every season of the show, and possibly the greatest mother-daughter relationship in television history is enough to get the tears flowing. Plus, there are some truly terrible early-2000s fashion choices in there that will always make the show worth watching.
11. 'The Wonder Years'
Let's talk about a show that was designed from the very beginning to hit the nostalgia nail on the head. The Wonder Years is perfect because it appeals to audiences of all generations even though it's a period show about the late '60s. I watched this show when I was little — in fact, my hair used to look like Winnie Cooper's — and every time I revisit it, it tugs on my heartstrings like none other. Not to mention, it has the best soundtrack of any show in history, a soundtrack that alone will send you back in time.
12. 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'
Somehow, It's Always Sunny took characters that are straight-up horrible people and made them super endearing and infinitely rewatchable. The show has given us so many classic moments. From the Nightman to Kitten Mittens, It's Always Sunny achieved something very few other shows do. And the fact that it's still on TV and is in its 13th season proves that.
13. 'The West Wing'
My personal favorite Aaron Sorkin show is Sports Night, and while that's very rewatchable too, it just doesn't have the quantity of episodes The West Wing has. The West Wing also gave us some of the best TV characters of all time (ahem, Josh, Toby, C.J., Leo, Donna, Charlie...OK I have to stop myself otherwise I will just name them all). The signature fast-talking, fast-walking nature of Aaron Sorkin's shows is somehow super calming, and it leaves room for you to discover new things every time you watch.
Heads up: You can watch Daria on Hulu, and you really, really should. Daria was ahead of her time, and so was the show. Whatever you got out of it as a bored teenager in the late '90s and early '00s will come back to you instantly. Plus, I guarantee you will get something new and different out of it now. I've been on a Daria kick lately, and I'm pretty sure the theme song will be stuck in my head forever. But I'm not mad about it.
15. 'The Nanny'
You listen to me: The Nanny is one of the funniest, most timeless TV shows of all time. It may not seem like it, but I guarantee you it holds up and it is near perfect. The show is heightened and silly, but the characters are real and you feel for them. Fran Drescher is brilliant, and so is the rest of the cast. Just thinking about "Mistah Sheffield!" makes my heart warm. The Nanny deserves a place on your binge list.
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