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Friday, 8 July 2016

Four Shows to Re-watch this Weekend

Hannah Barnes

With OITNB hysteria quickly fading and GOT still in the no-spoilers stage there isn’t much on the menu to binge watch this weekend. PLL is back, but they’re making us wait a week between episodes, and the new Netflix show Bloodlines just couldn’t hook me in.

So, if you too, are stuck for something to watch this weekend, I’ve put together a list of the best golden oldies (we can include the nineties in that now right?) to re-watch instead!

The OC

When I first watched this I was 15 and going through many of the same things the characters on the show dealt with – because of this it brings up a lot of memories from my own teenage years. Despite some poorly chosen fashion statements, I think it’s stood the test of time well.

There are parts which would have been handled very differently in today's world, but that goes for most old shows and we can't stop loving the things we used to love because society has moved on (so long as that's not harmful to anyone else). The OC was always a firm favorite and still is today; although my allegiances have shifted from Seth to Ryan with this last watch.

Gossip Girl

I’d forgotten how much more there was to this show than a bunch of superficial socialites storming Manhattan, but with nothing else on (and fond memories of the bookish Dan) I decided to dip my toe in.

I’m now half way through and so glad I did. I think I gave up on this series before the finale when I originally watched it, although I can’t remember why, so I’m excited to see how it all wraps up. For now, though, I still love Dan but can no longer stand Vanessa. I'm a little worried by how much I admired Chuck first time round and have already considered moving to New York City 217 times today…and then duly reminded myself that without a trust fund, I couldn’t even afford the Humphreys’ loft.  


You’ll probably want more than a weekend to digest the emotional seven course dinner that is the Friends box set. It’s a roller-coaster ride of nostalgia, jokes that went over your head first time round, scenes you’ve never seen (if you get your hands on the extended additions) and mistakes which are now painfully obvious, yet endearingly ‘early tv’ all at the same time.

You’ll laugh, you’ll notice the same canned laughter on loop, you’ll cry and you’ll no doubt wonder why the women never wore bras (more power to them!) or at least warmer jumpers…and then you’ll want to watch it all over again. There are some parts that might make you cringe in regards to societal progression, but as I've said before that shouldn't stop you tuning in to enjoy the good bits.

One Tree Hill

This is the show I based most of my romantic notions on up until, well, pretty recently probably. I’m talking, of course, about Hayley and Nathan’s star crossed, whirl wind, love affair: a romance that sees them married off with kids before they even graduate high school.

I no longer believe that the root to happiness lies in the arms of a man…although my boyfriend is called Nate, make of that what you will, but I still think the story of Hayley and Nathan is one for the ages. Their relationship is one based on equality, and when it isn’t, that is challenged and worked through. I’m glad this is the type of show I grew up watching, even if it does seem straight out of a fairy-tale.

Watching old shows always puts me in a nostalgic mood which means lots of buttery popcorn, hot chocolate with giant marshmallows, and a pizza party on the couch.

Grab your duvet, join me and prepare to laugh at the many, many low-budget continuity errors, hilarious hairstyles and forgotten cameos as we journey back to a simpler time - long before widescreen, HD and heaters in the studio (in the case of Friends at least).

What are your favourite golden oldies? Join the conversation in the comments section.

Hannah Barnes / Author & Editor

I keep myself busy with my small business; The Loft Gifts, the period poverty charity I run; The Crimson Wave, writing here and for vaious platforms and a growing menagerie of household pets.


  1. I usually re-watch the O.C once a year. Best show ever!

    1. The OC is a an annual go-to show for me too! It goes so well with summer, it's hard not to re-watch!


  2. Friends is definitely one I reach for! I never finished GG though :( It was so long and it got so boring! I think I have up about season 3/4ish. Agh.

    Vee✨ //

    1. The same thing happened to me with GG first time round, but I stuck it out and really enjoyed it! I think that's partly due to the nostalgia of re-watching though. Friends is my all time favourite for a re-watch - I can reel every episode off line by line and it still doesn't doesn't stop me!

      Thanks for commenting :)


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