With a lot of us spending so much time at home you’ve probably been watching a lot of TV or having a good Netflix binge. And most of us have an old reliable tv series or film that you’ve seen more times that you can count.

Those of us with mental health issues like anxiety find great comfort in knowing what’s going to happen, being able to control something and that nostalgia that comes with watching something we’ve seen before.

Having an emotional outlet when the world feels so chaotic and out of control has a familiar and comforting feeling about it.

I really enjoy this blanket of safety and comfort that I’ve become very reliant on during lockdown – And I know many can probably relate.

The repetition and the ease of watching something that you don’t have to be fully immersed in and concentrate on is something I enjoy too. It’s like a little vacation for my brain when I can’t focus or I’m in a downward spiral.

In the current state of uncertainty watching something where you know how it ends and that also gives you a feeling of nostalgia can create a sense of optimism and even help with feelings of loneliness and anxiety.

What I’ve been re-watching

Greys Anatomy – I love medical or law tv series and have watched this over and over many times. It’s a great show with a medical and personal story line. I enjoy the back and forth with Derek and Meredith and the trials they go through in their relationship. And I’m a big Sandra Oh fan.

LOTR Trilogy – I’ve watched all 3 films thousands of times, I know all the lines. I am a huge Tolkien fan and I find great comfort in watching my favourite films over and over. When I have the time I love to hunker down with some snacks and watch them all back to back.

Buffy – I very much grew up with this and I am hooked on the cult favourite like many. I’ve seen it so many times and it’s great to have on in the background when I’m working. My only criticism is when they added dawn to the series, I don’t like her character and just found the whole storyline and her very annoying. So sometimes I watch it up until she comes along (the good parts).

Beauty & The Beast (1991 original animated version) – My favourite Disney film and one I have watched a stupid amount of times in the 30 years since it was released. I identify with the main character belle and her being seen as weird and loving books. All the nostalgia of being a kid and the whimsical songs bring me joy and comfort every time.

Gilmore Girls – I am a huge fan of this series and never get bored of watching it again. I find comfort in seeing the seasons change, particularly when autumn is portrayed. America are very big on Autumn and there’s always loads of decorations and things to do, it just looks nice. Plus that time of year is my favourite and when I’m the most happy so seeing autumn and winter in films and tv series always makes me feel good. Like you can fully immerse yourself in it and pretend its the same season outside even when its not.

Friends – Another cult series which I’ve seen tons and I grew up with. Easy to stick on in the background and still makes me laugh. A classic.

Peep Show – Hilarious and still makes me laugh so much. When I’m really down this is the perfect pick me up.

Prison Break – I was so hooked on this when it first came out and still love it now. The first season is really good and Wentworth Miller with all his tattoos is just yum.

Harry Potter Films – I have seen all the films tons of times but they’re always a great watch. I enjoy making sure I have plenty of snacks on hand and cosy blankets and having a good old binge. I tend to do this every Christmas.

Dirty Dancing – I’ve seen this lots too and I love the dancing and storyline. The cast is perfection and I always feel a little sad now every time I see Patrick on the screen, especially when shes like the wind starts playing. *sobs

Jaws – One of my all time favourite films and just so brilliant. They did such a great job with what little they had available at the time effects wise. This film is timeless and will forever be brilliant. I do love shark films as whole, I don’t know why but they’re great.

Jurassic Park (Franchise) – I grew up with these are they’re just great. I much prefer the original films they did really well with them and I think they have stood the test of time. A nice easy watch and something I always come back to.

Kiss The Girls – I love 90s serial killer films and Freeman in his role of Alex Cross is great. If you love this I recommend you watch the sequel along came a spider too.

Dexter – One of my favourite series that I’ve seen a lot. I love the storyline with Rita and Dexter and also his relationship with his sister Deb. You become invested. It’s just a great series for crime doc lovers like me. Was gutted when this ended.

Criminal Minds – I just watched the final season of this and oh was it sad. This series has been a favourite of mine for so long. What will we all do without Dr Spencer Reid!? Well we’ll rewatch him a thousand times but no more new stuff is a big loss. All the characters are great and I was crushed when Morgan and Gideon left the show. I love the crimes and the quotes at the start of each episode, it’s just so good!! I will take comfort in these episodes forever.

Sons Of Anarchy – I love this and have watched it all the way through quite a few times. Easy to get hooked on and just really enjoyable to watch. Love the main love storyline with Jax and the Dr. Love to hate his mother.

Suits – If its a medical or law tv series I am all over it! Love them, can’t get enough of them! This starring my counties own duchess is brilliant. You get very invested in the characters lives. Probably one of my top law tv series to watch along with how to get away with murder.

Bridget Jones’s Diary – the first film was the best but they’re all good. Renee is perfect as Bridget and I love films set in London, there aren’t a lot of good ones imo. It’s a nice easy watch with a great storyline and characters you can relate to.

White Chicks – I still remember when this came out. Full of laughs and great for adults and older kids alike. My niece loves this too and she’s 10. Seen lots, always good.

Shaun Of The Dead – I watched this tons in secondary school at sleepovers at my best friends house. Great film and cast is perfect. Classic, never not funny. Relatable with the current state of affairs.

Step Brothers – Brilliant! This film never fails at making me laugh. The dynamic duo.

Marley & Me – Good family fun. If you didn’t cry when Marley dies you’re dead inside. Love this film! Yes, the ending is sad but in a kind of lovely way, if that makes sense?

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I hope you enjoyed this post.

Have you seen any of these? What have you been watching through the pandemic? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

79 Comments

  1. We have very similar taste in shows. I have been on a Grey’s Anatomy kick as well and just finished Season 13 for the first time. There have been a lot of tears lately lol!

  2. There are some of my favs here! I love the Harry Potter books, Gilmore Girls, and Criminal Minds! Thank you for sharing this. I’ll be adding some to my watchlist!

  3. Suits is one of my go to ‘comfort’ shows, as I know it very rarely makes me cry! Unlike Marley and Me… which makes me bawl every time! But I find myself now, more than ever, rewatching things! I think I need a bit of ‘control’ over something in the fact that I know what’s coming next – unlike real life!

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  4. Quite a long lost and some carry memories and make you feel nostalgic even. I haven’t seen about 3 out of them and will check on them whenever I feel like watching something from a decade ago. Thanks for sharing your favs
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  5. Netflix really has been a god-send, especially with the UK getting the US office. I finished a show called White Collar (which was cool and had some suits vibes, another brilliant show). The original Jurassic Park is another of my absolute favorites!

  6. I have been missing out on a lot of lovely movies. I’m so behind on movies 🙈. The only series I have watched from your list is Greys anatomy and believe me it’s so good. I hope to start watching movies a little more haha. x!

  7. Great list of shows and movies. I love watching Step Brothers also. The movie makes me laugh everytime.

  8. I haven’t watched the LOTR films for years, but I caught the end of Fellowship and had to watch them all!

    I was a bit worried I wouldn’t enjoy them as much with the way the fantasy genre has evolved and the advancement in technology for epic films but they were still just as good and stood the test of time!

    Personal favourites have been
    – line of duty
    – way way back
    – lots of Tarantino films!

    1. Oh yay I’m so glad you feel that way. I agree and can see them being just as amazing in years to come. Love line of duty and taratino films too! Kicking myself for not including even one of them now!

  9. Oh I love this! I’ve read so many posts about what new things there are to watch but I’m like you in the sense that I want something familiar and safe in these times when things are harder. I’ve been doing a lot of re-watching too, but now definitely want to start rewatching Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Great list.

    1. It is. I love the older Disney films so much more than any of the new ones they release. The animated 101 dalmatians is still one of my favourites too. The animation is stunning.

  10. I really enjoyed this! I’ve watched all the films you’ve mentioned, but only a couple of the series’s. My favourite of these is the LOTR trilogy, my absolute favourite trilogy of all time!! Great post!

  11. I love so many of these shows/films and they are ultimate comfort watches like Greys, Friends and Bridget Jones Diary. Some shows ive never seen also so will check them out! Thanks for sharing. ⭐️

  12. The Harry Potter films are my absolute go to when I’m feeling under the weather or down. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched them! I also like returning to some classic chick flicks like Clueless and Mean Girls.

  13. During the pandemic lockdown, I was reading more. However, I watched many TV series rather than on regular days. It seems to me that the series – Friends, which always makes me laugh, whether watching it repeatedly the same episode.

  14. You’ve listed some cracking films there especially the likes of Shaun of the dead, Lord of the rings and Harry Potter, in fact me and my partner have just completed Harry Potter, give it a month we will be rewatching them 😁

  15. Amazing list! I mostly binge tv series and tend to stray away from movies (because i think they are short and it hurts me too much) but I’ve heard some of the tv series mentioned here too and they’re going to my watchlist! Thanks!

    1. Yes I love to do that as well. Plus less time hunting for something new to watch. It’s my favourite thing when I find a new series and there’s loads of seasons to watch.

  16. Thanks for these! We are watching so many good tv series these days. Netflix is slowly winning over Sky TV in my eyes. If you haven’t seen it Behind Her Eyes is brilliant also 💯

  17. Haha… I can relate to that..

    I’ve binged on LOTR, Harry Potter, the Hobbit, etc.

    Dexter is still a top choice for me..

  18. Yes, yes, and–you guess it…YES! I love this list because you’ve reminded me to rewatch Gilmore Girls for the millionth time! And also Dexter? Not gonna lie…I am looking forward to seeing more of the show. Great post because so many of us can relate. All of 2020 I’ve been binding The Office (and years before that…over and over) until my husband bought the digital collection once Netflix removed it. Oof…now it’s time to binge some more! 🙂

  19. I have watched LOTR a lot of times but these days I like to watch sci-fi and any science based films more! During this pandemic I have been reading a lot though.

    1. Its really good and something I get tire of finding comfort in. I’m picky when it comes to sci-fi stuff. Also hating myself now I realise I left star trek off the list which I love and have watched loads of times.

  20. Seems like we have the same taste with LOTR, the Harry Potter series, and Criminal Minds! Suits has been on my watch list and maybe I’ll give it a try soon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  21. I think we have the same taste in movies and series! I love Buffy and I’m a huge Tolkien fan. I must have watched LOR a hundred times! There is definitely comfort in watching something familiar, especially right now. Thanks for reminding me of all the things I want to rewatch! 🤗

  22. I rewatched Sons of Anarchy and Dexter as well! Cannot beat all the angst and tension in those shows. Now I am on my 4th rewatch of Supernatural. I try to get out, but Sam and Dean just won’t let me leave! Haha.

  23. Love these suggestions! Grey’s, Friends, Dexter and Gilmore Girls are all my favs. Buffy is my all time fav and I’m actually getting ready to re-watch it soon! I love Buffy because it’s a ibt scary but also like a mix of a classic 90’s it girl movie like Clueless. Perfect for me as I’m a big scaredy cat. Thanks for sharing xx

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  24. What a coincidence! My partner and I had a LOTR’s themed weekend last weekend. We watched one film on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and had a few activities subtly influenced by the movies.

    I’ve also watched a few of my Disney favourites since we got Disney+ last month. There is something comforting about watching something you loved as a child. I never finished watching Sons Of Anarchy, so I might have to add that to my list.

    I love this list; I will have to check out a few that I’ve never heard of before. Thank you for sharing. 😊

    1. Oh amazing! I can’t think of anything better to be honest. I miss binge watching it with my friend. Yes I love disney+ as well! Hope you find some new things to love! 🙂

  25. Oh, so many great choices in here. Shaun of The Dead tops the lot. Definitely time it was watched again here! We were actually talking about watching Hit Fuzz again just yesterday. I think I have a plan…

    Great post!

    1. I just recently re watched LOTR Trilogy. Being now an adult I totally saw the movie completely different compared to when I was younger. I too have anxiety and I do find myself rewatching the same movies and show over again.

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