Given the state of television these days, a great show can be hard to find. And of those that stand out, how many would you want to re-watch more than once? The field narrows…how many stand up to multiple viewings and which ones would make you stop any time you’re flipping through the channels? I daresay there are no more than ten. Of those ten, how many make you want to jump into any given episode? As good as (some people think) “The Wire” was, it’s not the kind of show that causes your remote finger to stop the scroll. Just as there are certain movies you can’t seem to pass by when they show up in your onscreen guide, there is a certain subset of television that manages to draw us in no matter when they show up. More than plotlines, these series feature characters that make us want to be with them, they’re people we just don’t want out of our lives—welcome anytime. It ain’t over ‘till we say it’s over.
Helloooo hot men on the beach. Okay, it’s more than that—and even though the ending sucked giant donkey balls (no, I’ll never let it go)—“Lost” has that ability to bring us right back to that Godtopus-forsaken island whenever it wants. Frakking Abrams.
4. “Six Feet Under”
Death, death and more death; you’d think we would turn and look away. But Alan Ball drew this quirky, wonderful, crazy family and we simply cannot.
3. “Star Trek: The Next Generation”
“Star Trek’s” most enduring cast of characters brought a seriousness and depth that was sometimes lacking in the original (Love you Shatner!); Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes took the show to another level. With Michael Dorn and Brent Spiner along for comic effect, Will Wheaton! bringing the pretty and John de Lancie and the Borg as ongoing foes, “Star Trek: TNG” always engages.
Ross, Rachel, Monica, Joey, Phoebe and Chandler are our best television friends, always and forever. They might be small of brain and shrill to our ear, but they are goofy and lighthearted, loyal and thanks to late-night scheduling…pretty much around any time we need them.
Every single night, people. I’m not even sure I can go to bed without the gang (and I expect I’ll never have to). Watch any episode—no matter how many times you’ve seen it—you’ll still laugh. If you don’t, you’re a two-faced, low-talking, Mansierre-wearing soup nazi.
Cindy Davis once lost her car in a parking garage.