Why I Rewatch TV Shows

It is pretty normal these days to curl up with your best friend Netflix and binge-watch whatever new show you are obsessed with. We do it all the timeit’s become normal. Binge-watching was technically a word but hasn’t become common until the past two years because it used to be a lot harder to watch every season of your favorite show. Either you recorded each week’s new episode on VHS or you bought them for obscene amounts of money. I actually bought my first season of “Smallville” for $60 and I thought it was a great deal. Now I wouldn’t pay more than $20 for the latest season. For some people it was like collecting coins, trying to get every episode and watch them all, while for others it was a love of the stories and their characters. For me it was many things: I liked collecting, I liked submersing myself in stories, and I liked rewatching them again and again.

I can admit that it is kind of a weird habit. I found old shows I used to watch or shows I’d heard of but had been too young to watch when they aired. I rented them from Blockbuster and hunted them down online or at stores. Sometimes they only needed to be watched once, but other times I grew attached to the characters and stories and found myself going back to them again and again. I was an interesting habit, but I thought it was totally normal. I quoted them often and referenced them in conversations to people who had no idea what I was talking about. I shared them with friends and pushed them into watching them with me just so I could have people to talk to about them.

For me it was like going back to my favorite books. When I’m emotional and in need of a reason to cry I watch “One Tree Hill,” when I’m looking for a good love story I go to “Roswell,” and when I’m in need of some action it’s “Alias” all the way. With the shows came memories and possibilities, that I could be strong like Buffy or brave like the Doctor. It might not be a strange habit anymore, and it feels like validation of my nerdiness. Now that I have people to share my shows with and it’s normal enough to ask someone to watch six seasons of a show, I get to share my favorite stories again and again.

What are your favorite shows to rewatch? Tweet us @litdarling!

Lindsey

Lindsey Collins is an Alabama native and a grad of UA. #RollTide. She has been with Literally, Darling for almost two years, first as a writer of all the fandom/pop culture things. After realizing how much of a entertainment buff she is, they made her Entertainment Editor. She is a lover of all things nerd and sometimes can't help how excited she gets about fictional people. If you are looking for her, you'll probably find her in the Young Adult section of a bookstore, or on her couch reading books from said section. If you can’t find her in a bookstore, it’s because she finally found a genie to grant her wish to be a mermaid. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @bellelcollins to see pictures of her nephew and read her weird stories.
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